Oh yes, it’s the end of 2009, which means it’s time for decade retrospectives and this blog is no exception.
Last week we named our favorite books published in 2009 – what about the decade? What was your favorite book published in the aughts?
Aside from books by my clients, I’m going to have to go with…. The Corrections. No, Atonement. No, Spin. No, The Book Thief. (I could go on for hours)
It was a pretty great decade for books. Can you pick your favorite?
Roban, I was getting nervous reading before your comment–I couldn't believe I was alone in my love of WATER FOR ELEPHANTS. That's definitely one of my favorites.
I'd also like to throw out LIFE OF PI, HARRY POTTER, and LOOKING FOR ALASKA.
"Eat, Pray, Love"
"Roasting in Hell's Kitchen"
"Confessions of a Master Jewel Thief"
Great books; all memoirs; but I'm struck by the number of books on my Amazon "wish list" that I *haven't* read: almost 400. Netflix: 500 movies in queue. I hit the limit and started jotting down titles on little pieces of paper. Napster: 100's of 30 sec. snippets waiting to be bought.
For someone like me, a monthly subscription and unlimited access is the only way to go. Media companies could have a continuous revenue stream from people like me if they only gave us what we want for a reasonable price.
The Well of Lost Plots
by Jasper Fforde
Marla Warren says
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, hands down.
Expectations could not have been higher for the seventh and final book in the series. J.K. Rowling not only met them, she exceeded them.
American Gods – Neil Gaiman
Such a tight story, and none of it disappointed me.
Michael M. Hughes says
"The Amber Spyglass" (concluding book in Philip Pullman's "His Dark Materials" trilogy).
Bittersweet Fountain says
I'm going to have to go with "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince". Why this one and not 7? Because when Snape killed Dumbledore my world was blown. I had been so convinced he was good and it seemed like the death blow to his goodness.
I'm also a product of my generation so I have to pick a Harry Potter book. But honorable mention to:
Anything written by Brandon Sanderson (because its all in this decade) and the Darkglass Mountain books by Sarah Douglass.
Disgruntled Bear says
I've ordered four more books after reading the other posts. How have I not heard of the Hunger Games before now?
The Devil Wears Prada.
The Time Traveler's Wife.
His Majesty's Dragon.
Marlene Sanchez says
Yes Nathan I would have to agree with you. ATONEMENT by Ian McEwan is one of the best novels published this decade!
Absolutely THE CORRECTIONS.
My Sister's Keeper!!!!
I love this book. It made me cry! I love the surprise ending(it made me mad though!)
For me it's Th1rteen R3asons Why by Jay Asher!
Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy says
Time Traveler's Wife, Audrey Niggenegger and Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen
Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
Soon I will Be Invincible by Austin Grossman
and yes, i'm going with a graphic novel: Unknown Soldier by Joshua Dysart
so many books…so little eye sight left…
I can't choose!
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer (not ashamed either)
The Devil Wears Prada
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
The Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon
I can't choose!!! So…I'll list authors (anything that came out by them in the aughts)
Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
You guys can remember the best books you've read in the last DECADE?? I can barely remember what I read last week.
I'm going to go ahead and be the one to say it–A Million Little Pieces!
James Frey has such powerful writing–his books deeply resonated with me. My Friend Leonard is high up on the list too.
I agree with Danielle, A Million Little Pieces is a fantastic book. I couldn’t put it down until I’d finished it. I haven't read My Friend Leonard yet, but you've just reminded me that I must. Thanks, Danielle.