The Definitive List of Every Unread Book on My Shelf

Can I read them all in 2023?

Kaitlyn Varin


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“I don’t buy books,” said 2021 me. “I take advantage of the library.”

While 2022 me still frequents the library and makes use of Libby (arguably the best app in existence), I also started buying books . . . Around the time I took a break from reading books.

It was comfort buying.

I liked the feeling of going to the checkout with a book, specially picked out from the shelves, or unboxing a pile of books and smelling (that’s not a typo) every book in turn.

Don’t get me wrong, placing holds and picking up a tottering pile from the library is still a great joy, as is watching that pile shrink as I devour all the books.

But this is about my shopping sprees and how many books now sit unread on my shelf…

  1. Dinosaurs by Lydia Millet
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2. The Sleeping Car Porter by Suzette Mayr

3. Stray Dogs by Rawi Hage

4. If an Egyptian Cannot Speak English by Noor Naga

5. Lesser Known Beasts of the 21st Century by Kim Fu

6. Le cri des oiseaux fous by Dany Laferrière

7. Every Word You Cannot Say by Iain S. Thomas

8. When We Were Birds by Ayanna Lloyd Banwo

9. Memorial by Bryan Washington

10. The Perfect Find by Tia Williams

11. Violetta by Isabel Allende

12. Daughters of the Deer by Danielle Daniel

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13. Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

14. Emma by Jane Austen

15. The Promise by Damon Galgut

16. A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews

17. One Bird’s Choice by Iain Reid



Kaitlyn Varin

Kaitlyn Varin is an avid reader, who is passionate about health and wellness, personal improvement, and writing. RYT 200.