Friday, December 17, 2010

Filling in the gaps: 100 books/Five years

The idea behind this challenge is to read 100 books in five years that are books that I've been meaning to read, feel that I should read, want to read, or--in my case--that my kids and friends have suggested. So, I have until December 17, 2015 to read these 100 books. This is the blog where I got the idea, and I went ahead and signed up there, too.

Note from Sept 2013: I've been at this challenge for two years and nine months now and have fallen a bit behind, having only read 47 of my 100 books. I have decided that I am going to take the liberty of swapping out up to five books, two for books that I have attempted and decided that I am just not interested in, plus up to three others. I subbed a book once before, when I decided that Three Cups of Tea needed to go because of the dishonesty in the book.

  1. Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky (11/18/2013)
  2. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (2/13/2012)
  3. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
  4. Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  5. Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond
  6. North and South by Gaskell
  7. Dune by Frank Herbert (3/19/2011)
  8. The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan (9/21/2014)
  9. A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle
  10. Wench by Dolen Perkins-Valdez
  11. Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis (1/26/2014)
  12. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins (3/16/2012)
  13. Law and Gospel by CFW Walther
  14. Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset (3/17/2013)
  15. Beach Music by Pat Conroy (3/22/2012)
  16. The Silmarillion by JRR Tolkien
  17. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
  18. Peace Like a River by Leif Enger (4/2015)
  19. The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks
  20. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde (12/5/2011)
  21. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (2/21/2012)
  22. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood (3/2014)
  23. The Jungle Books by Rudyard Kipling (1/27/2012)
  24. The Master and Margarita by Bulgakov (2/5/2013)
  25. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson (4/29/2011)
  26. Death Comes for the Archbishop  by Willa Cather (10/30/2014)
  27. Churchill by Paul Johnson
  28. The Conquest of Gaul  by Julius Caesar, subbing The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius
  29. Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
  30. The Bondage of the Will by Martin Luther
  31. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas (11/4/2012)
  32. Summerland by Michael Chabon (6/25/2012)
  33. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison (5/16/2014)
  34. The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis (10/10/2014)
  35. The House on the Strand by Daphne DuMaurier (5/19/2011)
  36. Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler (6/28/2012)
  37. I Am Legend by Richard Matheson (3/24/2014)
  38. A Canticle for Leibowitz, Miller (2/9/2011)
  39. In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson 12/10/2013)
  40. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger (1/18/2014)
  41. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (4/12/2011)
  42. A Life Worth Living by John Holt (1/15/2014)
  43. Defenders of the Faith: Charles V, Suleyman the Magnificent, and the Battle for Europe, 1520-1536 by Reston (10/9/2014)
  44. Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
  45. The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. DuBois (12/13/2012)
  46. Life at the Bottom by Theodore Dalrymple (3/20/2011)
  47. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (1/7/2011)
  48. Desolation Road by Ian McDonald (7/10/2012)
  49. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe (9/25/2012)
  50. All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren (4/3/2012)
  51. The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
  52. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
  53. Faust by Goethe
  54. Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons (5/29/2013)
  55. Up from Slavery by Booker T. Washington (4/7/2013)
  56. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster (4/24/2012)
  57. Redwall by Brian Jacques (11/22/2014)
  58. The Guns of August by Barabara Tuchman (just can't get into the military history), subbing Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut 
  59. Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde
  60. Life of Pi by Yann Mertel, subbing Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  61. Aeneid by Virgil
  62. The Complete Poetry of  John Donne
  63. Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, T.S. Eliot (4/23/2012)
  64. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
  65.  My Antonia by Willa Cather (1/15/2013)
  66. Dead Souls by Gogol
  67. The Road to Serfdom by F.A. Hayek
  68. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (9/28/2011)
  69. East Lynne by Ellen Wood (6/18/2011)
  70. Story of King Arthur and His Knights by Howard Pyle
  71. Emily of New Moon by L.M. Montgomery (1/6/2012)
  72. The Hobbit JRR Tolkien
  73. The Beautiful and the Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald (12/26/2010)
  74. Robinson Crusoe (9/9/2013)
  75. The Once and Future King by T.H. White
  76. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro (7/18/2011)
  77. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf (4/30/2015)
  78. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
  79. Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett (3/25/2013)
  80. Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
  81. The Man Who Was Thursday by GK Chesterton, subbing Middlemarch by George Eliot (12/13/13)
  82. Introducing Father Brown by GK Chesterton (10/6/2011)
  83. Casino Royale by Ian Fleming (5/2/11)
  84. The Last of the Mohicans by James Fennimore Cooper
  85. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  86. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
  87. Death in Venice by Thomas Mann (5/6/2013)
  88. Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov (7/2/2012)
  89. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote (1/20/2013)
  90. The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler (10/4/2014)
  91. Foundation by Isaac Asimov (3/6/2011)
  92. The Forgotten Man by Amity Shlaes (12/30/2012)
  93. The Warden by Anthony Trollope (1/28/2013)
  94. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
  95. Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
  96. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  97. Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula LeGuin, (I have read other works by LeGuin this year) subbing The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  98. The Stranger by Albert Camus
  99. Here Be Dragons by Sharon Kay Penman
  100. The Histories by Herodotus


  1. Hi Jane, Glad to see The Book Thief and The Shadow of the Wind made your list, they are two of my (and my son's) recent favorites. I just finished The Solace of Leaving Early from another of your lists and I loved it--intellectual and a great story. I am definitely going to add a few more of these to my list. I started the Master and Margarita last year but I am putting it back on to finish along with Anna Karenina.
    Do you ever get into a book that you hate and do you keep going? Does 100 in 5 years leave time for new releases or is this all you will have time for?

  2. I am reading about 110 books a year, so it leaves me time, if I keep up that pace.

    If I get into a book that I hate I will usually either stop or put it aside. If it's a good quality book, I assume the fault is in me and will give it some time and try it again.

    But, like some people, some books are just never going to be our friends. :)