In 2035 I will be 65 years old and ready to retire (hopefully). Before then, I would like my 'Books I Have Read' entry (below) to look like this:
I. Pre-modern Literature and Drama
Ancient Literature: 4 or 5 works.
Greek Literature: 50+ works. Complete Plays of Athenian Dramatists. Complete works of Plato and Aristotle.
Latin Literature: 20+ works. Sample works of major authors (Horace, Seneca, Ovid, etc.).
Medieval Literature: 30+ works. Especially works in Middle English and a 'cycle' of plays.
Norse Sagas: 5 or 6. Including Ngal's Saga, Prose Edda and Poetic Edda.
Renaissance Lit: 20+ works, not including Shakespeare. Esp. Jacobean drama
II. British and Irish Literature and Drama
17th and 18th Century: 20+ works. Esp. by Samuel Richardson, Laurence Stern.
19th Century: 150+ works. Complete novels of Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Bronte sisters, George Eliot and Thomas Hardy. Major works by Sir Walter Scott and Anthony Trollope.
20th Century: 75+ works. Complete novels of James Joyce, D. H. Lawrence, H. G. Wells, Graham Greene and Joseph Conrad. Complete plays of G. B. Shaw.
III. American Literature and Drama
18th Century: no additions?
19th Century: 50+ works. Complete novels of Mark Twain, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Edith Wharton.
20th Century: 150+ works. Complete novels of Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Steinbeck, Henry James. Major works by Eugene O'Neil.
IV. Canadian Literature
25+ works. Including major works of W. O. Mitchel, Mordechai Richler, Lucy Maude Montgomery, Timothy Findley
V. African-American Literature
20+ works. Especially by more recent authors, such as Toni Morrison and Alice Walker.
VI. International Literature
French Literature: 30+ works. Major works by Victor Hugo, Gustave Flaubert, Stendhal, Honore de Balzac, etc.
German Literature: 4-5 works. Esp. by Franz Kafka.
Italian Literature: 4-5 works.
Russian Literature: 30+ works. Complete novels and plays of Leo Tolstoy, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Anton Chekhov and Alexander Pushkin.
Spanish Literature: 15+ works. Major works by Miguel de Cervantes, Lope de Vega, Calderon de la Barca.
Other European Literature: 15+ works. At least one author/work from every major European country.
Chinese Literature: 15+ works. The 'Four Classic Novels'.
Other International Literature: 15+ works from Latin America, Asia, Africa, Australia and New Zealand.
VII. Philosophy, Politics and Military Theory
50+ works. Especially economic theory (Adam Smith, John Meynard Keynes, Friedrich Hayek, etc.)
VIII. Religious Works
20+ works. Especially the Koran, Talmud, Book of Mormon and works of St. Augustine.
IX. Biography and History
20+ works. Long histories, such as Edward Gibbon's 'Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire', Livy's 'History of Rome' and Winston Churchill's 'The Second World War'.
X. Classics of Science
4-5 works. Especially by Charles Darwin and Sigmund Freud.