Tackling my personal TBR shelves in 2019

So earlier this year I posted a list of books that were on my personal shelves that I have yet to touch. At that time, I had about 50 books on the list, which I thought wasn’t too bad. Until I hit the spring library book sales at my local libraries and added to my shelves significantly. I think at the end, I added 40 new books.


Since the spring, I have made a dent in reading the books that I added as well as some that have been waiting awhile. However, I never updated the list.

With the end of the year quickly approaching, I am revisiting that list I originally posted and seeing what I read and what I added but have yet to read still.

Strikethrough – I read

Blue – I added

Italics – I started but didn’t finish

Red – I took off my shelf/donated

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 Marquezimg_0220
  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 Limg_0219ondon
  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. The Sound and the Fury, William Faulkner
  26. A Light in August, William Faulkner
  27. The Jungle, Upton Sinclair
  28. Watership Down, Richard Adams
  29. Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert
  30. Mrs. Dalloway, Virginia Woolf
  31. The Good Earth, Pearl S. Buck
  32. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith
  33. Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
  34. Rose in Bloom, Louisa May Alcott
  35. The Little Prince, Antoine De Saint-Exupery
  36. The Swiss Family Robinson, Johann David Wyss

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 Woodwardimg_0221
  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
  9. Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair that Changed America, Erik Larson
  10. Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavars, Mary Roach
  11. Seabiscuit, Laura Hillenbrand
  12. The Night Trilogy, Elie Wiesel (I only read the first one)
  13. Reading in Tehran, Azar Nefisi
  14. The Choice, Bob Woodward


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 Kingsolverimg_0224
  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. Chronicles of the Insurrection, Julie Dickerson
  15. Release, Patrick Ness
  16. The Jungle Books, Rudyard Kipling
  17. Cuckoo’s Calling, Robert Gailbraith
  18. Murder on the Orient Express, Agatha Christie
  19. East of the Mountains, David Gusterson
  20. A River Runs Through It, Norman Maclean
  21. Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Rebecca Wells
  22. The Reader, Bernhard Schlink
  23. Son of a Witch, Gregory Maguire
  24. Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, Gregory Maguire

Looking at the original list I read 4 and donated 1. However, I added 29 new books still to be read. Thus, my new total of books I have to read on my personal TBR is 75, up by 25. I seriously have some work to do. As in, reading what I have and not buying any more until I do (Yeah right!)

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