Poetry and Non Fiction

As I wrote my prospective readings for 2018, I realized I left some books behind (always, right?), such as The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami, Stendhal, some Japanese authors I’m interested in reading, not to mention I didn’t add any non fiction book in that list, or any poetry at all.

While working on my 2017 wrap up reads list, I also realized I’ve always left the non fiction and poetry pretty much to chance. I want to change that.

For poetry, I asked a dear friend of mine, and she suggested me these titles and authors that are outside of the most usual cannon of poets. From those consecrated poets, I have been reading to the girls for many years now, but this is more my own list. I’m sharing my friend’s recommendations:

Richard Wilbur, Collected Poems. His poem “Two Voices in a Meadow” is one of my favorite poems, and his “Christmas Hymn” is a poem I love and read aloud every Christmas to as many people as I can. 😊

Stanley Kunitz, The Collected Poems

Li-Young Lee— he is one of my favorite living poets. His book, “The City in Which I Love You” is mesmerizing.

I had a long love affair with Czeslaw Milosz. His Collected Poems is wonderful.

Seamus Heaney. He takes you to Ireland and makes you breathe the air and smell the sea and sink into the history of the island.

Jane Kenyon, “Otherwise”

Richard Jones, “The Blessing”

I’m half way this book that the same friend gave me early in the year,

Staying Alive: Real Poems for Unreal Times, by Neil Astley

and reading these two titles too:

Antología poética 1923-1977, by Jorge Luis Borges

Soledades, Galerias, Otros Poemas/ Lonelyness, Balconies, and other Poems, by Antonio Machado

Other poetry books:

Campos de Castilla, by Antonio Machado,

Non Fiction titles for now:

The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank

Adventures with a Texas Naturalist, Roy Bedichek (resume or restart it)

Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President, by Candice Millard

Speak, Memory, Nabokov. (It’s his biography.)

Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader, by Anne Fadiman

The Seeds of Life: From Aristotle to da Vinci, from Shark’s Teeth to Frog’s Pants, the Long and Strange Quest to Discover Where Babies Come From, by Edward Dolnick

La deshumanización del arte y otros ensayos de estética (also in English), Ortega y Gasset

The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister’s Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine, by Lindsey Fitzharris

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot

Pensées and Other Writings, by Blaise Pascal,

The Glorious Adventure, Halliburton

Kon-Tiki: Across The Pacific In A Raft, by Thor Heyerdahl

The Friday Book, by John Barth

Zen in the Art of Writing, by Ray Bradbury

The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, by Walter Benjamin,

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, by James Joyce,

Invisible Cities, by Italo Calvino, (not exactly non fiction, but not exactly fiction)

Never Give in: The Extraordinary Character of Winston Churchill (Leaders in Action), by Stephen Mansfield

On Literature, by Umberto Eco,

La España vacía: Viaje por un país que nunca fue, by Sergio del Molino

My Family and Other Animals, by Gerald Durrell,

How Proust Can Change Your Life, by Alain de Botton

Conversation with Goya, by Ivo Andrić,

The Limits of Critique, by Rita Felski

Paul and the Faithfulness of God, by N.T. Wright

Vida De Don Quijote Y Sancho/ the Life of Don Quijote and Sancho, by Miguel de Unamuno

Travels with Charley: In Search of America, by John Steinbeck

Dear Fahrenheit 451: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks: A Librarian’s Love Letters and Breakup Notes to the Books in Her Life, by Annie Spence

Lectures on Don Quixote, by Vladimir Nabokov,

Meditations on Hunting, by José Ortega y Gasset

8 thoughts on “Poetry and Non Fiction

  1. You are going to have a GREAT year in books, Silvia!
    I am still working on my list. I have picked my categories for my self-made challenge, but haven’t filled in most of the titles. This is what I have so far:

    Sherry’s 2018 Reading Challenge
    1. A Mystery classic
    2. A book of fiction by a Spanish author
    3. A book of poetry by a Spanish author
    4. A science book
    5. A book published in 2018
    6. A book by a Middle East author
    7. A Newberry Award winner published prior to 1968
    8. American novel pre-Civil War
    9. A book of poetry by an American poet
    10. A play
    11. The arts, other than writing
    12. A book on writing
    13. Christian non-fiction, pre-18th century

    Some of my choices:

    Spanish fiction:
    Fortunata and Jacinta Galdos 1887
    Yerma Lorca 1934

    Spanish Poet:
    Border of a Dream Machado pre-1939

    A play:
    A Raisin in the Sun Lorraine Hansberry (1959)

    American poet:
    Anne Bradstreet (17th century); Auden

    (Also, something by Faulkner, Wendell Berry, and Dietrich Bonhoeffer)

    I am also working on a list for the Back to the Classics Challenge. 🙂

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    1. Fabulous list. I hope Fortunata and Jacinta and Yerma are all you dream of and more! (I need to read Yerma) What other interesting titles and categories, this is always fun, isn’t it? Thanks for sharing with me. I do love seeing your reading plans. Don’t forget to let me know how they go. (I think the lists I’ve published so far, will be good not just for 2018, but maybe for many more years. Although I never know how the reading year will go. All I can say, it’s that I never set myself up for any number or anything, I just do what I can, and thank the Lord for the blessing of reading, and at times, I stop and pray about how to continue with it.

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