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Owned but Unread

So I recently stumbled across this blog called 746 books hosted by Cathy. I was reading a post about summer books and didn’t think anything of the name until two days later when I opened her about page.  The name comes from the number of books she owned when she started the blog that she hadn’t read. It took me a moment but then, I realized that I have the same problem she has. My bookshelves are 90% books I haven’t read. 94 to be exact.

I have an addiction to books. Reading them, holding them, buying them. Seriously, anything that has to do with books and I’m in. It’s just a personal philosophy of mine, but I believe you cannot possibly ever have enough books. However, the number of books I own and haven’t yet read is really getting out of hand, so I think it’s time to do something about it.

owned but unread

So I’m challenging myself to actually read the 94 books I own and haven’t read. I should be totally serious about this challenge and not allow myself to go to the library until I’ve gotten through these books, but I won’t be able to stick to a rule like that (not with some of the books coming out this summer, anyway). This challenge is a little lax because I don’t want to force myself into reading things I don’t want to (I’d hate to get burned out).

  • The Three Musicians by Joshua Erickson
  • The Myth of Perpetual Summer by Susan Crandall
  • The Pilot’s Wife by Anita Shreve
  • The Wicked City by Beatriz Williams
  • Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
  • The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
  • The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman
  • The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan
  • The One and Only by Emily Giffin
  • Summer People by Brian Groh
  • Saint Maybe by Anne Tyler
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  • Northern Lights by Nora Roberts
  • Pigs Can’t Swim by Helen Peppe
  • Silence Once Begun by Jesse Ball
  • Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin
  • Ellen Foster by Kaye Gibbons
  • First and Then by Emma Mills
  • All I Need by Susane Colasanti
  • The Dog Stars by Peter Heller
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • What if? by Randa;; Munroe
  • Caraval by Stephanie Garber
  • Year One by Nora Roberts
  • The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas
  • I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
  • A Certain Age by Beatriz Williams
  • My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman
  • Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman
  • The Color Project by Sierra Abrams
  • I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
  • Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
  • The Shack by William Paul Young
  • Someday, Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham
  • Sundays at Tiffany’s by James Patterson
  • All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda
  • The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
  • The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
  • Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Caroll
  • 101 Fairy Tales by the Brothers Grimm
  • Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  • Emma by Jane Austen
  • Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
  • The Violinist’s Thumb by Sam Kean
  • Summerland by Elin Hilderbrand
  • The Last Boyfriend by Nora Roberts
  • Gabriel’s Angel by Nora Roberts
  • The Physiology of Taste by Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin
  • The Chocolate Lover’s Club by Carole Matthews
  • Three Wishes by Barbara Delinsky
  • The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg
  • Evergreen by Rebecca Rasmussen
  • A River Runs Through It by Norman Maclean
  • The Gene by Siddhartha Mukherjee
  • Fly Away by Kristin Hannah
  • A Patchwork Planet by Anne Tyler
  • After Alice by Gregory Maguire
  • The End of Your Life Bookclub by Will Schwalbe
  • The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
  • The Craving Cure by Julia Ross
  • Her Cowboy’s Promise by Jemmifer Hoopes
  • The Driest Season by Meghan Kenny
  • The Paris Secret by Karen Swan
  • Eternal Life by Dara Horn
  • Most of All You by Mia Sheridan
  • Paris for One by Jojo Moyes
  • Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle
  • The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag by Alan Bradley
  • Christmas Bliss by Mary Kay Andrews
  • We Bought a Zoo by Benjamin Mee
  • Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo by Stieg Larsson
  • The Abbey by Chris Culver
  • No Easy Way Out by Dayna Lorentz
  • The Ship of Brides by Jojo Moyes
  • The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis (7 books)
  • My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares
  • Endgame: The Calling by James Frey and Nils Johnson-Shelton
  • Troika by Adam Pelzman
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  • A Surrey State of Affairs by Ceri Radford
  • And Then I Found You by Patti Henry
  • Night Cirus by Erin Morgenstern
  • Stiff by Mary Roach
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  • The 5 Languages of Love by Gary Chapman
  • The Fierce Heart by Micaela Gilchrist
  • The Good House by Ann Leary

Huh, 94. That’s all?? I could’ve sworn the list would be so much longer. But I left off the 20 or so books my mom has recently (or not so recently) lent me, the library books, and the ones I have read(11 books). This list also doesn’t include books on my kindle or books that are still in boxes until we have a house or at least more bookshelves. At best, this is an incomplete list. But it’s what I have for now.

Are you guilty of buying books and then not reading them? How big is your list? Have you read any of these books? Which ones should I start with?

Don’t forget to check in to my challenges page to follow along as I try to read all these books. Until next time!


Update:  I wrote this post on Thursday, scheduled it for Monday and bought two more books this weekend, so added to the list on the challenges page are: The Signature of All Things and The House at the Edge of Night. (It’s an addition…)

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