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

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

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

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