Reading Lists

Of the gazillion books I would ideally like to read, these are the ones I want to read the most – all taken from my TBR on GoodReads. As I read them I will cross them off.

Recommendations welcome!

General Fiction

  • Dear Amy by Helen Callaghan
  • The After Party by Anton DiSclafani
  • My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout (read – review here)
  • Watch How We Walk by Jennifer LoveGrove
  • The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin
  • Let Me Tell You by Shirley Jackson
  • Dark Tales by Shirley Jackson
  • The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson (read – review here)
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (read – review here)
  • By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept by Elizabeth Smart (read – review to come)
  • The Assumption of the Rogues & Rascals by Elizabeth Smart
  • Based on a True Story by Delphine de Vigan
  • Nothing Holds Back the Night by Delphine de Vigan
  • Virgin and Other Stories by April Ayers Lawson

General Non-Fiction

  • The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule (read – post here)
  • A Thousand Lives by Julia Scheeres
  • The Bassoon King by Rainn Wilson
  • The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls (read – review here)
  • The Sound of Gravel by Ruth Wariner
  • Seduction and Betrayal by Elizabeth Hardwick
  • Regarding the Pain of Others by Susan Sontag
  • Born With Teeth by Kate Mulgrew
  • The Lonely Hunter by Virginia Spencer Carr
  • My Salinger Year by Joanna Rakoff
  • The Only Girl in the World by Maude Julien
  • Hons and Rebels by Jessica Mitford
  • Not My Father’s Son by Alan Cumming
  • Raising Demons by Shirley Jackson
  • Gone by Min Kym (read – review here)
  • I Am, I Am, I Am by Maggie O’Farrell
  • South and West: From a Notebook by Joan Didion
  • The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich


  • Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit
  • Girls Will be Girls by Emer O’Toole (read – review here)
  • Flaneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice, and London by Lauren Elkin
  • The Mother of All Questions by Rebecca Solnit

Psychology/Mental Health

  • The Divided Self by R.D. Laing
  • An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison
  • If You Sit Very Still by Marian Partington
  • Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter by Kate Clifford Larson
  • So Sad Today: Personal Essays by Melissa Broder
  • Psychological Types by Carl Jung
  • The Undiscovered Self by Carl Jung

Historical Fiction

  • After Midnight by Irmgard Keun
  • The Outside Lands by Hannah Kohler
  • The Last Photograph by Emma Chapman (read – review here)
  • Good Evening Mrs Craven: The Wartime Stories by Mollie Panter-Downes (read – review here)
  • See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt (read – review here)
  • The Wonder by Emma Donoghue
  • The Good People by Hannah Kent (read – review here)
  • Miss Jane by Brad Watson
  • His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet
  • The Dark Circle by Linda Grant (read – review here)
  • Leopard at the Door by Jennifer McVeigh – currently reading
  • A Broken Mirror by Mercè Rodoreda
  • The Witchfinder’s Sister by Beth Underdown (read – review here)
  • The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck


  • The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson (read – review to come)
  • The War that Ended Peace: The Road to 1914 by Margaret MacMillan
  • A Curious Friendship by Anna Thomasson
  • Did She Kill Him by Kate Colquhoun
  • The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester
  • Travels in West Africa by Mary Kingsley
  • The Lost City of Z by David Grann
  • If This Is A Woman by Sarah Helm (read – review here)
  • Katherine Howard: The Tragic Story of Henry VIII’s Fifth Queen by Josephine Wilkinson (read – review to come)
  • Labyrinths: Emma Jung, Her Marriage to Carl, and the Early Years of Psychoanalysis by Catrine Clay (read – review to come)
  • Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life by Ruth Franklin
  • Young and Damned and Fair: The Life and Tragedy of Catherine Howard at the Court of Henry VIII by Gareth Russell (read – review to come)
  • The Amazons: Lives and Legends of Warrior Women Across the Ancient World by Adrienne Mayor
  • Isadora by Amelia Gray
  • The Surreal Life of Leonora Carrington by Joanna Moorhead