Filling In The Gaps

Filling in the Gaps

Now here’s a challenge that I couldn’t resist: Pick 100 books that you want to read, but somehow never get around to (because they’re kinda hard and you’re tired and there are other fun and easy things to read). Commit to reading at least 75% of them in the next five years.

There’s a project blog here.

My list has a lot of unread books from my Virago and Persephone collections, a sprinking of classics and a mix of other books that have been sitting on the shelves for too long.

I signed up on 11th May 2009 and so four I’ve read twenty of my books – the ones with links in the list down below.

That leaves me too far off the pace to catch up, but I have learned something.

Projects with fixed lists don’t work for me, and my reading priorities have shifted.

Here’s the list:

  1. Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  2. A Long and Fatal Love Chase by Louisa May Alcott
  3. Girl in a Blue Dress by Gaynor Arnold
  4. Love Letters Between a Nobleman and His Sister by Aphra Behn
  5. The Needle in the Blood by Sarah Bower
  6. The Good Earth by Pearl S Buck
  7. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
  8. The Shuttle by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  9. A Month in the Country by J L Carr
  10. Sylvie and Bruno by Lewis Carroll
  11. The Awakening by Kate Chopin
  12. The Shutter of Snow by Emily Holmes Coleman
  13. Family Roundabout by Richmal Crompton
  14. Zofloya by Charlotte Dacre
  15. The Diary of a Provincial Lady by R M Delafield
  16. Bleak House by Charles Dickens
  17. Mariana by Monica Dickens
  18. Crime and Punishment by Fydor Dostoyevky
  19. The Count of Monte Christo by Alexandre Dumas
  20. The Cathedral of the Sea by Ildefonso Falcones
  21. The Brontes Went To Woolworths by Rachel Ferguson
  22. Lady Rose and Mrs Memmary by Ruby Ferguson
  23. Crossriggs by Jane & Mary Findlater
  24. The Home-maker by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
  25. The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald
  26. The Magic Goblet by Emilie Flygarde-Carlen
  27. The Coquette by Hannah W Foster
  28. Nightingale Wood by Stella Gibbons
  29. The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  30. The Horseman on the roof by Jean Giono
  31. The Odd Woman by George Gissing
  32. Black Narcissus by Rumer Godden
  33. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
  34. Just Like Tomorrow by Faiza Guene
  35. A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers by Xiaolu Guo
  36. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall
  37. The Electric Michelangelo by Sarah Hall
  38. Twenty Thousand Streets Under the Sea by Patrick Hamilton
  39. The Gone-Away World by Nick Harkaway
  40. The Ghostwriter by John Harwood
  41. Ursula Under by Ingrid Hill
  42. Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
  43. A Hollow Crown by Helen Hollick
  44. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
  45. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  46. A Simple Story by Elizabeth Inchbold
  47. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
  48. The Tortoise and the Hare by Elizabeth Jenkins
  49. My Dirty Little Book of Stolen Time by Liz Jensen
  50. The Trial by Franz Kafka
  51. Day by A L Kennedy
  52. The Princess of Cleves by Madame de Lafayette
  53. Longing by J D Landis
  54. The Victorian Chaise Longue by Marghanita Laski
  55. Dusty Answer by Rosamond Lehmann
  56. The Female Quixote by Charlotte Lennox
  57. The Voluptuous Delights of Peanut Butter and Jam by Lauren Liebenberg
  58. The Towers of Trebizond by Rose Macaulay
  59. The Silent Duchess by Dacia Maraini
  60. Deerbrook by Harriet Martineau
  61. The Painted Veil by W Somerset Maugham
  62. Peyton Place by Grace Metalious
  63. Black Swan Green by David Mitchell
  64. The Last Witchfinder by James Morrow
  65. Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky
  66. As Music and Splendour by Kate O’Brien
  67. The World is not Enough by Zoe Oldenbourg
  68. Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O’Neill
  69. The Quincunx by Charles Palliser
  70. One Fine Day by Mollie Panter-Downes
  71. Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl
  72. Manon Lescaut by Abbe Prevost
  73. Excellent Women by Barbara Pym
  74. Cullum by E Arnot Robertson
  75. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  76. Dissolution by C J Sansom
  77. Blindness by Jose Saramango
  78. Alfred and Guinevere by James Schuyler
  79. Katherine by Anya Seton
  80. The Hopkins Manuscript by R C Sherriff
  81. The Post-Birthday World by Lionel Shriver
  82. The Far Cry by Emma Smith
  83. Summer in February by Jonathan Smith
  84. Loitering With Intent by Muriel Spark
  85. Saplings by Noel Streatfield
  86. Palladian by Elizabeth Taylor
  87. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey
  88. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackery
  89. Popco by Scarlett Thomas
  90. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  91. He Knew He Was Right by Anthony Trollope
  92. Lolly Willowes by Sylvia Townsend Warner
  93. Cress Delahanty by Jessamyn West
  94. Someone at a Distance by Dorothy Whipple
  95. Sudden Rain by Maritta Wolff
  96. One Way of Loving by Gamel Woolsey
  97. The Daisy Chain by Charlotte M Yonge
  98. Miss Mole by E H Young
  99. The Ladies’ Paradise by Emile Zola
  100. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Wish me luck!

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