A Belated New Year Post: Goodbye 2015!

This has been a busy and hard year full of many  transitions.

  • Became a father
  • My mother was diagnosed and treated for a life-threatening disease, and is currently in remission.
  • Both of my siblings got engaged and will be married in 2016.

 

Somewhere in all that I managed to read 26 works of literature.

1) Escape from Mr Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein
2) Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
3) Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo
4) The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
5) Precious Provincials by Moliere
6) Don Juan by Moliere
7) Miser by Moliere
8) The Would-be Gentleman by Moliere
9) The School for Wives by Moliere
10) Tartuffe by Moliere
11) The Misanthrope by Moliere
12) The Clever Women by Moliere
13) The Nibelungenlied by Anonymous
14) The Collected Poems of A. E. Housman
15) Pirkei Avot (Ethics of the Fathers) by Anonymous
16) Tristram Shandy by Laurence Sterne
17) Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
18) Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
19) Dombey and Son by Charles Dickens
20) Beloved by Toni Morrison
21) The Fourteenth Goldfish by Holm
22) Selected Poems by Edwin Arlington Robinson
23) Poems by Emily Bronte
24) La Vita Nuova by Dante Alighieri
25) Poems by Ralph Waldo Emerson
26) The Spanish Tragedy by Thomas Kyd

 

Not bad considering we had a baby this year. My numbers even went up slightly; I read 24 books in 2014. Becoming a father is quite the change: loss of sleep, loss of free time, and a general change of focus in my life, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. No book, no words of wisdom, no philosophy can match the feeling I get when my daughter smiles at me.

Nevertheless, I still plan to find moments where I can read the great works of literature. Likewise, it is important to me to learn other topics besides literature. In addition to my literary readings, I have been slowly working through an elementary statistics textbook and teaching myself Spanish (still at the beginning stages). I plan to continue working on Spanish and my math skills into the New Year. For literary reading, I was considering focusing on plays and poetry in general, and perhaps do a Renaissance unit.

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8 thoughts on “A Belated New Year Post: Goodbye 2015!

  1. Little Moliere this year huh? I’ve got Tom Jones coming up soon, Tristram Shandy, probably not til next year. I’ll compare thoughts when I get to them. Congrats on fatherhood…it is obviously life changing.

    • Yeah, I always wanted to read Moliere and plays tend to be quick reads, which work well with work and baby schedule. I suspect my focus on plays instead of novels was how I kept my numbers up, although I did manage to squeeze in Tom Jones and Tristram Shandy. Tom Jones was really good. Tristram Shandy I appreciated and thought was interesting in its own way, but it was a difficult read.

  2. Well, addressing the most important things first ….. congratulations on becoming a father! That’s wonderful! I’m surprised that you were able to get so much reading done, despite the sleepless nights. When she gets a little older, there are so many wonderful children’s books which are introductions to the classics: Dante, Shakespeare, Homer ….. they’re not always easy to find, but I was encouraged at the number of them.

    My mother was diagnosed with a life-threatening disease too this year, so it was a hard year all round. Her life has changed dramatically and it’s been challenging to deal with. All the best to your mom and I hope she recovers fully.

    You immersed yourself in Molière this year, I see. I still haven’t read any of his works. 😦 La Vita Nuova was great, wasn’t it? Such a good introduction to The Divine Comedy.

    In any case, I hope that you have a great 2016! I hope you can join us in reading The Faerie Queene.

    • Thanks for the congrats. I think focusing on plays helped with the numbers. Moliere was really good. I still have some other plays I want to read by him, but I read through a healthy chunk of his major works. I enjoyed La Vita Nuova. It was different than I expected. I wasn’t expecting all the prose narrative framing around the actual poems and a semi-structured story about his encounters with Beatrice. I guess I was expecting more random poems about Beatrice.

      I’m sorry about your mother. It is hard to see a parent suffering from a disease. I hope she is okay and recovering. My mom had a stem cell transplant and chemo and is currently considered in partial remission. Thanks for the suggestion about the children’s book. I definitely want to join you for the Faerie Queene.

  3. An impressive list considering your life changing events. I didn’t even think about reading again until my last child turned three-years old. Congratulations on fatherhood, and I hope that everything works out well for your mom.

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