Reading Pool for 2018

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

  1. How German Is It? — Walter Abish
  2. A General Theory of Oblivion — José Eduardo Agualusa
  3. Lionel Asbo: State of England — Martin Amis
  4. The Celebration – Ivan Angelo
  5. Act of the Damned – António Lobo Antunes
  6. The Automobile Club of Egypt — Alaa Al Aswany
  7. Wonderland — Ace Atkins
  8. Taduno’s Song: A Novel — Odafe Atogun
  9. Mansfield Park — Jane Austen
  10. Lint — Steve Aylett
  11. They Were Counted — Miklós Banffy
  12. They Were Divided — Miklós Banffy
  13. They Were Found Wanting — Miklós Banffy
  14. The Young Bride — Alessandro Baricco
  15. Some of Us Had been Threatening Our Friend Colby — Donald Barthelme
  16. Humbolt’s Gift — Saul Bellow
  17. Monsieur Ouine – Georges Bernanos
  18. The Lime Works – Thomas Bernhard
  19. The Monkey Link: A Pilgrimage Novel — Andrei Bitov
  20. Armadillo — William Boyd
  21. Brazzaville Beach— William Boyd
  22. A Good Man In Africa — 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. Riven Rock – T. C. Boyle
  29. Lady Audley’s Secret – Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  30. Anonymous Celebrity — Ignácio de Loyola Brandão
  31. The Sleepwalkers – Hermann Broch
  32. The Unknown Quantity – Hermann Broch
  33. Thru — Christine Brooke-Rose
  34. Between –  Christine Brooke-Rose
  35. Father and Son – Larry Brown
  36. Babel Tower – A. S. Byatt
  37. A Whistling Woman – A. S. Byatt
  38. Three Trapped Tigers — G. Cabrera Infante
  39. The Hive – Camilo José Cela
  40. Moonglow — Michael Chabon
  41. Odysseus Abroad: A Novel — Amit Chaudhuri
  42. For Bread Alone – Mohamed Choukr
  43. Switchblade — Michael Connely
  44. Nostromo — Joseph Conrad
  45. Lucky Pierre – Robert Coover
  46. The Public Burning – Robert Coover
  47. The Cat In the Hat For President: A Political Fable — Robert Coover
  48. The Winners – Julio Cortázar
  49. The Enormous Room — E. E. Cummings
  50. The Lost Scrapbook – Evan Dara
  51. The English Teacher — Durjoy Datta
  52. Varieties of Disturbance: Stories – Lydia Davis
  53. Americana— Don DeLillo
  54. Frog — Stephen Dixon
  55. Bright Magic: Stories — Alfred Döblin
  56. Bucking the Sun — Ivan Doig
  57. Schultz — J. P. Donleavy
  58. The Big Money — John Dos Passos
  59. The Adolescent – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  60. Island People – Coleman Dowell
  61. The Forty-Five – Alexander Dumas
  62. Tarantula — Bob Dylan
  63. The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana – Umberto Eco [XFX]
  64. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius — Dave Eggers
  65. The Monk of Mokha — Dave Eggers
  66. Zeitoun — Dave Eggers
  67. The Librarian — Mikhail Elizarov
  68. Glamorama – Brett Easton Ellis
  69. Lunar Park – Brett Easton Ellis
  70. Boswell – Stanley Elkin
  71. Van Gogh’s Room At Arles – Stanley Elkin
  72. Town Crier Exclusive, Confessions of a Princess Manqué: “How Royals Found Me ‘Unsuitable’ To Marry Their Larry” — Stanley Elkin
  73. The Samurai – Shusaku Endo
  74. Go Down, Moses – William Faulkner
  75. Pylon – William Faulkner
  76. The Mansion — William Faulkner
  77. Money Shot — Christa Faust
  78. Independence Day— Richard Ford
  79. Sophie’s World – Jostein Gaarder
  80. The Recognitions — William Gaddis
  81. Promise At Dawn — Roman Gary
  82. Cranford – Elizabeth Gaskell
  83. Mary Barton – Elizabeth Gaskell
  84. Middle C — William H. Gass
  85. The Glass Palace – Amitav Ghosh
  86. The Hungry Tide – Amitav Ghosh
  87. Zero History — William Gibson
  88. Collected Poems 1947-1997 — Allen Ginsberg
  89. Iphigenia In Tauris — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  90. Carter Beats the Devil – Glen David Gold
  91. Shoot the Piano Player — David Goodis
  92. She Drove without Stopping – Jaimy Gordon
  93. Château d’Argol — Julien Gracq
  94. Too Far Afield – Günter Grass
  95. Living — Henry Green
  96. Party Going — Henry Green
  97. Turtles All the Way Down — John Green
  98. The Heart of the Matter– Graham Greene
  99. Riders of the Purple Sage — Zane Grey
  100. The Book of Intimate Grammar: A Novel – David Grossman
  101. The Big Sky — A. B. Guthrie, Jr.
  102. The Autobiography of Malcolm X – Alex Haley
  103. Warlock – Oakley Hall
  104. Growth of the Soil — Knut Hamsun
  105. Moravian Night — Peter Handke
  106. American Junkie — Tom Hansen
  107. Homo Deus — Yuval Noah Harari
  108. A Pair of Blue Eyes — Thomas Hardy
  109. Whistlejacket – John Hawkes
  110. Strangers On a Train — Patricia Highsmith
  111. God Is Not Great — Christopher Hitchens
  112. Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Sausages — Tom Holt
  113. Wool 2 — Hugh Howey
  114. Wool 3 — Hugh Howey
  115. Wool 4 — Hugh Howey
  116. Wool 5, The Stranded — Hugh Howey
  117. Là-Bas – J. K. Huysmans
  118. Princess Bari — Sok-yong Hwang
  119. I Can Give You Anything But Love — Gary Indiana
  120. Three Trapped Tigers – G. Cabrera Infante
  121. The Unconsoled – Katsuo Ishiguro
  122. The Wings of the Dove – Henry James
  123. The Blue Bedspread — Raj Kamal Jha
  124. Angels — Denis Johnson
  125. The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden — Jonas Jonasson
  126. The Accident— Ismail Kadare
  127. Second Person Singular — Sayed Kashua
  128. The Flaming Corsage — William Kennedy
  129. Sometimes a Great Notion — Ken Kesey
  130. The Interpreter — Suki Kim
  131. The Man Who Spoke Snakish — Andrus Kivirähk
  132. The Exile — William Kotzwinkle
  133. The Melancholy of Resistance — Lásló Krasznahorkai
  134. God’s Without Men — Hari Kunzru
  135. Women In Love — D. H. Lawrence
  136. Independent People – Halldor Laxness
  137. Thérèse and Isabelle – Violette Leduc
  138. The Monk – Matthew Lewis
  139. Elmer Gantry — Sinclair Lewis
  140. The Years, Months, Days – Yan Lianke
  141. Marrow – Yan Lianke
  142. Complete Stories — Clarice Lispector
  143. The Picturegoers – David Lodge
  144. Martin Eden — Jack London
  145. Sherlock Holmes: The Thinking Engine – James Lovegrove
  146. Goth Girl Rising — Barry Lyga
  147. Black Moses — Alain Mabanckou
  148. The Executioner’s Song – Norman Mailer
  149. The Loved Ones – Alia Mamdouh
  150. Faceless Killers — Henning Mankell
  151. The School of English — Hilary Mantel
  152. Adam Buenosayres: A Novel — Leopoldo Marechal
  153. The Infatuations — Javier Marías
  154. Mother and Child — Carol Maso
  155. Lookout Cartridge – Joseph McElroy
  156. The Child in Time – Ian McEwan
  157. Razor Wire Pubic Hair — Carlton Mellick III
  158. Mardi — Herman Melville
  159. The Ordeal of Richard Feveral — George Meredith
  160. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
  161. The Bone Clocks — David Mitchell
  162. Sundays In August — Patrick Modiano
  163. The Black Prince – Iris Murdoch
  164. The Green Knight — Iris Murdoch
  165. A Man Without Qualities – Robert Musil
  166. Ada, or Ardor: A Family Chronicle – Vladimir Nabokov
  167. Parallel Stories — Péter Nádas
  168. The Octopus – Frank Norris
  169. Wonderland – Joyce Carol Oates
  170. A Widow’s Story — Joyce Carol Oates
  171. Mudwoman — Joyce Carol Oates
  172. The Gravedigger’s Daughter — Joyce Carol Oates
  173. The Fishermen: A Novel — Chigozie Obioma
  174. The Famished Road – Ben Okri
  175. A Tale of Love and Darkness – Amos Oz
  176. The Black Book – Orhan Pamuk
  177. Akitadas First Case — I. J. Parker
  178. Towns Without Rivers – Michael Parker
  179. The Howling Miller — Arto Paasilinna
  180. Doctor Zhivago — Boris Pasternak
  181. An Instance of the Fingerpost – Iain Pears
  182. Empire V: The Prince of Hamlet — Victor Pelevin
  183. The Thanatos Syndrome — Walker Percy
  184. Special Topics in Calamity Physics – Marisha Pessl
  185. The Book of Disquiet – Fernando Pessoa
  186. Monsieur Songe – Robert Pinget
  187. Wolf Solent – John Cowper Powys
  188. Mason & Dixon – Thomas Pynchon
  189. Against the Day – Thomas Pynchon
  190. The Hole — Hye-young Pyun
  191. The Mysteries of Udolpho – Ann Radcliffe
  192. Lives of the Saints — Nino Ricci
  193. Larva: A Midsummer Night’s Babel – Julían Ríos
  194. The Counterlife – Philip Roth
  195. Letting Go – Philip Roth
  196. The Humbling — Philip Roth
  197. When She Was Good — Philip Roth
  198. Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights — Salman Rushdie
  199. Frankenstein In Baghdad — Ahmed Saadawi
  200. Memoirs of an Invisible Man — H. F. Saint
  201. It Came From Below the Belt — Bradley Sands
  202. Baltasar and Blimunda – José Saramago
  203. Unnatural Death — Dorothy L. Sayers
  204. Wanda Hickey’s Night of Golden Memories — Jean Shepherd
  205. Absurdistan — Gary Shteyngart
  206. The Russian Debutante’s Handbook — Gary Shteyngart
  207. Maigret and the Dead Girl — Georges Simenon
  208. Maigret Gets Angry — Georges Simenon
  209. Shosha — Isaac Bashevis Singer
  210. Donovan’s Brain — Curt Siodmak
  211. The Engineer of Human Souls – Josef Skvoresky
  212. In the First Circle – Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn
  213. In America – Susan Sontag
  214. Imaginative Quantities of Actual Things – Gilbert Sorrentino
  215. My Gun Is Quick — Mickey Spillane
  216. Dunbar — Edward St. Aubyn
  217. A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy — Laurence Sterne
  218. The League of Frightened Men — Rex Stout
  219. The Magnificent Ambersons – Booth Tarkington
  220. The Ogre — Michel Tournier
  221. Diary of a Blood Donor – Mati Unt
  222. Annihilation — Jeff VanderMeer
  223. Rainbow Stories – William T. Vollmann
  224. The Ice-Shirt – William T. Vollmann
  225. An Afghanistan Picture Show; or, How I Saved the World – William T. Vollmann
  226. Infinite Jest – David Foster Wallace
  227. Glue — Irvine Welsh
  228. The Once and Future King — T. H. White
  229. Underground Railroad, The – Colson Whitehead
  230. Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang: A Novel – Kate Wilhelm
  231. This Book Is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don’t Touch It — David Wong
  232. A Memoir of Misfortune — Su Xiaokang
  233. When Red Is Black – Qiu Xiaolong
  234. Miss Chopsticks — Xinran
  235. I Hotel – Karen Tei Yamashita
  236. Big Breasts and Wide Hips — Mo Yan
  237. Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist – Sunil Yapa
  238. Angeles Crest – P. J. Zander
  239. The Debacle— Émile Zola
  240. Au Bonheur des Dames — Émile Zola

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

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