Reading Pool for 2021

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: 300 + 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 (137) | to read from current monthly pool=italics

  1. Bukowski in a Sundress: Confessions from a Writing Life — Kim Addonizio
  2. The Winter Queen — Boris Akunin
  3. The Monkey-Wrench Gang — Edward Albee
  4. Just Kids From the Bronx — Arlene Alda
  5. Indian Killer — Sherman Alexie
  6. Lionel Asbo: State of England — Martin Amis
  7. The Bridge on the Drina — Ivo Andric
  8. Act of the Damned – António Lobo Antunes
  9. God: A Human History — Resa Aslan
  10. Robert B. Parker’s Someone To Watch Over Me — Ace Atkins
  11. Reiko — James Avonleigh
  12. Sperm Wars: Infidelity, Sexual Conflict, and Other Bedroom Battles — Robin Baker
  13. La Cousine Bette — Honoré de Balzac
  14. Le Cousin Pons — Honoré de Balzac
  15. Splendeurs et misères des courtisanes — Honoré de Balzac
  16. Illusions perdues — Honoré de Balzac
  17. Looking For Bapu — Anjali Banerjee
  18. They Were Counted — Miklós Banffy
  19. They Were Divided — Miklós Banffy
  20. They Were Found Wanting — Miklós Banffy
  21. Snow — John Banville
  22. The Untouchable — John Banville
  23. Monsieur Ouine – Georges Bernanos
  24. The Lime Works – Thomas Bernhard
  25. Christine Falls: A Novel — Benjamin Black
  26. The Silver Swan — Benjamin Black
  27. Psychedelic Apes: From Parallel Universes To Atomic Dinosaurs – The Weirdest Theories of Science and History — Alex Boese
  28. Group Portrait with Lady — Heinrich Böll
  29. Religion For Atheists — Alain de Botton
  30. Armadillo — William Boyd
  31. An Ice-Cream War: A Novel — William Boyd
  32. Killoyle, An Irish Farce – Roger Boylan
  33. When the Killing’s Done — T. C. Boyle
  34. The Terranauts – T. C. Boyle
  35. Drop City – T. C. Boyle
  36. The Women – T. C. Boyle
  37. San Miguel — T. C. Boyle
  38. East Is East — T. C. Boyle
  39. Anonymous Celebrity — Ignácio de Loyola Brandão
  40. The Max — Ken Bruen
  41. The Sleepwalkers – Hermann Broch
  42. The Unknown Quantity – Hermann Broch
  43. Villette — Charlotte Brontë
  44. Shirley— Charlotte Brontë
  45. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall— Anne Brontë
  46. The Professor— Charlotte Brontë
  47. Agnes Gray — Anne Brontë
  48. Thru — Christine Brooke-Rose
  49. Between –  Christine Brooke-Rose
  50. Father and Son – Larry Brown
  51. Wieland; or the Transformation — Charles Brockton Brown
  52. The Secret Garden — Frances Hodgson Burnett
  53. Tornado Alley — William S. Burroughs
  54. Babel Tower – A. S. Byatt
  55. Ragnarok: The End of the Gods — A. S. Byatt
  56. Three Trapped Tigers — G. Cabrera Infante
  57. The Ruin of Kasch — Roberto Calasso
  58. Moonglow — Michael Chabon
  59. A Night In the Cemetery — Anton Chekhov
  60. The Poet — Michael Connelly
  61. The Spy: A Tale of the Neutral Ground — James Fenimore Cooper
  62. The Pilot: A Tale of the Sea — James Fenimore Cooper
  63. The Red Rover: A Tale — James Fenimore Cooper
  64. John’s Wife – Robert Coover
  65. Ghost Town – Robert Coover
  66. The Public Burning – Robert Coover
  67. Huck Out West – Robert Coover
  68. The Winners – Julio Cortázar
  69. The Enormous Room — E. E. Cummings
  70. Media — Rachel Cusk
  71. The Lost Scrapbook – Evan Dara
  72. Varieties of Disturbance: Stories – Lydia Davis
  73. The End of the Story — Lydia Davis
  74. Girl A — Abigail Dean
  75. Americana — Don DeLillo
  76. Ratner’s Star— Don DeLillo
  77. Libra— Don DeLillo
  78. Lit Up — David Denby
  79. Honey In His Mouth — Lester Dent
  80. Guns, Germs, Steel — Jared Diamond
  81. Little Dorritt — Charles Dickens
  82. Bright Magic: Stories — Alfred Döblin
  83. Bucking the Sun — Ivan Doig
  84. Schultz — J. P. Donleavy
  85. Homeland Security Ate My Speech: Messages from the End of the World — Ariel Dorfman
  86. The Adolescent – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  87. Demons – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  88. Island People – Coleman Dowell
  89. Trafik — Ricki Ducornet
  90. The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana – Umberto Eco
  91. Foucault’s Pendulum – Umberto Eco
  92. The Island of the Day Before – Umberto Eco
  93. Baudolino – Umberto Eco
  94. Six Walks in the Fictional Woods — Umberto Eco
  95. Zeitoun — Dave Eggers
  96. The Franchiser — Stanley Elkin
  97. Romola — George Eliot
  98. Imperial Bedrooms — Bret Easton Ellis
  99. The Death of Vivek Oji: A Novel — Akwaeke Emezi
  100. The Samurai – Shusaku Endo
  101. Tomboyland: Essays — Melissa Faliveno
  102. Baby Moll — John Farris
  103. Pylon – William Faulkner
  104. Choke Hold — Christa Faust
  105. My Brilliant Friend — Elena Ferrante
  106. The Crack-up — F. Scott Fitzgerald
  107. Independence Day— Richard Ford
  108. Sophie’s World – Jostein Gaarder
  109. The Mare — Mary Gaitskill
  110. A Daughter of the Middle Border — Hamlin Garland
  111. Promise At Dawn — Roman Gary
  112. Mary Barton: A Tale of Manchester Life — Elizabeth Gaskell
  113. North and South — Elizabeth Gaskell
  114. Wives and Daughters: An Everyday Story — Elizabeth Gaskell
  115. The Balcony — Jean Genet
  116. The Glass Palace – Amitav Ghosh
  117. Taco Noir — Steven Gomez
  118. She Drove without Stopping – Jaimy Gordon
  119. Château d’Argol — Julien Gracq
  120. Too Far Afield – Günter Grass
  121. Lanark: A Life In Four Books — Alisdair Gray
  122. Party Going — Henry Green
  123. The Book of Intimate Grammar: A Novel – David Grossman
  124. Life and Fate — Vassily Grossman
  125. The Big Sky — A. B. Guthrie, Jr.
  126. Homegoing — Yaa Gyasi
  127. Transcendent Kingdom: A Novel — Yaa Gyasi
  128. Carnival: A Novel — Rawi Hage
  129. The Autobiography of Malcolm X – Alex Haley
  130. Warlock – Oakley Hall
  131. A Pair of Blue Eyes — Thomas Hardy
  132. Whistlejacket – John Hawkes
  133. Blithedale Romance — Nathaniel Hawthorne
  134. The Marble Faun: Or, The Romance of Monte Beni — Nathaniel Hawthorne
  135. Histories — Heroditus
  136. The Friends of Eddie Coyle — George V. Higgins
  137. God Is Not Great — Christopher Hitchens
  138. House Dick — E. Howard Hunt
  139. The Folding Star — Alan Hollinghurst
  140. The Line of Beauty — Alan Hollinghurst
  141. The Spell — Alan Hollinghurst
  142. Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Sausages — Tom Holt
  143. Zorrie — Laird Hunt
  144. Là-Bas – J. K. Huysmans
  145. Stealth — Sonallah Ibrahim
  146. Three Trapped Tigers – G. Cabrera Infante
  147. Second Person Singular — Sayed Kashua
  148. The Flaming Corsage — William Kennedy
  149. Sometimes a Great Notion — Ken Kesey
  150. Disclaimer — Rene Knight
  151. Robert B. Parker’s Ironhorse — Robert Knott
  152. Robert B. Parker’s Bull River — Robert Knott
  153. Robert B. Parker’s The Bridge — Robert Knott
  154. The Exile — William Kotzwinkle
  155. A Death in the Family: My Struggle Book 1 — Karl Ove Knausgârd
  156. A Man In Love: My Struggle Book 2 — Karl Ove Knausgârd
  157. Boyhood Island: My Struggle Book 3 — Karl Ove Knausgârd
  158. Dancing in the Dark: My Struggle Book 4 — Karl Ove Knausgârd
  159. Some Rain Must Fall: My Struggle Book 5 — Karl Ove Knausgârd
  160. The End: My Struggle Book 6 — Karl Ove Knausgârd
  161. The Melancholy of Resistance — Lásló Krasznahorkai
  162. God’s Without Men — Hari Kunzru
  163. The Fifth Child — Doris Lessing
  164. A Martian Examines Christianity — Arthur Levett
  165. The Tool & the Butterflies — Dmitry Lipskerov
  166. Complete Stories — Clarice Lispector
  167. No One Is Talking About This — Patrician Lockwood
  168. Hades, Argentina: A Novel — Daniel Loedel
  169. Boy Toy — Barry Lyga
  170. Goth Girl Rising — Barry Lyga
  171. The Executioner’s Song – Norman Mailer
  172. Harlot’s Ghost – Norman Mailer
  173. The Loved Ones – Alia Mamdouh
  174. The Betrothed — Alessandro Manzoni
  175. Adam Buenosayres: A Novel — Leopoldo Marechal
  176. The Infatuations — Javier Marías
  177. More Tales of the City — Armistead Maupin
  178. Further Tales of the City — Armistead Maupin
  179. Cam Girl — Isa Mazzei
  180. The Crossing — Cormac McCarthy
  181. Cities of the Plain — Cormac McCarthy
  182. Suttree — Cormac McCarthy
  183. Outer Dark — Cormac McCarthy
  184. Lookout Cartridge – Joseph McElroy
  185. Solar — Ian McEwan
  186. Razor Wire Pubic Hair — Carlton Mellick III
  187. Forbidden Colors — Yukio Mishima
  188. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
  189. The Bone Clocks — David Mitchell
  190. Utopia Avenue — David Mitchell
  191. Mexican Gothic — Silvia Morena-García
  192. Big Breasts and Wide Hips — Mo Yan
  193. First Person Singular: Stories — Haruki Murakami
  194. Earthlings — Sayaka Murata
  195. The Green Knight — Iris Murdoch
  196. Ada, or Ardor: A Family Chronicle – Vladimir Nabokov
  197. Parallel Stories — Péter Nádas
  198. The Blind Earthworm in the Labyrinth — Veeraporn Nitiprapha
  199. The Pit — Frank Norris
  200. The Pornographers: A Novel — Akiyuki Nozaka
  201. What Are You Going Through — Sigrid Nunez
  202. A Widow’s Story — Joyce Carol Oates
  203. Mudwoman — Joyce Carol Oates
  204. The Gravedigger’s Daughter — Joyce Carol Oates
  205. A Book of American Martyrs — Joyce Carol Oates
  206. My Heart Laid Bare — Joyce Carol Oates
  207. Broke Heart Blues — Joyce Carol Oates
  208. The Fishermen: A Novel — Chigozie Obioma
  209. Hamnet — Maggie O’Farrell
  210. Miss Iceland — Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir
  211. The Aosawa Murders — Riku Onda
  212. A Tale of Love and Darkness – Amos Oz
  213. History. A Mess. — Sigrún Pálsdóttir
  214. The Black Book – Orhan Pamuk
  215. The Room Next Door — Nicolas Papaconstantinou
  216. Towns Without Rivers – Michael Parker
  217. The Watery Part of the World – Michael Parker
  218. An Instance of the Fingerpost – Iain Pears
  219. The Thanatos Syndrome — Walker Percy
  220. Special Topics in Calamity Physics – Marisha Pessl
  221. Fade To Blonde — Max Phillips
  222. Monsieur Songe – Robert Pinget
  223. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance — Robert M. Pirsig
  224. The Door — Mary Roberts Rinehart
  225. Larva: A Midsummer Night’s Babel – Julían Ríos
  226. Home: A Novel — Marilynne Robinson
  227. Lila — Marilynne Robinson
  228. Jack: A Novel — Marilynne Robinson
  229. Letting Go – Philip Roth
  230. The Humbling — Philip Roth
  231. Operation Shylock : A Confession — Philip Roth
  232. Patrimony: A True Story — Philip Roth
  233. Reveries of the Solitary Walker — Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  234. A Renegade History of the United States — Thaddeus Russell
  235. Memoirs of an Invisible Man — H. F. Saint
  236. It Came From Below the Belt — Bradley Sands
  237. The Bride of Lammermoor — Sir Walter Scott
  238. Monestary — Sir Walter Scott
  239. The Talisman — Sir Walter Scott
  240. In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash — Jean Shepherd
  241. Absurdistan — Gary Shteyngart
  242. The Russian Debutante’s Handbook — Gary Shteyngart
  243. Maigret and the Millionaires — Georges Simenon
  244. Maigret and Monsieur Charles — Georges Simenon
  245. Maigret and the Informer — Georges Simenon
  246. Maigret and the Death of a Harbor-Master — Georges Simenon
  247. Maigret and the Killer — Georges Simenon
  248. Maigret Has Doubts — Georges Simenon
  249. Maigret Afraid — Georges Simenon
  250. The Engineer of Human Souls – Josef Skvoresky
  251. In the First Circle – Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn
  252. The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956 Abridged: An Experiment in Literary Investigation — Aexandr Soltzheritsyn
  253. In America – Susan Sontag
  254. Against Interpretation — Susan Sontag
  255. Imaginative Quantities of Actual Things – Gilbert Sorrentino
  256. The League of Frightened Men — Rex Stout
  257. A Memoir of Misfortune — Su Xiaokang
  258. Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead: A Novel — Olga Tokarczuk
  259. Innocents Abroad — Mark Twain
  260. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry — Neil Degrasse Tyson
  261. Diary of a Blood Donor – Mati Unt
  262. Rainbow Stories – William T. Vollmann
  263. The Ice-Shirt – William T. Vollmann
  264. The Rifles – William T. Vollmann
  265. An Afghanistan Picture Show; or, How I Saved the World – William T. Vollmann
  266. Zadig — Voltaire
  267. Jailbird — Kurt Vonnegut
  268. Galápagos: A Novel — Kurt Vonnegut
  269. Glue — Irvine Welsh
  270. Skagboys — Irvine Welsh
  271. The Liar’s Dictionary — Eley Williams
  272. This Book Is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don’t Touch It — David Wong
  273. Going Native — Stephen Wright
  274. Trash — Amy Yamada
  275. Bedtime Eyes — Amy Yamada
  276. I Hotel – Karen Tei Yamashita
  277. Interior Chinatown — Charles Yu
  278. People’s History of the United States — Howard Zinn
  279. Le Rêve — Émile Zola
  280. Une Page d’amour — Émile Zola
  281. Le Docteur Pascal — Émile Zola
  282. Le Faute de l’Abbé Mouret — Émile Zola
  283. La Joie de Vivre — Émile Zola
  284. Son Excellence Eugene Rougon — Émile Zola
  285. L’Argent — Émile Zola

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

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