Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Fill-In-the-Gaps Challenge

I saw this challenge on some blog somewhere a while ago and once I find it I will be sure to link back to it. Basically it challenges you to come up with 100 books that you want/think you should read because they're considered classics or you have heard great things about them but would otherwise probably not make time for them. When compiling my list, I tried to diversify based on nationality and gender. I was not entirely successful (73 US/UK to 27 other countries and 31 F to 69 M) but as I tried to include a lot of "classics" and I don't always like translations, I think that is not too bad. Criteria for inclusion: Whether I already owned it; if it had been recommended to me; Length-if there was an author I wanted to represent, I looked for shortness or a book considered to be more accessible; diversity in author's nationality/gender. The challenge lasts for 5 years which means I only have to read 20 a year and that's not too bad. I started October 13, 2009 so I must finish October 13, 2014. I hope I will still remember this blog then! At the time of this writing I have already read Animal Farm and Age of Iron so reviews will be forthcoming.

Update: I will bold those I've read and link to those I've reviewed.

1. Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency

2. The Black Cauldron

3. Bless Me Ultima

4. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
5. Go Ask Alice-not very good; I can't believe people thought this was real

6. The Handmaid's Tale
7. The Somnambulist

8. Polk-so interesting

9. Agnes Grey

10. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

11. Wuthering Heights

12. The Good Earth
13. Possession

14. My Antonia

15. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay

16. The Awakening

17. Shogun

18. Age of Iron

19. Woman in White

20. Heart of Darkness

21. Red Badge of Courage
22. The Divine Comedy

23. The Second Sex

24. The Book of the City of Ladies
25. Guns, Germs, and Steel

26. Oliver Twist

27. David Copperfield

28. Little Dorrit
29. Bleak House

30. The Brothers Karamazov

31. Sister Carrie

32. Middlemarch
33. Madame Bovary

34. Outlander

35. Stardust

36. Cranford
37. Cold Comfort Farm

38. The Bible
39. The Wind in the Willows

40. The Female Eunuch

41. Under the Greenwood Tree
42. The Scarlet Letter

43. Catch-22

44. For Whom the Bell Tolls

45. The Kite Runner

46. Their Eyes Were Watching God
47. Never Let Me Go

48. The Far Pavilions
49. The Shining

50. A Separate Peace
51. A Wrinkle in Time

52. Sons and Lovers
53. The Golden Notebook

54. The Screwtape Letters
55. Romance of the Three Kingdoms Vol 1 & 2
56. Arabian Nights and Days

57. Daughter of the Forest

58. Chronicle of a Death Foretold
59. Love in the Time of Cholera

60. A Game of Thrones

61. The Thorn Birds
62. Mornings on Horseback
63. The Watchmen

64. Beloved

65. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

66. Animal Farm
67. 1984
68. Doctor Zhivago
69. Nixonland

70. All Quiet on the Western Front
71. Midnight's Children

72. Catcher in the Rye

73. Persepolis

74. Ivanhoe

75. A Suitable Boy

76. Twelfth Night

77. Ceremony

78. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

79. I Capture the Castle
80. The Red Pony

81. Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde
82. Treasure Island

83. Dracula

84. The Magnificent Ambersons

85. The Secret History

86. Vanity Fair

87. Anna Karenina

88. War and Peace

89. A Confederacy of Dunces
90. Huckleberry Finn

91. Around the World in 80 Days
92. Slaughterhouse-Five
93. Infinite Jest
94. All the King's Men

95. Brideshead Revisited
96. The Time Machine

97. The Age of Innocence

98. The Once and Future King
99. Howl's Moving Castle
100. The Book Thief

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