The Bottomless Bookshelf 2!

Well, it’s been a couple of years since I started this blog, and my first posting was to show my unending love for books (or obsession, as some would call it). It was a list of books, that despite being on my bookshelf, had yet to be read. Has anyone else ever gotten themselves into this kind of situation? This would be the third time for me, despite telling myself the first time that it would never happen again. That first posting listed 89 novels to read, without touching on those that were recommended to me, or lent to me. Well, I have no more borrowed books; let’s see if the list has shrunk (I’m thinking it hasn’t :S)

  1. Jane Boleyn: the True Story of the Infamous Lady Rochford by Julia Fox
  2. Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell
  3. The Monster of Florence by Douglas Preston and Mario Spezi
  4. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by John Le Carre
  5. Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maquire
  6. Blindness by Jose Saramago
  7. Little Children by Tom Perrotta
  8. The Death of Bunny Munro by Nick Cave (as in Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds …)
  9. The Lyre of Orpheus by Robertson Davies
  10. Alone by Lisa Gardner
  11. Black Creek Crossing by John Saul
  12. Circle of Stones by Anna Lee Waldo
  13. Heidegger and a Hippo Walk Through the Pearly Gates by Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein
  14. Irish Fireside Tales by Leslie Conron
  15. How to Train Your Dragon: How to Ride a Dragon’s Storm by Cressida Cowell
  16. A Hero’s Guide to Deadly Dragons by Cressida Cowell
  17. How To Train Your Dragon: How to Twist a Dragon’s Tale by Cressida Cowell
  18. Therese Raquin by Emile Zola Read January 11, 2013
  19. Damaged by Pamela Callow
  20. The Septembers of Shiraz by Dalia Sofer
  21. The Mezzanine by Nicholson Baker
  22. This Book Has Feelings by Dr. Neil Scott and Dr. Sandi Mann
  23. Mystical Scotland by Ann Lindsay Mitchell
  24. Thermopylae by Paul Cartledge
  25. A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood
  26. Brave New World Revisted by Aldous Huxley
  27. How NOT to Write a Novel by Howard Mittelmann and Sandra Newman
  28. Favourite Father Brown Stories by G.K. Chesterton
  29. Coriolanus by William Shakespeare
  30. Homer’s Odyssey by Gwen Cooper
  31. Watchmen and Philosophy by Mark D. White
  32. The Rule of Four by Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason
  33. Little Stalker by Jennifer Belle
  34. Where the Truth Lies by Rupert Holmes
  35. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  36. Duh! The Stupid History of the Human Race by Bob Fenster
  37. Modern Irish Short Stories by Ben Forkner
  38. Wall of Shame
  39. Goodnight Nobody by Jennifer Weiner
  40. A Spot of Bother by Mark Haddon
  41. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson Read December 30, 2012
  42. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
  43. The Chimes by Charles Dickens
  44. The Haunted Man by Charles Dickens
  45. The Killer Inside Me by Jim Thompson
  46. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  47. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  48. The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
  49. Persuasion by Jane Austen
  50. The Man Who Wrote the Book by Erik Tarloff Read September 17, 2012
  51. It by Stephen King
  52. Plum Island by Nelson Demille
  53. The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing
  54. The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks Read April 19, 2012
  55. Lost and Found by John Glatt
  56. Dead Run by Erica Spindler
  57. Warriors 3 by George R.R. Martin, et al.
  58. Eve by Iris Johansen
  59. The Book of Fate by Brad Meltzer
  60. The French Executioner by C. C. Humphreys
  61. White Oleander by Janet Fitch
  62. The Best of Times by Penny Vincenzi
  63. Missing Joseph by Elizabeth George
  64. Her Mother’s Daughter by Marylin French
  65. Death at Sandringham House by C.C. Benson
  66. A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews
  67. The Sword of Attila by Michael Curtis Ford
  68. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
  69. Devices and Desires by P.D. James
  70. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  71. The Rebels of Ireland by Edward Rutherfurd
  72. Gates of Fire by Steven Pressfield
  73. Skywater by Melinda Worth Popham
  74. When Satan Wore a Cross by Fred Rosen
  75. Life Penalty by Joy Fielding
  76. Crime and Punishment by F. Dostoevsky Read May 29, 2013
  77. Three Act Tragedy by Agatha Christie
  78. Sad Cypress by Agatha Christie
  79. Evil Under the Sun by Agatha Christie
  80. The Hollow by Agatha Christie
  81. Antony and Cleopatra by Colleen McCullough
  82. The Nights the Gods Smiled by Eric Wright
  83. Smoke Detector by Eric Wright
  84. Death in the Old Country by Eric Wright
  85. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis (I’m combining all of these because my version is an omnibus!)
  86. The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes (another omnibus!)
  87. Classics for Pleasure by Michael Dirda
  88. The Soloist by Steven Lopez
  89. Still Alice by Lisa Genova
  90. Tales of the City by Armistad Maupin
  91. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemiway
  92. Bridget Jones’ Diary by Helen Fielding Read July 25, 2013
  93. Bridget Jones’ Diary: The Edge of Reason by Helen Fielding
  94. Without Conscience by Dr. Robert Hare
  95. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
  96. The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
  97. The Bishop’s Man by Linden MacIntyre Read August 11, 2012
  98. Slammerkin by Emma Donoghue
  99. Room by Emma Donoghue Read July 27, 2012
  100. The Fifth Mountain by Paulo Coelho Read April 28, 2012
  101. The Valkyries by Paulo Coelho
  102. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  103. My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier
  104. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
  105. The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb
  106. Dracula: The Undead by Dacre Stoker
  107. Deception Point by Dan Brown
  108. The Other Tudors by Philippa Jones
  109. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
  110. Hour Game by David Baldacci
  111. American on Purpose by Craig Ferguson
  112. Left Behind by LaHaye and Jenkins
  113. The Remnant by LaHaye and Jenkins
  114. Glorious Appearing by LaHaye and Jenkins
  115. The Queen by Steven James Read July 13, 2012
  116. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  117. A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
  118. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  119. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  120. The Third Translation by Matt Bondurant
  121. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
  122. Exodus by Leon Uris
  123. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  124. Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier
  125. The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova
  126. Drood by Dan Simmons
  127. Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
  128. Banting by Michael Bliss
  129. The White Queen by Philippa Gregory
  130. The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory
  131. The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory
  132. Dispatches from the Edge by Anderson Cooper
  133. Secrets of the Code by Dan Burstein
  134. Secrets of Angels and Demons by Dan Burstein
  135. The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein
  136. How The Scots Invented the Modern World by Arthur Herman
  137. Fear’s Empire by Benjamin R. Barber
  138. Becoming Batman by Zehr
  139. The Batman Handbook by Beatty
  140. The Almanac of Political Corruption, Scandals, and Dirty Politics by Kim Long
  141. Down These Strange Streets by George R.R. Martin et al.
  142. Songs of Love and Death by George R.R. Martin et al.
  143. The Other Queen by Philippa Gregory
  144. Attila the Hun by Christopher Kelly
  145. The Outlandish Companion by Diana Gabaldon
  146. An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon
  147. Rivals for the Crown by Kathleen Givens
  148. A Brief History of the Celts by Peter Ellis
  149. The Histories by Herodotus
  150. Virgin Earth by Philippa Gregory
  151. Wideacre by Philippa Gregory
  152. The Favoured Child by Philippa Gregory
  153. Meridon by Philippa Gregory
  154. Henry VIII by Alison Weir
  155. The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Alison Weir
  156. The Children of Henry VIII by Alison Weir
  157. The Life of Elizabeth I by Alison Weir
  158. Lucrezia Borgia by Sarah Bradford
  159. A Brief History of the Tudor Age by Jaspar Ridley
  160. The Lady Elizabeth by Alison Weir
  161. Decoding the Celts by Claire Hamilton and Steve Eddy
  162. The Professor by Charlotte Bronte
  163. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte
  164. Agnes Grey by Anna Bronte
  165. The Sociopath Next Door by Martha Stout
  166. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence
  167. Emma by Jane Austen
  168. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
  169. Villette by Charlotte Bronte
  170. The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
  171. Bestseller by Olivia Goldsmith
  172. The Impossible Dead by Ian Rankin December 12, 2012
  173. Never Knowing by Chevy Stevens
  174. Ray Bradbury Omnibus (3 novels)
  175. H.G. Wells Omnibus (7 novels)
  176. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin October 8, 2012
  177. A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin
  178. A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin
  179. A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin
  180. Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith
  181. The Second Life of Samuel Tyne by Esi Edugyan
  182. The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt July 6, 2013
  183. The Wolf Gift by Anne Rice
  184. A Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell
  185. The Tiger by John Vaillant
  186. Anatomy of a Murder by Robert Traver
  187. 5,000 Years of Royalty by Craughwell
  188. Left-Handed History of the World by Ed Wright
  189. The Trial by Sadakat Kadri
  190. Criminal Shadows by David Canter

Well, with the omnibuses not combined, I have over 200 novels to read! :S Oh geez, I think I’m on a book ban until at least HALF of these are read. Despite appearances, I did actually read novels last year!


  1. liz

    Thats a lot of books. Some you should simply skip, but others are absolute must reads. You are aware that Tales of the City is a 5 book series and they are exceptional. With the Chronicles of Narnia, I’m listening to a Radio Playhouse CD release of all 7 books. Its amazing. The entire collection is 22 hours long but the time flies on my road trips.

    Happy reading!

  2. Ashley

    Hey Liz!

    I know; some have been sitting on my shelf for 5+ years. They will probably remain there for a while, since I cannot remember the reason why I bought them!

    Tales of the City, I knew was part of a series; I looked it up when you gave it to me! 😉 Isn’t Lyre of Orpheus a part of a series as well? I think it’s the last book of three! Those will most likely sit for awhile until I scrape of a number of other books off the list and make room for the rest of those series!

    Oh Narnia! I’m afraid of books on tape, simply because I want the reader to have the same voice, as the one I hear in my head when I read! I’ve listened to some books on tape before and simply had to turn the tape of, just because the voice didn’t jive. I have read all of the Narnia series, so that is more of a re-read.

    Any new books that you have come across? I believe you were reading the Gretchen and Archie novels by Chelsea Cain, right? Her newest one is coming out in a couple of months, I believe!


  3. Oh dear… If only we could plug into each other’s brains, I could spare you a great deal of reading time! I know we have different tastes (I can’t/don’t read horror or religion) but we do appreciate a skilled wordsmith. I would recommend hastening to the Alison Weir and Philippa Gregory, just because they are authoritative (Weir) and delicious (Gregory) for lovers of British history and intrigue. Huxley, Toews and Lamb depressed me no end. There are excellent audio versions of the Bronte selections that won’t annoy you. I can’t recall if you’ve read or reviewed The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, but oh you should. I was sad when the novel ended. You can borrow mine :)

  4. Ashley

    Hi Shelley,

    For some of the books, I can see myself adopting the 50-page rule; if I’m not hooked by then, it’s time to put it aside.

    I would love to pick up Weir and Gregory (since I seem to be collecting Weir’s Tudor collection, without having read one), but historical novels take me so much longer to read! I’m trying to clear out the ‘easier’ novels (mysteries and such), before I take on the one’s that may require more time (Gabaldon, for instance!).

    Audio books are shaky for me; I’ll have to get your recommendations, because I always seem to find the one’s that annoy me!

    The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society sounds interesting! I would love to borrow it!


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