Reading Pool for 2019

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 (40) | if unread in a current monthly pool=italics

  1. The Virgin of Flames — Chris Abani
  2. The Monkey-Wrench Gang — Edward Albee
  3. Lionel Asbo: State of England — Martin Amis
  4. The Celebration – Ivan Angelo
  5. Act of the Damned – António Lobo Antunes
  6. God: A Human History — Resa Aslan
  7. No God But God — Reza Aslan
  8. The Automobile Club of Egypt — Alaa Al Aswany
  9. Wonderland — Ace Atkins
  10. Taduno’s Song: A Novel — Odafe Atogun
  11. The Decagon House Murders — Yukito Ayatsuji & Soji Shimada
  12. They Were Counted — Miklós Banffy
  13. They Were Divided — Miklós Banffy
  14. They Were Found Wanting — Miklós Banffy
  15. Humbolt’s Gift — Saul Bellow
  16. Monsieur Ouine – Georges Bernanos
  17. The Lime Works – Thomas Bernhard
  18. The Monkey Link: A Pilgrimage Novel — Andrei Bitov
  19. Religion For Atheists ± Alain de Botton
  20. Armadillo — William Boyd
  21. Brazzaville Beach— William Boyd
  22. A Good Man In Africa — William Boyd
  23. Killoyle, An Irish Farce – Roger Boylan
  24. When the Killing’s Done — T. C. Boyle
  25. The Terranauts – T. C. Boyle
  26. Drop City – T. C. Boyle
  27. The Women – T. C. Boyle
  28. Riven Rock – T. C. Boyle
  29. Lady Audley’s Secret – Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  30. Anonymous Celebrity — Ignácio de Loyola Brandão
  31. The Sleepwalkers – Hermann Broch
  32. The Unknown Quantity – Hermann Broch
  33. Thru — Christine Brooke-Rose
  34. Between –  Christine Brooke-Rose
  35. Father and Son – Larry Brown
  36. The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs — Steve Brusatta
  37. Love Is a Dog From Hell — Charles Bukowski
  38. Babel Tower – A. S. Byatt
  39. A Whistling Woman – A. S. Byatt
  40. Three Trapped Tigers — G. Cabrera Infante
  41. The Hive – Camilo José Cela
  42. Moonglow — Michael Chabon
  43. Streetwise — Mohamed Chaukri
  44. Nostromo — Joseph Conrad
  45. Lucky Pierre – Robert Coover
  46. The Public Burning – Robert Coover
  47. The Winners – Julio Cortázar
  48. Maigret At Fouquet’s — Robert J. Courtine
  49. The Enormous Room — E. E. Cummings
  50. The Lost Scrapbook – Evan Dara
  51. Varieties of Disturbance: Stories – Lydia Davis
  52. Americana— Don DeLillo
  53. Through the Language Glass: Why the World Looks Different in Other Languages — Guy Deutscher
  54. Frog — Stephen Dixon
  55. Bright Magic: Stories — Alfred Döblin
  56. Bucking the Sun — Ivan Doig
  57. Schultz — J. P. Donleavy
  58. The Big Money — John Dos Passos
  59. The Adolescent – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  60. Island People – Coleman Dowell
  61. The Forty-Five – Alexander Dumas
  62. The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana – Umberto Eco [XFX]
  63. A Visit From the Goon Squad — Jennifer Egan
  64. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius — Dave Eggers
  65. Zeitoun — Dave Eggers
  66. The Librarian — Mikhail Elizarov
  67. Glamorama – Brett Easton Ellis
  68. Lunar Park – Brett Easton Ellis
  69. Boswell – Stanley Elkin
  70. Masks — Fumiko Enchi
  71. The Samurai – Shusaku Endo
  72. The Years — Annie Ernaux
  73. Go Down, Moses – William Faulkner
  74. Pylon – William Faulkner
  75. The Mansion — William Faulkner
  76. Independence Day— Richard Ford
  77. Crossing — Andrew Xia Fukuda
  78. Slow Boat — Hideo Furukawa
  79. Sophie’s World – Jostein Gaarder
  80. The Recognitions — William Gaddis
  81. Promise At Dawn — Roman Gary
  82. Cranford – Elizabeth Gaskell
  83. Mary Barton – Elizabeth Gaskell
  84. Middle C — William H. Gass
  85. The Glass Palace – Amitav Ghosh
  86. The Hungry Tide – Amitav Ghosh
  87. The Calcutta Chromosome — Amitav Ghosh
  88. Zero History — William Gibson
  89. Will Warburton — George Gissing
  90. Carter Beats the Devil – Glen David Gold
  91. She Drove without Stopping – Jaimy Gordon
  92. Château d’Argol — Julien Gracq
  93. Too Far Afield – Günter Grass
  94. Party Going — Henry Green
  95. The Heart of the Matter– Graham Greene
  96. The Book of Intimate Grammar: A Novel – David Grossman
  97. The Big Sky — A. B. Guthrie, Jr.
  98. The Autobiography of Malcolm X – Alex Haley
  99. Warlock – Oakley Hall
  100. Growth of the Soil — Knut Hamsun
  101. Moravian Night — Peter Handke
  102. A Pair of Blue Eyes — Thomas Hardy
  103. Whistlejacket – John Hawkes
  104. Strangers On a Train — Patricia Highsmith
  105. God Is Not Great — Christopher Hitchens
  106. Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Sausages — Tom Holt
  107. Là-Bas – J. K. Huysmans
  108. Princess Bari — Sok-yong Hwang
  109. Three Trapped Tigers – G. Cabrera Infante
  110. The Unconsoled – Katsuo Ishiguro
  111. The Wings of the Dove – Henry James
  112. The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden — Jonas Jonasson
  113. A Japanese Schoolgirl — Yoko Kajihara
  114. Second Person Singular — Sayed Kashua
  115. The Flaming Corsage — William Kennedy
  116. Sometimes a Great Notion — Ken Kesey
  117. The Man Who Spoke Snakish — Andrus Kivirähk
  118. The Rain Ascends — Joy Kogawa
  119. The Atheist’s Bible — Joan Konner
  120. The Exile — William Kotzwinkle
  121. The Melancholy of Resistance — Lásló Krasznahorkai
  122. God’s Without Men — Hari Kunzru
  123. The Incendiaries — R. O. Kwan
  124. Loups-Garous — Natsuhiko Kyogoku
  125. A Dissertation On Roast Pig (essays) — Charles Lamb
  126. The Girl’s Guide to the Apocalypse — Daphne Lamb
  127. Women In Love — D. H. Lawrence
  128. Independent People – Halldor Laxness
  129. The Monk – Matthew Lewis
  130. Elmer Gantry — Sinclair Lewis
  131. Complete Stories — Clarice Lispector
  132. Martin Eden — Jack London
  133. Goth Girl Rising — Barry Lyga
  134. The Executioner’s Song – Norman Mailer
  135. The Loved Ones – Alia Mamdouh
  136. Faceless Killers — Henning Mankell
  137. Wolf Hall — Hilary Mantel
  138. Adam Buenosayres: A Novel — Leopoldo Marechal
  139. The Infatuations — Javier Marías
  140. Mother and Child — Carol Maso
  141. Lookout Cartridge – Joseph McElroy
  142. The Children Act — Ian McEwan
  143. Razor Wire Pubic Hair — Carlton Mellick III
  144. Mardi — Herman Melville
  145. The Ordeal of Richard Feveral — George Meredith
  146. The Frolic of the Beasts — Yukio Mishima
  147. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
  148. The Bone Clocks — David Mitchell
  149. Diary of a Fat Girl — Moira Mugwani
  150. The Green Knight — Iris Murdoch
  151. A Man Without Qualities – Robert Musil
  152. Ada, or Ardor: A Family Chronicle – Vladimir Nabokov
  153. Parallel Stories — Péter Nádas
  154. The Octopus – Frank Norris
  155. Wonderland – Joyce Carol Oates
  156. A Widow’s Story — Joyce Carol Oates
  157. Mudwoman — Joyce Carol Oates
  158. The Gravedigger’s Daughter — Joyce Carol Oates
  159. The Fishermen: A Novel — Chigozie Obioma
  160. The Famished Road – Ben Okri
  161. A Tale of Love and Darkness – Amos Oz
  162. The Black Book – Orhan Pamuk
  163. Towns Without Rivers – Michael Parker
  164. Doctor Zhivago — Boris Pasternak
  165. An Instance of the Fingerpost – Iain Pears
  166. Houses — Borislav Pekic
  167. The Big Blowdown — George Pelecanos
  168. Empire V: The Prince of Hamlet — Victor Pelevin
  169. Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff — Sean Penn
  170. The Thanatos Syndrome — Walker Percy
  171. Special Topics in Calamity Physics – Marisha Pessl
  172. The Book of Disquiet – Fernando Pessoa
  173. Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free — Charles P. Pierce
  174. Monsieur Songe – Robert Pinget
  175. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance — Robert M. Pirsig
  176. The Locusts Have No King — Dawn Powell
  177. Wolf Solent – John Cowper Powys
  178. Mason & Dixon – Thomas Pynchon
  179. Against the Day – Thomas Pynchon
  180. The Mysteries of Udolpho – Ann Radcliffe
  181. Maigret In Antwerp — Joe Richards
  182. Larva: A Midsummer Night’s Babel – Julían Ríos
  183. Letting Go – Philip Roth
  184. The Humbling — Philip Roth
  185. When She Was Good — Philip Roth
  186. Memoirs of an Invisible Man — H. F. Saint
  187. It Came From Below the Belt — Bradley Sands
  188. Tolstoy and the Purple Chair — Nina Sankovitch
  189. Baltasar and Blimunda – José Saramago
  190. Absurdistan — Gary Shteyngart
  191. The Russian Debutante’s Handbook — Gary Shteyngart
  192. Shosha — Isaac Bashevis Singer
  193. A Man’s Head — Georges Simenon
  194. The Engineer of Human Souls – Josef Skvoresky
  195. In the First Circle – Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn
  196. In America – Susan Sontag
  197. Imaginative Quantities of Actual Things – Gilbert Sorrentino
  198. The League of Frightened Men — Rex Stout
  199. The Magnificent Ambersons – Booth Tarkington
  200. The Ogre — Michel Tournier
  201. The Ghost In the Shell — Tow Ubukata
  202. Diary of a Blood Donor – Mati Unt
  203. I’ll Sell You a Dog — Juan Pablo Villalobos
  204. The Aeneid — Virgil (Fagles)
  205. Rainbow Stories – William T. Vollmann
  206. The Ice-Shirt – William T. Vollmann
  207. An Afghanistan Picture Show; or, How I Saved the World – William T. Vollmann
  208. Infinite Jest – David Foster Wallace
  209. Glue — Irvine Welsh
  210. Maigret and the Murder in a Minor Key — Murielle Wenger
  211. The Once and Future King — T. H. White
  212. This Book Is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don’t Touch It — David Wong
  213. A Memoir of Misfortune — Su Xiaokang
  214. Death of a Red Heroine – Qiu Xiaolong
  215. When Red Is Black – Qiu Xiaolong
  216. I Hotel – Karen Tei Yamashita
  217. Big Breasts and Wide Hips — Mo Yan
  218. Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist – Sunil Yapa
  219. The Debacle— Émile Zola
  220. Au Bonheur des Dames — Émile Zola

 

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

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