It's weird to think people read my journal. Most of my entries are private, so if any of you have livejournals of your own, give me your username and I'll put you on my friends list (and read your journal, too).
Tima, you find my reading list impressive? I'm flattered, but it's not really impressive...
I did this last year, and I usually get off track. I read books that aren't on my list and then add them and strike them through to make it look like I'm making progress. I think I've also eliminated some of the entries. My up-to-date reading list is in my livejournal information:
Virgil, The Aeneid and
Theocritus, Idylls and Epigrams 4/23/05 Bion, Idylls 4/23/05 Moschus, Idylls 4/23/05
Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics
Thomas More, Utopia
Philip Sidney, Astrophel and Stella, Defence of Poesy and Arcadia
Christopher Marlowe, Plays and Poems
William Shakespeare, Plays and Poems (will list and cross out one by one)
Edmund Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Emile
Gottfried Leibniz, New Essays on Human Understanding
David Hume, An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding and An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals
Immanuel Kant, Critique of Pure Reason and Selections (ed. Theodore Greene)
Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust
Robert Burns, Poems
John Ruskin, Modern Painters
William Butler Yeats, Poems
Christopher Hill, The World Turned Upside Down
E.D. Hirsch, The Aims of Interpretation 4/28/05
Harold Bloom, The Western Canon: The Books and School of the Ages
Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Truth and Tolerance
If anyone has any recommendations, I'd love to hear them. I would also love to see other people's summer reading lists. Who else is doing this? Maybe we could get some discussion going if we have books in common.
Erica, I loved Marlowe's Dr. Faustus, so I have high expectations going into Goethe, who considered himself the greatest poet of all time.
Sharon, Burns is a favourite of mine that I'm planning on really mastering this summer (if I have the time). He's one of those "natural" poets. I'll look into those suggestions of yours, too. Thank you!