Mount TBR

I don't know why I'm doing this to myself, but to reduce the risk of buying books I already own, but still haven't read, I thought I should list all the unread, non-classic books on my shelves and lurking under my bed.

My classic books already have their very own lists on here, and this system will work fine as long as I remember what I classify as a classic and what I don't!

Australian (fiction & non-fiction)

488 Rules For Life by Kitty Flanagan
7 Steps to Get Your Child Reading by Louise Park

Agamemnon's Kiss by Inga Clendinnen
Almost French by Sarah Turnbull
Anatomy of Wings by Karen Foxlee
The Animals in that Country by Laura Jean McKay
Any Ordinary Day by Leigh Sales
The Arsonist by Chloe Hooper
The Art of Reading by Damon Young
The Art of Time Travel by Tom Griffiths
Arthur Phillip by Michael Pembroke
Australia Day by Stan Grant
Australian Notebooks by Betty Churcher
Autumn Laing by Alex Miller
Axiomatic by Maria Tumarkin

The Battlers by Kylie Tennant
Benang by Kim Scott
The Body in the Clouds by Ashley Hay
The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted by Robert Hillman
Bridge of Clay by Marcus Zusak
The Bush by Don Watson

Cherry Beach by Laura McPhee-Browne
A Child's Book of True Crime by Chloe Hooper
City of Trees by Sophie Cunningham
Cold Light by Frank Moorhouse
Conditions of Faith by Alex Miller
The Cost of Courage in Aztec Society by Inga Clendinnen
Craft for a Dry Lake by Kim Mahood

Dancing With Strangers by Inga Clendinnen
The Danger Game by Kalinda Ashton
Darwin's Armada by Iain McCalman
Dear Reader by Debra Adelaide
The Death of Jesus by J M Coetzee
The Dickens Boy by Tom Keneally
The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams
Dragon and Kangaroo by Robert Macklin
The Drover's Wives by Ryan O'Neill
Dymphna by Judith Armstrong

Elizabeth Macarthur by Michelle Scott Tucker
The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree by Shokoofeh Azar
The Essence of the Thing by Madeleine St John
Everyman's Rules for Scientific Living by Carrie Tiffany
Exiles at Home by Drusilla Modjeska

Fathoms: The World in the Whale by Rebecca Giggs
The First Book of Samuel by Ursula Dubosarsky
Fire Country by Victor Steffensen
A First Place by David Malouf
Flames by Robbie Arnott
From the Edge by Mark McKenna

Georgiana by Brenda Niall
Ghost Empire by Richard Fidler
The Great Barrier Reef by Bowen
Gum by Ashley Hay

A History of Books by Gerard Murnane
Home by Larissa Behrendt

In the Garden of the Fugitive by Ceridwen Dovey
 Inner Worlds Outer Space by Ceridwen Dovey
Island Home by Tim Winton
It's Raining in Mango by Thea Astley

Joe Cinque's Consolation by Helen Garner
Journey from Venice by Ruth Cracknell
Journey to the Stone Country by Alex Miller

Landscape of Farewell by Alex Miller
Longlegs by Glenda Adams

The Media and the Massacre by Sonya Voumard
The Midnight Dress by Karen Foxlee
A Million Windows by Gerald Murnane
Modern Love by Lesley Harding & Kendrah Morgan
Myself When Young by Henry Handel Richardson

A New England Affair by Steven Carroll
No Friend But the Mountain by Behrouz Boochani
Not Drowning, Reading by Andrew Relph
Notebooks by Betty Churcher

The Old Lie by Claire G. Coleman
Omega Park by Amy Barker
Only in New York by Lily Brett
Origin Story: A Big History of Everything by David Christian

The Paperbark Shoe by Goldie Goldbloom
Position Doubtful by Kim Mahood

Quitting Plastic by Clara Williams Roldan & Louise Williams

The Rain Heron by Robbie Arnott
Reading by Moonlight by Brenda Walker
A Reef in Time by Charles Veron
Resilience by Anne Deveson
Riding the Trains in Japan by Patrick Holland
The Rose Grower by Michelle de Kretser
Rowland Sinclair Mystery #10 All the Tears in China by Sulari Gentill

Sagaland by Richard Fidler and Kari Gislason
Shallows by Tim Winton
She I Dare Not Name by Donna Ward
The Shelf Life of Zora Cross by Cathy Perkins
Shell by Kristina Olsson
The Shepherd's Hut by Tim Winton
A Single Tree by Don Watson
The Slow Natives by Thea Astley
Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters by Margot Neale
The Songlines by Bruce Chatwin
The Spare Room by Helen Garner
Stasiland by Anna Funder
Stories by Helen Garner
The Swan Book by Alexis Wright
Sydney Harbour: A History by Ian Hoskins

Taboo by Kim Scott
Terra Nullius by Claire G Coleman
Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty
Tiger's Eye by Inga Clendinnen
Till Apples Grow on an Orange Tree by Cassandra Pybus
Tivington Nott by Alex Miller
The Trauma Cleaner by Sarah Krasnostein
Trick of the Light by Laura Elvery
True North by Brenda Niall
True Stories by Helen Garner
Truganini by Cassandra Pybus
The Turning by Tim Winton

The Unknown Judith Wright by Georgina Arnott
Unpolished Gem by Alice Pung

Watershed by Fabienne Bayet-Charlton
We of the Never-Never and The Little Black Princess by Aeneas Gunn
Welcome to Your New Life by Anna Goldsworthy
What Was Left by Eleanor Limprecht
The White Earth by Andrew McGahan
The White Girl by Tony Birch
The Writing Life by David Malouf

You Daughters of Freedom by Claire Wright

Other English-speaking countries

Abide With Me by Elizabeth Strout
Actress by Anne Enright
The Alexandra Quartet by Lawrence Durrell
All the Little Live Things by Wallace Stegner
Amy and Isabelle by Elizabeth Strout
Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout
An Artist in the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro
Arctic Summer by Damon Galgut
August Folly by Angela Thirkell

The Balkan Trilogy by Olivia Manning
Before Lunch by Angela Thirkell
The Beggar Maid by Alice Munro
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
The Blazing World by Siri Hudsvedt
The Book of Dust Vol 1 La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman
Book of Fairy Tales by Angela Carter
The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd

Casanova by Andrew Miller
The Children Act by Ian McEwan
Circe by Madeline Miller
Clock Dance by Anne Tyler
The Complete Short Stories of Saki by H.H. Munro
The Complete Stories by Anita Desai
A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers by Xiaolu Guo
Coromandel Sea Change by Rumer Godden

The Day of the Scorpion by Paul Scott
The Daylight Gate by Jeanette Winterson
A Division of the Spoils by Paul Scott
Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line by Deepa Anappara
Ducks, Newburypost by Lucy Ellmann
Dune by Frank Herbert
The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

Everything Under by Daisy Johnson
An Experiment in Love by Hilary Mantel

The Famished Road by Ben Okri
A Field Guide to Reality by Joanna Kavanna
Fire From Heaven by Mary Renault
Flaubert's Parrot by Julian Barnes
From a Low and Quiet Sea by Donal Ryan
Funeral Games by Mary Renault

G by John Berger
The Gap of Time by Jeanette Winterson
The General in His Labyrinth by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
The Girl With the Louding Voice by Abi Daré
Golden Hill by Francis Spufford
The Green Road by Anne Enright

Hagseed by Margaret Atwood
Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
The Headmistress by Angela Thirkell
The Heather Blazing by Colm Toibin
High Rising by Angela Thirkell
A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters by Julian Barnes
Home by Marilynne Robinson
House of Names by Colm Toibin

I'd Die For You and other lost stories by F Scott Fitzgerald
The Importance of Being Kennedy by Laurie Graham
In Love With George Eliot by Kathy O'Shaughnessy
Ingenious Pain by Andrew Miller

Jamrach's Menagerie by Carol Birch
The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner
The Jewel in the Crown by Paul Scott
Juggling by Barbara Trapido

The Known World by Edward P Jones

Ladder of Years by Anne Tyler
The Lady and the Unicorn by Tracy Chevalier
The Last Samurai by Helen DeWitt
Last Stories by William Trevor
Latitudes of Longing by Shubhangi Swarup
Lavinia by Ursula Le Guin
Let's Hope For the Best by Caroline Setterwell
Levels of Life by Julian Barnes
A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende

Maisie Dobbs #14 To Die But Once by Jacqueline Winspear
Maisie Dobbs #13 In This Grave Hour by Jacqueline Winspear
The Man Who Saw Everything by Deborah Levy
Marling Hall by Angela Thirkell
Mary and O'Neil by Justin Cronin
The Master by Colm Toibin
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
Memoirs of the Future by Siri Hustvedt
Midwinter Break by Bernard MacLaverty
Milkman by Anna Burns
Miss Bunting by Angela Thirkell
The Monster's We Deserve by Marcus Sedgwick
A Month in the Country by J L Carr
Motherhood by Sheila Heti
Murder in Midsummer
My Son's Story by Nadine Gordimer
The Mysterious Mr Quin by Agatha Christie

The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich
Noah's Compass by Anne Tyler
Nocturnes by Kazuo Ishiguro
Normal People by Sally Rooney
Northbridge Rectory by Angela Thirkell
Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson
Now We Shall Be Entirely Free by Andrew Miller

Offshore by Penelope Fitzgerald
Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout
On the Black Hill by Bruce Chatwin
One Morning Like a Bird by Andrew Miller
The Only Story by Julian Barnes
The Overstory by Richard Powers

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
The Painted Drum by Louise Erdrich
The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles
The Peacock Spring by Rumer Godden
The Parisian by Isabella Hammad
The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood
A People's History of Heaven by Mathangi Subramanian
The Persian Boy by Mary Renault
A Place of Greater Safety by Hilary Mantell
The Plague of Doves by Louise Erdrich
The Pleasure Seekers by Tishani Doshi
Pompeii by Robert Harris
The Position by Meg Wolitzer
The Powerbook by Jeanette Winterson
The Prague Sonata by Bradford Morrow

Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson
Redhead by the Side of the Road by Anne Tyler
The Red Queen by Margaret Drabble
The Regeneration Trilogy by Pat Barker
The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid
Rites of Passage by William Golding
The Rose and the Yew Tree by Agatha Christie
The Rotter's Club by Jonathan Coe
The Round House by Louise Erdrich
The Rules of Engagement by Anita Brookner

Selected Stories Vol 2 by William Trevor
The Siege of Krishnapur by J G Farrell
Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker
The Singapore Sling by J G Farrell
The Sisters Brothers by Patrick de Witt
Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
The Sorrows of an American by Siri Hudsvedt
South Riding by Winifred Holtby
The Spectator Bird by Wallace Stegner
The Spinoza Problem by Irvin D Yalom
A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler
Staring at the Sun by Julian Barnes
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
Strangers by Anita Brookner
Summer Half by Angela Thirkell

Temples of Delight by Barbara Trapido
The Ten Thousand Things by John Spurling
A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes
The Towers of Silence by Paul Scott
Troubles by J G Farrell
Twain and Stanley Enter Paradise by Oscar Hijuelos

The Unconsoled by Kazuo Ishiguro
The Unicorn by Iris Murdoch
Universal Love by Alexander Weinstein

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
The Virgin in the Garden by A S Byatt
The Voyage of the Narwhal by Andrea Barrett

Warlight by Michael Ondaatje
Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
The Western Wind by Samantha Harvey
When I Lived in Modern Times by Linda Grant
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
White Houses by Amy Bloom
The Widows of Malabar Hill by Jujata Massey
Wild Strawberries by Angela Thirkell

The Year Without Summer by Guinevere Glasfurd

The Zigzag Way by Anita Desai

Read in Translation

Absolutely on Music by Murakami and Ozawa
After the Circus by Patrick Modiano
After the Quake by Haruki Murakami
All Happy Families by Hervé le Tellier
Autobiography of a Geisha by Sayo Masuda

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman by Haruki Murakami
The Book of Tea by Kakuzo Okakura
The Penguin Book of Japanese Short Stories

Cassandra by Christa Wolf
Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata

Dance Dance Dance by Haruki Murakami
Death Fugue by Sheng Keyi
Diary of a Mad Old Man by Junichiro Tanizaki
The Discreet Hero by Mario Vargas Llosa

The Eighth Life by Nino Haratischvili
The Elephant Vanishes by Haruki Murakami
The End of Loneliness by Benedict Wells

Flights by Olga Tokarczuk
The Forest of Wool and Steel by Natsu Miyashita
Frog by Mo Yan

The German House by Annette Hess
The Great Passage by Shion Miura

Hellenistic Lives by Plutarch

I Am a Cat by Soseki Natsume
If Cats Disappeared from the World by Genki Kawamura
Istanbul by Orhan Pamuk

Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
The Key by Junichiro Tanizaki
Killing Commendatore by Huraki Murakami
Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto
Kusamakura by Natsume Soseki

Laura: A Journey into the Crystal by George Sand
Letters on Life by Rainer Maria Rilke
Little Jewel by Patrick Modiano
Lives of the Caesars by Suetonius

Maigret and the Ghost by Georges Simenon
Maigret and the Headless Corpse by Georges Simenon
Maigret and the Killer by Georges Simenon
Maigret and the Minister by Georges Simenon
Maigret Goes to School
A Maigret Christmas by Georges Simeon
Maigret's Anger by Georges Simeon
Maigret and the Saturday Caller by Georges Simeon
Maigret Sets a Trap
Maigret's Failure
Maiget's First Case by Georges Simenon
The Makioka Sisters by Junichiro Tanizaki
Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter by Simone de Beauvoir
Men Without Women by Murakami
Mirror Shoulder Signal by Dorthe Nors
Moshi Moshi by Banana Yoshimoto
The Museum of Innocence by Orhan Pamuk

Nanjing Requiem by Ha Jin
Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
Nothing Holds Back the Night by Delphine de Vigan

On the Line by Joseph Ponthus

Paris Nocturne by Patrick Modiano
The Penguin Book of Dutch Short Stories edited by Joost Zwagerman
Petersburg by Andrei Bely
The Pleasure Seekers by Tishani Doshi
The Prospector by J M G Le Clezio

Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
The Republic of Wine by Mo Yan
Revenge by Yoko Ogawa

Secondhand Time by Svetlana Alexievich
The Shadow King: A Novel by Maaza Mengiste
Signed, Picpus by Georges Simenon
The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt
The Sound of Waves by Yukio Mishima
South of the Border, West of the Sun by Haruki Murakami
Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami
The Stolen Bicycle by Wu Ming-Yi
Strange Weather in Tokyo by Hiromi Kawakami
A Strangeness in My Mind by Orhan Pamuk
Suspended Sentences by Patrick Modiano

Talking to My Daughter About the Economy by Yanis Varoufakis
The Ten Loves of Mr Nishino by Hiromi Kawakami
The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa
Three Apples Fell From the Sky by Narine Abgaryan

Views of Nature by Alexander Von Humboldt

A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami
The Wind-up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
The Woman in the Dunes by Kobo Abe
The Wonder Down Under by Nina Brochmann & Ellen Stokken Dahl


21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari
84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

The Age of Genius by A C Grayling
Alone in America by Robert A Ferguson
The Anarchy by William Dalrymple

Being a Beast by Charles Foster
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
Big Sister Little Sister Red Sister by Jung Chang
The Brain's Way of Healing by Norman Doidge
The Broken Road by Patrick Leigh Fermor
The Brother's Gardeners by Andrea Wulf

Charles Darwin: Victorian Mythmakers by A. N. Wilson
City of Djinns by William Dalrymple
The Cloud Spotters Guide by
The Coming of the Terror in the French Revolution by Timothy Tackett
The Consolations of Philosophy by Alain de Botton
Coventry by Rachel Cusk
Creatures of a Day by Irvin d Yalom
Curiosities and Splendour: An Anthology of Classic Travel Literature

The Danube by Nick Thorpe
Digging For Richard III by Mike Pitts
Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Educated by Tara Westover
Elizabeth Gaskell by Jenny Uglow
England's Queens by Elizabeth Norton

The Flaneur by Edmund White
Footprints: In Search of Future Fossils by David Farmer
The French Revolution by Thomas Carlyle

The Gene by Siddhartha Mukherjee
Ghosts of the Tsunami by Richard Lloyd Parry
The Greater Journey by David McCullough

Havana by Mark Kurlansky
Hiroshima by John Hersey
Hokkaido Highway Blues by Will Ferguson
Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari
How Proust Changed My Life by Alain de Botton

Imagining London by Anna Quindlen
In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick

The Last Mughal: The Fall of Delhi 1857 by William Dalrymple
Les Parisiennes by Anne Sebba
Literary Places by Sarah Baxter
Lost Japan by Alex Kerr
Lucy Maud Montgomery by Mary Henley Rubio

M Train by Patti Smith
Magic Island: The Fictions of L M Montgomery by Elizabeth Waterson
Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward
A Month in Siena by Hisham Matar
Mythos by Stephen Fry

Napoleon the Great by Andrew Roberts
The New Silk Roads by Peter Frankopan
The Novel of the Century by David Bellos

October by China Mieville
On the Narrow Road: Journey into a Lost Japan by Lesley Downer
On Writing by Stephen King
Origins by Amin Maalouf

The Pattern in the Carpet by Margaret Drabble
The Porcelain Thief by Huan Hsu

Red Sky & Sunrise by Laurie Lee
The Rhine by Ben Coates
Rice Noodle Fish: Deep Travels Through Japan's Food Culture by Matt Goulding
The Roads to Sata: A 2000 Mile Walk Through Japan by Alan Booth
Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft & Mary Shelley by Charlotte Gordon
Running With Sherman by Christopher McDougall

Salt Fat Acid Heat by Samin Nosrat
Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
Second Nature by Michael Pollan
The Secret Life of Cows by Rosamund Young
The Shepherd's Life by James Rebanks
A Short History of Europe by Simon Jenkins
Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher by Timothy Egan
The Silk Roads by Peter Frankopan
The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert
Stumbling Stone by Airdre Grant

Territory of Light by Yuko Tsushima
Testament of Friendship by Vera Brittain
Thermopylae by Paul Cartledge
Too Much and Not in the Mood by Durga Chew-Bose

Virginia Woolf by Hermione Lee

The Wages of Guilt: Memories of War in Germany and Japan by Ian Buruma
The Way Home: Tales From a Life Without Technology by Mark Boyle
What to Do When I'm Gone by Suzy Hopkins & Hallie Bateman
The White Road by Edmund de Waal
Why Read Moby Dick? by Nathaniel Philbrick
Winter Journal by Paul Auster
Women of the Raj by Margaret Macmillan

You're Not Listening by Kate Murphy

I have a problem!


  1. I'm a little scared to make a list ... are you signing up for the Mount TBR challenge this year?

  2. Good to see I'm not the only one in this position (300+ titles on mine counting the e-books) :P


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