2022 General Reading: The List

Completed reads for 2022:

  1. On Providence, by Seneca the Younger
  2. On the Firmness of the Wise Man, by Seneca the Younger
  3. Kubla Khan, by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  4. The Passions of Saint Perpetua and Felicity
  5. Murder is Easy, by Agatha Christie
  6. The Secret Adversary, by Agatha Christie
  7. The Bacchanals, by Euripides
  8. Alcestis, by Euripides
  9. Medea, by Euripides
  10. Hippolytus, by Euripides
  11. Ion, by Euripides
  12. The Thattur of Sörli
  13. The Phoenician Damsels, by Euripides
  14. The Suppliants, by Euripides
  15. Hercules Distracted, by Euripides
  16. The Children of Hercules, by Euripides
  17. Antigone, by Sophocles
  18. Oedipus the King, by Sophocles
  19. Oedpius at Colonus, by Sophocles
  20. The Suppliant Women, by Aeschylus
  21. The Persians, by Aeschylus
  22. J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings [Movie Screenplay], by John Boorman and Rospo Pallenberg
  23. The Seven Against Thebes, by Aeschylus
  24. Prometheus Bound, by Aeschylus
  25. The Lay of Leithian: The Rock Opera (libretto)
  26. Heather Ale (poem), by Robert Louis Stevenson
  27. The Hildebrandslied
  28. Agamemnon, by Aeschylus
  29. The Choephoroe, by Aeschylus
  30. The Eumenides, by Aeschylus
  31. Evil Under the Sun, by Agatha Christie
  32. Appointment with Death, by Agatha Christie
  33. Women of Trachis, by Sophocles
  34. Philoctetes, by Sophocles
  35. Trojan Women, by Euripides
  36. The Saga of Hervör and Heithrek
  37. The Saga of Hromund Greipsson
  38. The Tháttr of Nornagest
  39. Iphigenia among the Taurians, by Euripides
  40. Iphigenia at Aulis, by Euripides
  41. Rhesus, by Euripides?
  42. The Body in the Library, by Agatha Christie
  43. Why Didn’t They Ask Evans?, by Agatha Christie
  44. Poirot Investigates, by Agatha Christie
  45. The Secret of Chimneys, by Agatha Christie
  46. A Pocket Full of Rye, by Agatha Christie
  47. Miss Marple’s Final Cases, by Agatha Christie
  48. By the Pricking of My Thumbs, by Agatha Christie
  49. Cyclops, by Euripides
  50. Electra, by Euripides
  51. Helen, by Euripides
  52. Hecuba, by Euripides
  53. Andromache, by Euripides
  54. Orestes, by Euripides
  55. Ajax, by Sophocles
  56. Electra, by Sophocles
  57. The Frogs, by Aristophanes
  58. The Wasps, by Aristophanes
  59. The Birds, by Aristophanes
  60. The Clouds, by Aristophanes
  61. Lysistrata, by Aristophanes
  62. The Acharnians, by Aristophanes
  63. The Knights, by Aristophanes
  64. Wealth, by Aristophanes
  65. Peace, by Aristophanes
  66. Women at the Festival, by Aristophanes
  67. Women in Parliament, by Aristophanes
  68. The Grouch, by Menander
  69. War in Heaven, by Charles Williams
  70. The Place of the Lion, by Charles Williams
  71. The Girl from Samos, by Menander
  72. The Arbitration, by Menander (and Gilbert Murray)
  73. The Rape of the Locks, by Menander (and Gilbert Murray)
  74. Poetics, by Aristotle
  75. The Life of Plato, by Olympiodorus
  76. Murder in the Mews, by Agatha Christie
  77. Sad Cypress, by Agatha Christie
  78. The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding, by Agatha Christie
  79. The Shield, by Menander (fragments)
  80. The Hero, by Menander (fragments)
  81. The Farmer, by Menander (fragments)
  82. The Sicyonians, by Menander (fragments)
  83. The Characters, by Theophrastus
  84. The Lover of Lies, by Lucian of Samosata
  85. Parker Pyne Investigates, by Agatha Christie
  86. The Mysterious Mr Quin, by Agatha Christie
  87. The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle
  88. Partners in Crime, by Agatha Christie
  89. All Hallows’ Eve, by Charles Williams
  90. The Sittaford Mystery, by Agatha Christie
  91. 4.50 from Paddington, by Agatha Christie
  92. Narrations, by Conon
  93. The Vampire (poem), by Rudyard Kipling
  94. Progress and Poverty, by Henry George
  95. A Modest Proposal, by Jonathan Swift
  96. The Horla, by Guy de Maupassant
  97. Supernatural Horror in Literature, by H.P. Lovecraft
  98. Towards Zero, by Agatha Christie
  99. Hickory Dickory Death, by Agatha Christie
  100. The Lady of the Barge (collection), by W.W. Jacobs
  101. Letter to the Soldiers of Coroticus, by St Patrick
  102. Confession, by St Patrick
  103. The Ruin (poem), by Anonymous
  104. The Wanderer (poem), by Anonymous
  105. The Seafarer (poem), by Anonymous
  106. The Wife’s Lament (poem), by Anonymous
  107. The Husband’s Message (poem), by Anonymous
  108. Wulf and Eadwacer (poem), by Anonymous
  109. The Panther (poem), by Anonymous
  110. The Whale (poem), by Anonymous
  111. Widsith (poem), by Anonymous
  112. Deor (poem), by Anonymous
  113. Dream of the Rood (poem), by Anonymous
  114. Durham (poem), by Anonymous
  115. Exeter Book Riddles
  116. The Pilgrim’s Progress, by John Bunyan
  117. The Prince, by Niccolo Machiavelli
  118. Faust, Part I, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  119. Faust, Part II, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  120. Paradise Lost, by John Milton
  121. Paradise Regained, by John Milton
  122. The Nibelungenlied
  123. Agricola, by Tacitus
  124. Germania, by Tacitus
  125. Dialogue on Orators, by Tacitus
  126. The Gods of Pegana, by Lord Dunsany
  127. Time and the Gods, by Lord Dunsany
  128. The Sword of Welleran and Other Stories, by Lord Dunsany
  129. The Romance of Tristan by Beroul
  130. The Tale of Tristan’s Madness, by Anonymous
  131. Parallel Chapters from the 1st and 2nd editions of An Essay on the Principle of Population, by Thomas Malthus
  132. The Labours of Hercules, by Agatha Christie
  133. The Seven Dials Mystery, by Agatha Christie
  134. They Do It With Mirrors, by Agatha Christie
  135. Sleeping Murder, by Agatha Christie
  136. Curtain, by Agatha Christie
  137. The Yellow Wallpaper, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  138. Kingship in Heaven
  139. Song of Ullikummi
  140. Greek Lyric Poetry, trs. M.L. West
  141. Andreas (poem), by Anonymous
  142. Azarias (poem), by Anonymous
  143. Caedmon’s Hymn (poem), by Caedmon
  144. The Fates of the Apostles (poem), by Cynewulf
  145. Elene (poem), by Cynewulf
  146. Juliana (poem), by Cynewulf
  147. Advent Lyrics: Christ I (poem), by Anonymous
  148. The Ascension: Christ II (poem), by Cynewulf
  149. The Final Judgement: Christ III (poem), by Anonymous
  150. The Descent into Hell (poem), by Anonymous
  151. Bede’s Death Song (poem), by Bede
  152. The Fortunes of Men (poem), by Anonymous
  153. The Gifts of Men (poem), by Anonymous
  154. Simple on a Soapbox, by John A. Lee
  155. The Finnsburh Fragment (poem)
  156. Vainglory (poem), by Anonymous
  157. Soul and Body (poem) (2 versions), by Anonymous
  158. Solomon and Saturn (poem), by Anonymous
  159. The Partridge (poem), by Anonymous
  160. Almsgiving (poem), by Anonymous
  161. Pharaoh (poem), by Anonymous
  162. The Lord’s Prayer [Exeter Book] (poem), by Anonymous
  163. Descent into Hell, by Charles Williams
  164. Many Dimensions, by Charles Williams
  165. The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson
  166. The Greater Trumps, by Charles Williams
  167. The Kalevala, ed. Elias Lönnrot
  168. Shadows of Ecstasy, by Charles Williams
  169. Haita the Shepherd, by Ambrose Bierce
  170. An Inhabitant of Carcosa, by Ambrose Bierce
  171. The Complete Fiction of H.P. Lovecraft (collection), by H.P. Lovecraft
  172. The Emperor of Dreams (collection), by Clark Ashton Smith
  173. A Voyage to Sfanomoë, by Clark Ashton Smith
  174. A Vintage from Atlantis, by Clark Ashton Smith
  175. The Master of the Crabs, by Clark Ashton Smith
  176. The Witchcraft of Ulua, by Clark Ashton Smith
  177. The Last Hieroglyph, by Clark Ashton Smith
  178. The Voyage of King Euvoran, by Clark Ashton Smith
  179. The Testament of Athammaus, by Clark Ashton Smith
  180. The Ice-Demon, by Clark Ashton Smith
  181. The White Sybil, by Clark Ashton Smith
  182. A Night in Malnéant, by Clark Ashton Smith
  183. Sadastor, by Clark Ashton Smith
  184. The Complete Chronicles of Conan (collection), by Robert E. Howard
  185. Tales of Terror and Darkness (collection), by Algernon Blackwood
  186. The Wendigo, by Algernon Blackwood
  187. The Willows, by Algernon Blackwood
  188. The White People and Other Weird Stories (collection), by Arthur Machen
  189. Not So Barren Or Uncultivated: British Travellers in Finland 1760-1830, by Tony Lurcock
  190. J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography, by Humphrey Carpenter
  191. The Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead
  192. Legends of Aotearoa (collection), edited by Sir George Grey
  193. The Genealogy of Morals, by Friedrich Nietzsche
  194. Vathek, by William Beckford
  195. Folktales of the Maori (collection), edited by Alfred Grace
  196. Moby-Dick, by Herman Melville
  197. The Enchantress of Sylaire, by Clark Ashton Smith
  198. The Demon of the Flower, by Clark Ashton Smith
  199. The Devotee of Evil, by Clark Ashton Smith
  200. The Disinterment of Venus, by Clark Ashton Smith
  201. The Satyr (2 versions), by Clark Ashton Smith
  202. The Mandrakes, by Clark Ashton Smith
  203. The Maker of Gargoyles, by Clark Ashton Smith
  204. The End of the Story, by Clark Ashton Smith
  205. The Holiness of Azédarac, by Clark Ashton Smith
  206. The Colossus of Ylourgne, by Clark Ashton Smith
  207. The Planet of the Dead, by Clark Ashton Smith
  208. The Plutonian Drug, by Clark Ashton Smith
  209. The Light from Beyond, by Clark Ashton Smith
  210. The Vaults of Yoh-Vombis, by Clark Ashton Smith
  211. The City of the Singing Flame, by Clark Ashton Smith
  212. The Maze of Maal Dweb, by Clark Ashton Smith
  213. The Chain of Aforgomon, by Clark Ashton Smith
  214. The Dweller in the Gulf, by Clark Ashton Smith
  215. Master of the Asteroid, by Clark Ashton Smith
  216. Double Cosmos, by Clark Ashton Smith
  217. The Supernumerary Corpse, by Clark Ashton Smith
  218. The Stairs in the Crypt, by Clark Ashton Smith
  219. The Dimension of Chance, by Clark Ashton Smith
  220. The Dark Age, by Clark Ashton Smith
  221. Phoenix, by Clark Ashton Smith
  222. The Second Interment, by Clark Ashton Smith
  223. The Uncharted Isle, by Clark Ashton Smith
  224. Schizoid Creator, by Clark Ashton Smith
  225. The Necromantic Tale, by Clark Ashton Smith
  226. In the Book of Vergama (fragment), by Clark Ashton Smith
  227. The Great God Awto, by Clark Ashton Smith
  228. The Bronze Image, by Clark Ashton Smith
  229. The Emir’s Captive, by Clark Ashton Smith
  230. The Letter from Mohaun Los, by Clark Ashton Smith
  231. Thirteen Phantasms, by Clark Ashton Smith
  232. The Epiphany of Death, by Clark Ashton Smith
  233. The Fulfilled Prophecy, by Clark Ashton Smith
  234. The Justice of the Elephant, by Clark Ashton Smith
  235. Monsters in the Night, by Clark Ashton Smith
  236. The Willow Landscape, by Clark Ashton Smith
  237. The Raja and the Tiger, by Clark Ashton Smith
  238. The Phantoms of the Fire, by Clark Ashton Smith
  239. A Copy of Burns, by Clark Ashton Smith
  240. The Venus of Azombeii, by Clark Ashton Smith
  241. The Jewel in the Skull, by Michael Moorcock
  242. Vulthoom, by Clark Ashton Smith
  243. The Haunted Chamber, by Clark Ashton Smith
  244. The Haunted Gong, by Clark Ashton Smith
  245. The Mahout, by Clark Ashton Smith
  246. The Malay Krise (2 versions), by Clark Ashton Smith
  247. The Mad God’s Amulet, by Michael Moorcock
  248. The Sword of the Dawn, by Michael Moorcock
  249. The Runestaff, by Michael Moorcock
  250. The Shadow Kingdom, by Robert E. Howard
  251. The Mirrors of Tuzun Thune, by Robert E. Howard
  252. The Eternal World, by Clark Ashton Smith
  253. The Monster of the Prophecy, by Clark Ashton Smith
  254. The Tale of Sir John Maundeville, by Clark Ashton Smith
  255. The Parrot, by Clark Ashton Smith
  256. Checkmate, by Clark Ashton Smith
  257. The Shah’s Messenger, by Clark Ashton Smith
  258. The Resurrection of the Rattlesnake, by Clark Ashton Smith
  259. Something New, by Clark Ashton Smith
  260. A Platonic Entanglement, by Clark Ashton Smith
  261. Fakhreddin, by Clark Ashton Smith
  262. The Ghost of Mohammed Din, by Clark Ashton Smith
  263. The Immeasurable Horror, by Clark Ashton Smith
  264. Murder in the Fourth Dimension, by Clark Ashton Smith
  265. The Perfect Woman, by Clark Ashton Smith
  266. The Primal City, by Clark Ashton Smith
  267. Phantastes, by George MacDonald
  268. The Magician’s Nephew, by C.S. Lewis
  269. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis
  270. The Horse and His Boy, by C.S. Lewis
  271. Prince Caspian, by C.S. Lewis
  272. The Voyage of the Dawntreader, by C.S. Lewis
  273. The Unrepentant Necrophile: An Interview with Karen Greenlee (Jim Morton)
  274. The Silver Chair, by C.S. Lewis
  275. The Last Battle, by C.S. Lewis
  276. Gossip (fragment), by Clark Ashton Smith
  277. The Flirt, by Clark Ashton Smith
  278. The Expert Lover, by Clark Ashton Smith
  279. The Metamorphosis of Earth, by Clark Ashton Smith
  280. The Immortals of Mercury, by Clark Ashton Smith
  281. The Invisible City, by Clark Ashton Smith
  282. The Dart of Rasafa, by Clark Ashton Smith
  283. An Adventure in Futurity, by Clark Ashton
  284. Marooned in Andromeda, by Clark Ashton Smith
  285. A Star-Change, by Clark Ashton Smith
  286. Seedling of Mars, by Clark Ashton Smith
  287. Nemesis of the Unfinished, by Clark Ashton Smith and Don Carter
  288. The Light from the Pole, by Clark Ashton Smith and Lin Carter
  289. The Third Episode of Vathek, by William Beckford and Clark Ashton Smith
  290. The Brahmin’s Wisdom, by Gustav Meyrink

As ever, the list’s appearance is distorted by having to list short stories read individually online, rather than as part of a collection (the Smith stories being real villains here).

2022 was a notable reading year, in that for the first time in a while, I really launched into re-reads – coming back to stuff I hadn’t read in ten, or twenty, or even twenty-five years. But I also got through copious material I had never read before. I managed the complete surviving corpus of Ancient Greek drama, and a decent slice of the surviving Old English literary corpus, while Agatha Christie (fifty books) is now my second most-read author in terms of quantity, behind Michael Moorcock (fifty-six). I re-read the complete Narnia, while also working my way through the seven Charles Williams novels.

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