Project Fill-in-the-Gaps

I was introduced to the idea of creating a fill-in-the-gaps list by Aerin at In Search of Giants.  The idea was that we all have books that we should have read but didn’t **OR** books that are the foundation for much of popular culture that we have vague knowledge but have not read the original source material.  Thus, a gap.

The idea is to make a list of (roughly- mine hits 110 and that was after trimming from 178) 100 books and give yourself 5 years to read the entire list.  The real goal is to read AT LEAST 75% of the list by the end of the five year period, with the understanding that there is a reason why I haven’t read these already and some may just be impossible to finish at this time.

Criteria:

– Snobby classics that I’ve never read and get annoyed when other people talk about having read them

– Science fiction classics that I know I need to read to inform my reading of current science fiction

– Books I started in school but could never make myself finish (I’m looking at you, Finn!)

– Some books I’ve been curious about but keep forgetting/being too broke to buy

As I made my list, I realized that there are a LOT of classics that I know a little bit about but have never read.  I’m finding that I don’t have a lot of contemporary novels on this list, which is fine.  After five years, I guess I’ll just make a new list.

ETA (04/20/2017): Soooo, it’s been more than five years, and I haven’t made much headway on my list, but I have had a baby and moved across the country, and found a career in something I never thought I’d do, but kind of love.  So there’s that.  But reading, man, is my great love.  STORY. So I’m back at it.  Keeping this list, giving myself another five years from today to see where I get.

The Current List:

1. Cry, the Beloved Country –  Alan Paton
2. The Stranger –  Albert Camus
3. Brave New World –  Aldus Huxley
4. The Counte of Monte-Cristo –  Alexandre Dumas
5. The Color Purple –   Alice Walker
6. The Diary of Anne Frank –  Anne Frank
7. The Little Prince –  Antoine de Sait-Exupery – 06/09/2010
8. Atlas Shrugged –  Ayn Rand
9. Doctor Zhivago –  Boris Pasternak
10. American Psycho –  Bret Easton Ellis – 06/22/2010
11. A Tale of Two Cities –  Charles Dickens
12. Jane Eyre –  Charlotte Bronte
13. Lady Chatterley’s Lover –  D.H. Lawrence
14. Robinson Crusoe –  Daniel Defoe
15. The Thin Man –  Dashiell Hammett –  01/26/2010
16. Ragtime –  E.L. Doctorow
17. A Passage to India –  E.M.Forster
18. The Fall of the House of Usher –  Edgar Allen Poe
19. Tarzan of the Apes –  Edgar Rice Burroughs
20. Ethan Frome –  Edith Wharton
21. All Quiet on the Western Front –  Erich Maria Remarque
22. For Whom the Bell Tolls –  Ernest Hemingway
23. Brideshead Revisited –  Evelyn Waugh
24. The Great Gatsby –  F. Scott Fitzgerald
25. Dune –  Frank Herbert
26. Crime and Punishment –  Fyodor Dostoevsky
27. Love in the Time of Cholera –  Gabriel Garcia Marquez
28. The Canterbury Tales –  Geoffrey Chaucer
29. Middlemarch –  George Eliot
30. 1984 –  George Orwell
31. The Third Man –  Graham Greene
32. Madame Bovary –  Gustave Flaubert
33. King Solomon’s Mines –  H. Rider Haggard
34. The Invisible Man –  H.G. Wells
35. Uncle Tom’s Cabin –  Harriet Beecher Stowe
36. The Turn of the Screw –  Henry James
37. Tropic of Cancer –  Henry Miller
38. Moby-Dick –  Herman Melville
39. The House of the Spirits –  Isabel Allende
40. Out of Africa –  Isak Dineson
41. Foundation Trilogy –  Isaac Asimov
42. Franny and Zooey –  J.D. Salinger – 03/06/2010
43. The Lord of the Rings –  J.R.R. Tolkien
44. On the Road –  Jack Kerouac
45. Last of the Mohicans –  James Fenimore Cooper
46. Finnegan’s Wake –  James Joyce
47. The Postman Always Rings Twice –  James M. Cain
48. Pride and Prejudice –  Jane Austen
49. Wide Sargasso Sea –  Jean Rhys
50. The Thirty-Nine Steps –  John Buchan
51. The French Lieutenant’s Woman –  John Fowles
52. Confederacy of Dunces –  John Kennedy Toole
53. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy –  John LeCarre
54. The Grapes of Wrath –  John Steinbeck
55. Rabbit Run –  John Updike
56. A Modest Proposal –  Jonathan Swift
57. Gulliver’s Travels –  Jonathan Swift
58. Heart of Darkness –  Joseph Conrad
59. Catch-22 –  Joseph Heller
60. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea –  Jules Verne
61. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest –  Ken Kesey
62. Slaughterhouse-Five –  Kurt Vonnegut – 05/31/2010
63. Ringworld –  Larry Niven
64. Tristram Shandy –  Laurence Sterne
65. War and Peace –  Leo Tolstoy
66. The Giver –  Lois Lowery
67. Remembrance of Things Past –  Marcel Proust
68. The Handmaid’s Tale –  Margaret Atwood – 04/18/2017
69. Gone With the Wind –  Margaret Mitchell
70. The Godfather –  Mario Puzo
71. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn –  Mark Twain
72. Frankenstein –  Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
73. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings –  Maya Angelou
74. Don Quixote –  Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
75. The Unbearable Lightness of Being –  Milan Kundera
76. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie –  Muriel Spark
77. The House of Seven Gables –  Nathaniel Hawthorne
78. Snowcrash –  Neal Stephenson
79. Ender’s Game –  Orson Scott Card
80. The Picture of Dorian Gray –  Oscar Wilde
81. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? –  Philip K. Dick
82. The Man in the High Castle –  Philip K. Dick
83. American Pastoral –  Philip Roth
84. Dangerous Liaisons –  Pierre Choderlos de Laclos
85. Invisible Man –  Ralph Ellison
86. Fahrenheit 451 –  Ray Bradbury
87. The Martian Chronicles –  Ray Bradbury
88. The Big Sleep –  Raymond Chandler
89. Native Son –  Richard Wright
90. A Stranger in a Strange Land –  Robert A. Heinlein
91. Treasure Island –  Robert Louis Stevenson
92. The Hound of the Baskervilles –  Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
93. Ivanhoe –  Sir Walter Scott
94. The Red and the Black –  Stendhal
95. The Shining –  Stephen King
96. The Bell Jar –  Sylvia Plath
97. The Once and Future King –  T. H. White
98. More Than Human –  Theodore Sturgeon
99. Tess of the D’Urbervilles –  Thomas Hardy
100. Doctor Faustus –  Thomas Mann
101. Beloved –  Toni Morrison
102. Foucault’s Pendulum –  Umberto Eco
103. The Name of the Rose –  Umberto Eco
104. The Jungle –  Upton Sinclair
105. Lolita –  Valdimir Nabokov
106. The Hunchback of Notre Dame –  Victor Hugo
107. Candide –  Voltaire
108. Absalom, Absalom! –  William Faulkner
109. Neuromancer –  William Gibson
110. Of Human Bondage –  William Somerset Maugham

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