to be read

If I've owned a book for more than 6 months and I still have yet to read it, it is an Endangered Book. You see, unless it is a classic or belongs to some collection (like Pulitzer Prize winners) then the longer it remains unread, the more guilt it causes.  And really, it's only a matter of time before I get rid of books that are causing me guilt. So here's the list of what I'd better read (or else):

[listed from least endangered to most endangered]
  1. Ragtime, E.L. Doctorow
  2. The Panopticon, Jenni Fagan
  3. Time After Time, Molly Keane
  4. Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, Anne Tyler
  5. The Great Typo Hunt, Jeff Deck
  6. Isaac's Storm, Erik Larson
  7. The Transcriptionist, Amy Rowland
  8. Gemini, Carol Cassella
  9. Emily, Alone, Stewart O'Nan
  10. Crossing to Safety, William Stegner
  11. Everything Beautiful Began After, Simon Van Booy
  12. Birds of a Feather, Jacqueline Winspear
  13. The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty, Sebastian Barry
  14. A Million Heavens, John Brandon
  15. The Covenant, James Michener
  16. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, Barbara Kingsolver
  17. Smoke and Mirrors, Neil Gaiman
  18. A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again, David Foster Wallace
  19. Up From Slavery, Booker T. Washington
  20. O Come Ye Back to Ireland, Niall Williams
  21. Alias Grace, Margaret Atwood
  22. Battleborn, Claire Vaye Watkins
  23. The Book of Jonas, Stephen Dau
  24. Team of Rivals, Doris Kearns Goodwin
  25. People of the Book, Geraldine Brooks
  26. Keeping Their Place, Pamela Sambrook
  27. The Vanishers, Heidi Julavits
  28. The Six Wives of Henry VIII, Alison Weir
  29. The Long Song, Andrea Levy
  30. Joy in the Morning, Betty Smith
  31. All the Pretty Horses, Cormac McCarthy
  32. Norwegian Wood, Haruki Murakami
  33. Cotton: The Biography of a Revolutionary Fiber, Stephen Yafa
  34. American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House, Jon Meacham
  35. Enemy Women, Paulette Jiles
  36. Founding Brothers, Joseph J. Ellis
  37. His Excellency: George Washington, Joseph J. Ellis
  38. The English Language, Charles Barber
  39. A Passage to India, E.M. Forster
  40. A Severe Mercy, Sheldon Vanauken
  41. Men to Match My Mountains, Irving Stone
  42. Jubilee Trail, Gwen Bristow
  43. The Lost Continent, Bill Bryson
  44. Man of the Family, Ralph Moody
  45. The Immortal Wife, Irving Stone
  46. The Parish Papers, George MacDonald
  47. The Lady and the Unicorn, Tracy Chevalier
  48. Housekeeping, Marilynne Robinson
  49. Sacajawea, Anna L. Waldo
  50. The Dollmaker, Harriette Arnow
  51. Hour of Gold, Hour of Lead, Anne Morrow Lindbergh
  52. Lust for Life, Irving Stone
  53. They Also Ran, Irving Stone
  54. Gods and Generals, Jeff Shaara
  55. Good Wives, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
  56. Ahab's Wife, Sena Jeter Naslund
  57. Salt, Isabel Zuber
  58. Larry's Party, Carol Shields
  59. My Cousin Rachel, Daphne DuMaurier
  60. Lost in the Funhouse, John Barth
  61. Secrets & Surprises, Ann Beattie
  62. The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy
  63. Prodigal Summer, Barbara Kingsolver
  64. True History of the Kelley Gang, Peter Carey