Reading Pool for 2023

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: 400 + 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 (4) To Read=Red

  1. The Monkey-Wrench Gang — Edward Albee
  2. Act of the Damned – António Lobo Antunes
  3. God: A Human History — Resa Aslan
  4. Monsieur Ouine – Georges Bernanos
  5. The Lime Works – Thomas Bernhard
  6. Religion For Atheists — Alain de Botton
  7. Killoyle, An Irish Farce – Roger Boylan
  8. Anonymous Celebrity — Ignácio de Loyola Brandão
  9. The Unknown Quantity – Hermann Broch
  10. Thru — Christine Brooke-Rose
  11. Between –  Christine Brooke-Rose
  12. Father and Son – Larry Brown
  13. Cecilia — Franny Burney
  14. The Wanderer — Franny Burney
  15. Moonglow — Michael Chabon
  16. The Winners – Julio Cortázar
  17. The Origin of the Species — Charles Darwin
  18. Guns, Germs, Steel — Jared Diamond
  19. Bright Magic: Stories — Alfred Döblin
  20. Bucking the Sun — Ivan Doig
  21. Island People – Coleman Dowell
  22. The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana – Umberto Eco
  23. Foucault’s Pendulum – Umberto Eco
  24. The Samurai – Shusaku Endo
  25. The Crack-up — F. Scott Fitzgeral
  26. The Mare — Mary Gaitskill
  27. Promise At Dawn — Roman Gary
  28. Wives and Daughters: An Everyday Story — Elizabeth Gaskell
  29. She Drove without Stopping – Jaimy Gordon
  30. Château d’Argol — Julien Gracq
  31. Too Far Afield – Günter Grass
  32. Party Going — Henry Green
  33. The Book of Intimate Grammar: A Novel – David Grossman
  34. The Magician’s Trilogy — Lev Grossman
  35. Stalingrad — Vasily Grossman
  36. The Autobiography of Malcolm X – Alex Haley
  37. The Good Soldier Svejk — Jaroslav Hasek
  38. Whistlejacket – John Hawkes
  39. I — Wolfgang Hilbig
  40. Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Sausages — Tom Holt
  41. Là-Bas – J. K. Huysmans
  42. Captain Saturday — Robert Inman
  43. The Princess Cassamassima— Henry James
  44. Some Came Running — James Jones
  45. The Exile — William Kotzwinkle
  46. The Last Days of Mankind — Karl Kraus
  47. God’s Without Men — Hari Kunzru
  48. Complete Stories — Clarice Lispector
  49. A Man of Parts — David Lodge
  50. The Executioner’s Song – Norman Mailer
  51. Harlot’s Ghost – Norman Mailer
  52. The Loved Ones – Alia Mamdouh
  53. Adam Buenosayres: A Novel — Leopoldo Marechal
  54. Shadow Country — Peter Matthiesse
  55. Women and Men — Joseph McElroy
  56. Forbidden Colors — Yukio Mishima
  57. The Redbreast — Jo Nesbø
  58. Nemesis — Jo Nesbø
  59. A Widow’s Story — Joyce Carol Oates
  60. My Heart Laid Bare — Joyce Carol Oates
  61. A Tale of Love and Darkness – Amos Oz
  62. Towns Without Rivers – Michael Parker
  63. Time and Chance — Sharon Kay Penman
  64. Devil’s Brood — Sharon Kay Penman
  65. Lionheart — Sharon Kay Penman
  66. The Sunne In Splendour — Sharon Kay Penman
  67. Monsieur Songe – Robert Pinget
  68. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance — Robert M. Pirsig
  69. A Glastonbury Romance — John Cowper Powys
  70. Porius — John Cowper Powys
  71. Owen Glendower — John Cowper Powys
  72. Maiden Castle — John Cowper Powys
  73. The Extremes — Christopher Priest
  74. eXistenZ — Christopher Priest
  75. Satiristas! — Paul Provenza
  76. Time Regained — Marcel Proust
  77. Gargantua & Pantagruel — François Rabelais
  78. Larva: A Midsummer Night’s Babel – Julían Ríos
  79. Memoirs of an Invisible Man — H. F. Saint
  80. The Engineer of Human Souls – Josef Skvoresky
  81. Imaginative Quantities of Actual Things – Gilbert Sorrentino
  82. S. — John Updike
  83. Villages — John Updike
  84. Rainbow Stories – William T. Vollmann
  85. The Ice-Shirt – William T. Vollmann
  86. The Rifles – William T. Vollmann
  87. An Afghanistan Picture Show; or, How I Saved the World – William T. Vollmann
  88. Glue — Irvine Welsh
  89. Skagboys — Irvine Welsh
  90. This Book Is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don’t Touch It — David Wong
  91. Trash — Amy Yamada
  92. I Hotel – Karen Tei Yamashita

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

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