Reading Pool for 2021

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). [Note: 300 + in times of CoVid]

I love lists so here is this year’s Reading Pool. Note also the reading lists under the menu item “Lists.”

Read=Blue (60) | to read from current monthly pool=italics

  1. Bukowski in a Sundress: Confessions from a Writing Life — Kim Addonizio
  2. The Monkey-Wrench Gang — Edward Albee
  3. Just Kids From the Bronx — Arlene Alda
  4. Indian Killer — Sherman Alexie
  5. Lionel Asbo: State of England — Martin Amis
  6. Act of the Damned – António Lobo Antunes
  7. God: A Human History — Resa Aslan
  8. La Cousine Bette — Honoré de Balzac
  9. Le Cousin Pons — Honoré de Balzac
  10. Splendeurs et misères des courtisanes — Honoré de Balzac
  11. Illusions perdues — Honoré de Balzac
  12. Looking For Bapu — Anjali Banerjee
  13. They Were Counted — Miklós Banffy
  14. They Were Divided — Miklós Banffy
  15. They Were Found Wanting — Miklós Banffy
  16. Snow — John Banville
  17. Monsieur Ouine – Georges Bernanos
  18. The Lime Works – Thomas Bernhard
  19. Christine Falls: A Novel — Benjamin Black
  20. Religion For Atheists — Alain de Botton
  21. Armadillo — William Boyd
  22. An Ice-Cream War: A Novel — William Boyd
  23. Killoyle, An Irish Farce – Roger Boylan
  24. When the Killing’s Done — T. C. Boyle
  25. The Terranauts – T. C. Boyle
  26. Drop City – T. C. Boyle
  27. The Women – T. C. Boyle
  28. San Miguel — T. C. Boyle
  29. Anonymous Celebrity — Ignácio de Loyola Brandão
  30. The Sleepwalkers – Hermann Broch
  31. The Unknown Quantity – Hermann Broch
  32. Villette — Charlotte Brontë
  33. Shirley— Charlotte Brontë
  34. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall— Anne Brontë
  35. The Professor— Charlotte Brontë
  36. Agnes Gray — Anne Brontë
  37. Thru — Christine Brooke-Rose
  38. Between –  Christine Brooke-Rose
  39. Father and Son – Larry Brown
  40. The Secret Garden — Frances Hodgson Burnett
  41. Babel Tower – A. S. Byatt
  42. Three Trapped Tigers — G. Cabrera Infante
  43. Moonglow — Michael Chabon
  44. A Night In the Cemetery — Anton Chekhov
  45. The Poet — Michael Connelly
  46. The Spy: A Tale of the Neutral Ground — James Fenimore Cooper
  47. The Pilot: A Tale of the Sea — James Fenimore Cooper
  48. The Red Rover: A Tale — James Fenimore Cooper
  49. John’s Wife – Robert Coover
  50. Ghost Town – Robert Coover
  51. The Public Burning – Robert Coover
  52. Huck Out West – Robert Coover
  53. The Winners – Julio Cortázar
  54. The Enormous Room — E. E. Cummings
  55. Media — Rachel Cusk
  56. The Lost Scrapbook – Evan Dara
  57. Varieties of Disturbance: Stories – Lydia Davis
  58. The End of the Story — Lydia Davis
  59. Americana — Don DeLillo
  60. Ratner’s Star— Don DeLillo
  61. Libra— Don DeLillo
  62. Guns, Germs, Steel — Jared Diamond
  63. Little Dorritt — Charles Dickens
  64. Bright Magic: Stories — Alfred Döblin
  65. Bucking the Sun — Ivan Doig
  66. Schultz — J. P. Donleavy
  67. Homeland Security Ate My Speech: Messages from the End of the World — Ariel Dorfman
  68. The Adolescent – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  69. Island People – Coleman Dowell
  70. The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana – Umberto Eco
  71. Foucault’s Pendulum – Umberto Eco
  72. The Island of the Day Before – Umberto Eco
  73. Baudolino – Umberto Eco
  74. Six Walks in the Fictional Woods — Umberto Eco
  75. Zeitoun — Dave Eggers
  76. The Samurai – Shusaku Endo
  77. Tomboyland: Essays — Melissa Faliveno
  78. Pylon – William Faulkner
  79. The Crack-up — F. Scott Fitzgerald
  80. Independence Day— Richard Ford
  81. Sophie’s World – Jostein Gaarder
  82. The Mare — Mary Gaitskill
  83. A Daughter of the Middle Border — Hamlin Garland
  84. Promise At Dawn — Roman Gary
  85. Mary Barton: A Tale of Manchester Life — Elizabeth Gaskell
  86. North and South — Elizabeth Gaskell
  87. Wives and Daughters: An Everyday Story — Elizabeth Gaskell
  88. The Balcony — Jean Genet
  89. The Glass Palace – Amitav Ghosh
  90. Taco Noir — Steven Gomez
  91. She Drove without Stopping – Jaimy Gordon
  92. Château d’Argol — Julien Gracq
  93. Too Far Afield – Günter Grass
  94. Party Going — Henry Green
  95. The Book of Intimate Grammar: A Novel – David Grossman
  96. The Big Sky — A. B. Guthrie, Jr.
  97. Carnival: A Novel — Rawi Hage
  98. The Autobiography of Malcolm X – Alex Haley
  99. Warlock – Oakley Hall
  100. A Pair of Blue Eyes — Thomas Hardy
  101. Whistlejacket – John Hawkes
  102. Blithedale Romance — Nathaniel Hawthorne
  103. The Marble Faun: Or, The Romance of Monte Beni — Nathaniel Hawthorne
  104. Histories — Heroditus
  105. God Is Not Great — Christopher Hitchens
  106. The Folding Star — Alan Hollinghurst
  107. The Line of Beauty — Alan Hollinghurst
  108. Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Sausages — Tom Holt
  109. Là-Bas – J. K. Huysmans
  110. Stealth — Sonallah Ibrahim
  111. Three Trapped Tigers – G. Cabrera Infante
  112. Second Person Singular — Sayed Kashua
  113. The Flaming Corsage — William Kennedy
  114. Sometimes a Great Notion — Ken Kesey
  115. Disclaimer — Rene Knight
  116. The Exile — William Kotzwinkle
  117. The Melancholy of Resistance — Lásló Krasznahorkai
  118. God’s Without Men — Hari Kunzru
  119. Complete Stories — Clarice Lispector
  120. Goth Girl Rising — Barry Lyga
  121. The Executioner’s Song – Norman Mailer
  122. Harlot’s Ghost – Norman Mailer
  123. The Loved Ones – Alia Mamdouh
  124. The Betrothed — Alessandro Manzoni
  125. Adam Buenosayres: A Novel — Leopoldo Marechal
  126. The Infatuations — Javier Marías
  127. The Crossing — Cormac McCarthy
  128. Cities of the Plain — Cormac McCarthy
  129. Suttree — Cormac McCarthy
  130. Lookout Cartridge – Joseph McElroy
  131. Solar — Ian McEwan
  132. Razor Wire Pubic Hair — Carlton Mellick III
  133. Forbidden Colors — Yukio Mishima
  134. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
  135. The Bone Clocks — David Mitchell
  136. Utopia Avenue — David Mitchell
  137. Big Breasts and Wide Hips — Mo Yan
  138. Earthlings — Sayaka Murata
  139. The Green Knight — Iris Murdoch
  140. Ada, or Ardor: A Family Chronicle – Vladimir Nabokov
  141. Parallel Stories — Péter Nádas
  142. The Pit — Frank Norris
  143. A Widow’s Story — Joyce Carol Oates
  144. Mudwoman — Joyce Carol Oates
  145. The Gravedigger’s Daughter — Joyce Carol Oates
  146. A Book of American Martyrs — Joyce Carol Oates
  147. My Heart Laid Bare — Joyce Carol Oates
  148. Broke Heart Blues — Joyce Carol Oates
  149. The Fishermen: A Novel — Chigozie Obioma
  150. Miss Iceland — Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir
  151. A Tale of Love and Darkness – Amos Oz
  152. History. A Mess. — Sigrún Pálsdóttir
  153. The Black Book – Orhan Pamuk
  154. Towns Without Rivers – Michael Parker
  155. The Watery Part of the World – Michael Parker
  156. An Instance of the Fingerpost – Iain Pears
  157. The Thanatos Syndrome — Walker Percy
  158. Special Topics in Calamity Physics – Marisha Pessl
  159. Monsieur Songe – Robert Pinget
  160. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance — Robert M. Pirsig
  161. Larva: A Midsummer Night’s Babel – Julían Ríos
  162. Home: A Novel — Marilynne Robinson
  163. Letting Go – Philip Roth
  164. The Humbling — Philip Roth
  165. Operation Shylock : A Confession — Philip Roth
  166. Reveries of the Solitary Walker — Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  167. A Renegade History of the United States — Thaddeus Russell
  168. Memoirs of an Invisible Man — H. F. Saint
  169. It Came From Below the Belt — Bradley Sands
  170. In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash — Jean Shepherd
  171. Absurdistan — Gary Shteyngart
  172. The Russian Debutante’s Handbook — Gary Shteyngart
  173. Maigret and the Millionaires — Georges Simenon
  174. Maigret and Monsieur Charles — Georges Simenon
  175. Maigret and the Informer — Georges Simenon
  176. Maigret and the Death of a Harbor-Master — Georges Simenon
  177. Maigret and the Killer — Georges Simenon
  178. Maigret Has Doubts — Georges Simenon
  179. Maigret Afraid — Georges Simenon
  180. The Engineer of Human Souls – Josef Skvoresky
  181. In the First Circle – Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn
  182. The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956 Abridged: An Experiment in Literary Investigation — Aexandr Soltzheritsyn
  183. In America – Susan Sontag
  184. Against Interpretation — Susan Sontag
  185. Imaginative Quantities of Actual Things – Gilbert Sorrentino
  186. The League of Frightened Men — Rex Stout
  187. A Memoir of Misfortune — Su Xiaokang
  188. Innocents Abroad — Mark Twain
  189. Diary of a Blood Donor – Mati Unt
  190. Rainbow Stories – William T. Vollmann
  191. The Ice-Shirt – William T. Vollmann
  192. The Rifles – William T. Vollmann
  193. An Afghanistan Picture Show; or, How I Saved the World – William T. Vollmann
  194. Jailbird — Kurt Vonnegut
  195. Glue — Irvine Welsh
  196. Skagboys — Irvine Welsh
  197. This Book Is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don’t Touch It — David Wong
  198. Bedtime Eyes — Amy Yamada
  199. I Hotel – Karen Tei Yamashita
  200. Interior Chinatown — Charles Yu
  201. People’s History of the United States — Howard Zinn
  202. Le Rêve — Émile Zola
  203. Une Page d’amour — Émile Zola
  204. Le Docteur Pascal — Émile Zola

(Workspace for next year’s reading pool : subject to constant change)

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