Thursday, 15 August 2013

Book list

Meant to join the Classics Club Book Spin but had no time, since this is final year. I did manage to read a number of books though, and here is the list of books I want to read and books I have read:

Books I want to read
1. Dante's Inferno translated by Henry Cary (have done 22 cantoes so far, which is about 2/3)
2. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott
3. Sylvia's Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell (read part of it)
4. Wordsworth biography by Juliet Barker
5. Dorothy Wordsworth's Grasmere Journal (read part of it)
6. Percy Shelley's biography by Richard Holmes (read until before the part he leaves for Switzerland with Mary Shelley)
7. The Bleak Age by JL and Barbara Hammond (done 1/3) It's about socio-economic life in the early 19th century.
8. Romance of the Three Kingdoms, translated by someone called Joly
9. Lyrical Ballads by Wordsworth and Coleridge

Books I have read

Classics
1. Shirley by Charlotte Brontë
2. Humphry Clinker by Tobias Smollett
(It has not been a bumper year for classics)

Minor works of the 18th and 19th centuries
1. Secresy, or Ruin on the Rock by Eliza Fenwick (Gothic novel)
2. The Year of the Jubilee by George Gissing

Fantasy
1. Jingo by Terry Pratchett
2. Soul Music by Terry Pratchett
3. The Power of Three by Diana Wynne Jones
4. The Pinhoe Egg by Diana Wynne Jones
5. Hide Me Among the Graves by Tim Powers (I think ... though it might have been the previous term)

Modern fiction
1. The Gift of Rain by Tan Twan Eng
2. The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng
(I actually want to be the next Tan Twan Eng, only more Bildungsromany.)

Biographies and nonfiction
1. Coleridge: Early Visions by Richard Holmes
2. Coleridge: Darker Reflections by Richard Holmes
3. The English Opium Eater (biography of Thomas de Quincey) by Robert Morrison
4. Reminiscences of the English Lake Poets by Thomas de Quincey (well, most of it. I skipped the boring sections and read all to do with the Poets).
5. Some Victorian gay biography about two gay men who cross dressed
6. The Passionate Sisterhood (about the wives and daughters of the Romantic poets) by Kathleen Jones
7. Romantics at School by Morris Marples (about Romantic poets)
8. Keats' biography by Nicholas Roe
9. Something about the history of the lake district
10. A book about Charlotte Brontë by Frederika Macdonald
11. The Three Brontës by May Sinclair

Enid Blyton
1. All 15 books in the Five Find-Outers Mystery series
2. The Rockingdown Mystery
3. The Rilloby Fair Mystery

This is not a complete list, but I really don't remember all the book I've read. This year hasn't been a wonderful year for reading due to final year exams.

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