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I'm on vacation!

Summertime is here at last!  No papers to grade, no lesson plans to write, no projects to assign.  Summer has the potential to be beautiful and relaxing.  It also has the potential to be unbearably boring.  This particular summer I have virtually nothing to do, while my wife will be working in the clinic at her dental school.  That leaves me and the Duke (my dog) to while away the hours and fight off boredom.  The answer is easy– read!  I have assembled an epic reading list to occupy my time for the next few months.  This list is highly subject to change, but I hope to make it through the majority of these books before the end of August.  The list is also ridiculously long at 40 books.  About half of those are novels, and after my Jeopardy audition next week I plan to burn my way through a good chunk of them.  With no further ado, here is the list:

Reference Books (Jeopardy Studying)

  • An Incomplete Education by Judy Jones and William Wilson
  • The Intellectual Devotional by David Kidder and Noah Oppenheim

 Drama

  • Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare
  • Timon of Athens by William Shakespeare

History/Biography

  • The Story of the Malakand Field Force by Winston S. Churchill
  • The 100 by Michael Hart
  • Report to Greco by Nikos Kazantzakis
  • Aviation Mysteries of the North by Gregory Liefer
  • Ab Urbe Condita XXXI-XL by Livy
  • Ab Urbe Condita XL-XLV & Periochae by Livy
  • The Arms of Krupp by William Manchester
  • Tainted Breeze by Richard McCaslin
  • Speeches That Changed the World by Simon Montefiore
  • Greek Lives by Plutarch
  • Roman Lives by Plutarch
  • Autobiography (Volume 1) by Mark Twain

Novels

  • Deliverance by James Dickey
  • Foucalt’s Pendulum by Umberto Eco
  • Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Gertrude by Hermann Hesse
  • Klingsor’s Last Summer by Hermann Hesse
  • Knulp by Hermann Hesse
  • Peter Camenzind by Hermann Hesse
  • Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill
  • Call for the Dead by John Le Carré
  • A Murder of Quality by John Le Carré
  • Suttree by Cormac McCarthy
  • Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
  • Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
  • The Rising Tide by Jeff Shaara
  • August 1914 by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
  • The Red and the Black by Stendhal
  • Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut
  • The Once and Future King by T.H. White

Philosophy

  • The Analects by Confucius
  • Life of Moses by Gregory of Nyssa
  • Some Thoughts Concerning Education by John Locke
  • The Genealogy of Morals by Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig
  • The Laws by Plato
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