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!


  • My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout – read, review here
  • 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 here
  • The Assumption of the Rogues & Rascals by Elizabeth Smart
  • Virgin and Other Stories by April Ayers Lawson
  • Love and Ruin by Paula McLain
  • The Lost Letters of William Woolf by Helen Cullen
  • Death in Spring by Mercé Rodoreda – read, review here
  • Tangerine by Christine Mangan
  • The Ghost Notebooks by Ben Dolnick
  • Sex and Rage by Eve Babitz
  • Children of the Albatross by Anaïs Nin
  • The Dry by Jane Harper


  • The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule – read, post here
  • A Thousand Lives by Julia Scheeres
  • The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls – read, review here
  • Regarding the Pain of Others by Susan Sontag
  • South and West: From a Notebook by Joan Didion – read
  • Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit – read, review here
  • The Mother of All Questions by Rebecca Solnit
  • Girls Will be Girls by Emer O’Toole – read, review here
  • I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara – read, review here
  • My Mother, the Serial Killer by Janet Fife-Yeomans and Hazel Baron

Historical Fiction

  • 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 – read, review here
  • His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet
  • The Dark Circle by Linda Grant – read, review here
  • Leopard at the Door by Jennifer McVeigh – read, review here
  • A Broken Mirror by Mercè Rodoreda – read, review here
  • The Witchfinder’s Sister by Beth Underdown – read, review here
  • The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck – read, review here
  • What Now, Little Man? by Hans Fallada – read, review here
  • Wolf Among Wolves by Hans Fallada
  • The Children of Jocasta by Natalie Haynes
  • The Photographer by Meike Ziervogel
  • The Parentations by Kate Mayfield
  • The Alienist by Caleb Carr
  • Circe by Madeline Miller


  • The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson – read, review to come
  • If This Is A Woman by Sarah Helm – read, review here
  • The Amazons: Lives and Legends of Warrior Women Across the Ancient World by Adrienne Mayor – read, review here
  • The Social Sex: A History of Female Friendship by Marilyn Yalom
  • In Byron’s Wake: The Turbulent Lives of Lord Byron’s Wife and Daughter by Miranda Seymour
  • Sharp: The Women Who Made an Art of Having an Opinion by Michelle Dean


  • Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life by Ruth Franklin – read, review here
  • Labyrinths: Emma Jung, Her Marriage to Carl, and the Early Years of Psychoanalysis by Catrine Clay – read, review to come
  • Katherine Howard: The Tragic Story of Henry VIII’s Fifth Queen by Josephine Wilkinson – read, review to come
  • 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
  • Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter by Simone de Beauvoir – tried to read, did not finish!
  • My Life with Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues by Pamela Paul
  • Smile Please: An Unfinished Autobiography by Jean Rhys – read, review here
  • Gone by Min Kym – read, review here
  • Joan: The Remarkable Life of Joan Leigh Fermor by Simon Fenwick – read, review here
  • Illumination and Night Glare: An Unfinished Autobiography by Carson McCullers
  • Once We Were Sisters by Sheila Kohler – read, review here
  • The Bridesmaid’s Daughter by Nyna Giles – read, review here
  • Mayhem: A Memoir by Sigrid Rausing
  • Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage by Dani Shapiro