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
Rabih Alameddine – An Unnecessary Woman
Dorothy Allison – Bastard Out of Carolina
Matsuda Aoko – Where the Wild Ladies Are
Nadeem Aslam – The Wasted Vigil
James Attlee – Under the Rainbow: Voices from Lockdown
Margaret Atwood – The Robber Bride*
Paul Auster – The New York Trilogy

Bae Myung-hoon – Tower
Julian Barnes – Nothing to be Frightened of
Sybille Bedford – Jigsaw
Gertrude Bell – The Desert and the Sown
Alan Bennett – Writing Home
Fatima Bhutto – The Runaways
Xan Brooks – The Clocks in this House All Tell Different Times
A S Byatt – The Children’s Book

Angela Carter – The Passion of New Eve
Angela Carter – Wise Children
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
Tice Cin – Keeping the House
Colette – The Rainy Moon and Other Stories
Lizzie Collingham – The Biscuit: the History of a Very British Indulgence
Haroldi Conti – Southeaster
David Crystal – The Stories of English

Lydia Davis – The End of the Story
Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine De Landro – Bitch Planet Book One
Carolina De Robertis – Cantoras
Anita Desai – Diamond Dust
Stella Duffy – Everything is Moving Everything is Joined
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
Pete Etchells – Lost in a Good Game
Bernardine Evaristo – The Emperor’s Babe

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
Yaa Gyasi – Homegoing

Alex Haley – Roots
Mohsin Hamid – Exit West
Lafcadio Hearn – Japanese Ghost Stories
Claudia Hernandez – Slash and Burn
Yuri Herrera – The Transmigration of Bodies
Erin Hill – Never Done: a History of Women’s Work in Media Production
bell hooks – Ain’t I A Woman
Zora Neale Hurston – Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick

Christopher Isherwood – The Memorial
Kazuo Ishiguro – The Unconsoled

Gail Jones – The Death of Noah Glass

Piper Kerman – Orange is the New Black
Andrey Kurkov – The President’s Last Love

D H Lawrence – Selected Essays
Mario Levrero – Empty Words
Benjamin Lytal – A Map of Tulsa

Constance Maud – No Surrender
Daphne du Maurier – The Progress of Julius
Cormac McCarthy – All the Pretty Horses
Rohinton Mistry – A Fine Balance
Nancy Mitford – Wigs on the Green
Deborah Moggach – Seesaw
Jan Morris – Venice
Toni Morrison – The Bluest Eye
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

Téa Obreht – Inland
George Orwell – Decline of the English Murder
George Orwell – Some Thoughts on the Common Toad
Alice Oseman – This Winter
Yewande Owotoso – The Woman Next Door

Orhan Pamuk – Istanbul
Orhan Pamuk – The New Life
Alan Paton – Cry, the Beloved Country
Sylvia Plath – Journals 1950–1962

Ann Quin – The Unmapped Country

Monisha Rajesh – Around the World in 80 Trains
Salman Rushdie – Fury
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*
Elif Shafak – Honour
Kamila Shamsie – Home Fire
Raja Shehadeh – Occupation Diaries
Mary Shelley – The Last Man*
Ali Smith – Autumn
Ahdaf Soueif – In the Eye of the Sun
Patrick Süskind – Perfume
John Sutherland – Bestsellers: a Very Short Introduction

Wilfred Thesiger – Across the Empty Quarter
Tade Thompson – Rosewater
Judith Thurman – Secrets of the Flesh: a Life of Colette
Andrzej Tichý – Wretchedness

Deb Olin Unferth – Barn 8

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

Virginia Woolf – On Fiction


Carlos Ruiz Zafón – The Prisoner of Heaven

Various authors
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
Rife: 21 Stories from Britain’s Youth – 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 = 119