Saturday, April 4, 2009

Fill in the Gaps 100 Project

I'm super excited about this.

I found out through Editorial Ass (a blog I follow; it stands for Editorial Assistant, so don't freak out, Mom) that there is a fun, fun project going on called Fill-in-the-Gaps. You make a list of 100 books you haven't read yet, and set yourself a goal of reading at least 75% of them over the next five years.

This seemed a great chance to get organized with my reading, so (in my spare time) I compiled my own list. Most of these books are Young Adult (YA), because that's what I write. I badly need to fill in the gaps of my reading list with more YA novels and "tween" books. I didn't include too many classics since that's what I have mostly been read up to this point. The gap there isn't as startling as the YA gap, though of course I left some space for some of my all-time favorite classic authors: Charles Dickens, Eudora Welty, and Katherine Mansfield. There are also some adult books that sounded fun on the list, including a couple of Annie Dillard's, just because she's always amazing and inspiring.

So, here's my list: (in no particular order)
  1. Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book
  2. Laura Amy Schlitz, Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village
  3. Lynn Rae Perkins, Criss Cross
  4. Cynthia Kadohata, Kira-Kira
  5. Kate Dicamillo, The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, A Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread
  6. Avi Crispin, The Cross of Lead
  7. Linda Sue Park, A Single Shard
  8. Richard Peck, A Year Down Yonder
  9. Christopher Paul Curtis, Bud, Not Buddy
  10. Laurie Halse Anderson, Speak
  11. Jay Asher, Thirteen Reasons Why abandoned
  12. Elizabeth C. Bunce, A Curse as Dark as Gold
  13. Alexandre Dumas, The Three Musketeers
  14. Alexandre Dumas, The Man in the Iron Mask  abandoned
  15. Leslie Conner, Waiting For Normal
  16. Siobhan Dowd, Bog Child
  17. Christine Fletcher, Ten Cents a Dance
  18. Matt de la Pena, Mexican White Boy
  19. Joseph Monninger, Baby
  20. Terry Pratchett, Nation
  21. Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamakim, Skim abandoned
  22. Coert Voorhees, The Brothers Torres
  23. Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games
  24. Melina Marchetta, Jellicoe Road
  25. Margo Lanagan, Tender Morsels
  26. Stephanie Meyer, Twilight
  27. Jeff Kinney, Diary of a Whimpy Kid
  28. Richelle Mead, Vampire Academy
  29. Libba Bray, The Sweet Far Thing
  30. Scott Westerfeld, Extras
  31. Jenny Downham, Before I Die
  32. Laurie Halse Anderson, Twisted
  33. Cassandra Clare, City of Bones
  34. Eudora Welty, The Robber Bridegroom
  35. Eudora Welty, The Ponder Heart
  36. Eudora Welty, Losing Battles
  37. Annie Dillard, The Maytrees
  38. Annie Dillard, Living By Fiction
  39. Annie Dillard, For the Time Being
  40. Katherine Mansfield, The Aloe
  41. Charles Dickens, Oliver
  42. C.J. Sansom, Dark Fire
  43. C.J. Sansom, Sovereign
  44. Michael Chabon, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
  45. Michael Chabon, The Yiddish Policeman’s Union
  46. Ayelet Waldman, Daughter’s Keeper
  47. J.D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye
  48. S.E. Hinton, The Outsiders
  49. Robert Lipsyte, The Contender
  50. Chaim Potok, The Chosen
  51. Paul Zindel, The Pigman
  52. Beatrice Sparks, Go Ask Alice
  53. Robb White, Deathwatch
  54. Robert Cormier, The Chocolate War
  55. Pamela Todd, The Blind Faith Hotel
  56. Lois Duncan, Killing Mr. Griffin
  57. Robert Cormier, I Am the Cheese
  58. Harry Mazer, The Last Mission
  59. Cynthia Voigt, Homecoming  abandoned
  60. Bruce Brooks, The Moves Make the Man
  61. Richard Peck, Remembering the Good Times
  62. Brock Cole, The Goats
  63. Gary Paulsen, Hatchet
  64. Walter Dean Myers, Fallen Angels
  65. Francesca Lia Block, Weetzie Bat
  66. Jerry Spinelli, Maniac Magee
  67. Michael Cadnum, Calling Home
  68. Virginia Wolff, Make Lemonade
  69. Karen Cushman, Catherine Called Birdy
  70. Cynthia Voigt, When She Hollers
  71. Rita Williams-Garcia, Like Sisters on the Home Front
  72. John Marsden, Tomorrow When the War Began
  73. Christopher Paul Curtis, The Watsons Go to Birmingham, 1963
  74. Victor Martinez, Parrot in the Oven, Mi Vida
  75. Edward Bloor, Tangerine
  76. Robert Cormier, Tenderness
  77. Virginia Wolff, Bat 6
  78. Joan Bauer, Rules of the Road
  79. Gary Paulsen, Soldier’s Heart
  80. Paul Fleischman, Whirligig
  81. Sarah Dessen, Dreamland
  82. Richard Peck, A Long Way from Chicago
  83. Chris Lynch, Gold Dust
  84. Gary Paulsen, The Beet Fields: Memories of a Sixteenth Summer
  85. Judith Guest, Ordinary People
  86. Joseph Bedier, The Romance of Tristan and Iseult
  87. David Klass, You Don’t Know Me
  88. Carol Plum-Ucci, What Happened to Lani Garver
  89. Jerry Spinelli, Star Girl
  90. Sonya Sones, One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies
  91. Ann Brashares, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
  92. Karen Hesse, Out of the Dust
  93. Lois Lowry, The Giver
  94. Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451
  95. Michael Chabon, Summerland
  96. Sarah Dessen, Just Listen
  97. Marsha Qualey, Just Like That
  98. Newbery Winner
  99. Newbery Winner
  100. Newbery Winner
Phew! Anyone else want to join me and compile their own list?

Special thanks to Ren Feathers for the cool artwork, and to Emily Cross who started a blog for those participating in Fill-in-the-Gaps.

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