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

  1. The Monkey-Wrench Gang — Edward Albee
  2. Lionel Asbo: State of England — Martin Amis
  3. Act of the Damned – António Lobo Antunes
  4. God: A Human History — Resa Aslan
  5. The Automobile Club of Egypt — Alaa Al Aswany
  6. Robert B. Parker’s Slow Burn — Ace Atkins
  7. The Testaments — Margaret Atwood
  8. They Were Counted — Miklós Banffy
  9. They Were Divided — Miklós Banffy
  10. They Were Found Wanting — Miklós Banffy
  11. Humbolt’s Gift — Saul Bellow
  12. Monsieur Ouine – Georges Bernanos
  13. The Lime Works – Thomas Bernhard
  14. The Monkey Link: A Pilgrimage Novel — Andrei Bitov
  15. Religion For Atheists — Alain de Botton
  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. The Terranauts – T. C. Boyle
  22. Drop City – T. C. Boyle
  23. The Women – T. C. Boyle
  24. Riven Rock – T. C. Boyle
  25. Lady Audley’s Secret – Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  26. Anonymous Celebrity — Ignácio de Loyola Brandão
  27. The Sleepwalkers – Hermann Broch
  28. The Unknown Quantity – Hermann Broch
  29. Thru — Christine Brooke-Rose
  30. Between –  Christine Brooke-Rose
  31. Father and Son – Larry Brown
  32. Hard Case Crime: Slide — Ken Bruen
  33. Babel Tower – A. S. Byatt
  34. A Whistling Woman – A. S. Byatt
  35. Three Trapped Tigers — G. Cabrera Infante
  36. The Hive – Camilo José Cela
  37. Moonglow — Michael Chabon
  38. The Water Dancer — Ta-Nehisi Coates
  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 Adolescent – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  51. Island People – Coleman Dowell
  52. The Forty-Five – Alexander Dumas
  53. The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana – Umberto Eco [XFX]
  54. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius — Dave Eggers
  55. Zeitoun — Dave Eggers
  56. The Librarian — Mikhail Elizarov
  57. Glamorama – Brett Easton Ellis
  58. Lunar Park – Brett Easton Ellis
  59. Boswell – Stanley Elkin
  60. The Samurai – Shusaku Endo
  61. Go Down, Moses – William Faulkner
  62. Pylon – William Faulkner
  63. The Mansion — William Faulkner
  64. Independence Day— Richard Ford
  65. Sophie’s World – Jostein Gaarder
  66. Promise At Dawn — Roman Gary
  67. Cranford – Elizabeth Gaskell
  68. Mary Barton – Elizabeth Gaskell
  69. Middle C — William H. Gass
  70. The Glass Palace – Amitav Ghosh
  71. The Hungry Tide – Amitav Ghosh
  72. Carter Beats the Devil – Glen David Gold
  73. She Drove without Stopping – Jaimy Gordon
  74. Château d’Argol — Julien Gracq
  75. Too Far Afield – Günter Grass
  76. Party Going — Henry Green
  77. The Heart of the Matter– Graham Greene
  78. The Book of Intimate Grammar: A Novel – David Grossman
  79. Snow Falling On Cedars — David Guterson
  80. The Big Sky — A. B. Guthrie, Jr.
  81. The Beirut Hellfire Society — Rawi Hagers
  82. The Autobiography of Malcolm X – Alex Haley
  83. Warlock – Oakley Hall
  84. Growth of the Soil — Knut Hamsun
  85. Moravian Night — Peter Handke
  86. A Pair of Blue Eyes — Thomas Hardy
  87. Whistlejacket – John Hawkes
  88. God Is Not Great — Christopher Hitchens
  89. Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Sausages — Tom Holt
  90. Serotonin — Michel Houellebecq
  91. Là-Bas – J. K. Huysmans
  92. Princess Bari — Sok-yong Hwang
  93. Three Trapped Tigers – G. Cabrera Infante
  94. The Unconsoled – Katsuo Ishiguro
  95. The Wings of the Dove – Henry James
  96. The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden — Jonas Jonasson
  97. Second Person Singular — Sayed Kashua
  98. The Flaming Corsage — William Kennedy
  99. Sometimes a Great Notion — Ken Kesey
  100. The Man Who Spoke Snakish — Andrus Kivirähk
  101. The Exile — William Kotzwinkle
  102. The Melancholy of Resistance — Lásló Krasznahorkai
  103. God’s Without Men — Hari Kunzru
  104. Independent People – Halldor Laxness
  105. The Topeka School — Ben Lerner
  106. Elmer Gantry — Sinclair Lewis
  107. Complete Stories — Clarice Lispector
  108. Martin Eden — Jack London
  109. Goth Girl Rising — Barry Lyga
  110. The Executioner’s Song – Norman Mailer
  111. The Loved Ones – Alia Mamdouh
  112. Adam Buenosayres: A Novel — Leopoldo Marechal
  113. The Infatuations — Javier Marías
  114. Mother and Child — Carol Maso
  115. Lookout Cartridge – Joseph McElroy
  116. The Children Act — Ian McEwan
  117. Razor Wire Pubic Hair — Carlton Mellick III
  118. Mardi — Herman Melville
  119. The Ordeal of Richard Feveral — George Meredith
  120. Forbidden Colors — Yukio Mishima
  121. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
  122. The Bone Clocks — David Mitchell
  123. Pow! — Mo Yan
  124. Big Breasts and Wide Hips — Mo Yan
  125. The Green Knight — Iris Murdoch
  126. A Man Without Qualities – Robert Musil
  127. Ada, or Ardor: A Family Chronicle – Vladimir Nabokov
  128. Parallel Stories — Péter Nádas
  129. The Octopus – Frank Norris
  130. A Widow’s Story — Joyce Carol Oates
  131. Mudwoman — Joyce Carol Oates
  132. The Gravedigger’s Daughter — Joyce Carol Oates
  133. Broke Heart Blues — Joyce Carol Oates
  134. The Fishermen: A Novel — Chigozie Obioma
  135. The Ginza Ghost and Other Stories — Keikichi Osaka
  136. A Tale of Love and Darkness – Amos Oz
  137. The Black Book – Orhan Pamuk
  138. Towns Without Rivers – Michael Parker
  139. An Instance of the Fingerpost – Iain Pears
  140. The Thanatos Syndrome — Walker Percy
  141. Special Topics in Calamity Physics – Marisha Pessl
  142. The Book of Disquiet – Fernando Pessoa
  143. Monsieur Songe – Robert Pinget
  144. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance — Robert M. Pirsig
  145. Mason & Dixon – Thomas Pynchon
  146. Larva: A Midsummer Night’s Babel – Julían Ríos
  147. Letting Go – Philip Roth
  148. The Humbling — Philip Roth
  149. When She Was Good — Philip Roth
  150. Quichotte — Salman Rushdie
  151. Memoirs of an Invisible Man — H. F. Saint
  152. It Came From Below the Belt — Bradley Sands
  153. Baltasar and Blimunda – José Saramago
  154. Absurdistan — Gary Shteyngart
  155. The Russian Debutante’s Handbook — Gary Shteyngart
  156. Quo Vadis — Henryk Sienkiewicz
  157. Shosha — Isaac Bashevis Singer
  158. The Engineer of Human Souls – Josef Skvoresky
  159. In the First Circle – Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn
  160. In America – Susan Sontag
  161. Imaginative Quantities of Actual Things – Gilbert Sorrentino
  162. Angle of Repose — Wallace Stegner
  163. The League of Frightened Men — Rex Stout
  164. A Memoir of Misfortune — Su Xiaokang
  165. The Magnificent Ambersons – Booth Tarkington
  166. The Ogre — Michel Tournier
  167. Palm Beach, Finland — Antti Tuomainen
  168. Diary of a Blood Donor – Mati Unt
  169. Terrorist — John Updike
  170. Mac’s Problem — Enrique Vila-Matas
  171. Rainbow Stories – William T. Vollmann
  172. The Ice-Shirt – William T. Vollmann
  173. An Afghanistan Picture Show; or, How I Saved the World – William T. Vollmann
  174. Glue — Irvine Welsh
  175. The Once and Future King — T. H. White
  176. This Book Is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don’t Touch It — David Wong
  177. I Hotel – Karen Tei Yamashita
  178. Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist – Sunil Yapa
  179. The Debacle— Émile Zola
  180. Au Bonheur des Dames — Émile Zola
  181. The Miller’s Daughter — Émile Zola

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

 

 

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