Reading List

I mentioned in my last post that one of my reading projects is to plug the literary gaps left by doing a science degree. The list is below, but I’ll caveat it first by saying that this isn’t meant to be comprehensive, the vast canon of things that exist is way too extensive. Given that I’ve other reading demands (research, style, erotic fulfilment) I figure that I am being optimistic even with my list of about 40 titles. Especially when those titles include Tom Jones and Middlemarch.

It’s also tailored to my particular reading history: there is no Dostoevsky on the list because I have read a fair amount of him fairly recently, no Sterne because my copy of Tristram Shandy is on loan indefinitely, and no Tolstoy because: Too. Many. Words. And I may need to read War and Peace as research for my current novel.

There’s also a bias towards the European tradition, although, particularly for foundational texts  like the Gita and The Qu’ran, I’ve tried to have a variety. This is because, being an English speaker, that is my cultural canon. I’ll be reading more world literature in future, I promise.

Your thoughts please in the comments:

August ‘15 (Ancient)

(X) Dammaphada – Anon

(X) Baghavad Gita – Anon

(/) The Old Testament – King James Authorised

September ‘15 (Greek)

( ) The Apocrypha – King James Authorised

( ) Lysistrata – Aristophanes

(X) The Oresteia – Aeschylus

(X) Electra – Euripides

(X) Antigone – Sophocles

October ’15 (Roman)

( ) The Aeneid – Virgil

( ) The Metamorphoses – Ovid

( ) The New Testament – King James Authorised

November ’15 (Early Medieval)

( ) The Qu’ran

( ) Tales From 1001 Nights – Anon

( ) Speaking of Siva – Various

( ) Inferno – Dante Alighieri

December ’15 (Late Medieval)

( ) The Saga of the Volsungs – Anon

( ) Canterbury Tales – Geoffrey Chaucer

( ) Decameron – Giovanni Boccacio

January ’16 (Renaissance)

( ) Monkey – Wu Cheng-En

( ) Don Quixote – Miguel de Cervantes

( ) Oorinoko – Aphra Behn

( ) Tale of a Tub – Jonathan Swift

February ’16 (1700s)

( ) Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe

( ) Wailing Ghosts – Pu Songling

( ) Tom Jones – Henry Fielding

( ) The Sorrows of a Young Werther – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

March ’16 (Early 1800s)

( ) Emma – Jane Austen

( ) Eugene Onegin – Alexander Pushkin

April ’16 (Early Mid 1800s)

( ) Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

( ) Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

( ) Moby Dick – Herman Melville

May ’16 (Late-Mid 1800s)

( ) Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

( ) Fathers and Sons – Turgenev

(/) The Toilers of the Sea – Victor Hugo

June ’16 (Late-1800s)

( ) Middlemarch – George Eliot

( ) Germinal – Emile Zola

( ) Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy

July ’16 (1901 – 1918)

( ) Nostromo – Joseph Conrad

( ) The Rainbow – D H Lawrence

( ) Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man – James Joyce

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3 responses to “Reading List

  1. Ovid’s Met. – personal favourite.
    I would also recommend Lucretius’ ‘De Rerum Natura’ (the nature of the universe)- first guy to talk about atoms, and in Latin meter as well. Science in poetry 🙂 love it.

  2. Love it! Maybe Nature should change it’s format requirements.

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