Reading Pool for 2020

EUmyWi_U8AArdvlTraditionally 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 (161) | to read from current monthly pool=italics

  1. The Poet X — Elizabeth Acevedo
  2. The Canterbury Tales: A Retelling — Peter Ackroyd
  3. The Monkey-Wrench Gang — Edward Albee
  4. Indian Killer — Sherman Alexie
  5. Zinky Boys — Svetlana Alexievich
  6. A Walk On the Wild Side — Nelson, Algren
  7. The Crime At Black Dudley — Margery Allingham
  8. Lionel Asbo: State of England — Martin Amis
  9. Other People — Martin Amis
  10. Act of the Damned – António Lobo Antunes
  11. A Taste of Honey: Stories — Jabari Asim
  12. God: A Human History — Resa Aslan
  13. The Automobile Club of Egypt — Alaa Al Aswany
  14. Robert B. Parker’s Slow Burn — Ace Atkins
  15. Robert B. Parker’s Little White Lies — Ace Atkins
  16. Robert B. Parker’s Old Black Magic — Ace Atkins
  17. Robert B. Parker’s Angel Eyes
  18. The Testaments — Margaret Atwood
  19. Shamanspace — Steve Aylett
  20. They Were Counted — Miklós Banffy
  21. They Were Divided — Miklós Banffy
  22. They Were Found Wanting — Miklós Banffy
  23. Humbolt’s Gift — Saul Bellow
  24. The Old Wives’ Tale — Arnold Bennett
  25. Monsieur Ouine – Georges Bernanos
  26. The Lime Works – Thomas Bernhard
  27. The Monkey Link: A Pilgrimage Novel — Andrei Bitov
  28. Trans-Sister Radio — Chris Bohjalian
  29. Monsieur Pamplemousse Takes the Train — Michael Bond
  30. Religion For Atheists — Alain de Botton
  31. Armadillo — William Boyd
  32. Brazzaville Beach— William Boyd
  33. A Good Man In Africa — William Boyd
  34. The Giant Rat of Sumatra — Richard L. Boyer
  35. Killoyle, An Irish Farce – Roger Boylan
  36. When the Killing’s Done — T. C. Boyle
  37. The Terranauts – T. C. Boyle
  38. Drop City – T. C. Boyle
  39. The Women – T. C. Boyle
  40. Riven Rock – T. C. Boyle
  41. Lady Audley’s Secret – Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  42. Anonymous Celebrity — Ignácio de Loyola Brandão
  43. The Sleepwalkers – Hermann Broch
  44. The Unknown Quantity – Hermann Broch
  45. Thru — Christine Brooke-Rose
  46. Between –  Christine Brooke-Rose
  47. Father and Son – Larry Brown
  48. Hard Case Crime: Slide — Ken Bruen
  49. The Pilgrim’s Progress — John Bunyan
  50. The Ugly American — Eugene Burdick
  51. Babel Tower – A. S. Byatt
  52. Three Trapped Tigers — G. Cabrera Infante
  53. The House of Impossible Beauties — Joseph Cassara
  54. The Hive – Camilo José Cela
  55. Tribesmen: A Novella of Supernatural Cannibal Horror — Adam Cesare
  56. Moonglow — Michael Chabon
  57. A Night In the Cemetery — Anton Chekhov
  58. The Shooting Party — Anton Chekhov
  59. Who Rules the World — Noam Chomsky
  60. And Then There Were None — Agatha Christie
  61. The Eighth Girl: A Novel — Maxine Mei-Fung Chung
  62. Hard Case Crime: Nobody’s Angel — Jack Clark
  63. The Water Dancer — Ta-Nehisi Coates
  64. Bringing Out the Dead — Joe Connelly
  65. Suggested Reading — Dave Connis
  66. Lucky Pierre – Robert Coover
  67. The Public Burning – Robert Coover
  68. The Winners – Julio Cortázar
  69. The Enormous Room — E. E. Cummings
  70. The Lost Scrapbook – Evan Dara
  71. Varieties of Disturbance: Stories – Lydia Davis
  72. The End of the Story — Lydia Davis
  73. Americana— Don DeLillo
  74. Our Mutual Friend — Charles Dickens
  75. Dombey and Sons — Charles Dickens
  76. Frog — Stephen Dixon
  77. Bright Magic: Stories — Alfred Döblin
  78. Bucking the Sun — Ivan Doig
  79. Schultz — J. P. Donleavy
  80. The Adolescent – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  81. Island People – Coleman Dowell
  82. The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana – Umberto Eco
  83. Castle Rackrent — Maria Edgeworth
  84. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius — Dave Eggers
  85. Zeitoun — Dave Eggers
  86. The Third Rainbow Girl — Emma Copley Eisenberg
  87. Daniel Deronda — George Eliot
  88. The Librarian — Mikhail Elizarov
  89. Glamorama – Brett Easton Ellis
  90. Lunar Park – Brett Easton Ellis
  91. Juneteenth — Ralph Ellison
  92. Boswell – Stanley Elkin
  93. The Samurai – Shusaku Endo
  94. House of Beauty — Melba Escobar
  95. Judgment Day — James T. Farrell
  96. Go Down, Moses – William Faulkner
  97. The Mansion — William Faulkner
  98. Pylon – William Faulkner
  99. Independence Day— Richard Ford
  100. Sophie’s World – Jostein Gaarder
  101. Promise At Dawn — Roman Gary
  102. Cranford – Elizabeth Gaskell
  103. Mary Barton – Elizabeth Gaskell
  104. Middle C — William H. Gass
  105. The Mare — Mary Gaitskill
  106. History of the Kings of Britain — Geoffrey of Monmouth
  107. The Glass Palace – Amitav Ghosh
  108. The Hungry Tide – Amitav Ghosh
  109. Rebel Publisher: Grove Press and the Revolution of the Word — Loren Glass
  110. Carter Beats the Devil – Glen David Gold
  111. The Yid — Paul Goldberg
  112. She Drove without Stopping – Jaimy Gordon
  113. Château d’Argol — Julien Gracq
  114. Balcony in the Forest — Julien Gracq
  115. Too Far Afield – Günter Grass
  116. Party Going — Henry Green
  117. The Heart of the Matter– Graham Greene
  118. The Zig Zag Girl — Elly Griffiths
  119. The Book of Intimate Grammar: A Novel – David Grossman
  120. Snow Falling On Cedars — David Guterson
  121. The Big Sky — A. B. Guthrie, Jr.
  122. Naked Came the Manatee — Carl Haasen, etc.
  123. The Beirut Hellfire Society — Rawi Hage
  124. Cockroach — Rawi Hage
  125. The Autobiography of Malcolm X – Alex Haley
  126. Warlock – Oakley Hall
  127. Me & Mr. Cigar — Gibby Haynes
  128. Growth of the Soil — Knut Hamsun
  129. Moravian Night — Peter Handke
  130. A Pair of Blue Eyes — Thomas Hardy
  131. Whistlejacket – John Hawkes
  132. Stranger In a Strange Land — Robert A. Heinlein
  133. Can You Kick a Ghost In the Nuts? — Steve Higgs, Gemma Higgs
  134. God Is Not Great — Christopher Hitchens
  135. The House On the Borderland — William Hope Hodgson
  136. Beowulf’s Return — Tim Hodkinson
  137. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner — James Hogg
  138. Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Sausages — Tom Holt
  139. Serotonin — Michel Houellebecq
  140. The Blackboard Jungle — Evan Hunter
  141. Là-Bas – J. K. Huysmans
  142. Princess Bari — Sok-yong Hwang
  143. Black Rain — Masuji Ibuse
  144. The Draining Lake — Arnaldur Indridson
  145. Three Trapped Tigers – G. Cabrera Infante
  146. Dairy Queen Days: A Novel — Robert Inman
  147. Until I Find You — John Irving
  148. A Single Man— Christopher Isherwood
  149. Come Rain or Come Shine:— Kazuo Ishiguro
  150. The Unconsoled – Katsuo Ishiguro
  151. The Wings of the Dove – Henry James
  152. The Portrait of a Lady — Henry James
  153. The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden — Jonas Jonasson
  154. Death Without Company — Craig Johnson
  155. The Fall of the Stone City — Ismail Kadare
  156. Second Person Singular — Sayed Kashua
  157. Strange Weather In Tokyo — Hiromi Kawakami
  158. Breasts and Eggs — Mieko Kawakami
  159. Tyll: A Novel — Daniel Kehlmann
  160. The Flaming Corsage — William Kennedy
  161. Sometimes a Great Notion — Ken Kesey
  162. Hard Case Crime: The Colorado Kid — Stephen King
  163. The Man Who Spoke Snakish — Andrus Kivirähk
  164. The Marquise of O— — Heinrich von Kleist
  165. Japan Sinks — Sakyo Komatsu
  166. The Historian — Elizabeth Kostova
  167. The Exile — William Kotzwinkle
  168. The Melancholy of Resistance — Lásló Krasznahorkai
  169. God’s Without Men — Hari Kunzru
  170. Seven Pillars of Wisdom — T. E. Lawrence
  171. Independent People – Halldor Laxness
  172. The Wanderer — Fritz Leiber
  173. The Topeka School — Ben Lerner
  174. Elmer Gantry — Sinclair Lewis
  175. Complete Stories — Clarice Lispector
  176. Martin Eden — Jack London
  177. Stories In the Worst Way — Gary Lutz
  178. Goth Girl Rising — Barry Lyga
  179. Severance — Ling Ma
  180. Ice Station Zebra — Alistair MacLean
  181. The Executioner’s Song – Norman Mailer
  182. Harlot’s Ghost – Norman Mailer
  183. The Loved Ones – Alia Mamdouh
  184. The Dogs of Riga —Henning Mankell
  185. Adam Buenosayres: A Novel — Leopoldo Marechal
  186. The Infatuations — Javier Marías
  187. Mother and Child — Carol Maso
  188. Camgirl — Isa Mazzei
  189. Flynn’s World — Gregory Mcdonald
  190. Lookout Cartridge – Joseph McElroy
  191. The Cockroach — Ian McEwan
  192. The Children Act — Ian McEwan
  193. A Terrible Thing That Happens — Carlton Mellick III
  194. Razor Wire Pubic Hair — Carlton Mellick III
  195. Mardi — Herman Melville
  196. White Jacket, or, The World On a Man-of-War — Herman Melville
  197. The Ordeal of Richard Feveral — George Meredith
  198. Forbidden Colors — Yukio Mishima
  199. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
  200. The Bone Clocks — David Mitchell
  201. Contempt — Alberto Moravia
  202. The Haunted Bookshop — Christopher Morley
  203. Revulsion: Thomas Bernhard in San Salvador — Horacio Castellanos Moya
  204. Pow! — Mo Yan
  205. Big Breasts and Wide Hips — Mo Yan
  206. The Revisionists — Thomas Mullen
  207. Killing Commendatore — Haruki Murakami
  208. Tokyo Decadence — Ryu Murakami
  209. Piercing — Ryu Murakami
  210. The Green Knight — Iris Murdoch
  211. A Man Without Qualities – Robert Musil
  212. Ada, or Ardor: A Family Chronicle – Vladimir Nabokov
  213. The Boy In the Earth — Fuminori Nakamura
  214. Cult X — Fuminori Nakamura
  215. House of Incest — Anais Nin
  216. The Octopus On My Head — Jim Nisbet
  217. Parallel Stories — Péter Nádas
  218. Nymphomation — Jeff Noon
  219. The Octopus – Frank Norris
  220. A Widow’s Story — Joyce Carol Oates
  221. Mudwoman — Joyce Carol Oates
  222. The Gravedigger’s Daughter — Joyce Carol Oates
  223. A Book of American Martyrs — Joyce Carol Oates
  224. Bellefleur — Joyce Carol Oates
  225. A Bloodsmoor Romance — Joyce Carol Oates
  226. Mysteries of Winterthurn — Joyce Carol Oates
  227. My Heart Laid Bare — Joyce Carol Oates
  228. Broke Heart Blues — Joyce Carol Oates
  229. The Fishermen: A Novel — Chigozie Obioma
  230. The Memory Police — Yoko Ogawa
  231. The Ginza Ghost and Other Stories — Keikichi Osaka
  232. A Tale of Love and Darkness – Amos Oz
  233. The Black Book – Orhan Pamuk
  234. Towns Without Rivers – Michael Parker
  235. An Instance of the Fingerpost – Iain Pears
  236. The Thanatos Syndrome — Walker Percy
  237. Mrs. Fletcher — Tom Perrotta
  238. Special Topics in Calamity Physics – Marisha Pessl
  239. The Book of Disquiet – Fernando Pessoa
  240. Monsieur Songe – Robert Pinget
  241. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance — Robert M. Pirsig
  242. My Name Is Asher Lev — Chaim Potok
  243. Mason & Dixon – Thomas Pynchon
  244. Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded — Samuel Richardson
  245. Larva: A Midsummer Night’s Babel – Julían Ríos
  246. Chinatown Angel — A. E. Roman
  247. Letting Go – Philip Roth
  248. The Humbling — Philip Roth
  249. When She Was Good — Philip Roth
  250. Shinju — Laura Joh Rowland
  251. A Very Stable Genius — Philip Rucker and Carol Leonig
  252. Quichotte — Salman Rushdie
  253. The Moor’s Last Siggh — Salman Rushdie
  254. My Dark Vanessa: A Novel — Kate Elizabeth Russell
  255. How I Won the War — Patrick Ryan
  256. Memoirs of an Invisible Man — H. F. Saint
  257. It Came From Below the Belt — Bradley Sands
  258. Baltasar and Blimunda – José Saramago
  259. Fresno Stories — William Saroyan
  260. The Beautiful Poetry of Donald Trump — Robert Sears
  261. A Suitable Boy — Vikram Seth
  262. 10 Minutes 38 Seconds In This Strange World — Elif Shafak
  263. The Designated Mourner — Wallace Shawn
  264. Only In London — Hanan al-Shaykh
  265. Absurdistan — Gary Shteyngart
  266. The Russian Debutante’s Handbook — Gary Shteyngart
  267. Quo Vadis — Henryk Sienkiewicz
  268. Maigret’s Holiday — Georges Simenon
  269. Group At the Grand Cafe — Georges Simenon
  270. The Two-Penny Bar — Georges Simenon
  271. Shosha — Isaac Bashevis Singer
  272. The Engineer of Human Souls – Josef Skvoresky
  273. December 6 — Martin Crus Smith
  274. Norte — Edmundo Paz Soldan
  275. In the First Circle – Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn
  276. In America – Susan Sontag
  277. Imaginative Quantities of Actual Things – Gilbert Sorrentino
  278. Sanshiro — Natsume Soseki
  279. Flash and Filigree — Terry Southern
  280. Blue Movie — Terry Southern
  281. Loitering With Intent — Muriel Spark
  282. Lost For Words: A Novel — Edward St. Aubyn
  283. Angle of Repose — Wallace Stegner
  284. The League of Frightened Men — Rex Stout
  285. At Night,I Become a Monster — Yoru Sumino
  286. As a Man Grows Older — Italo Svevo
  287. The Pussy — Delicious Tacos
  288. A Memoir of Misfortune — Su Xiaokang
  289. The Pussy — Delicious Tacos
  290. Thy Neighbor’s Wife — Gay Talese
  291. The Magnificent Ambersons – Booth Tarkington
  292. The Curse of Lono — Hunter S. Thompson
  293. The Ogre — Michel Tournier
  294. The Story of Lucy Gault — William Trevor
  295. Palm Beach, Finland — Antti Tuomainen
  296. Little Siberia — Antti Tuomainen
  297. My Life In the Bush of Ghosts — Amos Tutuola
  298. Diary of a Blood Donor – Mati Unt
  299. Terrorist — John Updike
  300. Hard Candy — Andrew Vachss
  301. Blue Belle — Andrew Vachss
  302. Naked Came the Manatee — Various Authors
  303. Acceptance: A Novel — Jeff VanderMeer
  304. Balzac’s War Jeff VanderMeer
  305. Michael Strogoff; or The Courier of the Csar — Jules Verne
  306. Mac’s Problem — Enrique Vila-Matas
  307. The Lucky Star — William T. Vollmann
  308. Rainbow Stories – William T. Vollmann
  309. The Ice-Shirt – William T. Vollmann
  310. An Afghanistan Picture Show; or, How I Saved the World – William T. Vollmann
  311. Slapstick or Lonesome No More! — Kurt Vonnegut
  312. Glue — Irvine Welsh
  313. Skagboys — Irvine Welsh
  314. The Forty Days of Musa Dagh — Franz Werfel
  315. The Once and Future King — T. H. White
  316. I Am Charlotte Simmons — Tom Wolfe
  317. This Book Is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don’t Touch It — David Wong
  318. I Hotel – Karen Tei Yamashita
  319. Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist – Sunil Yapa
  320. The Time Invariance of Snow — E. Lily Yu
  321. Fieldwork in Ukrainian Sex — Oksana Zabuzhko
  322. People’s History of the United States — Howard Zinn
  323. The Debacle— Émile Zola
  324. La Terre — Émile Zola
  325. Au Bonheur des Dames — Émile Zola
  326. The Miller’s Daughter — Émile Zola

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

 

 

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