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 (80) | if unread in a 2017 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. Gold Dust — Ibrahim al-Koni
  8. Hurma — Ali al-Muqri
  9. Lionel Asbo: State of England — Martin Amis
  10. The Bridge on the Drina — Ivo Andric
  11. The Celebration – Ivan Angelo
  12. Act of the Damned – António Lobo Antunes
  13. The Automobile Club of Egypt — Alaa Al Aswany
  14. Taduno’s Song: A Novel — Odafe Atogun
  15. The Year of the Flood — Margaret Atwood
  16. Oracle Night — Paul Auster
  17. Le Depute d’Arcis— Honoré de Balzac
  18. They Were Counted — Miklós Banffy
  19. They Were Divided — Miklós Banffy
  20. They Were Found Wanting — Miklós Banffy
  21. Mefisto — John Banville
  22. Under Fire — Henri Barbusse
  23. The Sense of an Ending — Julian Barnes
  24. I Hate Martin Amis et al. — Peter Barry
  25. Paradise — Donald Barthelme
  26. Afsaneh: Short Stories by Iranian Women — Kaveh Basmenji
  27. Magrit — Lee Battersby
  28. Humbolt’s Gift — Saul Bellow
  29. Monsieur Ouine – Georges Bernanos
  30. The Lime Works – Thomas Bernhard
  31. Concrete – Thomas Bernhard
  32. The Monkey Link: A Pilgrimage Novel — Andrei Bitov
  33. Tinkerbell On Walkabout — Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff
  34. Antwerp — Roberto Bolaño
  35. Octavio’s Journey — Miguel Bonnefoy
  36. The Way of Muri — Ilya Boyashov
  37. Armadillo — William Boyd
  38. Brazzaville Beach— William Boyd
  39. A Good Man In Africa — William Boyd
  40. Killoyle, An Irish Farce – Roger Boylan
  41. When the Killing’s Done — T. C. Boyle
  42. Drop City – T. C. Boyle
  43. The Women – T. C. Boyle
  44. Riven Rock – T. C. Boyle
  45. Lady Audley’s Secret – Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  46. Anonymous Celebrity — Ignácio de Loyola Brandão
  47. The Sleepwalkers – Hermann Broch
  48. The Unknown Quantity – Hermann Broch
  49. Thru — Christine Brooke-Rose
  50. Between –  Christine Brooke-Rose
  51. Father and Son – Larry Brown
  52. The Western Lands – William S. Burroughs
  53. Babel Tower – A. S. Byatt
  54. A Whistling Woman – A. S. Byatt
  55. Three Trapped Tigers — G. Cabrera Infante
  56. The Hive – Camilo José Cela
  57. Moonglow — Michael Chabon
  58. Red Earth and Pouring Rain – Vikram Chandra
  59. Odysseus Abroad: A Novel — Amit Chaudhuri
  60. Robota — Doug Chang and Orson Scott Card
  61. Nostromo — Joseph Conrad
  62. Lucky Pierre – Robert Coover
  63. The Public Burning – Robert Coover
  64. The Winners – Julio Cortázar
  65. The Enormous Room — E. E. Cummings [XFX]
  66. The Lost Scrapbook – Evan Dara
  67. Varieties of Disturbance: Stories – Lydia Davis
  68. The Names — Don DeLillo
  69. Americana— Don DeLillo
  70. The Museum of Final Journeys — Anita Desai
  71. Valis — Philip K. Dick
  72. The Divine Invasion — Philip K. Dick
  73. The Transmigration of Timothy Archer— Philip K. Dick
  74. To the White Sea — James Dickey
  75. Slouching Towards Bethlehem — Joan Didion
  76. Pilgrim At Tinker Creek — Annie Dillard
  77. Before We Visit the Goddess — Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
  78. Bucking the Sun — Ivan Doig
  79. The Big Money — John Dos Passos
  80. The Adolescent – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  81. Island People – Coleman Dowell
  82. Jimmy Jazz — Roddy Doyle
  83. The Forty-Five – Alexander Dumas
  84. The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana – Umberto Eco [XFX]
  85. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius — Dave Eggers
  86. Zeitoun — Dave Eggers
  87. The Librarian — Mikhail Elizarov
  88. Glamorama – Brett Easton Ellis
  89. Lunar Park – Brett Easton Ellis
  90. Boswell – Stanley Elkin
  91. The Magic Kingdom – Stanley Elkin
  92. Van Gogh’s Room At Arles – Stanley Elkin
  93. The Samurai – Shusaku Endo
  94. Go Down, Moses – William Faulkner
  95. Pylon – William Faulkner
  96. The Mansion — William Faulkner
  97. Independence Day— Richard Ford
  98. Sophie’s World – Jostein Gaarder
  99. The Recognitions — William Gaddis
  100. Fat City — Leonard Gardener
  101. Mauve — Simon Garfield
  102. Promise At Dawn — Roman Gary
  103. Cranford – Elizabeth Gaskell
  104. Mary Barton – Elizabeth Gaskell
  105. Middle C — William H. Gass
  106. The Man Who Folded Himself — David Gerrold
  107. The Glass Palace – Amitav Ghosh
  108. The Hungry Tide – Amitav Ghosh
  109. Pattern Recognition — William Gibson
  110. Spook Country — William Gibson
  111. Zero History — William Gibson
  112. Straight Is the Gate — Andre Gide
  113. Collected Poems 1947-1997 — Allen Ginsberg
  114. Hill — Jean Giorno
  115. New Grub Street — George Gissing
  116. Elective Affinities – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  117. Carter Beats the Devil – Glen David Gold
  118. To the Ends of the Earth — William Golding
  119. She Drove without Stopping – Jaimy Gordon
  120. Château d’Argol — Julien Gracq
  121. Too Far Afield – Günter Grass
  122. The Heart of the Matter– Graham Greene
  123. The Book of Intimate Grammar: A Novel – David Grossman
  124. The Big Sky — A. B. Guthrie, Jr.
  125. The Autobiography of Malcolm X – Alex Haley
  126. Warlock – Oakley Hall
  127. Growth of the Soil — Knut Hamsun
  128. Moravian Night — Peter Handke
  129. A Pair of Blue Eyes — Thomas Hardy
  130. Whistlejacket – John Hawkes
  131. God Is Not Great — Christopher Hitchens
  132. The True Believer — Eric Hoffer
  133. Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Sausages — Tom Holt
  134. Wool — Hugh Howey
  135. Ninety-Three — Victor Hugo
  136. Là-Bas – J. K. Huysmans
  137. Princess Bari — Sok-yong Hwang
  138. Three Trapped Tigers – G. Cabrera Infante
  139. Snakepit: A Novel — Moses Isegawa
  140. The Unconsoled – Katsuo Ishiguro
  141. Rock n Roll Babes From Outer Space — Linda Jaivin
  142. The Wings of the Dove – Henry James
  143. The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden — Jonas Jonasson
  144. The Accident— Ismail Kadare
  145. Second Person Singular — Sayed Kashua
  146. The Old Capital — Yasunari Kawabata
  147. The Flaming Corsage — William Kennedy
  148. Sometimes a Great Notion — Ken Kesey
  149. Monkey: A Journey To the West — David Kherdian
  150. The Man Who Spoke Snakish — Andrus Kivirähk
  151. A Separate Peace — John Knowles
  152. The Melancholy of Resistance — Lásló Krasznahorkai
  153. The Return of Munchausen — Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky
  154. God’s Without Men — Hari Kunzru
  155. Women In Love — D. H. Lawrence
  156. Independent People – Halldor Laxness
  157. The Golden Notebook – Doris Lessing
  158. The Monk – Matthew Lewis
  159. Dodsworth — Sinclair Lewis
  160. Cass Timberlane — Sinclair Lewis
  161. Elmer Gantry — Sinclair Lewis
  162. It Can’t Happen Here — Sinclair Lewis
  163. Complete Stories — Clarice Lispector
  164. Martin Eden — Jack London
  165. The Tragedy of Macbeth, Part II: The Seed of Banquo — Noah Lukeman
  166. Goth Girl Rising — Barry Lyga
  167. The Executioner’s Song – Norman Mailer
  168. Naphtalene — Alia Mamdouh
  169. The Green Room — Nag Mani
  170. Adam Buenosayres: A Novel — Leopoldo Marechal
  171. The Infatuations — Javier Marías
  172. Your Turn, Mr. Moto — John P. Marquand
  173. The Magician — W. Somerset Maugham
  174. Lookout Cartridge – Joseph McElroy
  175. Razor Wire Pubic Hair — Carlton Mellick III
  176. Mardi — Herman Melville
  177. The Ordeal of Richard Feveral — George Meredith
  178. Notes of a Crocodile — Qiu Miaojin
  179. Black Spring — Henry Miller
  180. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
  181. The Bone Clocks — David Mitchell
  182. Untitled — Kgebetli Moele
  183. Bruno’s Dream — Iris Murdoch
  184. The Black Prince – Iris Murdoch
  185. The Green Knight — Iris Murdoch
  186. A Man Without Qualities – Robert Musil
  187. Ada, or Ardor: A Family Chronicle – Vladimir Nabokov
  188. Parallel Stories — Péter Nádas
  189. Sylvie — Gérard de Nerval
  190. The Octopus – Frank Norris
  191. Unfinished — Carol Oates
  192. We Were the Mulvaneys — Joyce Carol Oates
  193. Wonderland – Joyce Carol Oates
  194. A Widow’s Story — Joyce Carol Oates
  195. Mudwoman — Joyce Carol Oates
  196. The Gravedigger’s Daughter — Joyce Carol Oates
  197. The Fishermen: A Novel — Chigozie Obioma
  198. The Famished Road – Ben Okri
  199. The Mise-en-Scène — Claude Ollier
  200. A Tale of Love and Darkness – Amos Oz
  201. Doomed — Chuck Palahniuk
  202. The Black Book – Orhan Pamuk
  203. Istanbul: Memories of the City – Orhan Pamuk
  204. Indemnity Only — Sara Paretsky
  205. Towns Without Rivers – Michael Parker
  206. Doctor Zhivago — Boris Pasternak
  207. An Instance of the Fingerpost – Iain Pears
  208. Empire V: The Prince of Hamlet — Victor Pelevin
  209. The Thanatos Syndrome — Walker Percy
  210. The Painter of Battles — Arturo Pérez-Reverte
  211. Special Topics in Calamity Physics – Marisha Pessl
  212. The Book of Disquiet – Fernando Pessoa
  213. Monsieur Songe – Robert Pinget
  214. Wolf Solent – John Cowper Powys
  215. Mason & Dixon – Thomas Pynchon
  216. Against the Day – Thomas Pynchon
  217. The Last Days — Raymond Queneau
  218. The Mysteries of Udolpho – Ann Radcliffe
  219. Larva: A Midsummer Night’s Babel – Julían Ríos
  220. The Counterlife – Philip Roth
  221. Letting Go – Philip Roth
  222. When She Was Good — Philip Roth
  223. Deception: A Novel — Philip Roth
  224. Haroun and the Sea of Stories: A Novel — Salman Rushdie
  225. Ernesto — Umberto Saba
  226. Memoirs of an Invisible Man — H. F. Saint
  227. It Came From Below the Belt — Bradley Sands
  228. Baltasar and Blimunda – José Saramago
  229. Dendera — Yuya Sato
  230. Adios, Cowboy — Olija Savicevic
  231. Clouds of Witness — Dorothy L. Sayers
  232. Barrel Fever — David Sedaris
  233. Xala — Ousmane Sembène
  234. The Tokyo Zodiac Murders — Soji Shimada
  235. Absurdistan — Gary Shteyngart
  236. The Russian Debutante’s Handbook — Gary Shteyngart
  237. Maigret and the Old Lady — Georges Simenon
  238. Coup de Lune — Georges Simenon
  239. The Widow — Georges Simenon
  240. Maigret In New York — Georges Simenon
  241. Shosha — Isaac Bashevis Singer
  242. The Engineer of Human Souls – Josef Skvoresky
  243. In the First Circle – Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn
  244. In America – Susan Sontag
  245. Imaginative Quantities of Actual Things – Gilbert Sorrentino
  246. I, the Jury — Mickey Spillane
  247. The Drowning of a Goldfish — Lidmila Sováková
  248. A Clue To the Exit — Edward St. Aubyn
  249. A Sentimental Journey – Laurence Sterne
  250. In the Shadow of the Glen — John M. Synge
  251. The Magnificent Ambersons – Booth Tarkington
  252. Memoirs of a Polar Bear — Yoko Tawada
  253. The Ogre — Michel Tournier
  254. Diary of a Blood Donor – Mati Unt
  255. The Illogic of Kassel — Enrique Vila-Matas
  256. Rainbow Stories – William T. Vollmann
  257. The Ice-Shirt – William T. Vollmann
  258. Uncentering the Earth: Copernicus and The Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres — William T. Vollmann
  259. An Afghanistan Picture Show; or, How I Saved the World – William T. Vollmann
  260. Infinite Jest – David Foster Wallace
  261. Glue — Irvine Welsh
  262. The Once and Future King — T. H. White
  263. This Book Is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don’t Touch It — David Wong
  264. P. I. — Kamilla Gary Wyatt
  265. The Midwich Cuckoos — John  Wyndham
  266. A Memoir of Misfortune — Su Xiaokang
  267. Miss Chopsticks — Xinran
  268. A Cop’s Eyes — Gaku Yakumaru
  269. Maneater — Kahoko Yamada
  270. I Hotel – Karen Tei Yamashita
  271. Big Breasts and Wide Hips — Mo Yan
  272. Radish — Mo Yan
  273. The Easter Parade — Richard Yates
  274. Parade — Shuichi Yoshida
  275. Moshi, Moshi — Banana Yoshimoto
  276. I Did Not Kill My Husband — Liu Zhenyun
  277. Violence: Six Sideways Reflections — Slavoj Zizek
  278. La Curée — Émile Zola
  279. The Debacle— Émile Zola
  280. Au Bonheur des Dames — Émile Zola

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

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