Updated: 8/7/2019

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” (short story)
  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. C. S. Lewis, That Hideous Strength
  18. Homer, The Odyssey
  19. G. K. Chesterton, Manalive
  20. C. S. Lewis, The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe


  1. Austin Kleon, Show Your Work!
  2. G. K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy
  3. John Milton Gregory, The Seven Laws of Teaching
  4. Patrick Deneen, Why Liberalism Failed
  5. Austin Kleon, Keep Going


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).


  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


  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