May 28

Susan’s Reading Wish List

There are so many great books out there and I want to read most of them. My memory is not what it used to be (and let’s face it, it really wasn’t all that good to start with), so I am going to keep a list here of books that I want to read. This TBR (To Be Read) list is a work in progress – I’ll keep adding new titles as they come to my attention and will delete books from the list once I have read them. I’m including books that I own but haven’t read yet as well as books that I have heard about and want to read.

Thanks to Rebecca from Lost in Books for the Wish List idea. You can find Rebecca’s list here. If I add a book that I have heard about in another book blog, I will include a link in brackets at the end. If you have your own reading wish list, feel free to add a link in the comments section.


  • 20,000 Leagues under the Sea – Jules Verne


  • Adventures of Pinnochio – Carlo Collodi
  • Age of Innocence, The – Edith Wharton
  • Alias Grace – Margaret Atwood
  • All Quiet on the Western Front – Erich Maria Remarque
  • Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay – Michael Chabon
  • And the Ladies of the Club – Helen Hoover Santmeyer
  • Angela’s Ashes – Frank McCourt
  • Angels of Kokoda – David Mulligan
  • An Imaginary Life – David Malouf
  • Anna and the King of Siam – Margaret Landon
  • Are you there God? It’s Me, Margaret – Judy Blume
  • Around the World in Eighty Days – Jules Verne
  • Artemis Fowl – Eoin Colfer


  • Bel Canto – Ann Patchett
  • Belong to Me – Marisa de los Santos (Books on the Brain)
  • Best Short Stories, The – Guy de Maupassant (A Guy’s Moleskine Notebook)
  • Boat, The – Nam Le
  • Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Elias Canetti
  • Breath – Tim Winton
  • Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh


  • Canterbury Tales, The – Geoffrey Chaucer
  • Captain Coreilli’s Mandolin – Louis de Bernieres
  • Casino Royale – Ian Fleming
  • The Catcher in the Rye – J D Salinger
  • The Cellist of Sarajevo – Steven Galloway
  • The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith – Thomas Keneally
  • A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
  • A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess
  • A Connecticut Yankee in King Athur’s Court – Mark Twain
  • Claudia’s Big Break – Lisa Heidke


  • Don Quixote – Miguel de Cervantes


  • Embracing the Wide Sky – Daniel Tammet


  • Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
  • Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe – Fannie Flagg


  • Gentlemen Prefer Blondes – Anita Loos
  • The Ghost and Mrs Muir – R A Dick
  • The Goat who Sailed the World – Jackie French
  • Guernsey Literary and Sweet Potato Pie Society – Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows


  • Half of a Yellow Sun – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Hating Alison Ashley – Robin Klein
  • He died with a Felafel in his Hand – John Birmingham


  • I Can Jump Puddles – Alan Marshall
  • Incendiary – Chris Cleave
  • Inferno – Dante Alighieri
  • Invisible Man, The – H G Wells


  • Jessica – Bryce Courtney
  • The Joy Luck Club – Amy Tan
  • The Jungle Book – Rudyard Kipling


  • The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini


  • Life of Pi, The – Yann Martel
  • Like Water for Chocolate – Laura Esquivel
  • Little Princess, A – Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Lord of the Rings – J R R Tolkein
  • Love Child, The – Fran Cusworth
  • Love Walked In – Marisa de los Santos (Books on the Brain)
  • Lucy Springer Gets Even – Lisa Heidke


  • Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
  • Much Ado about Nothing – William Shakespeare
  • My Brilliant Career – Miles Franklin


  • Name of the Rose, The – Umberto Eco
  • No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency – Alexander McColl Smith



  • Paradise Lost – John Milton
  • Perfume – Patrick Suskind
  • Pilgrim’s Progress, The – John Bunyan
  • Playing Beatie Bow – Ruth Park


  • Railway Children, The – E Nesbit
  • Reading Lolita in Tehran – Azar Nafisi
  • Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe


  • Scarlet Letter, The – Nathanial Hawthorne
  • Scarlet Pimpernel, The – Emmuska Orczy
  • Schindler’s Ark – Thomas Keneally
  • School of Essential Ingredients, The – Erica Bauermeister
  • Scoop – Evelyn Waugh
  • Secret Life of Bees, The – Sue Monk Kidd
  • Secret River, The – Kate Grenville (CaribousMom)
  • Series of Unfortunate Events, A – Lemony Snicket
  • Smiley’s People – John Le Carre
  • Stepford Wives, The – Ira Levin
  • Suitable Boy, A – Vikram Seth
  • Suite Francais – Irene Nemirovsky
  • Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, The – Alan Bradley


  • Tarzan of the Apes – Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • Trial, The – Franz Kafka



  • We Need to Talk about Kevin – Lionel Shriver
  • When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit – Judith Kerr
  • Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte


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  1. Rebecca

    Oh cool, Susan! You have several on there that are on my list, too. You also have some I have read.

    I really liked A Thousand Splendid Suns and I watched The Kite Runner movie and liked it, so I am looking forward to reading that one.

    I loved Life of Pi. Some people said the ending ruined it for them, but I think it was great.

    I didn’t care for The Catcher in the Rye or Reading Lolita in Tehran. I thought the former was kind of overrated (perhaps because I read it as an adult?) and I think the latter it was the writing style and the fact it seemed to drag on to me. But, of course, people have had very different reactions than me to both, so of course read it for yourself and see! You may think they are great, too.

    I think the book that I am most looking forward to reading that is on both our lists is The Cellist of Sarajevo.

  2. Laura/BookingIt

    I’m finding GoodReads very convenient for keeping track of books I want to read.

    I’ve divided my to-read list into to-read (which is books I own or am committed to reading, such as for a book club) and to-find (I’m not happy with the name, but it is the list of books to look for at the bookstore, library, audio download site, wherever). I’ve started adding the link to the book review that convinces be to add a book to my list.

    My lists are at

    Thanks for sharing yours!

  3. kerri

    Are you there God? It’s Me, Margaret? was one of my favorite books growing up. I think Judy Blume is an amazing author of YA.

    I just read the Cellist last month. It is an interesting read.

    Enjoy the list!

  4. William Kostakis

    Obvious bias aside, you should REALLY read LOATHING LOLA… I hear it’s made of awesome 😛

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