2016 Calendar


The calendar is not laid out precisely; the months in the first column show graphically about when a book is to be read. I have a particular schedule for the books in the "Day-by-day" column; they are placed in approximate relation to the list of months, but their exact dates are given as well. The books in the "Other" column are placed in very loose approximation with the list of months. I plan to read Ulysses, for instance, sometime in March.

For considerations of space, I included only abbreviated references on this table. Details on titles and page numbers can all be found below the calendar as well as under the tab marked The List, next to the (10) in each category (since this is year 10).

Month Day-by-day Other












Greek plays: 1/1-1/18

Plato: 1/19-2/8

Gibbon I: 2/9-2/25

Aristotle: 2/26-3/22

Lucretius: 3/23-4/13

Aquinas I: 4/14-4/22
Luther: 4/25-5/13

Kant: 5/16-5/30

Euclid: 5/31-6/8

Aquinas II: 6/20-7/8

Montesquieu: 7/11-8/2

Dedekind: 8/3-8/11
Gibbon II: 8/12-9/13

Plutarch: 9/14-10/5

Durant: 10/6-11/15

Augustine: 11/16-12/2

Boswell: 12/5-12/16

James: 12/19-12/29
Ovid, Metamorphoses
Tennyson II

Dickens, Edwin Drood
Forsyte, Decoding Edwin Drood
Buddhist scriptures II
Joyce, Ulysses

Gregory of Nazianzus, Orations
Ariosto, Orlando Furioso, sixth 1/6
Bede, Eccl. Hist., bks. IV and V

Foote, Civil War, vol. I, third 1/3
Racine, Moliere, Corneille
Boccaccio, Decameron, day X
Fielding, Joseph Andrews

O'Brian, 21

Goethe, Wilhelm Meister

Austen, Persuasion

Lewis, Till We Have Faces

Trollope, The Eustace Diamonds

Waugh, Short Stories
Lewis, Miracles
Chesterton, ILN 1917, 1922
Cooper, Wilson

Dickens, The Battle of Life

(1) Greek plays: Heracles
  • Heracles Mad (Euripides)
  • Alcestis (Euripides)
  • Heraclidae (Euripides)
  • Philoctetes (Sophocles)
  • Trachinian Women (Sophocles)
(2) Plato
  • Laws, bks.VII-XII
(3) Aristotle
  • Rhetoric
  • Poetics
(4) Plutarch
  • Dion/Marcus Brutus
  • Aratus, Artaxerxes, Galba, Otho
(5) Gibbon, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, chs. XXVIII-XL
(6) Durant, The Story of Civilization
  • Vol. VI, Ch. XXX-Epilogue (pp. 663-940)
  • Vol. VII, Chs. I-III (pp. 1-87)
(7) Ovid, Metamorphoses
(8) Euclid, Elements, Bk. XIII
(9) Church Fathers
  • Gregory of Nazianzen, Orations
(10) Augustine, On Christian Doctrine
(11) Aquinas, Suuma Theologica
  • Treatise on the Resurrection, 2: Part III, QQ 75-82
  • Treatise on the Last Things: Part III, QQ 87-99
(12) Luther, Selections
(13) Selected Buddhist Scriptures
(14) Medieval Christians
  • Bede, Ecclesiastical History, bks. IV & V
(15) Lucretius, De rerum natura
(16) Boccaccio, Decameron, day X
(17) Orlando Furioso, sixth 1/6
(18) Tennyson, "In Memoriam," "Lady of Shalott," etc.
(19) Shakespeare
  • Henry V
  • Timon of Athens
  • As You Like It
  • Sonnets 121-154
(20) Dedekind, Theory of Numbers
(21) Kant, Critique of Teleological Judgment
(22) Fielding, Tom Jones
(23) Boswell, Life of Samuel Johnson, pp.541-600
(24) Goethe, Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship
(25) Dickens, Edwin Drood, The Battle of Life
(26) Austen, Persuasion
(27) Trollope, The Eustace Diamonds
(28) William James, Principles of Psychology, chs. XXII, XXVII
(29) Joyce, Ulysses
(30) Lewis, Till We Have Faces
(31) Waugh, Short Stories
(32) Lewis, Miracles
(33) Chesterton, ILN 1917, 1922

(34) O'Brian, 21
(35) Shelby Foote, The Civil War, third 1/3 of vol. I
(36) John Milton Cooper, Wilson
(37) Classical French Drama
  • Racine, Britannicus
  • Moliere, The Misanthrope
  • Corneille, The Cid
(38) Montesquieu, The Spirit of Laws (selections)
(39) deTocqueville, Democracy in America (selections)

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