Mount To-Be-Read

As a rabid bibliophile, I have an ever-increasing pile of books waiting for me to pick them up and peruse their pages (no matter how fast I read them, I always seem to accumulate faster than I speculate!). This collection is currently housed on several shelves beneath my computer desk. They are double-shelved and spilling out, attacking my feet as if to shout, “Read me next!” I call it Mount To-Be-Read and I’m forever trying to scale its giddy heights…

OC = Olympic Challenge
1001 = from Peter Boxall’s 1001 Books to Read Before You Die
PC = Posh Club Reading Group Choice
RC = The Book Club Forum Main Reading Circle Choice
CRC = The Book Club Forum Classics Reading Circle Choice

Blue = Currently reading

Mount To-Be-Read:

  1. Monica Ali – Brick Lane (OC – Bangladesh)
  2. Margaret Atwood – Alias Grace (1001)
  3. Jane Austen – Persuasion (1001)
  4. Jane Austen – Sense and Sensibility (1001)
  5. Louis de Bernieres – Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (1001)
  6. Peter Boxall – 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die
  7. Anne Bronte – Agnes Grey (1001)
  8. Trudi Canavan – The Magician’s Guild (OC – Australia)
  9. Elizabeth Chadwick – Shadows and Strongholds
  10. Joseph Conrad – Lord Jim (1001)
  11. Joseph Conrad – Victory
  12. Charles Dickens – A Tale of Two Cities (1001)
  13. Charles Dickens – Bleak House (1001)
  14. Charles Dickens – Oliver Twist (1001)
  15. Alexandre Dumas – The Count of Monte Cristo (1001/OC – France)
  16. Michel Faber – The Crimson Petal and the White (OC – Netherlands)
  17. F. Scott Fitzgerald – Tender is the Night (1001)
  18. Anne Frank – Anne Frank’s Diary (OC – Germany)
  19. Romain Gary – The Roots of Heaven (1001 / OC – Lithuania)
  20. Richard E Grant – By Design (OC – Swaziland)
  21. Philippa Gregory – A Respectable Trade (OC – Kenya)
  22. Philippa Gregory – The Other Queen
  23. Philippa Gregory – The Favoured Child
  24. Sharon Griffiths – The Accidental Time Traveller
  25. Thomas Hardy – Jude the Obscure (1001)
  26. Thomas Hardy – The Mayor of Casterbridge (1001)
  27. Thomas Hardy – Tess of the d’Urbervilles (1001)
  28. Nathaniel Hawthorne – The Scarlet Letter (1001)
  29. Barry Hines – A Kestral for a Knave / Kes (1001)
  30. Victor Hugo – The Hunchback of Notre-Dame (1001)
  31. Victor Hugo – Les Miserables: Vol. 1&2 (1001)
  32. Christian Jacq – Beneath the Pyramid (OC – France)
  33. Lloyd Jones – Mr Pip (RC)
  34. Jeanne Kalagoris – The Borgia Bride
  35. Nikos Kazantzakis – Zorba the Greek (OC – Greece)
  36. Raymond Khoury – The Last Templar (OC – Lebanon)
  37. Barbara Kingslover – The Poisonwood Bible (1001)
  38. Rudyard Kipling – Kim (1001)
  39. Stieg Larsson – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  40. D. H. Lawrence – Women in Love (1001)
  41. Doris Lessing – The Golden Notebook (1001 / OC – Iran)
  42. Jodi Lipper – How to Eat Like a Hot Chick: Lose the Guilt, Find the Fabulous
  43. Valerio Massimo Manfredi – The Last Legion (OC – Italy)
  44. Stephenie Meyer – Twilight
  45. Stephenie Meyer – New Moon
  46. Stephenie Meyer – Eclipse
  47. Henry Miller – Tropic of Cancer (1001)
  48. V. S. Naipaul – The Mystic Masseur (OC – Trinidad & Tobago)
  49. Michael Ondaatje – The English Patient (OC – Sri Lanka)
  50. Elizabeth Pantley – The No-Cry Sleep Solution
  51. Jean Plaidy – The King’s Secret Matter
  52. Terry Pratchett and Jacqueline Simpson – The Folklore of the Discworld
  53. Mario Puzo – The Sicilian
  54. Tom Robbins – Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas
  55. Philip Roth – The Human Stain (1001)
  56. James Runcie – The Discovery of Chocolate
  57. Simon Scarrow – Youngbloods (Revolution # 1)
  58. Simon Scarrow – The Generals (Revolution # 2)
  59. Simon Scarrow – Fire and Sword (Revolution # 3)
  60. Bernhard Schlink – The Reader
  61. Ahdaf Soueif – The Map of Love (OC – Egypt)
  62. John Steinbeck – East of Eden
  63. Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell – The Immortals (Edge Chronicles)
  64. Charles Stross – The Atrocity Archives
  65. Leo Tolstoy – Anna Karenina (1001)
  66. Lew Wallace – Ben Hur
  67. Tom Wolfe – Bonfire of the Vanities (1001)

My Wish List (books I don’t yet have, but will get when I can):

  • Kelley Armstrong – The Awakening
  • Kelley Armstrong – Made to be Broken
  • Kelley Armstrong – Frostbitten
  • Christopher Brookmyre – Snowball in Hell
  • Philippa Gregory – The White Queen
  • Stuart Macbride – Blind Eye
  • George Orwell – Keep the Aspidistra Flying
  • Terry Pratchett – Once More* With Footnotes

Books

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3 Comments

  1. michellebcf said,

    Oh, wouldn’t a room just for books be good?! As you’re such a FAST reader, you must acquire them pretty quickly! 😉

  2. dizzigirl said,

    Wow that list should keep you busy for a little while! 🙂

  3. kell1976 said,

    Michelle – I would LOVE to have a room just for books – my own library is a dream of mine… As for fast reading, well, that all depends on the book!

    Dizzigirl – Oh yes, they will! No matter how fast I read them, I just keep adding to the pile. The list just seems to get longer, rather than shorter!

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