Defeat­ing the To Read pile

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I’ve spent most of this after­noon sort­ing out my books, and making a pile of the unread ones. It turns out I have 84 unread books. Over the next six weeks it looks like I’m going to have a lot of time on my hands, unless a new job or a large chunk of money magic­ally presents itself, so I’ll try to get through a good chunk of these.

Here is a list of the books, arranged alpha­bet­ic­ally by author:

Moon Over Soho
– Ben Aaronovitch
Amer­ic­a­nah– Chim­aman­da Ngozi Adiche
Pela­gia and the White Bull­dog- Boris Akun­in
Chernobyl Pray­er
– Svet­lana Alex­ievich
Tuck Ever­last­ing– Natalie Babbitt
Pompeii– Mary Beard
SPQR– Mary Beard
Les Milieux Libre: Vivre En Anarch­iste à la Belle Epoque– Céline Beau­det
Don’t Point That Thing At Me– Kyril Bonfi­gi­oli
Off the Map– Alaistair Bonnet
The Cornish Coast Murder– John Bude
The Sussex Downs Murder– John Bude
Into the War– Italo Calvino
Le Città Invis­ib­ili– Italo Calvino
Mr Palo­mar– Italo Calvino
What a Carve Up!- Jonath­an Coe (had read years before)
London Belongs to Me– Norman Collins
Islands: A Trip Though Time and Space– Peter Conrad
Patrick Leigh Fermor– Artemis Cooper
Cath­er­ine, Called Birdy– Karen Cush­man
Otter Coun­try: in search of the wild otter– Miri­am Darling­ton
Tam Lin– Pamela Dean
Balthaz­ar– Lawrence Durrell
Moun­tolive– Lawrence Durrell
Atgofion Hen Wanc– David R Edwards
A Visit from the Goon Squad– Jennifer Egan
The Stock­holm Octavo– Karen Engel­mann
The Book of Strange New Things– Michel Faber
Then We Came to the End– Joshua Ferris
Educa­tion for Crit­ic­al Conscious­ness– Paulo Freire
Edith Sitwell biography- Richard Greene
Auto­bi­o­graphy of a Corpse– Sigizmund Krzh­izhan­ovsky
Hangover Square– Patrick Hamilton (have read before, but a long time ago)
The Go-Between– LP Hartley
The Glass Bead Game– Herman Hesse
The Reas­on I Jump– Naoki Higashida
The Sea Inside– Philip Hoare
Millen­ni­um– Tom Holland
The Line of Beauty– Alan Hollinghurst
May We Be Forgiv­en– AM Homes
The Secret of the Blue Glass– Tomiko Inui
The Buried Giant– Kazuo Ishig­uro
At Your Own Risk– Derek Jarman
Gone to Ground– Marie Jalow­icz Simon
The Estab­lish­ment– Owen Jones
Snow Coun­try– Yasunari Kawabata
I Love Dick– Chris Kraus
Il Case­llo Magi­co (Itali­an trans­la­tion of the Phantom Toll­booth)- Norton Juster
Tales From the Black Mead­ow– Chris Lambert
Inde­pend­ent People– Halldór Laxness
Dissid­ent Gardens– Jonath­an Leth­em
ll Sistema Peri­od­ico– Primo Levi
The Old Ways– Robert Macfar­lane
Abbitte (German trans­la­tion of Atone­ment) – Ian McEwan
Berlin– Rory Maclean
Things Near and Far– Arthur Machen
The Magic Moun­tain– Thomas Mann
Milk, Sulph­ate and Alby Star­va­tion– Martin Millar
Pure– Andrew Miller
The Private Lives of Pippa Lee– Rebecca Miller
The Bone Clocks– David Mitchell
Complete Works– Nancy Mitford
Bosie– Douglas Murray
Cath­er­ine the Great and Potemkin– Simon Sebag Monte­fiore
I Am A Cat– Soseki Natsume
A History of Ancient Britain– Neil Oliv­er
La Fabrique des Mots– Erik Orsenna
The Peril­ous Gard– Eliza­beth Pope
Where I’m Read­ing From– Tim Parks
The Shepherd’s Life– James Rebanks
Amer­ic­an Interi­or– Gruff Rhys
For Two Thou­sand Years– Mihail Sebasti­an (2 copies!)
The Cat Who Came in Off the Roof– Annie M.G. Schmidt
Inspect­or Cada­ver– Georges Simen­on
The Fly Trap– Fredrik Sjöberg
The Living Moun­tain– Nan Shep­herd
Public Library– Ali Smith
How to Be Both– Ali Smith (have read the first half)
Genie and Paul– Nata­sha Soobramani­an
Writ­ten in Stone– Brian Switek
Do Not Say We Have Noth­ing– Madeleine Thien
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog– Dylan Thomas
Prince biography– Matt Thorne
Stoner– John Willi­ams


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  1. Ok, obvi­ously I need to chime in with some recom­mend­a­tions! As I said on Face­book, I loved Visit From The Goon Squad and enjoyed Bone Clocks too (although it’s pretty dense and at times a little silly). I was fairly meh about The Line Of Beauty (much preferred The Stranger’s Child) and really liked May We Be Forgiv­en. Off The Map has had a lot of criti­cism and it isn’t the most schol­arly work (weird, cos the author is an academ­ic and does some inter­est­ing anarch­ist geography stuff if I remem­ber rightly) but I liked it and it was a nice quick read. And I would love to know what you think of the Laxness if/​when you read it as it’s been on my TBR for years!

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