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

  1. The Poet X — Elizabeth Acevedo
  2. The Monkey-Wrench Gang — Edward Albee
  3. Indian Killer — Sherman Alexie
  4. Zinky Boys — Svetlana Alexievich
  5. Lionel Asbo: State of England — Martin Amis
  6. Other People — Martin Amis
  7. Act of the Damned – António Lobo Antunes
  8. God: A Human History — Resa Aslan
  9. The Automobile Club of Egypt — Alaa Al Aswany
  10. Robert B. Parker’s Slow Burn — Ace Atkins
  11. Robert B. Parker’s Little White Lies — Ace Atkins
  12. Robert B. Parker’s Old Black Magic — Ace Atkins
  13. Robert B. Parker’s Angel Eyes
  14. The Testaments — Margaret Atwood
  15. Shamanspace — Steve Aylett
  16. They Were Counted — Miklós Banffy
  17. They Were Divided — Miklós Banffy
  18. They Were Found Wanting — Miklós Banffy
  19. Humbolt’s Gift — Saul Bellow
  20. Monsieur Ouine – Georges Bernanos
  21. The Lime Works – Thomas Bernhard
  22. The Monkey Link: A Pilgrimage Novel — Andrei Bitov
  23. Monsieur Pamplemousse Takes the Train — Michael Bond
  24. Religion For Atheists — Alain de Botton
  25. Armadillo — William Boyd
  26. Brazzaville Beach— William Boyd
  27. A Good Man In Africa — William Boyd
  28. The Giant Rat of Sumatra — Richard L. Boyer
  29. Killoyle, An Irish Farce – Roger Boylan
  30. When the Killing’s Done — T. C. Boyle
  31. The Terranauts – T. C. Boyle
  32. Drop City – T. C. Boyle
  33. The Women – T. C. Boyle
  34. Riven Rock – T. C. Boyle
  35. Lady Audley’s Secret – Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  36. Anonymous Celebrity — Ignácio de Loyola Brandão
  37. The Sleepwalkers – Hermann Broch
  38. The Unknown Quantity – Hermann Broch
  39. Thru — Christine Brooke-Rose
  40. Between –  Christine Brooke-Rose
  41. Father and Son – Larry Brown
  42. Hard Case Crime: Slide — Ken Bruen
  43. The Pilgrim’s Progress — John Bunyan
  44. The Ugly American — Eugene Burdick
  45. Babel Tower – A. S. Byatt
  46. Three Trapped Tigers — G. Cabrera Infante
  47. The Hive – Camilo José Cela
  48. Tribesmen: A Novella of Supernatural Cannibal Horror — Adam Cesare
  49. Moonglow — Michael Chabon
  50. The Shooting Party — Anton Chekhov
  51. The Water Dancer — Ta-Nehisi Coates
  52. Bringing Out the Dead — Joe Connelly
  53. Lucky Pierre – Robert Coover
  54. The Public Burning – Robert Coover
  55. The Winners – Julio Cortázar
  56. The Enormous Room — E. E. Cummings
  57. The Lost Scrapbook – Evan Dara
  58. Varieties of Disturbance: Stories – Lydia Davis
  59. The End of the Story — Lydia Davis
  60. Americana— Don DeLillo
  61. Our Mutual Friend — Charles Dickens
  62. Frog — Stephen Dixon
  63. Bright Magic: Stories — Alfred Döblin
  64. Bucking the Sun — Ivan Doig
  65. Schultz — J. P. Donleavy
  66. The Adolescent – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  67. Island People – Coleman Dowell
  68. The Forty-Five – Alexander Dumas
  69. The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana – Umberto Eco
  70. Castle Rackrent — Maria Edgeworth
  71. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius — Dave Eggers
  72. Zeitoun — Dave Eggers
  73. Daniel Deronda — George Eliot
  74. The Librarian — Mikhail Elizarov
  75. Glamorama – Brett Easton Ellis
  76. Lunar Park – Brett Easton Ellis
  77. Boswell – Stanley Elkin
  78. The Samurai – Shusaku Endo
  79. House of Beauty — Melba Escobar
  80. Judgment Day — James T. Farrell
  81. Go Down, Moses – William Faulkner
  82. The Mansion — William Faulkner
  83. Pylon – William Faulkner
  84. Independence Day— Richard Ford
  85. Sophie’s World – Jostein Gaarder
  86. Promise At Dawn — Roman Gary
  87. Cranford – Elizabeth Gaskell
  88. Mary Barton – Elizabeth Gaskell
  89. Middle C — William H. Gass
  90. The Mare — Mary Gaitskill
  91. The Glass Palace – Amitav Ghosh
  92. The Hungry Tide – Amitav Ghosh
  93. Carter Beats the Devil – Glen David Gold
  94. She Drove without Stopping – Jaimy Gordon
  95. Château d’Argol — Julien Gracq
  96. Too Far Afield – Günter Grass
  97. Party Going — Henry Green
  98. The Heart of the Matter– Graham Greene
  99. The Book of Intimate Grammar: A Novel – David Grossman
  100. Snow Falling On Cedars — David Guterson
  101. The Big Sky — A. B. Guthrie, Jr.
  102. The Beirut Hellfire Society — Rawi Hagers
  103. The Autobiography of Malcolm X – Alex Haley
  104. Warlock – Oakley Hall
  105. Me & Mr. Cigar — Gibby Haynes
  106. Growth of the Soil — Knut Hamsun
  107. Moravian Night — Peter Handke
  108. A Pair of Blue Eyes — Thomas Hardy
  109. Whistlejacket – John Hawkes
  110. God Is Not Great — Christopher Hitchens
  111. Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Sausages — Tom Holt
  112. Serotonin — Michel Houellebecq
  113. Là-Bas – J. K. Huysmans
  114. Princess Bari — Sok-yong Hwang
  115. Three Trapped Tigers – G. Cabrera Infante
  116. A Single Man— Christopher Isherwood
  117. The Unconsoled – Katsuo Ishiguro
  118. The Wings of the Dove – Henry James
  119. The Portrait of a Lady — Henry James
  120. The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden — Jonas Jonasson
  121. Death Without Company — Craig Johnson
  122. Second Person Singular — Sayed Kashua
  123. The Flaming Corsage — William Kennedy
  124. Sometimes a Great Notion — Ken Kesey
  125. Hard Case Crime: The Colorado Kid — Stephen King
  126. The Man Who Spoke Snakish — Andrus Kivirähk
  127. The Marquise of O— — Heinrich von Kleist
  128. The Exile — William Kotzwinkle
  129. The Melancholy of Resistance — Lásló Krasznahorkai
  130. God’s Without Men — Hari Kunzru
  131. Seven Pillars of Wisdom — T. E. Lawrence
  132. Independent People – Halldor Laxness
  133. The Wanderer — Fritz Leiber
  134. The Topeka School — Ben Lerner
  135. Elmer Gantry — Sinclair Lewis
  136. Complete Stories — Clarice Lispector
  137. Martin Eden — Jack London
  138. Stories In the Worst Way — Gary Lutz
  139. Goth Girl Rising — Barry Lyga
  140. The Executioner’s Song – Norman Mailer
  141. Harlot’s Ghost – Norman Mailer
  142. The Loved Ones – Alia Mamdouh
  143. The Dogs of Riga —Henning Mankell
  144. Severance — Ling Ma
  145. Adam Buenosayres: A Novel — Leopoldo Marechal
  146. The Infatuations — Javier Marías
  147. Mother and Child — Carol Maso
  148. Camgirl — Isa Mazzei
  149. Lookout Cartridge – Joseph McElroy
  150. The Children Act — Ian McEwan
  151. Razor Wire Pubic Hair — Carlton Mellick III
  152. Mardi — Herman Melville
  153. White Jacket, or, The World On a Man-of-War — Herman Melville
  154. The Ordeal of Richard Feveral — George Meredith
  155. Forbidden Colors — Yukio Mishima
  156. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
  157. The Bone Clocks — David Mitchell
  158. Contempt — Alberto Moravia
  159. The Haunted Bookshop — Christopher Morley
  160. Pow! — Mo Yan
  161. Big Breasts and Wide Hips — Mo Yan
  162. The Revisionists — Thomas Mullen
  163. The Green Knight — Iris Murdoch
  164. A Man Without Qualities – Robert Musil
  165. Ada, or Ardor: A Family Chronicle – Vladimir Nabokov
  166. The Boy In the Earth — Fuminori Nakamura
  167. House of Incest — Anais Nin
  168. The Octopus On My Head — Jim Nisbet
  169. Parallel Stories — Péter Nádas
  170. Nymphomation — Jeff Noon
  171. The Octopus – Frank Norris
  172. A Widow’s Story — Joyce Carol Oates
  173. Mudwoman — Joyce Carol Oates
  174. The Gravedigger’s Daughter — Joyce Carol Oates
  175. A Book of American Martyrs — Joyce Carol Oates
  176. Broke Heart Blues — Joyce Carol Oates
  177. The Fishermen: A Novel — Chigozie Obioma
  178. The Memory Police — Yoko Ogawa
  179. The Ginza Ghost and Other Stories — Keikichi Osaka
  180. A Tale of Love and Darkness – Amos Oz
  181. The Black Book – Orhan Pamuk
  182. Towns Without Rivers – Michael Parker
  183. An Instance of the Fingerpost – Iain Pears
  184. The Thanatos Syndrome — Walker Percy
  185. Mrs. Fletcher — Tom Perrotta
  186. Special Topics in Calamity Physics – Marisha Pessl
  187. The Book of Disquiet – Fernando Pessoa
  188. Monsieur Songe – Robert Pinget
  189. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance — Robert M. Pirsig
  190. Mason & Dixon – Thomas Pynchon
  191. Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded — Samuel Richardson
  192. Larva: A Midsummer Night’s Babel – Julían Ríos
  193. Chinatown Angel — A. E. Roman
  194. Letting Go – Philip Roth
  195. The Humbling — Philip Roth
  196. When She Was Good — Philip Roth
  197. A Very Stable Genius — Philip Rucker and Carol Leonig
  198. Quichotte — Salman Rushdie
  199. The Moor’s Last Siggh — Salman Rushdie
  200. Memoirs of an Invisible Man — H. F. Saint
  201. It Came From Below the Belt — Bradley Sands
  202. Baltasar and Blimunda – José Saramago
  203. The Beautiful Poetry of Donald Trump — Robert Sears
  204. 10 Minutes 38 Seconds In This Strange World — Elif Shafak
  205. The Designated Mourner — Wallace Shawn
  206. Absurdistan — Gary Shteyngart
  207. The Russian Debutante’s Handbook — Gary Shteyngart
  208. Quo Vadis — Henryk Sienkiewicz
  209. Maigret’s Holiday — Georges Simenon
  210. Shosha — Isaac Bashevis Singer
  211. The Engineer of Human Souls – Josef Skvoresky
  212. December 6 — Martin Crus Smith
  213. In the First Circle – Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn
  214. In America – Susan Sontag
  215. Imaginative Quantities of Actual Things – Gilbert Sorrentino
  216. Blue Movie — Terry Southern
  217. Loitering With Intent — Muriel Spark
  218. Angle of Repose — Wallace Stegner
  219. The League of Frightened Men — Rex Stout
  220. At Night,I Become a Monster — Yoru Sumino
  221. A Memoir of Misfortune — Su Xiaokang
  222. Thy Neighbor’s Wife — Gay Talese
  223. The Magnificent Ambersons – Booth Tarkington
  224. The Curse of Lono — Hunter S. Thompson
  225. The Ogre — Michel Tournier
  226. Palm Beach, Finland — Antti Tuomainen
  227. Diary of a Blood Donor – Mati Unt
  228. Terrorist — John Updike
  229. Mac’s Problem — Enrique Vila-Matas
  230. Rainbow Stories – William T. Vollmann
  231. The Ice-Shirt – William T. Vollmann
  232. An Afghanistan Picture Show; or, How I Saved the World – William T. Vollmann
  233. Glue — Irvine Welsh
  234. Skagboys — Irvine Welsh
  235. The Once and Future King — T. H. White
  236. I Am Charlotte Simmons — Tom Wolfe
  237. This Book Is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don’t Touch It — David Wong
  238. I Hotel – Karen Tei Yamashita
  239. Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist – Sunil Yapa
  240. The Time Invariance of Snow — E. Lily Yu
  241. People’s History of the United States — Howard Zinn
  242. The Debacle— Émile Zola
  243. Au Bonheur des Dames — Émile Zola
  244. The Miller’s Daughter — Émile Zola

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

 

 

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