My personal canon is: "a body of books, narratives and other texts considered to be the most important and influential to me."
This is going to be an ongoing process of identifying the books that make up my canon. To begin, I've identified four domains that are important in establishing a book as canon:
1. Personal importance: this relates to how books have impacted my reading life. Was it memorable? Is the book strongly associated with some specific time of my life or development as a reader?
2. Re-readability: Is this a book that I have read multiple times and that I am drawn to? What are the aspects of the book that make me want to re-read it?
3. Educative: Is this a book that has enriched my life or my perspective? Has it broadened my understanding of other people, circumstances, history?
4. Thematic: Does this book contain important - to me - themes, especially themes related to feminism, autonomy, oppression, equality and/or womanhood? These are all concepts that have been important to me throughout my life.
Introductory post: establishing Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, The House of Mirth and The Song of the Lark as canon.