My List of Unread Books

Instead of writing the Grey’s review, which I know would take me more than an hour, I decided to put together the list of all the unread books on my shelf. Lined up on the shelf and where there wasn’t enough space to line up, there are a couple of stacks. Since yesterday I’m officially out of shelfspace and really have to consider to buy another bookshelf, even though I have no idea how to put it. Until then I probably can use part of the only half filled DVD rack. I usually note the date of purchase on the first page of the book, for my own reference. I knew that one of the stacks contains books I bought quite a while ago and probably won’t read for another couple of years. If I ever read them at all. But I just can’t throw them away (you don’t throw away books!) and I’m too lazy to sell them on ebay or to donate them to some charity thing. I probably got them at some charity bookfair years ago :-)

I don’t know why I buy books when I still have so many books I haven’t read yet. I guess, because the new books sound so interesting and intriguing. I actually read quite a few of the newly purchased books within a couple of months. But every once in a while I have kind of a book shopping spree and the books just pile up, because I can’t read as fast as I buy new ones. For example, from the seven books I read in 2009 so far, there were 5 new ones and only 2 out of the collection of unread books. But until I have a bigger apartment and more space for bookshelves I should really refrain from buying books on a regular basis.

Anyway, here is my current list of unread books. [G/E] indicates the language and it’s interesting to see that most of the books are in English. I don’t know if I actually buy more English books or if I just read the German ones earlier… The last purchased on on top, the one at the bottom was purchased in 2004 :-)


The Book of Lists – London – Nick Rennison, 2006 [E]
Amerika, der Länger nach – Robert Jacobi, 2008 [G]
The Post-Birthday World – Lionel Shriver, 2008 [E]
The Autograph Man – Zadie Smith, 2002 [E]
Hot, Flat and Crowded – Thomas L. Friedman, 2008 [E]
Liegt es an mir, oder ist wirklich alles scheiße? – Steve Lowe / Alan McArthur, 2006 [G]
Der Nobelpreis – Andreas Eschbach, 2005 [G]
Confessions of an Eco Sinner – Fred Pearce, 2008 [E]
Dreams from My Father – Barack Obama, 2004 [E]
Was glaubst denn du? – Andrea Fischer, 2008
The Book Thief – Markus Zusak, 2007 [E]
Jenseits des Tweed – Theodore Fontane, 1860 [G]
The Princess Bride – William Goldman, 1973 [E]
Drachenläufer – Kahled Hosseini, 2003 [G]
Der Geschmack von Apfelkernen – Katharina Hagena, 2008 [G]
Deja Dead – Kathy Reichs, 1998 [E]
What Came Before He Shot Her – Elizabeth George, 2007 [E]
The Eyre Affair – Jasper Forte, 2001 [E]
The History of Love – Nicole Krauss, 2005 [E]
Tea-Bag – Henning Mankell, 2005 [G]
Angela’s Ashes – Frank McCourt, 1996 [E]
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norell – Susanna Clarke, 2004 [G]
Die Kapuzinergruft – Joseph Roth, 1967 [G]
Drehen Sie sich um, Frau Lot! – Ephraim Kishon, 1980 [G]
Die Tote im Götakanal – Sjöwall/Wahlöö, 1968 [G]
David Copperfield – Charles Dickens, 1850 [E]
Das Mädchen – Stephan King, 1999 [G]
The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde, 1891 [E]

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2 responses to “My List of Unread Books

  1. do read the book thief first if you’re looking for something meaningful. it’s really quite sad but a good read nonetheless. couldn’t get my head around jonathan strange and mr norrell for me – too thick and winding!

  2. Thanks for the rec, I will put this book on top of the stacks :-) I actually read Strange & Norell a few years ago in English and enjoyed it, but it was sometimes very complex English, so I wanted to read it in German some day as well. I never got around to do it though

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