A list of books I would like. Non-exhaustive, but hopefully well categorised.

Cookbooks/Food Books

Food Fights and Culture Wars, Tom Nealon

The New Vegetarian, Alice Hart

Just Soup, Henrietta Clancy

Deep South: New Southern Cooking, Brad McDonald

Pride and Pudding: the History of British Puddings Savoury and Sweet, Regula Ysewijn

Desserts from the Famous Loveless Café, Alisa Huntsman

The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook, Deb Perelman

Flavour, Ruby Tandoh

Eat, Nigel Slater

The Kitchen Diaries (vols. I, II and III), Nigel Slater

Kitchen, Nigella Lawson

Feast, Nigella Lawson

Classic fiction

The Book and the Brotherhood, Iris Murdoch

Lord Jim, Joseph Conrad

The Secret Agent, Joseph Conrad

All as-yet-unread Charles Dickens: Barnaby Rudge, The Old Curiosity Shop, Martin Chuzzlewit, The Pickwick Papers, Nicholas Nickleby

The Power and the Glory, Graham Greene

The Last Chronicle of Barset, Anthony Trollope

Essais, Michel de Montaigne

The Portrait of a Lady, Henry James

The History of the Rebellion, Edward Hyde, Earl of Clarendon

Nothing Like the Sun, Anthony Burgess

The Female Man, Joanna Russ

According to Queeney, Beryl Bainbridge

Hester, Margaret Oliphant

Passing, Nella Larsen

Another Marvelous Thing, Laurie Colwin


The Embarrassment of Riches, Simon Schama

The Common Stream, Rowland Parker

Merchants of Culture, John Brookshire Thompson

City of Laughter, Vic Gatrell

Against the Law, Peter Wildeblood


The Three-Body Problem, Cixin Liu

A Canticle for Leibowitz, Walter M Miller Jr

The Alteration, Kingsley Amis

Pavane, Keith Roberts

Temeraire, Naomi Novik

Consider Phlebas, Iain M. Banks

The Player of Games, Iain M. Banks

Erebos, Ursula Poznanski

Pattern Recognition, William Gibson

The Execution Channel, Ken McLeod

The Raw Shark Texts, Steven Hall

What Sunny Saw in the Flames, Nnedi Okorafor

Computers an’ tha’

Coding Freedom, E. Gabriella Coleman

Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy, E. Gabriella Coleman


Blue Highways, William Least Heat-Moon

Once Upon a River, Bonnie Jo Campbell

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, John Berendt

Soldier Girls, Helen Thorpe

Black Girl Dangerous, Mia McKenzie

Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America, Linda Tirado

Dreamland, Sam Quinones

Contemporary lit-fic

The Sellout, Paul Beatty

Billy Lynn’s Long Half-Time Walk, Ben Fountain

Winter’s Bone, Daniel Woodrell

The Emperor’s Babe, Bernardine Evaristo

Lullabies for Little Criminals, Heather O’Neill

Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, Haruki Murakami

The Rise and Fall of Great Powers, Tom Rachman

In the Wolf’s Mouth, Adam Foulds

Tenth of December, George Saunders

Swamplandia!, Vampires in the Lemon Grove, and St. Lucy’s Home For Girls Raised by Wolves, all by Karen Russell

How I Live Now, Meg Rosoff

The Good Lord Bird, James McBride

Upstairs at the Party, Linda Grant

Infidelities, Kirsty Gunn

Blonde, Joyce Carol Oates

The Hollow Land, Jane Gardam

Neverhome, Laird Hunt

Beside the Sea, Véronique Olmi

Where the Line Bleeds, Jesmyn Ward

Wittgenstein’s Mistress, David Markam

The Heavenly Table, Donald Ray Pollock

We Are Called to Rise, Laura McBride


The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

The Diary of Samuel Pepys


The Heart Is Strange: New Selected Poems, John Berryman

Music at Midnight: the Life and Poetry of George Herbert, John Drury

Stag’s Leap, Sharon Olds


Living With a Wild God, Barbara Ehrenreich

Unapologetic, Francis Spufford

Damaged Goods, Dianna Anderson

God Is No Thing, Rupert Shortt

General non-fiction

To the River, Olivia Laing

On Liberty, Shami Chakrabarti

The Empathy Exams, Leslie Jamison

Arctic Dreams, Barry Lopez

Stiff, Mary Roach

The Unraveling, Emma Sky

Chasing the Scream, Johann Hari

Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson

The Red Parts, Maggie Nelson

How to Ruin Everything, George Watsky

Kathmandu, Thomas Bell