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.
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).