Reading Pool for 2020

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

  1. The Poet X — Elizabeth Acevedo
  2. The Monkey-Wrench Gang — Edward Albee
  3. Lionel Asbo: State of England — Martin Amis
  4. Act of the Damned – António Lobo Antunes
  5. God: A Human History — Resa Aslan
  6. The Automobile Club of Egypt — Alaa Al Aswany
  7. Robert B. Parker’s Slow Burn — Ace Atkins
  8. Robert B. Parker’s Little White Lies — Ace Atkins
  9. The Testaments — Margaret Atwood
  10. Shamanspace — Steve Aylett
  11. They Were Counted — Miklós Banffy
  12. They Were Divided — Miklós Banffy
  13. They Were Found Wanting — Miklós Banffy
  14. Humbolt’s Gift — Saul Bellow
  15. Monsieur Ouine – Georges Bernanos
  16. The Lime Works – Thomas Bernhard
  17. The Monkey Link: A Pilgrimage Novel — Andrei Bitov
  18. Religion For Atheists — Alain de Botton
  19. Armadillo — William Boyd
  20. Brazzaville Beach— William Boyd
  21. A Good Man In Africa — William Boyd
  22. Killoyle, An Irish Farce – Roger Boylan
  23. When the Killing’s Done — T. C. Boyle
  24. The Terranauts – 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. Hard Case Crime: Slide — Ken Bruen
  36. Babel Tower – A. S. Byatt
  37. Three Trapped Tigers — G. Cabrera Infante
  38. The Hive – Camilo José Cela
  39. Tribesmen: A Novella of Supernatural Cannibal Horror — Adam Cesare
  40. Moonglow — Michael Chabon
  41. The Water Dancer — Ta-Nehisi Coates
  42. Lucky Pierre – Robert Coover
  43. The Public Burning – Robert Coover
  44. The Winners – Julio Cortázar
  45. The Enormous Room — E. E. Cummings
  46. The Lost Scrapbook – Evan Dara
  47. Varieties of Disturbance: Stories – Lydia Davis
  48. The End of the Story — Lydia Davis
  49. Americana— Don DeLillo
  50. Frog — Stephen Dixon
  51. Bright Magic: Stories — Alfred Döblin
  52. Bucking the Sun — Ivan Doig
  53. Schultz — J. P. Donleavy
  54. The Adolescent – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  55. Island People – Coleman Dowell
  56. The Forty-Five – Alexander Dumas
  57. The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana – Umberto Eco
  58. Castle Rackrent — Maria Edgeworth
  59. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius — Dave Eggers
  60. Zeitoun — Dave Eggers
  61. The Librarian — Mikhail Elizarov
  62. Glamorama – Brett Easton Ellis
  63. Lunar Park – Brett Easton Ellis
  64. Boswell – Stanley Elkin
  65. The Samurai – Shusaku Endo
  66. House of Beauty — Melba Escobar
  67. Go Down, Moses – William Faulkner
  68. The Mansion — William Faulkner
  69. Pylon – William Faulkner
  70. Independence Day— Richard Ford
  71. Sophie’s World – Jostein Gaarder
  72. Promise At Dawn — Roman Gary
  73. Cranford – Elizabeth Gaskell
  74. Mary Barton – Elizabeth Gaskell
  75. Middle C — William H. Gass
  76. The Mare — Mary Gaitskill
  77. The Glass Palace – Amitav Ghosh
  78. The Hungry Tide – Amitav Ghosh
  79. Carter Beats the Devil – Glen David Gold
  80. She Drove without Stopping – Jaimy Gordon
  81. Château d’Argol — Julien Gracq
  82. Too Far Afield – Günter Grass
  83. Party Going — Henry Green
  84. The Heart of the Matter– Graham Greene
  85. The Book of Intimate Grammar: A Novel – David Grossman
  86. Snow Falling On Cedars — David Guterson
  87. The Big Sky — A. B. Guthrie, Jr.
  88. The Beirut Hellfire Society — Rawi Hagers
  89. The Autobiography of Malcolm X – Alex Haley
  90. Warlock – Oakley Hall
  91. Growth of the Soil — Knut Hamsun
  92. Moravian Night — Peter Handke
  93. A Pair of Blue Eyes — Thomas Hardy
  94. Whistlejacket – John Hawkes
  95. God Is Not Great — Christopher Hitchens
  96. Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Sausages — Tom Holt
  97. Serotonin — Michel Houellebecq
  98. Là-Bas – J. K. Huysmans
  99. Princess Bari — Sok-yong Hwang
  100. Three Trapped Tigers – G. Cabrera Infante
  101. The Unconsoled – Katsuo Ishiguro
  102. The Wings of the Dove – Henry James
  103. The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden — Jonas Jonasson
  104. Second Person Singular — Sayed Kashua
  105. The Flaming Corsage — William Kennedy
  106. Sometimes a Great Notion — Ken Kesey
  107. The Man Who Spoke Snakish — Andrus Kivirähk
  108. The Exile — William Kotzwinkle
  109. The Melancholy of Resistance — Lásló Krasznahorkai
  110. God’s Without Men — Hari Kunzru
  111. Independent People – Halldor Laxness
  112. The Topeka School — Ben Lerner
  113. Elmer Gantry — Sinclair Lewis
  114. Complete Stories — Clarice Lispector
  115. Martin Eden — Jack London
  116. Stories In the Worst Way — Gary Lutz
  117. Goth Girl Rising — Barry Lyga
  118. The Executioner’s Song – Norman Mailer
  119. The Loved Ones – Alia Mamdouh
  120. The Dogs of Riga —Henning Mankell
  121. Severance — Ling Ma
  122. Adam Buenosayres: A Novel — Leopoldo Marechal
  123. The Infatuations — Javier Marías
  124. Mother and Child — Carol Maso
  125. Lookout Cartridge – Joseph McElroy
  126. The Children Act — Ian McEwan
  127. Razor Wire Pubic Hair — Carlton Mellick III
  128. Mardi — Herman Melville
  129. The Ordeal of Richard Feveral — George Meredith
  130. Forbidden Colors — Yukio Mishima
  131. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
  132. The Bone Clocks — David Mitchell
  133. Pow! — Mo Yan
  134. Big Breasts and Wide Hips — Mo Yan
  135. The Revisionists — Thomas Mullen
  136. The Green Knight — Iris Murdoch
  137. A Man Without Qualities – Robert Musil
  138. Ada, or Ardor: A Family Chronicle – Vladimir Nabokov
  139. House of Incest — Anais Nin
  140. Parallel Stories — Péter Nádas
  141. The Octopus – Frank Norris
  142. A Widow’s Story — Joyce Carol Oates
  143. Mudwoman — Joyce Carol Oates
  144. The Gravedigger’s Daughter — Joyce Carol Oates
  145. A Book of American Martyrs — Joyce Carol Oates
  146. Broke Heart Blues — Joyce Carol Oates
  147. The Fishermen: A Novel — Chigozie Obioma
  148. The Memory Police — Yoko Ogawa
  149. The Ginza Ghost and Other Stories — Keikichi Osaka
  150. A Tale of Love and Darkness – Amos Oz
  151. The Black Book – Orhan Pamuk
  152. Towns Without Rivers – Michael Parker
  153. An Instance of the Fingerpost – Iain Pears
  154. The Thanatos Syndrome — Walker Percy
  155. Special Topics in Calamity Physics – Marisha Pessl
  156. The Book of Disquiet – Fernando Pessoa
  157. Monsieur Songe – Robert Pinget
  158. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance — Robert M. Pirsig
  159. Mason & Dixon – Thomas Pynchon
  160. Pamela — Samuel Richardson
  161. Larva: A Midsummer Night’s Babel – Julían Ríos
  162. Chinatown Angel — A. E. Roman
  163. Letting Go – Philip Roth
  164. The Humbling — Philip Roth
  165. When She Was Good — Philip Roth
  166. A Very Stable Genius — Philip Rucker and Carol Leonig
  167. Quichotte — Salman Rushdie
  168. The Moor’s Last Siggh — Salman Rushdie
  169. Memoirs of an Invisible Man — H. F. Saint
  170. It Came From Below the Belt — Bradley Sands
  171. Baltasar and Blimunda – José Saramago
  172. The Beautiful Poetry of Donald Trump — Robert Sears
  173. The Designated Mourner — Wallace Shawn
  174. Absurdistan — Gary Shteyngart
  175. The Russian Debutante’s Handbook — Gary Shteyngart
  176. Quo Vadis — Henryk Sienkiewicz
  177. Maigret’s Holiday — Georges Simenon
  178. Shosha — Isaac Bashevis Singer
  179. The Engineer of Human Souls – Josef Skvoresky
  180. In the First Circle – Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn
  181. In America – Susan Sontag
  182. Imaginative Quantities of Actual Things – Gilbert Sorrentino
  183. Angle of Repose — Wallace Stegner
  184. The League of Frightened Men — Rex Stout
  185. A Memoir of Misfortune — Su Xiaokang
  186. The Magnificent Ambersons – Booth Tarkington
  187. The Ogre — Michel Tournier
  188. Palm Beach, Finland — Antti Tuomainen
  189. Diary of a Blood Donor – Mati Unt
  190. Terrorist — John Updike
  191. Mac’s Problem — Enrique Vila-Matas
  192. Rainbow Stories – William T. Vollmann
  193. The Ice-Shirt – William T. Vollmann
  194. An Afghanistan Picture Show; or, How I Saved the World – William T. Vollmann
  195. Glue — Irvine Welsh
  196. The Once and Future King — T. H. White
  197. This Book Is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don’t Touch It — David Wong
  198. I Hotel – Karen Tei Yamashita
  199. Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist – Sunil Yapa
  200. The Time Invariance of Snow — E. Lily Yu
  201. The Debacle— Émile Zola
  202. Au Bonheur des Dames — Émile Zola
  203. The Miller’s Daughter — Émile Zola

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

 

 

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