Books I resisted

My name is Rachael Mead and I am a book addict.

In 2019 I have committed to not buying any books; new or secondhand until I’ve read my way through my stack of unread titles. This is not easy. To illustrate how difficult I’m finding this cold turkey business I’m keeping a record of the books I wanted to buy but managed to resist. This is meant to make me feel like I’m achieving something but the 2017 list ended up just being a shopping list for the following year.

Books I wanted in 2019 but didn’t buy

  1. Dark Emu – Bruce Pascoe

Books I wanted in 2017 but didn’t buy

  1. To The River – Olivia Laing
  2. Mortal Trash – Kim Addonizio
  3. Poet’s Companion – Doriane Laux & Kim Addonizio  Found this on my shelves.
  4. Every Love Story is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace – D.T. Max
  5. Girl with the Curious Hair – David Foster Wallace
  6. Ways of Seeing – John Berger
  7. The Paris Review Interviews I
  8. The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis
  9. Can’t and Won’t: Stories – Lydia Davis
  10. Family Furnishings: Selected Stories 1995-2014 – Alice Munro
  11. Selected Stories 1968-1994 – Alice Munro
  12. The Tree – John Fowles
  13. The Gender of Suicide: Knowledge, Production, Theory and Suicidology – Katrina Jaworski
  14. The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair – Joël Dicker (translated by Sam Taylor)
  15. The Mirror Thief – Martin Seay
  16. I’m Thinking of Ending Things – Iain Reid
  17. Fear – Dirk Kurbjuweit (translated by Imogen Taylor)
  18. The End of the Alphabet – Claudia Rankine
  19. Flâneuse : Women walk the city in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice and London – Lauren Elkin
  20. Ecoza – Helen Moore
  21. 4321 – Paul Auster
  22. Insomniac City – Bill Hayes
  23. The Rings of Saturn – W.G. Sebald
  24. The Outrun – Amy Liptrot
  25. The Green Bell – Paula Keogh
  26. Elizabeth Bishop: A Miracle for Breakfast – Megan Marshall
  27. The Song of Trees – David George Haskell
  28. The Transmigration of Bodies – Yuri Herrera
  29. Signs Preceding the End of the World – Yuri Herrera
  30. The Book – Keith Houston
  31. The Nix – Nathan Hill
  32. The Lighthouse Road – Peter Geye
  33. Wintering – Peter Geye
  34. George Washington – Adam Fitzgerald
  35. The Dead Ladies Project – Jessa Crispin
  36. Why I Am Not A Feminist: A Feminist Manifesto – Jessa Crispin
  37. How I Became a North Korean – Krys Lee
  38. Shrill – Lindy West
  39. Where the Trees Were – Inga Simpson
  40. The Crying Place – Lia Hills
  41. Penguin Modern Poets 3 (Malika Booker, Sharon Olds & Warsan Shire)
  42. The Art of Memoir – Mary Karr – I was given a copy of this as a gift. Yay for lovely people who read lists and love memoir.
  43. 4321 – Paul Auster  – I wrote this as number 21 so I’ve just not bought it twice.
  44. Things That Helped – Jessica Friedmann
  45. In Two Minds – Gordon Parker
  46. Lit – Mary Karr
  47. The Last Garden – Eva Hornung
  48. The Long Run – Catriona Menzies-Pike
  49. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness – Arundhati Roy
  50. On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes – Alexandra Horowitz
  51. The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner – Alan Sillitoe

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