Sunday, May 29, 2011

Darlene's List for Project "Fill in the Gaps"

Hi, everyone!

I am so excited to join you all in this fantastic challenge! I recently started a book blog, and I would invite you all to visit me: http://darlenesbooknook.blogspot.com/.

I had a really hard time narrowing down my list to just 100. My TBR pile is HUGE! I could have easily just made an entire list of classics that I want to read, but I thought that might be too daunting! I tried to mix it up a bit.

I ended up paring down my list to:
  • Classics that are on the top of my TBR list.
  • Popular books that were on bestseller lists.
  • Recommendations from others.
My lists runs to 105 because I needed to get the entire Outlander series in there, and I could not figure out which five books to eliminate!

If I manage to get through this list, I clearly will need to start another one!

Wish me luck! This list is in no particular order, other than grouping authors/series together. I do not pledge to read them in this order.
  1. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
  2. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
  3. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
  4. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  5. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
  6. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde - Robert Louis Stevenson
  7. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
  8. Interview With the Vampire by Anne Rice (The Vampire Chronicles, Book 1)
  9. The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice (The Vampire Chronicles, Book 2)
  10. The Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice (The Vampire Chronicles, Book 3)
  11. The Tale of the Body Thief by Anne Rice (The Vampire Chronicles, Book 4)
  12. Memnoch the Devil by Anne Rice (The Vampire Chronicles, Book 5)
  13. The Vampire Armand by Anne Rice (The Vampire Chronicles, Book 6)
  14. Merrick by Anne Rice (The Vampire Chronicles, Book 7)
  15. Blood and Gold by Anne Rice (The Vampire Chronicles, Book 8)
  16. Blackwood Farm by Anne Rice (The Vampire Chronicles, Book 9)
  17. Blood Canticle by Anne Rice (The Vampire Chronicles, Book 10)
  18. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  19. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
  20. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  21. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  22. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  23. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  24. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  25. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  26. Angels & Demons by Dan Brown (Robert Langdon Series, Book 1)
  27. The da Vinci Code by Dan Brown (Robert Langdon Series, Book 2)
  28. The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown (Robert Langdon Series, Book 3)
  29. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
  30. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  31. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  32. ‘Tis by Frank McCourt
  33. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
  34. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  35. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
  36. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
  37. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  38. The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien (The Lord of the Rings, Book 1)
  39. The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien (The Lord of the Rings, Book 2)
  40. The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien (The Lord of the Rings, Book 3)
  41. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter Series, Book 1)
  42. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter Series, Book 2)
  43. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter Series, Book 3)
  44. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter Series, Book 4)
  45. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter Series, Book 5)
  46. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter Series, Book 6)
  47. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter Series, Book 7)
  48. The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper
  49. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
  50. Emma by Jane Austen
  51. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  52. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  53. Persuasion by Jane Austen
  54. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
  55. The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel (Earth’s Children Series, Book 1)
  56. The Valley of Horses by Jean M. Auel (Earth’s Children Series, Book 2)
  57. The Mammoth Hunters by Jean M. Auel (Earth’s Children Series, Book 3)
  58. The Plains of Passage by Jean M. Auel (Earth’s Children Series, Book 4)
  59. The Shelters of Stone by Jean M. Auel (Earth’s Children Series, Book 5)
  60. The Land of Painted Caves by Jean M. Auel (Earth’s Children Series, Book 6)
  61. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  62. The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss
  63. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
  64. The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
  65. Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
  66. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  67. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
  68. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
  69. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  70. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  71. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
  72. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  73. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  74. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  75. Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
  76. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (Little Women Series, Book 1)
  77. Little Men by Louisa May Alcott (Little Women Series, Book 2)
  78. Joy’s Boys by Louisa May Alcott (Little Women Series, Book 3)
  79. Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder (Little House Series, Book 1)
  80. Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder (Little House Series, Book 2)
  81. Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder (Little House Series, Book 3)
  82. On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder (Little House Series, Book 4)
  83. By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder (Little House Series, Book 5)
  84. The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder (Little House Series, Book 6)
  85. Little Town on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder (Little House Series, Book 7)
  86. These Happy Golden Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder (Little House Series, Book 8)
  87. The First Four Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder (Little House Series, Book 9)
  88. On the Way Home by Laura Ingalls Wilder (Little House Series, Book 10)
  89. West from Home by Laura Ingalls Wilder (Little House Series, Book 11)
  90. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
  91. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
  92. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  93. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  94. A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  95. Lord of the Flies by Sir William Golding
  96. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (Millennium Series, Book 1)
  97. The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson (Millennium Series, Book 2)
  98. The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets’ Nest by Stieg Larsson (Millennium Series, Book 3)
  99. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (Outlander Series, Book 1)
  100. Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon (Outlander Series, Book 2)
  101. Voyager by Diana Gabaldon (Outlander Series, Book 3)
  102. Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon (Outlander Series, Book 4)
  103. The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon (Outlander Series, Book 5)
  104. A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon (Outlander Series, Book 6)
  105. An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon (Outlander Series, Book 7)
Challenge Due Date: May 28, 2016

4 comments:

Linda said...

I see some overlap with mine. Plus a few book I've already enjoyed.

Shellie - Layers of Thought said...

Welcome Darlene -
I second Linda's comment.

Emily Cross said...

A lot of cross-over with my list too, also some of my favourite classics too (e.g. Jane Eyre!). Look forward to your future posts Darlene and Welcome :)

Darlene said...

Thanks for the warm welcome Linda, Shellie, and Emily! I'm looking forward to reading your lists and reviews.

If you noticed some overlap on your list with mine, you might be interested in the 1001 Books Before You Die list. You can read about it on my blog: http://darlenesbooknook.blogspot.com/.