2020 Just Reading: The List

Completed reads for 2020:

  1. The History of the Britons, by Nennius
  2. The Annales Cambriae
  3. The Life of King Alfred, by Asser
  4. The Wood Beyond the World, by William Morris
  5. The Life of Merlin, by Geoffrey of Monmouth
  6. The History of the Kings of Britain, by Geoffrey of Monmouth
  7. The Life of Gildas, by Caradoc of Llancarfan
  8. The Life of Gildas, by a Monk of Rhuys
  9. The Well at the World’s End (2 vols.), by William Morris
  10. John Carter of Mars, by E.R. Burroughs
  11. The Nicomachean Ethics, by Aristotle
  12. Is Shakespeare Dead?, by Mark Twain
  13. The Jew of Malta, by Christopher Marlowe
  14. Doctor Faustus, by Christopher Marlowe
  15. Dido, Queen of Carthage, by Christopher Marlowe and Thomas Nashe
  16. The Massacre at Paris, by Christopher Marlowe
  17. Lust’s Dominion, by Thomas Dekker
  18. The Passionate Shepherd to His Love, by Christopher Marlowe
  19. The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd, by Walter Raleigh
  20. Raleigh Was Right, by William Carlos Williams
  21. Hero and Leander, by Christopher Marlowe and George Chapman
  22. The King of the Golden River, by John Ruskin
  23. The Complete Poems and Translations, by Christopher Marlowe and Others
  24. Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare?, by James Shapiro
  25. A Counterblaste to Tobacco, by King James I of England and VI of Scotland
  26. Christopher Marlowe: A Biography, by A.L. Rowse
  27. Fey Folk: A Tale from Skiathos, by Alexandros Papadiamandis
  28. Shakespeare: A Life, by Park Honan
  29. Politics, and the Athenian Constitution, by Aristotle
  30. The Lay of Aotrou and Itroun, by J.R.R. Tolkien
  31. Was Lord Bacon the Author of Shakespeare’s Plays?, by William Henry Smith
  32. An Account of the Principalities of Wallachia and Moldavia, by William Wilkinson
  33. Judgement Night: A Selection of Science Fiction, by C.L. Moore
  34. Three Jacobean Tragedies, edited by Gamini Salgado
  35. Shakespeare Bites Back: Not So Anonymous, by Paul Edmondson and Stanley Wells
  36. Jacobean Tragedies, edited by A.H. Gomme
  37. The Metaphysics, by Aristotle
  38. Existentialism and Humanism, by Jean-Paul Sartre
  39. The Cosmic Doctrine, by Dion Fortune
  40. Theurgia, or the Egyptian Mysteries, by Iamblichus
  41. Dracul, by Dacre Stoker and J.D. Barker
  42. The Life of Pythagoras, by Porphyry
  43. On the Faculties of the Soul, by Porphyry
  44. The Masque of the Red Death, by Edgar Allan Poe
  45. The Isle of the Torturers, by Clark Ashton Smith
  46. Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary, by J.R.R. Tolkien
  47. First Among Sequels, by Jasper Fforde
  48. Howl’s Moving Castle, by Diana Wynne Jones
  49. Castle in the Air, by Diana Wynne Jones
  50. House of Many Ways, by Diana Wynne Jones
  51. Gon, by Masashi Tanaka
  52. Red Moon, by Sein Ares
  53. The Plague, by Albert Camus
  54. The Tough Guide to Fantasyland, by Diana Wynne Jones
  55. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll
  56. Through the Looking Glass, by Lewis Carroll
  57. The Hunting of the Snark, by Lewis Carroll
  58. A Journal of the Plague Year, by Daniel Defoe
  59. The Golden Verses of Pythagoras
  60. On Sacrifice, by Apollonius of Tyana
  61. The Life of Pythagoras, by Iamblichus
  62. The Theology of Arithmetic, by Iamblichus
  63. Letter to Menoeceus, by Epicurus
  64. Principal Doctrines, by Epicurus
  65. Letter to Pythocles, by Epicurus
  66. Letter to Herodotus, by Epicurus
  67. Vatican Sayings, by Epicurus
  68. The Canterbury Tales, by Geoffrey Chaucer
  69. The Tale of Melibee, by Geoffrey Chaucer
  70. The Parson’s Tale, by Geoffrey Chaucer
  71. On the Soul, by Aristotle
  72. The Categories, by Aristotle
  73. On Interpretation, by Aristotle
  74. Prior Analytics, by Aristotle
  75. The Sand-Reckoner, by Archimedes
  76. Fragments that Remain of the Lost Writings of Proclus
  77. Posterior Analytics, by Aristotle
  78. On Images, by Porphyry
  79. Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson
  80. Topics, by Aristotle
  81. On Sophistical Refutations, by Aristotle
  82. Kidnapped, by Robert Louis Stevenson
  83. Physics, by Aristotle
  84. On the Heavens, by Aristotle
  85. The Hymns of Orpheus
  86. The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien
  87. The Secret History, by Procopius
  88. The Enneads, by Plotinus
  89. Fragments of Heraclitus
  90. The Velveteen Rabbit, by Margery Williams
  91. Winnie-the-Pooh, by A.A. Milne
  92. The House at Pooh Corner, by A.A. Milne
  93. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, by L. Frank Baum
  94. Atlantis, the Antediluvian World, by Ignatius Donnelly
  95. The Lost Lemuria, by W. Scott-Elliot
  96. The Story of Atlantis, by W. Scott-Elliot
  97. The Submerged Continents of Atlantis and Lemuria, by Rudolf Steiner
  98. Das Rheingold [libretto], by Richard Wagner
  99. Die Walküre [libretto], by Richard Wagner
  100. New Atlantis, by Sir Francis Bacon
  101. Siegfried [libretto], by Richard Wagner
  102. Götterdämmerung [libretto], by Richard Wagner
  103. Mr. Bliss, by J.R.R. Tolkien
  104. Farmer Giles of Ham, by J.R.R. Tolkien
  105. Leaf By Niggle, by J.R.R. Tolkien
  106. Roverandom, by J.R.R. Tolkien
  107. Smith of Wootton Major, by J.R.R. Tolkien
  108. Letters from Father Christmas, by J.R.R. Tolkien
  109. The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, by J.R.R. Tolkien
  110. Children of Earth and Sky, by Guy Gavriel Kay
  111. She, by H. Rider Haggard
  112. The Book of Nonsense, by Edward Lear
  113. Nonsense Songs, Stories, Botany, and Alphabets, by Edward Lear
  114. More Nonsense, by Edward Lear
  115. Laughable Lyrics, by Edward Lear
  116. Screwtape Proposes a Toast, by C.S. Lewis
  117. Grimms’ Fairy Tales, by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
  118. Essay on the Coinage of Money, by Nicolaus Copernicus
  119. Lady Chatterley’s Lover, by D.H. Lawrence
  120. Selected Poetry, by Lord Byron
  121. Poems, by Robert Burns
  122. The Saga of Gunnlaug Snake-Tongue, by Anonymous
  123. The Tale of Scald-Helgi, by Anonymous
  124. The Saga of Hallfred, by Anonymous
  125. The Tale of Thorvald Tassle, by Anonymous
  126. The Saga of Hord and the Holm-Dwellers, by Anonymous
  127. The Saga of Havard the Halt, by Anonymous
  128. The Saga of Hen-Thorir, by Anonymous
  129. The Saga of the People of Vatnsdal, by Anonymous
  130. Bolli Bollason’s Tale, by Anonymous
  131. The Saga of Hrafnkel Frey’s Godi, by Anonymous
  132. The Saga of the Confederates, by Anonymous
  133. The Saga of Ref the Sly, by Anonymous
  134. The Battle of Maldon, by Anonymous
  135. The Saga of the Greenlanders, by Anonymous
  136. Eirik the Red’s Saga, by Anonymous
  137. The Tale of Thorstein Staff-Struck, by Anonymous
  138. The Tale of Halldor Snorrason II, by Anonymous
  139. The Tale of Sarcastic Halli, by Anonymous
  140. The Tale of Thorstein Shiver, by Anonymous
  141. The Tale of Audun from the West Fjords, by Anonymous
  142. The Tale of the Storywise Icelander, by Anonymous
  143. The Saga of the Ere-Dwellers (Eyrbyggja saga), by Anonymous
  144. A Pickle for the Knowing Ones, by Timothy Dexter
  145. Mispogon, by Emperor Julian the Apostate
  146. On the Mortality (or Plague), by Cyprian of Carthage
  147. The Origin and Deeds of the Goths, by Jordanes
  148. The Book of Gomorrah, by Peter Damian
  149. The Poem of the Cid, by Anonymous
  150. The Song of Roland, by Turold
  151. The Death of Aoife’s Only Son (two versions), by Anonymous
  152. The Pursuit of Gruaidh Ghriansholus, by Anonymous
  153. Cuchulainn and Senbecc, Grandson of Ebrecc (two versions), by Anonymous
  154. The Sick-bed of Cuchulain, and the Only Jealousy of Emer, by Anonymous
  155. The Story of Mac Datho’s Pig (two versions), by Anonymous
  156. The Cattle-Raid of Fraech, by Anonymous
  157. The Raid for the Cattle of Regamon, by Anonymous
  158. The Raid for Dartaid’s Cattle, by Anonymous
  159. The Driving of the Cattle of Flidais, by Anonymous
  160. The Cattle-Raid of Regamna, by Anonymous
  161. The Intoxication of the Ulstermen, by Anonymous
  162. The Exile of the Sons of Usnech (two versions), by Anonymous
  163. The Cause of the Exile of Fergus Mac Roig, by Anonymous
  164. The Courtship of Ferb (two versions), by Anonymous
  165. The Battle of Ross na Ríg, by Anonymous
  166. The Battle of Findchorad, by Anonymous
  167. The Violent Deaths of Goll and Garb, by Anonymous
  168. The Feast of Bricriu, by Anonymous
  169. The Wooing of Treblann, by Anonymous
  170. Táin Bó Cúailnge (The Cattle-Raid of Cooley) (two versions), by Anonymous
  171. The Death of Curoi Mac Dari (four versions), by Anonymous
  172. The Colloquy of the Two Sages, by Anonymous
  173. The Tragic Death of Celtchar mac Uthechair, by Anonymous
  174. The Death of Lóegaire Buadach, by Anonymous
  175. The Death of Cu Chulainn, by Anonymous
  176. The Great Defeat on the Plain of Muirthemne before Cuchulainn’s Death, by Anonymous
  177. The Death of Conchobar (four versions), by Anonymous
  178. The Battle of Airtech, by Anonymous
  179. The Death of Cet Mac Magach, by Anonymous
  180. The Death of Fergus Mac Róich, by Anonymous
  181. The Deaths of Ailill and of Conall Cernach, by Anonymous
  182. The Violent Death of Medb, by Anonymous
  183. The Phantom Chariot of Cu Chulainn, by Anonymous
  184. The Genealogy of Cu Chulainn, by Anonymous
  185. The War of Fergus and Conchobar, by Anonymous
  186. The Hostel of Da Choca, by Anonymous
  187. The Siege of Howth, by Anonymous
  188. Deirdre, by Anonymous
  189. The Lament of Deirdre, by Anonymous
  190. Medb Enjoined Illegal Contracts, by Anonymous
  191. The Death of Conchobar’s Sons, by Anonymous
  192. The Saga of Fergus mac Léti, by Anonymous
  193. The Death of Fergus mac Leide, by Anonymous
  194. The Martial Career of Conghal Cláiringhneach, by Anonymous
  195. The Cause of the Battle of Cnucha, by Anonymous
  196. The Boyhood Deeds of Finn mac Cumhaill, by Anonymous
  197. Two Tales about Finn, by Anonymous
  198. Finn and the Man in the Tree, by Anonymous
  199. The Enumeration of Finn’s People, by Anonymous
  200. The Little Brawl at Almhain, by Anonymous
  201. Finn and the Phantoms, by Anonymous
  202. The Enchanted Cave of Keshcorran, by Anonymous
  203. The Carle of the Drab Coat, by Anonymous
  204. The Pursuit of the Gilla Decair and His Horse, by Anonymous
  205. The Feast at Conan’s House, by Anonymous
  206. Finn and Grainne, by Anonymous
  207. The Pursuit of Diarmuid and Grainne, by Anonymous
  208. The Hiding of the Hill of Howth, by Anonymous
  209. The Battle of Gabhra, by Anonymous
  210. The Battle of Ventry, by Anonymous
  211. The Chase of Sid na mBan Finn and the Death of Finn, by Anonymous
  212. Cormac’s Panegyric and Finn’s Death, by Anonymous
  213. The Lay of Oisín in the Land of Youth, by Micheál Coimín
  214. The Colloquy with the Ancients, by Anonymous
  215. Tales of Mongan, by Anonymous
  216. The Mabinogion, by Anonymous
  217. The Tale of Taliesin, by Elis Gruffydd
  218. The Spoils of Annwn, by Anonymous
  219. Encomium of Helen, by Gorgias
  220. The Defence of Palamedes, by Gorgias
  221. Arthur and the Porter, by Anonymous
  222. Geraint son of Erbin, by Anonymous
  223. The Battle of the Trees, by Anonymous
  224. The Welsh Triads (6 versions), by Anonymous
  225. The Stanzas of the Graves, by Anonymous
  226. The Dialogue of Myrddin and Taliesin, by Anonymous
  227. The Dialogue of Taliesin and Ugnach, by Anonymous
  228. The Praise of Tenby, by Anonymous
  229. The First Address of Taliesin, by Anonymous
  230. The Elegy of the Thousand Sons, by Anonymous
  231. The Fold of the Bards, by Anonymous
  232. The Pleasant Things of Taliesin, by Anonymous
  233. Oh God, the God of Formation, by Anonymous
  234. The Prophecy of Prydein the Great, by Anonymous
  235. The Hostile Confederacy, by Anonymous
  236. Juvenile Ornaments of Taliesin, by Anonymous
  237. Daronwy, by Anonymous
  238. Song on Lleenawg, by Anonymous
  239. The Praise of Taliesin, by Anonymous
  240. The Chair of Taliesin, by Anonymous
  241. Song Before the Sons of Llyr, by Anonymous
  242. The Chair of the Sovereign, by Anonymous
  243. The Chair of Cerridwen, by Anonymous
  244. Song of the Wind, by Anonymous
  245. A Rumour Has Come, by Anonymous
  246. Song to Mead, by Anonymous
  247. Song to Ale, by Anonymous
  248. The Plagues of Egypt, by Anonymous
  249. The Satire on Cynan Garwyn, by Anonymous
  250. The Rod of Moses, by Anonymous
  251. The Song of the Horses, by Anonymous
  252. The Contrived World, by Anonymous
  253. On the Face of the Earth, by Anonymous
  254. Alexander the Great, by Anonymous
  255. God the Possessor, by Anonymous
  256. The Battle of Gwenystrad, by Anonymous
  257. A Song for Urien Rheged (4 versions), by Anonymous
  258. The Affair of Argoed Llwyfain, by Anonymous
  259. The Spoils of Taliesin, by Anonymous
  260. A Song on Gwallawg ab Lleenawg, by Anonymous
  261. The Satisfaction of Urien, by Anonymous
  262. The Death Song of Erof, by Anonymous
  263. The Death Song of Madawg, by Anonymous
  264. The Death Song of Corroi, by Anonymous
  265. The Death Song of Dylan, by Anonymous
  266. The Death Song of Owain, by Anonymous
  267. The Death Song of Aeddon, by Anonymous
  268. The Death Song of Cunedda, by Anonymous
  269. The Lesser Prophecy of Britain, by Anonymous
  270. The Death Song of Uther Pendragon, by Anonymous
  271. A Bright Festivity, by Anonymous
  272. May God Exalt, by Anonymous
  273. The Eternal Trinity, by Anonymous
  274. The Praise of Lludd the Great, by Anonymous
  275. Truly There Will Be to Me a Roman Friend, by Anoymous
  276. The Reconciliation of Lludd the Lesser, by Anonymous
  277. A Song to the Great World, by Anonymous
  278. A Song to the Little World, by Anonymous
  279. The Prediction of Kadwaladr, by Anonymous
  280. The Dialogue of Taliesin and Aneirin, by Anonymous
  281. The Quarrel of Rhun and Elidir Mwynfawr (The Privileges of Arvon), by Anonymous
  282. The Gododdin, by Anonymous
  283. The Gwarchan of Tudvwlch, by Anonymous
  284. The Gwarchan of Adebon, by Anonymous
  285. The Gwarchan of Cynfelyn, by Anonymous
  286. The Gwarchan of Maelderw, by Anonymous
  287. The Second Gododdin, by Anonymous
  288. Songs for the Philologists, by J.R.R. Tolkien, E.V. Gordon, and Others
  289. Meigant, by Anonymous
  290. God Supreme, by Anonymous
  291. The Ode of Cyridwen, by Anonymous
  292. A Skilful Composition, by Anonymous
  293. Soul, Since I Was Made, by Anonymous
  294. Let Us Not Reproach, by Anonymous
  295. Let God Be Praised, by Anonymous
  296. Hail, Glorious Lord, by Anonymous
  297. I Will Extol Thee, by Anonymous
  298. In the Name of the Lord, by Anonymous
  299. There is a Graciously Disposed King, by Anonymous
  300. Dinas Maon, by Anonymous
  301. The Birch Trees, by Anonymous
  302. The Apple Trees, by Anonymous
  303. Listen, Piglet, by Anonymous
  304. The Cynghogion of Elaeth, by Anonymous
  305. Not To Call Upon God, by Anonymous
  306. As Long As We Sojourn, by Anonymous
  307. The First Song of Yscolan, by Anonymous
  308. The Second Song of Yscolan, by Anonymous
  309. A Blessing To the Happy Youth, by Anonymous
  310. Keen is the Gale, by Anonymous
  311. The Dialogue of Gwyddno Garanhir and Gwyn ap Nudd, by Anonymous
  312. Though I Love the Sea-Shore, by Anonymous
  313. Seithenhin, by Anonymous
  314. The Names of the Sons of Llywarch Hen, by Anonymous
  315. Nutcracker, by E.T.A. Hoffmann
  316. The Mask of Anarchy, by Percy Bysshe Shelley
  317. Fire and Hemlock, by Diana Wynne Jones
  318. Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley
  319. Murder on the Orient Express, by Agatha Christie
  320. A Study in Scarlet, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  321. The Sign of Four, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  322. Dracula, by Bram Stoker
  323. King Solomon’s Mines, by H. Rider Haggard
  324. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, by Robert Louis Stevenson
  325. The Thirty-Nine Steps, by John Buchan
  326. The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde

As with 2019, 2020 was a pretty successful year on the reading front, but rather hard to compare with other years, since a third of the list is short medieval Welsh poems, read individually. Ditto Irish and Norse stuff. Basically, there was no good and accurate way of recording my reading material without making the list appear padded.

Also a year notable for being decidedly old-school in its subject matter. Comparatively few works from after the Second World War, and very few twenty-first century works of fiction. Though I’d imagine a fair few people from ages past found themselves reading Aristotle during isolation from plague outbreaks, so there is that…

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