Moonlight Reader started this with her post about her personal canon, so she is too thank or blame or both. And I wish to thank her again because writing this has made me think of
I thought a bit about my criteria for my personal canon. Then I got out a notebook with gnomes on it and designated it my canon book. I’ve been keeping reading journals since 2000. Listing the start date of the book, a bit about it when I finished, and so on; therefore, I have plenty of notebooks. The first page of my Canon Notebook is the “rules”, which are roughly as follows.
- Fiction and non-fiction allowed.
- Short stories and poems are allowed.
- List book, author, and first reading time/period
- Series are allowed in some cases, but pull out a particular few books.
- Has to be something more than simply liked it.
- Give reasons why.
- In most cases, the book or work should be read more than once (though there will be expectations).
Comic series or individual issues are allowed
The reason I allowed short stories and poems because for me such work is just as vital. In many ways, I am basing the ideas of the Personal Canon along the ideas of the list of books that I had to study for gaining my Master’s in English Literature. There are some stories and poems that are central. So, to not include them is stupid. In short, I am looking for what impact, touched me, or made me think in a new way.