Saturday, April 25, 2009

ANNOUNCING: My Project Fill-in-the-Gaps List!

After much deliberation - seriously, making this list took a long time - I am happy to present my list of 100 novels which I will read over the next 5 years.  Come visit the main web page at The Fill in the Gaps Project, made by the uber-wonderful Emily.

Adams, Richard.  Watership Down    
Alcott, Louisa May.  Good Wives    
Alcott, Louisa May.  Jo’s Boys    
Alcott, Louisa May.  Little Men    
Alexander, Lloyd.  The Prydian Chronicles    
Angelou, Maya.  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings    
Avi.  The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle    
Baxter, Charles.  Feast of Love    
Bellow, Saul.  Henderson the Rain King    
Bradbury, Ray.  Farenheit 451    
Bronte, Anne.  The Tenant of Wildfell Hall    
Bronte, Charlotte.  Villette    
Brooks, Gwendolyn.  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn    
Bryson, Bill.  A Short History of Nearly Everything    
Bryson, Bill.  A Walk in the Woods    
Bryson, Bill.  The Mother Tongue: English and How It Got That Way    
Buck, Pearl S..  The Good Earth    
Burgess, Anthony.  A Clockwork Orange    
Byars, Betsy.  Summer of the Swans    
Camus, Albert.  The Stranger    
Cather, Willa.  O Pioneers!    
Chabon, Michael.  The Yiddish Policemen’s Union    
Clarke, Susanna.  Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell    
Collins, Wilkie.  The Woman in White    
Conrad, Joseph.  Lord Jim    
Cooper, James Fenimore.  The Deerslayer    
Dante.  The Inferno    
De Beauvoire, Simone.  She Came to Stay    
Defoe, Daniel.  Robinson Crusoe    
Dickens, Charles.  A Tale of Two Cities    
Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan.  The Hound of the Baskervilles    
Dreiser, Theodore.  An American Tragedy    
Du Maurier, Rebecca.  Rebecca    
Eco, Umberto.  The Name of the Rose    
Eggers, Dave.  A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius    
Eliot, George.  Middlemarch    
Ellison, Ralph.  The Invisible Man    
Eugenides, Jeffrey.  Middlesex    
Faulkner, William.  As I Lay Dying    
Foer, Jonathan Safran.  Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close    
Forster, E.M..  A Passage to India    
Foucault, Michel.  Discipline and Punish    
Gaiman, Neil.  The Graveyard Book    
George, Jean Craighead.  Julie of the Wolves    
Hammet, Dashiell.  The Maltese Falcon     
Heller, Joseph.  Catch-22    
Hemingway, Ernest.  The Old Man and the Sea    
Herbert, Frank.  Dune    
Homer.  The Iliad    
Hosseini, Khaled.  The Kite-Runner    
Hurston, Nora Zeale.  Their Eyes Were Watching God    
Irving, John.  The Cider House Rules    
Jacobs, Harriet.  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl    
Joyce, James.  The Dubliners    
Kaye, M.M..  The Far Pavilions    
Kerouac, Jack.  On the Road    
Kingsolver, Barbara.  The Poisonwood Bible    
Kipling, Rudyard.  Kim    
Kundera, Milan.  The Unbearable Lightness of Being    
L’Engle Madeline.  And Both Were Young    
L’Engle, Madeline.  Meet the Austins    
Lawrence, D.H..  Sons and Lovers    
Lewis, Sinclair.  Kingsblood Royal    
Lowry, Lois.  Number the Stars    
Mitchell, Margaret.  Gone with the Wind    
Moore, Alan.  Watchmen    
Morrison, Toni.  Beloved    
Nabokov, Vladimir.  Lolita    
Naslund, Sena Jeter.  Ahab’s Wife    
O’Dell, Scott.  Island of the Blue Dolphins    
Paterson, Katherine.  Jacob Have I Loved    
Pears, Iain.  Stone’s Fall    
Peet, Mal.  Tamar    
Pessl, Marisha.  Special Topics in Calamity Physics    
Plath, Sylvia.  The Bell Jar    
Porter, Katherine Anne.  Ship of Fools    
Pullman, Philip.  The Golden Compass    
Rand, Ayn.  Atlas Shrugged    
Rawls, Wilson.  Where the Red Fern Grows    
Robinson, Marilynne.  Gilead    
Rushdie, Salman.  Midnight’s Children    
Scott, Sir Walter.  Ivanhoe    
Shelley, Mary.  Frankenstein    
Shikibu, Murasaki.  The Tale of Genji    
Spenser, Edmund.  The Faerie Queen    
Steinbeck, John.  Cannery Row    
Sterne, Laurence.  Tristram Shandy    
Stoker, Bram.  Dracula    
Swift, Jonathan.  Gulliver’s Travels      
Taylor, Mildred D..  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry    
Updike, John.  The Poorhouse Fair    
Virgil.  The Aeneid    
Vonnegut, Kurt.  Slaughterhouse Five    
Walker, Alice.  The Color Purple    
Waugh, Evelyn.  Brideshead Revisted    
Welty, Eudora.  The Optimist’s Daughter    
Wharton, Edith.  House of Mirth    
Woodson, Jacqueline.  After Tupac & D Foster    
Woolf, Virginia.  A Room of One’s Own    
Wright, Richard.  Native Son    


  1. Watership Down is good! I suggest reading it, then watching the animated movie. Winning combination.

  2. OMG you have some of my favorite reads: The Graveyard Book, Island of the Blue Dolphins,The Golden Compass, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. . . Happy reading!

    Yeah I could have told you that it would take a couple of hours to make this list. I accidentally went over the 100-book limit to 112. We'll see if that's a good or bad thing in five years.

  3. Number the Stars is really easy to read but it has a strong meaning. And so is Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry.

  4. Holy Cow! That's a lotta books....good for you! :)

  5. Goodness! That is a lot of books but great choices. Will you keep a list of what you have read on your blog? I think this is a super idea!

  6. In the words of Janice.... Ohhhh Maaiiii Goowdddd!!! That's some list! I know you manage at least 3 blogs. And then you read so much too?

    You must have a time-turner don't you???

    This is amazing!

  7. What a list and an exciting literary venture for you!
    FYI: The village of Kingsclere where I serve right now is the location for the actual Watership Down. It is a beautiful down and is adorned with lots of wonderful rain puddles when it is wet (as LC and I have discovered).

  8. I never read the book "Watership Down." But I saw the animated version when I was a kid. WOW!

  9. neat list, aerin... a bunch of these i've read, some i've not heard of

    no marcel proust or joe campbell? ;)

  10. A Most Excellent list, Aerin! I know that Caged Bird & Catch-22 are at the top of my list, too. I think I'll delve further into some of the titles you recommend, so thanks! And PS: Don't forget today's Silly Sunday Sweepstakes!

  11. I love this list. I think Lord Jim would take me a year to read by itself, but I also see a lot of favorites on the list.

    Best of luck!

  12. Fascinating list! I wish you the best of luck.



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