Best books of the past 10 years
Here Are the Best Fiction Books from Recent YearsThere are decades of backlogs people insist you need to read, with hundreds of new books being added every year. For the picks, we used the Best Books of the Decade from Goodreads, through and through as they were at the time of writing, and our picks hovered around 4 stars, give or take a decimal point or two. The last guy to hop around up there was Eugene Cernan they made a documentary about him and that was back in Ready Player One is a perfect example of something good coming from video games. Couple that with gamers who are willing to kill to achieve money and fame and we have to wonder if Cline is more of a prophet than a storyteller. The setup sounds more like the start of an absurdist British novel, but make no mistake, this is Stephen King and King does suspense, not absurdity.
Best ‘brainy’ books of this decade
This list is generated from "best of" book lists from a variety of great sources. An algorithm is used to create a master list based on how many lists a particular book appears on. Some lists count more than others. I generally trust "best of all time" lists voted by authors and experts over user-generated lists. On the lists that are actually ranked, the book that is 1st counts a lot more than the book that's th. If you have any comments, suggestions, or corrections please feel free to e-mail me. The list of works appears alphabetically by author.
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Dreams from My Father. When the enterprising publisher bought this memoir, President Obama was merely Senator Obama and there were few indications of what was to come. The book was a key part of his mission statement about decency and optimism and helped to win him the goodwill of much of the world. As well as defining a moment in time, it also proved that Obama can write as winningly as he talks. Would it sell as well a year into his presidency?
Actually, constructing a canon of any kind is a little weird at the moment, when so much of how we measure cultural value is in flux. Its supposed permanence became the subject of more recent battles, back in the 20th century, between those who defended it as the foundation of Western civilization and those who attacked it as exclusive or even racist. But what if you could start a canon from scratch? We thought it might be fun to speculate very prematurely on what a canon of the 21st century might look like right now. We asked each of them to name several books that belong among the most important works of fiction, memoir, poetry, and essays since and tallied the results. The purpose was not to build a fixed library but to take a blurry selfie of a cultural moment. Any project like this is arbitrary, and ours is no exception.
It is impressively intersectional in its approach, talking about class and gender as well as reframing the conversation to be Britain-focused. The title alone is arresting, and can sort out those who judge a book by its cover from those willing to interrogate and investigate their own privilege. Sapiens has been highly praised by the gurus of Silicon Valley, and read by geeks whose culture usually centres on fantasy movies, computer games, etc — even though Harari himself is far from that world. His life seems austere and he avoids social media. Sapiens has widened the world view of millions of readers other whistorians cannot reach — and next month Harari may have three books simultaneously in the bestseller lists. Much as I loved this book I would never have guessed it would be a bestseller.