Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Fifty Books in Five Years

Here is the list of fifty books I would like to read in the next five years, specifically by November 3rd, 2020:
  1. The Iliad by Homer, 179 pp., c. 1184 BC
  2. The Odyssey by Homer, 140 pp., c. 1184 BC
  3. "The Book of Job", 28 pp., c. 550 BC
  4. "Prometheus Bound" by Aeschylus, 14 pp., c. 480 BC
  5. "Oedipus the King" & "Antigone", c. 441 BC
  6. "Medea", "Electra", "The Orestes", "Andromache" & "Iphigenia Among the Tauri", c. 431 BC
  7. "The Clouds", "The Birds", "The Frogs" & "The Lysistrata" by Aristophanes c. 411 BC
  8. The History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides, 244 pp., c. 400 BC
  9. "The Apology" & "Crito" by Plato, 20 pp., c. 380 BC
  10. The Republic by Plato, 147 pp., c. 360 BC
  11. Nicomachean Ethics by Aristotle, 329 pp., c. 340 BC
  12. The Thirteen Books of Euclid's Elements by Euclid, 396 pp., c. 300 BC
  13. The Aeneid by Virgil, 379 pp., c. 19 BC
  14. The Lives of the Noble Grecians & Romans by Plutarch, 876 pp., c. 96 AD
  15. The Annals by Tacitus, 188 pp., c. 109 AD
  16. The Confessions by St. Augustine, 128 pp., 398 AD
  17. The Divine Comedy by Dante, 157 pp., 1472 
  18. The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer, 196 pp., 1475
  19. The Prince by Machiavelli, 38 pp., 1532
  20. Leviathan by Hobbes, 244 pp., 1658
  21. The Essays by Montaigne, 543 pp., 1580
  22. King Henry the Fourth by Shakespeare, 69 pp., 1596
  23. King Lear by Shakespeare, 1608
  24. Macbeth by Shakespeare, 1623
  25. Paradise Lost by Milton, 242 pp.,  1667
  26. Pensees by Pascal, 184 pp., 1670
  27. Concerning Civil Government by Locke, 60 pp., 1689
  28. An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding by Hume, 58 pp., 1748
  29. The Spirit of Laws by Montesquieu, 322 pp., 1748
  30. The Social Contract by Rousseau, 52 pp., 1762
  31. The Science of Right and The Critique of Pure Reason by Kant, 330 pp., 1781
  32. Faust by Goethe, 294 pp., 1808
  33. Philosophy of Right by Hegel, 152 pp., 1820
  34. The Essays of Emerson, 262 pp., 1841
  35. Madame Bovary by Flaubert, 348 pp., 1856
  36. Barchester Towers by Trollope, 476 pp., 1857
  37. On Liberty by Mill, 60 pp., 1859
  38. Middlemarch by Elliot, 831 pp., 1871
  39. Anna Karenina by Tolstoy, 935 pp., 1875
  40. Sons and Lovers by Lawrence, 366 pp., 1913
  41. Mrs. Dalloway by Woolf, 194 pp., 1925
  42. Civilization and Its Discontents by Freud, 40 pp., 1930
  43. My Life and Hard Times by Thurber, 253 pp., 1933
  44. Brave New World by Huxley, 237 pp., 1932
  45. Grapes of Wrath by Steinbeck, 454 pp., 1939
  46. The Reivers by Faulkner, 305 pp, 1962
  47. The Sea The Sea by Murdock, 495 pp, 1978
  48. Vernon God Little by Pierre, 277 pp., 2003
  49. The Known World by Jones, 388 pp., 2003
  50. The Sea by Banville, 195 pp., 2005







4 comments:

  1. Wow! This is a pretty heavy list. I'm impressed. I've only read 5 of these! And parts of 3 or 4 others. You're going to be one well-educated person by the end of 2020!

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  2. Anna Karenina is just beautiful, enjoy!

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  3. I just wanted to stop by & wish you the best with this list! I've been with the club since March 2012. Enjoy!

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