Future Classics, 2010-19

    Our critics claim we live in the past. But besides the bedrock belief that life is too short to read anything but the best, the staff at Top Ten Books knows that the timeless literature has much to say about own life and times. Still, the classics have to start somewhere and with that spirit in mind we are happy to share a list from our friends at the Literary Hub of the best books of the last decade 2010-19. We are thrilled to see that two Top Ten contributors – Jennifer Egan and David Mitchell – made the cut and we plan to contact some of the others for their lists of the greatest books.

    ·         A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan  (2010)

    ·         The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell (2011)

    ·         Train Dreams by Denis Johnson (2011)

    ·         The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka (2011)

    ·         The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht (2011)

    ·         Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward (2012)

    ·         The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner (2013)

    ·         All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews (2014)

    ·         Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill (2014)

    ·         The Sellout by Paul Beatty (2015)

    ·         The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen (2015)

    ·         A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara (2015)

    ·         The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin (2015)

    ·         Outline by Rachel Cusk (2015)

    ·         The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (2016)

    ·         Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett (2016)

    ·         The Overstory by Richard Powers (2018)

    ·         In the Distance by Hernan Díaz (2018)

    ·         Trust Exercise by Susan Choi (2019)

    ·         Milkman by Anna Burns (2019)

    New List

    Joyce Carol Oates

    1. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky (1866).
    2. Ulysses by James Joyce (1922).
    3. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner (1929).
    4. The poems of Emily Dickinson (1830–86).
    5. The stories of Franz Kafka (1883–1924).
    6. The Red and the Black by Stendhal (1830).
    7. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence (1915).
    8. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence (1920).
    9. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville (1851).
    10. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (1884).


    Classic List

    Mary Gaitskill

    1. Ulysses by James Joyce (1922).
    2. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov (1955).
    3. Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov (1962).
    4. Bleak House by Charles Dickens (1853).
    5. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert (1857).
    6. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf (1927).
    7. Gusev by Anton Chekhov (1860–1904).
    8. Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie (1904).
    9. Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol (1842).
    10. The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo (1831).


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