As a true list-lover, my first plans for 2011 reading are to read the Best of the Year lists. As a liberal, academic northeasterner, my go-to list is, of course, The New York Times. When their Top 10 Reads of 2010 were announced earlier this week, I was amazed. The Top 5 Fiction are:
- Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
- The New Yorker Stories by Ann Beattie
- Room by Emma Donoghue
- Selected Stories by William Trevor
- A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
As someone who used to begin her goals with the New York Times Top5 Fiction list, it feels amazing to have already read the three novels on the list. I'm rather ambivalent about short stories collections, so those may not even make it onto my list of books to read. As rewarding as it is for me to have read the three novels on the list, it's even more amazing to agree with their selections. Both Room and A Visit from the Goon Squad will also be in my Top 5 for the year (assuming December reads don't completely blow me away.)
I realize the New York Times list is not the end all or be all of quality literature, but to already have a voice to weigh in on their best of the year selections when they're announced makes me feel like I've become the reader I've wanted to be since I was a teenager, and that feeling is amazing.
What accomplishments have made you feel you've become the reader you want to be?
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