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

 

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

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