Tackling my personal TBR

Hey all,

So late last month, I posted the list of books on my personal TBR shelves (the books I have bought but never read). My goal is to put at least one TBR book on my monthly reading list in attempt to take control of it. For March, it was “Wind in the Willows” by Kenneth Grahame, which I successfully finish as of Friday morning along with a second, “What Alice Forgot,” by Liane Moriarty.

However, what I didn’t anticipate was adding more books to my list. A local library was having a book sale and well..need I say more? Paperbacks were 3 for $1 and hardcovers were $1! Luckily it was a small sale so I escaped with only four books, two of which I haven’t read.

Then in my Capital District Book Club, my name was picked at the end for a free book.


So I have read two and added three. So not only am I now back to square one, I am plus one. And there are two more larger books sales coming up at the end of April and beginning of May. So this isn’t going to be as easy to conquer as I thought. :/

So here is my new updated list:

  • Strike through —I finished
  • Blue Italics — new books that were added

The Classics

I love reading classics but alas I have so many on my shelf I never read. Many of them are from college or I picked up during a library book sale.

  1. Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  2. Brave New World, Alduous Huxley
  3. A Room with a View, E.M. Forster
  4. In Cold Blood, Truman Capote
  5. Women in Love, D.H. Lawrence
  6. Nightwood, Djuna Barnes
  7. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
  8. Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man, James Joyce
  9. My Antonia, Willa Cather
  10. White Fang, Jack London
  11. The Call of the Wild, Jack London
  12. Moby Dick, Herman Melville
  13. To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf
  14. The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man, James Weldon
  15. The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck
  16. Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  17. Lord of the Flies, William Golding
  18. An American Tragedy, Theodore Dreiser
  19. The Three Musketeers, Alexandre Dumas
  20. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson
  21. The Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton
  22. The Modern Mephistopheles, Louisa May Alcott
  23. Under the Lilacs, Louisa May Alcott
  24. Sherlock Holmes Vol. 1 & 2, Arthur Conan Doyle
  25. Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert

Charles Dickens

I thought this one should have its own subject because .. well … it’s Dickens.

  1. Nicholas Nickleby
  2. David Copperfield
  3. A Tale of Two Cities
  4. Great Expectations


Half of these have to do with journalism and I picked up in college to learn about some of the older writers. Many of the books I had started but never finished. Now that I understand the industry more, I might have a better appreciation for these.

  1. The Choice, Bob Woodward
  2. Angela’s Ashes, Frank McCourt
  3. Teacher Man, Frank McCourt
  4. My Paper Chase, Harold Evans
  5. The Gang that Wouldn’t Write Straight: Wolf , Thompson, Didion, Capote and the New Journalism Revolution, Marc Weingarten
  6. The New, New Journalism: Conversations with America’s Best Nonfiction Writers on their Craft, Robert S. Boynton
  7. It’s Not News, It’s Fark: How Mass Media Tries to Pass Off Crap as News,  Drew Curtis
  8. Night Draws Near: Iraq’s People in the Shadow of America’s War, Anthony Shadid


I don’t read a lot of poetry but I found one on my shelf.

  1. T.S. Eliot Selected Poems


I am surprised that my fiction list isn’t longer but I think because I have stopped buying books and mainly go to the library. Also there were one or two of these that may belong on the classics list but wasn’t sure.

  1. Dragonfly in Amber, Diana Gabaldon
  2. Orphan Train, Christina Baker Kline
  3. Prodigal Summer, Barbara Kingsolver
  4. The Lost Sisterhood, Anne Fortier
  5. Holes, Louis Sachar
  6. Shindler’s List, Thomas Keneally
  7. What Alice Forgot, Liane Moriarty
  8. After You, JoJo Moyes
  9. Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis
  10. House of Sand and Fog, Andre Dubus III
  11. Farewell My Lovely, Raymond Chandler
  12. Go Set a Watchman, Harper Lee
  13. The Golden Notebook, Doris Lessing
  14. Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Rebecca Wells
  15. Release, Patrick Ness

Have you read any of these? What books have you recently added to your personal TBR? Let’s discuss! Post in the comments below. 🙂

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