Also, I plan to read Charles Van Doren's book entitled The History of Knowledge: Past, Present, and Future-The Pivotal Events, People, and Achievements of World History. I will also be reading From Dawn to Decadence by the late cultural historian Jacques Barzun.
There is also the matter that as a Catholic and being that Pope Benedict XVI has called this year Anno Fides, the "Year of Faith" I will be planning to re-read the entirety of the Holy Bible; RSV Ignatius version of course! As well as the complete Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Further I have developed a "reading plan" for history books; one that I like to call The History of the World in Books. This year I will begin by reading a series of books that chronologically tell our human story. To give you an idea of how that plan will progress I present the following list:
"Antiquity: From the Birth of Sumerian Civilization to the Fall of the Roman Empire"
By: Norman F. Cantor
"Our Oriental Heritage"
Story of Civilzation: Vol. I
By Will Durant
By: Thomas Martin
"History of Rome"
By Michael Grant
"Inheritance of Rome"
By Chris Wickham
"Lost to the West: The Forgotten Byzantine Empire that Rescued Western Civilization"
By: Lars Brownworth
"A Short History of Byzantium"
By: John Julius Norwich
"Civilization of the Middle Ages"
By Norman F. Cantor
"Mysteries of the Middle Ages"
By Thomas Cahill
"The Crusades: A History"
By; Jonathon Riley-Smith
"Religion and the Rise of Western Culture"
By: Christopher Dawson
"How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilzation"
By: Thomas C. Woods Jr.
"The Catholic Church: The First 2,000 Years"
By: Martha Rasmussen
"The Italian Renaissance"
By J.H. Plumb
"History of the American People"
By: Paul Johnson
Obviously the list leaves some gaps in history that need to be filled, but I will fill those as the reading continues. I will work on compiling a page here at the Blog that shows the list and which also details its progress. It should be a fun time and a great learning experience. I am looking forward to it, as that I hope you are as well.
Of course there are certain works of literature I want to accomplish this year as well. First on the list is Victor Hugo's Les Miserables not as result of the latest film adaptation. I have not yet seen it, and not sure if I will. However I have always wanted to tackle that book, but have never committed the time. Then there is Tolstoy's Anna Karenina and War & Peace. There are more (such as Dickens), but as that those are all tomes of considerable weights and measure, I will refrain from adding any more in light that I may perhaps have bitten off more than I can chew in a single year.
However there is one more. It's more of a tradition of mine every couple of years or so, and that is that I plan to re-read my favorite book of all-time J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings.
Well that's my reading list for the year 2013...or a plan at least. I suppose that I may not finish it all in which they will carry over to the next year, but that is a long way from now. So, what do you say? Are you ready to get reading?