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)

Agamemnon's Kiss by Inga Clendinnen
Almost French by Sarah Turnbull
Anatomy of Wings by Karen Foxlee
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
Australian Notebooks by Betty Churcher
Autumn Laing by Alex Miller

Benang by Kim Scott
The Body in the Clouds by Ashley Hay
Boys Will Be Boys by Clementine Ford
The Bush by Don Watson

Cabin Fever by Elizabeth Jolley
The Change by Germaine Greer
A Child's Book of True Crime by Chloe Hooper
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
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

The Fatal Shore by Robert Hughes
The First Book of Samuel by Ursula Dubosarsky
A First Place by David Malouf
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
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

The Midnight Dress by Karen Foxlee
A Million Windows by Gerald Murnane
Modern Love by Lesley Harding & Kendrah Morgan

Napoleon: Passion, Death and Resurrection 1815 - 1840 by Philip Dwyer
A New England Affair by Steven Carroll
Not Drowning, Reading by Andrew Relph
Notebooks by Betty Churcher

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
The Pleasures of Leisure by Robert Dessaix
Position Doubtful by Kim Mahood

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

Sagaland by Richard Fidler and Kari Gislason
Shallows by Tim Winton
Shell by Kristina Olsson
The Shepherd's Hut by Tim Winton
Silent Invasion by Clive Hamilton
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
Stories by Helen Garner
The Swan Book by Alexis Wright
Sydney Harbour: A History by Ian Hoskins

Taboo by Kim Scott
Thirty Days by Mark Raphael Baker
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
Trick of the Light by Laura Elvery
True North by Brenda Niall
True Stories by Helen Garner
The Turning by Tim Winton

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

Watershed by Fabienne Bayet-Charlton
Welcome to Your New Life by Anna Goldsworthy
What Was Left by Eleanor Limprecht
Whipbird by Robert Drewe
The White Earth by Andrew McGahan
Women Kind by Dr Kirstin Ferguson & Catherine Fox
The Writing Life by David Malouf

You Daughters of Freedom by Claire Wright

Other English-speaking countries

Abide With Me by Elizabeth Strout
Before Lunch by Angela Thirkell
The Alexandra Quartet by Lawrence Durrell
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
The Beggar Maid by Alice Munro
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

Casanova by Andrew Miller
The Children Act by Ian McEwan
Clock Dance by Anne Tyler
The Complete Short Stories of Saki by H.H. Munro
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

England and Other Stories by Graham Swift
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
Golden Hill by Francis Spufford
The Green Road by Anne Enright

The Headmistress by Angela Thirkell
The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne
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

I'd Die For You and other lost stories by F Scott Fitzgerald
The Importance of Being Kennedy by Laurie Graham
Ingenious Pain by Andrew Miller

Jamrach's Menagerie by Carol Birch
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
Last Orders by Graham Swift
Last Stories by William Trevor
Let Go My Hand by Edward Docx
Levels of Life by Julian Barnes
Love is Blind by William Boyd

Maisie Dobbs #14 To Die But Once by Jacqueline Winspear
Maisie Dobbs #13 In This Grave Hour by Jacqueline Winspear
Marling Hall by Angela Thirkell
Mary and O'Neil by Justin Cronin
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
Midwinter Break by Bernard MacLaverty
Miss Bunting by Angela Thirkell
A Month in the Country by J L Carr
The Moor's Account by Laila Lalami
Motherhood by Sheila Heti
My Son's Story by Nadine Gordimer

The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
Noah's Compass by Anne Tyler
Nocturnes by Kazuo Ishiguro
Normal People by Sally Rooney
Northbridge Rectory by Angela Thirkell
Now We Shall Be Entirely Free by Andrew Miller

An Ocean of Minutes by Thea Lim
Offshore by Penelope Fitzgerald
On the Black Hill by Bruce Chatwin
One Morning Like a Bird by Andrew Miller
The Only Story by Julian Barnes

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
The Painted Drum by Louise Erdrich
The Peacock Spring by Rumer Godden
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 Red Queen by Margaret Drabble
The Regeneration Trilogy by Pat Barker
The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid
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
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 Spinoza Problem by Irvin D Yalom
A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler
Staring at the Sun by Julian Barnes
Strangers by Anita Brookner
Summer Half by Angela Thirkell
The Sweet Shop Owner by Graham Swift

Temples of Delight by Barbara Trapido
The Towers of Silence by Paul Scott
Troubles by J G Farrell
The Truth According to Us by Annie Barrows
Twain and Stanley Enter Paradise by Oscar Hijuelos

The Unconsoled by Kazuo Ishiguro
The Unicorn by Iris Murdoch

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
Waterland by Graham Swift
The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish
When I Lived in Modern Times by Linda Grant
White Houses by Amy Bloom
Wild Strawberries by Angela Thirkell

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
Autobiography of a Geisha by Sayo Masuda

Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman by Haruki Murakami
The Book of Tea by Kakuzo Okakura

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 Dream of the Red Chamber by Cao Xueqin

The End of Loneliness by Benedict Wells

Flights by Olga Tokarczuk
Frog by Mo Yan

The Great Passage by Shion Miura

Hellenistic Lives by Plutarch

I Am a Cat by Soseki Natsume
Istanbul by Orhan Pamuk

Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
The Key by Junichiro Tanizaki
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 Headless Corpse by Georges Simenon
Maigret and the Minister by Georges Simenon
Maigret Goes to School
A Maigret Christmas by Georges Simeon
Naigret'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
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

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
Signed, Picpus by Georges Simenon
The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt
The Sorrow of War by Bao Ninh
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
A Strangeness in My Mind by Orhan Pamuk
Suspended Sentences by Patrick Modiano

Talking to My Daughter About the Economy by Yanis Varoufakis
The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa

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

Being a Beast by Charles Foster
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
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 Cloudspotter's Guide by Gavin Pretor-Pinney
The Coming of the Terror in the French Revolution by Timothy Tackett
The Consolations of Philosophy by Alain de Botton
Creatures of a Day by Irvin d Yalom

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

Elizabeth Gaskell by Jenny Uglow
England's Queens by Elizabeth Norton
Enlightenment Now by Steven Pinker
Every Third Thought: On Life, Death and the Endgame by Robert McCrum

The Flaneur by Edmund White
Franklin D. Roosevelt by Robert Dallek

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
Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari
How Proust Changed My Life by Alain de Botton

Imagining London by Anna Quindlen
Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Inside Cuba edited by John Miller

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

Magic Island: The Fictions of L M Montgomery by Elizabeth Waterson
Mythos by Stephen Fry

The Novel Cure by Ella Berthoud
The Novel of the Century by David Bellos

October by China Mieville
On Writing by Stephen King
Origins by Amin Maalouf
The Other Side of Paradise: Life in the New Cuba by Julia Cooke

The Pattern in the Carpet by Margaret Drabble
The Penguin History of Modern Vietnam by Christopher Goscha
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 Road to Character by David Brooks
Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft & Mary Shelley by Charlotte Gordon

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
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

Testament of Friendship by Vera Brittain
Thermopylae by Paul Cartledge
Too Much and Not in the Mood by Durga Chew-Bose
Treasure Palaces by Maggie Fergusson

Virginia Woolf by Hermione Lee

The Wages of Guilt: Memories of War in Germany and Japan by Ian Buruma
Weatherland by Alexandra Harris
What to Do When I'm Gone by Suzy Hopkins & Hallie Bateman
White Mountain: Real and Imagined Journeys in the Himalayas by Robert Twigger
The White Road by Edmund de Waal
Winter Journal by Paul Auster
Women of the Raj by Margaret Macmillan

Your Creative Writing Masterclass by Jurgen Wolff

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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