List twenty six: Books to read

I have lists all over the place of books I want to read all . There’s a list saved on my computer, a list in my phone, a few random lists in different diaries/notebooks. And none of these lists even include all the books that are currently sitting on my book shelf unread.

At an attempt to consolidate the lists into one place, I shall list away here with a few sub categories.

Books in my current ‘to read’ pile
The following books are in a giant pile on my dining room table. I’ve decided that I simply can’t borrow or buy any new books until I get through these ones. I am hoping to read them within the next couple of months:

  • Oryx and Crake, a post-apocalyptic science fiction novel by Margaret Atwood
  • Fluke, the story of a dog who somehow remembers his previous life as a human being by James Herbet
  • The Bone Man of Benares, by Terry Tarnoff. It’s described as a lyrical travelogue of the author’s acid trip through the early 1970s Europe, Africa, India, and South East Asia, where he finds and loses love, and ultimately finds himself.
  • Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China, an autobiographical family history by Chinese writer Jung Chang
  • Changeless and Heartless, the second and third books in Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate series.
  • A song in the daylight, by Paulina Simmons. This one’s been sitting there for about two years. I really need to get to it!
  • The Scarpetta Factor and Port Morturary by Patricia Cornwell. These are also books I’ve had a while and just haven’t got to yet.

Books to read once I finish the ‘to read’ pile above

  • Shantaram, by Gregory David Roberts
  • A million little pieces, by James Frey
  • A fraction of the whole, by Steve Toltz
  • Jasper Jones, Craig Silvey
  • Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides
  • A thousand splendid suns, by Khaled Hosseini
  • The curious incident of the dog in the night time, by Mark Haddon
  • The Boat, by Nam Le
  • Life of Pi, by Yann Marte
  • Tinkers, by Paul Harding
  • The Children’s Book, by A.S. Byatt
  • Water for Elephants (and the other book by Sara Gruen that Leigh recommended but which title I can’t remember)
  • Red Square Blues, by Kim Traill
  • The Help, by Kathryn Stockett
  • The Tomorrow when the war began series, by John Marsden
  • The Hunger Games series,  by Suzanne Collins
  • The Twilight books, by Stephanie Meyer
  • The Millenium series, by Stieg Larsson
  • Cellist of sarajevo, by Stephen Galloway
  • Tattoos on the heart, by Gregory Boyle
  • Jonathan Livingstone Seagull, by Richard Bach
  • Ransom, by David Malouf
  • Parrot and Oliver, by Peter Carey
  • My brilliant career, by Miles Franklin
  • Female Enuch, Germaine Greer
  • Love, lost and what I wore, by Illene Beckham
  • A fortunate life, by AB Facey
  • Nocturnes, by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Never let me go, Kazuo Ishiguro
  • 100 years of solitude, by Gabriel García Márquez
  • Tess of the dubervilles, by Thomas Hardy
  • A childhood at green hedges, by Enid Blyton’s daughter!!
  • Castle in the air, by Diana Wynne Jones
  • Dog on it, by Spencer Quinn
  • Old Man and the Sea, Earnest Hemingway
  • Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger
  • Perfume, a story of murder, Patrick Süskind
  • The Lake of Dreams, Kim Edwards
  • The Gourmet, Muriel Barbery
  • Dirt Music & Cloud Street, by Tim Winton
  • Everything by Jane Austen, the Bronte Sisters, Truman Capote, Hemingway, F Scott Fitzgerald & Oscar Wilde.