Reading Pool for 2022

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). [Note: 400 + in times of CoVid]

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

Read=Blue (234) To Read=Red

  1. A Man of the People — Chinua Achebe
  2. Swans Over the Moon — Forrest Aguirre
  3. The Turkish Gambit — Boris Akunin
  4. The Monkey-Wrench Gang — Edward Albee
  5. Zorro — Isabel Allende
  6. City of the Beasts — Isabel Allende
  7. Kingdom of the Golden Dragon — Isabel Allende
  8. Forest of the Pygmies — Isabel Allende
  9. Ending Up — Kingsley Amis
  10. The Alteration — Kingsley Amis
  11. Stanley and the Women — Kingsley Amis
  12. Lionel Asbo: State of England — Martin Amis
  13. Sanskara — U. R. Ananthamurthy
  14. The Saga of Gunnlaug Serpent-tongue — Anonymous
  15. The Incest Diary — Anonymous
  16. Rejected for Content: Splattergore — Anthology
  17. Act of the Damned – António Lobo Antunes
  18. God: A Human History — Resa Aslan
  19. The Year of the Flood — Margaret Atwood
  20. Alias Grace — Margaret Atwood
  21. Maddaddam — Margaret Atwood
  22. Cat’s Eye — Margaret Atwood
  23. The Robber Bride — Margaret Atwood
  24. The Edible Woman — Margaret Atwood
  25. The Invention of Solitude — Paul Auster
  26. A Harlot High or Low — Honoré de Balzac
  27. Illusions perdues — Honoré de Balzac
  28. History of the Thirteen — Honoré de Balzac
  29. The Wild Asses Skin — Honoré de Balzac
  30. Emmaus — Alessandro Baricco
  31. The Day We Found the Universe — Marcia Bartusiak
  32. The Rise and Fall of the Bible: The Unexpected History of an Accidental Book — Timothy Beal
  33. Monsieur Ouine – Georges Bernanos
  34. The Lime Works – Thomas Bernhard
  35. Religion For Atheists — Alain de Botton
  36. Killoyle, An Irish Farce – Roger Boylan
  37. When the Killing’s Done — T. C. Boyle
  38. The Terranauts – T. C. Boyle
  39. Drop City – T. C. Boyle
  40. The Women – T. C. Boyle
  41. Talk to Me — T. C. Boyle
  42. The Road to Wellville – T. C. Boyle
  43. Anonymous Celebrity — Ignácio de Loyola Brandão
  44. The Unknown Quantity – Hermann Broch
  45. Thru — Christine Brooke-Rose
  46. Between –  Christine Brooke-Rose
  47. Manchild in the Promised Land — Claude Brown
  48. Tiny Love: The Complete Stories of Larry Brown – Larry Brown
  49. Father and Son – Larry Brown
  50. Hard Case Crime: Bust — Ken Bruen and Jason Starr
  51. Hard Case Crime: Pimp — Ken Bruen and Jason Starr
  52. A Walk in the Woods — Bill Bryson
  53. Sons — Pearl S. Buck
  54. A House Divided — Pearl S. Buck
  55. Glory — NoViolet Bulawayo
  56. Cecilia — Franny Burney
  57. The Wanderer — Franny Burney
  58. Dry: A Memoir — Augustin Burroughs
  59. The Land That Time Forgot — Edgar Rice Burroughs
  60. The People That Time Forgot — Edgar Rice Burroughs
  61. Out of Time’s Abyss — Edgar Rice Burroughs
  62. Babel Tower – A. S. Byatt
  63. Whistling Woman — A. S. Byatt
  64. Still Life — A. S. Byatt
  65. The Cocktail Waitress — James M. Cain
  66. The Ruin of Kasch — Roberto Calasso
  67. Why Read the Classics? — Italo Calvino
  68. Hard Rain Falling — Don Carpenter
  69. Moonglow — Michael Chabon
  70. The Enemy — Lee Child
  71. Night School — Lee Child
  72. Running Blind — Lee Child
  73. I’m the One That I Want — Margaret Cho
  74. Floating in a Most Peculiar Way — Louis Chude-Sokei
  75. Deal Breaker — Harlan Coben
  76. The Devil Never Sleeps: and Other Essays — Andrei Codrescu
  77. Robert B. Parker’s The Devil Wins — Reed Farrel Coleman
  78. Robert B. Parker’s Debt To Pay — Reed Farrel Coleman
  79. Robert B. Parker’s The Hangman’s Sonnet — Reed Farrel Coleman
  80. Robert B. Parker’s Colorblind — Reed Farrel Coleman
  81. Trunk Music — Michael Connelly
  82. Angels Flight — Michael Connelly
  83. The Poet — Michael Connelly
  84. The Narrows — Michael Connelly
  85. A Darkness More Than Night — Michael Connelly
  86. Gorgo — Bill Cooke
  87. The Red Rover: A Tale — James Fenimore Cooper
  88. The Winners – Julio Cortázar
  89. Second Place — Rachel Cusk
  90. Clickbait — Evelyn Dar
  91. Varieties of Disturbance: Stories – Lydia Davis
  92. The End of the Story — Lydia Davis
  93. The Greatest Show On Earth: The Evidence for Evolution — Richard Dawkins
  94. Guns, Germs, Steel — Jared Diamond
  95. Valis — Philip K. Dick
  96. The Divine Invasion — Philip K. Dick
  97. The Transmigration of Timothy Archer — Philip K. Dick
  98. The Last Thing He Wanted — Joan Didion
  99. A Book of Common Prayer — Joan Didion
  100. Bright Magic: Stories — Alfred Döblin
  101. Bucking the Sun — Ivan Doig
  102. Night of the Assholes — Kevin L. Donihe
  103. Darwin’s Ghosts — Ariel Dorfman
  104. The Adolescent – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  105. The Gambler – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  106. Island People – Coleman Dowell
  107. Hard Case Crime: The Valley of Fear — Arthur Conan Doyle
  108. Jennie Gerhardt — Theodore Dreiser
  109. The Financier — Theodore Dreiser
  110. The Titan — Theodore Dreiser
  111. The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana – Umberto Eco
  112. Foucault’s Pendulum – Umberto Eco
  113. Bream Gives Me Hiccups — Jesse Eisenberg
  114. Zeitoun — Dave Eggers
  115. Hard Case Crime: Web of the City — Harlan Ellison
  116. The Samurai – Shusaku Endo
  117. The Televangelist — Ibrahim Eissa
  118. 1933 Was a Bad Year — John Fante
  119. Wait Until Spring, Bandini — John Fante
  120. Jonathan Wild — Henry Fielding
  121. The Circus of Dr. Lao — Charles G. Finney
  122. The Crack-up — F. Scott Fitzgerald
  123. The Pillars of the Earth — Ken Follett
  124. World Without End — Ken Follett
  125. A Column of Fire — Ken Follett
  126. The Evening and the Morning — Ken Follett
  127. Independence Day— Richard Ford
  128. The Twenty-Seventh City — Jonathan Franzen
  129. Freedom — Jonathan Franzen
  130. Purity — Jonathan Franzen
  131. Strong Motion — Jonathan Franzen
  132. Crossroads — Jonathan Franzen
  133. Sophie’s World – Jostein Gaarder
  134. The Mare — Mary Gaitskill
  135. The Case of the Sleepwalker’s Niece — Erle Stanley Gardner
  136. The Case of the Stuttering Bishop — Erle Stanley Gardner
  137. The Case of the Dangerous Dowager — Erle Stanley Gardner
  138. The Case of the Lame Canary — Erle Stanley Gardner
  139. The Case of the Substitute Face — Erle Stanley Gardner
  140. The Case of the Shoplifter’s Shoe — Erle Stanley Gardner
  141. Promise At Dawn — Roman Gary
  142. Wives and Daughters: An Everyday Story — Elizabeth Gaskell
  143. The Mummy’s Foot — Théophile Gautier
  144. The Glass Palace – Amitav Ghosh
  145. The Disappearance of Paige Turner — Bart J. Gilbertson
  146. Egmont — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  147. She Drove without Stopping – Jaimy Gordon
  148. Château d’Argol — Julien Gracq
  149. “D” Is for Deadbeat — Sue Grafton
  150. “E” Is for Evidence — Sue Grafton
  151. “F” Is for Fugitive — Sue Grafton
  152. “G” Is for Gumshoe — Sue Grafton
  153. “H” Is for Homicide — Sue Grafton
  154. “I” Is for Innocent — Sue Grafton
  155. Too Far Afield – Günter Grass
  156. Party Going — Henry Green
  157. Our Man in Havana — Graham Greene
  158. The Comedians — Graham Greene
  159. The Ministry of Fear — Graham Greene
  160. The Confidential Agent — Graham Greene
  161. The Book of Intimate Grammar: A Novel – David Grossman
  162. The Magician’s Trilogy — Lev Grossman
  163. Stalingrad — Vasily Grossman
  164. The Drunken Spelunker’s Guide to Plato — Kathy Guiffre
  165. The Autobiography of Malcolm X – Alex Haley
  166. Fly Paper and Other Stories — Dashiell Hammett
  167. Two On a Tower — Thomas Hardy
  168. A Laodicean; or, The Castle of the De Stancys — Thomas Hardy
  169. Whistlejacket – John Hawkes
  170. I — Wolfgang Hilbig
  171. If He Hollers Let Him Go — Chester Himes
  172. Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Sausages — Tom Holt
  173. Les Misérables — Victor Hugo
  174. Là-Bas – J. K. Huysmans
  175. Captain Saturday — Robert Inman
  176. The Princess Cassamassima— Henry James
  177. Kindness Goes Unpunished — Craig Johnson
  178. Ulysses — James Joyce
  179. Ms Ice Sandwich — Mieko Kawakami
  180. Friday the Rabbi Slept Late — Harry Kemelman
  181. Something New Under the Sun — Alexandra Kleeman
  182. Disclaimer — Rene Knight
  183. Pigeons on the Grass — Wolfgang Koeppen
  184. The Exile — William Kotzwinkle
  185. God’s Without Men — Hari Kunzru
  186. Something Unbelievable: A Novel — Maria Kuznetsova
  187. Bubba and the Cosmic Blood-Suckers — Joe R. Lansdale
  188. Sweet Smell of Success — Ernest Lehman
  189. Three Ten To Yuma and Other Stories — Elmore Leonard
  190. Cass Timberlane — Sinclair Lewis
  191. Gideon Planish — Sinclair Lewis
  192. Bethel Merriday — Sinclair Lewis
  193. Complete Stories — Clarice Lispector
  194. A Man of Parts — David Lodge
  195. The Executioner’s Song – Norman Mailer
  196. Harlot’s Ghost – Norman Mailer
  197. The Loved Ones – Alia Mamdouh
  198. Adam Buenosayres: A Novel — Leopoldo Marechal
  199. Your Face Tomorrow: Fever and Spear — Javier Marías
  200. Your Face Tomorrow: Dance and Dream — Javier Marías
  201. Your Face Tomorrow: Poison, Shadow and Farewell — Javier Marías
  202. Shadow Country — Peter Matthiessen
  203. Far Tortuga — Peter Matthiessen
  204. Mary Ann in Autumn — Armistead Maupin
  205. The Days of Anna Madrigal — Armistead Maupin
  206. Sweet Tooth — Ian McEwan
  207. Priceless — Zygmunt Miloszewski
  208. Forbidden Colors — Yukio Mishima
  209. Swimming Lessons — Rohinton Mistry
  210. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
  211. The Bone Clocks — David Mitchell
  212. Utopia Avenue — David Mitchell
  213. Untitled — Kgebetli Moele
  214. Noir: A Novel — Christopher Moore
  215. Apples Never Fall — Liane Moriarty
  216. Goth Girl — Melanie Mosher
  217. McGlue — Ottessa Moshfegh
  218. The Assault — Harry Mulisch
  219. The Unicorn — Iris Murdoch
  220. The Time of the Angels — Iris Murdoch
  221. The Bat — Jo Nesbø
  222. The Redbreast — Jo Nesbø
  223. Nemesis — Jo Nesbø
  224. A Widow’s Story — Joyce Carol Oates
  225. After the Wreck, I Picked Myself Up, Spread My Wings, and Flew Away — Joyce Carol Oates
  226. The Gravedigger’s Daughter — Joyce Carol Oates
  227. My Heart Laid Bare — Joyce Carol Oates
  228. Hazards of Time Travel — Joyce Carol Oates
  229. Breathe: A Novel — Joyce Carol Oates
  230. The Man Without a Shadow — Joyce Carol Oates
  231. The Pursuit — Joyce Carol Oates
  232. My Life As a Rat — Joyce Carol Oates
  233. Mystery, Inc. — Joyce Carol Oates
  234. From the Terrace — John O’Hara
  235. Down and Out in Paris and London — George Orwell
  236. A Tale of Love and Darkness – Amos Oz
  237. A Tale for the Time Being — Ruth Ozeki
  238. The Book of Form and Emptiness — Ruth Ozeki
  239. The Red-Haired Woman — Orhan Pamuk
  240. Towns Without Rivers – Michael Parker
  241. Doomino’s Apocalyptic Pizza Delivery — Lucas Pederson & Tim Marquitz
  242. The Sacred Book of the Werewolf — Victor Pelevin
  243. When Christ and His Saints Slept — Sharon Kay Penman
  244. Time and Chance — Sharon Kay Penman
  245. Devil’s Brood — Sharon Kay Penman
  246. Lionheart — Sharon Kay Penman
  247. The Sunne In Splendour — Sharon Kay Penman
  248. The Thanatos Syndrome — Walker Percy
  249. Special Topics in Calamity Physics – Marisha Pessl
  250. Monsieur Songe – Robert Pinget
  251. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance — Robert M. Pirsig
  252. The Corpse Wore Pasties — Porkpie Jonny
  253. Prisoner’s Dilemma — Richard Powers
  254. The Overstory: A Novel — Richard Powers
  255. Bewilderment — Richard Powers
  256. A Glastonbury Romance — John Cowper Powys
  257. Porius — John Cowper Powys
  258. Owen Glendower — John Cowper Powys
  259. Maiden Castle — John Cowper Powys
  260. The Extremes — Christopher Priest
  261. The Prestige — Christopher Priest
  262. eXistenZ — Christopher Priest
  263. Carmody’s Run — Bill Pronzini
  264. Touch — Francine Prose
  265. Satiristas! — Paul Provenza
  266. Swann’s Way — Marcel Proust
  267. Within a Budding Grove — Marcel Proust
  268. The Guermantes Way — Marcel Proust
  269. Sodom and Gomorrah — Marcel Proust
  270. The Captive and The Fugitive — Marcel Proust
  271. Time Regained — Marcel Proust
  272. A Loyal Character Dancer — Qiu Xiaolong
  273. Gargantua & Pantagruel — François Rabelais
  274. Peppermint Twist — Gina Ranalli
  275. Larva: A Midsummer Night’s Babel – Julían Ríos
  276. Shantaram: A Novel — Gregory David Roberts
  277. Chronicles of Old Los Angeles — James Roman
  278. Beautiful World, Where Are You — Sally Rooney
  279. Seven Brief Lessons on Physics — Carlo Rovelli
  280. The Golden House — Salman Rushdie
  281. Joseph Anton — Salman Rushdie
  282. A Renegade History of the United States — Thaddeus Russell
  283. Travels With Herodotus — Ryszard Kapuscinski
  284. Memoirs of an Invisible Man — H. F. Saint
  285. It Came From Below the Belt — Bradley Sands
  286. The Russian Debutante’s Handbook — Gary Shteyngart
  287. Super Sad True Love Story: A Novel — Gary Shteyngart
  288. Lake Success: A Novel — Gary Shteyngart
  289. Gilgamesh the King — Robert Silverberg
  290. To the Land of the Living — Robert Silverberg
  291. The Late Monsieur Gallet — Georges Simenon
  292. The Train — Georges Simenon
  293. Sunday — George Simenon
  294. Madame Maigret’s Friend — Georges Simenon
  295. Oil! — Upton Sinclair
  296. Roseanna — Maj Sjowall & Per Wahloo
  297. The Man Who Went Up in Smoke — Maj Sjöwall & Per Wahlöö
  298. The Engineer of Human Souls – Josef Skvoresky
  299. The Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves — Tobias Smollett
  300. The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom — Tobias Smollett
  301. In the First Circle – Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn
  302. Imaginative Quantities of Actual Things – Gilbert Sorrentino
  303. The Hunter — Richard Stark
  304. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas — Gertrude Stein
  305. The Missing Head of Damasceno Monteiro — Antonio Tabucchi
  306. The History of Henry Esmond — W. M. Thackeray
  307. Under the Wave at Waimea — Paul Theroux
  308. The Use of Man — Aleksandar Tisma
  309. The Cossacks — Leo Tolstoy
  310. The Lincoln Highway: A Novel — Amor Towles
  311. The Last Chronicle of Barset — Anthony Trollope
  312. Yvain — Chretien de Troyes
  313. A Spool of Blue Thread — Anne Tyler
  314. Digging to America — Anne Tyler
  315. A Slipping Down Life — Anne Tyler
  316. Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant — Anne Tyler
  317. Redhead by the Side of the Road — Anne Tyler
  318. The Big Green Tent — Ludmila Ulitskaya
  319. S. — John Updike
  320. The Coup — John Updike
  321. Brazil — John Updike
  322. Villages — John Updike
  323. Rainbow Stories – William T. Vollmann
  324. The Ice-Shirt – William T. Vollmann
  325. The Rifles – William T. Vollmann
  326. An Afghanistan Picture Show; or, How I Saved the World – William T. Vollmann
  327. Riding Toward Everywhere — William T. Vollmann
  328. Welcome to the Monkey House — Kurt Vonnegut
  329. Happy Birthday, Wanda June — Kurt Vonnegut
  330. Glue — Irvine Welsh
  331. Skagboys — Irvine Welsh
  332. The Doloriad — Missouri Williams
  333. This Book Is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don’t Touch It — David Wong
  334. Trash — Amy Yamada
  335. I Hotel – Karen Tei Yamashita
  336. A Little Life — Hanya Yanagihara

(Workspace for next year’s reading pool : subject to constant change)

TBA

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