Reducing the Number of Books on My Wish List

One of the results of following so many great bloggers and BookTubers is that I keep adding new books to my wish list. I’ve recently created a Goodreads account (yes, it took me quite a while) and decided to only add books I own but haven’t read yet to my “want to read” shelf. Therefore, I’ll continue to take advantage of Amazon lists to keep up with all the books that caught my attention and that I want to read in the future, as I’ve been doing for years, regardless if I end up ordering the books from there or not.

The number of books on my wish list grew a bit out of control, though. So, I decided to take a closer look at it in order to assess if I still yearned to read all those books. After spending almost two hours scrolling through it and reading many blurbs, I realised that I didn’t even remember why I had added some of them to my wish list in the first place.

I had around 560 books on the list before going over it, and have to admit feeling relieved after removing 94 which I didn’t feel like reading any longer. Nevertheless, I’m listing them below so, if some of them are among your favourite books of all time, you can convince me to read them after all.


A Horse Walks into a Bar by David Grossman

All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

All that It’s Left to Tell by Daniel Lowe

American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis

Among Others by Jo Walton

Amy & Isabelle by Elizabeth Strout

Are You Experienced? by William Sutcliffe

Asylum by Patrick McGrath

Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

Black Vodka by Deborah Levy

Border: A Journey to the Edge of Europe by Kapka Kassabova

Broken River by J. Robert Cennon

Chasers of the Light by Tyler Knott Gregson

Daisy in Chains by Sharon Bolton

Danse Macabre by Laura M. Hughes

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Defectors by Joseph Kanon

Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave

Gillespie and I by Jane Harries

Girl at War by Sara Novic

Girls on Fire by Robin Wasserman

Half a King by Joe Abercrombie

Harmless Like You by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan

House of Names by Colm Tóibín

How to Be a Kosovan Bride by Naomi Hamill

I Am Behind You by John Ajvide Lindqvist

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

I am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes

Ingenious Pain by Andrew Miller

Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri

Invisible by Paul Auster

Johannesburg by Fiona Melrose

Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor

Letters to Milena by Franz Kafka

London Fields by Martin Amis

Magic for Beginners by Kelly Link

Making Space by Sarah Tierney

Mister Memory by Marcus Sedgwick

Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift

Mussolini’s Island by Sarah Day

My Name Is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

Neuromancer by William Gibson

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

On the Edges of Vision by Helen McClory

One Hundred Shadows by Hwang Jungeun

Room by Emma Donoghue

Salt Houses by Hala Alyan

Shaking a Leg: Collected Journalism and Writings by Angela Carter

Shelter by Sarah Franklin

Some New Ambush by Carys Davies

Strange Magic by Syd Moore

Sunset Song by Lewis Grassic Gibbon

The Arrival of Missives by Aliya Whiteley

The Beach by Alex Garland

The Circle by Dave Eggers

The Constant Soldier by William Ryan

The Ecliptic by Benjamin Wood

The Eleventh Letter by Tom Tomaszewski

The Empathy Problem by Gavin Extence

The End We Start from by Megan Hunter

The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia A. McKillip

The Guest Cat by Takashi Hiraide

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

The House at the Edge of the World by Julia Rochester

The House with the Stained-Glass Window by Zanna Sloniowska

The Idiot by Elif Batuman

The Illustrated Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking

The Last Girl by Nadia Murad

The Leavers by Lisa Ko

The Lucky Ones by Julianne Pachico

The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann

The Magician’s Assistant by Ann Patchett

The Maker of Swans by Paraic O’Donnel

The Museum of Cathy by Anna Stothard

The Museum of You by Carys Bray

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

The North Water by Ian McGuire

The Once and Future King by T.H. White

The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanagihara

The Photographer’s Wife by Suzanne Joinson

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

The Thread by Victoria Hislop

The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence

The Vanishing of Audrey Wilde by Eve Chase

The Witchfinder’s Sister by Beth Underdown

Travels with My Aunt by Graham Greene

Under the Skin by Michel Faber

Under the Udula Trees by Chinelo Okparanta

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Women Who Blow on Knots by Ece Temelkuran


5 thoughts on “Reducing the Number of Books on My Wish List

  1. Jo says:

    I love everything from Gavin Extence, so I’d definitely recommend The Empathy Problem and The Universe Versus Alex Woods! I also loved Dark Matter, The North Water, The Night Circus, and Uprooted.

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      • Jo says:

        Ha! It’s a while since I read it, but it’s one that I started, gave up on, then tried again and loved it! Definitely worth a go, I’d say!

        Liked by 1 person

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