My Fill in the Gaps Watch

Since I will be making this my new blogging home, I will be using it as my main site for keeping up with my Fill in the Gaps List.  If you are not familiar with the idea of the Fill in the Gaps list, it’s a list of 100 books that a reader will read over a 5-year period (it began a few years ago and is supposed to end in 2012).  The books on the list should be those that fill in gaps between one’s regular reading responsibilities for work or school.  I’ve been keeping up with the list for a few years now, and think I will be on track to complete it by 2015.  I thought it wise to move the list over here to be able to keep track of it better, since my old site will fall by the wayside before long.

So, here’s my list.  I will move items up as they are either in progress or completed.  Those still to be read are on the lower part of the list.  Those on the Completed list are numbered according to the order I finished reading them.

My Fill in the Gaps Watch


  1. Siddhartha (Hermann Hesse)
  2. Woman to Woman and other poems (Agnes Lam)
  3. The 8th Habit (Stephen Covey)
  4. Mortician’s Tea (G. O. Clark)
  5. Poemcrazy (Susan Wooldridge)
  6. Infinite Jest (David Foster Wallace)
  7. Velocity (Dean Koontz)
  8. The World is Flat (Thomas L. Friedman)
  9. A Princess of Mars – Edgar Rice Burroughs
  10. Rip Van Winkle – Washington Irving
  11. Night and Day – Virginia Woolf
  12. Anansi Boys – Neil Gaiman
  13. Brighton Rock – Graham Greene
  14. Ancient Skies – oino sakai
  15. House of Many Ways – Diana Wynne Jones
  16. Attack of the Two-Headed Poetry Monster – Mark McLaughlin and Michael McCarty
  17. Sweeney Todd and the String of Pearls – Yuri Rasovsky
  18. Relativity:  The Special and General Theory – Albert Einstein
  19. Catch Me if You Can – Frank Abagnale, Jr.
  20. Streamers – David Rabe
  21. Marco Polo Sings a Solo – John Guare
  22. The Romance of Tristan and Iseult – Joseph Bedier
  23. Le Morte D’Arthur – Thomas Malory
  24. Bush at War – Bob Woodward
  25. The Consolation of Philosophy – Boethius
  26. Wings – Arthur Kopit
  27. Lucky Jim – Kingsley Amis
  28. Holy Ghosts – Romulus Linney
  29. The Waters of Babylon – John Arden
  30. Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
  31. Sister Mary Ignatius Explains it All for You – C. Durang
  32. Looking Backward – Edward Bellamy
  33. A History of the Middle Ages – Crane Brinton, John Christopher, Robert Wolff
  34. Atlantis – Greg Donegan
  35. A Descent into the Maelstrom – Edgar Allan Poe
  36. The Thorn of Lion City – Lucy Lum
  37. The Lake of Dead Languages – Carol Goodman
  38. Six Characters in Search of an Author – Luigi Pirandello
  39. The Castle – Franz Kafka
  40. Daughter of the River – Hong Ying
  41. Tomorrow When the World Began – John Marsden
  42. The Dragons of Eden – Carl Sagan
  43. Paul – Walter Wangerin, Jr.
  44. Walden – Henry David Thoreau
  45. Inkheart – Cornelia Funke
  46. Prisoner of Zenda – Anthony Hope
  47. The Stolen White Elephant – Mark Twain
  48. Our Mutual Friend – Charles Dickens
  49. The Sound and the Fury – William Faulkner
  50. The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway
  51. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  52. The Truth About Jesus – M. M. Mangasarian
  53. Crimes of the Heart – Beth Henley
  54. Tarzan of the Apes – Edgar Rice Burroughs
  55. The Twelve Caesars – Seutonius
  56. Nanjing 1937 – Ye Zhaoyan
  57. The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman
  58. Far from the Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
  59. Benjamin Franklin: An American Life – Walter Isaacson
  60. The Mark of the Christian – Francis Shaeffer
  61. The Illustrated Man – Ray Bradbury
  62. The Commentaries – Julius Caesar
  63. The Plague — Albert Camus
  64. Startling Moon – Liu Hong

In Progress

  • The Dining Room – A. R. Gurney
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth – Jules Verne

The Rest

  • The Kite Runner – Khalad Hosseini
  • The Sayings of Jesus – Anna Wierzbicka
  • A Walk in the Woods – Bill Bryson
  • Special Topics in Calamity Physics – Marisha Pessl
  • Catch – 22 – Joseph Heller
  • A Thousand Acres, Jane Smiley
  • Candide – Voltaire
  • Ben Hur – Lew Wallace
  • Toilers of the Sea – Victor Hugo
  • Finnegan’s Wake – James Joyce
  • Life of Pi – Yann Martel
  • Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
  • Paradise – Toni Morrison
  • Neverwhere – Neil Gaiman
  • The Decameron – Boccaccio
  • Slaughterhouse Five – Kurt Vonnegut
  • The Human Comedy – William Saroyan
  • The Beautiful and the Damned – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Scenes of a Clerical Life – George Eliot
  • A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
  • Ragged Dick – Horatio Alger, Jr.
  • The House of the Seven Gables – Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Bedknob and Broomsticks – Mary Norton
  • Deltora Quest – Emily Rodda
  • When the Gods are Silent – Jane Lindskold
  • The Pickwick Paper – Charles Dickens
  • Brazil – Annette Haddad, ed.
  • The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Painting Churches – Tina Howe
  • The Orthodox Way – Father Kallistos Ware
  • Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom – August Wilson
  • The $30,000 Bequest – Mark Twain
  • An Ideal Husband – Oscar Wilde
  • Zhao the Orphan – Ji Junxiang

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