Works Read in 2016
- Dido, Queen of Carthage by Christopher Marlowe
- Tamburlaine the Great Part I by Christopher Marlowe
- Tamburlaine the Great Part II by Christopher Marlowe
- Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe
- The Jew of Malta by Christopher Marlowe
- Edward II by Christopher Marlowe
- The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm
- The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis (re-read)
- Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate
- The Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
- The Faerie Queene Part I by Edmund Spenser
- Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
- The Praise of Folly by Desiderius Erasmus
- The Essays by Michel de Montaigne
- Utopia by Thomas More
- Collected Poems by Philip Larkin
- Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
- Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library (re-read)
- Lemoncello’s Library Olympics
- The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio
- The Civilization of the Middle Ages by Norman F. Cantor.
This year I read 21 books (one of them was a re-read). There was a strong focus on Renaissance Literature (Marlowe, Spenser, Erasmus, Montaigne, More, and Boccaccio could count as a Medieval-transition figure). I also read a handful of children’s novels as part of my job as a school librarian. I ended the year with the phenomenal overview of the Middle Ages by Norman Cantor.
One of my goals in the past couple of years was to improve my math skills, which I made some good ground (re-learned precaculus, learned introdoctory statistics, and was beginning the early chapters of Calculus), but somewhere in the last six months my practice became infrequent and I lost a lot of what I gained. I plan to revitalize the effort in working on my math skills in 2017.
My work this year has inspired me to keep reading in Medieval and Renaissance History and Literature, but I don’t want to ignore more recent classics (19th and 20th century works). So I might try to rotate them into my reading plans.
I also wanted to add more psychology nonfiction in the vein of Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman, which was an excellent book and the one work on psychology EVERYONE should read!