My Reading Plan of 300 Books

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Prior to turning 35 a few years ago, I decided to come up with a reading plan for the next 30 years. It wasn’t to challenge myself to read a huge number of books, it was to select a group of classic books, and a small number of history books, and get to know them really well. That means understanding the ideas, events and wisdom that is being shared in a particular book, and be able to discuss the book afterwards, as if I was teaching it.

The plan was therefore set at reading 10 books a year. This was for 2 reasons. First of all, I am not a fast reader and secondly, I was inspired by the late, great Mortimer Adler, writer of the 2 editions of ‘How To Read A Book’. Although I’m sure he read many more books a year, Adler stated on the TV programme he made of ‘How To Read A Book’ that he only read 10 books ‘really well’ per year.

He further states in ‘How To Read A Book’:

The primary aim is to read well, not widely. You should not be disappointed if you read no more than a handful of the books [in the recommended list] in a year.

Mortimer Adler listed in his books a list of the greatest works ever written, and these were also the books selected for a set he created called ‘Great Books of the Western World’. His recommended list has been the greatest influence on my library and reading plan.

Although Adler had his great recommended book list, he was always keen to point that you have to create your own list, because of course we are all unique, and what is a great list for one person, will be a different list for another. The books listed below are my list.

The other great source of influence for my reading list is ‘The Penguin Classics Book’ by Henry Eliot. This was a gift my wife bought me for Christmas last year and is always the book I’m sat with on the sofa, whilst watching a TV programme. I would never be aware of many of the books listed below without Eliot’s book and inspiration.

There are a few things to note. First of all, there are 360 books in the list. This is because like a full bookcase, I had to add more. I only added these this year, 3 years into the reading plan. Although my plan is 10 books per year, I am generally reading a few more and 3 and a half years into the plan, I have read 40 books, so am ahead of schedule. By adding more books, I increased my quota to 12 books a year (still not that many) and could then add the rest of Emile Zola’s Rougon-Macquart series of novels, that I must read all of.

The first 300 books are listed alphabetically by the author, and the 30, and then the next 30 after that are in no order at all. They are simply the order I added them to the list.

My reading plan began in June 2016, and the first book I read was Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations, a book I often believe should be the gateway book to reading classic literature. I of course had read numerous titles prior to my reading plan, but these have all been added to be read again as part of the plan. My aim is to have read each book 3 times (and with 3 different translations if not originally in English) but we will see how I get on.

The final note is to say that this list is always changing and will almost certainly change again in future. I will not change the total number from 360 now, but I am very flexible in my tastes and never set things in stone. For instance, I have listed a few Anthony Trollope novels in the list, an author of which I have never read, but if I read these and decide I need to read more Anthony Trollope novels, then I will add these (and subtract ones I have lost interest in reading). I also keep a separate list of books I have subtracted from the list over the last few years.

I take reading suggestions very seriously, and am happy to be advised of books you think should be on here. I love reading other people’s book lists, so I am always taking inspiration from them as well.

So now that is all said, here is my list:


1. Aeschylus * Prometheus Bound and Other Plays
2. Aeschylus * The Oresteia
3. Aesop * The Complete Fables
4. Alexander Pushkin * Eugene Onegin: A Novel in Verse
5. Alexander Pushkin * The Queen of Spades and Other Stories
6. Alexandre Dumas * The Count of Monte Cristo
7. Alison Weir * The Six Wives of Henry VIII
8. Ancius Boethius * The Consolation of Philosophy
9. Anne Brontë * Agnes Grey
10. Anne Brontë * The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
11. Anton Chekhov * Plays
12. Anton Chekhov * The Steppe and Other Stories (Oxford)
13. Anton Chekhov * The Steppe and Other Stories (Penguin)
14. Anton Chekhov * Ward Number Six and Other Stories (Oxford)
15. Anton Chekhov * About Love and Other Stories
16. Anton Chekhov * The Lady with the Little Dog and Other Stories
17. Antonia Fraser * The Six Wives of Henry VIII
18. Antony Beevor * The Second World War
19. Aristophanes * Frogs and Other Plays
20. Aristophanes * Lysistrata and Other Plays (Penguin)
21. Aristophanes * The Birds and Other Plays (Oxford)
22. Aristotle * De Anima (On the Soul)
23. Aristotle * Poetics
24. Aristotle * The Art of Rhetoric
25. Aristotle * The Athenian Constitution
26. Aristotle * The Metaphysics
27. Aristotle * The Nicomachean Ethics
28. Aristotle * The Politics
29. Arthur Miller * Death of a Salesman
30. Arthur Schopenhauer * Essays and Aphorisms
31. Ayn Rand * The Fountainhead
32. Benedict De Spinoza * Ethics
33. Benjamin Franklin * The Autobiography
34. C. S. Lewis * Mere Christianity
35. C. S. Lewis * The Great Divorce
36. C. S. Lewis * The Problem of Pain
37. C. S. Lewis * The Screwtape Letters
38. Charles Darwin * The Descent of Man
39. Charles Darwin * The Origin of Species
40. Charles Dickens * A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Writings
41. Charles Dickens * A Tale of Two Cities
42. Charles Dickens * Bleak House
43. Charles Dickens * David Copperfield
44. Charles Dickens * Great Expectations
45. Charles Dickens * Hard Times
46. Charles Dickens * Little Dorrit
47. Charles Dickens * Oliver Twist
48. Charles Dickens * Our Mutual Friend
49. Charles Dickens * The Old Curiosity Shop
50. Charles Dickens * The Pickwick Papers
51. Charlotte Brontë * Jane Eyre
52. Charlotte Brontë * Shirley
53. Charlotte Brontë * The Professor
54. Charlotte Brontë * Villette
55. Cicero * On Living and Dying Well
56. Cicero * Selected Works
57. Confucius * The Analects
58. Daniel Defoe * Robinson Crusoe
59. Dante Alighieri * The Divine Comedy
60. David Starkey * Six Wives: The Queens of Henry VIII
61. Edward Gibbon * The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
62. Emile Zola * Germinal
63. Emile Zola * Money
64. Emile Zola * Nana
65. Emile Zola * Pot Luck
66. Emile Zola * The Kill
67. Emile Zola * The Drinking Den
68. Emile Zola * The Earth
69. Emile Zola * The Fortune of the Rougons
70. Emile Zola * The Ladies’ Paradise
71. Emile Zola * The Sin of Abbé Mouret
72. Emile Zola * La Bête humaine
73. Emile Zola * The Bright Side of Life
74. Emile Zola * The Masterpiece
75. Emile Zola * The Debacle
76. Emily Brontë * Wuthering Heights
77. Epictetus * Discourses and Selected Writings
78. Epicurus * The Art of Happiness
79. Erasmus * Praise of Folly
80. Eric Ives * The Life and Death of Anne Boleyn
81. Ernest Hemingway * A Farewell to Arms
82. Ernest Hemingway * For Whom the Bell Tolls
83. Ernest Hemingway * Islands in the Stream
84. Ernest Hemingway * The Old Man and the Sea
85. Ernest Hemingway * The Sun Also Rises
86. Euripedes * Medea and Other Plays
87. Euripedes * Orestes and Other Plays
88. Euripedes * The Bacchae and Other Plays
89. Euripedes * Heracles and Other Plays
90. F. Scott Fitzgerald * Tender is the Night
91. F. Scott Fitzgerald * The Beautiful and Damned
92. F. Scott Fitzgerald * The Great Gatsby
93. Francois Rabelais * Gargantua and Pantagruel
94. Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche * Beyond Good and Evil
95. Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche * Ecco Homo
96. Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche * Human, All Too Human
97. Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche * On the Genealogy of Morals
98. Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche * The Birth of Tragedy: Out of the Spirit of Music
99. Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche * The Will to Power
100. Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche * Thus Spoke Zarathustra
101. Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche * Twilight of the Idols
102. Fyodor Dostoevsky * Crime and Punishment
103. Fyodor Dostoevsky * Notes from Underground
104. Fyodor Dostoevsky * The Brothers Karamazov
105. Fyodor Dostoevsky * The Idiot
106. Fyodor Dostoevsky * The Possessed
107. Gabriel Garcia Marquez * Love in the Time of Cholera
108. Gabriel Garcia Marquez * One Hundred Years of Solitude
109. Geoffrey Chaucer * The Canterbury Tales
110. Geoffrey Chaucer * Troilus and Criseyde
111. George Eliot * Adam Bede
112. George Eliot * Daniel Deronda
113. George Eliot * Middlemarch
114. George Eliot * Silas Marner
115. George Eliot * The Mill on the Floss
116. Gustave Flaubert * Madame Bovary
117. Henrik Ibsen * Four Major Plays
118. Henrik Ibsen * An Enemy of the People, The Wild Duck, Rosmersholm
119. Henry David Thoreau * Walden and Civil Disobedience
120. Henry Fielding * Tom Jones
121. Herman Melville * Moby Dick
122. Herodutus * History of the Persian Wars
123. Hesiod * Theogony and Works and Days
124. Hew Strachan * The First World War
125. Homer * The Iliad
126. Homer * The Odyssey
127. Honore de Balzac * Cousin Bette
128. Honore de Balzac * Eugenie Grandet
129. Honore de Balzac * Lost Illusions
130. Honore de Balzac * Old Goriot
131. Honore de Balzac * The Black Sheep
132. Horace * The Art of Poetry
133. Horace * The Complete Odes and Epodes
134. Ian Kershaw * Hitler
135. Immanuel Kant * Critique of Judgement
136. Immanuel Kant * Critique of Practical Reason
137. Immanuel Kant * Critique of Pure Reason
138. Immanuel Kant * Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysics of Morals
139. Immanuel Kant * The Science of Right
140. Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev * Fathers and Sons
141. Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev * First Love
142. Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev * Spring Torrents
143. Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev * On the Eve
144. J. M. Synge * The Playboy of the Western World and Other Plays
145. Jack Kerouac * On the Road
146. James Joyce * Dubliners
147. James Joyce * A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
148. James Joyce * Ulysses
149. Jane Austen * Emma
150. Jane Austen * Mansfield Park
151. Jane Austen * Northanger Abbey
152. Jane Austen * Persuasion
153. Jane Austen * Pride & Prejudice
154. Jane Austen * Sense and Sensibility
155. Jean-Jacques Rousseau * Confessions
156. Jean-Jacques Rousseau * A Discourse on Inequality
157. Jean-Jacques Rousseau * Emile; or On Education
158. Jean-Jacques Rousseau * The Social Contract
159. Jean-Jacques Rousseau * Reveries of the Solitary Walker
160. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe * Faust
161. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe * The Sorrows of Young Werther
162. John Milton * Areopagitica and Other Writings
163. John Milton * Paradise Lost
164. John Steinbeck * East of Eden
165. John Steinbeck * The Grapes of Wrath
166. Jonathan Swift * Gulliver’s Travels
167. Julian of Norwich * Revelations of Divine Love
168. Lao Tzu * Hua Hu Ching
169. Lao Tzu * Tao Te Ching
170. Laurence Sterne * Tristram Shandy
171. Leo Tolstoy * Last Steps: The Late Writings of Leo Tolstoy
172. Leo Tolstoy * Anna Karenina
173. Leo Tolstoy * Master and Man and Other Stories
174. Leo Tolstoy * Resurrection
175. Leo Tolstoy * The Cossacks and Other Stories
176. Leo Tolstoy * The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Other Stories
177. Leo Tolstoy * The Kingdom of God is Within You
178. Leo Tolstoy * The Kreutzer Sonata and Other Stories
179. Leo Tolstoy * War and Peace
180. Leo Tolstoy * What is Art?
181. Leo Tolstoy * A Confession and Other Religious Writings
182. Marcel Proust * In Search of Lost Time: Volume 1
183. Marcel Proust * In Search of Lost Time: Volume 2
184. Marcel Proust * In Search of Lost Time: Volume 3
185. Marcel Proust * In Search of Lost Time: Volume 4
186. Marcel Proust * In Search of Lost Time: Volume 5
187. Marcel Proust * In Search of Lost Time: Volume 6
188. Marcel Proust * In Search of Lost Time: Volume 7
189. Marcus Aurelius * Meditations
190. Margery Kempe * The Book of Margery Kempe
191. Mark Twain * The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
192. Mark Twain * The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
193. Mary Shelley * Frankenstein
194. Michael de Montaigne * The Complete Essays
195. Miguel de Cervantes * Don Quixote
196. Nathaniel Hawthorne * The Scarlet Letter
197. Nelson Mandela * Long Walk To Freedom
198. Nikolai Gogol * Dead Souls
199. Norman Stone * World War Two
200. Oscar Wilde * The Picture of Dorian Gray
201. Ovid * Metamorphoses
202. Peter Ackroyd * The History of England – Volume IV Revolution
203. Peter Ackroyd * The History of England – Volume I Foundation
204. Peter Ackroyd * The History of England – Volume II Tudors
205. Peter Ackroyd * The History of England – Volume III Civil War
206. Peter Ackroyd * The History of England – Volume V Dominion
207. Plato * Early Socratic Dialogues
208. Plato * Gorgias
209. Plato * Phaedrus
210. Plato * Philebus
211. Plato * Protagoras and Meno
212. Plato * The Last Days of Socrates
213. Plato * The Laws
214. Plato * The Republic
215. Plato * The Symposium
216. Plato * Theaetetus
217. Plato * Timaeus and Critias
218. Plutarch * Essays
219. Plutarch * Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans
220. Rene Descartes * Meditations
221. Saint Augustine * Confessions
222. Saint Augustine * The City of God
223. Seneca * Dialogues and Letters
224. Seneca * Letters from a Stoic: Epistulae Morales Ad Lucilium
225. Sophocles * Electra and Other Plays
226. Sophocles * The Three Theban Plays
227. St. Benedict * The Rule of Benedict
228. Tacitus * Agricola and Germania
229. Tacitus * The Annals of Imperial Rome
230. Tacitus * The Histories
231. Terence * Comedies
232. Thomas A Kempis * The Imitation of Christ
233. Thomas Aquinas * Selected Writings
234. Thomas Hardy * Jude the Obscure
235. Thomas Hardy * Tess of the d’Urbervilles
236. Thomas Hardy * The Mayor of Casterbridge
237. Thomas Hardy * The Return of the Native
238. Thomas Hobbes * The Leviathan
239. Thomas More * Utopia
240. Thucydides * History of the Peloponnesian War
241. Various * The Homeric Poems
242. Various * Early Christian Lives
243. Various * Early Christian Writings: The Apostolic Fathers
244. Various * The Desert Fathers: Sayings of the Early Christian Monks
245. Various * The Holy Bible
246. Viktor E. Frankl * Man’s Search for Meaning
247. Virgil * The Aeneid
248. Virgil * The Eclogues
249. Virgil * The Georgics
250. Voltaire * Candide
251. Voltaire * Letters on England
252. Voltaire * Zadig and L’Ingénu
253. W. B. Yeats * Selected Poems
254. William Makepeace Thackeray * Vanity Fair
255. William Shakespeare * A Lover’s Complaint
256. William Shakespeare * A Midsummer Night’s Dream
257. William Shakespeare * All’s Well that Ends Well
258. William Shakespeare * Anthony & Cleopatra
259. William Shakespeare * As You Like It
260. William Shakespeare * Coriolanus
261. William Shakespeare * Cymbeline
262. William Shakespeare * Hamlet
263. William Shakespeare * Henry IV, Part I
264. William Shakespeare * Henry IV, Part II
265. William Shakespeare * Henry V
266. William Shakespeare * Henry VI, Part I
267. William Shakespeare * Henry VI, Part II
268. William Shakespeare * Henry VI, Part III
269. William Shakespeare * Henry VIII
270. William Shakespeare * Julius Caesar
271. William Shakespeare * King John
272. William Shakespeare * King Lear
273. William Shakespeare * Love’s Labour’s Lost
274. William Shakespeare * Macbeth
275. William Shakespeare * Measure for Measure
276. William Shakespeare * Much Ado About Nothing
277. William Shakespeare * Othello
278. William Shakespeare * Pericles
279. William Shakespeare * Richard II
280. William Shakespeare * Richard III
281. William Shakespeare * Romeo & Juliet
282. William Shakespeare * The Comedy of Errors
283. William Shakespeare * The Merchant of Venice
284. William Shakespeare * The Merry Wives of Windsor
285. William Shakespeare * The Phoenix and the Turtle
286. William Shakespeare * The Rape of Lucrece
287. William Shakespeare * The Sonnets
288. William Shakespeare * The Taming of the Shrew
289. William Shakespeare * The Tempest
290. William Shakespeare * The Two Gentleman of Verona
291. William Shakespeare * The Two Noble Kinsmen
292. William Shakespeare * The Winter’s Tale
293. William Shakespeare * Timon of Athens
294. William Shakespeare * Titus Andronicus
295. William Shakespeare * Troilus & Cressida
296. William Shakespeare * Twelfth Night
297. William Shakespeare * Venus and Adonis
298. Xenophon * History of my Times
299. Xenophon * Anabasis
300. Xenophon * Conversations of Socrates


The Next 30


301. Emile Zola * The Dream
302. Emile Zola * The Belly of Paris
303. Emile Zola * The Conquest of Plassans
304. Emile Zola * His Excellency Eugène Rougon
305. Emile Zola * A Love Story
306. Emile Zola * Doctor Pascal
307. Juvenal * The Sixteen Satires
308. Edith Wharton * The House of Mirth
309. Edith Wharton * Ethan Frome
310. Aldous Huxley * Brave New World
311. Sappho * Stung with Love: Poems and Fragments of Sappho
312. Plotinus * The Enneads
313. Suetonius * The Twelve Caesars
314. John Bunyan * The Pilgrims Progress
315. John Locke * Second Treatise of Government and A Letter Concerning Toleration
316. John Locke * An Essay Concerning Human Understanding
317. Plautus * The Pot of Gold and Other Plays
318. Plautus * The Rope and Other Plays
319. Petronius * The Satyricon
320. Honore de Balzac * The Wild Ass’s Skin
321. Honore de Balzac * The Girl with the Golden Eyes and Other Stories
322. Honore de Balzac * A Harlot High and Low
323. Honore de Balzac * Ursule Mirouet
324. Honore de Balzac * Selected Short Stories of Honore De Balzac
325. David Hume * An Enquiry concerning Human Understanding
326. Fyodor Dostoevsky * The House of The Dead
327. Fyodor Dostoevsky * Poor Folk and Other Stories
328. Fyodor Dostoevsky * The Village of Stepanchikovo
329. Daniel Defoe * A Journal of the Plague Year
330. Sei Shonagon * The Pillow Book


The Next 30


331. Cesare Pavese * The Beautiful Summer
332. Honore de Balzac * The Chouans
333. Euripedes * Three Plays: “Alcestis”,”Hi​ppolytus”,”Iphi​genia in Tauris”
334. Blaise Pascal * Human Happiness
335. Guy de Maupassant * A Parisian Affair and Other Stories
336. Fyodor Dostoevsky * A Gentle Creature and Other Stories
337. Soren Kierkegaard * Fear and Trembling
338. Anton Chekhov * The Russian Master and Other Stories
339. Honore de Balzac * The Vendetta
340. Molière * The Misanthrope and Other Plays
341. Molière * The Miser and Other Plays
342. Jean-Paul Sartre * Nausea
343. Anton Chekhov * Ward Number Six and Other Stories (Penguin)
344. Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel * Outlines of the Philosophy of Right
345. Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel * Introductory Lectures on Aesthetics
346. John Stuart Mill * On Liberty, Utilitarianism and Other Essays
347. Stendhal * The Red and The Black
348. Stendhal * On Love
349. Nikolai Leskov * Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk And Other Stories
350. George Bernard Shaw * Man and Superman: A Comedy and a Philosophy
351. George Bernard Shaw * Pygmalion
352. Anthony Trollope * Can You Forgive Her?
353. Anthony Trollope * The Way We Live Now
354. Guy de Maupassant * Bel-Ami
355. Soren Kierkegaard * Repetition and Philosophical Crumbs
356. Anthony Trollope * The Small House at Allington
357. Anthony Trollope * The Last Chronicle of Barset
358. Anthony Trollope * The Prime Minister
359. Alphonse Daudet * Letters from My Windmill
360. Jan Karski * Story of a Secret State: My Report to the World

15 thoughts on “My Reading Plan of 300 Books

  1. This is such a GREAT project! Best of luck, Pete! I see a ton of great titles on here, MANY of which I’ve not yet read. ❤ I've just read Meditations by Aurelius & agree it is foundational. I've read a third of Montaigne's Essays & LOVE him. You might try Hemingway's Nick Adams stories, or his The Snows of Kilimanjaro collection. East of Eden is EXCELLENT. I've also got Grapes of Wrath on my to-read list.

    Since you said you welcome title suggestions (& I suggest these not intending to intrude), may I suggest Edith Wharton (The Age of Innocence), Zora Neale Hurston (Their Eyes Were Watching God), Toni Morrison (Beloved), Virginia Woolf (maybe start with A Room of One's Own), Gandhi, Malcolm X, Walt Whitman, Ralph Waldo Emerson (I see you have Thoreau), Martin Luther (I am thinking of the monk who started the Protestant Reformation. I see you have Fraser's The Six Wives of Henry VIII on your list, so you must be interested in that very turbulent period in history.

    Cheers, & all the best with this! 🙂

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    1. Hi Jillian, Thank you so much for your contribution! Yes, I am very interested in the Tudor/16th Century period of history and I really should add Martin Luther to the list. I have been listening recently to lectures on the protestant reformation he spearheaded.

      I will absolutely keep note of the titles you suggest. I am yet to read Hemingway but will especially look out for the further titles you suggest. Thanks again, and welcome to the blog!

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  2. Wow, this is quite a hefty list. Reading them just once would be challenging but you say you want to read each one three times. That’s a commendable committment…..
    You said you’d welcome suggestions so I have a few that will broaden your scope geographically. I didn’t see anything from Africa or India and not too much from Asia (though I might have missed them) but I think there are a few important novels from that part of the world
    Cry My Beloved Country by Alan Paton – examines the attitudes in south africa just before apartheid was introduced
    Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie – birth of the newly independent India
    The Raj Quartet by Paul Scott – tracing the period just before World War 2 through to India’s independence. In my opinion far superior to Rushdie….
    Wild swans by Jung Chang – non fiction account of three generations of women through tumultuous periods in China’s history including the Cultural revolution

    Happy reading
    Karen

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    1. Hi Karen, Thank you for your thoughts and welcome to the blog! There are quite a few on the list I have read at least once or twice, so yes it’s ambitious, but many of the works, such as the plays, should not be too much to read 3 times. Other works I know will be more difficult (Gibbon for instance).

      Thank you as well for your suggestions, I will definitely keep a note of these. I think I will start a new list actually of the recommendations I get. I probably love creating lists too much, but there’s a lady at work who always gives me new suggestions, and I have them all on post it notes, so I should type these up and keep better track of them.

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  3. Pete, just to read a list like yours is an adventure. I would like to comment on a few of your titles.

    Arthur Schopenhauer’s Counsels and Maxim’s-pessimistic but somehow bracing-helps make our relations with difficult folks less perplexing. (Our Relations to Others) hard to beat it.
    C.S Lewis-you’ve listed some of his best-I’m looking forward to 38 hours of his journals from Audible.
    Dickens-he gives us the eccentric characters that the soul craves as Harold Bloom says. Ridicules the upper-crust types in Little Dorrit and even more so in Our Mutual Friend.
    Epictetus-HIs Discourses are like an excellent extension to the stoic writings of Marcus Aurelius.
    Hemingway-Lesley Blume’s book, Everybody Behaves Badly, about how The Sun Also Rises came to be.
    Balzac- Pere Goriot is a modern-day King Lear-in this case mercenary daughters destroy a devoted father.
    Kant and Hegel-I was led to them by Walt Whitman’s Specimen Days-a strain on the brain-beyond my limited capacity to fathom their words of wisdom.
    Joyce-Ulysses-I’ve read or listened to it four times in its entirety and am looking forward to another complete reading. (Or listening)
    Proust-Slow and tremendous pages-generously offers stunning insights to all his readers. If he is for you, your first reading will be just the opening paragraph of your acquaintance with him.
    Aquinas-Prof. Peter Kreeft’s interpretation of this giant (physically and mentally) sheds light on what must be a great original, but beyond the ken of lesser minds like mine.
    Thomas Hardy-great tragic master if there ever was one. His work is capable of making a tender-hearted soul weep.
    Pascal-Pensees.
    Trollope-at least 20 good ones that I’ve listened to back in the 90’s out of his productive output of around 50 novels.
    Thoreau-Dover at one time had a condensed edition of his Journals-as good as Walden.
    The Bible-the last on my list shall be the first.

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    1. Thanks for taking the time to share your words and thoughts George. I greatly appreciate it as always. There are many books I am looking forward to reading and I’m sure will discover lots more in the process. I have just started reading Pere Goriot and hope to get through the wider collection of La Comedie Humaine over the years to come. I’ll of course blog when I have finished the books on the reading list above.

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  4. Sorry to make Maxims in the Arthur Schopenhauer entry a possessive word. It should have been Maxims. Please forgive any and all other errors if you can.

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  5. Here are two more good ones by Patrick White, Pete. The titles are Voss (1957) and Riders in the Chariot (1961). I found both of them to be engaging.

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