As I’ve written before, I’m starting a self-education plan, and this time it’s divided into subjects with a rather large reading list. I’ve been working on creating the list for a couple of years now, whenever I can.

I’ll be reviewing my grammar and mathematics skills while reading through the project, along with starting my Latin and Greek study, then add in each subject as my schedule permits.

Furthermore, I’ll be adding each book on the list to both my Gcal and Todoist, so I have a handy list in apps I check daily. If I don’t see something, I won’t think of it, so I put it in places I will see it and already have the habit of checking.

assorted books on book shelves
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Timetable Of Subjects

Language – 45 minutes dailyXXXXXXX
Mathematics – 45 minutes 3x weekly X X X 
Great Books – 2 hours 5x weekly, 1 hour weekendsXXXXXXX
Music Study – 1-2 hours weeklyX      
Art Study – 1-2 hours weekly; 1 hr study of art, 1 hr practice      X
Nature Study – 1 hour weekly  X    
Science – 45 minutes 2x weekly  X X  
Grammar/Logic/Rhetoric – 45 minutes 5x weekly XXXXXX
Movie Study – 2-3 hours weekly, write a review & analysisX      
Weekly Schedule of Autodidactic Study

Subjects to Study

  1. Bradbury Trio – 1000 days: 1 poem, essay, & short story/novella a day. Do this in addition to the reading program. I use Instapaper for this, searching for online short stories, poetry, and essays, then sending to Instapaper to send to my Kindle daily, so I can read with a comfortable screen. I’ve not been very consistent with this, but will be working on it.
  2. How To Read a Book – Chapter a day until finished, take notes and highlight.
  3. The Well-Educated Mind – 1 week. Take notes & highlight.
  4. Harvard Classics – 1 volume every week, including fiction (they get two weeks for each volume)
  5. Gateway to Great Books – 10 volumes, 1 every week
  6. GBWW – 60 volumes, 1 a week, start after finishing Gateway
  7. Combined Reading List – 1 book every two weeks
  8. Classics Club + Reading Challenges: Do along with the reading project/combined reading list (already added/will be added)
  9. TBR: work through my TBR list if not otherwise listed.
  10. Other Subjects
    • Ancient Greek {Perdisco + Athenaze + Mastrode + Duolingo}
    • Latin {Perdisco + Wheelocks + LLPSI} – goal: to read in the original language fluently
    • French {Duolingo + texts}
    • Reading knowledge of German and Italian {Duolingo + texts}
    • Math Review {Khan Academy + texts}
    • Grammar & Composition – Texts
    • Logic {Memoria Press Traditional Logic program, do after Grammar}
    • Rhetoric {Memoria Press Classical Rhetoric program, start after finishing Logic}
    • Nature Study – weekly – nature study book
    • Art Study – weekly + look at daily art’s art of the day
    • Music Study – weekly: albums, genres, eras
    • Movies – weekly: 1001 movies list, other movie lists. Write reviews & comments on the blog, Copy them to Letterboxed

Combined List

Combined Reading List – Organize by WEM methodology (novel, autobiography/memoir, history/politics, drama, poetry, science, philosophy then chronologically in each genre). Read chronologically.

Criteria for List: published in a book, published by a newspaper/magazine/college, or by someone with a literary reputation. The list should be primarily classic works or important texts that influenced people. Include a source: cite where I got the list (book or site)

I have the lists below as PDFs for my own use, but I am working on making a collated list, which will be linked here as a new page when it’s done and ready.

  • Adler – How To Read A Book
  • Bauer – Well-Educated Mind
  • Bloom – Western Canon
  • Ward – Lifetime Reading
  • Fadiman – Lifetime Reading Plan 3rd & 4th edition
  • Mustich – 1000 Books to read
  • Boxall – 1001 Books to read [all editions combined, no removals]
  • Borges – Personal Library
  • Smiley – 13 Ways of Looking at the Novel
  • Van Doren – Joy of Reading
  • Durant – 100 Books for an education
  • The Lists at Greater Books [skip the ones already listed above]
  • Prose – Reading Like a Writer
  • Foster – How To Read Like a Professor [+ Novels + Poetry]
  • Utne – Loose Canon 1 & 2
  • Vulture – 21st Century Canon
  • Guardian – 1000 Novels, Best English Language, 21st Century
  • Modern Library Lists – Editor’s Picks
  • St. John’s College – Curriculum per their website. I’ve also written down the essays they read for their Science and Mathematics Labs.
  • Any lists on R. Teeter’s site not listed above
  • Classics Club List (already on blog)
  • Reading Challenges (already on blog)