Julia Keller with the Chicago Tribune took a look back at the decade about to end and noted what she saw as the big news and the most influential books.
She sees Kindle as causing a “huge tectonic shift within the publishing industry, one bound to shake up how authors get paid, as well as how publishing companies and booksellers make money.” She also paid tribute to “the power of a TV talk-show host to shape our collective taste in books.” (Oprah, in case you were wondering.)
She closed her article by listing the 10 most influential books of 2000 - 2009, with a brief comment about each.
"Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" (2000) by J.K. Rowling.
"White Teeth" (2000) by Zadie Smith.
"Twilight" (2005) by Stephenie Meyer.
"Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation" (2003) by Lynne Truss.
"The Tipping Point" (2000) by Malcolm Gladwell.
"The Da Vinci Code" (2003) by Dan Brown.
"Be Near Me" (2006) by Andrew O'Hagan.
"The God Delusion" (2006) by Richard Dawkins.
"Wintergirls" (2009) by Laurie Halse Anderson.
"Oryx and Crake" (2003) by Margaret Atwood.
Before you link over, try to figure out about which book she said, “Lord help us.” And which one earned the comment: “Along with its evil spawn -- er, I mean sequels -- this dully written series…” And which two earned theses comments: “…cataclysmically popular and utterly enchanting….” and “Linguistically splendiferous….”
If you’ve read any of her top ten of the decade, would you agree it belongs (or they belong) on the list? Which one would you include that she didn’t?
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