Fill in the Gaps, the 2012 edition

I've gone particularly slow on this task....  Shame on me. However, in my defense, I've had a lot happening in life in the past year, and many good "new(er)" books have passed through my hands. Plus: National Poetry Month.

Also, to my credit, I have finished a few recently (including The Land That Time Forgot, which was a disappointment, and I wish I had chosen Princess of Mars instead). 

At any rate, I've adjusted the list — again. I think I'm one short, but I started out with seven extra, so it all balances out in the end. (The books on the list I have read are marked with √ — and I warned you!)

Are any of these on your list? Can you recommend any to add (or subtract) from this list? Feel free to share your comments, either in the comments section below or via e-mail.

Fill in the Gaps, the 2012 version

1.  1001 Nights / Arabian Nights            
2.  Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe
3.  Highsmoor, Peter Ackroyd
4.  Foundation, Isaac      Asimov
5.  Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
6.  Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen
7.  √ Sundays With Vlad, Paul Bibeau
8.  The Lost Symbol, Dan Brown
9.  The Early Fears, Robert Bloch
10.The Good Earth, Pearl S. Buck
11.A Little Princess, Frances Hodgson      Burnett
12.Cold Sassy Tree, Olive Ann      Burns
13.√ The Land that Time Forgot, Edgar Rice      Burroughs
14.Tobacco Road, Erskine Caldwell
15.The Plague, Albert Camus
16.Ender's Game, Orson Scott      Card
17.Death Comes for the Archbishop, Willa Cather
18.O Pioneers!, Willa      Cather
19.Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, Michael Chabon
20.The Big Sleep, Raymond Chandler
21.The Stories of John Cheever,  John Cheever
22.Girl with the Pearl Earring,      Tracy      Chevalier
23.Remarkable Creatures,      Tracy      Chevalier
24.The Woman in White, Wilkie Collins
25.Moll Flanders, Daniel DeFoe
26.The Brief Wondrous Life  of Oscar Wao, Junot Diaz
27.A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
28.Little Dorrit, Charles Dickens
29.Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens
30.The Count of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas
31.The Man in the Iron Mask, Alexandre Dumas
32.The Last Cavalier, Alexandre Dumas
33.A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, Dave Eggers
34.Middlemarch, George Eliot
35.So Big, Edna Ferber
36.Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert
37.Where Angels Fear to Tread, E.M. Forster
38.The Corrections, Jonathan Franzen
39.The Quiet American, Graham Greene
40.The Talented Mr. Ripley Patricia Highsmith
41.√ "Goodbye, Mr. Chips", James Hilton
42.Les Miserables, Victor Hugo
43.Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston
44.The      Lost Weekend, Charles R. Jackson
45.√ The      Haunting of Hill House, Shirley Jackson
46.The      Portrait of a Lady, Henry      James
47.Three Men in a Boat, Jerome K      Jerome
48.Up the Down Staircase, Bel Kaufman
49.On the Road, Jack      Kerouac
50.Please Don’t Eat the Daisies, Jean      Kerr
51.Under the Dome, Stephen King
52.The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver
53.The Jungle Books,      Rudyard Kipling
54.The Man Who Would Be King, Rudyard Kipling
55.A Separate Peace, John Knowles
56.Little Drummer Girl, John LeCarre
57.The Spy Who Came in From the Cold, John LeCarre
58.The Golden Notebook, Doris Lessing
59.Sliver, Ira Levin
60.Elmer Gantry, Sinclair Lewis
61.The Monk, Matthew Gregory Lewis
62.What the Dead Know, Laura Lippman
63.The Call of the Wild, Jack London
64.√ The Best of H.P. Lovecraft, H.P. Lovecraft
65.One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
66.Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
67.The Road, Cormac McCarthy
68.The Member of the Wedding, Carson McCullers
69.√ Atonement, Ian McEwan
70.Lonesome Dove, Larry McMurty
71.Peyton Place, Grace Metalious
72.Beloved, Toni Morrison
73.Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov
74.Suite Française, Irene Nemirovsky
75.A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy O'Toole
76.Doctor Zhivago, Boris Pasternak
77.Bel Canto      Ann Patchett
78.Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert M. Pirsig
79.Anubis Gates, Tim Powers
80.Gravity’s Rainbow      , Thomas Pynchon
81.All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque
82.Home, Marylynne Robinson
83.The Human Stain, Philip Roth
84.The God of Small Things, Arundathi Roy
85.Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie
86.Sarum, Edward Rutherford
87.√ A Town Like Alice, Nevil Shute
88.Prayers to Broken Stones, Dan Simmons
89."Enemies, A Love "Story, Isaac Bashevis Singer
90.Angle of Repose, Wallace Steigner
91.Dracula, Bram      Stoker
92.The Valley of the Dolls, Jacqueline Suzanne
93.The Magnificent Ambersons, Booth Tarkington
94.The Man Who Fell to Earth, Walter Tevis
95.Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Hunter S. Thompson
96.Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
97.War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy
98.All the King's Men, Robert Penn Warren
99.Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh
100.        Night, Elie Weisel
101.        Journey to the Center of the Earth      , H.G. Wells
102.        Trainspotting, Irvine Welsh
103.        The Inimitable Jeeves, P.G. Wodehouse
104.        In the Woods, Tana French
105.        Unbroken, Lauren Hildenbrand
106.        Traffic, Tom Vanderbilt


  1. I've been neglecting my Fill In The Gaps list. Too many good newer books out there. Must buckle down!

  2. I know: that's why I update every year: to give me a shot at a couple of newbies. (Of course, every year I remember that I read one of the classics. "Dang, Pip was in Great Expectations, right? Okay, *that* is off my list — and in its place, that great new Stephen King! Yeay!)


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