Friday, June 5, 2009

A New Challege

So 6 months ago I said I was going to read 1001 books you should read before you die. I was pretty confident I could read all those books and I started head on in the list. Aside from the 29 books I had previously read on the list, I read 3 on the list. In 6 months. Of course you know I've been reading. I just haven't been reading books on that list.
Then I saw a post on Fleur Fisher about The Fill in the Gaps challenge. It seemed like a better idea than trying to read 1001 books picked by someone else. Especially when I wasn't thrilled about half of them. Perhaps I should have thought about this before I said I would do it huh?
Well I'm admitting that I can't do my original challenge and I'm going to do a total new one. So here are my 100 books that I want to read. For now this will be my tbr list.

Books I Own And Haven't Read
  1. Knit Two-Kate Jacobs
  2. Under the Banner of Heaven-Jon Krakauer
  3. Dust On A Road-Zora Neale Hurston
  4. All Men Are Mortal-Simone de Beauvoir
  5. Stiff-Mary Roach
  6. Wicked-Gregory Maguire
  7. Almost Moon-Alice Sebold
  8. The Host-Stephanie Meyer
  9. Midnight In The Garden Of Good and Evil-John Berendt
  10. A Million Little Pieces-James Frey
  11. The Crimson Petal and the White-Michael Faber
  12. Snow Falling On Cedars-David Guterson

Books I Probably Should Have Read In High School
  1. Last of the Mohicans – James Fenimore Cooper
  2. The Count of Monte-Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
  3. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  4. Journey to the Centre of the Earth – Jules Verne
  5. The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
  6. The Island of Dr. Moreau – H.G. Wells
  7. The Time Machine – H.G. Wells
  8. Of Human Bondage – William Somerset Maugham
  9. Mrs. Dalloway – Virginia Woolf
  10. A Farewell to Arms – Ernest Hemingway
  11. For Whom the Bell Tolls – Ernest Hemingway
  12. The Sun Also Rises By Ernest Hemingway
  13. Cannery Row – John Steinbeck
  14. Nineteen Eighty-Four – George Orwell
  15. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
  16. Slaughterhouse-five – Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
  17. Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
Books I've Started But Haven't Finish
  1. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay- Michael Chabon
  2. The women : a novel -T. Coraghessan Boyle
Books I've Gotten From The Library And Had To Take Back Before I Read Them
  1. North of beautiful - Justina Chen Headley
  2. Lament : the faerie queen's deception-Maggie Stiefvater.
  3. Eternal-Cynthia Leitich Smith
  4. The luxe-Anna Godbersen.
  5. The girl she used to be-David Cristofano.
  6. The rest falls away : the Gardella vampire chronicles-Colleen Gleason
Books That Are Movies Too
  1. Perfume: The Story of a Murderer -Patrick Süskind
  2. From Here To Eternity by James Jones
  3. Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream-Buzz Bissinger
  4. From Hell-Alan Moore
  5. All the Pretty Horses-Cormac McCarthy
  6. American Psycho- Bret Easton Ellis
  7. Bodies Are Where You Find Them-Brett Halliday (movie Kiss Kiss Bang bang)
  8. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas- John Boyne
  9. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day – Winifred Watson
  10. Color Purple- Alice Walker
  11. Cider House Rules-John Irving
  12. I, Robot – Isaac Asimov
  13. Girl, Interrupted-Susanna Kaysen
  14. Cold Mountain-Charles Frazier
  15. Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants-Ann Brashares
Books I'm Waiting For From The Library
  1. Little Bee-Chris Cleave
Library Books That Are In My Possession Currently
  1. Thank you for smoking-Christopher Buckley
  2. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao-Junot Diaz
  3. A reliable wife : a novel-Robert Goolrick.
Books I Want To Read For No Good Reason
  1. Dangerous Liaisons – Pierre Choderlos de Laclos
  2. Justine – Marquis de Sade
  3. The Virgin Suicides – Jeffrey Eugenides
  4. Blonde – Joyce Carol Oates
  5. White Teeth – Zadie Smith
  6. The Corrections – Jonathan Franzen
  7. The Hours-Michael Cunningham
  8. The Omnivore's Dilemma-Michael Pollan
  9. The People's History of The United States-Howard Zinn
  10. The Power of One-Bryce Courtenay
  11. Night-Elie Wiesel
  12. Special topics in calamity physics-Marisha Pessl
  13. Suite française- Irène Némirovsky
  14. The Book Thief- Markus Zusak
  15. The Pilot's Wife-Anita Shreve
  16. The Diary of Anaïs Nin- Anais Nin
  17. The Tropic Of Cancer-Henry Miller
  18. Catch-22-Joseph Heller
  19. The Help-Kathryn Stockett
  20. Water for Elephants -Sara Gruen
  21. Middlemarch-George Eliot
  22. Six Characters in Search of an Author — Luigi Pirandello
  23. Interview with a Vampire-Anne Rice
  24. Diana: Her True Story- Andrew Morton
  25. Paradise- Toni Morrison
  26. It's Always Something- Gilda Radner
  27. Experience- Martin Amis
  28. The Teahouse Fire- Ellis Avery
  29. The Satanic Verses- Salman Rushdie
  30. Mists of Avalon-Marion Zimmer Bradley
  31. The Thirteenth Tale -Diane Setterfield
  32. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan: A Novel- Lisa See
  33. And Then There Were None -Agatha Christie
  34. The Reader -Bernhard Schlink
  35. When You Are Engulfed In Flames- David Sedaris
  36. Food Matters-Mark Bittman
  37. Dry- Augusten Burroughs
  38. The Beach House- Jane Green
  39. I Was Told There Would Be Cake-Sloane Crosley
  40. The Triumph of Deborah-Eva Etzioni-Halevy
  41. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo-Stieg Larsson
  42. A Year In The Merde-Stephen Clarke
  43. Fluke-Christopher Moore
I'll be posting my reviews here as well on the Filling In The Gaps blog.


  1. It's funny but all those you listed in the Should have Read in Highschool the ones I did read I read on my own.

    I didn't pick up 1984 til a summer in college. Boy is it dark though. Probably not really something for moody teenagers anyway.

    Though I'd suggest leaving Wicked on the unread pile. It's frankly a wonder it became popular enough to be turned into a musical.

  2. I have to agree with Blab on Wicked. I've heard the musical is better.
    From your list my favorite is Water for Elephants. It's on my "must read again" list!

  3. You have some great books there - The Mists of Avalon and The Thirteenth Tale are particular favourites of mine. And we have some overlap on our lists - Special Topics, Kavalier & Clay, The Book Thief - so I'm looking forward to comparing notes!

  4. I'm going to add my 2 cents and agree with the others about Wicked. It was wickedly horrible!!!! Don't bother. How long did it take you to make these lists? I love reading them!!! Great ideas there!!

  5. Yes this one sounds like a better idea :D

  6. I really recommend Under the Banner of Heaven. I'm still reading it because I have such a short attention span. But it's a good read.

    I loved Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil once I got past the first couple of chapters.

    Night is unbearably depressing because of the subject. In the same vein, you should read Viktor Frankl's "Man's Search for Meaning." Also about/written by a Holocaust survivor.

    All that aside, you've got quite the book list. I look forward to hearing about your progress!! You're brave. ;)

    (I do love reading though, just so you don't think I'm hatin' on the books.)

  7. I'm going to have to look into this project - what a great idea! I love how you broke your list down into categories.

  8. I'm definitly going to make a list of books in my house that I have yet to read. I need to work my way through those! Thanks for the inspiration!

  9. Hmmm... I'll have to check some of those out!

  10. I have to agree with the others that Wicked is a slog. The Count of Monte Cristo however is amazing! Such a great adventure story.


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