The Great Unread

Todays blog was planned after finally finishing book sorting in the new flat, but looking at Booking Through Thursday  today its a coincidence that I was going to do a blog on my ‘unread’ books now that their move was all done and dusted by 1am this morning, now its just the rest of the flat to shift.

The Booking Through Thursday Question was ‘Give me the list or take a picture of all the books you have stacked on your bedside table, hidden under the bed or standing in your shelf – the books you have not read, but keep meaning to. The books that begin to weigh on your mind. The books that make you cover your ears in conversation and say, ‘No! Don’t give me another book to read! I can’t finish the ones I have!’ I will say that I never ever think ‘don’t give me another book’ though… ever! Also i couldnt do a  list as I think a list of 900+ books could be quite boring! So I thought I would do it in pictures.

Now you guys were fantastic when I asked questions about how to sort my new shelves. However first of all I had to get the boxes sorted which preety much had every book I owned in and had no real structure other than box one was the books I most wanted to read etc. Now as you’ll see below there were a lot of boxes!


These six boxes now contain books I have been given by friends and family, or bought from second hand shops. Once these were all done and dusted it was time for the sorting of the shelves. Not the shelves in the lounge which are only for books that I have actually read, these are my new in built shelves in massive new bedroom, it has a bed and a sofa in it, most pleased. But how to do organise incoming books and my TBR? Well you all gave me your hints and tips and in the end I decided to do it like this…

First Set of Shelves

Biographies on the top shelf, big tomes of books on the next shelves, new, old and inbetween. The final bottom shelve is very thin quick and easy reads again new old and inbetween. This is so dependent on mood or if I am up for a challenge I can just grab one of those at random… it makes sense to me! Then we have on the opposite in built shelves… 

More shelves

We have two piles of ‘Man Booker Winners I Haven’t Read’, followed by my ‘Daphne Du Maurier’ TBR and then a small cluster of books that might be ‘unfinished’ but I wouldnt like to comment or linger on those. Below that we have all the latest incoming paperbacks from publishers and under that the latest hardbacks from publishers. It appears that I have quite a lot of reading to do, but I would never say ‘oh no more books for me thank you’. If I did I wouldn’t have received this pile of delights from Vintage

Vintage Man Bookers

I was tempted to give these books thier own shelf as in the picture above as they look stunning. Vintage have decided to re-issue nine of their published Man Booker winners with delightful new covers and in smaller paperbacks which make them easier for commuters like Savidge Reads, though that might not have been the original idea behind the resizing. The books are, in case the picture isnt great…

  • Possession – A. S. Byatt
  • The Gathering – Anne Enright
  • The Famished Road – Ben Okri
  • Amsterdam – Ian McEwan
  • The Sea, The Sea – Iris Murdoch
  • Disgrace – J. M. Coetzee
  • How Late It Was, How Late – James Kelman
  • Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha – Roddy Doyle
  • Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie

I have already read Amsterdam and Midnights Children as I had made a pact with Jackie at Farmlanebooks that we would try and read all the winners over a certain period of time, so this series has been a very welcome new addition to the shelves, and almost a housewarming gift!

What about all of you? Whats your TBR like, where can I have a good old nosey! Which pile of my TBR should I pick a book from next, what reads do you have lined up in your ‘great unread’?


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23 responses to “The Great Unread

  1. Shauna

    Love your built-in shelves; those are gorgeous.

    My TBR is pretty extensive; my post with pictures is here.

  2. Love, love, love your shelves. I wish my books were so organized.

    I didn’t know Disgrace was a man booker winner.

  3. Jo

    I’d love to be that organised. Don’t think I ever would be even if I had space!
    Books from any of those piles sound good, but how about reading a booker winner before the new list comes out to add to it!

  4. Oh, my TBR stack is UGLY. No organization, some are bured back behind others, some times the stack falls because it gets too high. I’m digging your shelves by the way. I am a bit of an overachiever and I can’t stand the fact that I might never get to some of these books. It makes me just want to stop all incoming books and get them all read!!!!

  5. I’m inspired by the order on your bookshelves. I seem to have books all over the place at the moment. Love the covers on the Vintage Man Booker titles. They look great.

    A post about my rather chaotic TBR pile(s) can be found here.

  6. Wow! Great pics. . that is a serious TBR pile!

  7. I wish I didn’t have to face my unread books day after day..


  8. Well done on all the organistaion! I don’t think I’ll ever have my books that well sorted!

    I’m very jealous of your new vintage book parcel – they do look great!

    I’m planning to read Disgrace and Hotel du Lac soon if you are still wanting to read the all Booker winners.

  9. Every so often I reorganize my books and end up with something quite like what you have. It doesn’t last very long.

    I’d go with the new Booker winning editions. I’ve read all but two on the list and every one of them was terrific. There’s a wide variety of reading in that very short list.

  10. Well, that’s a good idea! Fun post! Happy BTT.

  11. The shelves look great! Congratulations on the new space.

  12. The re-issues of the Booker winners have very nice covers. I have only read one The Gathering and unfortunately I didn’t enjoy it at all. In fact, I abandoned it.

  13. Unfamiliar with your TBR pile, I say randomly pick a title from a hat. Great shelves. I need to reorganize mine thanks to all the reads I recently acquired. A new bookcase would help. My already owned TBR list is here.

  14. uncertainprinciples

    That’s pretty impressive. I’ve spent ages trying to figure out how to organize my books, due to various issues like size v. genre v. author’s name. Doing the young adult literature was the easy part, but I’ve all but given up on adult literature.

    I read Midnight’s Children last month, and really enjoyed it. Unfortunately, can’t say the same about The Gathering. Read Disgrace last year, and now I think the world of JM Coetzee. Love the covers as well.

  15. christie61

    Again, I couldn’t resist these questions. My tbr shelf is here:

    These books are actually arranged alphabetically by author. There’s about 250 of them- a ridiculous number given that I do actually work and have kids to take care of!

    In addition, I have a little notebook where I keep track of books I *want* to read. These are books I’ve read about in blogs, reviews etc. I would say that there are at least 1000 books in my book. Crazy! But I can dream…

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