14 September 2015

Reading List for the Past Decade

What follows is an imperfect compilation of the books I have read over the past decade.  I'm not sure why anyone would care to read it, but this blog has become as much a jotting pad for me as a way of communicating my ideas to people, so it's their business to figure out why they care, if they do.  The list begins around the time I started making organized reading plans for myself.  There is a lapse of several years in the record as I have kept it, but I am fairly confident that I've collected the major items from that time period.  The list includes only books I have read completely (to my best knowledge), except where specific parts are noted.  It does not include (with the noted exceptions) the many books I started reading and put down, or read piecemeal, or only read excerpts from.  There are a few obvious (to me) omissions from the list: (1) there is very little scripture listed, even though I have read rather a lot of scripture during this period; (2) Tolkien never appears, even though I have re-read The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit during this period, and I think more than once.  There are other omissions, but I can't say what they are, or they wouldn't be omitted.  Short things, probably, and re-readings.  In any case, this is one of those moments when I'm glad to have kept a record, even if it's imperfect.  Oh, and one other thing—some of these are not books at all, but short texts which, for some reason or other, I felt merited inclusion.





Loyola Academy:

School Year, 2004-05 (Sophomore Year of High School)
Metamorphosis, by Franz Kafka
Apology, by Plato
Crito, by Plato
The Pilgrim's Regress, by C.S. Lewis
The Road to Serfdom, by F.A. Hayek
Euthyphro, by Plato
Symposium, by Plato
Beowulf

Summer 2005
Republic, by Plato
A Study in Scarlet, by A.C. Doyle
How to Read a Book, by M.A. Adler
The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde
Dubliners, by James Joyce
Macbeth, by William Shakespeare
Founding Brothers, by Joseph Ellis
The Devil in the White City, by Erik Larson
Paradise Lost, by John Milton
Free Fall, by William Golding

School Year, 2005-06 (Junior Year of High School)
A Man for All Seasons, by Robert Bolt
Discourse on Method, by Rene Descartes
Dr. Faustus, by Christopher Marlowe
The Great Divorce, by C.S. Lewis
Hamlet, by William Shakespeare
The Screwtape Letters, by C.S. Lewis
Oedipus Tyrannus, by Sophocles
A Brief History of Time, by Stephen Hawking
Prometheus Bound, by Aeschylus
Meditations on First Philosophy, by Rene Descartes
An Enemy of the People, by Henrik Ibsen
The Little Foxes, by Lillian Hellmann
Our America, by LeAlan Jones and Lloyd Newman
Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte
Oedipus at Colonus, by Sophocles
The Satanic Verses, by Salman Rushdie
An Introduction to Logic, by Henry Gensler
The Gospel According to St. John

Summer 2006
Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen
The Waste Land, by T.S. Eliot
Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe
The Death of Ivan Ilyich, by Leo Tolstoy
The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
Critique of Pure Reason, by Immanuel Kant

School Year 2006-07 (Senior Year of High School)
Richard III, by William Shakespeare
Hard Times (partial), by Charles Dickens
The Brothers Karamazov, by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Agamemnon, by Aeschylus
The Eumenides, by Aeschylus
Philoctetes, by Sophocles
Ajax, by Sophocles
Antigone, by Sophocles
The Plague, by Albert Camus
Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoevsky
The City of God, Books I-X, St. Augustine of Hippo
Hippolytus, by Euripides
The Bacchae, by Euripides
The Sickness Unto Death, by Søren Kierkegaard
The Frogs, by Aristophanes

Summer 2007
Letters and Documents, by Søren Kierkegaard
The First Circle, by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
St. Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians
Either/Or, Part I, by Søren Kierkegaard
The Harry Potter Series, by J.K. Rowling
Long Day's Journey Into Night, by Eugene O'Neill



Yale College:

School Year 2007-08 (Freshman Year of College)
Medea, by Euripides
The Annals of Imperial Rome, Book I, by Tacitus
The Outlines of Pyrrhonism, Book I, by Sextus Empiricus
Don Quixote, Part I, by Miguel de Cervantes
Monadology, by G.W. Leibniz
Second Treatise of Government, by John Locke
The Prince, by Nicolo Machiavelli
King Lear, by William Shakespeare
Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous, by George Berkeley
Songs of Innocence and Experience, by William Blake
Faust, Part I, by J.W. Goethe
War and Peace, by Leo Tolstoy
Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, by Ludwig Wittegenstein
On the Genealogy of Morality, by Friedrich Nietzsche

Summer 2008
Being and Time, by Martin Heidegger
The Concept of Anxiety, by Søren Kierkegaard
Repetition, by Søren Kierkegaard
Fear and Trembling, by Søren Kierkegaard
The Power and the Glory, by Graham Greene
The Stranger, by Albert Camus
Demons, by Fyodor Dostoevsky

School Year 2008-09 (Sophomore Year of College)
Poor Folk, by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Notes from Underground, by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Buddenbrooks, by Thomas Mann
A Concise History of Germany, by Mary Fulbrook
Mythologies, by Roland Barthes
A Lover's Discourse, by Roland Barthes
Camera Lucida, by Roland Barthes
Nausea, by Jean-Paul Sartre
The History of Sexuality, Vol I, by Michel Foucault

Summer 2009
Howards End, by E.M. Forster
Harry Potter und der Ordern des Phönix, by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter und der Halbblut Prinz, by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter und die Heiligtümer des Todes, by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter und der Feuerkelch, by J.K. Rowling
Midnight's Children, by Salman Rushdie
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, by James Joyce
The Life of St. Francis, by G.K. Chesterton
Franny and Zooey, by J.D. Salinger
Raise High the Roofbeam, Carpenters, by J.D. Salinger

[INTERLUDE: At this point I stopped keeping track of the books I was reading.  This period also coincided with my conversion to Catholicism.  The following list is probably incomplete and based on my current memory of what I read, whereas what preceded was mostly complete, and based on an existing record I had kept for several years.]

School Years 2009-10 and 2010-11 (Junior and Senior Years of College)
The Life of Antony, by St. Athanasius
Sayings of the Desert Fathers
Lumen Gentium, from Vatican II
In the Fulness of Faith, by H.U. von Balthasar
The Rule of Monks, St. Benedict
The Man with the Black Coat, by Daniil Kharms
The Tempest, by William Shakespeare
Short Fiction, by Franz Kafka
A Boy's Will, by Robert Frost
North of Boston, by Robert Frost
A Good Man is Hard to Find, by Flannery O'Connor
Everything that Rises Must Converge, by Flannery O'Connor
The Moviegoer, by Walker Percy
Brideshead Revisited, by Evelyn Waugh
Edmund Campion, by Evelyn Waugh
On Being and Essence, by St. Thomas Aquinas
Existentialism is a Humanism, by Jean-Paul Sartre
Letter on Humanism, by Martin Heidegger
Why Preach, by P.J. Cameron
The Ladder of Monks, by Guigo II
Der Richter und Sein Henker, by Friedrich Dürrenmatt
Life in a Jewish Family (extended excerpts), by Edith Stein
My Futurist Years (extended excerpts), by Roman Jakobson
Writing and Difference (several essays), by Jacques Derrida
Invisible Cities, by Italo Calvino


Dominican House of Studies:

Summer 2011 to Spring 2013 (Two Years in Graduate School)
Summa Contra Gentiles, Book I, by St. Thomas Aquinas
Fides et Ratio, by St. John Paul II
Dei Verbum, from Vatican II
The Coming of the Third Reich, by Richard Evans
The Meaning of Tradition, by Yves Congar
Proportionalism and the Natural Law Tradition, Christopher Kaczor
The Archaeology of Knowledge, by Michel Foucault
The History of Madness (incomplete), by Michel Foucault
Did Jesus Know He Was God, by François Dreyfus

[END INTERLUDE: At this point I started keeping track of what I was reading again, in detail.]


Loyola Academy

Summer 2013
Growth of the Soil, by Knut Hamsun
The History of Rome, Book I, by Livy
Group Portrait with Lady, by Heinrich Böll

School Year 2013-14
The Magic Mountain, by Thomas Mann
History and Future of the Roman Liturgy, by Denis Crouan
Debt: The First 5000 Years, by David Graeber
Eisenhower in War and Peace, by J.E. Smith

Summer 2014
An Open Letter to Confused Catholics, by Marcel Lefebvre
The Last Lion: Visions of Glory, by William Manchester
The Second Vatican Council: An Unwritten Story, by Roberto de Mattei

School Year 2014-15
Categories, by Aristotle
Morte d'Urban, by J.F. Powers
Pope Pius IX, by Yves Chiron
Mirari Vos, by Pope Gregory XVI
Immortale Dei, by Pope Leo XIII
Dignitatis Humanae, from Vatican II
Notre Charge Apostolique, by Pope St. Pius X
St. Pius X, by Yves Chiron
De Interpretatione, by Aristotle
Decrees of the Council of Nicaea
Decrees of the Council of Constantinople
Prior Analytics (selections), by Aristotle
Posterior Analytics, by Aristotle
Topics, by Aristotle
Sophistical Refutations, by Aristotle
Physics, by Aristotle
Howl's Moving Castle, by Diana Wynne Jones
Decline and Fall, by Evelyn Waugh

Summer 2015
Sword of Honor, by Evelyn Waugh
A Canticle for Leibowitz, by Walter M. Miller, Jr.
Uniformity with God's Will, by St. Alphonsus Liguori
Magisterial Authority, by Chad Ripperger
Introduction to the Philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas: Vol. 4, Metaphysics, by H.D. Gardeil
The Re-Formed Jesuits: Vol. 2, by Joseph Becker, SJ
Perfectae Caritatis, from Vatican II
A Wizard of Earthsea, by Ursula Le Guin
The Toms of Atuan, by Ursula Le Guin
The Farthest Shore, by Ursula Le Guin
Harry Potter, by J.K. Rowling

Autumn 2015
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, by John Le Carré
The Honorable Schoolboy, by John Le Carré
Smiley's People, by John Le Carré
Call for the Dead, by John Le Carré
A Murder of Quality, by John Le Carré
Pastor Aeternus, from Vatican I
Sword of Honor, by Eveyln Waugh
The Path to Power, by Robert A. Caro
Means of Ascent, by Robert A. Caro