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

    Josephine Humphreys

    1. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville (1851).
    2. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (1884).
    3. The Moviegoer by Walker Percy (1961).
    4. Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich (1984).
    5. Edisto by Padget Powell (1984).
    6. Bleak House by Charles Dickens (1853).
    7. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov (1955).
    8. The stories of Flannery O’Connor (1925–64).
    9. Light in August by William Faulkner (1932).
    10. Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre (1938).


    Classic List

    Wally Lamb

    1. The Odyssey by Homer (ninth century b.c.e.?).
    2. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes (1605, 1615).
    3. King Lear by William Shakespeare (1605).
    4. Tom Jones  by Henry Fielding (1749).
    5. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (1884).
    6. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser (1900).
    7. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (1925).
    8. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (1939).
    9. The stories of Flannery O’Connor (1925–64).
    10. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez (1967). 


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