The book backlog rule

20 Jan

As one of my New Year’s resolutions is to minimise my over-consumption tendencies i have performed a stock take of all my unread books. I don’t consider this to be a book pile of shame as some may not be that great.

It’s more like a backlog and i have imposed a rule to help me go through it.

The rule is that for every 5 books i read from this backlog i am allowed to get a new one (and free ebooks also count!). Of course, it could be that some are not read to completion if i am not enjoying them, especially after the “torturous” experience with (Umberto Eco’s) The Prague Cemetery.

As long as the book is removed from my “to read list” it counts as one of the 5. The funny thing is that this will also force me to read paperbacks again which is something i haven’t done in more than a year. It should be an interesting return to the physical side of books.

I have already read Operation Mincemeat, by Ben Macintyre, and right now i am reading The Party: The Secret World of China’s Communist Rules, by Richard Mcgregor so i have 3 more books to go after this before i can get something new.

I already feel my consumption addiction inner-beast screaming!

The Backlog list

Kindle edition

  1. Hard Boiled Wonderland And The End of The World, by Haruki Murakami
  2. 1Q84, by Haruki Murakami
  3. Snowdrops, by A.D. Miller
  4. The Sense of an Ending, by Julian Barnes
  5. Ender’s Game: Ender Series: Book One , by Orson Scott Card
  6. Black Lung Captain, by Chris Wooding
  7. The Windup Girl, by Paolo Bacigalupi
  8. Rashomon and Seventeen Other Stories, by
  9. Room, by Emma Donoghue


  1. Operation Mincemeat, by Ben Macintyre
  2. Bank 2.0: How Customer Behaviour and Technology Will Change The Future of Financial Services, by Brett King
  3. Crisis Economics: A Crash Course in the Future of Finance, By Nouriel Roubini
  4. Byzantium: The Surprising Life of a Medieval Empire, by Judith Herrin
  5. The Party: The Secret World of China’s Communist Rules, by Richard Mcgregor
  6. River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze, by Peter Hessler
  7. Shadow of the Silk Road, by Colin Thurbon
  8. The Making of Modern Britain, by Andrew Marr
  9. With The Old Breed, by Eugene B.Sledge
  10. Havana Nocturne, by T.J. English
  11. The Essential Bertrand Russel Collection, by Bertrand Russel
  12. History of Western Philosophy, by Bertrand Russel
  13. Unit Operations: An Approach to Videogame Criticism, by Ian Bogost
  14. Homicide: A Year On The Killing Streets, by David Simon

Paperback/Hardback edition

  1. Born To Run, by Christopher McDougall
  2. Once A Runner, by John L.Parker JR.
  3. The Fate of Africa: A History of Fifty Years of Independence, by Martin Meredith
  4. After The Prophet, by Lesley Hazleton
  5. Puskas On Puskas, by Ferenc Puskas
  6. What The Dog Saw, by Malcolm Gladwell
  7. Hitler’s Willing Executionaries, by Daniel Jonah Goldhagen
  8. We wish to inform you that tomorrow we will be killed with our families, by Philip Gourevitch
  9. The World Cup’s Strangest Moments, by Peter Sheddon
  10. Fermat’s Last Theorem, by Simon Singh
  11. Hitler’s Empire, by Mark Mazower
  12. What i talk about when i talk about running, by Haruki Murakami
  13. The Myth of Sisyphus, by Albert Camus
  14. A long way gone: Memoirs of a child soldier, by Ishmael Beah
  15. Money (Art of Living), by Eric Lonergan
  16. The Gate, by Francois Bizot


  1. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradburn
  2. Baudolino, by Umberto Eco
  3. Burnt Shadows, by Kamila Shamsie
  4. The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak
  5. A Quiet Belief in Angels, by R.J. Ellory
  6. Say You’Re One of Them, by Uwem Akpan
  7. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
  8. The Fall, by Albert Camus
  9. Small Island, by Andrea Levy
  10. Brideshead Revisited, by Evelyn Waugh
  11. Battler Royale, by Koushun Takami
  12. Everything Illuminated, by Safran Foer
  13. The Bookseller of Kabul, by Asne Seierstad
  14. Uncle Petros and Goldbach’s Theorem, by Apostolos Doxiadis
  15. Mister Pip, by Lloyd James
  16. The Complete Stories Vol. I, by Isaac Asimov
  17. 2001: A Space Odyssey, by Arthur C. Clarke
  18. The Black Dahlia, by James Ellroy
  19. American Tabloid, by James Ellroy
  20. The Venus Fix, by M.J.Rose

Posted by on January 20, 2012 in Books


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2 responses to “The book backlog rule

  1. Orestis Nikitas

    January 20, 2012 at 10:50

    The Fall, by Albert Camus is one of the best novels i have ever read! Orestis was SATISFIED

    Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradburn is a must read as well!

    • costastaliadoros

      January 20, 2012 at 11:11

      Thx for the suggestions re!

      Ok, so far i have received the following votes:

      The Fall – 1
      Fahrenheit – 1
      Battle Royale – 1

      I’m probably going for a novel next so these are good recommendations. I am not particularly in the mood for The Fall although i really would like to read it at some point. But yeah, the other two books are strong possibilities.


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