the 2010s

Books to Read in the 2010s

A Clockwork Orange
Anthony Burgess (read 11-11)

Babbitt
Sinclair Lewis (2-11)

Beloved
Toni Morrison (10-10)

Brideshead Revisited
Evelyn Waugh (10-10)

Doctor Zhivago
Boris Pasternak (8-10)

Hunger
Knut Hamsun (9-10)

Martin Eden
Jack London (8-11)

Nicholas Nickleby
Charles Dickens (1-11)

The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe
Daniel Defoe (2-10)

The Bonfire of the Vanities
Tom Wolfe (11-10)

The Divine Comedy (Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso)
Dante Alighieri (11-10, 7-11, 10-11)

The Good Soldier Svejk
Jaroslav Hašek (3-14)

The Jungle
Upton Sinclair (11-11)

The Red and the Black
Stendahl (Marie-Henri Beyle) (8-10)

The Republic
Plato (2-10)

Titus Groan
Mervyn Peake (5-10)

To the Lighthouse
Virginia Woolf (6-10)

U.S.A. trilogy (The 42nd Parallel, 1919, The Big Money)
John Dos Passos (10-11, 2-13, 2-14)

Underworld
Don DeLillo

Vanity Fair
William Makepeace Thackeray (9-11)

Five More Books that Just Missed the Cut

American Pastoral, by Philip Roth (7-14)
Go Tell It on the Mountain, by James Baldwin (6-13)
The Moonstone, by Wilkie Collins (8-12)
Tristram Shandy, by Laurence Sterne (7-13)
White Teeth, by Zadie Smith (6-17)

* * *

It’s time for my third decade list. Not quite done with the second decade yet; I’ve only read 16 of the 20, and am bogged down in the middle of three of the four remaining books. (As for Ulysses, that may be a pipe dream I never get to.)

This looks like a fiction decade; we’ll see how it goes.

[posted February 4, 2010]

My Decade Book Lists

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