Like John Thomas, I wish to present a tentative outline of my planned reading this year; divided into non-fiction, fiction, and other. N.B. Here “other” mostly includes poetry and a few particularly odd entries. I am a slow reader, not to mention the required reading of my university studies, so I don’t expect to finish this list, but I will certainly take a crack at it.
- As a recent convert, I hope to continue to read the Bible in its entirety. My top priority is 2 Kings.
- St. Augustine’s Confessions
- Various works of Catholic Social Doctrine, with a fuller list to come at a later date.
- War and Peace, by Leo Tolstoy
- The Silmarillion, by J.R.R. Tolkien
- The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien (Expect reviews on these and the main LotR trilogy in time)
- Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen
- The Brothers Karamazov, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
- The Divine Comedy, by Dante Alighieri
- The Wheel of Time series, Robert Jordan (If memory serves, this series is around 17 books long, so I do not hope to finish it this year, though I may begin it)
- I hope to become decently versed in some of the classics of science. My first step here will be the Elements of Euclid.
- The City of God, by St. Augustine
- Symposium, by Plato
- Romance of the Three Kingdoms, by Luo Guanzhong
In addition to all these, I am a student of Latin, so I hope to begin reading in Latin regularly, in which case I hope to reach a level of fluency to complete some works of the greats, particularly Caesar and Cicero. I will also be studying Newton’s Principia in its original Latin.
This concludes my 2022 reading list. Like I said earlier, I do not expect to finish this list, but I will definitely be trying. I certainly have a better chance at finishing my list than JT, considering the…extended length of his list. But at least he is optimistic.
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