The Never-Shrinking To-Read List

It is important to note that this list is not in any particular order. Exactly – welcome to the inside of my head.

  1. 2666 – Roberto Bolano
  2. 31 Hours – Masha Hamilton
  3. 84, Charing Cross Road – Helene Hanff
  4. Above Us Only Sky – Michelle Young-Stone
  5. Absolution – Patrick Flanery
  6. The Abundance: Narrative Essays – Annie Dillard (nf)
  7. Act of God – Jill Ciment
  8. Adrift – Paul Griffin
  9. The Adventures of Holly White and the Incredible Sex Machine – Krissy Keenan
  10. An African in Greenland – Tete-Michel Kpomassie (nf)
  11. After Birth – Elisa Albert
  12. After Before – Jemma Wayne
  13. After the Crash – Michael Bussi
  14. Against the Country – Ben Metcalf
  15. Alice & Oliver –
  16. All Our Names – Dinaw Mengestu
  17. Alphabet – Kathy Page
  18. The Anatomical Shape of a Heart – Jenn Bennett (YA)
  19. The Angel of Losses – Stephanie Feldman
  20. The Association of Small Bombs – Karen Mahajan
  21. Astonish Me – Maggie Shipstead
  22. A Time to Dance – Padma Venkatraman (ya)
  23. Awake – Natasha Preston
  24. Bad Marie – Marcy Dermansky
  25. The Barter – Siobahan Adcock
  26. The Beach – Alex Garland
  27. Beasts of No Nation – Uzodinma Iweala
  28. Because You’ll Never Meet Me – Leah Thomas (YA)
  29. Before the Fall – Noah Hawley
  30. Bibliotopia – Steven Gilbar
  31. A Bollywood Affair – Sonali Dev
  32. The Book of Night Women – Marlon James
  33. The Boston Girl – Anita Diament
  34. The Boy Who Drew Monsters – Keith Donohue
  35. Briar Rose – Jane Yolen (YA)
  36. Britt-Marie Was Here – Fredrick Backman
  37. Casebook – Mona Simpson
  38. The Center Cannot Hold : My Journey Through Madness – Elyn Saks (nf)
  39. Challenger Deep – Neal Shusterman
  40. Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling – Michael Boccacino
  41. Cherry Money Baby – John Cusick
  42. The Children’s Book – A.S. Byatt
  43. Close to Shore – Michael Carpuzzo (nf)
  44. The Coffins of Little Hope – Timothy Schaffert
  45. The Collective – Don Lee
  46. The Country Girls – Edna O’Brien
  47. Cruddy – Lynda Barry
  48. The Curiosity – Stephen Kieran
  49. Cutting Teeth – Julia Fierro
  50. The Damnificados – JJ Amawaro Wilson
  51. Dark Rooms – Lili Anolik
  52. The Dead Lands – Benjamin Percy
  53. Death in the City of Light – David King (nf)
  54. The Death of Bees – Lisa O’Donell
  55. A Death-Struck Year – Makiia Lucier (YA)
  56. Denton’s Little Death Date – Lance Rubin (YA)
  57. The Deptford Trilogy – Robertson Davies
  58. Descent – Tim Johnston
  59. Did You Ever Have a Family? – Bill Clegg
  60. Disgruntled – Asali Solomon
  61. Dominance – Will Lavendar
  62. Don’t Let Him Know – Sandip Roy
  63. Driver’s Education – Grant Grinder
  64. Ear to the Ground – Paul Kolsby
  65. The Edge of Normal – Carla Norton
  66. Eleven Hours – Pamela Erens
  67. Ella Minnow Pea – Mark Dunn
  68. Emperor’s Children – Claire Massud
  69. The End of Days – David Dolan
  70. Everybody Has Everything – Katrina Onstad
  71. Everyone Brave is Forgiven – Chris Cleave
  72. The Executioner’s Song – Norman Mailer
  73. Exit, Pursued by a Bear – E.K. Johnston
  74. Extraordinary Means – Robyn Schneider
  75. The Famished Road – Ben Okri
  76. Fever at Dawn – Peter Gardos
  77. A Fierce and Subtle Poison – Samantha Malory (YA)
  78. Find Me – Laura Van DenBerg
  79. Five – Ursula Archer
  80. Flatscreen – Adam Wilson
  81. Florence Gordon – Brian Morton
  82. Food Whore – Jessica Tom
  83. The Forgetting Time – Sharon Guskin
  84. Garner – Kirstin Allio
  85. The Girls – Emma Cline
  86. Girl at War – Sara Novic
  87. Girl in the Blue Coat – Monica Hesse
  88. Girl in the Red Coat – Kate Hames
  89. Girl in the Dark – Anna Lyndsey
  90. Glaciers – Alexis M. Smith
  91. Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future – A.S. King (YA)
  92. The Good House – Ann Leary
  93. Good Kids – Benjamin Nugent
  94. Gracefully Grayson – Ami Polonsky
  95. Grace Keepers – Kirsty Logan
  96. Gregor the Overlander – Suzanne Collins
  97. A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty – Joshilyn Jackson
  98. Half-Blood Blues – Esi Edugyan
  99. Happy Are the Happy – Yasmina Reza
  100. Hausfrau – Jill Alexander Essbaum
  101. A Head Full of Ghosts – Paul Tremblay
  102. Hell House – Richard Matheson
  103. Hemlock Grove – Brian McGreevey
  104. Here Comes the Sun – Nicole Y. Dennis-Benn
  105. Hesitation Wounds – Amy Koppelman
  106. The Hiding Place – David Bell
  107. High Dive – Jonathan Lee
  108. A High Wind in Jamaica – Richard Hughes
  109. Home Land – Sam Lipsyte
  110. The House at Tyneford – Natasha Solomons
  111. House Rules – Rachel Sontog
  112. How I Became a Nun – Cesar Aira
  113. The Humming Room – Ellen Potter (ch)
  114. Hunger of Memory – Richard Rodriguez
  115. I Am Not A Slut – Leora Tanenbaum
  116. I Am Sorry to Think I Have Raised a Timid Son – Kent Russell
  117. 1 Dead in Attic – Chris Rose
  118. If I Fall, I Die – Michael Christie
  119. I’ll Meet You There – Heather Demetrios
  120. I Love I Hate I Miss My Sister  Amelie Sarn (ya)
  121. Imagine Me Gone – Adam Haslett
  122. The Incrementalists – Steven Brust
  123. Inside the O’Briens – Lisa Genova
  124. Instructions for the End of the World – Jamie Kain (YA)
  125. Into the Dim – Janet Taylor (YA)
  126. The Invisible Line – Three American Families’ Secret Journey from Black to White – Daniel Sharfstein (nf)
  127. J. Edgar Hoover – Curt Gentry (nf)
  128. Jamestown – Matthew Sharpe
  129. Jam on the Vine – LaShonda Katrice Barnett
  130. Kissing in Manhattan – David Schickler
  131. Landing Gear – Kate Pullinger
  132. LaRose – Louise Erdrich
  133. The Last Camellia – Sarah Jio
  134. The Last Letter from Your Lover – JoJo Moyes
  135. Lessons in French – Hilary Reyl
  136. Liar, Temptress, Solider, Spy – Karen Abbott (nf)
  137. The Life and Death of Sophie Stark – Anna North
  138. Like No Other – Una LaMerche (YA)
  139. Lilac Girls – Martha Hall Kelly
  140. The Lion Seeker – Kenneth Bonert
  141. The Listener – Rachel Basch
  142. Listen, Slowly – Thanhha Lai
  143. Little Beasts – Matthew McGevna
  144. The Little Friend – Donna Tartt
  145. Live Through This – Mindi Scott (YA)
  146. The Lives of Elves – Muriel Barburry
  147. Long Division – Kiese Laymon
  148. The Long Shadow of Short Ghosts – Laura Tillman (nf)
  149. Lost Canyon – Nina Revoyr
  150. The Lost Girl – Sangu Mandanna
  151. The Lost Wife – Alyson Richman
  152. Loteria – Maria Alberto Zambrano
  153. The Lotus Eaters – Tatjana Soli
  154. The Loudness – Nick Courage
  155. Love and Shame and Love – Peter Orner
  156. Love Slave – Jennifer Spiegel
  157. Loving Day – Mat Johnson
  158. The Loving Dead – Amelia Beamer
  159. Made You Up – Francesca Zappia (YA)
  160. A Madness So Discreet – Mindy McGinnis
  161. The Map of Time – Felix Palma
  162. Magic Hours: Essays on Creators and Creation – Tom Bissell (nf)
  163. The Man in the Monster – Martha Elliott (nf)
  164. The Man with the Compound Eyes – Wu Ming-Yi
  165. A Master Plan for Rescue – Janis Cooke Newman
  166. Matterhorn – Karl Marlantes
  167. Mayday – Karen Harrington
  168. Mayflower Story: Story of Courage – Nathaniel Philbrich (nf)
  169. Mira Corpora – Jeff Jackson
  170. Miss Entropia and the Adam Bomb – George Rabasa
  171. Mister Max: Book of Lost Things – Cynthia Voigt (ch)
  172. Monday, Monday – Elizabeth Crook
  173. Mortality – Christopher Hitchens
  174. Mr. Loverman – Bernadine Evaristo
  175. The Museum of Intangible Things – Wendy Winder (YA)
  176. My Brother’s Book – Maurice Sendak
  177. My Notorious Life – Kate Manning
  178. Mystery of the Lone Wolf Killer – Unni Turrettini (nf)
  179. The Nightingale – Kristin Hannah
  180. The Night We Said Yes – Lauren Gibaldi
  181. Nine Years Under: Coming of Age in an Inner-City Funeral Home – Sheri Booker (nf)
  182. The Noise of Time – Julian Barnes
  183. Nothing Daunted – Dorothy Wickendon (nf)
  184. Not If I See You First – Eric Lindstrom (YA)
  185. On Earth as It Is in Heaven – Davide Enia
  186. One – Sarah Crossen
  187. One Cold Night – Katia Lief
  188. The One-in-a-Million Boy – Monica Wood
  189. Operation Thunderbolt – Saul David (nf)
  190. Ordinary Light – Tracy Smith (nf)
  191. Our Secret Life in the Movies – Michael McGriff
  192. The Other Side – Lacy Johnson (nf)
  193. Paul Revere’s Ride – David Hacket Fischer (nf)
  194. The Pearl That Broke Its Shell – Nadia Hashimi
  195. People Park – Pasha Malla
  196. Perfect Days – Raphael Montes
  197. Peyton Place – Grace Metalious
  198. The Pier Falls – Mark Haddon
  199. Pioneer Girl – Laura Ingalls Wilder
  200. Pointe – Brandy Colbert (YA)
  201. Poor Your Soul – Mira Ptacin
  202. Precious Thing – Collette McBeth
  203. Project X – Jim Shepard (YA)
  204. Prozac Nation – Elizabeth Wurtzel
  205. Push Me – Alison Parr
  206. Putting Make-up on the Fat Boy – Bill Wright (YA)
  207. The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things – Ann Aguire (YA)
  208. The Queen of the Night – Alexander Chee
  209. The Rabbit Back Literature Society – Pasillmari Jagskelainen
  210. The Rachel Papers – Martin Amis
  211. Radio Iris – Anne Marie Kinney
  212. Rage is Back – Adam Mansbach
  213. Ravensbruk – Sarah Helm (nf)
  214. The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly – Matt McCarthy
  215. Reasons to Stay Alive – Matt Haig (nf)
  216. Remember Me Like This – Bret Anthony Johnston
  217. The Residue Years – Mitchell S. Jackson
  218. Reunion – Hannah Pittard
  219. Rush Oh! – Shirley Barrett
  220. Ruthless – Carolyn Lee Adams (YA)
  221. The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly – Stephanie Oakes
  222. Salt to the Sea – Ruta Septetys (YA)
  223. Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here – Anna Breslaw (YA)
  224. The Secret Wisdom of the Earth – Christopher Scotton
  225. See How Small – Scott Blackwood
  226. The Sensualist – Daniel Torday
  227. Shadow and Bone – Leigh Bardugo (YA)
  228. Shatter Me – Taherah Mafi
  229. She Is Not Invisible – Marcus Sedgewick (YA)
  230. Side Effects May Vary – Julie Murphy
  231. Signal to Noise – Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  232. Signs Preceding the End of the World – Yuri Herrera
  233. Six-Gun Snow White – Catherynne Valente
  234. The Skies Belong to Us – Brendan Koerner (nf)
  235. Sky Below – Stacy D’Erasmo
  236. The Sleep Garden – Jim Krusoe
  237. Sleeping Giants – Sylvain Neuvel
  238. The Small Backs of Children – Lidia Yuknavitch
  239. Snowblind – Christopher Golden
  240. Sofrito – Phillippe Diedrich
  241. The Space Between Us – Thrity Umrigar
  242. The Spy Who Loved – Clare Mulley
  243. Stardust – Neil Gaiman
  244. The Still Point of the Turning World – Emily Rapp (nf)
  245. Stork Mountain – Miroslav Penkov
  246. A Study in Charlotte – Brittany Cavallaro (YA)
  247. Summer and Bird – Katherine Catmull
  248. The Summer Before the War – Helen Simonson
  249. Sunday’s on the Phone to Monday – Christine Reilly
  250. The Sweet Everlasting – Judson Mitcham
  251. Sway – Kat Spears
  252. The Table of Less Valued Knights – Marie Phillips
  253. Tale of Sand – Jim Henson and Ramon Perez
  254. A Taste of Honey: Stories – Jabari Asim
  255. The Tears of Dark Water – Corbin Addison
  256. A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea – Dina Nayeri
  257. That’s Not a Feeling – Dan Josefson
  258. These Things Happen – Richard Kramer
  259. The Thief of Auschwitz – Jon Clinch
  260. The Things We Keep – Sally Hepworth
  261. Things You Won’t Say – Sarah Pekkanen
  262. This Is Between Us – Kevin Sampsell
  263. This Is Where the World Ends – Amy Zhang
  264. A Time to Dance – Padma Venkatramen
  265. Tiny Pretty Things – Sona Charaipotra
  266. Touch and Go – Thad Nodine
  267. Town Like Alice – Neil Shute
  268. Townie – Andre Dubos III (nf)
  269. Transformed – Suzanne Falter
  270. The Truth Commission – Susan Juby
  271. The Turner House – Angela Flournoy
  272. Two Rings: A Story of Love and War – Millie Werber (nf)
  273. The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards – Kristopher Jansma
  274. Undivided – Patricia Raybon (nf)
  275. The Unquiet Dead – Ausma Zehenat Khan
  276. The Unspeakable – Megan Daum (nf)
  277. Unspeakable Things – Kathleen Spivack
  278. Untwine – Edwidge Danticat
  279. Uses for Boys – Erica Lorraine Scheidt
  280. Visible City – Tova Mirvis
  281. Waiting for Columbus – Thomas Trofimik
  282. Was – Georff Ryman
  283. We Are All Completely Fine – Darryl Gregory
  284. The Weight of Feathers – Anna Marie McLemore
  285. Welcome to Braggsville – T. Geronimo Johnson
  286. What She Knew – Gilly MacMillen
  287. What Was Lost – Catherine O’Flynn
  288. What Was She Thinking? – Zoe Heller
  289. What We Saw – Aaron Hartzler
  290. What’s Not Yours Is Not Yours – Helen Oyeyemi
  291. When I Was a Child, I Read Books – Marilynn Robinson
  292. When Reason Breaks – Cindy Rodriguez (YA)
  293. When the World Was Flat – Ingrid Jonach
  294. Where’d You Go, Bernadette – Maria Semple
  295. The Widow – Fiona Barton
  296. The Wilderness of Ruin – Roseanne Montillo
  297. The Winter Girl – Matt Marinovich
  298. The Wolf Border – Sarah Hall
  299. Wolf Hall – Hillary Mantel
  300. Women – Chloe Caldwell
  301. The Wood of Suicides – Laura Elizabeth Woolett
  302. The Year of the Runaways – Sunjeau Sahota
  303. You – Caroline Kepnes
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