The Times 100 Best Books of the Decade


Did you realise we were almost at the end of the decade? Or did you, like me, think there was still a year and a tiny bit to go? It seems The Times in London is of the former view and The Times 100 Best Books of the Decade has been published. (Sorry, it’s a bit of an annoying article to get through. Because there are so many adverts, etc. on the page, the list ranges over 17 pages. Luckily I am adding this at work because, with our steam driven pooter at home, it would take me a week to get through it).

 Twilight is #90 and The Da Vinci Code is #10  – are these people insane?

Of the Books that the Book Thieves have read:

#80 The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga (2008)

#66 Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell (2004)

#57 Fleshmarket Close by Ian Rankin (2004)

#35 The Arrival by Shaun Tan (2006)

#30 The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (2003)

#25 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon (2003)

Not too bad a tally, I think.


#1 in The Times 100 Best Books of the Decade

The top 10 are:

#1 The Road by Cormac McCarthy (2006)

#2 Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi (2003)

#3 Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance by Barack Obama (2004)

#4 Masterworks of the Classical Haida Mythtellers trans Robert Bringhurst (2002)

#5 Suite Française by Irène Némirovsky (2006)

#6 The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell (2000)

#7 Life of Pi by Yann Martel (2002)

#8 Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth by Margaret Atwood (2008)

#9 Atonement by Ian McEwan (2001)

#10 The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown (2003)

  • Related lists include The Worst 5 Books of the Decade (wot, only 5, I think someone’s being lazy) Dan Brown ends up #1 on this list, deservedly so – “brown certainly is a fitting color for his writing” as one commenter on The Times 100 Best wrote.
  • And The 100 Best Movies of the Decade (only 9 pages to wade through this time).

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