I’ve been sorting through my “to-read shelf” (OK, shelves) of unread books. I have a bad habit of buying more books than I read: even after thinning some out which I’m never going to get round to, the remaining books on the shelf are as follows. I’d appreciate any suggestions as to (a) which books I should focus on reading first, and (b) which I should add to the pile going to the charity shop:
Novels/humour: The Heart of the Matter (Greene), Last Orders (Graham Swift), Flaubert’s Parrot (Julian Barnes), Lake Wobegon Summer 1956 (Keillor), Brick Lane (Monica Ali), The Unbearable Lightness of Being (Kundera), The Man in the High Castle (Philip K. Dick), The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes (Conan Doyle), The Bone People (Keri Hulme), A Long Way Down (Nick Hornby), The Other Side of You (Salley Vickers), A Handful of Dust (Evelyn Waugh), True History of the Kelly Gang (Peter Carey), Suite Francaise (Irene Nemirovsky), A Farewell to Arms (Hemingway), Penguins Stopped Play (Harry Thompson).
Non-fiction: Six Not-So-Easy Pieces (Feynman), How to Fossilise Your Hamster (Mick O’Hare), The Nothing That Is (Robert Kaplan), God’s Englishman (Christopher Hill), Byzantium Vol. I (John Julius Norwich), Selling Hitler (Robert Harris), The Dinosaur Hunters (Deborah Cadbury), It Must Be Beautiful (ed. Graham Farmelo), Four Colours Suffice (Robin Wilson), Untold Stories (Alan Bennett), The Counter-Reformation (A.G. Dickens), The French Revolution: A Very Short Introduction, Capitalism: A Very Short Introduction, The Now Habit* (Neil Fiore), The Age of Revolution (Hobsbawn), Going Sane (Adam Phillips), A Beautiful Mind (Sylvia Nasar), Dr Euler’s Fabulous Formula (Paul J. Nahin), A Brief History of Almost Everything (Bill Bryson), Shakespeare (Bill Bryson).
* Yes, I am aware of the irony of having a book about procrastination festering on my unread shelf, thank you for pointing that out…
Christian: The Ethics of Freedom (Ellul), The Essence of Psychology (Kirsten Birkett), The Gospel from Outer Space (Robert L. Short), The Gospel According to Dr Seuss (Robert L. Short), Real Presence (Leanne Payne), The Evangelical Universalist (Gregory MacDonald), The Everlasting Man (Chesterton), St Thomas Aquinas (Chesterton), Life Together (Bonhoeffer), Islam in Our Backyard (Tony Payne), Fatherhood (Tony Payne), The Emergence of the Catholic Tradition (Pelikan), Whose Bible Is It? (Pelikan), Creation and Fall (Bonhoeffer), How Should We Then Live? (Schaeffer), The Mystery of Marriage (Mike Mason), Theology of Hope (Moltmann), The Barth Lectures (Colin Gunton), Luther: Man Between God and the Devil (Heiko A. Oberman).