The 100 Best books of the Decade so far?
Am I an overly harsh critic? I have admitted in the past that I can be somewhat of a book snob, but I do often agree with several top ten lists. Then I read the list of 100 best books of the past decade that was just released by Osyter.com, and either, i’ve become crankier with I age, or the literature has gotten worse. Granted we’re only in 2015, so such a list is premature, but I cringe at some of the books that made it on to this list.
To be fair, my reading lists are usually comprised of older books (I’m currently reading a book published in 1915) so I haven’t read the vast majority of the books on the list. Many of them are on my TBR. The ones I have read were, for the most part okay, but not books I’d list as my top books. My favorites on the list were both in the bottom half of the list. None were 5 star reads, although the Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and Freedom were both close to 5-star reads.
You can find the full list of 100 books here. What do you think? Am I being overly judgmental? Would these books make it on to your top 10 list?
These are the books I’ve read in order of preference (highest rated to lowest rated):
Freedom by Jonathen Franzen (4.5) And, deserves to be on this list.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (4.5 stars).
The Round House by Louise Erdrich (4 stars)
A Visit from The Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan (3.5 stars)
Life after Life by Kate Atkinson (3.5 stars)
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob Zoet by David Mitchell (3.5 stars).
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (3.5 stars)
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (3 stars)– I’ll be posting a review on this book soon.
Bossypants by Tina Fey (3 stars)
Gone Girl by Flynn (3 stars)
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan (barely 3 stars)
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver (I can’t even remember how I rated this, but clearly not well enough to leave an impression).
Which books have you read, and which books do you think deserve to be on the list?
Think you can change my mind about the list? Let me know which books you think I should be reading from the list! I will pick up to 5 books to read and review from among your suggestions.