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 Reviewers

NickoHeap

NickoHeap

I'm 18 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

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

15 January 2019

WaywardWoman sent me this photo from the Parthenon yesterday. She also had a panoramic shot taken of herself next to the Parthenon for the footer of the front page of this website, but it was sent to me in too low a resolution to be used. It might have to wait until she gets back. I've also been sent shots of snow fall in Greece. Meanwhile, the rest of us weather out another Sydney summer, trying not to drip sweat on our books!

10 January 2019

I went to one of our major stores in Sydney yesterday and saw two sets of shelves I decided to photograph. First was the inaugural winner of the Booker Prize in 1969, P.H.Newby’s Something to Answer For, which I reviewed in July last year. At the time I had to order the book because no bookstore in Sydney had it. Our Sydney bookstore tried for a month and couldn’t find a copy overseas and asked whether I wanted them to continue looking for it. I said yes. Eventually, they tracked down a copy. It was the last of all the Booker Prize winners I acquired for our Man Booker Prize Project. Now, I saw a stack of copies on Dymocks’ bookshelves. Yes, there were so many they were also on the shelf above!

Second, was just an amusing observation I made. I spotted Maja Lunde’s The History of Bees very close to Harriet Alida Lye’s The Honey Farm I didn’t buy either book, but I thought it was interesting that two different publishers have recently released books with such similar themes using similar colour schemes.

9 January 2019

I thought I’d include this picture of WaywardWoman in our Blog. She’s in Europe at the moment. She decided to take this shot of herself outside the Colosseum for our changing footer shots at the bottom of our main page, which always include the subject of reading at different locations. Unfortunately, she didn’t realise it had to be a panoramic shot, so she assures me she’ll try to get something suitable when she heads for Greece.

1 January 2019

The Reading Project has made it to its third year! We started working on this website on New Year's Day, 2017. The first site lasted three months until I decided we should change the domain name. I didn't realise back then I could do that without creating a new site, so we moved everything over to this site and I had to change all the links by hand. I'm sure more technical types could tell me a better way to do that.

Thanks to all those who have ever read any of our reviews. I know there are a few people who look back at the website from time to time, so thank you for coming back.

In 2019 we'll try to just continue what we've been doing, since I feel the website has clear aims which we have been achieving - to write book reviews! When I get time I'll try to update the main page and introduce a few more improvements wherever I can.

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