My Bookshelf

These are all the unread books (barring unti-texts) sitting on my shelf waiting to be read. Books in blue are  those currently being read.


  • The Death of King Arthur, Peter Ackroyd
    (Translation/retelling of Malory’s Le Morte D’Arthur)
  • The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood
  • Walking on Glass, Iain Banks
  • Villette, Charlotte Brontë
  • Journal of the Plague Year, Daniel Defoe
  • David Copperfield, Charles Dickens
  • Bleak House, Charles Dickens
  • Hard Times, Charles Dickens
  • Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
  • The Last Werewolf  (The Last Werewolf #1), Glen Duncan
  • The Mill on the Floss, George Elliot
  • Tom Jones, Henry Fielding – Review to Come
  • King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, Roger Lancelyn Green
  • Tess of the d’Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy
  • Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
  • The Vanishing Act, Mette Jakobsen
  • The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared, Jonas Jonasson – Review to Come
  • Burial Rites, Hannah KentReview to Come
  • Moby Dick, Herman MelvilleReview to Come
  • Le Morte D’Arthur: The Winchester Manuscript, Sir Thomas Malory
  • The Yellow Birds, Kevin Powers
  • Venus in Furs, Leopold von Sacher-Masoch
  • Vanity Fair, William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Barchester Towers (Barchester Chronicles #2), Anthony Trollope
  • Tintin in the New World, Frederic Tuten
  • In the Night Garden (The Orphan’s Tales #1), Catherynne M. Valente
  • In the Cities of Coin and Spice (The Orphan’s Tales #2), Catherynne M. Valente
  • The War of the Worlds, H.G. Wells

Short Stories/Anthologies

  • The Arabian Nights: Tales of 1001 Nights560/1001
  • Classic Tales of the Macabre, David Stuart Bavies (ed.) – 1/13
  • The Complete Cosmicomics, Italo Calvino – 4/35
  • The Mammoth Book of Celtic Myths and Legends, Peter Berresford Ellis
  • The Greek Myths, Robert Graves
  • The Fairy Tales of Herman Hesse, Herman Hesse – 1/22
  • Myths and Legends, Anthony Horowitz
  • Puck of Pook’s Hill, Rudyard Kipling
  • The Adventures of Sindbad, Gyula Krúdy – 
  • Late Victorian Gothic Tales – 1/12
  • In a Glass Darkly, Sheridan Le Fanu – 4/5
  • Norwegian Fairy Tales
  • The Oxford Book of Ghost Stories6/42
  • The Oxford Book of Gothic Tales2/37
  • The Complete Stories, Edgar Allan Poe – 14/68
  • The Vampyre and Other Tales of the Macabre, John Polidori and others – 2/14
  • The Complete Stories of Robert Louis Stevenson, Robert Louis Stevenson – 2/20
  • Dracula’s Guest and Other Weird Stories, Bram Stoker – 3/9

Comic Books

  • Maus I, Art Spiegelman
  • Maus II, Art Spiegelman


  • The Poetry of Birds, Simon Armitage & Tim Dee (eds.)
  • The Complete English Poems, John Donne
  • Paradise Lost, John Milton
  • The Oxford Book of Narrative Verse

Non Fiction

  • The Great Sea: A Human History of the Mediterranean, David Abulafia
  • Daily Life of the Incas, Louis Baudin
  • Is That a Fish in Your Ear? The Amazing Adventure of Translation, David Bellos
  • The Perpetual Race of Achilles and the Tortoise, Jorge Luis Borges
  • A History of Histories: Epics, Chronicles, Romances and Inquiries from Herodotus and Thucydides to the Twentieth Century, John Burrow
  • Fifty Animals that Changed the Course of History, Eric Chaline – Review to Come
  • Vanished Kingdoms: The History of Half-Forgotten Europe, Norman Davies – 2/15
  • Silly Novels by Lady Novelists, George Elliot
  • Warrior Queens, Antonia Fraser
  • Leviathan or, The Whale, Philip Hoare
  • A General History of the Robberies and Murders of the Most Notorious Pirates, Captain Charles Johnson
  • Pirates: Terror on the High Seas, Angus Konstam
  • The Classical World: An Epic History from Homer to Hadrian, Robin Lane Fox
  • Bizarre Berkshire, Duncan Macay
  • Jerusalem: The Biography, Simon Sebag Montefiore
  • Decline of the English Murder, George Orwell – 4/8
  • Finer than Gold: Saints and Relics in the Middle Ages, James Robinson
  • Mummies, Cannibals and Vampires: The History of Corpse Medicine from the Renaissance to the Victorians, Richard Sugg

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