Reading Pool for 2017

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

  1. How German Is It? — Walter Abish
  2. Anthills of the Savannah — Chinua Achebe
  3. Hawksmoor — Peter Ackroyd
  4. Ema the Captive — César Aira
  5. Muslim Girl: A Coming of Age — Amani Al-Khatahtbeh
  6. The Japanese Lover — Isabel Allende
  7. Hide My Eyes — Margery Allingham
  8. Gold Dust — Ibrahim al-Koni
  9. Hurma — Ali al-Muqri
  10. Lionel Asbo: State of England — Martin Amis
  11. The Bridge on the Drina — Ivo Andric
  12. The Celebration – Ivan Angelo
  13. Act of the Damned – António Lobo Antunes
  14. The Automobile Club of Egypt — Alaa Al Aswany
  15. Lullaby — Ace Atkins
  16. Wonderland — Ace Atkins
  17. Taduno’s Song: A Novel — Odafe Atogun
  18. The Year of the Flood — Margaret Atwood
  19. Oracle Night — Paul Auster
  20. Le Depute d’Arcis— Honoré de Balzac
  21. They Were Counted — Miklós Banffy
  22. They Were Divided — Miklós Banffy
  23. They Were Found Wanting — Miklós Banffy
  24. Mefisto — John Banville
  25. The System of Dante’s Hell — Amiri Baraka
  26. Under Fire — Henri Barbusse
  27. The Sense of an Ending — Julian Barnes
  28. I Hate Martin Amis et al. — Peter Barry
  29. Paradise — Donald Barthelme
  30. Yiddish For Pirates — Gary Barwin
  31. Afsaneh: Short Stories by Iranian Women — Kaveh Basmenji
  32. Magrit — Lee Battersby
  33. Humbolt’s Gift — Saul Bellow
  34. Monsieur Ouine – Georges Bernanos
  35. The Lime Works – Thomas Bernhard
  36. Concrete – Thomas Bernhard
  37. The Monkey Link: A Pilgrimage Novel — Andrei Bitov
  38. The Black-Eyed Blonde — Benjamin Black (John Banville)
  39. Tinkerbell On Walkabout — Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff
  40. Antwerp — Roberto Bolaño
  41. Monsieur Pamplemousse and the French Solution — Michael Bond
  42. Octavio’s Journey — Miguel Bonnefoy
  43. The Way of Muri — Ilya Boyashov
  44. Armadillo — William Boyd
  45. Brazzaville Beach— William Boyd
  46. A Good Man In Africa — William Boyd
  47. Killoyle, An Irish Farce – Roger Boylan
  48. When the Killing’s Done — T. C. Boyle
  49. Drop City – T. C. Boyle
  50. The Women – T. C. Boyle
  51. Riven Rock – T. C. Boyle
  52. Lady Audley’s Secret – Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  53. Anonymous Celebrity — Ignácio de Loyola Brandão
  54. The Sleepwalkers – Hermann Broch
  55. The Unknown Quantity – Hermann Broch
  56. Thru — Christine Brooke-Rose
  57. Between –  Christine Brooke-Rose
  58. Father and Son – Larry Brown
  59. The Western Lands – William S. Burroughs
  60. Babel Tower – A. S. Byatt
  61. A Whistling Woman – A. S. Byatt
  62. Three Trapped Tigers — G. Cabrera Infante
  63. The Hive – Camilo José Cela
  64. Moonglow — Michael Chabon
  65. Red Earth and Pouring Rain – Vikram Chandra
  66. Odysseus Abroad: A Novel — Amit Chaudhuri
  67. Robota — Doug Chang and Orson Scott Card
  68. Nostromo — Joseph Conrad
  69. Lucky Pierre – Robert Coover
  70. The Public Burning – Robert Coover
  71. The Winners – Julio Cortázar
  72. The Enormous Room — E. E. Cummings [XFX]
  73. The Lost Scrapbook – Evan Dara
  74. Varieties of Disturbance: Stories – Lydia Davis
  75. The Names — Don DeLillo
  76. Americana— Don DeLillo
  77. The Museum of Final Journeys — Anita Desai
  78. Valis — Philip K. Dick
  79. The Divine Invasion — Philip K. Dick
  80. The Transmigration of Timothy Archer— Philip K. Dick
  81. To the White Sea — James Dickey
  82. Slouching Towards Bethlehem — Joan Didion
  83. Pilgrim At Tinker Creek — Annie Dillard
  84. Before We Visit the Goddess — Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
  85. Bucking the Sun — Ivan Doig
  86. The Big Money — John Dos Passos
  87. The Adolescent – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  88. Island People – Coleman Dowell
  89. Jimmy Jazz — Roddy Doyle
  90. The Forty-Five – Alexander Dumas
  91. The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana – Umberto Eco [XFX]
  92. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius — Dave Eggers
  93. Zeitoun — Dave Eggers
  94. The Librarian — Mikhail Elizarov
  95. Glamorama – Brett Easton Ellis
  96. Lunar Park – Brett Easton Ellis
  97. Boswell – Stanley Elkin
  98. The Magic Kingdom – Stanley Elkin
  99. Van Gogh’s Room At Arles – Stanley Elkin
  100. The Samurai – Shusaku Endo
  101. Go Down, Moses – William Faulkner
  102. Pylon – William Faulkner
  103. The Mansion — William Faulkner
  104. Independence Day— Richard Ford
  105. Sophie’s World – Jostein Gaarder
  106. The Recognitions — William Gaddis
  107. Fat City — Leonard Gardener
  108. Mauve — Simon Garfield
  109. Promise At Dawn — Roman Gary
  110. Lady L — Roman Gary
  111. Cranford – Elizabeth Gaskell
  112. Mary Barton – Elizabeth Gaskell
  113. Middle C — William H. Gass
  114. The Man Who Folded Himself — David Gerrold
  115. The Glass Palace – Amitav Ghosh
  116. The Hungry Tide – Amitav Ghosh
  117. Pattern Recognition — William Gibson
  118. Spook Country — William Gibson
  119. Zero History — William Gibson
  120. Straight Is the Gate — Andre Gide
  121. Collected Poems 1947-1997 — Allen Ginsberg
  122. Hill — Jean Giorno
  123. New Grub Street — George Gissing
  124. Elective Affinities – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  125. Carter Beats the Devil – Glen David Gold
  126. To the Ends of the Earth — William Golding
  127. Nightfall — David Goodis
  128. She Drove without Stopping – Jaimy Gordon
  129. Château d’Argol — Julien Gracq
  130. Too Far Afield – Günter Grass
  131. The Heart of the Matter– Graham Greene
  132. The Book of Intimate Grammar: A Novel – David Grossman
  133. The Big Sky — A. B. Guthrie, Jr.
  134. The Autobiography of Malcolm X – Alex Haley
  135. Warlock – Oakley Hall
  136. Murder Is My Business — Brett Halliday
  137. Growth of the Soil — Knut Hamsun
  138. Moravian Night — Peter Handke
  139. A Pair of Blue Eyes — Thomas Hardy
  140. Whistlejacket – John Hawkes
  141. The Boy Who Made the Dragonfly — Tony Hillerman
  142. God Is Not Great — Christopher Hitchens
  143. The True Believer — Eric Hoffer
  144. Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Sausages — Tom Holt
  145. Wool — Hugh Howey
  146. Ninety-Three — Victor Hugo
  147. Là-Bas – J. K. Huysmans
  148. Princess Bari — Sok-yong Hwang
  149. Three Trapped Tigers – G. Cabrera Infante
  150. Snakepit: A Novel — Moses Isegawa
  151. The Unconsoled – Katsuo Ishiguro
  152. Rock n Roll Babes From Outer Space — Linda Jaivin
  153. The Wings of the Dove – Henry James
  154. An Unsuitable Job For a Woman — P. D. James
  155. The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden — Jonas Jonasson
  156. The Accident— Ismail Kadare
  157. Second Person Singular — Sayed Kashua
  158. The Old Capital — Yasunari Kawabata
  159. The Flaming Corsage — William Kennedy
  160. Sometimes a Great Notion — Ken Kesey
  161. Monkey: A Journey To the West — David Kherdian
  162. The Man Who Spoke Snakish — Andrus Kivirähk
  163. A Separate Peace — John Knowles
  164. Swimmer in the Secret Sea — William Kotzwinkle
  165. The Melancholy of Resistance — Lásló Krasznahorkai
  166. The Return of Munchausen — Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky
  167. God’s Without Men — Hari Kunzru
  168. Women In Love — D. H. Lawrence
  169. Independent People – Halldor Laxness
  170. The Golden Notebook – Doris Lessing
  171. The Monk – Matthew Lewis
  172. Dodsworth — Sinclair Lewis
  173. Cass Timberlane — Sinclair Lewis
  174. Elmer Gantry — Sinclair Lewis
  175. It Can’t Happen Here — Sinclair Lewis
  176. Complete Stories — Clarice Lispector
  177. Martin Eden — Jack London
  178. The Tragedy of Macbeth, Part II: The Seed of Banquo — Noah Lukeman
  179. Goth Girl Rising — Barry Lyga
  180. The Executioner’s Song – Norman Mailer
  181. Naphtalene — Alia Mamdouh
  182. The Green Room — Nag Mani
  183. Adam Buenosayres: A Novel — Leopoldo Marechal
  184. The Infatuations — Javier Marías
  185. Your Turn, Mr. Moto — John P. Marquand
  186. Badge of Evil — Whit Masterson
  187. The Magician — W. Somerset Maugham
  188. Lookout Cartridge – Joseph McElroy
  189. The Frumious Bandersnatch — Ed McBain
  190. Razor Wire Pubic Hair — Carlton Mellick III
  191. Mardi — Herman Melville
  192. The Ordeal of Richard Feveral — George Meredith
  193. Notes of a Crocodile — Qiu Miaojin
  194. Black Spring — Henry Miller
  195. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
  196. The Bone Clocks — David Mitchell
  197. Untitled — Kgebetli Moele
  198. Bruno’s Dream — Iris Murdoch
  199. The Black Prince – Iris Murdoch
  200. The Green Knight — Iris Murdoch
  201. A Man Without Qualities – Robert Musil
  202. Ada, or Ardor: A Family Chronicle – Vladimir Nabokov
  203. Parallel Stories — Péter Nádas
  204. Sylvie — Gérard de Nerval
  205. The Octopus – Frank Norris
  206. Unfinished — Carol Oates
  207. We Were the Mulvaneys — Joyce Carol Oates
  208. Wonderland – Joyce Carol Oates
  209. A Widow’s Story — Joyce Carol Oates
  210. Mudwoman — Joyce Carol Oates
  211. The Gravedigger’s Daughter — Joyce Carol Oates
  212. The Fishermen: A Novel — Chigozie Obioma
  213. The Famished Road – Ben Okri
  214. The Mise-en-Scène — Claude Ollier
  215. A Tale of Love and Darkness – Amos Oz
  216. Doomed — Chuck Palahniuk
  217. The Black Book – Orhan Pamuk
  218. Istanbul: Memories of the City – Orhan Pamuk
  219. Indemnity Only — Sara Paretsky
  220. Towns Without Rivers – Michael Parker
  221. Doctor Zhivago — Boris Pasternak
  222. An Instance of the Fingerpost – Iain Pears
  223. Empire V: The Prince of Hamlet — Victor Pelevin
  224. The Thanatos Syndrome — Walker Percy
  225. The Painter of Battles — Arturo Pérez-Reverte
  226. The Cater Street Hangman — Anne Perry
  227. Special Topics in Calamity Physics – Marisha Pessl
  228. The Book of Disquiet – Fernando Pessoa
  229. A Rare Benedictine — Ellis Peters
  230. Monsieur Songe – Robert Pinget
  231. Wolf Solent – John Cowper Powys
  232. Snatch — Bill Pronzini
  233. Mason & Dixon – Thomas Pynchon
  234. Against the Day – Thomas Pynchon
  235. A Study In Terror — Ellery Queen
  236. The Last Days — Raymond Queneau
  237. The Mysteries of Udolpho – Ann Radcliffe
  238. The Circular Staircase — Mary Roberts Rinehart
  239. Larva: A Midsummer Night’s Babel – Julían Ríos
  240. The Insidious Dr. Fu Manchu — Sax Rohmer
  241. The Counterlife – Philip Roth
  242. Letting Go – Philip Roth
  243. When She Was Good — Philip Roth
  244. Deception: A Novel — Philip Roth
  245. Haroun and the Sea of Stories: A Novel — Salman Rushdie
  246. Ernesto — Umberto Saba
  247. Memoirs of an Invisible Man — H. F. Saint
  248. It Came From Below the Belt — Bradley Sands
  249. Baltasar and Blimunda – José Saramago
  250. Dendera — Yuya Sato
  251. Adios, Cowboy — Olija Savicevic
  252. Clouds of Witness — Dorothy L. Sayers
  253. Unnatural Death — Dorothy L. Sayers
  254. Barrel Fever — David Sedaris
  255. Xala — Ousmane Sembène
  256. The Tokyo Zodiac Murders — Soji Shimada
  257. Absurdistan — Gary Shteyngart
  258. The Russian Debutante’s Handbook — Gary Shteyngart
  259. Maigret and the Old Lady — Georges Simenon
  260. Coup de Lune — Georges Simenon
  261. The Widow — Georges Simenon
  262. Maigret In New York — Georges Simenon
  263. Maigret’s Dead Man — George Simenon
  264. Shosha — Isaac Bashevis Singer
  265. The Engineer of Human Souls – Josef Skvoresky
  266. Polar Star — Martin Cruz Smith
  267. In the First Circle – Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn
  268. In America – Susan Sontag
  269. Imaginative Quantities of Actual Things – Gilbert Sorrentino
  270. I, the Jury — Mickey Spillane
  271. My Gun Is Quick — Mickey Spillane
  272. The Drowning of a Goldfish — Lidmila Sováková
  273. A Clue To the Exit — Edward St. Aubyn
  274. A Sentimental Journey – Laurence Sterne
  275. The League of Frightened Men — Rex Stout
  276. In the Shadow of the Glen — John M. Synge
  277. The Magnificent Ambersons – Booth Tarkington
  278. Memoirs of a Polar Bear — Yoko Tawada
  279. The Ogre — Michel Tournier
  280. Diary of a Blood Donor – Mati Unt
  281. The Illogic of Kassel — Enrique Vila-Matas
  282. Rainbow Stories – William T. Vollmann
  283. The Ice-Shirt – William T. Vollmann
  284. Uncentering the Earth: Copernicus and The Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres — William T. Vollmann
  285. An Afghanistan Picture Show; or, How I Saved the World – William T. Vollmann
  286. Infinite Jest – David Foster Wallace
  287. Glue — Irvine Welsh
  288. The Once and Future King — T. H. White
  289. This Book Is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don’t Touch It — David Wong
  290. P. I. — Kamilla Gary Wyatt
  291. The Midwich Cuckoos — John  Wyndham
  292. A Memoir of Misfortune — Su Xiaokang
  293. Miss Chopsticks — Xinran
  294. A Cop’s Eyes — Gaku Yakumaru
  295. Maneater — Kahoko Yamada
  296. I Hotel – Karen Tei Yamashita
  297. Big Breasts and Wide Hips — Mo Yan
  298. Radish — Mo Yan
  299. The Easter Parade — Richard Yates
  300. Parade — Shuichi Yoshida
  301. Moshi, Moshi — Banana Yoshimoto
  302. I Did Not Kill My Husband — Liu Zhenyun
  303. Violence: Six Sideways Reflections — Slavoj Zizek
  304. La Curée — Émile Zola
  305. The Debacle— Émile Zola
  306. Au Bonheur des Dames — Émile Zola

The next year’s reading pool (subject to change)

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