My thoughts stray to the many books I want to read or themes I want to explore, causing me to lose focus on what I planned on reading. Since the year is half gone, I thought it a good time to refocus on what I want to accomplish by the end of the year. I won’t get to everything I aimed for in this post but I’m OK with most of the ‘substitutions’ (such as participating in the Reading Odyssey group on Arrian in place of Hellenika). If I get to the following books I’ll be content…or satisfied, that is, given time and other resource limitations.
I realize it isn’t a list for most people (who am I kidding…it's not for anyone else), but if you're interested in joining in on any of these books just let me know. As always, I welcome comments now and as I stumble through the books.
July – December:
Plato: Crito, Phaedo, at least 4 more dialogues (maybe Symposium, Protagoras, Gorgias, Meno, Ion). The Republic is a goal for next year.
Finish Arrian’s The Campaigns of Alexander (see the Reading Odyssey schedule)
Joseph Roth: The Radetzky March, The Tale of the 1002nd Night
Stefan Zweig: The World of Yesterday
Rudyard Kipling: Debits and Credits (Yep, the odd man out on this list, and won't be the only one I'm sure.)
Xenophon: Memorabilia, Oeconomicus, Symposium, Apology. Next up, whether this year or next, is his Hellenika.
And at some point I want to start working in some books on the Thirty Years War I mentioned here.