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 (21) | 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. Lionel Asbo: State of England — Martin Amis
  4. The Celebration – Ivan Angelo
  5. Act of the Damned – António Lobo Antunes
  6. The Automobile Club of Egypt — Alaa Al Aswany
  7. Wonderland — Ace Atkins
  8. Taduno’s Song: A Novel — Odafe Atogun
  9. They Were Counted — Miklós Banffy
  10. They Were Divided — Miklós Banffy
  11. They Were Found Wanting — Miklós Banffy
  12. Humbolt’s Gift — Saul Bellow
  13. Monsieur Ouine – Georges Bernanos
  14. The Lime Works – Thomas Bernhard
  15. The Monkey Link: A Pilgrimage Novel — Andrei Bitov
  16. Armadillo — William Boyd
  17. Brazzaville Beach— William Boyd
  18. A Good Man In Africa — William Boyd
  19. Killoyle, An Irish Farce – Roger Boylan
  20. When the Killing’s Done — T. C. Boyle
  21. Drop City – T. C. Boyle
  22. The Women – T. C. Boyle
  23. Riven Rock – T. C. Boyle
  24. Lady Audley’s Secret – Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  25. Anonymous Celebrity — Ignácio de Loyola Brandão
  26. The Sleepwalkers – Hermann Broch
  27. The Unknown Quantity – Hermann Broch
  28. Thru — Christine Brooke-Rose
  29. Between –  Christine Brooke-Rose
  30. Father and Son – Larry Brown
  31. Babel Tower – A. S. Byatt
  32. A Whistling Woman – A. S. Byatt
  33. Three Trapped Tigers — G. Cabrera Infante
  34. The Hive – Camilo José Cela
  35. Moonglow — Michael Chabon
  36. Odysseus Abroad: A Novel — Amit Chaudhuri
  37. For Bread Alone – Mohamed Choukr
  38. Nostromo — Joseph Conrad
  39. Lucky Pierre – Robert Coover
  40. The Public Burning – Robert Coover
  41. The Winners – Julio Cortázar
  42. The Enormous Room — E. E. Cummings
  43. The Lost Scrapbook – Evan Dara
  44. Varieties of Disturbance: Stories – Lydia Davis
  45. Americana— Don DeLillo
  46. Frog — Stephen Dixon
  47. Bright Magic: Stories — Alfred Döblin
  48. Bucking the Sun — Ivan Doig
  49. Schultz — J. P. Donleavy
  50. The Big Money — John Dos Passos
  51. The Adolescent – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  52. Island People – Coleman Dowell
  53. The Forty-Five – Alexander Dumas
  54. The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana – Umberto Eco [XFX]
  55. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius — Dave Eggers
  56. Zeitoun — Dave Eggers
  57. The Librarian — Mikhail Elizarov
  58. Glamorama – Brett Easton Ellis
  59. Lunar Park – Brett Easton Ellis
  60. Boswell – Stanley Elkin
  61. Van Gogh’s Room At Arles – Stanley Elkin
  62. Town Crier Exclusive, Confessions of a Princess Manqué: “How Royals Found Me ‘Unsuitable’ To Marry Their Larry” — Stanley Elkin
  63. The Samurai – Shusaku Endo
  64. Go Down, Moses – William Faulkner
  65. Pylon – William Faulkner
  66. The Mansion — William Faulkner
  67. Independence Day— Richard Ford
  68. Sophie’s World – Jostein Gaarder
  69. The Recognitions — William Gaddis
  70. Promise At Dawn — Roman Gary
  71. Cranford – Elizabeth Gaskell
  72. Mary Barton – Elizabeth Gaskell
  73. Middle C — William H. Gass
  74. The Glass Palace – Amitav Ghosh
  75. The Hungry Tide – Amitav Ghosh
  76. Zero History — William Gibson
  77. Collected Poems 1947-1997 — Allen Ginsberg
  78. Carter Beats the Devil – Glen David Gold
  79. She Drove without Stopping – Jaimy Gordon
  80. Château d’Argol — Julien Gracq
  81. Too Far Afield – Günter Grass
  82. Turtles All the Way Down — John Green
  83. The Heart of the Matter– Graham Greene
  84. The Book of Intimate Grammar: A Novel – David Grossman
  85. The Big Sky — A. B. Guthrie, Jr.
  86. The Autobiography of Malcolm X – Alex Haley
  87. Warlock – Oakley Hall
  88. Growth of the Soil — Knut Hamsun
  89. Moravian Night — Peter Handke
  90. American Junkie — Tom Hansen
  91. A Pair of Blue Eyes — Thomas Hardy
  92. Whistlejacket – John Hawkes
  93. Strangers On a Train — Patricia Highsmith
  94. God Is Not Great — Christopher Hitchens
  95. Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Sausages — Tom Holt
  96. Là-Bas – J. K. Huysmans
  97. Princess Bari — Sok-yong Hwang
  98. I Can Give You Anything But Love — Gary Indiana
  99. Three Trapped Tigers – G. Cabrera Infante
  100. The Unconsoled – Katsuo Ishiguro
  101. The Wings of the Dove – Henry James
  102. Angels — Denis Johnson
  103. The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden — Jonas Jonasson
  104. The Accident— Ismail Kadare
  105. Second Person Singular — Sayed Kashua
  106. The Flaming Corsage — William Kennedy
  107. Sometimes a Great Notion — Ken Kesey
  108. The Man Who Spoke Snakish — Andrus Kivirähk
  109. The Exile — William Kotzwinkle
  110. The Melancholy of Resistance — Lásló Krasznahorkai
  111. God’s Without Men — Hari Kunzru
  112. Women In Love — D. H. Lawrence
  113. Independent People – Halldor Laxness
  114. Thérèse and Isabelle – Violette Leduc
  115. The Monk – Matthew Lewis
  116. Elmer Gantry — Sinclair Lewis
  117. The Years, Months, Days – Yan Lianke

  118. Marrow – Yan Lianke
  119. Complete Stories — Clarice Lispector
  120. The Picturegoers – David Lodge
  121. Martin Eden — Jack London
  122. Sherlock Holmes: The Thinking Engine – James Lovegrove
  123. Goth Girl Rising — Barry Lyga
  124. Black Moses — Alain Mabanckou
  125. The Executioner’s Song – Norman Mailer
  126. The Loved Ones – Alia Mamdouh
  127. Faceless Killers — Henning Mankell
  128. The School of English — Hilary Mantel
  129. Adam Buenosayres: A Novel — Leopoldo Marechal
  130. The Infatuations — Javier Marías
  131. Mother and Child — Carol Maso
  132. Lookout Cartridge – Joseph McElroy
  133. Razor Wire Pubic Hair — Carlton Mellick III
  134. Mardi — Herman Melville
  135. The Ordeal of Richard Feveral — George Meredith
  136. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
  137. The Bone Clocks — David Mitchell
  138. Sundays In August — Patrick Modiano
  139. The Black Prince – Iris Murdoch
  140. The Green Knight — Iris Murdoch
  141. A Man Without Qualities – Robert Musil
  142. Ada, or Ardor: A Family Chronicle – Vladimir Nabokov
  143. Parallel Stories — Péter Nádas
  144. The Octopus – Frank Norris
  145. Wonderland – Joyce Carol Oates
  146. A Widow’s Story — Joyce Carol Oates
  147. Mudwoman — Joyce Carol Oates
  148. The Gravedigger’s Daughter — Joyce Carol Oates
  149. The Fishermen: A Novel — Chigozie Obioma
  150. The Famished Road – Ben Okri
  151. A Tale of Love and Darkness – Amos Oz
  152. The Black Book – Orhan Pamuk
  153. Akitadas First Case — I. J. Parker
  154. Towns Without Rivers – Michael Parker
  155. Doctor Zhivago — Boris Pasternak
  156. An Instance of the Fingerpost – Iain Pears
  157. Empire V: The Prince of Hamlet — Victor Pelevin
  158. The Thanatos Syndrome — Walker Percy
  159. Special Topics in Calamity Physics – Marisha Pessl
  160. The Book of Disquiet – Fernando Pessoa
  161. Monsieur Songe – Robert Pinget
  162. Wolf Solent – John Cowper Powys
  163. Mason & Dixon – Thomas Pynchon
  164. Against the Day – Thomas Pynchon
  165. The Hole — Hye-young Pyun
  166. The Mysteries of Udolpho – Ann Radcliffe
  167. Larva: A Midsummer Night’s Babel – Julían Ríos
  168. The Counterlife – Philip Roth
  169. Letting Go – Philip Roth
  170. When She Was Good — Philip Roth
  171. Memoirs of an Invisible Man — H. F. Saint
  172. It Came From Below the Belt — Bradley Sands
  173. Baltasar and Blimunda – José Saramago
  174. Unnatural Death — Dorothy L. Sayers
  175. Absurdistan — Gary Shteyngart
  176. The Russian Debutante’s Handbook — Gary Shteyngart
  177. Shosha — Isaac Bashevis Singer
  178. The Engineer of Human Souls – Josef Skvoresky
  179. In the First Circle – Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn
  180. In America – Susan Sontag
  181. Imaginative Quantities of Actual Things – Gilbert Sorrentino
  182. My Gun Is Quick — Mickey Spillane
  183. Dunbar — Edward St. Aubyn
  184. A Sentimental Journey – Laurence Sterne
  185. The League of Frightened Men — Rex Stout
  186. The Magnificent Ambersons – Booth Tarkington
  187. The Ogre — Michel Tournier
  188. Diary of a Blood Donor – Mati Unt
  189. Rainbow Stories – William T. Vollmann
  190. The Ice-Shirt – William T. Vollmann
  191. An Afghanistan Picture Show; or, How I Saved the World – William T. Vollmann
  192. Infinite Jest – David Foster Wallace
  193. Glue — Irvine Welsh
  194. The Once and Future King — T. H. White
  195. Underground Railroad, The – Colson Whitehead
  196. Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang: A Novel – Kate Wilhelm
  197. This Book Is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don’t Touch It — David Wong
  198. A Memoir of Misfortune — Su Xiaokang
  199. When Red Is Black – Qiu Xiaolong
  200. Miss Chopsticks — Xinran
  201. I Hotel – Karen Tei Yamashita
  202. Big Breasts and Wide Hips — Mo Yan
  203. Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist – Sunil Yapa
  204. Angeles Crest – P. J. Zander
  205. The Debacle— Émile Zola
  206. Au Bonheur des Dames — Émile Zola

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

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