The Times’ “100 Notable Books of 2010”
So the New York Times just released its list of books that makes me feel like one big ole slacker of a reader, its annual “Notable Books” list. (Apparently, directly after Thanksgiving is the moment when it is suddenly acceptable to start publishing “best of the year” lists and reminiscing about 2010. Still a month to go, people! Ahem…)
Of the 100, I have heard of eleven, read none, and wished I’d read nine (mostly different from the ones I’d heard of before, funnily enough). Since this was demoralizing and made me seriously doubt the very validity of a list that is purportedly “notable” if I, an avid reader, had experienced none of the books dubbed as such, I’m turning to you, dear readers. What are your notable books of 2010? Do your choices align with any of the Times’? And, not to get too grad school, but what does “notable” exactly entail? I’m not sure if it means anything like “best/high quality” or if it just means “most talked about.”
Personally, I think the fact that I spend a lot of my time reading things more likely to be found on the “100 Notable Books of 1870” list than this year’s model was why nothing I read was “notable” this year!