Jessica’s Reading Gaps Project

Filling in Reading Gaps.001

As discussed here

* Read a book by Thomas Pynchon

* Read a book by Haruki Murakami

* Read my entire Penguin Drop Caps set, A-Z

  • A: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • B: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
  • C: My Antonia by Willa Cather
  • D: Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  • E: Middlemarch by George Eliot
  • F: Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  • G: Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  • H: Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
  • I: An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • J: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
  • K: The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
  • L: Native Speaker by Chang-rae Lee
  • M: Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
  • N: Five Children and It by E. Nesbit
  • O: BUtterfield 8 by John O’Hara
  • P: Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust
  • Q: The Greek Coffin Mystery by Ellery Queen
  • R: Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie
  • S: Cannery Row by John Steinbeck
  • T: The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
  • U: Kristin Lavransdatter: The Wreath by Sigrid Undset
  • V: Candide by Voltaire
  • W: Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
  • X: Sky Burial by Xinran
  • Y: When You Are Old by William Butler Yeats
  • Z: Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruis Zafón

* Actually finish my TBR  Pile Challenge one year

* Read the complete Sherlock Holmes stories

* Read War and Peace or Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

* Read the literary magazines I’ve been hoarding but not reading

  • Granta
  • McSweeney’s
  • Lapham’s Quarterly
  • The Believer
  • Tweed’s
  • The Coffin Factory
  • Tin House
  • The Paris Review

* Read an entire series, start to finish

* Discover a new favorite author and read their whole backlist

* Read the A Song of Ice & Fire series

  • A Game of Thrones
  • A Clash of Kings
  • A Storm of Swords
  • A Feast for Crows
  • A Dance with Dragons
  • Book #6
  • Book #7

* Read 1 book that is guaranteed to scare the crap out of me: The Deep by Nick Cutter (read February 2015)

* Read the entire Tournament of Books shortlist one year, before the tournament starts

* Read the complete collected short stories of 1 author

* Read Cormac McCarthy’s Border Trilogy

  • All the Pretty Horses
  • The Crossing
  • Cities of the Plain

* Finally read A Prayer for Owen Meany, one of AP’s favorite books that she’s been trying to get me to read for years

* Read 2 plays and then see them performed

* Read 5 books considered classics in the science fiction genre

* Read 1 book each from these classic mystery/noir writers: Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, John Le Carré, and James Cain

  • ?? by Dashiell Hammett
  • ?? by Raymond Chandler
  • ?? by John Le Carré
  • ?? by James Cain

* Read 5 winners of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

* Read 5 winners of the Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction

* Read 3 classics set in the South

* Read a book of poetry

* Read a book by Vladimir Nabokov

* Read a book by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

* Read a book by Donna Tartt

* Read the winners of the last 3 Tournament of Books competitions

  • The Good Lord Bird by James McBride (2014)
  • The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson (2013)
  • The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt (2012)

* Read 5 National Book Award fiction winners

* Read 5 Booker Prize winners

* Read a book by Shirley Jackson

* Start a new epic fantasy series

* Read a book by Virginia Woolf

* Read a classic about race and identity

* Read the complete Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series

  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
  • Life, the Universe and Everything
  • So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish
  • Mostly Harmless
  • And Another Thing…

* Read the unabridged version of The Count of Monte Cristo

* Read Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam trilogy

  • Oryx and Crake
  • The Year of the Flood
  • MaddAddam

* Read a book by Zadie Smith

* Read The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe

* Read House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

* Read a book by Fyodor Doestoevsky

* Read 1 book by each Brontë sister

  • Villette or Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
  • Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

* Read 10 books from the Melville House Art of the Novella series

  • Tales of Belkin by Alexander Pushkin (read June 2014)
  • The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg by Mark Twain (read June 2014)

* Read a novel by David Foster Wallace

* Read a book that is over 1000 pages long

* Read books from five “classic” authors whose work I’ve never read before

  • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath (read October 2014)

* Read a book by Edith Wharton

* Read 3 books of essays

  • The White Album by Joan Didion (read August 2014)
  • On Immunity by Eula Biss (read October 2014)
  • Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay (read December 2014)

* Read 2 classic war novels

* Read 1 book each from the literary Jonathans: Jonathan Safran Foer, Jonathan Franzen, and Jonathan Lethem

  • ?? by Jonathan Franzen
  • ?? by Jonathan Lethem
  • ?? by Jonathan Safran Foer

* Read 10 short story collections

  • What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us by Laura van den Berg (read August 2014)
  • The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie (read December 2014)
  • Almost Famous Women by Megan Mayhew Bergman (read January 2015)

* Read 5 books that my boyfriend has read, that he can’t believe I haven’t read 

  • The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  • Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  • As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
  • The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
  • The Stranger by Albert Camus

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