Best Books of a New Century?

The Millions website asked a panel of 56 authors and critics to name the best fiction published since the year 2000. The compiled results should be interesting fodder for book groups. How many have you read? How many has your book group discussed?

Here’s their list of the top twenty. The top five were Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections, Edward P. Jones’ The Known World, David Mitchell’s The Cloud Atlas, 2666 by Roberto Bolano, and Pastoralia by George Saunders.

They also published a reader poll which you can compare to list selected by the professional panel, 15 honorable mentions, and a long list of all the books that the panelists nominated.

What do you think readers? Are these the books we’ll remember years from now?

About the Author:

Neil Hollands is an Adult Services Librarian at Williamsburg Regional Library in Virginia, where he specializes in readers’ advisory and collection development. He is the author of Read On . . . Fantasy Fiction (2007) and Fellowship in a Ring: a Guide for Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Groups (2009).

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