Every Unread Book on my Bookshelf

Every Unread Book on my Bookshelf

Every Unread Book on my Bookshelf

A few years ago I did a post on Every Unread Book on my Kindle and I’m ashamed to say, out of 100+ titles I’ve read about 5 of them. And I’ve probably added another 50+ to that list. To hold myself accountable for the books I own and have not read, today I’m going to look and list every unread book on my bookshelf.

These are the paperbacks and hardbacks that are currently on one of my four bookshelves in my flat that I’ve yet to finish.

Every Unread Book on my Bookshelf

With my regular 30 Books in 30 Days Challenges, I’m hoping to make a dent in this and my Kindle’s unread list. But until then, here are books I currently own and have not read.

Penguin English Classics

I own a lot of classics, as I collect Oxford World Classics and Penguin English Library editions in London. At my parent’s house, I also have four shelves of Red Spine Vintage classics – which I won’t be included on this list today!

  • Sanditon by Jane Austen
  • Villette by Charlotte Bronte
  • Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll – x3 copies
  • The Man Who Was Thursday by G.K. Chesterton
  • The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
  • The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
  • Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad
  • The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad
  • Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
  • A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  • Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
  • Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens
  • The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens
  • The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens
  • The Five Orange Pips and Other Cases by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Adventure of Six Napoleons and Other Cases by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The Adventure of the Engineer’s Thumb and Other Cases by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The Sign of the Four by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Silas Marner by George Eliot
  • The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot
  • Joseph Andrews by Henry Fielding
  • Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
  • Howards End by E.M. Forster
  • Where Angels Fear to Tread by E.M. Forster
  • Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Wives and Daugters by Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
  • Jude the  Obscure by Thomas Hardy
  • Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy
  • Under the Greenwood Tree by Thomas Hardy
  • The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Dubliners by James Joyce
  • Kim by Rudyard Kipling
  • Passing by Nella Larsen
  • Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence
  • The Monk by Matthew Lewis
  • The Call of the Wild by Jack London
  • The Confidence-Man and Billy Budd, Sailor by Herman Melville
  • The Murders in the Rue Morgue and Other Tales by Edgar Allan Poe
  • Ivanhoe by Walter Scott
  • Humphrey Clink by Tobias Smollett
  • The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy by Laurence Sterne
  • Dracula by Bram Stoker
  • Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
  • The Warden by Anthony Trollope
  • Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope
  • Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
  • The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells
  • The Island of Doctor Moreau by H.G. Wells
  • The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
  • The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
  • The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

Oxford World Classics

  • The Adventures of Pinnochio by Carlo Collodi
  • Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell
  • The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell
  • The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper
  • Aesop’s Fables
  • Oroonoko and Other Writings by Aphra Behn
  • Shirley by Charlotte Bronte
  • The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
  • A Journal of the Plague Year by Daniel Defore
  • The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot
  • The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Cousin Phillis and Other Stories by Elizabeth Gaskell
  • The Wind of the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  • She by H. Rider Haggard
  • The Water-Babies by Charles Kingsley
  • Women in Love by D.H. Lawrence
  • The Monk by Matthew Lewis
  • The Prince by Machiavelli
  • Le Morte D’Arthur by Thomas Malory
  • The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe
  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecham Stowe
  • War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  • Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne
  • Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Jules Verne
  • Ben-Hur by Lew Wallace
  • Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci

Other Classics

  • On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  • The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights by John Steinbeck
  • Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Sunset Song by Lewis Grassi Gibbon
  • Carol by Patricia Highsmith
  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
  • The Last Tycoon by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively
  • Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackery
  • The Friendly Young Ones by Mary Renault
  • Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
  • The History of Mr Polly by H.G. Wells
  • To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
  • The Ladies Paradise by Emilie Zola
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  • Trilby by George Du Maurier
  • Jamaica Inn by Daphne Du Maurier
  • I’ll Never Be Young Again by Daphne Du Maurier
  • The King’s General by Daphne Du Maurier
  • The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  • Little Red Riding Hood by Jack Zipes
  • The Complete Fairy Tales by The Brothers Grimm

Plays and Poetry

  • The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare
  • Richard III by William Shakespeare
  • King Lear by William Shakespeare
  • Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
  • Henry VI Part Two by William Shakespeare
  • The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare
  • Coriolanus by William Shakespeare
  • The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare
  • Richard III by William Shakespeare
  • Titus Andronicus by William Shakespeare


  • Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson
  • Bleaker House by Nell Stevens
  • Mrs Gaskell and Me by Nell Stevens
  • Millennial Love by Olivia Peter
  • Girl Logic by Iliza Shlesinger
  • What Would Boudicca Do by E. Foley and B. Coates
  • Broke Millennial by Erin Lowry
  • Open Up by Alex Holder

Contemporary Fiction

  • Exciting Times by Naoise Dolan
  • Memorial by Bryan Washington
  • Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney
  • Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
  • Tall Bones by Anna Bailey
  • The Silent Treatment by Abbie Greaves
  • Liar by Ayeley Gundar-Goshen
  • Weather by Jenny Offill
  • This Is How you Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone
  • Crudo by Olivia Laing
  • Ordinary People by Diana Evans
  • The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
  • Stir-Fry by Emma Donoghue
  • The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp
  • The Other Side of the Story by Marian Keyes
  • Asking for a Friend by Andi Osho
  • The Man Who Didn’t Call by Rosie Walsh
  • One Night on the Island by Josie Silver
  • The Cactus by Sarah Haywood
  • Tampa by Alissa Nutting
  • The Lock-In by Phoebe Lockhurst

Historical Fiction

  • Cecily by Annie Garthwaite
  • House of Glass by Susan Fletcher
  • The Dark Circle by Linda Grant
  • The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue
  • Swan Song by Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott
  • The Crime Petal and the White by Michel Faber
  • Fever by Mary Beth Keane
  • Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
  • The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Children’s and Young Adult Fiction

  • Tom’s Midnight Garden by Phillipa Pearce
  • The Starless Sea by Erin Morgernstern
  • Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
  • Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
  • The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen
  • Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer
  • Stuart White by E.B. White
  • The Borrowers by Mary Norton
  • Clarice Bean Thinks Like an Elf by Lauren Child
  • Salt to the Sea by Ruth Sepetys
  • A Wild Winter Swan by Gregory Maguire

But there we have it, these are every unread book on my bookshelf. So there are quite a few… To be fair to me, barring a few favourites, I typically sell or giveaway my read books. This is in part so that I have room for more, and also because I think books should be shared.

How many unread books do you think you have on your bookshelves? Let me know in the comments below.

Love Ellie x

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