2019 Unread Shelf

There are, literally, hundreds of unread books on my shelves, waiting patiently to be chosen and enjoyed. This list includes all of the books that I own, as of the last day of 2019. My goal is to read as many of these as possible.

I’ll be crossing titles off the list as I read them; feel free to follow along as I attempt to tackle my unread shelf. I hope you use this list as inspiration, and please do let me know if there’s a hidden gem in here that I must read immediately!

Abby’s Unread Shelf

*Organized alphabetically by title.


  • A Little Life: Hanya Yanagihara
  • A Long Petal of the Sea: Isabel Allende
  • A Nearly Normal Family: M.T. Edvardsson
  • A Very Large Expanse of Sea: Tahereh Mafi
  • A Year Without a Name: Cyrus Grace Dunham
  • After the End: Clare Mackintosh
  • Akin: Emma Donoghue
  • Alice Asks the Big Questions: Laurent Gounelle
  • All the Light We Cannot See: Anthony Doerr
  • All the Missing Girls: Megan Miranda
  • All the Water in the World: Karen Raney
  • Almost Just Friends: Jill Shalvis
  • Amazons, Abolitionists, and Activists: Mikki Kendall
  • America is Immigrants: Sara Novic
  • American Royals: Katharine McGee
  • American War: Omar El Akkad
  • An Orchestra of Minorities: Chigozi Obioma
  • And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer: Fredrik Backman
  • The Animators: Kayla Rae Whitaker
  • Anxious People: Fredrik Backman
  • As Long As It’s Perfect: Lisa Tognola


  • Barcelona Days: Daniel Riley
  • Beartown: Fredrik Backman
  • Been There, Married That: Gigi Levangie
  • The Better Liar: Tanen Jones
  • Big Little Lies: Liane Moriarty
  • Black Widow: Leslie Gray Streeter
  • The Bookshelf of the Broken Hearted: Robert Hillman
  • Britt-Marie Was Here: Fredrik Backman
  • Bunny: Mona Awad


  • The Cactus: Sarah Haywood
  • Call Me By Your Name: Andre Aciman
  • Call Me Evie: J.P. Pomare
  • Cantoras: Carolina de Robertis
  • Certain American States: Catherine Lacey
  • The Child Finder: Rene Denfeld
  • Christmas Shopaholic: Sophie Kinsella
  • Circe: Madeline Miller
  • City of Girls: Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Cleanness: Garth Greenwell
  • Color Me In: Natasha Diaz
  • The Confession Club: Elizabeth Berg
  • Conviction: Denise Mina


  • The Danish Girl: David Ebershoff
  • Dark Places: Gillian Flynn
  • Dear Edward: Ann Napolitano
  • Dear Girls: Ali Wong
  • Difficult Women: Roxane Gay
  • Dominicana: Angie Cruz


  • Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows: Balli Kaur Jaswal
  • Exit West: Mohsin Hamid


  • The Female Persuasion: Meg Wolitzer
  • Florida: Lauren Groff
  • For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics: Donna Brazile, et al.
  • Forever Today: Katie J. Douglas
  • The Freedom Writes Diary: Erin Gruwell


  • Generation Friends: Saul Austerlitz
  • Get a Life, Chloe Brown: Talia Hibbert
  • The Gifted School: Bruce Holsinger
  • The Girl He Used to Know: Tracey Gravis Graves
  • The Girls are Gone: Michael Brodkorb & Allison Mann
  • The Giver of Stars: Jojo Moyes
  • The Glass Castle: Jeanette Walls
  • The Glass Hotel: Emily St. John Mandel
  • Golden State: Ben H. Winters
  • The Golden State: Lydia Kiesling
  • The Grammarians: Cathleen Schine
  • The Great Believers: Rebecca Makkai


  • The Handmaid’s Tale: Margaret Atwood
  • The Haunting of Hill House: Shirley Jackson
  • Home Making: Lee Matalone
  • Hot Dog Girl: Jennifer Dugan
  • How Could She: Lauren Mechling
  • How Not to Die Alone: Richard Roper
  • Hunger: Roxane Gay


  • I Know Who You Are: Alice Feeney
  • If Only I Could Tell You: Hannah Beckerman
  • If You Want to Make God Laugh: Bianca Marais
  • The Immortalists: Chloe Benjamin
  • In a Dark, Dark Wood: Ruth Ware
  • In Five Years: Rebecca Serle
  • The Incendiaries: R.O. Kwon
  • Inland: Tea Obreht


  • Know My Name: Chanel Miller


  • The Last Mrs. Parrish
  • The Last Romantics: Tara Conklin
  • The Last Seanse: Agatha Christie
  • The Last Time I Saw You: Liv Constantine
  • The Learning Curve: Mandy Berman
  • Less: Sean Green
  • Let it Snow: John Green, Maureen Johnson, & Lauren Myracle
  • The Liar’s Room: Simon Lelic.
  • The Lies We Told: Camila Way
  • The Life We Bury: Allen Eskens
  • The Light Between Oceans: M.L. Stedman
  • The Light We Lost: Jill Santopolo
  • Lights All Night Long: Lydia Fitzpatrick
  • Little Weirds: Jenny Slate
  • Little Women: Louisa May Alcott
  • Live a Little: Howard Jacobson
  • Long Bright River: Liz Moore
  • Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls: T Kira Madden
  • Lost Children Archive: Valeria Luiselli
  • Lot: Bryan Washington


  • Maid: Stephanie Land
  • Make It Scream, Make It Burn: Leslie Jamison
  • Manhatten Beach: Jennifer Egan
  • Marilou is Everywhere: Sarah Elaine Smith
  • Meet Cute: Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Qeen: Alix Kates Shulman
  • The Mercies: Kiran Millwood Hargrave
  • The Mere Wife: Maria Dahvana Headly
  • Milkman: Anna Burns
  • Modern Love: Daniel Jones
  • The Most Fun We Ever Had: Claire Lombardo
  • My Grandmother Told Me to Tell You She’s Sorry: Fredrik Backman
  • My Time Among the Whites: Jennine Capo Crucet


  • The Nanny: Gilly MacMillan
  • Necessary People: Anna Pitoniak
  • New People: Danzy Senna
  • The Nickel Boys: Colson Whitehead
  • The Night Circus: Erin Morgenstein
  • The Nine: Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg
  • No Happy Endings: Nora McInerny
  • No Judgments: Meg Cabot
  • Not the Girl You Marry: Andie J. Christopher
  • Nothing to See Here: Kevin Wilson


  • Olive, Again: Elizabeth Strout
  • Once Upon a River: Diane Setterfield
  • One Day in December: Josie Silver
  • Ordinary Girls: Jaquira Diaz
  • Out of Darkness, Shining Light: Petina Gappah


  • The Perfect Date: Evelyn Lozada
  • Pet Semetary: Stephen King
  • The Playground: Jane Shemilt
  • Pretty Guilty Women: Gina Lamanna


  • The Reckless Oath We Made: Bryn Greenwood
  • Red at the Bone: Jacqueline Woodson
  • Regretting You: Colleen Hoover
  • Revelation: Bobi Gentry Goodwin
  • The Roxy Letters: Mary Pauline Lowry
  • Rubyfruit Jungle: Rita Mae Brown
  • Rules for Visiting: Jessica Francis Kane


  • Saint X: Alexis Schaitkin
  • Salvage the Bones: Jesmyn Ward
  • The Secret Life of Sam Holloway: Rhys Thomas
  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo: Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • The Shining: Stephen King
  • Sick in the Head: Judd Apatow
  • Sing, Unburied, Sing: Jesmyn Ward
  • Sorry to Disturb the Peace: Patty Yumi Cottrell
  • Southernmost: Silas House
  • The Stranger Inside: Lisa Unger
  • The Starless Sea: Erin Morgenstein
  • Station Eleven: Emily St. John Mandel
  • Strangers and Cousins: Leah Hager Cohen
  • The Strays: Emily Bitto
  • Such a Fun Age: Kiley Reid
  • Sudden Traveler: Sarah Hall
  • The Summer I Met Jack: Michelle Gable
  • Summer of ’69: Elin Hilderbrand
  • The Sun Does Shine: Anthony Ray Hinton
  • Sunburn: Laura Lippman
  • Supper Club: Lara Williams
  • The Swallows: Lisa Lutz


  • The Tao of Bill Murray: Gavin Edwards
  • Tell Me Lies: Carola Lovering
  • The Ten Thousand Doors of January: Alix E. Harrow
  • The Testaments: Margaret Atwood
  • There There: Tommy Orange
  • Thin Places: Jordan Kisner
  • Things in Jars: Jess Kidd
  • Things My Son Needs to Know About the World: Fredrik Backman
  • To Have and to Hoax: Martha Waters
  • Topics of Conversation: Miranda Popkey
  • Trick Mirror: Jia Tolentino
  • Twice in a Blue Moon: Christina Lauren
  • Twilight: Stephanie Meyer


  • Uncommon Type: Tom Hanks
  • The Underground Railroad: Colson Whitehead
  • The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters: Balli Kaur Jaswal
  • Untrue: Wednesday Martin
  • Us Against You: Fredrik Backman


  • The Vacationers: Emma Straub
  • Vacuum in the Dark: Jen Beagin
  • The Van Apfel Girls are Gone: Felicity McLean
  • The Ventriloquists: E.R. Ramzipoor


  • Watching You: Lisa Jewell
  • The Water Dancer: Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • We Are All Good People Here: Susan Rebecca White
  • The Weight of a Piano: Chris Cander
  • What Happens in Paradise: Elin Hilderbrand
  • What Is Missing: Michael Frank
  • What Red Was: Rosie Price
  • When Breath Becomes Air: Paul Kalanthi
  • When We Were Vikings: Andrew David Macdonald
  • When You Kant Figure It Out… Ask a Philosopher: Marie Robert
  • Where We Come From: Oscar Casares
  • White Fragility: Robin Diangelo
  • The Wife: Meg Wolitzer
  • Wild: Cheryl Strayed
  • Wild Game: Adrienne Brodeur
  • Winter in Paradise: Elin Hilderbrand
  • The Woman in Cabin 10: Ruth Ware
  • The Women in Black: Madeleine St. John
  • The World That We Knew: Alice Hoffman


  • You Look Like a Think and I Love You: Janelle Shane