Extreme Reading Photo Competition

Floating in the Dead Sea in the 1980's!

Floating in the Dead Sea in the 1980’s!

Extreme Reading Photo Competition

 Win a Nook e-reader!

You’ve heard of Extreme Ironing* but why not try our Extreme Reading Challenge?

Challenge yourself to read a book in an unusual place – the highest, or the lowest or somewhere really out of the ordinary.

The places can be obscure or entertaining. Just ensure you are safe and your photo is appropriate!

Reading on film set in Tunisia.

Reading on film set in Tunisia.

We are looking forward to receiving your photos which will be displayed in the Library at the start of the Michaelmas term 2013.

Email your photos to the Library library@wellingtoncollege.org.uk telling us the title of the book you are reading and the location.

By: Friday 6th September 2013

There will be an overall winner with additional prizes for each year group, a parent and a member of staff.



 * Great definition of extreme ironing on wikipedia  “the latest danger sport that combines the thrills of an extreme outdoor activity with the satisfaction of a well-pressed shirt.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extreme_ironing (Accessed 10/7/13)


Summer Reading 2013

I’m collating a number of  summer reading suggestions as I come across them.

I’ve just discovered an excellent book review site Books Teens and Magazines. It has interesting and varied reading lists for Y9, Y10 and combines classics with the latest young adult titles.summer reading

Here’s an interesting  6th reading list from an English teacher. Based on her favourites, there are some really good suggestions here. I would particularly recommend “Pigeon English” by Stephen Kelman. Guardian review here

Here’s the intriguing infographic with summer reading ideas I put up last year. It takes you on a number of pathways according to your answers to reading preference questions.

Don’t forget the Top Ten Reads suggested by each academic department and also Mr Wayman’s Wellington 100.

Masses of inspiration from the “Lovereading4kids” website including suggestions by age and theme and helpful additional information about authors. Very useful for finding out about recently published books.

If you like gripping, thought-provoking YA fiction and  you haven’t had the opportunity to read the Carnegie Book Award Shortlist, we have copies of these excellent Young Adult books in the Library. I’m keeping quiet about the winner as we have our joint discussion and voting party on Monday lunchtime in the Library. The 3rd form scholars are welcoming Eagle House Y8S for this get-together.

Award winning books for Scientists

This year’s longlist for the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books was announced on 1st June.

Shortlist will be announced in September 2013. Winner will be announced on 25 November 2013

We are hoping to set up student and staff book clubs to read a selection of the shortlisted books and provoke some lively discussion about them next academic year.

We will be buying copies of the books for the Library.

In the meantime why not kickstart your Science reading with last year’s shortlist? All of the titles are available in the Library.

From this link to the shortlist you can read the first chapter of each book before deciding which to read.

Last year’s winner was The Information by James Gleick

Or if Science isn’t your thing….don’t forget we have plenty of excellent fiction including the Women’s Prize for Fiction Shortlist 2013