Reading: Great Literature and the 1001 Good Books
“It is a good rule, after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one in between. If that is too much for you, you should at least read one old one to every three new ones.”
C. S. Lewis
I’ve read that interests that hobbies and interests tend to ebb and flow over the course of life, and I’ve found that true of almost all the things I enjoy except reading. Books, both good and great, have been lifelong companions for me. As an only child in the television-free home of my grandparents, I had long peaceful afternoons of reading and writing from the time I was very small.
School didn’t stop me, though it certainly tried. I always read whatever was assigned, then immediately tucked a book into my textbook or in my lap under the desk, and kept reading. I read in hallways, on the bus, walking to and from school, up in the avocado tree, on top of the garage roof, and anyplace else I could find a bit of peace and quiet.
Not much has changed. I still love to read, but I write a lot too. Here is an index of many of my posts on reading, classic literature, teaching the great books with my curriculum, Excellence in Literature, and a few of my favorite poems. I hope you find some things you enjoy here. If you have a great reading list or suggestions for an author I don’t have on my booklist, please feel free to write.
Teaching the Great Books
Teaching Literature with Excellence in Literature
Historical Fiction for Young Readers (at Excellence in Literature)
Books Boys Like (at Excellence in Literature)
Specifically about Excellence in Literature
In case you haven’t encountered Excellence in Literature, it’s a classic literature curriculum for grades 8-12. It’s designed to help you teach classic literature and writing to your students even if you don’t know Virginia Woolf from Beowulf. Here is some basic information and links to articles that will tell you more.
- Week-by-Week Lesson Plans
- Classic Literature-Based
- College Preparatory, with Optional Honors Track
- Earn one full English credit through each study guide
- Free sample lesson and printable booklist (PDF).
- Descriptive overview of study guide contents
- Article: How I Chose Books for Excellence in Literature
- Article: Christian Worldview or Christian Content?
- Article: How to Use Excellence in Literature
- Article: Honors Option for EIL
- Article: Using Excellence in Literature in a co-op