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

 

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

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