Reading Pool for 2022

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). [Note: 400 + in times of CoVid]

I love lists so here is this year’s Reading Pool. Note also the reading lists under the menu item “Lists.”

Read=Blue (136) To Read=Red

  1. A Man of the People — Chinua Achebe
  2. Swans Over the Moon — Forrest Aguirre
  3. The Monkey-Wrench Gang — Edward Albee
  4. Zorro — Isabel Allende
  5. City of the Beasts — Isabel Allende
  6. Kingdom of the Golden Dragon — Isabel Allende
  7. Forest of the Pygmies — Isabel Allende
  8. Lionel Asbo: State of England — Martin Amis
  9. Sanskara — U. R. Ananthamurthy
  10. The Saga of Gunnlaug Serpent-tongue — Anonymous
  11. Act of the Damned – António Lobo Antunes
  12. God: A Human History — Resa Aslan
  13. The Year of the Flood — Margaret Atwood
  14. Maddaddam — Margaret Atwood
  15. Cat’s Eye — Margaret Atwood
  16. The Robber Bride — Margaret Atwood
  17. The Edible Woman — Margaret Atwood
  18. The Invention of Solitude — Paul Auster
  19. A Harlot High or Low — Honoré de Balzac
  20. Illusions perdues — Honoré de Balzac
  21. History of the Thirteen — Honoré de Balzac
  22. The Wild Asses Skin — Honoré de Balzac
  23. Alessandro Baricco — Emmaus
  24. Monsieur Ouine – Georges Bernanos
  25. The Lime Works – Thomas Bernhard
  26. Religion For Atheists — Alain de Botton
  27. Killoyle, An Irish Farce – Roger Boylan
  28. When the Killing’s Done — T. C. Boyle
  29. The Terranauts – T. C. Boyle
  30. Drop City – T. C. Boyle
  31. The Women – T. C. Boyle
  32. Talk to Me — T. C. Boyle
  33. The Road to Wellville – T. C. Boyle
  34. Anonymous Celebrity — Ignácio de Loyola Brandão
  35. The Unknown Quantity – Hermann Broch
  36. Thru — Christine Brooke-Rose
  37. Between –  Christine Brooke-Rose
  38. Manchild in the Promised Land — Claude Brown
  39. Tiny Love: The Complete Stories of Larry Brown – Larry Brown
  40. Father and Son – Larry Brown
  41. Hard Case Crime: Bust — Ken Bruen and Jason Starr
  42. Hard Case Crime: Pimp — Ken Bruen and Jason Starr
  43. A Walk in the Woods — Bill Bryson
  44. Cecilia — Franny Burney
  45. The Wanderer — Franny Burney
  46. Dry: A Memoir — Augustin Burroughs
  47. The Land That Time Forgot — Edgar Rice Burroughs
  48. The People That Time Forgot — Edgar Rice Burroughs
  49. Out of Time’s Abyss — Edgar Rice Burroughs
  50. Babel Tower – A. S. Byatt
  51. The Ruin of Kasch — Roberto Calasso
  52. Moonglow — Michael Chabon
  53. The Enemy — Lee Child
  54. Night School — Lee Child
  55. Running Blind — Lee Child
  56. I’m the One That I Want — Margaret Cho
  57. Floating in a Most Peculiar Way — Louis Chude-Sokei
  58. Deal Breaker — Harlan Coben
  59. The Devil Never Sleeps: and Other Essays — Andrei Codrescu
  60. Trunk Music — Michael Connelly
  61. Angels Flight — Michael Connelly
  62. The Poet — Michael Connelly
  63. The Narrows — Michael Connelly
  64. The Red Rover: A Tale — James Fenimore Cooper
  65. The Winners – Julio Cortázar
  66. Second Place — Rachel Cusk
  67. Clickbait — Evelyn Dar
  68. Varieties of Disturbance: Stories – Lydia Davis
  69. The End of the Story — Lydia Davis
  70. Guns, Germs, Steel — Jared Diamond
  71. Valis — Philip K. Dick
  72. The Divine Invasion — Philip K. Dick
  73. The Transmigration of Timothy Archer — Philip K. Dick
  74. The Last Thing He Wanted — Joan Didion
  75. A Book of Common Prayer — Joan Didion
  76. Bright Magic: Stories — Alfred Döblin
  77. Bucking the Sun — Ivan Doig
  78. Night of the Assholes — Kevin L. Donihe
  79. Darwin’s Ghosts — Ariel Dorfman
  80. The Adolescent – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  81. Island People – Coleman Dowell
  82. Hard Case Crime: The Valley of Fear — Arthur Conan Doyle
  83. Jennie Gerhardt — Theodore Dreiser
  84. The Financier — Theodore Dreiser
  85. The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana – Umberto Eco
  86. Foucault’s Pendulum – Umberto Eco
  87. Zeitoun — Dave Eggers
  88. Hard Case Crime: Web of the City — Harlan Ellison
  89. The Samurai – Shusaku Endo
  90. The Televangelist — Ibrahim Eissa
  91. 1933 Was a Bad Year — John Fante
  92. Wait Until Spring, Bandini — John Fante
  93. Jonathan Wild — Henry Fielding
  94. The Circus of Dr. Lao — Charles G. Finney
  95. The Crack-up — F. Scott Fitzgerald
  96. The Pillars of the Earth — Ken Follett
  97. World Without End — Ken Follett
  98. A Column of Fire — Ken Follett
  99. The Evening and the Morning — Ken Follett
  100. Independence Day— Richard Ford
  101. The Twenty-Seventh City — Jonathan Franzen
  102. Freedom — Jonathan Franzen
  103. Purity — Jonathan Franzen
  104. Strong Motion — Jonathan Franzen
  105. Crossroads — Jonathan Franzen
  106. Sophie’s World – Jostein Gaarder
  107. The Mare — Mary Gaitskill
  108. The Case of the Sleepwalker’s Niece — Erle Stanley Gardner
  109. The Case of the Stuttering Bishop — Erle Stanley Gardner
  110. The Case of the Dangerous Dowager — Erle Stanley Gardner
  111. Promise At Dawn — Roman Gary
  112. Wives and Daughters: An Everyday Story — Elizabeth Gaskell
  113. The Glass Palace – Amitav Ghosh
  114. The Disappearance of Paige Turner — Bart J. Gilbertson
  115. She Drove without Stopping – Jaimy Gordon
  116. Château d’Argol — Julien Gracq
  117. “D” Is for Deadbeat — Sue Grafton
  118. “E” Is for Evidence — Sue Grafton
  119. “F” Is for Fugitive — Sue Grafton
  120. “G” Is for Gumshoe — Sue Grafton
  121. “H” Is for Homicide — Sue Grafton
  122. “I” Is for Innocent — Sue Grafton
  123. Too Far Afield – Günter Grass
  124. Party Going — Henry Green
  125. Our Man in Havana — Graham Greene
  126. The Comedians — Graham Greene
  127. The Ministry of Fear — Graham Greene
  128. The Confidential Agent — Graham Greene
  129. The Book of Intimate Grammar: A Novel – David Grossman
  130. The Magician’s Trilogy — Lev Grossman
  131. Stalingrad — Vasily Grossman
  132. The Autobiography of Malcolm X – Alex Haley
  133. Fly Paper and Other Stories — Dashiell Hammett
  134. Two On a Tower — Thomas Hardy
  135. Whistlejacket – John Hawkes
  136. I — Wolfgang Hilbig
  137. Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Sausages — Tom Holt
  138. Là-Bas – J. K. Huysmans
  139. Captain Saturday — Robert Inman
  140. The Princess Cassamassima— Henry James
  141. Ms Ice Sandwich — Mieko Kawakami
  142. Something New Under the Sun — Alexandra Kleeman
  143. Disclaimer — Rene Knight
  144. The Exile — William Kotzwinkle
  145. God’s Without Men — Hari Kunzru
  146. Something Unbelievable: A Novel — Maria Kuznetsova
  147. Bubba and the Cosmic Blood-Suckers — Joe R. Lansdale
  148. Sweet Smell of Success — Ernest Lehman
  149. Cass Timberlane — Sinclair Lewis
  150. Gideon Planish — Sinclair Lewis
  151. Complete Stories — Clarice Lispector
  152. A Man of Parts — David Lodge
  153. The Executioner’s Song – Norman Mailer
  154. Harlot’s Ghost – Norman Mailer
  155. The Loved Ones – Alia Mamdouh
  156. Adam Buenosayres: A Novel — Leopoldo Marechal
  157. Your Face Tomorrow: Fever and Spear — Javier Marías
  158. Your Face Tomorrow: Dance and Dream — Javier Marías
  159. Your Face Tomorrow: Poison, Shadow and Farewell — Javier Marías
  160. Shadow Country — Peter Matthiessen
  161. Far Tortuga — Peter Matthiessen
  162. Mary Ann in Autumn — Armistead Maupin
  163. The Days of Anna Madrigal — Armistead Maupin
  164. Sweet Tooth — Ian McEwan
  165. Forbidden Colors — Yukio Mishima
  166. Swimming Lessons — Rohinton Mistry
  167. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
  168. The Bone Clocks — David Mitchell
  169. Utopia Avenue — David Mitchell
  170. Noir: A Novel — Christopher Moore
  171. Apples Never Fall — Liane Moriarty
  172. Goth Girl — Melanie Mosher
  173. McGlue — Ottessa Moshfegh
  174. The Unicorn — Iris Murdoch
  175. The Time of the Angels — Iris Murdoch
  176. The Bat — Jo Nesbø
  177. The Redbreast — Jo Nesbø
  178. Nemesis — Jo Nesbø
  179. A Widow’s Story — Joyce Carol Oates
  180. The Gravedigger’s Daughter — Joyce Carol Oates
  181. My Heart Laid Bare — Joyce Carol Oates
  182. Hazards of Time Travel — Joyce Carol Oates
  183. Breathe: A Novel — Joyce Carol Oates
  184. The Man Without a Shadow — Joyce Carol Oates
  185. The Pursuit — Joyce Carol Oates
  186. Mystery, Inc. — Joyce Carol Oates
  187. From the Terrace — John O’Hara
  188. Down and Out in Paris and London — George Orwell
  189. A Tale of Love and Darkness – Amos Oz
  190. The Book of Form and Emptiness — Ruth Ozeki
  191. Towns Without Rivers – Michael Parker
  192. Doomino’s Apocalyptic Pizza Delivery — Lucas Pederson & Tim Marquitz
  193. The Sacred Book of the Werewolf — Victor Pelevin
  194. When Christ and His Saints Slept — Sharon Kay Penman
  195. Time and Chance — Sharon Kay Penman
  196. Devil’s Brood — Sharon Kay Penman
  197. Lionheart — Sharon Kay Penman
  198. The Sunne In Splendour — Sharon Kay Penman
  199. The Thanatos Syndrome — Walker Percy
  200. Special Topics in Calamity Physics – Marisha Pessl
  201. Monsieur Songe – Robert Pinget
  202. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance — Robert M. Pirsig
  203. The Corpse Wore Pasties — Porkpie Jonny
  204. Prisoner’s Dilemma — Richard Powers
  205. The Overstory: A Novel — Richard Powers
  206. Bewilderment — Richard Powers
  207. A Glastonbury Romance — John Cowper Powys
  208. Porius — John Cowper Powys
  209. Owen Glendower — John Cowper Powys
  210. Maiden Castle — John Cowper Powys
  211. The Extremes — Christopher Priest
  212. The Prestige — Christopher Priest
  213. eXistenZ — Christopher Priest
  214. Carmody’s Run — Bill Pronzini
  215. Touch — Francine Prose
  216. Satiristas! — Paul Provenza
  217. Swann’s Way — Marcel Proust
  218. Within a Budding Grove — Marcel Proust
  219. The Guermantes Way — Marcel Proust
  220. Sodom and Gomorrah — Marcel Proust
  221. The Captive and The Fugitive — Marcel Proust
  222. Time Regained — Marcel Proust
  223. Peppermint Twist — Gina Ranalli
  224. Larva: A Midsummer Night’s Babel – Julían Ríos
  225. Shantaram: A Novel — Gregory David Roberts
  226. Chronicles of Old Los Angeles — James Roman
  227. Beautiful World, Where Are You — Sally Rooney
  228. Seven Brief Lessons on Physics — Carlo Rovelli
  229. The Golden House — Salman Rushdie
  230. Joseph Anton — Salman Rushdie
  231. A Renegade History of the United States — Thaddeus Russell
  232. Travels With Herodotus — Ryszard Kapuscinski
  233. Memoirs of an Invisible Man — H. F. Saint
  234. It Came From Below the Belt — Bradley Sands
  235. The Russian Debutante’s Handbook — Gary Shteyngart
  236. Super Sad True Love Story: A Novel — Gary Shteyngart
  237. The Train — Georges Simenon
  238. Sunday — George Simenon
  239. Madame Maigret’s Friend — Georges Simenon
  240. Oil! — Upton Sinclair
  241. The Engineer of Human Souls – Josef Skvoresky
  242. In the First Circle – Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn
  243. Imaginative Quantities of Actual Things – Gilbert Sorrentino
  244. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas — Gertrude Stein
  245. The Missing Head of Damasceno Monteiro — Antonio Tabucchi
  246. Under the Wave at Waimea — Paul Theroux
  247. The Last Chronicle of Barset — Anthony Trollope
  248. Yvain — Chretien de Troyes
  249. A Spool of Blue Thread — Ann Tyler
  250. Digging to America — Anne Tyler
  251. A Slipping Down Life — Anne Tyler
  252. Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant — Anne Tyler
  253. Redhead by the Side of the Road — Anne Tyler
  254. The Big Green Tent — Ludmila Ulitskaya
  255. S. — John Updike
  256. The Coup — John Updike
  257. Brazil — John Updike
  258. Villages — John Updike
  259. Rainbow Stories – William T. Vollmann
  260. The Ice-Shirt – William T. Vollmann
  261. The Rifles – William T. Vollmann
  262. An Afghanistan Picture Show; or, How I Saved the World – William T. Vollmann
  263. Riding Toward Everywhere — William T. Vollmann
  264. Welcome to the Monkey House — Kurt Vonnegut
  265. Glue — Irvine Welsh
  266. Skagboys — Irvine Welsh
  267. You Can’t Go Home Again — Thomas Wolfe
  268. This Book Is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don’t Touch It — David Wong
  269. Trash — Amy Yamada
  270. I Hotel – Karen Tei Yamashita

(Workspace for next year’s reading pool : subject to constant change)

TBA

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