About the Reading Project

We started the Reading Project at the beginning of 2017. Bikerbuddy was interested to learn website design and has had a lifelong passion for books, so he encouraged it. We told friends we would be starting a website and invited anyone interested to contribute. Naturally, a stack of people opted in, knowing that none of us knew anything about websites, I suspect, and assuming that we would lose interest in a short time. When we didn't lose interest and started to get a few pages together, we found there was actually only three of us willing to review regularly.

We had read about reading challenges on social media that tried to encourage you to read a wide variety of books in a year. We wanted this to be more encouraging than competitive, so we called it a project, rather than a challenge. While most of our friends haven't written for the site, we still encourage them to look at it and engage in discussions about books, which was the site's original intention.

We all live in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, Australia.

Springwood
Springwood, home of the Reading Project - To view this location in GOOGLE STREET MAPS click here

Main Reviewers

bikerbuddy

bikerbuddy

I had the idea to start this website because I wanted to learn a bit about website design. I suggested reviews because I've been an avid reader all my life and I knew that reviewing would give us an endless source of new material to post.

I studied English literature and Communications many years ago, now. I worked as an English teacher for 25 years.

I prefer 'literature' rather than genre fiction, and I enjoy reading non-fiction, too. However, I try to read a variety of books. My reviews tend to be favourable since I choose which books I wish to read and review, unlike a professional reviewer.

My site tag, like Toriaz and WaywardWoman's, is taken from my geocaching name, which I originally adopted because of my love of mountain biking, not because I ride motorcycles. We chose to use our geocaching names because our geocaching friends would recognise us, and we hoped to get a few to review under their names as well. Mostly, that didn't happen.

What is geocaching? Check here.

I once received an email addressed to the "staff of the Reading Project". That amused me, since there is really only three of us and we make no money from this site. It's just a hobby.

REAL NAME: Mark

Toriaz

Toriaz

I enjoy reading and thought that reviewing for this website would encourage me to read more often. Bikerbuddy and I came up with the idea while we discussed reading challenges we were seeing on social media.

I studied physics and have taught physics at university. I have worked as a scientist, but in my later career I now work for the government.

I like a range of fiction and non-fiction books, and I think this shows in the books I have reviewed for this site so far.

However, my favourite genre is Crime Fiction. I have read most of the Sherlock Holmes stories and Agatha Christie novels. I prefer the cosy detective branch of Crime Fiction most.

My site tag is taken from my geocaching name, which is based upon my real name.

REAL NAME: Victoria

WaywardWoman

WaywardWoman

I enjoy reading books that are funny, especially those aimed at women.

I am a retired teacher. I taught Social Sciences in high school, with a focus on Geography and Asian Studies.

These days I enjoy spending time with family and friends.

My site tag is based upon my geocaching name, which I took as a joke. I was ironically called a wayward woman many years ago, and it stuck.

REAL NAME: Jenny

Occasional Reviewer

NickoHeap

NickoHeap

I'm 19 years old and like reading, although music and video games take up most of my free time.

I'm a first year student at the University of Sydney. I am studying linguistics and film this year.

I plan to write more, but other interests usually take up my time.

My site tag is based upon my geocaching name, which I took from a book I liked when I was a kid. I tried to use the main character's name, Septimus Heap, but that was already taken. However, I no longer do geocaching.

REAL NAME: Layton

One-time Reviewers

Gigzymandias

Gigzymandias

I'm 21 years old with a degree in Graphic Arts. I spend most of my free time on the Net playing video games, mostly Rainbow 6 Siege.

I've taken my reviewer name from the username I use on gaming sites.

‘Gigzymandias’ is a combination of computer terminology (eg ‘gigabytes’) and ‘Ozymandias’, the title of the poem by Percy Shelley, which was a large inspiration for my final year art major work in high school.

REAL NAME: Lachlan

Raven

Raven

I live in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, and attend high school.

My passion is dancing. I have been attending a dance school since I was little, learning both contemporary and classical dance, including ballet. I have only recently gone en pointe.

I have only written one short review for this website. I might write more sometime in the future.

REAL NAME: Niamh (pronounced Neev (an Irish name))

Seppy

Seppy

No one has seen the mysterious Seppy since he posted his one review and then went into hiding from the government.

REAL NAME: Seppy

Blog

8 November 2019

We haven’t updated the picture carousel at the bottom of our main page since the beginning of the year when WaywardWoman went to Europe. Our intention has always been to show interesting places with the theme of reading. That is, you can find someone reading in each picture, just like a Where’s Wally (I think he’s called Waldo in America). Today we went to Bondi Beach where we started a walk along the headland to view a series of sculptures which are placed each year, known as Sculptures by the Sea. We took the opportunity to get a few new photos for our main page. Naturally, we also photographed some of the sculptures. The sculpture shown here was called 'Statue of Mad Liberty'. It was one of my favourites. I thought it was meant to be a political statement. If you look carefully, you can see it’s the Statue of Liberty. It looks like it’s being sucked down a plughole.

There are four new photos to be viewed on the automatic carousel at the bottom of our main page from today’s trip.

4 November 2019

Last month I wrote about going to the tip and returning with a bunch of free books. Toriaz read my blog post and said she wished I’d picked up two of the books I mentioned for her. I was so heady at the prospect of free books, I guess, that I totally forgot the rest of the world!

In compensation I offered to help her with a yard clean up she’s been struggling with for some time. She doesn’t have a trailer, so getting rid of a mountain of green waste from her yard – the result of a new initiative to get things in order – is difficult for her.

I took our trailer to her place and we got everything in, then we got to the real point of the day. With green waste disposed, we headed across to the tip’s Re-use shed and Toriaz chose from the shelves: Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel and Vernon God Little by DBC Pierre (the two books she had her eyes on), The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Victorian Tales of Mystery Detection, Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy, The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff, Dracula by Bram Stoker, The Galapagos Islands by Charles Darwin (a Penguin extract from The Origin of Species), A Spy for the Redeemer by Candace Robb and Hemingway’s Chair by Michael Palin.

I was actually restrained and took no books this time!

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