Fill in the Gaps

The fill-in-the-gaps challenge is pretty straightforward: pick 100 books you’ve always meant to get around to, and read them within 5 years of your start date.  The books can be anything: stuff that’s been sitting untouched on your bookshelf, classics you’ve always wanted to read, etc.  At least 75% completion = challenge success.

My list is made up of a variety of titles I’ve been meaning to read for years: books I’m ashamed I’ve never read even though I was an English major, women’s studies classics, animal rights classics, the Russians, books that have been sitting on my shelves forever. Several of the books coincide with the 1001 books and Pulitzer challenges.  And, of course, what kind of feminist would I be if I didn’t strive for some gender equity?  About half of the books on this list were written by women, and a number of them are written by people of color.

My start date: 6.6.10

Current status: 30/100 

  1. Adams, Carol J. – The Pornography of Meat
  2. Adams, Douglas – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  3. Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi – Half of a Yellow Sun
  4. Adiga, Aravind – The White Tiger
  5. Alcott, Louisa May – Little Women
  6. Alexie, Sherman – The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian
  7. Allende, Isabel – The House of the Spirits
  8. Alvarez, Julia – How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
  9. Alvarez, Julia – In the Time of the Butterflies
  10. Angelou, Maya – I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  11. Asimov, Isaac – I, Robot
  12. Atwood, Margaret – The Blind Assassin
  13. Atwood, Margaret – The Handmaid’s Tale
  14. Austen, Jane – Pride and Prejudice
  15. Bradbury, Ray – Fahrenheit 451
  16. Bronte, Emily – Wuthering Heights
  17. Buck, Pearl S. – The Good Earth
  18. Camus, Albert – The Stranger
  19. Capote, Truman – In Cold Blood
  20. Cervantes – Don Quixote
  21. Chabon, Michael – The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
  22. Chbosky, Stephen – The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  23. Chopin, Kate – The Awakening
  24. Cunningham, Michael – The Hours
  25. Danticat, Edwidge – Brother, I’m Dying
  26. de Beauvior, Simone – The Second Sex
  27. DeLillo, Don – Underworld
  28. Diamant, Anita – The Red Tent
  29. Diaz, Junot – Drown
  30. Dickens, Charles – A Tale of Two Cities
  31. Dostoevsky, Fyodor – Crime and Punishment
  32. Dostoevsky, Fyodor – The Brothers Karamazov
  33. Ellison, Ralph – Invisible Man
  34. Esquivel, Laura – Like Water for Chocolate
  35. Eugenides, Jeffrey – The Virgin Suicides
  36. Faludi, Susan – Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women
  37. Fitzgerald, F. Scott – The Great Gatsby
  38. Flaubert, Gustave – Madame Bovary
  39. Forster, E.M. – Maurice
  40. Frazier, Charles – Cold Mountain
  41. Friedan, Betty – The Feminine Mystique
  42. Gogol, Nikolai – Dead Souls
  43. Greer, Germaine – The Female Eunuch
  44. Heller, Joseph – Catch-22
  45. Hemingway, Ernest – For Whom the Bell Tolls
  46. Hesse, Herman – Siddhartha
  47. Hugo, Victor – The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  48. Hugo, Victor – Les Miserables
  49. Hurston, Zora Neale – Their Eyes Were Watching God
  50. Huxley, Aldous – Brave New World
  51. Ibsen, Henrik – A Doll’s House
  52. Jelinek, Elfriede – The Piano Teacher
  53. Kincaid, Jamaica – My Brother
  54. Kundera, Milan – The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  55. L’Engle, Madeleine – A Wrinkle in Time
  56. Larsen, Nella – Passing
  57. Lee, Harper – To Kill a Mockingbird
  58. Lewycka, Marina – A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian
  59. MacDonald, Anne-Marie – The Way the Crow Flies
  60. Martell, Yann – Life of Pi
  61. Marquez, Gabriel Garcia – Love in the Time of Cholera
  62. Marquez, Gabriel Garcia – One Hundred Years of Solitude
  63. Mistry, Rohinton – A Fine Balance
  64. Morrison, Toni – Beloved
  65. Morrison, Toni – Song of Solomon
  66. Murdoch, Iris – The Sea, The Sea
  67. Nabokov, Vladimir – Lolita
  68. Nemirovsky, Irene – Suite Francaise
  69. Oates, Joyce Carol – Blonde
  70. Ovid – Metamorphoses
  71. Pamuk, Orhan – Snow
  72. Paz, Octavio – The Labyrinth of Solitude
  73. Perkins Gilman, Charlotte – Herland
  74. Roth, Philip – American Pastoral
  75. Rushdie, Salman – The Satanic Verses
  76. Salinger, J.D. – Catcher in the Rye
  77. Saramago, Jose – Blindness
  78. Schlosser, Eric – Reefer Madness
  79. Shelley, Mary – Frankenstein
  80. Sinclair, Upton – The Jungle
  81. Singer, Peter – Animal Liberation
  82. Smith, Zadie – On Beauty
  83. Smith, Zadie – White Teeth
  84. Steinbeck, John – East of Eden
  85. Steinbeck, John – The Grapes of Wrath
  86. Steinbeck, John – Of Mice and Men
  87. Stoker, Bram – Dracula
  88. Tan, Amy – The Joy Luck Club
  89. Tolkien, J.R.R. – The Lord of the Rings
  90. Tolstoy, Leo – Anna Karenina
  91. Tolstoy, Leo – War and Peace
  92. Toole, John Kennedy – Confederacy of Dunces
  93. Urrea, Luis Alberto – The Devil’s Highway
  94. Vonnegut Jr., Kurt – Slaughterhouse Five
  95. Wilde, Oscar – The Picture of Dorian Gray
  96. Wolf, Naomi – The Beauty Myth
  97. Wollstonecraft, Mary – A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
  98. Woolf, Virginia – To the Lighthouse
  99. Wright, Richard – Native Son
  100. Zusak, Mark – The Book Thief

One comment

  1. Ashley

    I’m participating in this challenge too! I see a lot of books on your list that are also on mine, (The Handmaid’s Tale, finishing LOTR, Frankenstein, The Jungle) and I see some that I’ve already read and loved! (The Book Thief, The Grapes of Wrath, Absolutely True Diary, Slaughterhouse-Five…)

    Good luck getting everything read!

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