The Bottomless Bookshelf

Can reading become a problem? A condition that needs an intervention?

It doesn’t matter where I am, even if I’m shopping in a local bookstore, I have the book I am currently reading in my purse. Maybe it is a problem, but I can’t help it! I feel empty without a book by my side. And normally I can keep it under control; I have only lost control of my book purchases twice. Years ago I had purchased close to 100 books; it took me a year to read them all and I said that it would never happen again. Well … my bottomless bookshelf has made a comeback appearance. This time, at it’s peak of close to 200 books, I have been working on reading the long list for a couple of years now. I have finally got it to two-digit figures, but a new problem has appeared: books borrowed or given to me! I can never turn down books that are given to me so the owner can simply get rid of some books! Doesn’t really matter what the book is, I will take it! When I get down to reading it is another story! The people I know well say that I have an issue, but they continue to get me gift cards to book stores for gifts!

As it stands, my current reading list is:

  1. Vox by Nicholson Baker Read May 8, 2010
  2. American on Purpose by Craig Ferguson
  3. Coriolanus by William Shakespeare
  4. Bite Me: A Love Story by Christopher Moore Read August 31, 2010
  5. The Vault of Bones by Pip Vaughan-Hughes Read January 11, 2011
  6. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
  7. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
  8. Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova
  9. Dark Entries by Ian Rankin Read October 2, 2010
  10. Dracula the Un-Dead by Dacre Stoker
  11. Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
  12. The Haunted Man by Charles Dickens
  13. The Chimes by Charles Dickens
  14. The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens
  15. Skywater by Melinda Worth Popham
  16. The Killer Inside Me by Jim Thompson
  17. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde Read September 21, 2010
  18. The White Queen by Philippa Gregory
  19. Batman: Arkham Asylum by Grant Morrison Read April 2, 2011
  20. The Paranoia Switch by Martha Stout Read August 11, 2010
  21. Becoming Batman by E. Paul Zehr
  22. A Brief History of the Tudor Age by Jasper Ridley
  23. The Celts: A History by Peter Ellis
  24. The Book of Fate by Brad Meltzer
  25. Histories by Herodotus
  26. The Complete Father Brown by G. Chesterton
  27. Drood by Dan Simmons
  28. An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon
  29. The Valkyries by Paulo Coelho
  30. A Lion Called Christian by Anthony Bourke and John Rendall Read April 27, 2010
  31. Blindness by Jose Saramago
  32. Virgin Earth by Philippa Gregory
  33. Meridon by Philippa Gregory
  34. The Favored Child by Philippa Gregory
  35. Wideacre by Philippa Gregory
  36. The Master and the Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
  37. Little Children by Tom Perrotta
  38. Watchmen & Philosophy by William Irwin and Mark D. White
  39. Rebels of Ireland by Edward Rutherford
  40. The Fifth Mountain by Paulo Coelho
  41. Attila the Hun by Christopher Kelly
  42. A Respectable Trade by Philippa Gregory Read November 20, 2011
  43. Dewey by Vicki Myron and Bret Witter Read May 6, 2010
  44. The Soloist by Steve Lopez
  45. Fear’s Empire by Benjamin Barber
  46. How Not to Write A Novel by Howard Mittelmark
  47. Henry VIII by Alison Weir
  48. The Children of Henry VIII by Alison Weir
  49. The Life of Elizabeth I by Alison Weir
  50. The Hollow by Agatha Christie
  51. Evil Under the Sun by Agatha Christie
  52. Sad Cypress by Agatha Christie
  53. Three Act Tragedy by Agatha Christie
  54. The Other Queen by Philippa Gregory
  55. The Footprints of God by Greg Iles Read August 16, 2011
  56. How the Scots Invented the Modern World by Arthur Herman
  57. The Lady Elizabeth by Alison Weir
  58. Left Behind by Tim LaHaye and Jenkins Jerry B. Jenkins
  59. When Satan Wore A Cross by Fred Rosen
  60. Thermopylae by Paul Cartledge
  61. Secrets of the Code by Dan Burstein
  62. Secrets of Angels & Demons by Dan Burstein
  63. A Charlie Salter Omnibus by Eric Wright
  64. The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
  65. Rivals for the Crown by Kathleen Givens
  66. Irish Fireside Tales by Leslie Carola
  67. Glorious Appearing by Tim LaHaye and Jenkins Jerry B. Jenkins
  68. Armageddon by Tim LaHaye and Jenkins Jerry B. Jenkins
  69. Hour Game by David Baldacci
  70. Deception Point by Dan Brown
  71. The Rule of Four by Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason
  72. The Third Translation by Matt Bondurant
  73. Persuasion by Jane Austen
  74. The Sword of Attila by Michael Curtis Ford
  75. Gates of Fire by Steven Pressfield
  76. Lucrezia Borgia by Sarah Bradford
  77. Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
  78. The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein
  79. Next by Michael Crichton Read June 16, 2010
  80. The French Executioner by C C Humphreys
  81. Crime & Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  82. In the Shadow of the Law by Kermit Roosevelt
  83. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  84. The Road by Cormac McCarthy Read May 28, 2010
  85. Therese Raquin by Emile Zola
  86. Devices and Desires by P.D. James
  87. The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory Read May 17, 2010
  88. Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire
  89. Practical Demonkeeping by Christopher Moore

Now this list doesn’t include the books that were given to me, of which I could not refuse (about 8); the books that I have borrowed from friends (3 total); or the books that I want to re-read or re-re-read (cannot even count those).

Passion? Or problem? The line between them is gray and blurry, but if it is a problem, I believe that it is a great one to have!



  1. liz

    Wow, what a list. Mine is almost as long but not quite as diverse. I’ve never read Phillipa Gregory. You have a lot of that author. Any good? Or haven’t you had the chance to find out yet?

  2. Ashley

    I have read a number of Philippa Gregory novels (I’ve read almost all of her Tudor England series plus a few extra). I simply love how she can make you loathe a character, or make a character completely evil and you still want to read about them. She’s a good read.

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