Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Still some gaps

Five years ago tomorrow, I embarked on a reading challenge. The challenge was to pick 100 books to read that I felt would fill in "gaps" in my reading.

I have managed to read 65 of them. Not good, especially since I had read 47 over two years ago. But this year has been a particularly weak reading year for me. After I accepted that, I started thinking about what I wanted to do about this challenge, and I have decided to expand it.

I am extending it for five more years, to December 17, 2020. I am going to add 100 more books,75 over the next few weeks and five in each of those years. This has been a very worthwhile challenge, to this point, for the most part, and I look forward to continuing to fill some gaps.

I am not giving myself a pass on anything that is already on the list, although there are a couple that I suspect will remain gaps.

The new list will be here. For simplicity I am going to group the books that I have read and those that are unread.

  1. Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky (11/18/2013)
  2. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (2/13/2012)
  3. Dune by Frank Herbert (3/19/2011)
  4. The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan (9/21/2014)
  5. A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle
  6. Wench by Dolen Perkins-Valdez
  7. Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis (1/26/2014)
  8. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins (3/16/2012)
  9. Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset (3/17/2013)
  10. Beach Music by Pat Conroy (3/22/2012)
  11. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
  12. Peace Like a River by Leif Enger (4/2015)
  13. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde (12/5/2011)
  14. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (2/21/2012)
  15. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood (3/2014)
  16. The Jungle Books by Rudyard Kipling (1/27/2012)
  17. The Master and Margarita by Bulgakov (2/5/2013)
  18. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson (4/29/2011)
  19. Death Comes for the Archbishop  by Willa Cather (10/30/2014)
  20. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas (11/4/2012)
  21. Summerland by Michael Chabon (6/25/2012)
  22. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison (5/16/2014)
  23. The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis (10/10/2014)
  24. The House on the Strand by Daphne DuMaurier (5/19/2011)
  25. Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler (6/28/2012)
  26. I Am Legend by Richard Matheson (3/24/2014)
  27. A Canticle for Leibowitz, Miller (2/9/2011)
  28. In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson 12/10/2013)
  29. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger (1/18/2014)
  30. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (4/12/2011)
  31. A Life Worth Living by John Holt (1/15/2014)
  32. Defenders of the Faith: Charles V, Suleyman the Magnificent, and the Battle for Europe, 1520-1536 by Reston (10/9/2014)
  33. The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. DuBois (12/13/2012)
  34. Life at the Bottom by Theodore Dalrymple (3/20/2011)
  35. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (1/7/2011)
  36. Desolation Road by Ian McDonald (7/10/2012)
  37. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe (9/25/2012)
  38. All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren (4/3/2012)
  39. Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons (5/29/2013)
  40. Up from Slavery by Booker T. Washington (4/7/2013)
  41. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster (4/24/2012)
  42. Redwall by Brian Jacques (11/22/2014)
  43. The Complete Poetry of  John Donne (12/16/2015)
  44. Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, T.S. Eliot (4/23/2012)
  45.  My Antonia by Willa Cather (1/15/2013)
  46. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (9/28/2011)
  47. East Lynne by Ellen Wood (6/18/2011)
  48. Emily of New Moon by L.M. Montgomery (1/6/2012)
  49. The Hobbit JRR Tolkien
  50. The Beautiful and the Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald (12/26/2010)
  51. Robinson Crusoe (9/9/2013)
  52. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro (7/18/2011)
  53. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf (4/30/2015)
  54. Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett (3/25/2013)
  55.  Middlemarch by George Eliot (12/13/13)
  56. Introducing Father Brown by GK Chesterton (10/6/2011)
  57. Casino Royale by Ian Fleming (5/2/11)
  58. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
  59. Death in Venice by Thomas Mann (5/6/2013)
  60. Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov (7/2/2012)
  61. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote (1/20/2013)
  62. The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler (10/4/2014)
  63. Foundation by Isaac Asimov (3/6/2011)
  64. The Forgotten Man by Amity Shlaes (12/30/2012)
  65. The Warden by Anthony Trollope (1/28/2013)
  66. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie (6/5/2015)
  67. Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (3/22/2016)
  68. Twice Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne (11/16/2016)
  69. The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood (12/29/2015)
  70. How Green Was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn (11/2017)
  71. Faust by Goethe (1/6/2016)
  72.  Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
  73. Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote (6/2018)
  74.  Lord of the Flies by William Golding (2/8/2016)
  75. The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius (1/12/2015)
  76. Typhoon by Joseph Conrad (2/15/2016)
  77. Watership Down by Richard Adams (1/18/2016)
  78. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck 
  79. Someone Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill (11/16/2016)
  80. The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
  81. All Quiet on the Western Front (7/2016)
  82. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein (6/2018
  83. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (4/22/2016)
  84. The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien (4/2018)
  85. Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut (5/23/2016)
  86. Centennial by James Michener (Abandoned)
  87. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  88. On Writing by Stephen King (3/2018)
  89. All-of-a-kind Family by Sydney Taylor (3/29/2016)
  90. The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks (Substituted Musicophilia) 2/2017
  91. The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman (2/2018)
  92. Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke (10/2017)
  93. Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters(5/21/2016)
  94. Here Be Dragons by Sharon Kay Penman (2/2018)
  95. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan (10/10/2017)
  96. Bonfire of the Vanities by Thomas Wolfe
  97. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  98. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein
  99. Salt by Mark Kurlansky (3/7/2016)
  100. Double Indemnity by James Cain (9/29/2017)
  101. Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift (6/22/2016)
  102. The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
  103.  Letters from Burma by Aung San Suu Kyi (5.28/2016)
  104. Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner 
  105. The Law by Frederic Bastiat (2/14/2016)
  106. Ex Libris by Ann Fadiman (5/5/2016)
  107. Betsy-Tacy by Maude Hart Lovelace(8/8/2016)
  108. Something by Joyce Carol Oates Beasts (8/21/2016)
  109. Lost Horizon (10/2017)
  110. The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett 
  111. The Mysterious Benedict Society
  112. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
  113. A Man Called Ove by Frederik Backman
  114. Nathan Coulter by Wendell Berry
  115. Portrait of Jenny by Robert Nathan
  116. The Economics of Freedom by Frederic Bastiat
  117. Night by Elie Wiesel by (9/24/2016)
  118. The Histories by Herodotus
  119. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
  120. Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond
  121. North and South by Gaskell
  122. Law and Gospel by CFW Walther
  123. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
  124. Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy (6/2019)
  125. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
  126. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  127. The Stranger by Albert Camus
  128.  The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  129. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  130. Aeneid by Virgil
  131. Churchill by Paul Johnson
  132.  Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
  133. The Bondage of the Will by Martin Luther
  134.  The Silmarillion by JRR Tolkien
  135. Dead Souls by Gogol
  136. The Road to Serfdom by F.A. Hayek
  137.  Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie (Read as a kid)
  138. Story of King Arthur and His Knights by Howard Pyle
  139. The Once and Future King by T.H. White 
  140. The Last of the Mohicans by James Fennimore Cooper
  141. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  142.  The Coming by Daniel Black
  143. The Everlasting Man by G.K. Chesterton
  144. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  145. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
  146. Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand
  147. David Copperfield by Dickens
  148.  The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  149. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  150. Steve Jobs by Walter Isacson
  151. Exodus by Leon Uris 
  152. A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
  153. The Call of Cthulhu and Other Stories by H.P. Lovecraft
  154.  To Rule the Waves by Arthur Herman
  155. Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson
  156. The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow
  157. The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith
  158. I, Claudius by Robert Grave
  159. Into Thin Air by John Krakauer
  160. Nicholas and Alexandra by Robert Massie (7/6/2019)
  161. Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
  162. Eleanor of Aquitaine By Alison Weir 
  163. A Distant Mirror by Barbara Tuchman 
  164. The Jewel in the Crown by Paul Scott
  165. The Kalevala
  166. The Razor's Edge by W. Somerset Maugham (January 2019)
  167. Ragtime by E.L Doctorow
  168. A Dance to the Music of Time: Movement One by Anthony Powell
  169. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
  170. A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking 
  171. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  172.  Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene
  173. The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett 6/2018
  174. The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith
  175. Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
  176. Mystic River by Dennis Lehane
  177. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
  178. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
  179.  People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
  180. The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
  181. The Epic of Gilgamesh 
  182. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith
  183. Les Fleurs de Mal by Baudelaire
  184. The Bridge on the Drina by Ivo Andric
  185. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexandr Solzhenitsyn 3/17/2019
  186. The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  187. Palace Walk by Naguib Mahfouz 
  188.  A book by Beverly Nichols 
  189. Absalom! Absalom! by William Faulkner
  190. Evelina by Fanny Burney
  191.   Every Man Dies Alone by Hans Fallada
  192.  Areopagitica by John Milton 
  193. The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James 
  194. American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser (6/2019)
  195. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
  196.  The 13 Clocks by James Thurber
  197. The World According to Garp by John Irving 
  198. The Blind Owl by Sadegh Hedayat
  199. Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
  200. The Twenty-One Balloons by Pene duBois
  201. Let Us Now Praise Famous Men James Agee ; Walker Evans
  202. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry 

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