The Paper Brick Wall

* What is the Paper Brick Wall? *

Also known as the TBR pile (books To Be Read), The Paper Brick Wall circles the top of my desk menacingly. It his highly probably 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. Beach Blondes by Katherine Applegate
  7. Broken by Kelley Armstrong
  8. Haunted by Kelley Armstrong
  9. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
  10. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  11. Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
  12. Emma by Jane Austen
  13. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
  14. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  15. Persuasion by Jane Austen
  16. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  17. Leviathan by Paul Auster
  18. Mister B. Gone by Clive Barker
  19. Neuropath by Scott Barker
  20. Ariel by Steven R. Boyett
  21. 3 Willows by Ann Brashares
  22. Going Bovine by Libba Bray
  23. Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs
  24. Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs
  25. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
  26. World War Z by Max Brooks
  27. Veracity by Laura Bynum
  28. Insatiable by Meg Cabot
  29. Ill Winds by Rachel Caine
  30. The Farseekers by Isobelle Carmody
  31. Fire by Kristin Cashore
  32. Graceling by Kristin Cashore
  33. The Rehearsal by Eleanor Catton
  34. Goddess of Yesterday by Caroline B. Cooney (e)
  35. Forget about it by Caprice Crane
  36. The Lady and the Panda by Vicki Constantine Croke
  37. The Stolen One by Suzanne Crowley
  38. Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen
  39. This lullaby by Sarah Dessen
  40. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
  41. Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn
  42. Twilight of Avalon by Anna Elliott
  43. Foursome by Jane Fallon
  44. Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde
  45. Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet
  46. In the woods by Tana French
  47. Nobody’s Prize by Esther M. Friesner
  48. Sphinx’s Princess by Esther M. Friesner
  49. Tempting Faith DiNapoli by Lisa Gabriele
  50. The Almost Archer Sisters by Lisa Gabriele
  51. Stardust by Nail Gaiman
  52. Beautiful Creatures by Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia
  53. Helen of Troy by Margaret George
  54. Memoirs of Cleopatra by Margaret George
  55. Idoru by William Gibson
  56. Undress me in the Temple of Heaven by Susan Jane Gilman
  57. A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick
  58. Pearl by Mary Gordon
  59. Black Ships by Jo Graham
  60. Hand of Isis by Jo Graham
  61. Feed by Mira Grant
  62. Claudius by Robert Graves
  63. Paper Towns by John Green
  64. Mistress of the Sun by Sandra Gulland
  65. Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
  66. Pompeii by Robert Harris
  67. Believers by Zoe Heller
  68. Catch of the Day by Kristan Higgins
  69. Fools Rush In by Kristan Higgins
  70. The Next Best Thing by Kristan Higgins
  71. The Stepsister Scheme by Jim C. Hines
  72. Willow by Julia Hoban
  73. The Unit by Ninni Holmqvist
  74. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khlaed Hosseini
  75. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  76. Ice Song by Kirsten Imani Kasai
  77. Buddha Baby by Kim Wong Keltner
  78. This charming man by Marian Keyes
  79. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
  80. Lisey’s Story by Stephen King (dnf)
  81. Under the Dome by Stephen King
  82. Grotesque by Natsuo Kirino
  83. Out by Natsuo Kirino
  84. Admission by Jean Hanff Korelitz
  85. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova (dnf)
  86. The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova
  87. Made in the U.S.A. by Billie Letts
  88. Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston
  89. Ash by Melinda Lo
  90. Every Demon has his Day by Cara Lockwood
  91. Blade of Fortriu by Juliet Marillier
  92. Heart’s Blood by Juliet Marillier
  93. Heir to Sevenwaters by Juliet Marillier
  94. The Dark Mirror by Juliet Marillier
  95. The Well of Shades by Juliet Marillier
  96. Ink exchange by Melissa Marr
  97. Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
  98. Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire
  99. The Birth House by Ami McKay
  100. Cleopatra’s Daughter by Michelle Moran
  101. Nefertiti by Michelle Moran
  102. The Heretic Queen by Michelle Moran
  103. The Center of Everything by Laura Moriarty
  104. While I’m Falling by Laura Moriarty
  105. Sepulchre by Kate Mosse
  106. Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness
  107. The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness
  108. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
  109. Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
  110. Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
  111. Gods Behaving Badly by Mary Philips
  112. He, She and It by Marge Piercy
  113. The Unabridged Journal of Sylvia Plath by Sylvia Plath
  114. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
  115. Dreams of the Dead by Thomas Randall
  116. The Demon’s Covenant by Sarah Rees Brennan
  117. How I live Now by Meg Rosoff
  118. Demon Princess by Michelle Rowen
  119. Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
  120. The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson
  121. The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson
  122. Warbreaker by Bradon Sanderson
  123. FlashForward by Robert J. Sawyer
  124. The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold
  125. Shanghai Girls by Lisa See
  126. The Girl with Glass Feet by Ali Shaw
  127. The Terror by Dan Simmons
  128. Drood by Dan Simmons
  129. Darkborn by Alison Sinclair
  130. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  131. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
  132. Fire Study by Maria V. Snyder
  133. I am a Cat by Soseki (dnf yet)
  134. Betrayals by Lili St. Crow
  135. Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow
  136. The Help by Kathryn Stockett (e)
  137. Save the Date by Tamara Summers
  138. Battle Royale by Koushun Takami (dnf yet)
  139. Devil in the details by Jennifer Traig
  140. Brava Valentine by Adriana Trigiani
  141. Very Valentine by Adriana Trigiani
  142. The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls
  143. Crashed by Robin Wasserman
  144. Skinned by Robin Wasserman
  145. Generation Dead by Daniel Waters
  146. The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
  147. Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters
  148. The Killing of Worlds by Scott Westerfeld
  149. The Risen Empire by Scott Westerfeld
  150. The Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig

Fiction and Non-Fiction – French

See on the French side of the blog : La Bibli Infinie, 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

19 responses to “The Paper Brick Wall”

  1. gaby317 says :

    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. gaby317 says :

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

    • kay says :

      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. laurelrainsnow says :

    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. pinkhoneybee says :

    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. laurelrainsnow says :

    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. Qiana says :

    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. Cindy says :

    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 🙂

    • kay says :

      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! 🙂

  8. MarissaFH says :

    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. One Hundred & 80 Days says :

    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. isathreadsoflife says :

    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. Sandra Eliswa Naduvilaparambil says :

    what about harry potter series? have you read them?

  12. thewildbrain says :

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

  13. Roxane the Reader says :

    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. crying in the bathroom says :

    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!

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