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 (95) | 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. Robert B. Parker’s Wonderland — Ace Atkins
  10. Robert B. Parker’s Cheap Shot — Ace Atkins
  11. Taduno’s Song: A Novel — Odafe Atogun
  12. The Decagon House Murders — Yukito Ayatsuji & Soji Shimada
  13. They Were Counted — Miklós Banffy
  14. They Were Divided — Miklós Banffy
  15. They Were Found Wanting — Miklós Banffy
  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. Monsieur Pamplemousse On Location — Michael Bond
  21. Monsieur Pamplemousse Stands Firm — Michael Bond
  22. Religion For Atheists — Alain de Botton
  23. Armadillo — William Boyd
  24. Brazzaville Beach— William Boyd
  25. A Good Man In Africa — William Boyd
  26. Killoyle, An Irish Farce – Roger Boylan
  27. When the Killing’s Done — T. C. Boyle
  28. The Terranauts – T. C. Boyle
  29. Drop City – T. C. Boyle
  30. The Women – T. C. Boyle
  31. Riven Rock – T. C. Boyle
  32. Lady Audley’s Secret – Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  33. Anonymous Celebrity — Ignácio de Loyola Brandão
  34. Robert B. Parker’s Killing the Blues — Michael Brandman
  35. Robert B. Parker’s Fool Me Twice — Michael Brandman
  36. The Sleepwalkers – Hermann Broch
  37. The Unknown Quantity – Hermann Broch
  38. The Death of Virgil — Hermann Broch
  39. The Brief History of the Dead — Kevin Brockmeier
  40. Thru — Christine Brooke-Rose
  41. Between –  Christine Brooke-Rose
  42. Father and Son – Larry Brown
  43. The Screaming Mimi — Fredric Brown
  44. The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs — Steve Brusatta
  45. Last Stop Tokyo — James Buckler
  46. The Star of India — Carole Bugge
  47. Love Is a Dog From Hell — Charles Bukowski
  48. Babel Tower – A. S. Byatt
  49. A Whistling Woman – A. S. Byatt
  50. Three Trapped Tigers — G. Cabrera Infante
  51. Cathedral — Raymond Chandler
  52. The Hive – Camilo José Cela
  53. Moonglow — Michael Chabon
  54. Streetwise — Mohamed Chaukri
  55. Between the World and Me — Ta-Nehisi Coates
  56. The Woman In White — Wilkie Collins
  57. The Black Echo — Michael Connelly
  58. The Black Ice — Michael Connelly
  59. Nostromo — Joseph Conrad
  60. Lucky Pierre – Robert Coover
  61. The Public Burning – Robert Coover
  62. The Winners – Julio Cortázar
  63. Maigret At Fouquet’s — Robert J. Courtine
  64. Zero Cool — Michael Crichton
  65. The Enormous Room — E. E. Cummings
  66. The Lost Scrapbook – Evan Dara
  67. Varieties of Disturbance: Stories – Lydia Davis
  68. Roxana — Daniel Defoe
  69. Americana— Don DeLillo
  70. Through the Language Glass: Why the World Looks Different in Other Languages — Guy Deutscher
  71. Frog — Stephen Dixon
  72. Bright Magic: Stories — Alfred Döblin
  73. Bucking the Sun — Ivan Doig
  74. Schultz — J. P. Donleavy
  75. The Big Money — John Dos Passos
  76. The Adolescent – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  77. Island People – Coleman Dowell
  78. The Forty-Five – Alexander Dumas
  79. The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana – Umberto Eco [XFX]
  80. A Visit From the Goon Squad — Jennifer Egan
  81. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius — Dave Eggers
  82. Zeitoun — Dave Eggers
  83. The Librarian — Mikhail Elizarov
  84. Glamorama – Brett Easton Ellis
  85. Lunar Park – Brett Easton Ellis
  86. Boswell – Stanley Elkin
  87. Masks — Fumiko Enchi
  88. The Samurai – Shusaku Endo
  89. The Years — Annie Ernaux
  90. Go Down, Moses – William Faulkner
  91. Pylon – William Faulkner
  92. The Mansion — William Faulkner
  93. Independence Day— Richard Ford
  94. Crossing — Andrew Xia Fukuda
  95. Slow Boat — Hideo Furukawa
  96. Sophie’s World – Jostein Gaarder
  97. The Recognitions — William Gaddis
  98. Promise At Dawn — Roman Gary
  99. Cranford – Elizabeth Gaskell
  100. Mary Barton – Elizabeth Gaskell
  101. Middle C — William H. Gass
  102. Eyes — William H. Gass
  103. The Glass Palace – Amitav Ghosh
  104. The Hungry Tide – Amitav Ghosh
  105. The Calcutta Chromosome — Amitav Ghosh
  106. Zero History — William Gibson
  107. Will Warburton — George Gissing
  108. Carter Beats the Devil – Glen David Gold
  109. She Drove without Stopping – Jaimy Gordon
  110. Château d’Argol — Julien Gracq
  111. Too Far Afield – Günter Grass
  112. Party Going — Henry Green
  113. The Heart of the Matter– Graham Greene
  114. The Book of Intimate Grammar: A Novel – David Grossman
  115. The Big Sky — A. B. Guthrie, Jr.
  116. Alan Quatermain — H. Rider Haggard
  117. The Autobiography of Malcolm X – Alex Haley
  118. Warlock – Oakley Hall
  119. Murder and the Married Virgin — Brett Halliday
  120. Bodies are Where You Find Them — Brett Halliday
  121. The Corpse Came Calling — Brett Halliday
  122. Growth of the Soil — Knut Hamsun
  123. Moravian Night — Peter Handke
  124. Tinkers — Paul Harding
  125. A Pair of Blue Eyes — Thomas Hardy
  126. Whistlejacket – John Hawkes
  127. The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster — Bobby Henderson
  128. The Transmigration of Bodies — Yuri Herrera
  129. Newcomer — Keigo Higashino
  130. Strangers On a Train — Patricia Highsmith
  131. Maestra — L. S. Hilton
  132. God Is Not Great — Christopher Hitchens
  133. Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Sausages — Tom Holt
  134. Là-Bas – J. K. Huysmans
  135. Princess Bari — Sok-yong Hwang
  136. Three Trapped Tigers – G. Cabrera Infante
  137. The Unconsoled – Katsuo Ishiguro
  138. The Wings of the Dove – Henry James
  139. The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden — Jonas Jonasson
  140. A Japanese Schoolgirl — Yoko Kajihara
  141. Second Person Singular — Sayed Kashua
  142. The Flaming Corsage — William Kennedy
  143. Sometimes a Great Notion — Ken Kesey
  144. The Man Who Spoke Snakish — Andrus Kivirähk
  145. The Rain Ascends — Joy Kogawa
  146. The Atheist’s Bible — Joan Konner
  147. The Exile — William Kotzwinkle
  148. The Melancholy of Resistance — Lásló Krasznahorkai
  149. God’s Without Men — Hari Kunzru
  150. The Incendiaries — R. O. Kwan
  151. Loups-Garous — Natsuhiko Kyogoku
  152. A Dissertation On Roast Pig (essays) — Charles Lamb
  153. The Girl’s Guide to the Apocalypse — Daphne Lamb
  154. Women In Love — D. H. Lawrence
  155. Independent People – Halldor Laxness
  156. The Monk – Matthew Lewis
  157. Elmer Gantry — Sinclair Lewis
  158. Complete Stories — Clarice Lispector
  159. Martin Eden — Jack London
  160. Goth Girl Rising — Barry Lyga
  161. Stick Out Your Tongue — Ma Jian
  162. The Executioner’s Song – Norman Mailer
  163. The Loved Ones – Alia Mamdouh
  164. Faceless Killers — Henning Mankell
  165. Wolf Hall — Hilary Mantel
  166. Adam Buenosayres: A Novel — Leopoldo Marechal
  167. The Infatuations — Javier Marías
  168. Mother and Child — Carol Maso
  169. Lookout Cartridge – Joseph McElroy
  170. The Children Act — Ian McEwan
  171. Razor Wire Pubic Hair — Carlton Mellick III
  172. Mardi — Herman Melville
  173. The Ordeal of Richard Feveral — George Meredith
  174. The Frolic of the Beasts — Yukio Mishima
  175. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
  176. The Bone Clocks — David Mitchell
  177. Diary of a Fat Girl — Moira Mugwani
  178. 1Q84 — Haruki Murakami
  179. The Green Knight — Iris Murdoch
  180. A Man Without Qualities – Robert Musil
  181. Bend Sinister – Vladimir Nabokov
  182. Ada, or Ardor: A Family Chronicle – Vladimir Nabokov
  183. Parallel Stories — Péter Nádas
  184. God In Pink — Hasan Namir
  185. The Octopus – Frank Norris
  186. Wonderland – Joyce Carol Oates
  187. A Widow’s Story — Joyce Carol Oates
  188. Mudwoman — Joyce Carol Oates
  189. The Gravedigger’s Daughter — Joyce Carol Oates
  190. The Fishermen: A Novel — Chigozie Obioma
  191. Modesty Blaise — Peter O’Donnell
  192. The Famished Road – Ben Okri
  193. A Tale of Love and Darkness – Amos Oz
  194. The Black Book – Orhan Pamuk
  195. Killing Orders — Sara Paretsky
  196. Towns Without Rivers – Michael Parker
  197. Doctor Zhivago — Boris Pasternak
  198. Dutch Uncle — Peter Pavia
  199. An Instance of the Fingerpost – Iain Pears
  200. Houses — Borislav Pekic
  201. The Big Blowdown — George Pelecanos
  202. Empire V: The Prince of Hamlet — Victor Pelevin
  203. Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff — Sean Penn
  204. The Thanatos Syndrome — Walker Percy
  205. Special Topics in Calamity Physics – Marisha Pessl
  206. The Book of Disquiet – Fernando Pessoa
  207. Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free — Charles P. Pierce
  208. Monsieur Songe – Robert Pinget
  209. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance — Robert M. Pirsig
  210. The Locusts Have No King — Dawn Powell
  211. Wolf Solent – John Cowper Powys
  212. The Snatch — Bill Pronzini
  213. The Violated — Bill Pronzini
  214. Mason & Dixon – Thomas Pynchon
  215. Against the Day – Thomas Pynchon
  216. Death of a Red Heroine – Qiu Xiaolong
  217. When Red Is Black – Qiu Xiaolong
  218. The Mysteries of Udolpho – Ann Radcliffe
  219. House of Fallen Trees — Gina Ranali
  220. Maigret In Antwerp — Joe Richards
  221. Larva: A Midsummer Night’s Babel – Julían Ríos
  222. Letting Go – Philip Roth
  223. The Humbling — Philip Roth
  224. When She Was Good — Philip Roth
  225. Charlotte Temple — Susanna Rowson
  226. Memoirs of an Invisible Man — H. F. Saint
  227. I Think I Am in Friend-Love With You — Yumi Sakugawa
  228. It Came From Below the Belt — Bradley Sands
  229. Tolstoy and the Purple Chair — Nina Sankovitch
  230. Baltasar and Blimunda – José Saramago
  231. Absurdistan — Gary Shteyngart
  232. The Russian Debutante’s Handbook — Gary Shteyngart
  233. Shosha — Isaac Bashevis Singer
  234. A Man’s Head — Georges Simenon
  235. The Engineer of Human Souls – Josef Skvoresky
  236. In the First Circle – Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn
  237. In America – Susan Sontag
  238. Imaginative Quantities of Actual Things – Gilbert Sorrentino
  239. The League of Frightened Men — Rex Stout
  240. A Memoir of Misfortune — Su Xiaokang
  241. Honeymoon To Nowhere — Akimitsu Takagi
  242. The Magnificent Ambersons – Booth Tarkington
  243. The Ogre — Michel Tournier
  244. The Man Who Died — Antti Tuomainen
  245. The Ghost In the Shell — Tow Ubukata
  246. Diary of a Blood Donor – Mati Unt
  247. Flood — Andrew Vachss
  248. The Bishop Murder Case — S. S. Van Dine
  249. I’ll Sell You a Dog — Juan Pablo Villalobos
  250. The Aeneid — Virgil (Fagles)
  251. Rainbow Stories – William T. Vollmann
  252. The Ice-Shirt – William T. Vollmann
  253. An Afghanistan Picture Show; or, How I Saved the World – William T. Vollmann
  254. Infinite Jest – David Foster Wallace
  255. Glue — Irvine Welsh
  256. Maigret and the Murder in a Minor Key — Murielle Wenger
  257. The Once and Future King — T. H. White
  258. This Book Is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don’t Touch It — David Wong
  259. New York Dead — Stuart Woods
  260. I Hotel – Karen Tei Yamashita
  261. Big Breasts and Wide Hips — Mo Yan
  262. Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist – Sunil Yapa
  263. Throwaway Daughter — Ting-xing Ye
  264. Nemesis — Joe Yogerst
  265. The Debacle— Émile Zola
  266. Au Bonheur des Dames — Émile Zola

 

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

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