Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Self-Education

After reading The Latin Centered Curriculum, I have once again decided how important it is for ME to get a great education. About a year and a half ago, I read The Well-Educated Mind and had come to the same conclusion. At that time, I read Don Quixote which is a HUGE book. I read it with an online group and we had weekly discussion questions. I really enjoyed Don Quixote, and I really needed that group to stick with it.

I found a list of the first 5 books of the fiction genre from The Well-Educated Mind online, and decided to use these as my first 5 classics to read. The first book was Don Quixote, so I've completed that one. The second book is The Pilgrim's Progress, which I'm currently reading. I've decided not to study it and take notes and follow a group's discussion, etc. I'm just planning on reading it and enjoying it. So far, I'm about 1/4th through and really liking it.

So, my first 5 books will be:
  1. Don Quixote (done)
  2. The Pilgrim's Progress (reading)
  3. Gulliver's Travels
  4. Pride and Prejudice
  5. Oliver Twist
What are you doing to educate yourself?

5 comments:

Rhonda said...

When I was younger, I read Gulliver's Travels and Oliver Twist. The Pilgrim's Progress was read with my girls. I have not read #1 and to be honest with you I have never even heard of it. Something I will be looking into. Pride and Prejudice is one that I have always wanted to read, but just never got around to it. Now I have a reason. Thanks so much for this post. I love classics.

Teacher of One said...

My 888 list has books that I would never have read without prompting. By the way the BBC mini-series of Pride & Prejudice is word for word with the book. We watched it after we read it in a college course I took before G was born. Rent it when your done.

BtW, I am loving LCC! Thank you again for posting about it.

Barb-Harmony Art Mom said...

We are reading your first three this next school year as part of Tapestry of Grace year two. I will be reading along with the boys and it will be the first time for me to read any of these classics. I read the last two on your list last year as part of our literature selections and really, really enjoyed them. I like Charles Dickins and my daughter does not like his style at all so we had some good discussions.

I read more non-fiction than fiction lately. I have a bad habit of staying up too late when I read a good fiction book. :)

Barb-Harmony Art Mom

Alycia in Va. said...

You are inspiring me to read these too. It's ironic that I stress sharing good "twaddle free" literature with Alex, but I'm lucky if I get to read last months "O" Oprah Magazine :)


Glad to see you and your Alex are doing well and enjoying your summer.

Alycia in Va.

Carrie in Texas said...

This post is a blessing to me, I got back for the SWB conference ready to educate myself and have a really passion to! My mom, sister and I have talked a lot about it! I am just going to do it, I will take your first list of 5 and DO IT!

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