These are books that I own but have not yet read. I’m going to try to keep this list up to date, with a current total at the bottom. I wrote a few notes about this exercise in a blog post here.

A few of these books I have actually started reading at some point and then given up on – generally they’ve come highly recommended to me or I would have got rid of the book – and I have marked these with an asterisk.

César Aira – The Proof
Isabel Allende – Kingdom of the Golden Dragon
Isabel Allende – The Sum of Our Days
Kingsley Amis – Lucky Jim
Niccolo Ammaniti – Me and You
Nadeem Aslam – The Wasted Vigil
Margaret Atwood – The Robber Bride*
Paul Auster – The New York Trilogy
Tash Aw – The Harmony Silk Factory

John Banville – The Sea
Julian Barnes – Nothing to be Frightened of
Gertrude Bell – The Desert and the Sown
Alan Bennett – Writing Home
SJ Bolton – Awakening
Noviolet Bulawayo – We Need New Names
Mikhael Bulgakov – The Master and Margarita
A S Byatt – The Children’s Book
A S Byatt – Still Life

Angela Carter – The Passion of New Eve
Bernardo Carvalho – Fear of De Sade
Blaise Cendrars – Moravagine
Michael Chabon – Maps and Legends: Reading and writing along the borderlands
Raymond Chandler – The Lady in the Lake
Raymond Chandler – Trouble is My Business
Vikram Chandra – Red Earth and Pouring Rain
Anton Chekhov – A Russian Affair
Anton Chekhov – Three Plays
Agatha Christie – By the Pricking of my Thumbs
Colette – The Last of Chéri
Colette – The Rainy Moon and Other Stories
Haroldi Conti – Southeaster
David Crystal – The Stories of English

Anita Desai – Diamond Dust
Stella Duffy – The Room of Lost Things
Helen Dunmore – The Greatcoat
Matin Durrani and Liz Kalaugher – Furry Logic: the Physics of Animal Life
Lawrence Durrell – The Dark Labyrinth

Umberto Eco & Jean-Claude Carrière – This is not the end of the book;
Dave Eggers – A Hologram for the King
Ralph Ellison – Invisible Man

Elena Ferrante – Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay
Mark Forsyth – The Etymologicon
Kate Fox – Watching the English
Michael Frayn – Towards the End of the Morning

Neil Gaiman – Norse Mythology
Amitav Ghosh – Sea of Poppies

Joanne Harris – A Cat, a Hat and a Piece of String
Zoë Heller – The Believers
Yuri Herrera – The Transmigration of Bodies
A M Homes – This Book Will Save Your Life
Michel Houellebecq – The Possibility of an Island

Rachel Ignotofsky – Women in Science
Christopher Isherwood – The Memorial
Kazuo Ishiguro – The Unconsoled

Daniel Kehlman – Measuring the World
Emma Jane Kirby – The Optician of Lampedusa
Andrey Kurkov – The President’s Last Love

Emma Larkin – Finding George Orwell in Burma
Primo Levi – The Periodic Table
Benjamin Lytal – A Map of Tulsa

Constance Maud – No Surrender
Daphne du Maurier – The Breaking Point: short stories
Daphne du Maurier – Castle Dor
Daphne du Maurier – Mary Anne
Daphne du Maurier – The Progress of Julia
Cormac McCarthy – All the Pretty Horses
Grace Metalious – Peyton Place
Candice Millard – Hero of the Empire
Rohinton Mistry – A Fine Balance
Nancy Mitford – Wigs on the Green
Deborah Moggach – Seesaw
Herta Müller – Passport

Irène Némirovsky – Dimanche and Other Stories
Anaïs Nin – Fire

George Orwell – Decline of the English Murder
George Orwell – Some Thoughts on the Common Toad
Helen Oyeyemi – Boy, Snow, Bird

Orhan Pamuk – Istanbul
Alan Paton – Cry, the Beloved Country
Michelle Paver – Thin Air
Sylvia Plath – The Colossus
Sylvia Plath – Journals 1950–1962

Salman Rushdie – Fury
Salman Rushdie – The Ground Beneath Her Feet*
Salman Rushdie – Haroun and the Sea of Stories
Salman Rushdie – The Moor’s Last Sigh
Salman Rushdie – Shame
Geoff Ryman – The Child Garden

Anakana Schofield – Martin John
Paulo Scott – Nowhere People
Taiye Selasi – Ghana Must Go
Hubert Selby Jr – Requiem for a Dream*
Elif Shafak – Honour
Raja Shehaden – Occupation Diaries
Mary Shelley – The Last Man*
Ali Smith – Girls Meets Boy
Ahdaf Soueif – Cairo: My City, Our Revolution*
Ahdaf Soueif – In the Eye of the Sun
John Steinbeck – The Grapes of Wrath
Stendhal – The Red and the Black
Linda Stift – The Empress and the Cake
Patrick Süskind – Perfume
John Sutherland – Bestsellers: a Very Short Introduction

Michelle Tea – Black Wave
Wilfred Thesiger – Across the Empty Quarter
Hunter S Thompson – Hell’s Angels
Sue Townsend – Ghost Children
Mark Twain – Can-cans, Cats and Cities of Ash

Amanda Vaill – Hotel Florida
Juan Pablo Villalobos – I’ll Sell You a Dog
Ivan Vladislavić – Double Negative
Kurt Vonnegut Jr – Cat’s Cradle

Virginia Woolf – On Fiction

Carlos Ruiz Zafón – The Prince of Mist
Carlos Ruiz Zafón – The Prisoner of Heaven

Various authors
Alice in ID25 – Bletchley Park
The Good Immigrant – edited by Nikesh Shukla
Secret Ingredients: the New Yorker Book of Food and Drink
The Story: Love, Loss and the Lives of Women – selected by Victoria Hislop

Total = 118

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