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 (13) | if unread in a 2017 monthly pool=italics

  1. How German Is It? — Walter Abish
  2. The Bridge on the Drina — Ivo Andric
  3. The Celebration – Ivan Angelo
  4. Act of the Damned – António Lobo Antunes
  5. The Automobile Club of Egypt — Alaa Al Aswany
  6. Taduno’s Song: A Novel — Odafe Atogun
  7. The Year of the Flood — Margaret Atwood
  8. They Were Counted — Miklós Banffy
  9. They Were Divided — Miklós Banffy
  10. They Were Found Wanting — Miklós Banffy
  11. Mefisto — John Banville
  12. Under Fire — Henri Barbusse
  13. The Sense of an Ending — Julian Barnes
  14. I Hate Martin Amis et al. — Peter Barry
  15. Humbolt’s Gift — Saul Bellow
  16. Monsieur Ouine – Georges Bernanos
  17. The Lime Works – Thomas Bernhard
  18. Concrete – Thomas Bernhard
  19. The Way of Muri — Ilya Boyashov
  20. Armadillo — William Boyd
  21. Brazzaville Beach— William Boyd
  22. A Good Man In Africa — William Boyd
  23. Killoyle, An Irish Farce – Roger Boylan
  24. When the Killing’s Done — 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. The Western Lands – William S. Burroughs
  36. Babel Tower – A. S. Byatt
  37. A Whistling Woman – A. S. Byatt
  38. Three Trapped Tigers — G. Cabrera Infante
  39. The Hive – Camilo José Cela
  40. Moonglow — Michael Chabon
  41. Red Earth and Pouring Rain – Vikram Chandra
  42. Nostromo — Joseph Conrad
  43. Lucky Pierre – Robert Coover
  44. The Public Burning – Robert Coover
  45. The Winners – Julio Cortázar
  46. The Enormous Room — E. E. Cummings [XFX]
  47. The Lost Scrapbook – Evan Dara
  48. Varieties of Disturbance: Stories – Lydia Davis
  49. The Names — Don DeLillo
  50. Americana— Don DeLillo
  51. Valis — Philip K. Dick
  52. The Divine Invasion — Philip K. Dick
  53. The Transmigration of Timothy Archer— Philip K. Dick
  54. Slouching Towards Bethlehem — Joan Didion
  55. Pilgrim At Tinker Creek — Annie Dillard
  56. Before We Visit the Goddess — Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
  57. Bucking the Sun — Ivan Doig
  58. The Big Money — John Dos Passos
  59. The Adolescent – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  60. Island People – Coleman Dowell
  61. Jimmy Jazz — Roddy Doyle
  62. The Forty-Five – Alexander Dumas
  63. The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana – Umberto Eco [XFX]
  64. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius — Dave Eggers
  65. Zeitoun — Dave Eggers
  66. The Librarian — Mikhail Elizarov
  67. Glamorama – Brett Easton Ellis
  68. Lunar Park – Brett Easton Ellis
  69. Boswell – Stanley Elkin
  70. The Magic Kingdom – Stanley Elkin
  71. Van Gogh’s Room At Arles – Stanley Elkin
  72. The Samurai – Shusaku Endo
  73. Go Down, Moses – William Faulkner
  74. Pylon – William Faulkner
  75. The Mansion — William Faulkner
  76. Independence Day— Richard Ford
  77. Ninety-Three — Victor Hugo
  78. Sophie’s World – Jostein Gaarder
  79. The Recognitions — William Gaddis
  80. Fat City — Leonard Gardener
  81. Promise At Dawn — Roman Gary
  82. Cranford – Elizabeth Gaskell
  83. Mary Barton – Elizabeth Gaskell
  84. Middle C — William H. Gass
  85. The Glass Palace – Amitav Ghosh
  86. The Hungry Tide – Amitav Ghosh
  87. Pattern Recognition — William Gibson
  88. Spook Country — William Gibson
  89. Zero History — William Gibson
  90. Straight Is the Gate — Andre Gide
  91. New Grub Street — George Gissing
  92. Elective Affinities – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  93. Carter Beats the Devil – Glen David Gold
  94. To the Ends of the Earth — William Golding
  95. She Drove without Stopping – Jaimy Gordon
  96. Château d’Argol — Julien Gracq
  97. Too Far Afield – Günter Grass
  98. The Heart of the Matter– Graham Greene
  99. The Book of Intimate Grammar: A Novel – David Grossman
  100. The Big Sky — A. B. Guthrie, Jr.
  101. The Autobiography of Malcolm X – Alex Haley
  102. Warlock – Oakley Hall
  103. A Pair of Blue Eyes — Thomas Hardy
  104. Whistlejacket – John Hawkes
  105. God Is Not Great — Christopher Hitchens
  106. The True Believer — Eric Hoffer
  107. Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Sausages — Tom Holt
  108. Ninety-Three — Victor Hugo
  109. Là-Bas – J. K. Huysmans
  110. Princess Bari — Sok-yong Hwang
  111. Three Trapped Tigers – G. Cabrera Infante
  112. Snakepit: A Novel — Moses Isegawa
  113. The Unconsoled – Katsuo Ishiguro
  114. Rock n Roll Babes From Outer Space — Linda Jaivin
  115. The Wings of the Dove – Henry James
  116. The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden — Jonas Jonasson
  117. The Accident— Ismail Kadare
  118. Second Person Singular — Sayed Kashua
  119. The Old Capital — Yasunari Kawabata
  120. Sometimes a Great Notion — Ken Kesey
  121. The Man Who Spoke Snakish — Andrus Kivirähk
  122. A Separate Peace — John Knowles
  123. The Melancholy of Resistance — Lásló Krasznahorkai
  124. God’s Without Men — Hari Kunzru
  125. Women In Love — D. H. Lawrence
  126. Independent People – Halldor Laxness
  127. The Golden Notebook – Doris Lessing
  128. The Monk – Matthew Lewis
  129. Dodsworth — Sinclair Lewis
  130. Cass Timberlane — Sinclair Lewis
  131. Elmer Gantry — Sinclair Lewis
  132. It Can’t Happen Here — Sinclair Lewis
  133. Complete Stories — Clarice Lispector
  134. Martin Eden — Jack London
  135. Goth Girl Rising — Barry Lyga
  136. The Executioner’s Song – Norman Mailer
  137. Naphtalene — Alia Mamdouh
  138. Adam Buenosayres: A Novel — Leopoldo Marechal
  139. The Infatuations — Javier Marías
  140. Lookout Cartridge – Joseph McElroy
  141. Razor Wire Pubic Hair — Carlton Mellick III
  142. Mardi — Herman Melville
  143. The Ordeal of Richard Feveral — George Meredith
  144. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
  145. The Bone Clocks — David Mitchell
  146. Bruno’s Dream — Iris Murdoch
  147. The Black Prince – Iris Murdoch
  148. The Green Knight — Iris Murdoch
  149. A Man Without Qualities – Robert Musil
  150. Ada, or Ardor: A Family Chronicle – Vladimir Nabokov
  151. Parallel Stories — Péter Nádas
  152. The Octopus – Frank Norris
  153. Wonderland – Joyce Carol Oates
  154. A Widow’s Story — Joyce Carol Oates
  155. Mudwoman — Joyce Carol Oates
  156. The Gravedigger’s Daughter — Joyce Carol Oates
  157. The Fishermen: A Novel — Chigozie Obioma
  158. The Famished Road – Ben Okri
  159. A Tale of Love and Darkness – Amos Oz
  160. Doomed — Chuck Palahniuk
  161. The Black Book – Orhan Pamuk
  162. Istanbul: Memories of the City – Orhan Pamuk
  163. Indemnity Only — Sara Paretsky
  164. Towns Without Rivers – Michael Parker
  165. Doctor Zhivago — Boris Pasternak
  166. An Instance of the Fingerpost – Iain Pears
  167. Empire V: The Prince of Hamlet — Victor Pelevin
  168. The Thanatos Syndrome — Walker Percy
  169. Special Topics in Calamity Physics – Marisha Pessl
  170. The Book of Disquiet – Fernando Pessoa
  171. Monsieur Songe – Robert Pinget
  172. Wolf Solent – John Cowper Powys
  173. Mason & Dixon – Thomas Pynchon
  174. Against the Day – Thomas Pynchon
  175. The Last Days — Raymond Queneau
  176. The Mysteries of Udolpho – Ann Radcliffe
  177. Larva: A Midsummer Night’s Babel – Julían Ríos
  178. The Counterlife – Philip Roth
  179. Letting Go – Philip Roth
  180. When She Was Good — Philip Roth
  181. Deception: A Novel — Philip Roth
  182. Memoirs of an Invisible Man — H. F. Saint
  183. It Came From Below the Belt — Bradley Sands
  184. Baltasar and Blimunda – José Saramago
  185. Dendera — Yuya Sato
  186. Clouds of Witness — Dorothy L. Sayers
  187. Absurdistan — Gary Shteyngart
  188. The Russian Debutante’s Handbook — Gary Shteyngart
  189. Maigret and the Old Lady — Georges Simenon
  190. Shosha — Isaac Bashevis Singer
  191. The Engineer of Human Souls – Josef Skvoresky
  192. In the First Circle – Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn
  193. In America – Susan Sontag
  194. Imaginative Quantities of Actual Things – Gilbert Sorrentino
  195. A Sentimental Journey – Laurence Sterne
  196. In the Shadow of the Glen — John M. Synge
  197. The Magnificent Ambersons – Booth Tarkington
  198. Memoirs of a Polar Bear — Yoko Tawada
  199. The Ogre — Michel Tournier
  200. Diary of a Blood Donor – Mati Unt
  201. The Illogic of Kassel — Enrique Vila-Matas
  202. Rainbow Stories – William T. Vollmann
  203. The Ice-Shirt – William T. Vollmann
  204. Uncentering the Earth — William T. Vollmann
  205. An Afghanistan Picture Show; or, How I Saved the World – William T. Vollmann
  206. Infinite Jest – David Foster Wallace
  207. Glue — Irvine Welsh
  208. The Once and Future King — T. H. White
  209. This Book Is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don’t Touch It — David Wong
  210. A Memoir of Misfortune — Su Xiaokang
  211. Big Breasts and Wide Hips — Mo Yan
  212. I Hotel – Karen Tei Yamashita
  213. Violence — Slavoj Žižek
  214. La Curée — Émile Zola
  215. The Debacle— Émile Zola

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

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