100 books that defined the noughties

The Telegraph has posted a list of 100 books that defined the last decade. I have read 19 of them. I am ashamed to say that one of those is The Da Vinci Code. A few others are on my short list (which is different than the large list that is in huge piles next to my bed. I guess the short list is books that I am going to put on hold as soon as space frees up on my hold list at the library).

How many have you read? Any glaring omissions that come to mind? (PS – Emily, number 1 is for you.)

You can also see their lists of 100 songs that defined the decade, 100 films that defined the decade, and 100 defining cultural events. I love these sorts of lists, the effort to make sense of the things we have just experienced. Perhaps I will create my own list of the most important books to me in the past decade. That would be a fun exercise. (Maybe just 20 or so, though. I think that I would lose interest in my own list before I could think of 100 titles.)

Speaking of 100 titles, I am on track to meet my reading goal for this year, which was to read 10 books a month. I finished book 110 yesterday, so I should be able to get through ten more before the end of the year. Currently, I am reading City of Bones. One of my students said I HAD to read it, so I am reading it. And reserving judgment until later. I will keep you posted.

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16 Comments

  1. Hannah Faith

    Yikes! I’ve only read five and three quarters (three partially finished books) on that list. Now if they had a list entirely devoted to young adult literature, I think I’d make a more sizeable dent.

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  2. I am headed to look at the list now… I am sure if you’ve only read 19 my number will be MUCH lower than that (I am NOT on track to reach my goal for 2009!)

    I just finished the Mortal Instruments trilogy and I LOVED them.

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  3. I’ve read 12, which is better than I expected. Also, I take issue with any ‘best of’ list that has Russell Brand on it.

    I don’t know how you feel about Paste, but their list collection for the decade is here: http://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2009/11/the-best-of-the-decade.html

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  4. I’ve read 13… better than I expected!

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  5. Kari

    I don’t think they are saying “best,” Brandi, just influential in the culture. I mean, hello. Da Vinci Code. hehe.

    I have read 10 of the Paste top 20 list. And several of them are books that I would like to read. I approve of their list wholeheartedly. Because it suits me.

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  6. Ahhh, influential. I missed that. Makes much more sense!

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  7. Kari

    Oh, and Andrea, I think the Telegraph list is (obviously) very British-focused. There were tons I had never heard of. hehe.

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  8. I’ve read 14, though there are several more on my ‘short list’ as well. Which is decent, considering that a lot of my reading tends to be older books.

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  9. alisa beth

    My number is astonishingly embarrassing: 3. It was an interesting list and I simply cannot believe Jade’s autobiography made the list. THAT is more astonishingly embarrassing than my measly 3 books (Twilight and Harry Potter are not among the 3 titles, by the way).

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  10. Your middle schooler just wants you to love Jace! HaHa! The Mortal Instruments Trilogy was good, in the sense that I read for entertainment, not from a literary something stand point. I always enjoy reading your take on books. Have fun!

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  11. I’ve read 12 of them. About 8 of those 12 I didn’t enjoy AT ALL. But.. they definitely influenced literature. I was pleased to see some very familiar names on the list too – Just introduced two friends to Alexander McCall Smith.

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  12. Kari

    Nan: It’s actually a boy. I ranted to him yesterday about how much I like Simon already and how I can tell it’s going to be like the Jacob thing. He just kind of looked at me. It was awesome.

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  13. WOW Kari! I never expected that one! I apologize to your boy student. I liked Simon too. The author is actually going to write a fourth book for the trilogy (!!!!) mostly on Simon, but it won’t be out for a year or two. She is starting another shadowhunters series that is set back in the 1800’s, London, I think.

    Posted 11/16/2009 at | Permalink
  14. The fourth book in the Mortal Instruments series comes out in March 2010, I believe. And I think it is focused mostly on Simon.

    Posted 11/17/2009 at | Permalink
  15. Carol

    I wondered before reading the list if I had read any of them, but I actually have read 4. (And like Alisa, my list does not include Twilight or the last Harry Potter.)

    Posted 11/17/2009 at | Permalink
  16. I have heard of only a dozen of these and read only two and a half (Freakonomics was in audiobook format.) Do I win a prize for literary ignorance?

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