A couple years slipped by since my 2016 Reading List and while reading did occur my plan to document did not. I love planning and outlining, but need to improve on the record keeping side of things. Today, I updated the Great Books page to capture the books that I did read on the list. You might notice the addition of an * next to some books that signifies reread; this isn’t my idea and I appreciate whoever gave it to me (some blogger). Additionally, I dusted off the tracking spreadsheet and decided I will not fill in the start and end dates of my reading, but will add the books I read.
Not every book or article is on my reading list and this is still a minor dilemma as I consider reading blogs, articles, & papers an important part of personal growth and life long learning. I predict a blog on the topic this month as I determine how best to track it; keep in mind the goal isn’t to track the reading, but to ensure that my time is spent on the priorities that are the most important. If I spent 10 hours reading this week versus spending time on work and family then I want to ensure it was time well spent.
Another realization was that I wrote nothing of value last year. Sure, I worked and emailed and generated documents for contracts and such, but I did not sit down and write an essay, blog, or article on anything outside of that narrow lane. This is disappointing and yet, finding the time is tricky. More to come, for now if Adrian Coyler can generate his brilliant Morning Paper everyday, I should be able to find the time for one blog of similar depth in a week.
Alright! Enough self flagellation and introspection.
I am very excited about my reading plan over the next few months of 2019. I love the idea of creating a personal Syllabus and will work towards that as read this list. For now here is the plan:
- The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Edward Gibbon
- A History of Western Philosophy, Bertrand Russell
- Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, Jules Verne*
- Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert A Heinlein*
- Boneshaker, Cherie Priest
Mythology & Folklore
- The Hero with a Thousand Faces, Joseph Campbell*
- The Fifth Season, N. K. Jemisin
- Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
- Meditations on First Philosophy, René Descartes
- Critique of Pure Reason, Immanuel Kant
- The Provincial Letters, Blaise Pascal
- Parallel Lives, Plutarch
- Titan, Ron Chernow
Science & Math
- The Origin of Species, Charles Darwin
- The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, Thomas S Kuhn
- Notebooks, Leonardo da Vinci
- Struck by Lightning, Jeffrey Rosenthal
- Hamlet, Shakespeare
- Post Office, Charles Bukowski
- Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoevsky
- The Pickwick Papers, Charles Dickens
- Managing Oneself, Peter F. Drucker
- The Effective Executive, Peter F. Drucker
- How to Win Friends & Influence People, Dale Carnegie
Children & Young Adult
- The Velveteen Rabbit, Margery Williams
- The Yellow Button, Anne Mazer
- Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
Mystery, Spy, & Thriller
- Red Sparrow, Jason Mathews
The focus on Western Literature and Great Books does provide a bias to men authors, but this will become less so as I move through the older books. Roughly 30 books this year, albeit some of the books are long, I balanced them out with some shorter selections elsewhere. Wish me luck.