To-Read List

I've decided it's better to keep this here, where there's less chance of it being suddenly deleted, than on the library's site, GoodReads, in a notebook, and on Amazon.  All in one place is better!

Agent Zigzag by Ben Macintyre
Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte
American Women and WWII by Doris Weatherford
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
The Ashford Affair by Lauren Willig
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens
Beauty by Robin McKinley
Belle by Cameron Dokey
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Beowulf translated by J. R. R. Tolkien
Between Shades of Gray by Ruth Sepetys
The Birthday Party by Stanley N. Alpert
The Bitter Road to Dachau by Robert L. Wise
The Black Count by Tom Reiss
The Bones of Paris by Laurie R. King
Booked for Trouble by Eva Gates
Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi
Book of Ages by Jill Lepore
The Breath of Dawn by Kristin Heitzmann
The Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
The Brontes by Brian Wilks
Buried Prey by John Sandford
Burning Sky: A Novel of the American Frontier by Lori Benton
By Book or By Crook by Eva Gates
By-Line:  Ernest Hemingway

The Cambridge Companion to Jane Austen
Camille by Alexandre Dumas fils
The Captive Maiden by Melanie Dickerson
Careless People:  Murder, Mayhem, and the Invention of the Great Gatsby by Sarah Churchwell
Case Histories by Kate Atkinson
The Christian Imagination edited by Leland Ryken
A Circle of Wives by Alice LaPlante
Close Range:  Wyoming Stories by Annie Proulx
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
The Complete Henry Bech by John Updike
Contested Will:  Who Wrote Shakespeare? by James S. Shapiro
Crampton Hodnet by Barbara Pym
Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The Crimson Portrait by Jody Shields

The Dancing Master by Julie Klassen
The Dante Club by Matthew Pearl
The Darkest Place by Daniel Judson
The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
Dawn's Early Light by Elswyth Thane
Dear Enemy by Jack Cavanaugh
Dearie:  The Remarkable Life of Julia Child by Bob Spitz
The Deerslayer by James Fenimore Cooper
A Distant Trumpet by Paul Horgan
Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
The Door in the Hedge by Robin McKinley
The Door into Summer by Robert Heinlein
The Dutchman by Maan Meyers

The Elephant in Hollywood by Michael Caine
Eleven Pipers Piping by C.C. Benison
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
Entwined by Heather Dixon
Evelina by Frances Burney
Eventide by Kent Haruf
Ever After by Elswyth Thane
Excellent Woman by Barbara Pym
Eyes of the Emperor by Graham Salisbury

The Fairest Beauty by Melanie Dickerson
A Fatal Likeness by Lynn Shepherd
The Fellowship:  The Literary Lives of the Inklings by Philip Zaleski
The Fifth Heart by Dan Simmons
Fire by Night by Lynn Austin
Flashback by Nevada Barr
The Flight of Gemma Hardy by Margot Livesey
Fifteen Thousand Miles by Stage by Carrie Strahorn
The Foreign Correspondent by Alan Furst
The Forgotten Sister:  Mary Bennet's Pride and Prejudice by Jennifer Paynter
For Such a Time by Kate Breslin
Fourth of July Creek by Smith Henderson

The Girl in the Gatehouse by Julie Klassen
Glamorous Illusions by Lisa Tawn Bergren
Glenn Ford:  A Life by Peter Ford and Patrick McGilligan
The Golden Rendezvous by Alistair MacLean
The Good Spy by Kai Bird
Great Tales of Crime and Detection compiled by Charles Ardai
The Guns at Last Light:  The War in Eastern Europe, 1944-1945 by Rick Atkinson

Hamlet's Perfection by William Kerrigan
The Hanging Tree by Dorothy M. Johnson
Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson
Hattie Ever After by Kirby Larson
Heading Out to Wonderful by Robert Goolrick
The Healer's Apprentice by Melanie Dickerson
Hemingway's Boat:  Everything He Loved in Life, and Lost by Paul Hendrickson
The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell
High Noon:  The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic by Glenn Frankel
Him Her Him Again the End of Him by Patricia Marx
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
A History of the World in 100 Objects by Neil MacGregor
Hollywood Enigma:  Dana Andrews by Carl Rollyson
The Horse in My Garage by Patrick F. McManus
House of Meetings by Martin Amis
Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
How to be a Heroine by Samantha Ellis
How to Read and Why by Harold Bloom

I Do and I Don't:  A History of Marriage in the Movies by Jeanine Basinger
The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson
In the Hands of Providence:  Joshua L. Chamberlain and the American Civil War by Alice Rains Trulock
The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer

Jane by April Lidner
Jane and Prudence by Barbara Pym
Jane Austen Ruined My Life by Beth Pattillo
Jane Austen's World by Maggie Lane
John James Audobon:  The Making of an American by Richard Rhodes
John Wayne:  The Life and Legend by Scott Eyman

Lady Maybe by Julie Klassen
The Lady of the Lake by Sir Walter Scott
The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper
Last Seen in Massilia by Steven Saylor
Late Bloomer by Melissa Pritchard
A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines
The Life and Times of Horatio Hornblower by C. Northcote Parkinson
Lipstick and Lies by Margit Leische
Lives of Girls and Women:  A Novel by Alice Munro
Living with Shakespeare by Susannah Carson and Harold Bloom
Looking for Anne of Green Gables by Irene Gammel
Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad
Lost Cat by Caroline Paul
Louisa May's Battle:  How the Civil War Led to Little Women by Kathleen Krull
Love Comes Calling by Siri Mitchell
The Luminaries:  A Novel by Eleanor Catton

Magic by the Book by Nina Bernstein
The Magic of Ordinary Days by Ann Howard Creel
The Maid of Fairbourne Hall by Julie Klassen
A Man Called Peter by Catherine Marshall
The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey
The Man who Loved Jane Austen by Sally Smith O'Rourke
Mara:  Daughter of the Nile by Eloise Jarvis McGraw
March by Geraldine Brooks
The Marriage of Faith:  Christianity in Jane Austen and William Wordsworth by Laura Dabundo
The Martian by Andy Weir
Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell
Masked Men:  American Masculinity and the Movies During the '50s by Steven Cohan
Master of Middle-Earth:  The Fiction of J.R.R. Tolkien by Paul H. Kocher
Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis
Midwife of the Blue Ridge by Christine Blevins
Mind of Her Own by Diana Lesire Brandmeyer
The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen by Syrie James
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson
The Mistress of Tall Acre by Laura Frantz
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein
A Most Inconvenient Marriage by Regina Jennings
Mother of the Reformation:  The Amazing Life and Story of Katherine Luther by Ernst Kroker, translated by Mark E. DeGarmeaux
Murder at Mansfield Park by Lynn Shepherd
My Dear Bessie:  A Love Story in Letters by Chris Barker and Bessie Moore
My Ideal Bookshelf by Thessaly La Force and Jane Mount
My Life in Middlemarch by Rebecca Mead
My Lost City:  Personal Essays 1920-1940 by F. Scott Fitzgerald
My Lucky Life in and Out of Show Business:  A Memoir by Dick van Dyke
Myrna Loy:  The Only Good Girl in Hollywood by Emily W. Leider
The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe

A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan
Nero Wolfe of West Thirty-Fifth Street by William S. Baring-Gould
Never by J. Grace Pennington
Never Accept Candy from Strangers Unless They Let You Ride in Their Car by Lawrence Russell
No Life for a Lady by Agnes Morley Cleaveland
Nox Dormienda by Kelli Stanley

The Odyssey by Homer
On Beale Street by Ronald Kidd
Once by Cameron Dokey
The Once and Future King by T. H. White
On Distant Shores by Sarah Sundin
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
On Hamlet by Salvador de Madariaga
On the Map:  A Mind-Expanding Exploration of the Way the World Looks by Simon Garfield
On the Shoulders of Hobbits by Louis Markos
Operation Mincemeat by Ben Macintyre
Out of the Easy by Ruth Sepetys

The Pathfinder, or The Inland Sea by James Fenimore Cooper
Payback at Morning Peak by Gene Hackman
The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood
The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens
Plainsong by Kent Haruf
The Poet Shadow by Matthew Pearl
The Portable Dorothy Parker by Dorothy Parker
Possession by A. S. Byatt
The Prairie by James Fenimore Cooper
Prelude for a Lord by Camille Elliot
Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George
The Puppet Masters by Robert Heinlein

Radio Girl by Carol Brendler
Reading the Classics with C. S. Lewis by Thomas L. Martin
Reading Up a Storm by Eva Gates
The Real World of Sherlock Holmes by Peter Costello
Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberley McCreight
Redeployment by Phil Klay
The Rescue Artist by Edward Dolnick
A Respectable Actress by Dorothy Love
The Revolution Was Televised by Alan Sepinwall
Rita Moreno:  A Memoir by Rita Moreno
The Road from Coorain by Jill Ker Conway
Rose, Where did You Get That Red? by Kenneth Koch
The Rosie Project by Graeme C. Simsion
Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell

Saving Amelie by Cathy Gohlke
Scarlet by A. C. Gaughen
The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emma Orczy
Second Reading by Jonathan Yardley
The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks
The Secret of Raven Point by Jennifer Vanderbes
The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani
Shakespeare and Modern Culture by Marjorie B. Garber
Shakespeare on Stage:  Thirteen Leading Actors on Thirteen Key Roles by Julian Curry, Trevor Nunn
Shakespeare Well-Versed:  A Rhyming Guide to All His Plays by James Muirden
Sherlock Holmes in America edited by Martin H. Greenberg, Jon L. Lellenberg, & Daniel Stashower
Sherlock Holmes of Baker Street by William S. Baring-Gould
Sherlock Holmes:  Ten Literary Studies by Trevor Henry Hall
Sherlock Holmes Through Time and Space edited by Isaac Asimov, Martin Harry Greenberg, & Charles G. Waugh
The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
Since You Went Away... Letters to a Soldier from His Wife by Margaret Buell Wilder
The Solitary House by Lynn Shepherd
The Son by Philipp Meyer
So We Read On:  How The Great Gatsby Came to be and Why it Endures by Maureen Corrigan
The Spiritual World of the Hobbit by James Stuart Bell
A Spy Among Friends by Ben Macintyre
Standing in the Rainbow by Fannie Flagg
A Star for Mrs. Blake by Leah Greenblatt
Stoneman's Raid by Chris J. Hartley
Sweet William:  Twenty Thousand Hours with Shakespeare by Michael Pennington

Tales of India by Rudyard Kipling
Tales of the Black Widowers by Isaac Asimov
Tamar by Mal Peet
Taras Bulba by Nikolai Gogol
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte
Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Tess of the D'Ubervilles by Thomas Hardy
A Test of Wills by Charles Todd
Their Eyes were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
The Thoughts and Happenings of Wilfred Price, Purveyor of Superior Funerals by Wendy Jones
Tiffany Girl by Deeanne Gist
'Tis Herself by Maureen O'Hara
Tobacco Sticks by William Elliott Hazelgrove
Tolkien and the Great War by John Garth
To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
The Trip to Echo Spring:  On Writers and Drinking by Olivia Laing
The Tropic of Serpents by Marie Brennan
The Trumpeter of Krakow by Eric P. Kelly
The Trusty Knaves by Eugene Manlove Rhodes
Things Left Unsaid by Courtney Walsh
A Truth Universally Acknowledged by Susannah Carson and Harold Bloom
Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George
Twentieth Century Interpretations of Pride and Prejudice
Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne
A Twist at the End by Steven Saylor

Unbridled Dreams by Stephanie Grace Whitson
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
Under the Deodars by Rudyard Kipling
Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan
Unsinkable:  A Memoir by Debbie Reynolds and Dorian Hannaway

The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy by Kate Hattemer
Villa Americana by Liza Klaussmann

Wake of the Perdido Star by Gene Hackman and Daniel Lenihan
Warriors of the Forgotten Front by L. Craig Johnson
War Reporting for Cowards by Chris Ayres
The Watsons and Emma Watson by Jane Austen and Joan Aiken
What Matters in Jane Austen by John Mullan
What's it All About? by Michael Caine
When Books Went to War:  The Stories That Helped Us Win WWII by Molly Guptill Manning
When Christ Walked Among Us:  The Messiah's Life and Ministry by James F. Pope
When the Mississippi Ran Backwards by Jay Feldman
While Mortals Sleep by Jack Cavanaugh
Why Animals Sleep so Close to the Road (And Other Lies I Tell My Children) by Susan Konig
Why We Write ed. by Meredith Maran
The Wicked and the Dead by Robert Weibezahl
The Wilder Life by Wendy McClure
The Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah
With Every Letter by Sarah Sundin
Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell
The Wonder Spot by Melissa Bank
Wunnerful, Wunnerful! by Lawrence Welk with Bernice McGeehan

Yankee Stranger by Elswyth Thane
The Years with Ross by James Thurber

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig
Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury


  1. Yay! The Actual To-Read List! So far I've read Agnes Grey, Anna Karenina, Cranford, Crime and Punishment, Divergent, Insurgent, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, North and South, The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Screwtape Letters, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall & Tess of the D'Ubervilles. Of all of those books Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell is probably my absolute favourite. I love that book and there's an upcoming BBC adaptation in the works now! But I also have a great deal of love for most of those books.

    1. :-D

      I actually read the first chapter or two of "Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell" six years ago. I took it along to the hospital when my first baby was born, and never got any farther in it because I was too busy snuggling the baby and watching old NCIS eps with my husband. Some day I'll get it again, I'm sure.

    2. And now I've added a bunch more because I decided to include the books I own but haven't read. So when I to this Mount TBR challenge, people can see what I'm drawing from. Sigh. So Many Books.

  2. Wooooowww!!! I thought my TBR list was long. Actually, I've got a tons more I'd like to add, but I only listed those that I own. I see that you've included both.

    1. Hee. Yes, it's massive. I've considered doing something similar for movies too, but that seems even more daunting. Anyway, these are all the books that I've thought, "Hey, I'd like to read that!" about. I've thought about taking off the ones I own, as it seems a little pointless to have them here since it's not like I'm going to forget to read them -- they're sitting on my shelves, taunting me. I've quit adding books I buy to this list, anyway. So mostly this is for me to remember what books I want to read, because otherwise I'd just read what crosses my path at the library or book store instead of seeking out things I thought sounded interesting when someone else reviewed them, etc.

  3. What a great idea!!! May I have a page one my blog like this too?

    1. MovieCritic, thanks! And absolutely -- sharing a to-read (or to-watch) list can be good fun, so go for it!

    2. Thank you! I put one togther and it was really fun! Thank you again for such a great idea!

    3. You're welcome! I find it very enjoyable to go through this every few months and remove books that I've finally read :-)

    4. HATTIE BIG SKY! It is a need to read.

  4. Oooo you have Under the Greenwood Tree on your tbr :D I want to read that book as well because I loved the movie!! :)

    1. Elaina, indeed I do! I haven't seen the movie, but people keep recommending Thomas Hardy to me, so I'd like to see if I like him or not.

  5. That's one heck of a list... While you have Frankel's book on "The Searchers" why don't you add Alan Lemay's original novel? (If you haven't already read it.) Also have you read the original novel The Shootist by Glendon Swarthout? The character of Gillom is a bit different, Ron Howard he is not, but its a great read. Swathout's son Miles wrote a sequel, but I admit I had grown a little disgusted with Gillom by then so i didn't finish it. I'll try again someday.

    1. Hey, Quiggy, you know how I never seem to get notified of your comments? I just found one from more than a year ago!

      And my answer is... I should read Alan Lemay's books to my TBR list cuz I hear many of them are good. And nope, I haven't read The Shootist because the movie depresses me and I don't like reading depressing books.


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