This is a great reference book for an English Literature 101 style self-paced learning method. It is intended to train your brain to get the most out of reading challenging texts from 500BC through modern day. It would be best used in conjunction with Susan's other book, The Well Trained mind as a high school curriculum course. There is enough material to easily span 4yrs of reading. Her recommended reading lists (all 300 pages) of classic Poetry, Drama, Autobiography, and History are fairly dry and despondent, but much of history was spent in anguish compared to modern day. The classical methodology of home school is taught in a way that incorporates all subjects. There is no division between history, science, or math, and this book should be approached accordingly. I personally enjoyed her recommendation, and will be creating a few lists for personal use and notes on Goodreads.