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

  1. The Virgin of Flames — Chris Abani
  2. Beasts Head for Home: A Novel — Kōbō Abe
  3. Birthday— César Aira
  4. The Monkey-Wrench Gang — Edward Albee
  5. Lionel Asbo: State of England — Martin Amis
  6. The Celebration – Ivan Angelo
  7. Act of the Damned – António Lobo Antunes
  8. God: A Human History — Resa Aslan
  9. No God But God — Reza Aslan
  10. The Automobile Club of Egypt — Alaa Al Aswany
  11. Motherland Hotel — Yusuf Atilgan
  12. Robert B. Parker’s Wonderland — Ace Atkins
  13. Robert B. Parker’s Cheap Shot — Ace Atkins
  14. Taduno’s Song: A Novel — Odafe Atogun
  15. The Decagon House Murders — Yukito Ayatsuji & Soji Shimada
  16. They Were Counted — Miklós Banffy
  17. They Were Divided — Miklós Banffy
  18. They Were Found Wanting — Miklós Banffy
  19. Oroonoko — Aphra Behn
  20. Humbolt’s Gift — Saul Bellow
  21. Monsieur Ouine – Georges Bernanos
  22. The Lime Works – Thomas Bernhard
  23. The Monkey Link: A Pilgrimage Novel — Andrei Bitov
  24. Monsieur Pamplemousse On Location — Michael Bond
  25. Monsieur Pamplemousse Stands Firm — Michael Bond
  26. Religion For Atheists — Alain de Botton
  27. Armadillo — William Boyd
  28. Brazzaville Beach— William Boyd
  29. A Good Man In Africa — William Boyd
  30. Killoyle, An Irish Farce – Roger Boylan
  31. When the Killing’s Done — T. C. Boyle
  32. The Terranauts – T. C. Boyle
  33. Drop City – T. C. Boyle
  34. The Women – T. C. Boyle
  35. Riven Rock – T. C. Boyle
  36. Lady Audley’s Secret – Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  37. Anonymous Celebrity — Ignácio de Loyola Brandão
  38. Robert B. Parker’s Killing the Blues — Michael Brandman
  39. Robert B. Parker’s Fool Me Twice — Michael Brandman
  40. The Sleepwalkers – Hermann Broch
  41. The Unknown Quantity – Hermann Broch
  42. The Death of Virgil — Hermann Broch
  43. The Brief History of the Dead — Kevin Brockmeier
  44. Thru — Christine Brooke-Rose
  45. Between –  Christine Brooke-Rose
  46. Odditorium — Hob Broun
  47. Father and Son – Larry Brown
  48. The Los Angeles Diaries: A Memoir — James Brown
  49. The Screaming Mimi — Fredric Brown
  50. The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs — Steve Brusatta
  51. Last Stop Tokyo — James Buckler
  52. The Star of India — Carole Bugge
  53. Love Is a Dog From Hell — Charles Bukowski
  54. Babel Tower – A. S. Byatt
  55. A Whistling Woman – A. S. Byatt
  56. Three Trapped Tigers — G. Cabrera Infante
  57. Cathedral — Raymond Chandler
  58. The Hive – Camilo José Cela
  59. Moonglow — Michael Chabon
  60. Streetwise — Mohamed Chaukri
  61. Between the World and Me — Ta-Nehisi Coates
  62. The Woman In White — Wilkie Collins
  63. The Black Echo — Michael Connelly
  64. The Black Ice — Michael Connelly
  65. The Concrete Blonde — Michael Connelly
  66. Nostromo — Joseph Conrad
  67. Lucky Pierre – Robert Coover
  68. The Public Burning – Robert Coover
  69. The Winners – Julio Cortázar
  70. Maigret At Fouquet’s — Robert J. Courtine
  71. Zero Cool — Michael Crichton
  72. The Enormous Room — E. E. Cummings
  73. The Lost Scrapbook – Evan Dara
  74. Varieties of Disturbance: Stories – Lydia Davis
  75. Roxana — Daniel Defoe
  76. Americana— Don DeLillo
  77. Through the Language Glass: Why the World Looks Different in Other Languages — Guy Deutscher
  78. Frog — Stephen Dixon
  79. Bright Magic: Stories — Alfred Döblin
  80. Bucking the Sun — Ivan Doig
  81. Schultz — J. P. Donleavy
  82. The Big Money — John Dos Passos
  83. The Adolescent – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  84. Island People – Coleman Dowell
  85. The Forty-Five – Alexander Dumas
  86. The Count of Monte Cristo — Alexander Dumas
  87. The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana – Umberto Eco [XFX]
  88. A Visit From the Goon Squad — Jennifer Egan
  89. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius — Dave Eggers
  90. Zeitoun — Dave Eggers
  91. The Librarian — Mikhail Elizarov
  92. Glamorama – Brett Easton Ellis
  93. Lunar Park – Brett Easton Ellis
  94. Boswell – Stanley Elkin
  95. Masks — Fumiko Enchi
  96. The Samurai – Shusaku Endo
  97. The Years — Annie Ernaux
  98. Go Down, Moses – William Faulkner
  99. Pylon – William Faulkner
  100. The Mansion — William Faulkner
  101. Independence Day— Richard Ford
  102. Crossing — Andrew Xia Fukuda
  103. Slow Boat — Hideo Furukawa
  104. Sophie’s World – Jostein Gaarder
  105. The Recognitions — William Gaddis
  106. Promise At Dawn — Roman Gary
  107. Cranford – Elizabeth Gaskell
  108. Mary Barton – Elizabeth Gaskell
  109. Middle C — William H. Gass
  110. Eyes — William H. Gass
  111. The Glass Palace – Amitav Ghosh
  112. The Hungry Tide – Amitav Ghosh
  113. The Calcutta Chromosome — Amitav Ghosh
  114. Zero History — William Gibson
  115. Will Warburton — George Gissing
  116. Carter Beats the Devil – Glen David Gold
  117. She Drove without Stopping – Jaimy Gordon
  118. Château d’Argol — Julien Gracq
  119. Too Far Afield – Günter Grass
  120. Party Going — Henry Green
  121. The Heart of the Matter– Graham Greene
  122. The Book of Intimate Grammar: A Novel – David Grossman
  123. The Big Sky — A. B. Guthrie, Jr.
  124. Alan Quatermain — H. Rider Haggard
  125. The Autobiography of Malcolm X – Alex Haley
  126. Warlock – Oakley Hall
  127. Murder and the Married Virgin — Brett Halliday
  128. Bodies are Where You Find Them — Brett Halliday
  129. The Corpse Came Calling — Brett Halliday
  130. Growth of the Soil — Knut Hamsun
  131. Moravian Night — Peter Handke
  132. Tinkers — Paul Harding
  133. A Pair of Blue Eyes — Thomas Hardy
  134. Whistlejacket – John Hawkes
  135. The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster — Bobby Henderson
  136. The Transmigration of Bodies — Yuri Herrera
  137. Newcomer — Keigo Higashino
  138. Strangers On a Train — Patricia Highsmith
  139. Tidings of the Trees — Wolfgang Hilbig
  140. Maestra — L. S. Hilton
  141. God Is Not Great — Christopher Hitchens
  142. The Swimming-Pool Library — Alan Hollinghurst
  143. Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Sausages — Tom Holt
  144. Là-Bas – J. K. Huysmans
  145. Princess Bari — Sok-yong Hwang
  146. The Dead Girls — Jorge Ibargüengoitia
  147. Three Trapped Tigers – G. Cabrera Infante
  148. The Unconsoled – Katsuo Ishiguro
  149. The Wings of the Dove – Henry James
  150. Until Proven Guilty — J. A. Jance
  151. Cold Dish — Craig Johnson
  152. Train Dreams — Denis Johnson
  153. The World of Henry Orient — Nora Johnson
  154. The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden — Jonas Jonasson
  155. A Japanese Schoolgirl — Yoko Kajihara
  156. Second Person Singular — Sayed Kashua
  157. The Flaming Corsage — William Kennedy
  158. Sometimes a Great Notion — Ken Kesey
  159. The Man Who Spoke Snakish — Andrus Kivirähk
  160. The Rain Ascends — Joy Kogawa
  161. The Atheist’s Bible — Joan Konner
  162. The Exile — William Kotzwinkle
  163. The Melancholy of Resistance — Lásló Krasznahorkai
  164. God’s Without Men — Hari Kunzru
  165. The Incendiaries — R. O. Kwan
  166. Loups-Garous — Natsuhiko Kyogoku
  167. A Dissertation On Roast Pig (essays) — Charles Lamb
  168. The Girl’s Guide to the Apocalypse — Daphne Lamb
  169. Women In Love — D. H. Lawrence
  170. Independent People – Halldor Laxness
  171. The Monk – Matthew Lewis
  172. Elmer Gantry — Sinclair Lewis
  173. Number One Chinese Restaurant — Lillian Li
  174. Lady In the Lake — Laura Lippman
  175. Hark — Sam Lipsyte
  176. Complete Stories — Clarice Lispector
  177. Martin Eden — Jack London
  178. Goth Girl Rising — Barry Lyga
  179. Blowout — Rachel Maddow
  180. Stick Out Your Tongue — Ma Jian
  181. The Executioner’s Song – Norman Mailer
  182. The Loved Ones – Alia Mamdouh
  183. Faceless Killers — Henning Mankell
  184. Wolf Hall — Hilary Mantel
  185. Adam Buenosayres: A Novel — Leopoldo Marechal
  186. The Infatuations — Javier Marías
  187. Mother and Child — Carol Maso
  188. Cop Hater — Ed McBain
  189. The Mugger — Ed McBain
  190. Pusher — Ed McBain
  191. Lookout Cartridge – Joseph McElroy
  192. The Children Act — Ian McEwan
  193. Machines Like Me — Ian McEwan
  194. Razor Wire Pubic Hair — Carlton Mellick III
  195. Mardi — Herman Melville
  196. The Confidence Man — Herman Melville
  197. The Ordeal of Richard Feveral — George Meredith
  198. Home Movie — Moxie Mezcal
  199. The Frolic of the Beasts — Yukio Mishima
  200. Forbidden Colors — Yukio Mishima
  201. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
  202. The Bone Clocks — David Mitchell
  203. Gasoline — Quim Monzó
  204. Devil In a Blue Dress — Walter Mosely
  205. The Natashas — Yelena Moskovich
  206. The Lonesome Bodybuilder — Yukiko Motoya
  207. Diary of a Fat Girl — Moira Mugwani
  208. Cockroaches — Scholastique Mukasonga
  209. Edwin of the Iron Shoes — Marcia Muller
  210. 1Q84 — Haruki Murakami
  211. The Green Knight — Iris Murdoch
  212. A Man Without Qualities – Robert Musil
  213. Bend Sinister – Vladimir Nabokov
  214. Ada, or Ardor: A Family Chronicle – Vladimir Nabokov
  215. Parallel Stories — Péter Nádas
  216. God In Pink — Hasan Namir
  217. Cockroaches — Jo Nesbo
  218. The Octopus – Frank Norris
  219. Wonderland – Joyce Carol Oates
  220. A Widow’s Story — Joyce Carol Oates
  221. Mudwoman — Joyce Carol Oates
  222. The Gravedigger’s Daughter — Joyce Carol Oates
  223. Broke Heart Blues — Joyce Carol Oates
  224. The Fishermen: A Novel — Chigozie Obioma
  225. Modesty Blaise — Peter O’Donnell
  226. The Famished Road – Ben Okri
  227. A Tale of Love and Darkness – Amos Oz
  228. The Black Book – Orhan Pamuk
  229. Killing Orders — Sara Paretsky
  230. The Water Sprite — I. J. Parker
  231. Towns Without Rivers – Michael Parker
  232. Hard Case Crime: Passport To Peril — Robert B. Parker
  233. Laguna Heat — T. Jefferson Parker
  234. Doctor Zhivago — Boris Pasternak
  235. Dutch Uncle — Peter Pavia
  236. An Instance of the Fingerpost – Iain Pears
  237. Houses — Borislav Pekic
  238. The Big Blowdown — George Pelecanos
  239. Empire V: The Prince of Hamlet — Victor Pelevin
  240. Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff — Sean Penn
  241. The Thanatos Syndrome — Walker Percy
  242. Special Topics in Calamity Physics – Marisha Pessl
  243. The Book of Disquiet – Fernando Pessoa
  244. The Girl from the Metropol Hotel: Growing Up in Communist Russia — Ludmilla Petrushevskaya
  245. Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free — Charles P. Pierce
  246. Monsieur Songe – Robert Pinget
  247. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance — Robert M. Pirsig
  248. The Locusts Have No King — Dawn Powell
  249. Angels On Toast — Dawn Powell
  250. Wolf Solent – John Cowper Powys
  251. The Wanderers — Richard Price
  252. The Snatch — Bill Pronzini
  253. The Violated — Bill Pronzini
  254. Mason & Dixon – Thomas Pynchon
  255. Against the Day – Thomas Pynchon
  256. Death of a Red Heroine – Qiu Xiaolong
  257. When Red Is Black – Qiu Xiaolong
  258. The Mysteries of Udolpho – Ann Radcliffe
  259. House of Fallen Trees — Gina Ranali
  260. Maigret In Antwerp — Joe Richards
  261. Larva: A Midsummer Night’s Babel – Julían Ríos
  262. Letting Go – Philip Roth
  263. The Humbling — Philip Roth
  264. When She Was Good — Philip Roth
  265. Charlotte Temple — Susanna Rowson
  266. Memoirs of an Invisible Man — H. F. Saint
  267. I Think I Am in Friend-Love With You — Yumi Sakugawa
  268. It Came From Below the Belt — Bradley Sands
  269. Tolstoy and the Purple Chair — Nina Sankovitch
  270. Baltasar and Blimunda – José Saramago
  271. The Occasional Virgin: A Novel — Hanan al-Shaykh
  272. The Part of Me That Isn’t Broken Inside — Kazufumi Shiraishi
  273. Absurdistan — Gary Shteyngart
  274. The Russian Debutante’s Handbook — Gary Shteyngart
  275. The Amboy Dukes — Irving Shulman
  276. Shosha — Isaac Bashevis Singer
  277. A Man’s Head — Georges Simenon
  278. The Engineer of Human Souls – Josef Skvoresky
  279. In the First Circle – Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn
  280. In America – Susan Sontag
  281. Imaginative Quantities of Actual Things – Gilbert Sorrentino
  282. The Charterhouse of Parma — Renate Stendhal
  283. The League of Frightened Men — Rex Stout
  284. A Memoir of Misfortune — Su Xiaokang
  285. Honeymoon To Nowhere — Akimitsu Takagi
  286. The Magnificent Ambersons – Booth Tarkington
  287. The Naked Eye — Yoko Tawada
  288. The Ogre — Michel Tournier
  289. The Man Who Died — Antti Tuomainen
  290. The Mine — Antti Tuomainen
  291. The Ghost In the Shell — Tow Ubukata
  292. Diary of a Blood Donor – Mati Unt
  293. Flood — Andrew Vachss
  294. Strega — Andrew Vachss
  295. The Bishop Murder Case — S. S. Van Dine
  296. I’ll Sell You a Dog — Juan Pablo Villalobos
  297. The Aeneid — Virgil (Fagles)
  298. Rainbow Stories – William T. Vollmann
  299. The Ice-Shirt – William T. Vollmann
  300. An Afghanistan Picture Show; or, How I Saved the World – William T. Vollmann
  301. Infinite Jest – David Foster Wallace
  302. Glue — Irvine Welsh
  303. Maigret and the Murder in a Minor Key — Murielle Wenger
  304. The Once and Future King — T. H. White
  305. The Nickel Boys — Colson Whitehead
  306. This Book Is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don’t Touch It — David Wong
  307. New York Dead — Stuart Woods
  308. I Hotel – Karen Tei Yamashita
  309. Big Breasts and Wide Hips — Mo Yan
  310. Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist – Sunil Yapa
  311. Throwaway Daughter — Ting-xing Ye
  312. Nemesis — Joe Yogerst
  313. The Debacle— Émile Zola
  314. Au Bonheur des Dames — Émile Zola

 

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

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