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My Gap List

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One hundred books that I should have read by now, but haven’t yet. The goal is to read seventy-five in five years, but considering I made this list in 2010 and have thus far struck out but one goal, I’m just going to be a little more lenient with myself. A mix of classics, books bought but untouched, and things on old to-read lists that I might not ever read otherwise.

  1. Jane Austen (Emma, Pride and Prejudice)
  2. Snow, Orhan Pamuk
  3. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
  4. Middlemarch, George Eliot
  5. North and South, Elizabeth Gaskell
  6. The House of Mirth, Edith Wharton
  7. The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Laurence Sterne
  8. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Haruki Murakami
  9. The Great Gatsby, Scott F. Fitzgerald
  10. 1984, George Orwell
  11. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
  12. Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov
  13. The Satanic Verses, Salman Rushdie
  14. The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Michael Pollan
  15. A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess
  16. One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  17. Catch-22, Joseph Heller
  18. The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy
  19. P.G. Wodehouse
  20. Epic of Gilgamesh
  21. If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler, Italo Calvino
  22. Till We Have Faces, C.S. Lewis
  23. The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath
  24. Mrs. Dalloway, Virginia Woolf
  25. Tender Buttons, Gertrude Stein
  26. The Second Sex, Simone de Beauvoir
  27. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
  28. Don Quixote, Cervantes
  29. The Decameron, Boccaccio
  30. Dorothy Parker
  31. The Sound and the Fury, William Faulkner
  32. The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway
  33. Metamorphoses, Ovid
  34. The Lord of the Flies, William Golding
  35. The Giver, Lois Lowry
  36. Of Human Bondage, W. Somerset Maugham
  37. The Unicorn, Iris Murdoch
  38. The Drinking Den, Emile Zola
  39. Lucky Jim, Kingsley Amis
  40. On Beauty, Zadie Smith
  41. Daisy Miller, Henry James
  42. Dracula, Bram Stoker
  43. Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
  44. The Children’s Book, A.S. Byatt
  45. Les Fleurs du Mal, Charles Baudelaire
  46. We Have Always Lived in the Castle, Shirley Jackson
  47. Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe
  48. A People’s History of the United States, Howard Zinn
  49. Dune, Frank Herbert
  50. Mother Nature, Sarah Blaffer Hrdy
  51. The Rustle of Language, Roland Barthes
  52. Vita, Joao Biehl
  53. The Count of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas
  54. Jorge Luis Borges
  55. Godel, Escher and Bach, Hofstadter
  56. Little Birds, Anais Nin
  57. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith
  58. Motherless Brooklyn, Jonathan Lethem
  59. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier
  60. The Waste Land, T.S. Eliot
  61. Le Morte D’Arthur, Sir Thomas Malory
  62. The Once and Future King, T.H. White
  63. Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
  64. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  65. The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
  66. The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories, H.P. Lovecraft
  67. Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  68. Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert
  69. Faust, Goethe
  70. Moby-Dick, Herman Melville
  71. Pippi Longstocking, Astrid Lindgren
  72. Tove Jansson
  73. Proust
  74. Thousand and One Nights
  75. Vanity Fair, William Thackeray
  76. The Prince, Machiavelli
  77. Utopia, Sir Thomas More
  78. Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe
  79. David Copperfield, Charles Dickens
  80. The Good Soldier, Ford Madox Ford
  81. A Passage to India, E.M. Forster
  82. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, James Joyce
  83. Kim, Rudyard Kipling
  84. Ragtime, E.L. Doctorow
  85. Wise Blood, Flannery O’Connor
  86. The Dream of the Red Chamber, Cao Xueqin
  87. Suite Francaise, Irene Nemirovsky
  88. The Histories, Herodotus
  89. Paradise Lost, John Milton
  90. Bulfinch’s Mythology, Thomas Bulfinch
  91. Oryx and Crake, Margaret Atwood
  92. Gone With the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
  93. The Chocolate War, Robert Cormier
  94. In an Antique Land, Amitav Ghosh
  95. Voice of the Fire, Alan Moore
  96. The Hakawati, Rabih Alameddine
  97. Sons and Other Flammable Objects, Porochista Khakpour
  98. Around the World in 72 Days, Nellie Bly
  99. A Wizard of Earthsea, Ursula K. Le Guin
  100. Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card

Written by Emily G.

January 3, 2012 at 2:37 pm

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