Saturday, January 2, 2010

2010 Reading

If you're a student like me, you probably have to read certain books.

Here's a bit of what I'll be reading this year for school this year:
  • Boethius' The Consolation Of Philosophy
  • Augustine's City of God
  • Athanasius' On The Incarnation
  • Clement's The Rich Man's Salvation
Unfortunately I don't know what books will be assigned this fall for my Junior year. I do know they will have something to do with Europe. Milton? Chaucer? If you know feel free to enlighten me.

As well as reading the required books, I want to try to get through a few on my own. I really should read at least one novel. It's becoming harder for me to pick one up and this is a bad sign. I'm a few chapters into the Brothers Karamazov which is just as depressing and philosophical as I thought. (Or didn't think). But I love Dostoyevsky's writing style. I also started Les Miserables, possibly because I felt guilty for watching the movie before reading the book.

One of my Christmas presents was a delicate little nearly 100-year-old copy of Dicken's Dombey and Son. I'd only heard about it once before. Anyway, I love the copy my mom found for me and I started reading it right away. It's really good- I'm looking forward to finishing it.

I'd also like to read some essays.
Here are some interesting ones I've found:

G.K. Chesterton:

Willa Cather:

Francis Bacon

A number of essays I've looked at are remarkably short, resembling book intros. I don't like the many snobby, scholarly prefaces to books- but I like the idea of a small piece containing big ideas.

I don't really care if I get to all this stuff....better to fully absorb one decent book than read ten classics, I guess.
I might add some "fun" books later..but until I find them, I might as well enjoy my adventure with the ones above.

What are you reading this year?


Elisabeth said...

Last year I began The Brothers Karamazov. I managed to get a whole 1/3 of the way through it before I got engaged and it fell by the wayside. I loved the writing style as well, though the form of story telling was hard for me to grasp. I claim those Russian authors are just a wee bit... off? Anyhow, when you finish it tell me what you think. I don't think I will be able to get through it in my lifetime.

Maroussia said...

It will be great to watch Les Miserables, i have bought tickets from looking forward to it.