Buzzfeed is one of my current guilty pleasures. Its layout suits my ever diminishing attention span and…well, there are cute dog, cat, and Paul McCartney pictures. But every once in a while, they make random picks in a category, lump them together and give them a header like “19 Quintessential Books of the ‘90s” (the numbers are never even, it seems, and that’s another BF affectation), and off I go to spend five minutes that I’ll never get back growing increasingly disgruntled by their choices.
I remember the ‘90s in literature quite well and this list is disappointing. Where are The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love, The Hours, The Hot Zone (Remember when we were all worried about Ebola? Simpler times…), Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, for goodness’ sake?
Which got me thinking that now that the “aughts” are over we should be able to put together a list of the quintessential books of the first decade of the 21st century. I’ll get us started (let’s keep it simple and list only fiction):
- The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
- Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
- Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
- Atonement by Ian McEwan
- Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
What would you add to (or delete from) the list?