A Year In The Making

Inspired by a couple friends of mine and a certain local author whom shall remain nameless, I have recently decided to quantify my reading for this past year. Which is to say, publish a record of most of what I spent my time reading. I say “most” because there were certain things I chose to omit. For example…

…I am omitting almost all of the poetry, sonnets, essays and articles I read during the past year – with a few notable exceptions (for personal reasons). Though I imbibed heavily of the sonnet this year (mostly Shakespeare and Donne) I felt they were simply too light and numerous to mention here. Perhaps I will discuss them at a later date.

I also omitted the largesse of my Scriptural studies, chosing only to include Scriptures that I had read for sheer pleasure and in entirety – omitting isolated Scriptural studies and research.

Thus follows Matthew`s Reading List of anno Domini 2004

Scriptures read in their entirety:

Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and John

The epistles of Paul, James, and Jude

The second, third and fifth books of Moses (Exodus, Leviticus, Deuteronomy)

The Ecclesiastes of Solomon

The Song of Solomon

The Lamentations of Jeremiah

Other works read in their entirety:

A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen

A Life of Johann Sebastian Bach in Letters and Documents, by Hans T. David and Arthur Mendel

A Monk Swimming, by Malachy McCourt

A Song to David, by Christopher Smart

Abolition of Man, by C.S Lewis

Amoretti and Epithalamion, by Edmund Spenser

Astrophel and Stella, by Sir Philip Sidney

Beowulf, trans. Seamus Haney

Born Slaves, Martin Luther

Caedmon`s Hymn, by the Venerable Bede

City of God, and Confessions, by Augustine

Classical Education, by Gene Edward Veith, Jr., and Andrew Kern

Climbing Parnassus, by Tracy Lee Simmons

Creation Regained: Biblical Basics for a Reformational Worldview, by Albert M. Wolters

Desiree’s Baby, by Kate Chopin

Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions, and Death`s Duel, by John Donne

Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, by Dylan Thomas

Everyday Use: For Your Grandmama, by Alice Walker

Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury

Fox In Sox, by Dr. Seuss

Henry V, and Richard II, and The Tragedy of King Lear, and The Tragedy of MacBeth, by William Shakespeare

Hills Like White Elephants, by Ernest Hemingway

Incident, by Countee Cullen

Lectures To My Students, by Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Lullaby, by Chuck Palahniuk

Marx`s Religion of Revolution, by Gary North

Mid-Term Break, by Seamus Heaney

Morte D`Arthur, by Sir Thomas Mallory

Novum Organum, and The Advancement of Learning, by Sir Francis Bacon

On Man, by Alexander Pope

On Spring, and On Idleness, and Fear of Death, all by Samuel Johnson

Oranges, by Gary Soto

Paradise Lost, by John Milton

Pilgrim`s Progress, by John Bunyan

Precious Remedies Against Satan`s Devices, by Thomas Brooks

Psychology, by Don and Sandra Hockenbury

Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning, and Repairing the Ruins, and The Paideia of God, by Doug Wilson

Responding to Literature, by Judith A. Standford

Roman Fever, by Edith Wharton

Say You Love Me, by Molly Peacock

Selected Epistles, by George Fox

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, trans. Marie Borroff

The Abolishing of Christianity In England, and Gulliver`s Travels, by Jonathan Swift

The Acoustical Foundations of Music, by John Backus, Ph.D.

The Brothers Karamazov, by Fyodor Dostoevsky

The Canterbury Tales, by Geoffrey Chaucer

The Life of Gnaeus Julius Agricola, by Publius Cornelius Tacitus

The Lost Tools of Learning, by Dorothy Sayers

The Medieval Reader, by Norman F. Cantor

The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd, by Sir Walter Raleigh

The Passionate Shepherd To His Love, by Christopher Marlowe

The Purloined Letter, and The Black Cat, by Edgar Allan Poe

The Rocking Horse Winner, by D.H. Lawrence

The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus, by Christoper Marlowe

The Willing Mistress, by Aphra Behn

The Well-Trained Mind, by Jessie Wise and Susan Wise Bauer

The Yellow Wallpaper, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Thoughts For Young Men, by J.C. Ryle

`Tis, by Frank McCourt

To His Coy Mistress, by Andrew Marvel

To Train Up A Child, Michael and Deborah Pearl

What to Listen for In Music, by Aaron Copland

Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?, by Joyce Carol Oates

Young Goodman Brown, by Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Norton Anthology of English Literature:

The Middle Ages,

The Sixteenth Century,

The Seventeenth Century,

The Restoration,

The Eighteenth Century


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