Top 10 Avalanche: Time, Washington Post, Salon, The Atlantic

We're now at the peak of the year's-bests season, with the top 10 lists and other year-end roundups coming faster than my mouse can cut-and-paste, but I wanted to highlight a few of the latest top 10s. (If you want to keep up with more, Largehearted Boy, in keeping with his regular music/book crossover theme, has added books this year to his traditional roundup of year-end best music lists, and he has dozens and dozens of links to rabbit-hole your day away with--and hundreds(?!?) of the same for music).

If you want to see how our lists compare to the ones below, I've added an asterisk for any book that's also on our Top 100 editors' picks.

Time, as part of their Top 10 of Everything smorgasbord, has dropped last year's graphic novels top 10, but added a children's book list this year, along with fiction and nonfiction. (Their children's list only includes picture books, but they emphasize the "adult" in "young adult" by putting Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean's Graveyard Book on their fiction list.). And, as in other years, extra points to Time for ranking their lists, which of course is completely arbitrary but lots more fun:


  1. 2666 by Roberto Bolano* (as always with this universal favorite--though who else besides critics (and me) has read it so far?--I mention the two editions: a single-volume hardcover and (my favorite) a three-volume paperback set)
  2. Lush Life by Richard Price*
  3. American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld*
  4. Anathem by Neal Stephenson*
  5. Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri*
  6. Personal Days by Ed Park
  7. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows*
  8. When Will There Be Good News? by Kate Atkinson
  9. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean*
  10. The Widows of Eastwick by John Updike


  1. The Forever War by Dexter Filkins* (our #4 overall)
  2. The Thief at the End of the World by Joe Jackson
  3. The Snowball by Alice Schroeder*
  4. The World Is What It Is by Patrick French
  5. The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher by Kate Summerscale
  6. Hurry Down Sunshine by Michael Greenberg* (our #2)
  7. Factory Girls by Leslie T. Chang
  8. John Lennon by Patrick Norman
  9. The Magician's Book by Laura Miller
  10. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell*

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