Monday, December 30, 2019

Jenny's Best Books of the Decade 2009-2019

I tried making a list of the best books published in the last decade and it just wasn't as meaningful to me as the best books I read during the last decade, so that's what this is.

And really, Episode 100 has the official top ten list. Maybe I'd move one or two around. But these are still a solid list. What I did instead was to go back through my booklists and highlight some books I wish I could have included in the top books of the decade.

Top Ten Books from Episode 100:

Written on the Body by Jeanette Winterson
Oryx and Crake
by Margaret Atwood
The Sparrow
by Mary Doria Russell
by Lawrence Durrell
Cloud Atlas
by David Mitchell
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena
by Anthony Marra
Her Smoke Rose Up Forever
by James Tiptree Jr.
by John Williams
Ark by Ed Madden
Black Wave
by Michelle Tea

Honorable Mentions from the Last Decade:


Palimpsest by Catherynne M. Valente
The Pillow Book by Sei Shonagan


The Dervish House by Ian McDonald


Glaciers by Alexis M. Smith
We by Yevgeny Zamyatin


Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
Detroit: An American Autopsy by Charlie LeDuff


Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Orfeo by Richard Powers
The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression by Andrew Solomon


Kindred by Octavia Butler
Us Conductors by Sean Michaels
North American Lake Monsters by Nathan Ballingrud


The January Children by Safia Elhillo
The Sympathizer by Viet Than Nguyen
Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien


The Secret History by Donna Tartt
Evicted by Matthew Desmond


Refuge by Terry Tempest Williams
Buttermilk Graffiti by Edward Lee
Virgin by Analicia Sotelo
When My Brother Was an Aztec by Natalie Diaz


Well, there's an entire list!

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