Friday, January 1, 2010

Reading, 2009

I can't find my lists for January and November, but here's most of the year, not including the things I read to and with the children as part of their education, though a good deal of that is part of my own education. Maybe I'll post a list of those later.* I'm ashamed to mention all the books I started and didn't finished, especially considering that they were all on my list of previously-begun books that I meant to finish this year.

*Edited to add those -- see below.

NOVELS

Long Dark Tea-time of the Soul, Douglas Adams
Persuasion, Jane Austen (What? Only one Austen this year?)
A World Lost, Wendell Berry
Cold Sassy Tree, Olive Ann Burns
My Antonia, Willa Cather
The Prince of Tides, Pat Conroy (AKA Tom Clancy writes a Wendell Berry story)
Half Magic, Edward Eager (Yes, I read children's stories to myself!)
Elizabeth and her German Garden
Eifelheim, Michael Flynn
Summer of my German Soldier, Bette Greene
The Little White Horse, Elizabeth Goudge
Goodbye, Mr. Chips, James Hilton
Howl’s Moving Castle, Diana Wynne Jones
The Bean Tree, Barbara Kingsolver
Crossfire Trail, Louis L’Amour
The Scarlet Pimpernel, Baroness Orczy
Maskerade, Terry Pratchett
No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Tears of Giraffes, and Morality for Beautiful Girls, all by Alexander McCall Smith
The Fathers, Alan Tate
The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien
Leave it to Psmith, PG Wodehouse


SHORT STORIES

Fidelity: Five Stories, Wendell Berry
Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Other Stories, Truman Capote
“Barn Burning,” William Faulkner
“A Clean Well-lighted Place,” Earnest Hemingway
“Revelation,” Flannery O’Connor
“The Gold-Bug,” Edgar Allen Poe
“The Murders in the Rue Morgue,” Edgar Allen Poe
Lord Peter, Dorothy Sayers (What? No LP novels this year? It was definitely an off year.)


NON-FICTION

Economics for Helen, Hillaire Belloc
What Are People For? Wendell Berry
The Echo of Greece, Edith Hamilton
Norms and Nobility, David Hicks
Against Christianity, Peter Leithart
All Flesh Is Grass, Gene Logsdon
The White Horse King, Ben Merkle
Leisure: The Basis of Culture, Josef Pieper
The Pantry, Catherine Seiberling Pond
Life, Inc., Douglas Rushkoff
PACE: Rediscover your Native Fitness, Al Sears
The Art of Civilized Conversation, Margaret Shepherd
Notes from the Tilt-A-Whirl, ND Wilson


OTHER

Breathmarks: Haiku to Read in the Dark, Gary Hotham (poetry)
Trifles, Susan Glaspell (drama)
ongoing reading:
    John Donne, complete English poetry
    Aristotle, Poetics
    Virgil, Georgics
    Chesterton, Father Brown stories
    Socrates, Meno


BOOKS READ WITH CHILDREN

All the kids
Plutarch's Lives, finished Poplicola and started Dion

Younger set (Ambleside reading only; doesn't include just-for-fun books)
poetry of Walter de la Mare and James Whitcomb Riley
from Charles and Mary Lamb's Shakespeare:
    Two Gentlemen of Verona
    Twelfth Night
    Romeo and Juliet
Viking Tales, Jennie Hall
Heidi, Johanna Spyri
Understood Betsy, Dorothy Canfield Fisher
Pinocchio, Carlo Collodi
Tree in the Trail, Holling C. Holling
ongoing reading:
    Our Island Story, HE Marshall
    The Country of Ours, HE Marshall
    Trial and Triumph, Richard Hannula
    The Little Duke, Charlotte Yonge
    A Child's History of the World, Virgil Hilyer
    The Burgess Animal Book for Children, Thornton Burgess
    Pilgrim's Progress, John Bunyan

older kids
Shakespeare: Telfth Night, King Lear
Idylls of the King, Tennyson
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, anonymous
ongoing:
   Piers Plowman, William Langland
   Philosophy of Education, Charlotte Mason
   What's Wrong with the World, GK Chesterton

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