I found a list of ‘books read’ from a few years ago, when apparently I had a great deal more free time, as I read something like 33 books in the month I was tracking; I was a student. I was going to going to say something a little more interesting about said list (for example, the number of books on it I’ve read multiple times since, or indeed since I started keeping track this time round — it’s something I’ve done off and on since I started university and was curious about how many books I was reading), but I’m afraid I’ve misplaced the book I found it in and don’t want to spend the rest of this evening looking for it. I have Kant to finish in the hopes of putting Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals on the list.
Books with an asterisk were for work, those underlined are my first time reading them.
So, in January I finished some twenty-two books or substantial selections (where I’m not going to finish the whole book any time soon, I count the reading):
- A Room of One’s Own, by Virginia Woolf
- *The Tempest, by William Shakespeare. (Which therefore counts as a small tick against item #3; I did re-read most of Othello as well — both for work — but haven’t quite finished it, so it will stay off the ‘Books Read’ list until I have.)
- A Palm for Mrs. Pollifax, by Dorothy Gilman
- *The New Atlantis, by Francis Bacon
- *The New Organon, selections, by Francis Bacon
- Thale’s Folly, by Dorothy Gilman
- The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax, by Dorothy Gilman (apparently my author of choice for the first part of the month)
- *Selections on Baroque art
- The Self-Sufficiency Handbook, by Gail and Alan Bridgewater
- Old Possom’s Book of Practical Cats, by T.S. Eliot
- Sorcery and Cecilia; or, the Enchanted Chocolate Pot, by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer
- *Leviathan (selections), by Hobbes
- *Essay Concerning Human Understanding (selections), by John Locke
- *Selections of and on Newton
- *D’Alembert’s Dream, by Denis Diderot
- Son of Interflux, by Gordon Korman
- A Shropshire Lad, by A.E. Housman
- Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare?, by James Shapiro
- *Discourse on the Origins of Inequality, by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
- *Marriage of Figaro (libretto), by Lorenzo da Ponte
- The Curse of Chalion, by Lois McMaster Bujold
- The Hallowed Hunt, by Lois McMaster Bujold
- — and most of Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals, by Immanuel Kant.
Of the new books, two were books of poetry I already owned (in fact, I discovered I have two copies of A Shropshire Lad, so I’ve put the less-nice one in a pile to be given away or sold at some point), two were new this year for work, and the other two from the public and university libraries. Well. Moving the books of poetry to my bedroom does seem to make me more likely to read them, which was the point of the exercise.