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.

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
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