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!


  • 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
  • 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
  • Red Dragon by Thomas Harris
  • In Love by Alfred Hayes
  • Love and Ruin by Paula McLain
  • The Lost Letters of William Woolf by Helen Cullen
  • Death in Spring by Mercé Rodoreda
  • Tangerine by Christine Mangan
  • The Ghost Notebooks by Ben Dolnick
  • Sex and Rage by Eve Babitz


  • 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)
  • Selected Writings by Anna Freud

Historical Fiction

  • After Midnight by Irmgard Keun
  • 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)
  • The Radetzky March by Joseph Roth


  • 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
  • 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
  • The Rise and Fall of Classical Greece by Josiah Ober


  • The Surreal Life of Leonora Carrington by Joanna Moorhead
  • Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life by Ruth Franklin
  • 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)
  • The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
  • I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death by Maggie O’Farrell
  • The Lonely Hunter: A Biography of Carson McCullers by Virginia Spencer Carr
  • The Only Girl in the World by Maude Julien
  • Hons and Rebels by Jessica Mitford
  • Raising Demons by Shirley Jackson
  • The Bassoon King by Rainn Wilson
  • The Sound of Gravel by Ruth Wariner
  • Gone by Min Kym (read – review here)
  • Joan: The Remarkable Life of Joan Leigh Fermor by Simon Fenwick
  • Illumination and Night Glare: An Unfinished Autobiography by Carson McCullers
  • Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover
  • Sabina Spielrein: The Woman and the Myth by Angela M. Sells

  • Young Eliot: From St. Louis to The Waste Land by Robert Crawford