* What is TBR? *

The TBR is the pile of books that are still To Be Read on a reader’s shelf. In my case though, it is more pileS than pile, and shelVES than shelf! It his highly probable that one day, while sitting and blogging, I will be crushed by the tumbling piles; until that happens, I am doing my best to read more and buy less. So far, this has been a complete failure.

My general rule is : I read in English books originally written in Shakespeare’s language. I read in French books originally written in Molière’s language or translated from other languages. Then there is the non-fiction category, which includes books in both languages.

Books are ordered by author, and those followed by a (dnf) are books that I started reading, haven’t finished and intend to return to. The books followed by (e) are e-books, and (r) means books I plan on re-reading.

Fiction – English

  1. The Outlander by Gil Adamson
  2. Grimspace by Ann Aguirre
  3. The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen
  4. Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews
  5. Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews
  6. Broken by Kelley Armstrong
  7. Haunted by Kelley Armstrong
  8. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
  9. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  10. Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
  11. Leviathan by Paul Auster
  12. Mister B. Gone by Clive Barker
  13. Neuropath by Scott Barker
  14. Ariel by Steven R. Boyett
  15. Going Bovine by Libba Bray
  16. Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs
  17. Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs
  18. World War Z by Max Brooks
  19. Veracity by Laura Bynum
  20. Insatiable by Meg Cabot
  21. Ill Winds by Rachel Caine
  22. The Farseekers by Isobelle Carmody
  23. Fire by Kristin Cashore
  24. Graceling by Kristin Cashore
  25. The Rehearsal by Eleanor Catton
  26. Goddess of Yesterday by Caroline B. Cooney (e)
  27. Forget about it by Caprice Crane
  28. The Lady and the Panda by Vicki Constantine Croke
  29. The Stolen One by Suzanne Crowley
  30. Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen
  31. This lullaby by Sarah Dessen
  32. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
  33. Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn
  34. Foursome by Jane Fallon
  35. Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde
  36. Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet
  37. In the woods by Tana French
  38. Tempting Faith DiNapoli by Lisa Gabriele
  39. The Almost Archer Sisters by Lisa Gabriele
  40. Beautiful Creatures by Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia
  41. Helen of Troy by Margaret George
  42. Memoirs of Cleopatra by Margaret George
  43. Idoru by William Gibson
  44. Undress me in the Temple of Heaven by Susan Jane Gilman
  45. A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick
  46. Pearl by Mary Gordon
  47. Black Ships by Jo Graham
  48. Hand of Isis by Jo Graham
  49. Feed by Mira Grant
  50. Claudius by Robert Graves
  51. Paper Towns by John Green
  52. Mistress of the Sun by Sandra Gulland
  53. Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
  54. Pompeii by Robert Harris
  55. Believers by Zoe Heller
  56. Catch of the Day by Kristan Higgins
  57. Fools Rush In by Kristan Higgins
  58. The Next Best Thing by Kristan Higgins
  59. The Stepsister Scheme by Jim C. Hines
  60. Willow by Julia Hoban
  61. The Unit by Ninni Holmqvist
  62. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khlaed Hosseini
  63. Ice Song by Kirsten Imani Kasai
  64. Buddha Baby by Kim Wong Keltner
  65. This charming man by Marian Keyes
  66. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
  67. Lisey’s Story by Stephen King (dnf)
  68. Grotesque by Natsuo Kirino
  69. Out by Natsuo Kirino
  70. Admission by Jean Hanff Korelitz
  71. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova (dnf)
  72. The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova
  73. Made in the U.S.A. by Billie Letts
  74. Ash by Melinda Lo
  75. Every Demon has his Day by Cara Lockwood
  76. Blade of Fortriu by Juliet Marillier
  77. Heart’s Blood by Juliet Marillier
  78. Heir to Sevenwaters by Juliet Marillier
  79. The Dark Mirror by Juliet Marillier
  80. The Well of Shades by Juliet Marillier
  81. Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire
  82. The Birth House by Ami McKay
  83. Cleopatra’s Daughter by Michelle Moran
  84. Nefertiti by Michelle Moran
  85. The Heretic Queen by Michelle Moran
  86. The Center of Everything by Laura Moriarty
  87. While I’m Falling by Laura Moriarty
  88. Sepulchre by Kate Mosse
  89. Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness
  90. The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness
  91. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
  92. Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
  93. Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
  94. Gods Behaving Badly by Mary Philips
  95. He, She and It by Marge Piercy
  96. The Unabridged Journal of Sylvia Plath by Sylvia Plath
  97. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
  98. Dreams of the Dead by Thomas Randall
  99. The Demon’s Covenant by Sarah Rees Brennan
  100. Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
  101. Warbreaker by Bradon Sanderson
  102. FlashForward by Robert J. Sawyer
  103. The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold
  104. Shanghai Girls by Lisa See
  105. The Girl with Glass Feet by Ali Shaw
  106. The Terror by Dan Simmons
  107. Drood by Dan Simmons
  108. Darkborn by Alison Sinclair
  109. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  110. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
  111. I am a Cat by Soseki (dnf yet)
  112. Betrayals by Lili St. Crow
  113. Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow
  114. The Help by Kathryn Stockett (e)
  115. Save the Date by Tamara Summers
  116. Battle Royale by Koushun Takami (dnf yet)
  117. Devil in the details by Jennifer Traig
  118. The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls
  119. The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
  120. Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters
  121. The Killing of Worlds by Scott Westerfeld
  122. The Risen Empire by Scott Westerfeld
  123. The Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig

Fiction and Non-Fiction – French

See on the French side of the blog : Ma PaL


  1. Colors by Victoria Finlay
  2. The Mummy Congress by Heather Pringle
  3. The Sexuality of Christ in Renaissance Art and in Modern Oblivion by Leo Steinberg
  4. Seven Days in the Art World by Sarah Thornton


  1. This is a great name for it – I hadn’t thought to list out all the books on my blog. Seems like a better way to get the books organized than making different piles in the bedroom or in my notebook.

    Would you be okay with me using your term (and crediting you) of the Paper Brick Wall? I’d completely understand if you’d rather not.

    gaby317nyc AT gmail DOT com

  2. I, Claudius is wonderful – it’s one of the books that had me laughing out loud.

    • Ha, I didn’t think it would be a funny book! I can’t wait to read it.
      And yes, you can borrow the term, I don’t mind at all! 🙂

  3. I just stumbled on your blog (from another one I follow), and I had to laugh about The Paper Brick Wall.

    I have huge TBR stacks, too, and started a separate blog to deal with mine…it’s called CURL UP AND READ, at

  4. Absolutely love your blog. Books make me so happy too! I’ve only just started my blog a month ago, and yours is the first one I’ve found that I can actually relate to. Very awesome! Hope you don’t mind if I add you to my Blogroll?

  5. I’m back, visiting for Bloggiesta…Your Paper Brick Wall is like mine. Unfortunately, I’m back to buying new books, winning books in contests, accepting review books…well, you get the picture!

    I can visualize myself buried under my Paper Brick Wall!

  6. My bestfriend and I have a similar list of books we made together over the phone with hundreds of miles between us. Your blog is wonderful and I’m adding you to my blogroll if you don’t mind. I have The Handmaid’s Tale on my desk now. Was supposed to start it weeks ago, but since school started hadn’t had a chance. Reading makes me so happy and its so good to find others who share the same passion for books. It’s always been my way of getting away when I could not physically go anywhere. And even when I do manage a getaway, I always have a book packed. I look forward to reading more from you.

  7. I would like to use this idea (and name) if you don’t mind…of course, I will make sure to credit you (and link) for it.

    I’m hoping it will help me decrease my pile of books as well 🙂

    • Of course, go ahead! 😀 My list helped me getting a bigger idea of all the books I had to read, although it moves constantly and I don’t always take the time to update it. Let me know once you do it, I’m always curious about a fellow blogger’s picks! 🙂

      • Oooh. Yeah, if you don’t mind I think I’ll also implement this on my blog before I overload myself with TBR’s…
        Of course, I’ll provide a link to your page 🙂
        Great idea! I love it, it’s so cute!

        • Hey hey hey, take a gaendr at what’ you’ve done

        • Oh, I hope you read SCORPIO soon, Tem! It’s set in November (this is significant!), so maybe next month? It’s such a gorgeous books. <3 THE RAVEN BOYS is fantastic too, so I definitely recommend them both.

  8. LOL!
    I also have a long TBR list!
    I hadn’t thought of listing them on my blog, but I’ll think about that …
    happy reading!

  9. Love the list! Lets see, if I could go back to school…I think I would be an art history/english/literature major!

    I noticed you read “paper” books and “e” books. Most people seemed to be on one side or the other. Me…I find myself in the middle somewhere.

    I posted a few days back about the two and I got a few responses mostly from those who can’t give up their paper books.
    I would love to hear from someone like you…who does or rather reads both!
    Have a wonderful day, love your blog.

  10. Fascinating list, both in English and French. I also read both books by Khaled Hosseini (loved them), Wuthering Heights, The Road, Cent Ans de Solitude, Kafka sur le Rivage, l’Ombre du Vent. Just finished Carol Edgarian’s Three Stages of Amazement. I really enjoyed it !
    Thanks for your interesting blog that I just “discovered”.

  11. what about harry potter series? have you read them?

  12. its really nice to see other people gone crazy bout books
    now I certify the reality that I am not alone ahaha

  13. Personally I like having old books better than new ones, so I often go to the library, but that doesn’t stop me from having several shelves of book towering over my bed.

  14. I love the term ‘Paper Brick Wall’. I more think of it as my shelves of shame. Shame in that I buy more when these lovely books remain unread. I must say though, each book will eventually have it’s time. Just the other day I picked up a book that I bought easily over a year ago (so long ago in fact, the book shop I got it from went into administration and shut down Australia wide!). Yet I continue to buy, just the other day I purchased 9 new books online!?!?! I have a problem, I need help. This blog is probably not the answer as reading through some of your reviews has made me want to buy more! Damn you. Fortunately I already put my order in and can’t quite justify ordering more if my first order is yet to be delivered. Love this blog, so glad I found it!

    • I refer to my problem as having serious problems with book addiction, and I’ve categorized myself to be Level 12, which is the point of no return. But, you know, I’m just thankful that rather than staring slack-jawed at the TV, I can read books and be educated…
      Or I try to trick myself into it as I continue blowing all my money at the bookstore…

  15. This is breaking my heart. You haven’t finished reading Battle Royale by Koushun Takami 🙁 It’s one of my favorite books ever. though, i’m not a fan of gore and blood, BR is an exception. I really love that book. Hope you finish reading it! ~

    • Let me reassure you, I do intend on finishing it! It was only a matter of circumstances; I put it aside for too long and didn’t pick it up again – yet. But I will for sure! 🙂

  16. I’ve been interested in pnicikg this one up, but I just haven’t gotten around to it. The teaser you posted has picqued my interest, though. I hope it picks up for you. I hate when I’m not as invested in a story as I would like to be makes it a chore to finish. And I’m a little obsessive and MUST finish, even when I’m not enjoying the book. If I don’t, I’ll always worry that it got better.


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