Project Fill In The Gaps

The point of this project is to (shockingly) fill in the gaps in your reading. So you take a hundred or so books that you’ve always meant to read or that illustrate a gap in your well-read-ness, and ideally get them read within the next five years. Click here to sign up.

Splitting them up, that’s only twenty books a year and I figure I should easily manage that. Some of these I’ve been dying to read but just haven’t got round to them yet, so it’s not like I’ll resent having to read them!

Here’s my list, in no particular order:

I’ve read 35 out of 100 books.

1) Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
2) Tristam Shandy by Lawrence Sterne
3) The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
4) Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
5) The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
6) Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence
7) Dracula by Bram Stoker
8) King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard
9) Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas

12) 1984 by George Orwell

13) A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
14) The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
15) Gentlemen Prefer Blondes by Anita Loos
16) Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

17) Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas
18) The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas

19) Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
20) The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
21) Sophie’s Choice by William Styron
22) Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
23) The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
24) Moby Dick by Herman Melville
25) The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
26) The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
27) The Life of Pi by Yann Martel
28) Salmon Fishing in the Yemen by Paul Torday
29) The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
30) Hamlet by William Shakespeare
31) The Help by Kathryn Stockett
32) Good Wives by Louisa May Alcott
33) The Giver by Lois Lowry
34) Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
35) The Collector by John Fowles
36) The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
37) Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
38) The Lady with the Little Dog by Anton Chekhov 
39) The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
40) The League of the Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy
41) I Will Repay by Baroness Orczy
42) Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
43) The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
44) The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
45) The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
46) Don’t Tell Alfred by Nancy Mitford
47) Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
48) SCOOP by Evelyn Waugh
49) The Acts of King Arthur and his Noble Knights by John Steinbeck
50) Lolita by Vladmir Nabokov
51) Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
52) Water for Elephants by Sarah Gruen
53) The Devil and Miss Prym by Paulo Coelho
54) The Camomile Lawn by Mary Wesley 
55) The Time Machine by H.G.Wells
56) Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte
57) Salome by Oscar Wilde
58) Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka 
59) The Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
60) The End of Mr. Y by Scarlett Thomas
61) Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson 
62) Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
63) American Gods by Neil Gaiman
64) Middlemarch by George Eliot
65) Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer 
66) Kafka on the Shore by Murakami
67) Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
68) A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
69) The Elusive Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy
70) The Way of the Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy
71) Lord Tony’s Wife by Baroness Orczy
72) El Dorado by Baroness Orczy
73) Tess of the d’Ubervilles by Thomas Hardy
74) A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
75) Lady Susan – Jane Austen
76) The Canterbury Tales – Geoffrey Chaucer (retelling acceptable)
77) Atonement by Ian McEwan
78) Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
79) Agatha Christie: An Autobiography by Agatha Christie
80) Modern Baptists by James Wilcox
81) Raffles: The Amateur Cracksman by E.W. Hornung
82) Mapp and Lucia by E.F. Benson
83) Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome
84) A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
85) Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis
86) The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith
87) Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell
88) One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez 
89) Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
90) Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
91) Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury
92) We’ll Always Have Paris by Ray Bradbury
93) Farewell Summer by Ray Bradbury

94) A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

95) The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
96) The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger 
97) The Trial by Franz Kafka 
98) A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
99) Like Water For Chocolate by Lauren Esquivel
100) The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway


  1. Gosh, I don't even know where to start with commenting on this because, let's face it, neither you nor anybody else wants me sat here commenting on every book!

    Hmmm..ones that stick out? Lord of the Flies was my GCSE text so that ones stuck in my brain forever. Fortunately, I had a great teacher so they're good memories and it is a fascinating book. I also studied Frankenstein for A-Level but had a less great teacher for that and it's a bit tainted for me…Also Dracula because I was brave and read it and it's awesome!

    I have The Count of Monte Cristo, Slaughterhouse Five and 1984 to read this year (and probably some others..) so yey for those.

    The only one I can see that I didn't like is The Wide Sargasso Sea. I don't know what I was expecting but it wasn't what I got and I didn't like it…I'll tell you why when you've read it so that I don't spoil it for you! Will be interested to see what you think when you eventually get to it…

  2. Hanna says:

    @LIB – You know, I would HAPPILY sit here and read your comments on every single book! It wouldn't bother me one tiny little bit.

    I have actually read Frankenstein. I know that's not the point of the challenge, but it's the only one, I swear! But I don't even remember one tiny little bit (is that the phrase of the day or something? :s) of it. I think I was about fourteen. I only added it here as a place-filler but I think I'll leave it. I seem to remember a lot of essays on morality and not much else, but I may like it more eight years later (and now I feel old).

    I have Slaughterhouse Five and 1984 ready and waiting on my TBR shelf! I'm really, really looking forward to the former, although I don't really know why.

    Hmm. I'm really tempted to start The Wide Sargasso Sea just so I get a nice long Lit Addicted Brit ranty e-mail 🙂

  3. Sophia says:

    You've got Like Water for Chocolate on there twice, at 24 and 99……

    I'll get my coat.

    1. Hanna says:

      You're amazing, how did you even spot that? :/

      Not complaining, I have room for Moby Dick now!

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