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The ever growing list of books that I want to read



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I like reading books. In fact, I like it a lot. Occasionally I experience a sense of dismay that there are so many good books in the world (with more being published all the time) and even if I live to be 100 there’s no way I’ll ever get to read all of them. I’m certainly going to do my best to get through a very large sample though.


Here is a list of books that I’ve heard about and would like to read. I’m hoping that by listing them here a) I’ll be encouraged to actually get on with reading them and b) people who have read them already will tell me whether it’s worth it.
Those that I’ve already got my hands on but not yet got round to reading will be highlighted in red. The rest are yet to be acquired. The first 50 books I read will be crossed out once I’ve finished them, so I can keep track of them for my 101 Things in 1001 Days challenge. After that I’ll start removing books I’ve read from the list to make room for all the new ones that are sure to follow.
The list is in no particular order.


UPDATE: I managed to read 45 books from the list in the 1001 days (I read more than 45 books in total, but kept buying new ones that never even made it as far as the list…). I will now be removing books from the list instead of crossing them out, otherwise this page will end up infinitely long!


Locked in Time by Lois Duncan
How I Live Now by Meg Rostoff
Secrets in the Fire by Henning Mankell
The Principles of Love by Emily Franklin
Tangerine by Edward Bloor
This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen
The Absence by Bill Hussey
Invisible by Peter Hautman
The Gathering by Isobel Carmody
Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen
Gallows Hill by Lois Duncan
Killing Aurora by Helen Barnes
I Am the Cheese by Robert Cormier
Hexwood by Diana Wyn Jones
Too Close to Home by Linwood Barclay
Nicola and the Viscount by Meg Cabot
The Mysterious Disappearance of Leon by Ellen Roskin
Amy’s Eyes by Richard Kennedy
A Cry in the Night by Mary Higgens Clark
Little Face by Sophie Hannah
Missing Since Monday by Ann M. Martin
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Johnson
Bag of Bones by Stephen King
Affinity by Sarah Waters
Being Dead by Jim Crace
The Black Swan by Mercedes Lackey
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
Chocolat by Joanne Harris
Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire
Elizabeth and After by Matt Cohen
Fortune’s Rocks by Anita Shreve
Girl With a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
Gypsy Rizka by Lloyd Alexander
If Only It Were True by Marc Levy
Indigo by Alice Hoffman
Dr Franklin’s Island by Ann Halam
The Landry News by Andrew Clements
Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
Dogland by Will Shetterly
The Door in the Lake by Nancy Butts
Frankenstein According to Spike Milligan by Spike Milligan
In the Miso Soup by Ryu Mankanni
The Last Ten Seconds by Simon Kernick
Larry’s Party by Carol Shields
Midwives: A Novel by Chris Bohjahain
Paint Your Dragon by Tom Holt
Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions by Daniel Wallace
Girlfriend in a Coma by Douglas Coupland
Halfway Human by Carolyn Ives Gilman
Holes by Louis Sachar
The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher by Kate Summerscale
Amnesia Moon by Jonathan Lethern
Behind the Scenes at the Museum by Kate Atkinson
Impossible by Nancy Werlin
Drowning Ruth by Francesca Lia Block
The Last Book in the Universe by Rodman Philbrick
Men of  Stone by Gayle Friesen
Aquamarine by Alice Hoffman
Back When We Were Grown-ups by Anne Tyler
The Bonesetter’s Daughter by Amy Tan
Everything on a Waffle by Polly Horvath
The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocolypse by Robert Rankin
How to be Good by Nick Hornby
Lucas by Kevin Brooks
A Handful of Blue by Vince Ford
The Dreamwalker’s Child by Steve Voake
I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
Idlewild by Nick Sagan
The Crimson Petal and the White by Michael Faber
The Vanishing of Katharina Linden by Helen Grant
Feather Boy by Nicky Singer
Catherine, Called Birdy by Karen Cushman
Here Comes the Sun by Tom Holt
Felicia’s Journey by William Trevor
The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Mary Russell
The Ragwitch by Garth Nix
Contagion by Robin Cook
The Fire Rose by Mercedes Lackey
The Midwife’s Apprentice by Karen Cushman
Anita and Me by Meera Syal
The Music of Dolphins by Karen Hesse
The Notebook by Nicolas Sparks
The Poet by Michael Connelly
Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
An Abundance of Katherine’s by John Green
After This by Alice McDermott
Coldheart Canyon by Clive Barker
The Best Awful (There Is) by Carrie Fisher
A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne
Cell by Stephen King
Dear John by Nicolas Sparks
Kid B by Linden Dalecki
London Calling by Edward Bloor
Losing You by Nicci French
Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O’Neill
The Mephisto Club by Tess Gerritsen
The Night Watch by Sarah Waters
One Good Knight by Mercedes Lackey
Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard
Sexy by Joyce Carol Oates
Keeping You a Secret by Julie Ann Peters
Let’s All Kill Constance by Roy Bradbury
A Mango-shaped Space by Wendy Mass
The Merlin Conspiracy by Diana Wynne Jones
The Sleeping Father by Matthew Sharpe
The Wish List by Eoin Colfer
Ruby Holler by Sharon Creech
Shattered Mirror by Amelia Atwater Rhodes
Twilight Child by Warren Adler
Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas by James Patterson
The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place by E.L. Konigsburg
Trumpet by Jackie Kay
Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters
The Woman Who Walked Into Doors by Roddy Doyle
We Were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates
The Tulip Touch by Anne Fine
What Jamie Saw by Carolyn Coman
Wednesday’s Child by Peter Robinson
Rose Madder by Stephen King
What Dreams May Come by Richard Matheson
Wifey by Judy Blume
A Summer to Die by Lois Lowry
Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues by Tom Robbins
Abel’s Island by William Steig
Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar
Eight Days of Luke by Diana Wynn Jones
Letter to a Child Never Born by Oriana Fallai
Searching for Caleb by Anne Tyler
The Ghost of Thomas Kempe by Penelope Lively
I Love You Beth Cooper by Larry Doyle
Finding Violet Park by Jenny Valentine
Jinx by Meg Calbot
Jumping the Scratch by Sarah Weeks
Our Little Secret by Allayne Webster
Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson
What was Lost by Catherine O’Flynn
Blood Ties by Sophie McKenzie
Life on the Refrigerator Door by Alice Kuipers
The Secret of Platform 13 by Eva Ibbotson
Watch Me Disappear by Jill Dawson
The Hundred Secret Senses by Amy Tan
All Because of You by Melissa Hill
Love Rules by Freya North
The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd
Me and Emma by Elizabeth Flock
Other People’s Children by Joanna Trollope
Careless by Anne Cassidy
Crazy As Chocolate by Elisabeth Hyde
Eat a Bowl of Tea by Louis Chu
The Butterfly Revolution by William Butler
The Magic Toyshop by Angela Carter
Cousin Kate by Georgette Heyer
The Ghosts by Antonia Barber
The Glass Village by Ellery Queen
Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man by Fannie Flagg
This Charming Man by Marian Keyes
Just in Case by Meg Rosoff
Ruby Red by Linzi Glass
31 Dream Street by Lisa Jewell
The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold
I Never Fancied Him Anyway by Claudia Carrol
The Yorkshire Pudding Club by Milly Johnson
The Rain Before It Falls by Jonathan Coe
Arlington Park by Rachel Cusk
The Long Walk by Stephen King
The House at Riverton by Kate Morton
The Savage Garden by Mark Mills
The Cruel Mother by Sian Busby
No One Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July
Constance by Rosie Thomas
The Miracle of Grace by Kate Kerrigan
Tim by Colleen McCullough
Too Beautiful to Dance by Diana Appleyard
Barefoot in the Dark by Lynne Barrett-Lee
Searching for Tilly by Susan Sallis
The Splendour Falls by Susanna Kearsley
Green Darkness by Anya Seton
The Moment You Were Gone by Nicci Gerrard
Astrid and Veronika by Linda Olsson
Mother, Missing by Joyce Carol Oates
The Ghost At the Table by Suzanne Berne
The Clock Winder by Anne Tyler
Poppy Shakespeare by Clare Allan
Sleep Pale Sister by Joanne Harris
The Moon Garden by Wendy Mewes
Marianne Dreams by Catherine Storr
Mary Swann by Carol Shields
The Mist in the Mirror by Susan Hill
The Backward Shadow by Lynne Reid Banks
Looking for JJ by Anne Cassidy
Father Unknown by Lesley Pearce
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
The Thirteen Treasures – Michelle Harrison
Frozen in Time by Malcolm Rose
The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White
Sing for Your Supper by Rosie Harris
A Sister’s Promise by Anne Bennett
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Stolen by Lesley Pearce
Sophia’s Secret by Susanna Kearsley
Snowflower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb
The Private Lives of Pippa Lee by Rebecca Miller
Love Falls by Esther Freud
The Observations by Joanne Harris
Red Sky in the Morning by Elizabeth Laird
Oystercatchers by Susan Fletcher
The Children’s Hour by Marcia Willett
The King in the Window by Adam Gopnik
Hard Love by Ellen Wittlinger
Stiff Lips by Anne Billson


11 thoughts on “The ever growing list of books that I want to read

  1. Wow that puts my to-read list to shame:)

    I’ll definitely be stealing some reading ideas from you!

  2. There are just too many good books out there!
    Steal away – I don’t mind:-)

  3. Girl With a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier is good, really good! But don’t watch the movie…if you already have try to forget it – the book is sooo much better (as they generally tend to be):)

  4. I haven’t seen the film. I really want to read the book though. And you’re right, the books are always better. Or almost always anyway.

  5. Wow, that’s an intimidating list. Maybe I should go by the ones you’ve already read and work my way from there.

  6. I just wanted to say that I found your site via Goolge and I am glad I did. Keep up the good work and I will make sure to bookmark you for when I have more free time away from the books. Thanks again!

  7. I hope that you enjoyed The Eyre Affair–I think Fforde is one of the most underrated authors of today!

  8. That’s quite a list! I did try to read ‘The Book Thief’ but found it rather tedious, and have no idea what all the hype was about.

  9. Nice list! I was surprised to be able to check off a few but just created a huge library reserve and amazon list, so thanks!

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