My 2009 Reading List

I created a separate blog to track my reading and indepth reviews. I’ll post summary reviews here once in awhile. I did start a little early, reading some books in the last 3 weeks of December (after class ended).

Here is my reading list so far.
9 books in 9 categories in 2009!


  • 1. The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
  • 2. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
  • 3. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
  • 4. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • 5. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevski
  • 6. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  • 7. The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
  • 8. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  • 9. The Trial by Franz Kafka

Book Club Selections

Biography / Auto-Biography

  • 1. The Confessions by Augustine
  • 2. The Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton
  • 3. The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  • 4. The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom
  • 5. The Small Woman by Alan Burgess about Gladys Aylward
  • 6. Through Gates of Splendor – Jim Elliot
  • 7. Eric Liddell: Pure Gold by David McCasland
  • 8. St Thomas Aquinas by G. K. Chesterton
  • 9. St Francis of Assisi by G. K. Chesterton

Books of the Bible

1. James

Recommendation Shelf

History / Philosophy

  • 1. The Histories by Herodotus
  • 2. The Peloponnesian War by Thucydides
  • 3. Lives by Plutarch
  • 4. Xenophon
  • 5. The Nicomachean Ethics by Aristotle
  • 6. The Republic Plato
  • 7. Utopia by Sir Thomas More
  • 8. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
  • 9. Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville

Drama and Poetry


Just for Fun

1. Ysabel by Guy Gavriel Kay

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  • 4. something by Elizabeth Goudge
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L. M. Montgomery

  • 1. Pat of Silver Bush
  • 2. Mistress Pat
  • 3. Blue Castle
  • 4. Jane of Lantern Hill
  • 5. The Story Girl
  • 6. Emily of New Moon
  • 7. Emily Climbs
  • 8. Emily’s Quest
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I’ve also decided to do the US Presidents challenge. This doesn’t have to be completed in 2009.


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7 Responses to My 2009 Reading List

  1. Sherry says:

    Now that, my dear, is an ambitious list. I’m reading a biography of George Washington right now for the U.S. Presidents Reading Project., and I’m enjoying the pace, much different from all the children’s books I’ve been reading the past two months.

    Sherry’s last blog post..Semicolon End of the Year/Beginning of the Year List of Lists

  2. Beth F says:

    I’m in the 999 challenge too, but my categories aren’t as “heavy” as yours! 😉 I’m also in the president challenge. Good luck on both.

    Beth F’s last blog post..Review: The Demon of River Heights by Stefan Petrucha

  3. Laura says:

    Great list – so many I’ve read and enjoyed and many new to me. I love Elizabeth Goudge – no title picked yet?

    Laura’s last blog post..Happy New Year

    • Laura says:

      I read 4 of her books this past year. Two were ok and two were wonderful. I am thinking about looking for the first of the Eliot books.

  4. hopeinbrazil says:

    What a “meaty” list. You certainly won’t lack food for thought this year! I’ve read half of your biography list and half of your classics list. Great choices.

  5. Decnavda says:

    Hmmm, the U.S. Presidents Reading Challenge sounds tempting. I’m pretty sure I could technically start by scratching off Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Nixon, Reagan, and Obama off my list, because I am certain I have read books by or about all of them. If books about multiple Presidents count, I could also scratch off Garfield and Kennedy due to Assassination Vacation. But I shouldn’t, because most were so long ago that details are sketchy in my memory, and frankly, except for Garfield, those and FDR are the most interesting Presidents to read about. My only qualm is that it would seem somewhat pointless to read an entire book about William Henry Harrison. Don’t spend three hours talking in the rain. Lesson learned.

  6. Great books in every sense of the word. Sounds like you have been reading the Well Educated Mind. Many are from susan’s lists. We will be reading some of the same books.

    Have fun reading. Enjoying reading your blog.


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