It’s Official! Read These 12 Books.


Stop the presses! There have officially been 12 must-read books written this century. According to a bunch of really important book critics polled by the BBC, there are 12 books written (in English) in the 21st century that are awesome enough to be labeled “the greatest”…so far anyway. Check out the list and resolve to buy (and read!) at least one. Then at least you can weigh in with these so-called critics.

1. Junot Díaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (2007)
2. Edward P Jones, The Known World (2003)
3. Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall (2009)
4. Marilynne Robinson, Gilead (2004)
5. Jonathan Franzen, The Corrections (2001)
6. Michael Chabon, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (2000)
7. Jennifer Egan, A Visit from the Goon Squad (2010)
8. Ben Fountain, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (2012)
9. Ian McEwan, Atonement (2001)
10. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Half of a Yellow Sun (2006)
11. Zadie Smith, White Teeth (2000)
12. Jeffrey Eugenides, Middlesex (2002)


via BBC and the guardian