In anticipation of all the upcoming “best of 2013” lists, I wanted to share this list of 50 books that define the last five years in literature. It’s a long enough list that everyone will find something they like here. But what do you think of the list as a whole?
In case you’re wondering, the site doesn’t give any criteria for the list, or any rankings. It’s just defined as “50 books that show what is great about literature here and now.”
Here’s what I’ve read from this list: Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan – definitely.
Hunger Games? Sure, I guess. The Magicians by Lev Grossman? Um, okay. This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz? I didn’t care for it.
What I still mean to read: IQ84 by Murakami, Super Sad Love Story by Sheyngart and Skippy Dies by Murray.
Should I feel bad that I’ve read so very few of these books? I guess it depends how valid the list is. The truth is, I always feel bad that I don’t read more great works of literature. Still, reading is meant to be fun, and we get to what we can get to.
Looking at a few of my recent “best of” lists, I would say a few authors missing from this list are Margaret Atwood, David Mitchell, Barbara Kingsolver. Maybe Maggie O’Farrell or Kate Atkinson. I could also see Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand or Please Look After Mom or Eleanor & Park on this list.
What books do you think represent the last five years in literature?