Reading Pool for 2018

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 (84) | if unread in a current monthly pool=italics

  1. How German Is It? — Walter Abish
  2. A General Theory of Oblivion — José Eduardo Agualusa
  3. The Lime Tree — César Aira
  4. Lionel Asbo: State of England — Martin Amis
  5. The Celebration – Ivan Angelo
  6. Act of the Damned – António Lobo Antunes
  7. The Automobile Club of Egypt — Alaa Al Aswany
  8. Wonderland — Ace Atkins
  9. Taduno’s Song: A Novel — Odafe Atogun
  10. Mansfield Park — Jane Austen
  11. Lint — Steve Aylett
  12. They Were Counted — Miklós Banffy
  13. They Were Divided — Miklós Banffy
  14. They Were Found Wanting — Miklós Banffy
  15. The Young Bride — Alessandro Baricco
  16. Some of Us Had been Threatening Our Friend Colby — Donald Barthelme
  17. Humbolt’s Gift — Saul Bellow
  18. Monsieur Ouine – Georges Bernanos
  19. The Lime Works – Thomas Bernhard
  20. Maigret’s Next-To-the-Last Case — Boileau and Narcejac
  21. The Monkey Link: A Pilgrimage Novel — Andrei Bitov
  22. Armadillo — William Boyd
  23. Brazzaville Beach— William Boyd
  24. A Good Man In Africa — William Boyd
  25. Killoyle, An Irish Farce – Roger Boylan
  26. When the Killing’s Done — T. C. Boyle
  27. The Terranauts – T. C. Boyle
  28. Drop City – T. C. Boyle
  29. The Women – T. C. Boyle
  30. Riven Rock – T. C. Boyle
  31. Lady Audley’s Secret – Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  32. Anonymous Celebrity — Ignácio de Loyola Brandão
  33. A Good Day For Seppuku — Kate Braverman
  34. The Sleepwalkers – Hermann Broch
  35. The Unknown Quantity – Hermann Broch
  36. Thru — Christine Brooke-Rose
  37. Between –  Christine Brooke-Rose
  38. Father and Son – Larry Brown
  39. Babel Tower – A. S. Byatt
  40. A Whistling Woman – A. S. Byatt
  41. Three Trapped Tigers — G. Cabrera Infante
  42. The Hive – Camilo José Cela
  43. Moonglow — Michael Chabon
  44. Odysseus Abroad: A Novel — Amit Chaudhuri
  45. For Bread Alone – Mohamed Choukr
  46. Ready Player One — Ernest Cline
  47. Switchblade — Michael Connely
  48. Nostromo — Joseph Conrad
  49. Lucky Pierre – Robert Coover
  50. The Public Burning – Robert Coover
  51. The Cat In the Hat For President: A Political Fable — Robert Coover
  52. The Winners – Julio Cortázar
  53. The Enormous Room — E. E. Cummings
  54. The Lost Scrapbook – Evan Dara
  55. The English Teacher — Durjoy Datta
  56. Varieties of Disturbance: Stories – Lydia Davis
  57. Americana— Don DeLillo
  58. Frog — Stephen Dixon
  59. Bright Magic: Stories — Alfred Döblin
  60. Bucking the Sun — Ivan Doig
  61. Schultz — J. P. Donleavy
  62. The Big Money — John Dos Passos
  63. The Adolescent – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  64. Island People – Coleman Dowell
  65. The Forty-Five – Alexander Dumas
  66. Tarantula — Bob Dylan
  67. The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana – Umberto Eco [XFX]
  68. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius — Dave Eggers
  69. The Monk of Mokha — Dave Eggers
  70. Zeitoun — Dave Eggers
  71. The Librarian — Mikhail Elizarov
  72. Glamorama – Brett Easton Ellis
  73. Lunar Park – Brett Easton Ellis
  74. Boswell – Stanley Elkin
  75. Van Gogh’s Room At Arles – Stanley Elkin
  76. Town Crier Exclusive, Confessions of a Princess Manqué: “How Royals Found Me ‘Unsuitable’ To Marry Their Larry” — Stanley Elkin
  77. The Samurai – Shusaku Endo
  78. Go Down, Moses – William Faulkner
  79. Pylon – William Faulkner
  80. The Mansion — William Faulkner
  81. Money Shot — Christa Faust
  82. Independence Day— Richard Ford
  83. Sophie’s World – Jostein Gaarder
  84. The Recognitions — William Gaddis
  85. Promise At Dawn — Roman Gary
  86. Cranford – Elizabeth Gaskell
  87. Mary Barton – Elizabeth Gaskell
  88. Middle C — William H. Gass
  89. The Glass Palace – Amitav Ghosh
  90. The Hungry Tide – Amitav Ghosh
  91. Zero History — William Gibson
  92. Collected Poems 1947-1997 — Allen Ginsberg
  93. Best Minds of My Generation: A Literary History of the Beats — Allen Ginsberg
  94. Iphigenia In Tauris — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  95. Carter Beats the Devil – Glen David Gold
  96. Shoot the Piano Player — David Goodis
  97. She Drove without Stopping – Jaimy Gordon
  98. Château d’Argol — Julien Gracq
  99. Too Far Afield – Günter Grass
  100. Living — Henry Green
  101. Party Going — Henry Green
  102. Turtles All the Way Down — John Green
  103. The Heart of the Matter– Graham Greene
  104. Brighton Rock — Graham Greene
  105. Riders of the Purple Sage — Zane Grey
  106. The Book of Intimate Grammar: A Novel – David Grossman
  107. The Big Sky — A. B. Guthrie, Jr.
  108. The Autobiography of Malcolm X – Alex Haley
  109. Warlock – Oakley Hall
  110. The Blonde Cried Murder — Brett Halliday
  111. Growth of the Soil — Knut Hamsun
  112. Moravian Night — Peter Handke
  113. American Junkie — Tom Hansen
  114. Homo Deus — Yuval Noah Harari
  115. A Pair of Blue Eyes — Thomas Hardy
  116. Free Will — Sam Harris
  117. Whistlejacket – John Hawkes
  118. Strangers On a Train — Patricia Highsmith
  119. God Is Not Great — Christopher Hitchens
  120. Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Sausages — Tom Holt
  121. Wool 2 — Hugh Howey
  122. Wool 3 — Hugh Howey
  123. Wool 4 — Hugh Howey
  124. Wool 5, The Stranded — Hugh Howey
  125. Là-Bas – J. K. Huysmans
  126. Princess Bari — Sok-yong Hwang
  127. I Can Give You Anything But Love — Gary Indiana
  128. Three Trapped Tigers – G. Cabrera Infante
  129. The Unconsoled – Katsuo Ishiguro
  130. The Wings of the Dove – Henry James
  131. The Blue Bedspread — Raj Kamal Jha
  132. Folding Beijing — Hao Jingfang
  133. Angels — Denis Johnson
  134. The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden — Jonas Jonasson
  135. The Accident— Ismail Kadare
  136. Second Person Singular — Sayed Kashua
  137. The Flaming Corsage — William Kennedy
  138. Sometimes a Great Notion — Ken Kesey
  139. Belle de Jour — Joseph Kessel
  140. The Interpreter — Suki Kim
  141. The Man Who Spoke Snakish — Andrus Kivirähk
  142. Spring — Karl Ove Knausgaard
  143. The Exile — William Kotzwinkle
  144. The Melancholy of Resistance — Lásló Krasznahorkai
  145. God’s Without Men — Hari Kunzru
  146. The Mars Room — Rachel Kushner
  147. Loups-Garous — Natsuhiko Kyogoku
  148. Women In Love — D. H. Lawrence
  149. Independent People – Halldor Laxness
  150. Thérèse and Isabelle – Violette Leduc
  151. The Golden Notebook — Doris Lessing
  152. The Monk – Matthew Lewis
  153. Elmer Gantry — Sinclair Lewis
  154. The Years, Months, Days – Yan Lianke
  155. Marrow – Yan Lianke
  156. Complete Stories — Clarice Lispector
  157. The Picturegoers – David Lodge
  158. Martin Eden — Jack London
  159. Sherlock Holmes: The Thinking Engine – James Lovegrove
  160. Goth Girl Rising — Barry Lyga
  161. Black Moses — Alain Mabanckou
  162. The Executioner’s Song – Norman Mailer
  163. The Loved Ones – Alia Mamdouh
  164. Faceless Killers — Henning Mankell
  165. The School of English — Hilary Mantel
  166. Adam Buenosayres: A Novel — Leopoldo Marechal
  167. The Infatuations — Javier Marías
  168. Mother and Child — Carol Maso
  169. Lookout Cartridge – Joseph McElroy
  170. The Child in Time – Ian McEwan
  171. Razor Wire Pubic Hair — Carlton Mellick III
  172. Mardi — Herman Melville
  173. The Ordeal of Richard Feveral — George Meredith
  174. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
  175. The Bone Clocks — David Mitchell
  176. Sundays In August — Patrick Modiano
  177. Such Fine Boys — Patrick Modiano
  178. Convenience Store Woman — Sayaka Murata
  179. The Black Prince – Iris Murdoch
  180. The Green Knight — Iris Murdoch
  181. A Man Without Qualities – Robert Musil
  182. Ada, or Ardor: A Family Chronicle – Vladimir Nabokov
  183. Parallel Stories — Péter Nádas
  184. The Absolute Gravedigger — Vítězslav Nezval
  185. The Octopus – Frank Norris
  186. Wonderland – Joyce Carol Oates
  187. A Widow’s Story — Joyce Carol Oates
  188. Mudwoman — Joyce Carol Oates
  189. The Gravedigger’s Daughter — Joyce Carol Oates
  190. The Fishermen: A Novel — Chigozie Obioma
  191. The Famished Road – Ben Okri
  192. A Tale of Love and Darkness – Amos Oz
  193. The Black Book – Orhan Pamuk
  194. Akitadas First Case — I. J. Parker
  195. Towns Without Rivers – Michael Parker
  196. The Howling Miller — Arto Paasilinna
  197. Doctor Zhivago — Boris Pasternak
  198. An Instance of the Fingerpost – Iain Pears
  199. Empire V: The Prince of Hamlet — Victor Pelevin
  200. The Thanatos Syndrome — Walker Percy
  201. Special Topics in Calamity Physics – Marisha Pessl
  202. The Book of Disquiet – Fernando Pessoa
  203. Monsieur Songe – Robert Pinget
  204. Wolf Solent – John Cowper Powys
  205. Mason & Dixon – Thomas Pynchon
  206. Against the Day – Thomas Pynchon
  207. The Hole — Hye-young Pyun
  208. The Greek Coffin Mystery — Ellery Queen
  209. The Mysteries of Udolpho – Ann Radcliffe
  210. Lives of the Saints — Nino Ricci
  211. Larva: A Midsummer Night’s Babel – Julían Ríos
  212. The Counterlife – Philip Roth
  213. Letting Go – Philip Roth
  214. The Humbling — Philip Roth
  215. When She Was Good — Philip Roth
  216. Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights — Salman Rushdie
  217. Frankenstein In Baghdad — Ahmed Saadawi
  218. Memoirs of an Invisible Man — H. F. Saint
  219. It Came From Below the Belt — Bradley Sands
  220. Baltasar and Blimunda – José Saramago
  221. Unnatural Death — Dorothy L. Sayers
  222. Wanda Hickey’s Night of Golden Memories — Jean Shepherd
  223. Spy of the First Person — Sam Shepard
  224. Absurdistan — Gary Shteyngart
  225. The Russian Debutante’s Handbook — Gary Shteyngart
  226. Maigret and the Dead Girl — Georges Simenon
  227. Maigret Gets Angry — Georges Simenon
  228. Maigret Sets a Trap — Georges Simenon
  229. Shosha — Isaac Bashevis Singer
  230. Donovan’s Brain — Curt Siodmak
  231. The Engineer of Human Souls – Josef Skvoresky
  232. In the First Circle – Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn
  233. In America – Susan Sontag
  234. Imaginative Quantities of Actual Things – Gilbert Sorrentino
  235. My Gun Is Quick — Mickey Spillane
  236. Dunbar — Edward St. Aubyn
  237. A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy — Laurence Sterne
  238. The League of Frightened Men — Rex Stout
  239. The Parking Lot Attendant — Nafkote Tamirat
  240. The Hellfire Club — Jake Tapper
  241. The Magnificent Ambersons – Booth Tarkington
  242. The Ogre — Michel Tournier
  243. The Emissary — Yuko Tawanda
  244. Diary of a Blood Donor – Mati Unt
  245. Annihilation — Jeff VanderMeer
  246. Rainbow Stories – William T. Vollmann
  247. The Ice-Shirt – William T. Vollmann
  248. An Afghanistan Picture Show; or, How I Saved the World – William T. Vollmann
  249. Infinite Jest – David Foster Wallace
  250. Glue — Irvine Welsh
  251. The Once and Future King — T. H. White
  252. Underground Railroad, The – Colson Whitehead
  253. Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang: A Novel – Kate Wilhelm
  254. Fear: Trump In the White House — Bob Woodward
  255. This Book Is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don’t Touch It — David Wong
  256. A Memoir of Misfortune — Su Xiaokang
  257. When Red Is Black – Qiu Xiaolong
  258. Miss Chopsticks — Xinran
  259. I Hotel – Karen Tei Yamashita
  260. Big Breasts and Wide Hips — Mo Yan
  261. Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist – Sunil Yapa
  262. Angeles Crest – P. J. Zander
  263. The Debacle— Émile Zola
  264. Au Bonheur des Dames — Émile Zola

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

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