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. The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood (12/29/2015)
  69. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  70.  The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  71. How Green Was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn (11/2017)
  72. The Stranger by Albert Camus
  73. Here Be Dragons by Sharon Kay Penman
  74. The Histories by Herodotus
  75. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
  76. Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond
  77. North and South by Gaskell
  78. Law and Gospel by CFW Walther
  79. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
  80. Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
  81. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
  82. Faust by Goethe (1/6/2016)
  83.  Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
  84. Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut (5/23/2016)
  85. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  86.  Lord of the Flies by William Golding (2/8/2016)
  87. Aeneid by Virgil
  88. Churchill by Paul Johnson
  89.  The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius (1/12/2015)
  90. Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
  91. The Bondage of the Will by Martin Luther
  92.  The Silmarillion by JRR Tolkien
  93. The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks
  94. Dead Souls by Gogol
  95. The Road to Serfdom by F.A. Hayek
  96.  Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
  97.  Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
  98. Story of King Arthur and His Knights by Howard Pyle
  99. The Once and Future King by T.H. White 
  100. The Last of the Mohicans by James Fennimore Cooper
  101. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  102. Twice Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne (11/16/2016)
  103.  The Coming by Daniel Black
  104. All Quiet on the Western Front (7/2016)
  105. The Everlasting Man by G.K. Chesterton
  106. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
  107. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (4/22/2016)
  108. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  109. The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
  110. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
  111. Typhoon by Joseph Conrad (2/15/2016)
  112. Watership Down by Richard Adams (1/18/2016)
  113. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck 
  114. Someone Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill (11/16/2016)
  115. The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
  116. Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand
  117. Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters(5/21/2016)
  118. David Copperfield by Dickens
  119.  Night by Elie Wiesel by (9/24/2016)
  120. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  121. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan (10/10/2017)
  122. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  123. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein
  124. Steve Jobs by Walter Isacson
  125. Exodus by Leon Uris 
  126. A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
  127. The Call of Cthulhu and Other Stories by H.P. Lovecraft
  128.  To Rule the Waves by Arthur Herman
  129. A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute
  130. The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow
  131. Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
  132. The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith
  133. I, Claudius by Robert Grave
  134. Centennial by James Michener (Abandoned)
  135. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  136. On Writing by Stephen King
  137. All-of-a-kind Family by Sydney Taylor (3/29/2016)
  138. Into Thin Air by John Krakauer
  139. Nicholas and Alexandra by Robert Massie
  140. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  141. Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
  142. Eleanor of Aquitaine By Alison Weir 
  143. Salt by Mark Kurlansky (3/7/2016)
  144. A Distant Mirror by Barbara Tuchman 
  145. The Jewel in the Crown by Paul Scott
  146. The Kalevala
  147. The Razor's Edge by W. Somerset Maugham
  148. Ragtime by E.L Doctorow
  149. A Dance to the Music of Time: Movement One by Anthony Powell
  150. The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
  151. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
  152. A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking 
  153. Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift (6/22/2016)
  154. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  155.  Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene
  156. The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett
  157. The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith
  158. Double Indemnity by James Cain (9/29/2017)
  159.  Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
  160. The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
  161. Mystic River by Dennis Lehane
  162. The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman
  163. Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke (10/2017)
  164. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
  165. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
  166.  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith (12/2017)
  167. People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
  168. Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner 
  169. The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
  170. The Epic of Gilgamesh 
  171. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith
  172. Les Fleurs de Mal by Baudelaire
  173. The Bridge on the Drina by Ivo Andric
  174. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexandr Solzhenitsyn 
  175. The Law by Frederic Bastiat (2/14/2016)
  176. The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  177.  Letters from Burma by Aung San Suu Kyi (5.28/2016)
  178. Palace Walk by Naguib Mahfouz 
  179.  A book by Beverly Nichols 
  180. Absalom! Absalom! by William Faulkner
  181. Evelina by Fanny Burney
  182.  Lost Horizon (10/2017)
  183.  Every Man Dies Alone by Hans Fallada
  184. Ex Libris by Ann Fadiman (5/5/2016)
  185. Betsy-Tacy by Maude Hart Lovelace(8/8/2016)
  186. Something by Joyce Carol Oates Beasts (8/21/2016)
  187.  Areopagitica by John Milton 
  188. The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James 
  189. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser
  190. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
  191.  The 13 Clocks by James Thurber
  192. The World According to Garp by John Irving 
  193. The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett 
  194. The Economics of Freedom by Frederic Bastiat
  195. The Blind Owl by Sadegh Hedayat
  196. Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
  197. Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry
  198. Portrait of Jenny by Robert Nathan
  199. The Twenty-One Balloons by Pene duBois

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