2019

Updated: 8/25/2019

I. Completed

  1. T. S. Eliot, Murder in the Cathedral
  2. Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities
  3. Dante, Inferno
  4. Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  5. Dante, Purgatory
  6. Dante, Paradise
  7. Stephen Crane, The Red Badge of Courage
  8. George Orwell, Animal Farm
  9. Edgar Allan Poe, “Tell-Tale Heart”
  10. Giovanni Boccaccio, The Decameron (selections)
  11. Kurt Vonnegut, “Harrison Bergeron”
  12. Geoffrey Chaucer, Canterbury Tales (Miller’s, Reeve’s, and Pardoner’s Tales)
  13. F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
  14. Edmund Spenser, The Fairie Queene (book I)
  15. George Orwell, 1984
  16. P. G. Wodehouse, The Code of the Woosters
  17. Homer, The Odyssey
  18. G. K. Chesterton, Manalive
  19. C. S. Lewis, The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe
  20. C.S. Lewis, Voyage of the Dawn Treader
  21. C. S. Lewis, Prince Caspian
  22. C. S. Lewis, That Hideous Strength
  23. C.S. Lewis, The Silver Chair
  24. G. K. Chesterton, The Man Who Was Thursday
  25. George MacDonald, The Princess and the Goblin
  26. Hesiod, Theogony & Works and Days
  27. Edith Hamilton, Mythology
  28. George MacDonald, The Light Princess
  29. George MacDonald, A Double Story
  30. Plato, Timaeus
  31. Plato, Euthyphro
  32. Plato, Apology
  33. Plato, Phaedrus
  34. Bible: Genesis
  35. Bible: Exodus
  36. Bible: I Samuel
  37. Bible: II Samuel
  38. Bible: Ecclesiastes
  39. Bible: Proverbs
  40. Bhagavad-Gita
  41. Austin Kleon, Show Your Work!
  42. G. K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy
  43. John Milton Gregory, The Seven Laws of Teaching
  44. Patrick Deneen, Why Liberalism Failed
  45. Austin Kleon, Keep Going
  46. Saint Theophan, Raising Them Right
  47. Euripides, Medea
  48. Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound
  49. Aeschylus, Agamemnon
  50. Aeschylus, Libations
  51. Aeschylus, Euminides
  52. The Ramayana
  53. Selections from Grimm’s Fairy Tales (selections)
  54. Sophocles, Oedipus Rex
  55. Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus
  56. Sophocles, Antigone
  57. Confucius, Analects
  58. Herodotus, Histories (selections)
  59. Thucydides, The History of the Peloponnesian War (selections)
  60. Hans Christian Andersen, Fairy Tales (selections)
  61. J. R. R. Tolkien, Smith from Wootton Major & Farmer Giles of Ham
  62. Tao Te Ching
  63. Presocratics, Fragments: Xenophanes, Heraclitus, Zeno, Parmenides
  64. Selected Poems: Shakespeare, John Donne, George Herbert, Emily Dickinson, Gerard Manley Hopkins
  65. Pindar, Olympian Odes
  66. Sappho, Selected Fragments

2018

This is a relatively incomplete list for two reasons: 1) I’m making the list retroactively at the beginning of 2019 and I don’t trust the accuracy of my memory, and 2) I wrote my Master’s thesis this year which, six months out, I’m incapable of recalling every book I read (especially if I didn’t end up using it in the finished version).

Fiction

  1. Dostoevsky, The Idiot
  2. Song of Roland 
  3. William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar 
  4. William Shakespeare, Henry V
  5. William Shakespeare, MacBeth
  6. Marie de France, Lanval
  7. Virgil, Eclogues and Georgics
  8. Walker Percy, Love in the Ruins
  9. John Bunyan, Pilgrim’s Progress
  10. The Saga of the Volsungs
  11. Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  12. Thomas Malory, Le Morte D’Arthur (the Keith Banes translation which is also an abridged version.)
  13. G. K. Chesterton, Ballad of the White Horse
  14. Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
  15. Aristophanes, Clouds
  16. Euripides, The Bacchae
  17. George MacDonald, Lilith
  18. Ovid, Metamorphoses (selections)
  19. Beowulf
  20. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
  21. Geoffrey of Monmouth, History of the Kings of Britain

Non-fiction

  1. Alasdair MacInyre, After Virtue
  2. Mary Carruthers, The Book of Memory: A Study of Memory in Medieval Culture
  3. Alan Jacobs, How to Think 
  4. Alan Jacobs, The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction
  5. Aristotle, Nichomachean Ethics 
  6. Aristotle, Poetics 
  7. C.S. Lewis, An Experiment in Criticism
  8. Al Geier, The Beloved Unknown and the Learning Soul
  9. Ross Douthat, Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics
  10. Marie Kondo, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up
  11. Boethius, Consolation of Philosophy
  12. Karen Swallow Prior, On Reading Well –see my review of the book at Mere Orthodoxy
  13. Amy Amendt-Raduege, The Sweet and the Bitter: Death and Dying in J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings–see my review of the book at Fafnir: Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy
  14. William Strunk and E. B. White, The Elements of Style