100 Best Books of the 21st Century

100 Best Books of the 21st Century

I was going to say that the 21st century just started, but we are twenty years into it already. The above linked article talks about the 100 best books so far in this century. 80 years from now, some of these books won’t show up, and a whole bunch of other books will show. I wonder about the 20th century. I’ll have to look those books up.

100

I Feel Bad About My Neck

by Nora Ephron (2006)

99

Broken Glass

by Alain Mabanckou (2005), translated by Helen Stevenson (2009)

98

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

by Stieg Larsson (2005), translated by Steven T Murray (2008)

97

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

by JK Rowling (2000)

96

A Little Life

by Hanya Yanagihara (2015)

95

Chronicles: Volume One

by Bob Dylan (2004)

94

The Tipping Point

by Malcolm Gladwell (2000)

93

Darkmans

by Nicola Barker (2007)

92

The Siege

by Helen Dunmore (2001)

91

Light

by M John Harrison (2002)

90

Visitation

by Jenny Erpenbeck (2008), translated by Susan Bernofsky (2010)

89

Bad Blood

by Lorna Sage (2000)

88

Noughts & Crosses

by Malorie Blackman (2001)

87

Priestdaddy

by Patricia Lockwood (2017)

86

Adults in the Room

by Yanis Varoufakis (2017)

85

The God Delusion

by Richard Dawkins (2006)

84

The Cost of Living

by Deborah Levy (2018)

83

Tell Me How It Ends

by Valeria Luiselli (2016), translated by Luiselli with Lizzie Davis (2017)

82

Coraline

by Neil Gaiman (2002)

81

Harvest

by Jim Crace (2013)

80

Stories of Your Life and Others

by Ted Chiang (2002)

79

The Spirit Level

by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett (2009)

78

The Fifth Season

by NK Jemisin (2015)

77

Signs Preceding the End of the World

by Yuri Herrera (2009), translated by Lisa Dillman (2015)

76

Thinking, Fast and Slow

by Daniel Kahneman (2011)

75

Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead

by Olga Tokarczuk (2009), translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones (2018)

74

Days Without End

by Sebastian Barry (2016)

73

Nothing to Envy

by Barbara Demick (2009)

72

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism

by Shoshana Zuboff (2019)

71

Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth

by Chris Ware (2000)

70

Notes on a Scandal

by Zoë Heller (2003)

69

The Infatuations

by Javier Marías (2011), translated by Margaret Jull Costa (2013)

68

The Constant Gardener

by John le Carré (2001)

67

The Silence of the Girls

by Pat Barker (2018)

66

Seven Brief Lessons on Physics

by Carlo Rovelli (2014)

65

Gone Girl

by Gillian Flynn (2012)

64

On Writing

by Stephen King (2000)

63

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

by Rebecca Skloot (2010)

62

Mother’s Milk

by Edward St Aubyn (2006)

61

This House of Grief

by Helen Garner (2014)

60

Dart

by Alice Oswald (2002)

59

The Beauty of the Husband

by Anne Carson (2002)

58

Postwar

by Tony Judt (2005)

57

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay

by Michael Chabon (2000)

56

Underland

by Robert Macfarlane (2019)

55

The Omnivore’s Dilemma

by Michael Pollan (2006)

54

Women & Power

by Mary Beard (2017)

53

True History of the Kelly Gang

by Peter Carey (2000)

52

Small Island

by Andrea Levy (2004)

51

Brooklyn

by Colm Tóibín (2009)

50

Oryx and Crake

by Margaret Atwood (2003)

49

Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

by Jeanette Winterson (2011)

48

Night Watch

by Terry Pratchett (2002)

47

Persepolis

by Marjane Satrapi (2000-2003), translated by Mattias Ripa (2003-2004)

46

Human Chain

by Seamus Heaney (2010)

45

Levels of Life

by Julian Barnes (2013)

44

Hope in the Dark

by Rebecca Solnit (2004)

43

Citizen: An American Lyric

by Claudia Rankine (2014)

42

Moneyball

by Michael Lewis (2010)

41

Atonement

by Ian McEwan (2001)

40

The Year of Magical Thinking

by Joan Didion (2005)

39

White Teeth

by Zadie Smith (2000)

38

The Line of Beauty

by Alan Hollinghurst (2004)

37

The Green Road

by Anne Enright (2015)

36

Experience

by Martin Amis (2000)

35

The Hare with Amber Eyes

by Edmund de Waal (2010)

34

Outline by Rachel

Cusk (2014)

33

Fun Home

by Alison Bechdel (2006)

32

The Emperor of All Maladies

by Siddhartha Mukherjee (2010)

31

The Argonauts

by Maggie Nelson (2015)

30

The Underground Railroad

by Colson Whitehead (2016)

29

A Death in the Family

by Karl Ove Knausgaard (2009), translated by Don Bartlett (2012)

28

Rapture

by Carol Ann Duffy (2005)

27

Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage

by Alice Munro (2001)

26

Capital in the Twenty First Century

by Thomas Piketty (2013), translated by Arthur Goldhammer (2014)

25

Normal People

by Sally Rooney (2018)

24

A Visit from The Goon Squad

by Jennifer Egan (2011)

23

The Noonday Demon

by Andrew Solomon (2001)

22

Tenth of December

by George Saunders (2013)

21

Sapiens

by Yuval Noah Harari (2011), translated by Harari with John Purcell and Haim Watzman (2014)

20

Life After Life

by Kate Atkinson (2013)

19

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night‑Time

by Mark Haddon (2003)

18

The Shock Doctrine

by Naomi Klein (2007)

17

The Road

by Cormac McCarthy (2006)

16

The Corrections

by Jonathan Franzen (2001)

15

The Sixth Extinction

by Elizabeth Kolbert (2014)

14

Fingersmith

by Sarah Waters (2002)

13

Nickel and Dimed

by Barbara Ehrenreich (2001)

12

The Plot Against America

by Philip Roth (2004)

11

My Brilliant Friend

by Elena Ferrante (2011), translated by Ann Goldstein (2012)

10

Half of a Yellow Sun

by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (2006)

9

Cloud Atlas

David Mitchell (2004)

8

Autumn

by Ali Smith (2016)

7

Between the World and Me

by Ta-Nehisi Coates (2015)

6

The Amber Spyglass

by Philip Pullman (2000)

5

Austerlitz

by WG Sebald (2001), translated by Anthea Bell (2001)

4

Never Let Me Go

by Kazuo Ishiguro (2005)

3

Secondhand Time

by Svetlana Alexievich (2013), translated by Bela Shayevich (2016)

2

Gilead

by Marilynne Robinson (2004)

1

Wolf Hall

by Hilary Mantel (2009)

Fifty Best Memoirs of the Past Fifty Years

fifty best memoirs

The above linked article talks about the best memoirs of the last fifty years.  I’d like to get my hands on some of these.

Fierce Attachments

Vivian Gornick

The Woman Warrior

Maxine Hong Kingston

Fun Home

Alison Bechdel

The Liars’ Club

Mary Karr

Hitch-22

Christopher Hitchens

Men We Reaped

Jesmyn Ward

Palimpsest

Gore Vidal

Giving Up the Ghost

Hilary Mantel

A Childhood

Harry Crews

Harper & Row, 1978

Dreams From My Father

Barack Obama

Patrimony

Philip Roth

All God’s Dangers: The Life of Nate Shaw

Theodore Rosengarten

Lives Other Than My Own

Emmanuel Carrère. Translated from the French by Linda Coverdale.

Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt & Company, 2011

A Tale of Love and Darkness

Amos Oz. Translated from the Hebrew by Nicholas de Lange.

Harcourt, 2004

This Boy’s Life

Tobias Wolff

The Atlantic Monthly Press, 1989

A Life’s Work

Rachel Cusk

Picador, 2002

Boyhood

J.M. Coetzee

Viking, 1997

Conundrum

Jan Morris

Wave

Sonali Deraniyagala

Always Unreliable: Unreliable Memoirs, Falling Towards England and May Week Was in June

Clive James

Travels With Lizbeth

Lars Eighner

Hold Still

Sally Mann

Little, Brown & Company, 2015

Country Girl

Edna O’Brien

Little, Brown and Company, 2013

Persepolis

Marjane Satrapi. Translated from the French by Mattias Ripa and Blake Ferris.

Pantheon, 2003

Negroland

Margo Jefferson

Pantheon, 2015

Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys.

Viv Albertine

Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press, 2014

Experience

Martin Amis

Talk Miramax Books/Hyperion, 2000

Slow Days, Fast Company

Eve Babitz

Alfred A. Knopf, 1977

Growing Up

Russell Baker

Congdon & Weed, 1982

Kafka Was the Rage

Anatole Broyard

Carol Southern Books/Crown Publishers, 1993

Between the World and Me

Ta-Nehisi Coates

Spiegel & Grau, 2015

The Year of Magical Thinking

Joan Didion

Alfred A. Knopf, 2005

Barbarian Days

William Finnegan

Penguin Press, 2015

Personal History

Katharine Graham

Alfred A. Knopf, 1997

Thinking in Pictures

Temple Grandin

Doubleday, 1995

Autobiography of a Face

Lucy Grealy

Houghton Mifflin, 1994

Dancing With Cuba

Alma Guillermoprieto. Translated from the Spanish by Esther Allen.

Pantheon, 2004

Minor Characters

Joyce Johnson

Houghton Mifflin, 1983

The Memory Chalet

Tony Judt

Penguin Press, 2010

Heavy

Kiese Laymon

Scribner, 2018

Priestdaddy

Patricia Lockwood

Riverhead Books, 2017

H Is for Hawk

Helen Macdonald

Grove Press, 2015

The Color of Water

James McBride

Riverhead Books, 1996

Angela’s Ashes

Frank McCourt

Scribner, 1996

Cockroaches

Scholastique Mukasonga. Translated from the French by Jordan Stump.

Archipelago Books, 2016

Life

Keith Richards

Little, Brown & Company, 2010

A Life in the Twentieth Century

Arthur Schlesinger Jr.

Houghton Mifflin Company, 2000

My Lives

Edmund White

Ecco/HarperCollins Publishers, 2006

Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

Jeanette Winterson

Grove Press, 2012

Close to the Knives

David Wojnarowicz

Vintage, 1991

YA Books Turning 5

YA books turning 5

The above linked article talks about YA books that are already 5 years old. Some of these I read over the years, and enjoyed them immensely. Some of them I assumed were newer books, but I read them as new to me, anyhow. I remember anxiously waiting for some of them to come out. This is definitely a great list.

YA Books Turning 5 in 2020

1. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

2. Winter by Marissa Meyer

3. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

4. The Heir by Kiera Cass

5. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

6. Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs

7. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

8. Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman

9. P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han

10. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

11. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

12. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

13. The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

14. The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West

15. Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton

16. Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman

17. My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga

18. Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

19. Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

20. The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand

21. The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

22. Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

23. More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

24. Made You Up by Francesca Zappia

25. Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider

26. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

27. 99 Days by Katie Cotugno

28. Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

29. Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

30. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

31. Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older

32. Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

33. Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman

34. This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee

35. Playlist for the Dead by Michelle Falkoff

36. City Love by Susane Colasanti

37. Survive the Night by Danielle Vega

Books for Your Next Vacation

Books for your next vacation

This list came out last year.  It’s a decent list of books that are vacation friendly.
The ones I’ve read have been quick reads.

1. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

2. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

4. Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

5. Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton

6. Black Chalk by Christopher J. Yates

7. On the Road by Jack Kerouac

8. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

9. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

10. Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

11. The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

12. On the Island by Tracey Garvis Graves

13. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

16. Verity by Colleen Hoover

17. The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon

18. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

20. Uprooted by Naomi Novik

21. A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

22. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

23. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

24. The City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty

26. The End of Everything by Megan Abb

35 Most Anticipated Books of January 2020

35 Most Anticipated Books of January 2020

Now that January is over, the above linked article popped up for me to see. The list is great, from what I can tell, but only 3 of the books showed up as recommended books, or on other lists. I do plan to get to at least those three books, eventually.

Hill Women: Finding Family and a Way Forward in the Appalachian Mountains by Cassie Chambers (Jan. 7)

Lady Hotspur by Tessa Gratton (Jan. 7)

F*ck Your Diet and Other Things My Thighs Tell Me by Chloé Hilliard (Jan. 7)

Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibañez (Jan. 7)

Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire (Jan. 7)

One of Us Is Next by Karen M. McManus (Jan. 7)

First Cut by Judy Melinek and T.J. Mitchell

Long Bright River by Liz Moore (Jan. 7)

We Used to Be Friends by Amy Spalding (Jan. 7)

Mr. Nobody by Catherine Steadman (Jan. 7)

All the Days Past, All the Days to Come by Mildred D. Taylor (Jan. 7)

Creatures by Crissy Van Meter (Jan. 7)

Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen (Jan. 7)

Chosen by Kiersten White (Jan. 9)

Followers by Megan Angelo (Jan. 14)

Black Girl Unlimited by Echo Brown (Jan. 14)

You Can Only Yell at Me for One Thing at a Time: Rules for Couples by Patricia Marx and Roz Chast (Jan. 14)

The Tenant by Katrine Engberg (Jan. 14)

Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick: Stories from the Harlem Renaissance by Zora Neale Hurston (Jan. 14)

Little Gods by Meng Jin (Jan. 14)

Dark and Deepest Red by Anna-Marie McLemore (Jan. 14)

Uncanny Valley by Anna Wiener (Jan. 14)

A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende (Jan. 21)

Spellhacker by M.K. England (Jan. 21)

Wife After Wife by Olivia Hayfield (Jan. 21)

The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson (Jan. 21)

What I Carry by Jennifer Longo (Jan. 21)

Tweet Cute by Emma Lord (Jan. 21)

Layoverland by Gabby Noone (Jan. 21)

The Seep by Chana Porter (Jan. 21)

Remembrance by Rita Woods (Jan. 21)

Diamond City by Francesca Flores (Jan. 28)

When You See Me by Lisa Gardner (Jan. 28)

Almost American Girl by Robin Ha (Jan. 28)

The Other People by C.J. Tudor (Jan. 28)

AGE 8 “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” BY J.K. ROWLING

Best Books to Read from Ages 1-100

I loved all of the Harry Potter books.  My daughter read them as they came out, as soon as she was old enough.  The final one in the series came out when she was in second grade.  She finished it in a day and a half.  I had to wait until she finished in order to read it.  I would definitely agree that an 8 year old should read at least the first in the series.  Loved them!

Books for Ugly Crying

Ugly crying books

The above linked article discusses books that you should read if you want a good ugly cry.  I haven’t read any of them, but several are on my TBR list already.

1. “THE BOOK THIEF” BY MARKUS ZUSAK

2. “EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE” BY JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER

3. “WAVE” BY SONALI DERANIYAGALA

4. “THE KITE RUNNER” BY KHALED HOSSEINI

5. “ME BEFORE YOU” BY JOJO MOYES

6. “WHEN BREATH BECOMES AIR” BY PAUL KALANITHI

7. “NEVER LET ME GO” BY KAZUO ISHIGURO

8. “A LITTLE LIFE” BY HANYA YANAGAHIRA

9. “ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE” BY ANTHONY DOERR

10. “THE TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE” BY AUDREY NIFFENEGGER

11. “OF MICE AND MEN” BY JOHN STEINBECK