I've lived with my Fill in the Gaps book list for about six months or so, and I am starting to think I put too many "should-read" books on the list and not enough "wanna-read" books. Plus, I might already have read a couple of books I listed.
First: Ayn Rand. I read one of her big books. Atlas Shrugged, I think. I think. Granted, it was nearly 30 years ago, but I know I slogged thr — er, read one of her mammoth books. I also read a short one: We the Living. Maybe even Anthem, too. I didn't keep a list when I was in high school and college, so I'm at a loss. Plus, do I want to read it? Really, really want to read it? If I already did, the answer is "no." If I didn't, the answer may be "no" anyway. So, I shall ponder Ayn Rand.
While I'm at it, I'd better ponder Edith Wharton, too. I know I read one of her books. Was it The Age of Innocence? She's not a one-hit wonder, and I don't want to miss her good stories, but there's too much to read to leave a re-read on the list.
Plus, I must strike The Seven Per-Cent Solution — I read it while dating David. (Part of our courting was trading book suggestions. He may never forgive me for recommending the book I was reading when we first met: The Lovely Bones. Hey, at least I stopped him before he picked up House of Sand and Fog!)
Finally, I made the list Dickens-heavy. He probably deserves it, but I do think I set a Dickens record on that list. I will ponder that decision.
Here is the question: what shall I put in their places? Well, I've been eyeing Up in the Air for a while, and I just happened to pick up a copy because I thought it was on my list.
What can you suggest I add in place of the ones being so unkindly kicked off my Gap list? My friend Louise shared an article a Tweeter wrote to a response to her inquiry of "books that changed your life," and I was thrilled to see so many of my "gap" books on there. (On the other hand, maybe I should have been embarrassed that I hadn't yet read them....)
Tell me what books changed your life, and why I should read them. Offer your suggestions in the comment section below. We'll talk.