So, Richard and Judy have just released their list of the
Top 100 Most Inspiring Reads of the Decade
Personally, I think it’s a bit of a silly name as list names go, but the books seem to be fairly representative of the styles of books that have been on offer the last ten years.
So, I’ve only read 36 of the 100 listed here – to be honest – I thought that it might have been a bit more, but I guess I can always take on one of these if the Booker Challenge becomes too exhausting, and work my way up!
Funny thing is, I’m so entrenched in my ways! The books I’ve read, are pretty much the ones I liked the look/sound of, and the ones I haven’t are ones I probably wouldn’t have chosen for myself anyway! Still, expanding repertoire and all that!
If you fancy it, post your ‘results’ in the comments section, and at the end of the year, we’ll see if we’ve moved up any!
A Place of Secrets Rachel Hore
Adrian Mole: The Prostrate Years Townsend, Sue
Agent Zigzag: The True Wartime Story of Eddie Chapman: The Mo Macintyre, Ben
Alone in Berlin Fallada, Hans
American Wife Sittenfeld, Curtis
Angel’s Game, The Zafon, Carlos Ruiz
Bad Science Goldacre, Ben
Before I Fall Oliver, Lauren
Book Thief, The Zusak, Markus
Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, The Boyne, John
Brisingr Paolini, Christopher
Case Histories Atkinson, Kate
Change in Altitude, A Shreve, Anita
Child 44 Smith, Tom Rob
Children’s Book, The Byatt, A.S.
Cloud Atlas Mitchell, David
Corrections, The Franzen, Jonathan
Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, The Haddon, Mark
Da Vinci Code, The Brown, Dan
Duma Key King, Stephen
Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Gilbert, Elizabeth
Elegance of the Hedgehog, The Barbery, Muriel
Engleby Faulks, Sebastian
Exit Music Rankin, Ian
Five People You Meet in Heaven, The Albom, Mitch
Ghost, The Harris, Robert
Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest,The: Millennium Trilogy Larsson, Stieg
Girl Who Played with Fire,The: Millennium Trilogy Larsson, Stieg
Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,The: Millennium Trilogy Larsson, Stieg
Greatest Show on Earth,The: The Evidence for Evolution Dawkins, Richard
Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, The Shaffer, Mary Ann & Barrows, Annie
Half of a Yellow Sun Ngozi Adichie, Chimamanda
Help, The Stockett, Kathryn
Host, The Meyer, Stephenie
House at Riverton, The Morton, Kate
Interpretation of Murder, The Rubenfeld, Jed
Island, The Hislop, Victoria
Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell Susanna Clarke
Kite Runner, The Hosseini, Khaled
Labyrinth Mosse, Kate
Lacuna, The Kingsolver, Barbara
Last Fighting Tommy, The: The Life of Harry Patch, the Only Surviving Veteran of the Trenches Patch, Harry & Van Emden, Richard
Lieutenant, The Grenville, Kate
Life of Pi Martel, Yann
Little Stranger, The Waters, Sarah
Making of Modern Britain, The Marr, Andrew
Memory Keeper’s Daughter, The Edwards, Kim
Most Wanted Man John Le Carre
Murder Room PD James
My Sister’s Keeper Picoult, Jodi
Never Let Me Go Ishiguro, Kazuo
No and Me Delphine de Vigan
No Time for Goodbye Barclay, Linwood
Noah’s Compass Tyler, Anne
Norwegian Wood Murakami, Haruki
One Day Nicholls, David
Operation Mincemeat: The True Spy Story That Changed the Course of WWII. Ben Macintyre
Other Hand, The Cleave, Chris
Other Queen, The Gregory, Philippa
Outcast, The Jones, Sadie
PS, I Love You Ahern, Cecelia
Reluctant Fundamentalist, The Hamid, Mohsin
Remarkable Creatures Chevalier, Tracy
Restless William Boyd
Road Home, The Tremain, Rose
Road, The McCarthy, Cormac
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen Torday, Paul
Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic, The Kinsella, Sophie
Secret Life of Bees, The Kidd, Sue Monk
Secret Scripture, The Barry, Sebastian
Sepulchre Mosse, Kate
Shack, The Young, William P.
Shadow of the Wind, The Zafon, Carlos Ruiz
Short History of Nearly Everything, A Bryson, Bill
Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, A Lewycka, Marina
Sister Rosamund Lupton
Small Island Levy, Andrea
Star of the Sea Joseph O’Connor
Starter for Ten Nicholls, David
Suite Francaise Nemirovsky, Irene
Superfreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes and why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance Levitt, Steven D. & Dubner, Stephen J.
Suspicions of Mr. Whicher, The: The Murder at Road Hill House Summerscale, Kate
Tea Time for the Traditionally Built McCall Smith, Alexander
Tenderness of Wolves Stef Penney
The Crying Tree Naseem Rakha
The Observations Jane Harris
The Snowman Jo Nesbo
The Wilding Maria McCann
Thirteenth Tale, The Setterfield, Diane
Thousand Splendid Suns, A Hosseini, Khaled
Time Traveler’s Wife, The Niffenegger, Audrey
Tipping Point, The: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference Malcolm Gladwell
Very Thought of You, The Alison, Rosie
Waiting for Columbus Thomas Trofimuk
We Need to Talk About Kevin Shriver, Lionel
White Tiger, The Adiga, Aravind
Winter in Madrid Sansom, C. J.
Wolf Hall Mantel, Hilary
World without End Follett, Ken
5 thoughts on “Richard and Judy – Decade’s top 100”
I've only read six of them!
I've only read 12.5 of them (never finished the Da Vinci code, funnily!)
Now I feel like a huge geek. I do have friends actually. Honest.
It doesn't look like it, but I do actually do more than read like a nutbag.
Ok, I'm lying now!
Loved Dan Brown, but had read Angels and Demons first, so found that one very repetitive
31. Shamefull. Less than a third.
I'm so impressed. I found you on google and I know you!
Sigh! I've only read four of these books, yet more books to add to the “must read pile”.
It never gets smaller, only bigger and bigger.