Reading Pool for 2017

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 (54) | if unread in a 2017 monthly pool=italics

  1. How German Is It? — Walter Abish
  2. Anthills of the Savannah — Chinua Achebe
  3. Hawksmoor — Peter Ackroyd
  4. Muslim Girl: A Coming of Age — Amani Al-Khatahtbeh
  5. The Japanese Lover — Isabel Allende
  6. Lionel Asbo: State of England — Martin Amis
  7. The Bridge on the Drina — Ivo Andric
  8. The Celebration – Ivan Angelo
  9. Act of the Damned – António Lobo Antunes
  10. The Automobile Club of Egypt — Alaa Al Aswany
  11. Taduno’s Song: A Novel — Odafe Atogun
  12. The Year of the Flood — Margaret Atwood
  13. Le Depute d’Arcis— Honoré de Balzac
  14. They Were Counted — Miklós Banffy
  15. They Were Divided — Miklós Banffy
  16. They Were Found Wanting — Miklós Banffy
  17. Mefisto — John Banville
  18. Under Fire — Henri Barbusse
  19. The Sense of an Ending — Julian Barnes
  20. I Hate Martin Amis et al. — Peter Barry
  21. Paradise — Donald Barthelme
  22. Humbolt’s Gift — Saul Bellow
  23. Monsieur Ouine – Georges Bernanos
  24. The Lime Works – Thomas Bernhard
  25. Concrete – Thomas Bernhard
  26. Tinkerbell On Walkabout — Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff
  27. The Way of Muri — Ilya Boyashov
  28. Armadillo — William Boyd
  29. Brazzaville Beach— William Boyd
  30. A Good Man In Africa — William Boyd
  31. Killoyle, An Irish Farce – Roger Boylan
  32. When the Killing’s Done — 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. The Sleepwalkers – Hermann Broch
  39. The Unknown Quantity – Hermann Broch
  40. Thru — Christine Brooke-Rose
  41. Between –  Christine Brooke-Rose
  42. Father and Son – Larry Brown
  43. The Western Lands – William S. Burroughs
  44. Babel Tower – A. S. Byatt
  45. A Whistling Woman – A. S. Byatt
  46. Three Trapped Tigers — G. Cabrera Infante
  47. The Hive – Camilo José Cela
  48. Moonglow — Michael Chabon
  49. Red Earth and Pouring Rain – Vikram Chandra
  50. Odysseus Abroad: A Novel — Amit Chaudhuri
  51. Robota — Doug Chang and Orson Scott Card
  52. Nostromo — Joseph Conrad
  53. Lucky Pierre – Robert Coover
  54. The Public Burning – Robert Coover
  55. The Winners – Julio Cortázar
  56. The Enormous Room — E. E. Cummings [XFX]
  57. The Lost Scrapbook – Evan Dara
  58. Varieties of Disturbance: Stories – Lydia Davis
  59. The Names — Don DeLillo
  60. Americana— Don DeLillo
  61. The Museum of Final Journeys — Anita Desai
  62. Valis — Philip K. Dick
  63. The Divine Invasion — Philip K. Dick
  64. The Transmigration of Timothy Archer— Philip K. Dick
  65. To the White Sea — James Dickey
  66. Slouching Towards Bethlehem — Joan Didion
  67. Pilgrim At Tinker Creek — Annie Dillard
  68. Before We Visit the Goddess — Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
  69. Bucking the Sun — Ivan Doig
  70. The Big Money — John Dos Passos
  71. The Adolescent – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  72. Island People – Coleman Dowell
  73. Jimmy Jazz — Roddy Doyle
  74. The Forty-Five – Alexander Dumas
  75. The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana – Umberto Eco [XFX]
  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. The Magic Kingdom – Stanley Elkin
  83. Van Gogh’s Room At Arles – Stanley Elkin
  84. The Samurai – Shusaku Endo
  85. Go Down, Moses – William Faulkner
  86. Pylon – William Faulkner
  87. The Mansion — William Faulkner
  88. Independence Day— Richard Ford
  89. Sophie’s World – Jostein Gaarder
  90. The Recognitions — William Gaddis
  91. Fat City — Leonard Gardener
  92. Mauve — Simon Garfield
  93. Promise At Dawn — Roman Gary
  94. Cranford – Elizabeth Gaskell
  95. Mary Barton – Elizabeth Gaskell
  96. Middle C — William H. Gass
  97. The Man Who Folded Himself — David Gerrold
  98. The Glass Palace – Amitav Ghosh
  99. The Hungry Tide – Amitav Ghosh
  100. Pattern Recognition — William Gibson
  101. Spook Country — William Gibson
  102. Zero History — William Gibson
  103. Straight Is the Gate — Andre Gide
  104. Hill — Jean Giorno
  105. New Grub Street — George Gissing
  106. Elective Affinities – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  107. Carter Beats the Devil – Glen David Gold
  108. To the Ends of the Earth — William Golding
  109. She Drove without Stopping – Jaimy Gordon
  110. Château d’Argol — Julien Gracq
  111. Too Far Afield – Günter Grass
  112. The Heart of the Matter– Graham Greene
  113. The Book of Intimate Grammar: A Novel – David Grossman
  114. The Big Sky — A. B. Guthrie, Jr.
  115. The Autobiography of Malcolm X – Alex Haley
  116. Warlock – Oakley Hall
  117. Growth of the Soil — Knut Hamsun
  118. A Pair of Blue Eyes — Thomas Hardy
  119. Whistlejacket – John Hawkes
  120. God Is Not Great — Christopher Hitchens
  121. The True Believer — Eric Hoffer
  122. Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Sausages — Tom Holt
  123. Wool — Hugh Howey
  124. Ninety-Three — Victor Hugo
  125. Là-Bas – J. K. Huysmans
  126. Princess Bari — Sok-yong Hwang
  127. Three Trapped Tigers – G. Cabrera Infante
  128. Snakepit: A Novel — Moses Isegawa
  129. The Unconsoled – Katsuo Ishiguro
  130. Rock n Roll Babes From Outer Space — Linda Jaivin
  131. The Wings of the Dove – Henry James
  132. The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden — Jonas Jonasson
  133. The Accident— Ismail Kadare
  134. Second Person Singular — Sayed Kashua
  135. The Old Capital — Yasunari Kawabata
  136. The Flaming Corsage — William Kennedy
  137. Sometimes a Great Notion — Ken Kesey
  138. Monkey: A Journey To the West — David Kherdian
  139. The Man Who Spoke Snakish — Andrus Kivirähk
  140. A Separate Peace — John Knowles
  141. The Melancholy of Resistance — Lásló Krasznahorkai
  142. The Return of Munchausen — Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky
  143. God’s Without Men — Hari Kunzru
  144. Women In Love — D. H. Lawrence
  145. Independent People – Halldor Laxness
  146. The Golden Notebook – Doris Lessing
  147. The Monk – Matthew Lewis
  148. Dodsworth — Sinclair Lewis
  149. Cass Timberlane — Sinclair Lewis
  150. Elmer Gantry — Sinclair Lewis
  151. It Can’t Happen Here — Sinclair Lewis
  152. Complete Stories — Clarice Lispector
  153. Martin Eden — Jack London
  154. Goth Girl Rising — Barry Lyga
  155. The Executioner’s Song – Norman Mailer
  156. Naphtalene — Alia Mamdouh
  157. Adam Buenosayres: A Novel — Leopoldo Marechal
  158. The Infatuations — Javier Marías
  159. Your Turn, Mr. Moto — John P. Marquand
  160. The Magician — W. Somerset Maugham
  161. Lookout Cartridge – Joseph McElroy
  162. Razor Wire Pubic Hair — Carlton Mellick III
  163. Mardi — Herman Melville
  164. The Ordeal of Richard Feveral — George Meredith
  165. Black Spring — Henry Miller
  166. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
  167. The Bone Clocks — David Mitchell
  168. Bruno’s Dream — Iris Murdoch
  169. The Black Prince – Iris Murdoch
  170. The Green Knight — Iris Murdoch
  171. A Man Without Qualities – Robert Musil
  172. Ada, or Ardor: A Family Chronicle – Vladimir Nabokov
  173. Parallel Stories — Péter Nádas
  174. Sylvie — Gérard de Nerval
  175. The Octopus – Frank Norris
  176. Unfinished — Carol Oates
  177. Wonderland – Joyce Carol Oates
  178. A Widow’s Story — Joyce Carol Oates
  179. Mudwoman — Joyce Carol Oates
  180. The Gravedigger’s Daughter — Joyce Carol Oates
  181. The Fishermen: A Novel — Chigozie Obioma
  182. The Famished Road – Ben Okri
  183. The Mise-en-Scène — Claude Ollier
  184. A Tale of Love and Darkness – Amos Oz
  185. Doomed — Chuck Palahniuk
  186. The Black Book – Orhan Pamuk
  187. Istanbul: Memories of the City – Orhan Pamuk
  188. Indemnity Only — Sara Paretsky
  189. Towns Without Rivers – Michael Parker
  190. Doctor Zhivago — Boris Pasternak
  191. An Instance of the Fingerpost – Iain Pears
  192. Empire V: The Prince of Hamlet — Victor Pelevin
  193. The Thanatos Syndrome — Walker Percy
  194. The Painter of Battles — Arturo Pérez-Reverte
  195. Special Topics in Calamity Physics – Marisha Pessl
  196. The Book of Disquiet – Fernando Pessoa
  197. Monsieur Songe – Robert Pinget
  198. Wolf Solent – John Cowper Powys
  199. Mason & Dixon – Thomas Pynchon
  200. Against the Day – Thomas Pynchon
  201. The Last Days — Raymond Queneau
  202. The Mysteries of Udolpho – Ann Radcliffe
  203. Larva: A Midsummer Night’s Babel – Julían Ríos
  204. The Counterlife – Philip Roth
  205. Letting Go – Philip Roth
  206. When She Was Good — Philip Roth
  207. Deception: A Novel — Philip Roth
  208. Haroun and the Sea of Stories: A Novel — Salman Rushdie
  209. Memoirs of an Invisible Man — H. F. Saint
  210. It Came From Below the Belt — Bradley Sands
  211. Baltasar and Blimunda – José Saramago
  212. Dendera — Yuya Sato
  213. Clouds of Witness — Dorothy L. Sayers
  214. Xala — Ousmane Sembène
  215. Absurdistan — Gary Shteyngart
  216. The Russian Debutante’s Handbook — Gary Shteyngart
  217. Maigret and the Old Lady — Georges Simenon
  218. Coup de Lune — Georges Simenon
  219. The Widow — Georges Simenon
  220. Shosha — Isaac Bashevis Singer
  221. The Engineer of Human Souls – Josef Skvoresky
  222. In the First Circle – Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn
  223. In America – Susan Sontag
  224. Imaginative Quantities of Actual Things – Gilbert Sorrentino
  225. A Sentimental Journey – Laurence Sterne
  226. In the Shadow of the Glen — John M. Synge
  227. The Magnificent Ambersons – Booth Tarkington
  228. Memoirs of a Polar Bear — Yoko Tawada
  229. The Ogre — Michel Tournier
  230. Diary of a Blood Donor – Mati Unt
  231. The Illogic of Kassel — Enrique Vila-Matas
  232. Rainbow Stories – William T. Vollmann
  233. The Ice-Shirt – William T. Vollmann
  234. Uncentering the Earth: Copernicus and The Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres — William T. Vollmann
  235. An Afghanistan Picture Show; or, How I Saved the World – William T. Vollmann
  236. Infinite Jest – David Foster Wallace
  237. Glue — Irvine Welsh
  238. The Once and Future King — T. H. White
  239. This Book Is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don’t Touch It — David Wong
  240. A Memoir of Misfortune — Su Xiaokang
  241. Big Breasts and Wide Hips — Mo Yan
  242. Radish — Mo Yan
  243. I Hotel – Karen Tei Yamashita
  244. The Easter Parade — Richard Yates
  245. Moshi, Moshi — Banana Yoshimoto
  246. Violence: Six Sideways Reflections — Slavoj Zizek
  247. La Curée — Émile Zola
  248. The Debacle— Émile Zola
  249. Au Bonheur des Dames — Émile Zola

The next year’s reading pool (subject to change)

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