My giant list of books to read

Books I intend to read

These are books I already own because at some point I have decided that I want to read them.

The lists below are not in any particular order, though I have split them into hardcopy vs Kindle to help me keep track of where each book is located and have separated out poetry books because I like to see what poetry books I’ve got in a list of their own.


I read poetry books fairly slowly, but also like to read them multiple times. I prefer reading poetry from real’ books (paper ones) so these are mostly hard copy books, the few Kindle versions are marked as such.

  • Unholy Sonnets by Mark Jarman (ISBN 1-885266-87-1)

  • Poems of Nazim Hikmet (ISBN 978-0-89255-274-0)

  • Electric Light by Seamus Heaney (Kindle)

  • Second Sky by Tania Runyan

  • A Selection of Poetry by Christopher Smart

  • Antonio Machado: Selected Poems by Antonio Machado

  • Collected Poems by Ted Hughes

  • The Complete Poems by Walt Whitman

  • Selected Poems of Ezra Pound by Ezra Pound

  • Nine Horses by Billy Collins

  • Poems 1962-2012 by Louise Glück

  • These Intricacies by Dave Harrity

  • The Poems by W.B. Yeats

  • Complete Poems by Marianne Moore (Kindle)

  • The Complete Poems by Walt Whitman (Kindle)

  • Edgar Allan Poe’s Complete Poetical Works by Edgar Allan Poe (Kindle)

  • The Complete English Poems by George Herbert (Kindle)

  • Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman (Kindle)

  • Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai (Kindle)

  • Lunch Poems (City Lights Pocket Poets Series) by Frank O’Hara, John Ashbery

  • Delights & Shadows by Ted Kooser

Hard Copy (Paper) Books

I really like real books but for some reason it is often easier to pick up my Kindle for short bursts of reading so I tend to get through more Kindle books than paper ones.

  • The Cross of Christ by John R. W. Stott

  • The Evil of Evils: The Exceeding Sinfulness of Sin by Jeremiah Burroughs

  • Fair Trade for All: How Trade Can Promote Development by Joseph E. Stiglitz

  • How to Write a Poem: Based on the Billy Collins Poem Introduction to Poetry” by Tania Runyan

  • The Letter to the Ephesians by Peter T. O’Brien

  • A Poetry Handbook by Mary Oliver

  • The Suicidal Mind by Edwin S. Shneidman

  • The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment by Jeremiah Burroughs

  • Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide by Kay Redfield Jamison

  • Praying the Psalms: Engaging Scripture and the Life of the Spirit by Walter Brueggemann

  • Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth: Prayers of Walter Brueggemann by Walter Brueggemann & Edwin Searcy

  • The Inner Voice of Love: A Journey Through Anguish to Freedom by Henri J. M. Nouwen

  • A Journey to Victorious Praying: Finding Discipline and Delight in Your Prayer Life by Bill Thrasher

  • Scripture by Heart: Devotional Practices for Memorizing God’s Word by Joshua Choonmin Kang & Dallas Willard

  • Can You Drink the Cup? by Henri J. M. Nouwen & Ron Hansen

  • The Epistle to the Romans by Douglas J. Moo

  • Prayer by John Bunyan

  • 2 Samuel: Out of Every Adversity by Dale Ralph Davis

  • 1 Samuel: Looking on the Heart by Dale Ralph Davis

  • Understanding Exposure: How to Shoot Great Photographs with a Film or Digital Camera by Bryan Peterson

  • Communion with God by John Owen

  • The Unity of the Bible: Unfolding God’s Plan for Humanity by Daniel P. Fuller

  • How to Read a Book by Mortimer J. Adler & Charles Van Doren

  • Psalms 1-72 by Derek Kidner

  • Psalms 73-150 by Derek Kidner

  • The Works of John Newton, Volume 1

  • The Works of John Newton, Volume 2

  • The Works of John Newton, Volume 3

  • The Works of John Newton, Volume 4

  • The Works of John Newton, Volume 5

  • The Works of John Newton, Volume 6

  • Church History by Eusebius

  • The Worst Journey in the World by Apsley Cherry Garrard

  • Living in the Maniototo by Janet Frame

  • Stories and Poems by Janet Frame

  • The Book of Acts by F.F. Bruce

  • By Grace Alone: How the Grace of God Amazes Me by Sinclair B. Ferguson

  • The Confessions of Saint Augustine by Saint Augustine

  • Ephesians: An Exegetical Commentary by Harold W. Hoehner

  • The Epistle to the Romans by Douglas J. Moo

Kindle books

Why the preference for Kindle books? Mostly it comes down to price and availability — living in New Zealand means that books are really expensive here and the selection in local book shops is quite limited. As you may note from this page, my taste are not exactly mainstream or popular culture so I purchase a lot of my books online. Shipping to NZ from Europe or the US is expensive and slow, whereas ebooks have no shipping costs associated with them and delivery is instant (though the size of this list indicates that a book will sit on my shelf’ for a lot longer than it would take to be shipped here!).

Another reason why I have so many Kindle books is that I have picked up many of them free or very cheap on sale at a rate faster than I could read them.

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