Reading list for the summer

I have arbitrarily decided that this summer will be Russian-themed, just because Crime and Punishment has languished on my shelf for too long. Since I haven’t read most of the Russian classics this somewhat makes sense. Ladies and gents, I present to you my reading list this sommar:

(A lot’s backlog from my three years at uni)

  1. The Saga of Gösta Berling by Selma Lagerlöf
  2. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  3. 佛學 by some bloke
  4. 吾輩は猫である (Chinese translation) by 夏目漱石
  5. 中國哲學簡史 by 馮友蘭
  6. 紅樓夢 by (need you even ask?) 曹雪芹
  7. Republic by Plato (reread)
  8. Basic Writings of Nietzsche
  9. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  10. Anna Karenina, ditto
  11. The Brothers Karamazov or Notes from Underground (I’m tending toward the latter) by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

+12.  我所知道的康橋 (散文集) by 徐志摩 (A bargain at $28. Cambridge FTW!)

Will be added to as I work through the list…


2 thoughts on “Reading list for the summer

  1. I hear “Notes From Underground” is a good one to read before attempting “Crime and Punishment.” I’m currently embroiled in “The Idiot” but I can only read it in small doses. In between chapters, I read another book and then come back to it. I love Dostoyevsky, but he’s a handful to read!

    • In contrast to authors like Joyce and Proust, I’ve never perceived of Dostoyevsky as particularly hard to read, but you have a good point there – the translation might be deceptively simple but the subject matter is totally not. Maybe this is why I’ve been stuck on Crime and Punishment for three years! =_= I think I’ll attempt Notes from Underground first, thanks! (Just noticed how very depressing my reading list is…)

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