Reading Pool for 2018

Traditionally I would to sit around the café at Barnes & Noble making my Christmas list of books I considered reading during the upcoming year. Then I bought a fancy espresso machine and nowadays I tend to stay home. But I still make that annual list of the next year’s potential reading.

The list is probably one of the most flexible lists I make and the number of titles considered is always far greater than the number of books I actually read during the year. You might notice that a large part of the list contains reading from the previous year that I didn’t get to but still want to read. I start off with about 150 books and by the end of the coming year this list will expand to about 250 books (I’ll read about 100 of them).

I love lists so here is this year’s Reading Pool. Note also the reading lists under the menu item “Lists.”

Read=Blue (31) | if unread in a current monthly pool=italics

  1. How German Is It? — Walter Abish
  2. A General Theory of Oblivion — José Eduardo Agualusa
  3. Lionel Asbo: State of England — Martin Amis
  4. The Celebration – Ivan Angelo
  5. Act of the Damned – António Lobo Antunes
  6. The Automobile Club of Egypt — Alaa Al Aswany
  7. Wonderland — Ace Atkins
  8. Taduno’s Song: A Novel — Odafe Atogun
  9. They Were Counted — Miklós Banffy
  10. They Were Divided — Miklós Banffy
  11. They Were Found Wanting — Miklós Banffy
  12. Humbolt’s Gift — Saul Bellow
  13. Monsieur Ouine – Georges Bernanos
  14. The Lime Works – Thomas Bernhard
  15. The Monkey Link: A Pilgrimage Novel — Andrei Bitov
  16. Armadillo — William Boyd
  17. Brazzaville Beach— William Boyd
  18. A Good Man In Africa — William Boyd
  19. Killoyle, An Irish Farce – Roger Boylan
  20. When the Killing’s Done — T. C. Boyle
  21. Drop City – T. C. Boyle
  22. The Women – T. C. Boyle
  23. Riven Rock – T. C. Boyle
  24. Lady Audley’s Secret – Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  25. Anonymous Celebrity — Ignácio de Loyola Brandão
  26. The Sleepwalkers – Hermann Broch
  27. The Unknown Quantity – Hermann Broch
  28. Thru — Christine Brooke-Rose
  29. Between –  Christine Brooke-Rose
  30. Father and Son – Larry Brown
  31. Babel Tower – A. S. Byatt
  32. A Whistling Woman – A. S. Byatt
  33. Three Trapped Tigers — G. Cabrera Infante
  34. The Hive – Camilo José Cela
  35. Moonglow — Michael Chabon
  36. Odysseus Abroad: A Novel — Amit Chaudhuri
  37. For Bread Alone – Mohamed Choukr
  38. Switchblade — Michael Connely
  39. Nostromo — Joseph Conrad
  40. Lucky Pierre – Robert Coover
  41. The Public Burning – Robert Coover
  42. The Winners – Julio Cortázar
  43. The Enormous Room — E. E. Cummings
  44. The Lost Scrapbook – Evan Dara
  45. Varieties of Disturbance: Stories – Lydia Davis
  46. Americana— Don DeLillo
  47. Frog — Stephen Dixon
  48. Bright Magic: Stories — Alfred Döblin
  49. Bucking the Sun — Ivan Doig
  50. Schultz — J. P. Donleavy
  51. The Big Money — John Dos Passos
  52. The Adolescent – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  53. Island People – Coleman Dowell
  54. The Forty-Five – Alexander Dumas
  55. The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana – Umberto Eco [XFX]
  56. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius — Dave Eggers
  57. Zeitoun — Dave Eggers
  58. The Librarian — Mikhail Elizarov
  59. Glamorama – Brett Easton Ellis
  60. Lunar Park – Brett Easton Ellis
  61. Boswell – Stanley Elkin
  62. Van Gogh’s Room At Arles – Stanley Elkin
  63. Town Crier Exclusive, Confessions of a Princess Manqué: “How Royals Found Me ‘Unsuitable’ To Marry Their Larry” — Stanley Elkin
  64. The Samurai – Shusaku Endo
  65. Go Down, Moses – William Faulkner
  66. Pylon – William Faulkner
  67. The Mansion — William Faulkner
  68. Independence Day— Richard Ford
  69. Sophie’s World – Jostein Gaarder
  70. The Recognitions — William Gaddis
  71. Promise At Dawn — Roman Gary
  72. Cranford – Elizabeth Gaskell
  73. Mary Barton – Elizabeth Gaskell
  74. Middle C — William H. Gass
  75. The Glass Palace – Amitav Ghosh
  76. The Hungry Tide – Amitav Ghosh
  77. Zero History — William Gibson
  78. Collected Poems 1947-1997 — Allen Ginsberg
  79. Carter Beats the Devil – Glen David Gold
  80. She Drove without Stopping – Jaimy Gordon
  81. Château d’Argol — Julien Gracq
  82. Too Far Afield – Günter Grass
  83. Turtles All the Way Down — John Green
  84. The Heart of the Matter– Graham Greene
  85. The Book of Intimate Grammar: A Novel – David Grossman
  86. The Big Sky — A. B. Guthrie, Jr.
  87. The Autobiography of Malcolm X – Alex Haley
  88. Warlock – Oakley Hall
  89. Growth of the Soil — Knut Hamsun
  90. Moravian Night — Peter Handke
  91. American Junkie — Tom Hansen
  92. A Pair of Blue Eyes — Thomas Hardy
  93. Whistlejacket – John Hawkes
  94. Strangers On a Train — Patricia Highsmith
  95. God Is Not Great — Christopher Hitchens
  96. Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Sausages — Tom Holt
  97. Wool 2 — Hugh Howey
  98. Wool 3 — Hugh Howey
  99. Wool 4 — Hugh Howey
  100. Wool 5 — Hugh Howey
  101. Là-Bas – J. K. Huysmans
  102. Princess Bari — Sok-yong Hwang
  103. I Can Give You Anything But Love — Gary Indiana
  104. Three Trapped Tigers – G. Cabrera Infante
  105. The Unconsoled – Katsuo Ishiguro
  106. The Wings of the Dove – Henry James
  107. Angels — Denis Johnson
  108. The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden — Jonas Jonasson
  109. The Accident— Ismail Kadare
  110. Second Person Singular — Sayed Kashua
  111. The Flaming Corsage — William Kennedy
  112. Sometimes a Great Notion — Ken Kesey
  113. The Man Who Spoke Snakish — Andrus Kivirähk
  114. The Exile — William Kotzwinkle
  115. The Melancholy of Resistance — Lásló Krasznahorkai
  116. God’s Without Men — Hari Kunzru
  117. Women In Love — D. H. Lawrence
  118. Independent People – Halldor Laxness
  119. Thérèse and Isabelle – Violette Leduc
  120. The Monk – Matthew Lewis
  121. Elmer Gantry — Sinclair Lewis
  122. The Years, Months, Days – Yan Lianke
  123. Marrow – Yan Lianke
  124. Complete Stories — Clarice Lispector
  125. The Picturegoers – David Lodge
  126. Martin Eden — Jack London
  127. Sherlock Holmes: The Thinking Engine – James Lovegrove
  128. Goth Girl Rising — Barry Lyga
  129. Black Moses — Alain Mabanckou
  130. The Executioner’s Song – Norman Mailer
  131. The Loved Ones – Alia Mamdouh
  132. Faceless Killers — Henning Mankell
  133. The School of English — Hilary Mantel
  134. Adam Buenosayres: A Novel — Leopoldo Marechal
  135. The Infatuations — Javier Marías
  136. Mother and Child — Carol Maso
  137. Lookout Cartridge – Joseph McElroy
  138. Razor Wire Pubic Hair — Carlton Mellick III
  139. Mardi — Herman Melville
  140. The Ordeal of Richard Feveral — George Meredith
  141. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
  142. The Bone Clocks — David Mitchell
  143. Sundays In August — Patrick Modiano
  144. The Black Prince – Iris Murdoch
  145. The Green Knight — Iris Murdoch
  146. A Man Without Qualities – Robert Musil
  147. Ada, or Ardor: A Family Chronicle – Vladimir Nabokov
  148. Parallel Stories — Péter Nádas
  149. The Octopus – Frank Norris
  150. Wonderland – Joyce Carol Oates
  151. A Widow’s Story — Joyce Carol Oates
  152. Mudwoman — Joyce Carol Oates
  153. The Gravedigger’s Daughter — Joyce Carol Oates
  154. The Fishermen: A Novel — Chigozie Obioma
  155. The Famished Road – Ben Okri
  156. A Tale of Love and Darkness – Amos Oz
  157. The Black Book – Orhan Pamuk
  158. Akitadas First Case — I. J. Parker
  159. Towns Without Rivers – Michael Parker
  160. Doctor Zhivago — Boris Pasternak
  161. An Instance of the Fingerpost – Iain Pears
  162. Empire V: The Prince of Hamlet — Victor Pelevin
  163. The Thanatos Syndrome — Walker Percy
  164. Special Topics in Calamity Physics – Marisha Pessl
  165. The Book of Disquiet – Fernando Pessoa
  166. Monsieur Songe – Robert Pinget
  167. Wolf Solent – John Cowper Powys
  168. Mason & Dixon – Thomas Pynchon
  169. Against the Day – Thomas Pynchon
  170. The Hole — Hye-young Pyun
  171. The Mysteries of Udolpho – Ann Radcliffe
  172. Lives of the Saints — Nino Ricci
  173. Larva: A Midsummer Night’s Babel – Julían Ríos
  174. The Counterlife – Philip Roth
  175. Letting Go – Philip Roth
  176. The Humbling — Philip Roth
  177. When She Was Good — Philip Roth
  178. Frankenstein In Baghdad — Ahmed Saadawi
  179. Memoirs of an Invisible Man — H. F. Saint
  180. It Came From Below the Belt — Bradley Sands
  181. Baltasar and Blimunda – José Saramago
  182. Unnatural Death — Dorothy L. Sayers
  183. Absurdistan — Gary Shteyngart
  184. The Russian Debutante’s Handbook — Gary Shteyngart
  185. Maigret and the Dead Girl — Georges Simenon
  186. Shosha — Isaac Bashevis Singer
  187. The Engineer of Human Souls – Josef Skvoresky
  188. In the First Circle – Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn
  189. In America – Susan Sontag
  190. Imaginative Quantities of Actual Things – Gilbert Sorrentino
  191. My Gun Is Quick — Mickey Spillane
  192. Dunbar — Edward St. Aubyn
  193. A Sentimental Journey – Laurence Sterne
  194. The League of Frightened Men — Rex Stout
  195. The Magnificent Ambersons – Booth Tarkington
  196. The Ogre — Michel Tournier
  197. Diary of a Blood Donor – Mati Unt
  198. Annihilation — Jeff VanderMeer
  199. Rainbow Stories – William T. Vollmann
  200. The Ice-Shirt – William T. Vollmann
  201. An Afghanistan Picture Show; or, How I Saved the World – William T. Vollmann
  202. Infinite Jest – David Foster Wallace
  203. Glue — Irvine Welsh
  204. The Once and Future King — T. H. White
  205. Underground Railroad, The – Colson Whitehead
  206. Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang: A Novel – Kate Wilhelm
  207. This Book Is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don’t Touch It — David Wong
  208. A Memoir of Misfortune — Su Xiaokang
  209. When Red Is Black – Qiu Xiaolong
  210. Miss Chopsticks — Xinran
  211. I Hotel – Karen Tei Yamashita
  212. Big Breasts and Wide Hips — Mo Yan
  213. Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist – Sunil Yapa
  214. Angeles Crest – P. J. Zander
  215. The Debacle— Émile Zola
  216. Au Bonheur des Dames — Émile Zola

(Next year’s reading pool (subject to change)

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