So one of the mini-challenges for the 52 books in 52 weeks challenge is to read 3 books from each of the 5 genres as listed in The Well-Educated Mind: fiction, autobiography, history/politics, drama, and poetry. I am going to go ahead and choose three of each category to read throughout the course of the year just so I have something in mind when I’m not sure what to read next:
- Gulliver’s Travels, because it was next anyway (already read Don Quixote and Pilgrim’s Progress) and I have it on my shelf ready to go.
- Pride and Prejudice, because it would be after Gulliver’s Travels and will also fit in with the Jane Austen mini-challenge.
- Oliver Twist, because, well, it’s the next on the fiction list. And while I know the story well, I’ve never actually read it. <blush>
- Walden, even though it’s going out of order, because I’ve always wanted to read it and it’s on my bookshelf.
- The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, because he’s just such an interesting guy.
- Surprised By Joy by C.S. Lewis
History/Politics (I think I’ll start at the beginning here and read through the history list chronologically, because I don’t have any strong feelings about any of them):
- The Histories by Herodotus
- The Peloponnesion War by Thucydides
- The Republic by Plato
Drama (again, just reading straight through the list in chronological order):
- Agamemnon by Aeschylus
- Oedipus the King by Sophocles
- Medea by Euripides
- The Epic of Gilgamesh
- The Iliad and the Odyssey
- Greek Lyricists
I may read others from the WEM list, but I want to leave plenty of room for other books I may want to read. Some of these I’m seriously doubting my ability to read in a week, but I’ll do my best!