Reading Pool for 2019

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

  1. The Virgin of Flames — Chris Abani
  2. The Monkey-Wrench Gang — Edward Albee
  3. Lionel Asbo: State of England — Martin Amis
  4. The Celebration – Ivan Angelo
  5. Act of the Damned – António Lobo Antunes
  6. God: A Human History — Resa Aslan
  7. No God But God — Reza Aslan
  8. The Automobile Club of Egypt — Alaa Al Aswany
  9. Wonderland — Ace Atkins
  10. Taduno’s Song: A Novel — Odafe Atogun
  11. They Were Counted — Miklós Banffy
  12. They Were Divided — Miklós Banffy
  13. They Were Found Wanting — Miklós Banffy
  14. Humbolt’s Gift — Saul Bellow
  15. Monsieur Ouine – Georges Bernanos
  16. The Lime Works – Thomas Bernhard
  17. The Monkey Link: A Pilgrimage Novel — Andrei Bitov
  18. Armadillo — William Boyd
  19. Brazzaville Beach— William Boyd
  20. A Good Man In Africa — William Boyd
  21. Killoyle, An Irish Farce – Roger Boylan
  22. When the Killing’s Done — T. C. Boyle
  23. The Terranauts – T. C. Boyle
  24. Drop City – T. C. Boyle
  25. The Women – T. C. Boyle
  26. Riven Rock – T. C. Boyle
  27. Lady Audley’s Secret – Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  28. Anonymous Celebrity — Ignácio de Loyola Brandão
  29. The Sleepwalkers – Hermann Broch
  30. The Unknown Quantity – Hermann Broch
  31. Thru — Christine Brooke-Rose
  32. Between –  Christine Brooke-Rose
  33. Father and Son – Larry Brown
  34. Babel Tower – A. S. Byatt
  35. A Whistling Woman – A. S. Byatt
  36. Three Trapped Tigers — G. Cabrera Infante
  37. The Hive – Camilo José Cela
  38. Moonglow — Michael Chabon
  39. Streetwise — Mohamed Chaukri
  40. Nostromo — Joseph Conrad
  41. Lucky Pierre – Robert Coover
  42. The Public Burning – Robert Coover
  43. The Winners – Julio Cortázar
  44. Maigret At Fouquet’s — Robert J. Courtine
  45. The Enormous Room — E. E. Cummings
  46. The Lost Scrapbook – Evan Dara
  47. Varieties of Disturbance: Stories – Lydia Davis
  48. Americana— Don DeLillo
  49. Through the Language Glass: Why the World Looks Different in Other Languages — Guy Deutscher
  50. Frog — Stephen Dixon
  51. Bright Magic: Stories — Alfred Döblin
  52. Bucking the Sun — Ivan Doig
  53. Schultz — J. P. Donleavy
  54. The Big Money — John Dos Passos
  55. The Adolescent – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  56. Island People – Coleman Dowell
  57. The Forty-Five – Alexander Dumas
  58. The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana – Umberto Eco [XFX]
  59. A Visit From the Goon Squad — Jennifer Egan
  60. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius — Dave Eggers
  61. Zeitoun — Dave Eggers
  62. The Librarian — Mikhail Elizarov
  63. Glamorama – Brett Easton Ellis
  64. Lunar Park – Brett Easton Ellis
  65. Boswell – Stanley Elkin
  66. The Samurai – Shusaku Endo
  67. Go Down, Moses – William Faulkner
  68. Pylon – William Faulkner
  69. The Mansion — William Faulkner
  70. Independence Day— Richard Ford
  71. Sophie’s World – Jostein Gaarder
  72. The Recognitions — William Gaddis
  73. Promise At Dawn — Roman Gary
  74. Cranford – Elizabeth Gaskell
  75. Mary Barton – Elizabeth Gaskell
  76. Middle C — William H. Gass
  77. The Glass Palace – Amitav Ghosh
  78. The Hungry Tide – Amitav Ghosh
  79. The Calcutta Chromosome — Amitav Ghosh
  80. Zero History — William Gibson
  81. Carter Beats the Devil – Glen David Gold
  82. She Drove without Stopping – Jaimy Gordon
  83. Château d’Argol — Julien Gracq
  84. Too Far Afield – Günter Grass
  85. Party Going — Henry Green
  86. The Heart of the Matter– Graham Greene
  87. The Book of Intimate Grammar: A Novel – David Grossman
  88. The Big Sky — A. B. Guthrie, Jr.
  89. The Autobiography of Malcolm X – Alex Haley
  90. Warlock – Oakley Hall
  91. Growth of the Soil — Knut Hamsun
  92. Moravian Night — Peter Handke
  93. A Pair of Blue Eyes — Thomas Hardy
  94. Whistlejacket – John Hawkes
  95. Strangers On a Train — Patricia Highsmith
  96. God Is Not Great — Christopher Hitchens
  97. Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Sausages — Tom Holt
  98. Là-Bas – J. K. Huysmans
  99. Princess Bari — Sok-yong Hwang
  100. Three Trapped Tigers – G. Cabrera Infante
  101. The Unconsoled – Katsuo Ishiguro
  102. The Wings of the Dove – Henry James
  103. The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden — Jonas Jonasson
  104. A Japanese Schoolgirl — Yoko Kajihara
  105. Second Person Singular — Sayed Kashua
  106. The Flaming Corsage — William Kennedy
  107. Sometimes a Great Notion — Ken Kesey
  108. The Man Who Spoke Snakish — Andrus Kivirähk
  109. The Atheist’s Bible — Joan Konner
  110. The Exile — William Kotzwinkle
  111. The Melancholy of Resistance — Lásló Krasznahorkai
  112. God’s Without Men — Hari Kunzru
  113. Loups-Garous — Natsuhiko Kyogoku
  114. Women In Love — D. H. Lawrence
  115. Independent People – Halldor Laxness
  116. The Monk – Matthew Lewis
  117. Elmer Gantry — Sinclair Lewis
  118. Complete Stories — Clarice Lispector
  119. Martin Eden — Jack London
  120. Goth Girl Rising — Barry Lyga
  121. The Executioner’s Song – Norman Mailer
  122. The Loved Ones – Alia Mamdouh
  123. Faceless Killers — Henning Mankell
  124. Wolf Hall — Hilary Mantel
  125. Adam Buenosayres: A Novel — Leopoldo Marechal
  126. The Infatuations — Javier Marías
  127. Mother and Child — Carol Maso
  128. Lookout Cartridge – Joseph McElroy
  129. The Children Act — Ian McEwan
  130. Razor Wire Pubic Hair — Carlton Mellick III
  131. Mardi — Herman Melville
  132. The Ordeal of Richard Feveral — George Meredith
  133. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
  134. The Bone Clocks — David Mitchell
  135. The Green Knight — Iris Murdoch
  136. A Man Without Qualities – Robert Musil
  137. Ada, or Ardor: A Family Chronicle – Vladimir Nabokov
  138. Parallel Stories — Péter Nádas
  139. The Octopus – Frank Norris
  140. Wonderland – Joyce Carol Oates
  141. A Widow’s Story — Joyce Carol Oates
  142. Mudwoman — Joyce Carol Oates
  143. The Gravedigger’s Daughter — Joyce Carol Oates
  144. The Fishermen: A Novel — Chigozie Obioma
  145. The Famished Road – Ben Okri
  146. A Tale of Love and Darkness – Amos Oz
  147. The Black Book – Orhan Pamuk
  148. Towns Without Rivers – Michael Parker
  149. Doctor Zhivago — Boris Pasternak
  150. An Instance of the Fingerpost – Iain Pears
  151. Houses — Borislav Pekic
  152. Empire V: The Prince of Hamlet — Victor Pelevin
  153. The Thanatos Syndrome — Walker Percy
  154. Special Topics in Calamity Physics – Marisha Pessl
  155. The Book of Disquiet – Fernando Pessoa
  156. Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free — Charles P. Pierce
  157. Monsieur Songe – Robert Pinget
  158. Wolf Solent – John Cowper Powys
  159. Mason & Dixon – Thomas Pynchon
  160. Against the Day – Thomas Pynchon
  161. The Mysteries of Udolpho – Ann Radcliffe
  162. Larva: A Midsummer Night’s Babel – Julían Ríos
  163. Letting Go – Philip Roth
  164. The Humbling — Philip Roth
  165. When She Was Good — Philip Roth
  166. Memoirs of an Invisible Man — H. F. Saint
  167. It Came From Below the Belt — Bradley Sands
  168. Baltasar and Blimunda – José Saramago
  169. Absurdistan — Gary Shteyngart
  170. The Russian Debutante’s Handbook — Gary Shteyngart
  171. Shosha — Isaac Bashevis Singer
  172. The Engineer of Human Souls – Josef Skvoresky
  173. In the First Circle – Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn
  174. In America – Susan Sontag
  175. Imaginative Quantities of Actual Things – Gilbert Sorrentino
  176. The League of Frightened Men — Rex Stout
  177. The Magnificent Ambersons – Booth Tarkington
  178. The Ogre — Michel Tournier
  179. The Ghost In the Shell — Tow Ubukata
  180. Diary of a Blood Donor – Mati Unt
  181. Rainbow Stories – William T. Vollmann
  182. The Ice-Shirt – William T. Vollmann
  183. An Afghanistan Picture Show; or, How I Saved the World – William T. Vollmann
  184. Infinite Jest – David Foster Wallace
  185. Glue — Irvine Welsh
  186. Maigret and the Murder in a Minor Key — Murielle Wenger
  187. The Once and Future King — T. H. White
  188. This Book Is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don’t Touch It — David Wong
  189. A Memoir of Misfortune — Su Xiaokang
  190. When Red Is Black – Qiu Xiaolong
  191. I Hotel – Karen Tei Yamashita
  192. Big Breasts and Wide Hips — Mo Yan
  193. Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist – Sunil Yapa
  194. The Debacle— Émile Zola
  195. Au Bonheur des Dames — Émile Zola

 

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

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