10 pretty good books of the decade
They may or may not be the best books of the decade, but they're definitely the ones (a) I found most entertaining and (b) hadn't slipped my mind while compiling the list. In chronological order,
- A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers (2000)
- The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen (2001)
- The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett (2001)
- Schott's Original Miscellany by Ben Schott (2002)
- Vernon God Little by DBC Pierre (2003)
- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon (2003)
- A Nice Cup of Tea and a Sit Down by Nicey and Wifey (2004)
- The Ancestor's Tale by Richard Dawkins (2004)
- Watching the English: the Hidden Rules of English Behaviour by Kate Fox (2004)
- The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling (1997-2007)
It's slightly perturbing to see that almost all of my selections come from the first half of the decade. Maybe it's because I spent most of the second half in Germany, and all the good books passed me by. Or maybe 2003 was genuinely a high water mark. Anyway, if you're desperate for some late noughties literature, two that just missed the cut are The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid (2007) and A Fraction of the Whole.
And 5 disappointments...
I'm sure these aren't the worst books published this decade, but for various reasons they didn't live up to my expectations.
- Life of Pi by Yann Martel (2001)
- The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown (2003)
- The Timewaster Letters by Robin Cooper (2004)
- Saturday by Ian McEwan (2005)
- Freakonomics by Steven Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner (2005)
That's all from me. What are your picks of the decade?