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