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

 

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

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