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

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

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