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My Unread Shelf - 2019 Shortlist

24 January 2019

I took inventory of my books. It was a crazy experience to realize that I had well over two hundred titles waiting for me and then to realize that it would take me years to read them all.

I did my version of KonMari, which involved seeing if I could remember why I wanted to read these books in the first place. I ended up boxing up something like 40 books that I no longer wanted. Now to actually get them out of my house. . . .

In an effort to make some progress I decided to force myself to read or let go of twenty-four additional books in 2019. Considering I read well over a hundred books last year, this doesn't feel like that big of a deal.

My 2019 shortlist is as follows and is accompanied by zero pictures. (You're lucky there are even links.):

  1. The Appeal by John Grisham
  2. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
  3. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
  4. Winter by Marissa Meyer
  5. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  6. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
  7. Paris for One by Jojo Moyes
  8. Not The I Could Tell by Jessica Strawser
  9. Glory Over Everything by Kathleen Grissom
  10. The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
  11. At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon
  12. The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
  13. Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
  14. Peace Like a River by Leif Enger
  15. Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
  16. A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams
  17. Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
  18. The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
  19. White Oleander by Janet Fitch
  20. We Were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates
  21. Atonement by Ian McEwan
  22. Ladies' Night by Mary Kay Andrews
  23. Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss
  24. My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrik Backman
In February I'm hosting a low pressure, buddy read via Instagram for White Oleander. If you've been meaning to read it and want a little extra push then shoot me a message! 
2 comments on "My Unread Shelf - 2019 Shortlist"
  1. The Handmaid's Tale was so hard for me to read. It's a really good book but being infertile the whole infertility aspect was hard for me to read about.

  2. Oh wow. Unfortunately most of my book shelves are unread as I hit a massive reading slump. But I finally started reading again and I've been giving away books as soon as I finish them. Have you ever been to paperbackswap? It's a great place to list books you don't want any more. You're just giving them up but people request them. You do get a credit for each book you send to use on the site and hopefully you can find things you would want. I read White Oleander a few years ago. Talk about a great story!


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