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.

Ayòbámi Adébáyò – Stay With Me
César Aira – The Proof
Naomi Alderman – The Power
Isabel Allende – Kingdom of the Golden Dragon
Isabel Allende – The Sum of Our Days
Dorothy Allison – Bastard Out of Carolina
Kingsley Amis – Lucky Jim
Maya Angelou – Singin’ and Swingin’ and Getting Merry Like Christmas
Matsuda Aoko – Where the Wild Ladies Are
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
Sebastian Barry – Days Without End
Mary Beard – Pompeii
Sybille Bedford – Jigsaw
Gertrude Bell – The Desert and the Sown
Alan Bennett – Writing Home
Xan Brooks – The Clocks in this House All Tell Different Times
Octavia E Butler – Kindred
A S Byatt – The Children’s Book
A S Byatt – Still Life

Angela Carter – The Passion of New Eve
Candice Carty-Williams – Queenie
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 – Three Plays
Colette – The Rainy Moon and Other Stories
Haroldi Conti – Southeaster
Caroline Criado Perez – Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men
David Crystal – The Stories of English

Lydia Davis – The End of the Story
Anita Desai – Diamond Dust
Monica Dickens – The Heart of London
Emma Donoghue – Frog Machine
Stella Duffy – Everything is Moving Everything is Joined
Matin Durrani and Liz Kalaugher – Furry Logic: the Physics of Animal Life
Lawrence Durrell – The Dark Labyrinth
Emiliya Dvoryanova – Concerto for Sentence

Umberto Eco & Jean-Claude Carrière – This is not the end of the book;
Dave Eggers – A Hologram for the King
Delia Ephron – Siracusa
Bernardine Evaristo – Girl, Woman, Other

Tina Fey – Bossypants
F Scott Fitzgerald – I’d Die for You and Other Stories
Melissa Fleming – A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea
Mark Forsyth – The Etymologicon
Michael Frayn – Towards the End of the Morning

Neil Gaiman – Norse Mythology
Amitav Ghosh – Sea of Poppies
Imogen Hermes Gowar – The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock
Dalia Grinkevičiūtė – Shadows on the Tundra
Yaa Gyasi – Homegoing

Mohsin Hamid – Exit West
Joanne Harris – A Cat, a Hat and a Piece of String
Lafcadio Hearn – Japanese Ghost Stories
Zoë Heller – The Believers
Claudia Hernandez – Slash and Burn
Yuri Herrera – The Transmigration of Bodies
Erin Hill – Never Done: a History of Women’s Work in Media Production
Peter Høeg – The Quiet Girl *
A M Homes – This Book Will Save Your Life
Kerry Hudson – Lowborn

Rita Indiana – Tentacle
Christopher Isherwood – The Memorial
Kazuo Ishiguro – The Unconsoled

Fleur Jaeggy – I am the Brother of XX
Gail Jones – The Death of Noah Glass

Andrey Kurkov – The President’s Last Love

Norah Lange – People in the Room
D H Lawrence – Selected Essays
Mario Levrero – Empty Words
Benjamin Lytal – A Map of Tulsa

Kopano Matlwa – Evening Primrose
Constance Maud – No Surrender
Daphne du Maurier – The Breaking Point: short stories
Daphne du Maurier – The Progress of Julia
Cormac McCarthy – All the Pretty Horses
Candice Millard – Hero of the Empire
Rohinton Mistry – A Fine Balance
Nancy Mitford – Wigs on the Green
Deborah Moggach – Seesaw
Alison Moore – The Missing
Jan Morris – Venice
Siddhartha Mukherjee – The Gene
Gerald Murnane – Invisible Yet Enduring Lilacs

R K Narayan – The Painter of Signs
Irène Némirovsky – Dimanche and Other Stories

Anaïs Nin – Fire

Peter O’Donnell – Modesty Blaise
George Orwell – Decline of the English Murder
George Orwell – Some Thoughts on the Common Toad

Orhan Pamuk – Istanbul
Orhan Pamuk – The New Life
Alan Paton – Cry, the Beloved Country
Sylvia Plath – Journals 1950–1962
Polyp, Eva Schlunke and Robert Poole – Peterloo: Witnesses to a Massacre

Ann Quin – The Unmapped Country

Sally Rooney – Normal People
Olivia Rosenthal – To Leave with the Reindeer
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

Christine Schutt – Pure Hollywood
Taiye Selasi – Ghana Must Go
Hubert Selby Jr – Requiem for a Dream*
Elif Shafak – Honour
Kamila Shamsie – Home Fire
Raja Shehadeh – 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
Patrick Süskind – Perfume
John Sutherland – Bestsellers: a Very Short Introduction

Kate Tempest – The Bricks That Built the Houses
Wilfred Thesiger – Across the Empty Quarter
Hunter S Thompson – Hell’s Angels
Judith Thurman – Secrets of the Flesh: a Life of Colette
Andrzej Tichý – Wretchedness

Deb Olin Unferth – Barn 8

Amanda Vaill – Hotel Florida
Ivan Vladislavić – Double Negative
Kurt Vonnegut Jr – Cat’s Cradle

Virginia Woolf – On Fiction


Carlos Ruiz Zafón – The Prisoner of Heaven
Meike Ziervogel – Clara’s Daughter

Various authors
Alice in ID25 – Bletchley Park
The Book of Tbilisi – edited by Gvantska Jobava and Becca Parkinson
Iraq + 100 – edited by Hassan Blasim
Palestine + 100 – edited by Basma Ghalayini
Penguin Modern Poets 3: Your Family, Your Body – Malika Booker, Sharon Olds and Warsan Shire
Secret Ingredients: the New Yorker Book of Food and Drink
The Story: Love, Loss and the Lives of Women – selected by Victoria Hislop

Total = 144