Here’s every book I own and haven’t read yet because what is wrong with me

I, as many of us do, have a book-buying problem.

This is due to the fact that I want every book with a pretty cover in the entire world, and also every edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and every YA release and every classic that has ever hit a must-read-in-a-lifetime list and every memoir of every comedian I’ve ever cracked a smile at and every middle grade adventure story and every feminist collection of women in history with pretty illustrations which is a surprisingly vast subgenre.

All of that adds up pretty fast.

A ways back Destiny (who is amazing you should follow her) posted her full owned TBR as a method of motivating herself to some o’ those backlist books. I liked that idea and so, as I do with most things I like, I stole it.

I’ve been kinda okay at reading owned books this year, but not awesome. I’ve been good at not buying but Not good at resisting the library. (I just discovered Overdrive ok!!! Sue me! God.)

Anyway. Here are all the books I own and haven’t read yet and hopefully I’ll come back and mark them as read when I get to them and we’ll all be happy and joyful and I’ll have stuck to a plan for once in my life.

Sorted by genre + date added (oldest first)!!

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For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

Emma by Jane Austen

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

The Adventures of Robin Hood by Roger Lancelyn Green

Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck

Cannery Row by John Steinbeck

The Moon is Down by John Steinbeck

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Love and Freindship: And Other Youthful Writings by Jane Austen

The Trial by Franz Kafka

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

The Stranger by Albert Camus

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

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Jane Austen: Her Life, Her Times, Her Novels by Janet Todd

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli

Jane Austen at Home by Lucy Worsley

Here is Real Magic by Nate Staniforth

A World without “Whom” by Emmy J. Favilla

Leave Me Alone with the Recipes by Cipé Pineles

Slutever by Karley Sciortino

The Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup by Susan Orlean

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A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

Where the Water Rages by Jacquelyn Sill

The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck

Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer

The Best of Roald Dahl by Roald Dahl

True Colors by Kristin Hannah

A Thousand Paper Birds by Tor Udall

Romeo and/or Juliet: A Chooseable-Path Adventure by Ryan North

The Rending and the Nest by Kaethe Schwehn

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Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Starflight by Melissa Landers

We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson

Supermoon by H.A. Swain

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The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

Harry Potter: the Creature Vault by Jody Revenson

A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab

Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

Harry Potter: the Character Vault by Jody Revenson

The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley

The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley

Roar by Cora Carmack

Slasher Girls & Monster Boys by Various

The Crowns of Croswald by D.E. Night

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

Bound to You by Alyssa Brandon

Whisper of the Tide by Sarah Tolcser

Stardust by Neil Gaiman

The Brink of Darkness by Jeff Giles

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Once and for All by Sarah Dessen

Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson

In Search of Us by Ava Dellaira

Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart

13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

The Universe is Expanding and So Am I by Carolyn Mackler

The Boyfriend Bracket by Kate Evangelista

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The Secret Keepers by Trenton Lee Stewart

The Lump of Coal by Lemony Snicket

The Beatrice Letters by Lemony Snicket

A World without Princes by Soman Chainani

The Door in the Alley by Adrienne Kress

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You Don’t Know My Name by Kristen Orlando

You Won’t Know I’m Gone by Kristen Orlando

Too Close to Breathe by Olivia Kiernan

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Suitors and Sabotage by Cindy Anstey

The Beloved Wild by Melissa Ostrom

Brokenly Live On by Lauren Sobka

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Do you have a book-buying problem? How do you stay on top of your owned TBR?

Have you read any of the books on this list? Which should I read first?


79 thoughts on “Here’s every book I own and haven’t read yet because what is wrong with me

    • emmareadstoomuch says:

      i am so excited to get to The Picture of Dorian Gray!! planning for that one to be my first oscar wilde. & The Kite Runner destroyed me so i am ready to be murdered by A Thousand Splendid Suns

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  1. Jessica says:

    Girl I feel you on this! I have around 50 unread books on my shelves, its becoming a problem! Plus like another 10-15 ebooks and audiobooks! I made a goodreads shelf for them but its so hard to keep up with !

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      • Jessica says:

        Same! I’ve been on a ban for a while now so I’m trying to get it under control but it’s so hard to resist! Plus I get books from publishers or I request more on Netgalley !

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      • emmareadstoomuch says:

        the books from publishers are the hardest!! maybe i’ll just be stuck at around 75 for all eternity.


    • emmareadstoomuch says:

      yaaaay! thank you so much! i’ve never read any Oscar Wilde before but i’m so excited to try him out. i’m just around 75 books on my physical tbr so we are in much the same boat


  2. Bookthesimple says:

    Pretty sure my tbr is about double the size of yours…. 🤔🙈
    But I am literally the same! I decided to buy no new books this year and just tackle my owned tbr. That’s great and all, but I went to the library ONCE and came back with 8 books to read!!! 😣😣

    And Stardust, Neverwhere and Daughter of Smoke and Bone are all amazing! ❤

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    • emmareadstoomuch says:

      i’ve cut down my owned tbr to ~75 books but i’m completely stuck there!! i’m literally addicted to library ebooks. also rereading. can’t stop won’t stop.

      i’m excited to get to all three of those!! yay gaiman (and also laini taylor maybe)

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  3. em likes books says:

    Ugh, 100000% on the same page with the book buying problem. I feel like you would probably really like Station Eleven! A lot of these are on my list too, but that was one of the few that I have actually read lolol

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    • emmareadstoomuch says:

      ah yay!! station eleven is one that seems awesome but i’m waiting to be in exactly the right mood to read it (gotta give it the best chance possible y’know)

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  4. Shayna says:

    Ahhh I loved A Thousand Splendid Suns! I don’t branch out into adult fic very often but that one was so worth it. I hope you love it as much as I did when you get around to it!

    I’ve also been meaning to read Cindy Anstey’s books because they sound so adorable and fluffy and I’ve never really read that in YA historical fiction before. I’m not majorly into historical but I always like it when I read it and her books have the best covers and just sound so delightful!

    I hope you enjoy these 🙂

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    • emmareadstoomuch says:

      the kite runner ruined my entire life so i’m excited for a thousand splendid suns to finish the job!!

      i used to be sooooo into historical fiction but not so much recently?? cindy anstey’s stuff sounds soso cute though so hopefully it goes well (for us both).

      thank youuuu ❤ ❤


  5. shai @ cadeunderbooks says:

    I really liked Station Eleven, a slow burn of a dystopia-ish novel. It took me three tries to get into Neverwhere, but it’s now my favorite Gaiman, so good <3. Ooooh, which version of Stardust do you have? I love the one with Charles Vess's illustrations.

    And the only other one on your list I've read is Slasher Girls and Monster Boys, which I thought I would be all about, but I can’t remember any of them?? I think I liked a couple quite a bit, but others, hell no, and I’m afraid there’s an Alice in Wonderland inspired story in there that is disturbing and not fun.

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  6. Ellyn says:


    I too have a book buying problem so now I kind of want to write a list like this to keep myself accountable! I honestly loved reading this post because it really shows that there are so many other books out there that we could absolutely love, but we just haven’t read yet! I particularly loved reading this because I found it so interesting, we have so many different books on our physical tbr!

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    • emmareadstoomuch says:

      AHHHH i love you you are such a bundle of sunshine

      you should totallytotallytotally do one of these!! not least b/c i also love lists and reaaaaaally would love to read what’s on your physical tbr ❤

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  7. aravenclawlibrary says:

    I honestly should do this as well and maybe someone will keep me on track and yell at me. lol. But damn girl, you own a lot of books! lol. Don’t feel bad, I haven’t a lot of the books I own either. Overdrive is too damn addicting!

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    • emmareadstoomuch says:

      A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS CAN MURDER US BOTH! & ok honestly i do not know what i am doing when it comes to language of thorns like how have i not read it……..but ACOL is b/c i hated a gathering of shadows so so so so sosososososo much omg

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  8. TheReadersBay says:

    Ofcourse, I have a major book-buying problem too!! Bought 16 books last week from a Book Bazaar! I had to send some of them back home because my dorm shelf is running out of space.

    Also, I think I might just steal this idea of yours too and categorize my unread books too!

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  9. tasya @ the literary huntress says:

    Ahh I recently did this post too, it’s kinda motivating to see all the unread books out there for all of the world to see and remind me to read them. Especially when people commented that they love book ABC, it makes me even more excited to read them! I love Frankenstein and Wuthering Heights, but hated Emma (my edition is gorgeous though, so I can’t give it away). I love Daughter of Smoke and Bone, but I hated the rest of the series :/

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    • emmareadstoomuch says:

      i lovelovelove this kind of post – reading them and writing it! i will be extremely excited for frankenstein and wuthering heights and daughter of smoke and bone, and then very wary of emma and everything after daughter of smoke and bone ❤


  10. Sabriel says:

    Emma, you need to read Wonder Woman: Warbringer! I loved the book. It features a strong female friendship and the romance is very, very low-key, which I feel like fits Wonder Woman perfectly. After watching Wonder Woman over the summer, I was so scared this book would be a total flop because the movie was so good, but it wasn’t. I don’t even know why I was worried. Read it now!!!

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  11. jennabookish says:

    The Women in the Castle was such an uncomfortable book to read. Don’t get me wrong, it was very well done, but a bit stomach-churning at times.
    And Neverwhere is one of my all time favorite books. Totally enchanting. 🙂

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    • emmareadstoomuch says:

      ahhh interesting! i’ve had it on my shelf foreverrr (it’s actually an ARC copy, classic) but i just haven’t gotten to it for some reason.

      & gaiman books have treated me very well lately so i’m so excited to hear you love neverwhere!!!

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