Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Jennbook's Fill in the Gaps List

Hi, all! Long-time reader, first time poster. :) I'm excited to have finally made the 100-book commitment and join the literary self-education.

My criteria for books which made my List: nothing I've ever read before (natch), consciousness of multiculturalism and gender, fiction only (rule happily broken for My Life in France, and a couple of others), repetition of authors only if I felt strongly about the material about which s/he wrote. My List is below, in alphabetical order. Thanks for the inspiration!

1. Accidental Tourist, The- Anne Tyler
2. Age of Innocence, The - Edith Wharton
3. American Wife- Curtis Sittenfeld
4. Anansi Boys- Neil Gaiman
5. Anna Karenina- Leo Tolstoy
6. Atonement – Ian McEwan
7. Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, The– Junot Diaz
8. Brothers Karamazov, The - Fyodor Dostoevsky
9. Butterfly and the Diving Bell, The- Jean-Dominique Bauby
10. Candide- Voltaire
11. Catch-22- Joseph Heller
12. Cheri & The End of Cheri- Colette
13. Clockwork Orange, A – Anthony Burgess
14. Color Purple, The – Alice Walker
15. Confederacy of Dunces, A - John Kennedy Toole (10/10/09)
16. Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
17. Daniel Deronda- George Eliot
18. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
19. Dead Souls- Nikolai Gogol
20. Doctor Zhivago – Boris Pasternak
21. Dombey & Son- Charles Dickens
22. Don Quixote- Miguel de Cervantes
23. East of Eden- John Steinbeck
24. Ender’s Game- Orson Scott Card
25. Fahrenheit 451- Ray Bradbury
26. Farewell to Arms, A – Ernest Hemingway
27. Gift, The - Vladimir Nabokov
28. Golden Compass—Philip Pullman
29. Golden Notebook, The – Doris Lessing
30. Grapes of Wrath, The – John Steinbeck
31. Gulliver’s Travels- Jonathan Swift
32. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
33. Hound of the Baskervilles- Arthur Conan Doyle
34. House of Mirth, The- Edith Wharton
35. House of Spirits, The- Isabel Allende
36. House on Mango Street, The - Sandra Cisneros (8/05/09)
37. Human Stain, The- Philip Roth
38. Hunchback of Notre Dame, The – Victor Hugo
39. I Am Legend – Richard Matheson
40. I, Robot- Isaac Asimov
41. Iliad, The – Homer
42. Into the Wild- Jon Krakauer
43. Invisible Man, The - H.G. Wells
44. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë
45. Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norell – Susanna Clarke
46. Journey to the Center of the Earth – Jules Verne
47. Jude the Obscure- Thomas Hardy
48. Kite Runner, The – Khalad Hosseini
49. Lady Chatterley’s Lover- D.H. Lawrence
50. Last King of Scotland, The – Giles Foden
51. Life of Pi – Yann Martel
52. Like Water for Chocolate- Laura Esquivel
53. Love in the Time of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
54. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
55. Member of the Wedding, The- Carson McCullers
56. Moby Dick- Herman Melville
57. Moll Flanders- Daniel Defoe
58. Mrs. Dalloway- Virginia Woolf
59. My Antonia- Willa Cather
60. My Life in France— Julia Child
61. Namesake, The - Jhumpa Lahiri
62. Odyssey, The- Homer
63. Once and Future King, The – T.H. White
64. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
65. Orlando- Virginia Woolf
66. Paradise- Toni Morrison
67. Passage to India, A - E.M. Forster (9/05/09)
68. Persuasion- Jane Austen
69. Portable Dorothy Parker, The - Dorothy Parker
70. Portrait of a Lady, The – Henry James
71. Possession- A.S. Byatt
72. Reader, The- Bernhard Schlink
73. Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
74. Remains of the Day, The – Kazuo Ishiguro
75. Revolutionary Road- Richard Yates
76. Room with a View, A - E.M. Forster
77. Screwtape Letters, The— C.S. Lewis
78. Secret Life of Bees, The – Sue Monk Kidd
79. Shipping News, The- E. Annie Proulx
80. Sister Carrie- Theodore Dreiser
81. Slaughterhouse Five- Kurt Vonnegut
82. Sophie’s Choice- William Styron
83. Sound and the Fury, The – William Faulkner
84. Tender is the Night— F. Scott Fitzgerald
85. Time Machine, The - H.G. Wells
86. Time Traveller’s Wife, The- Audrey Niffenberger
87. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
88. Treasure Island- Robert Louis Stevenson
89. Tristram Shandy- Laurence Sterne
90. Tropic of Cancer- Henry Miller
91. Ulysses- James Joyce
92. Unbearable Lightness of Being, The - Kundera
93. Uncle Tom’s Cabin- Harriet Beecher Stowe
94. Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
95. Waiting- Ha Jin
96. Way We Live Now, The- Anthony Trollope
97. White Teeth – Zadie Smith
98. Wonder Boys- Michael Chabon
99. World According to Garp, The – John Irving
100. Yiddish Policeman’s Union, The – Michael Chabon (8/19/09)


Linda said...

We've got a few of the same books on there. Looking forward to your reviews.

moonrat said...

oh happy list!! welcome aboard :)

Nana Fredua-Agyeman said...

the funny thing is that i have read only a handful of your list and i call myself an avid reader. though a lot of what i have is also not on the list, especially now that i have moved more into African writers. This is a great list. Thanks for sharing and hope to read them...

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Shellie said...

Welcome Jenn... nice list I see we have some books in common.

Emily Cross said...

Great list!!! and welcome!

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