Book lists are wonderful things. Cross-referencing several lists can also be revealing, not only about the book, but also about the reader!
As part of the 20th anniversary of the Bath Literature Festival, a panel of experts led by Viv Groskop has compiled a list of the twenty best books from the last twenty years.
The full list:
1995 – Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres
1996 – Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
1997 – American Pastoral by Philip Roth
1998 – England, England by Julian Barnes
1999 – Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee
2000 – White Teeth by Zadie Smith
2001 – Atonement by Ian McEwan
2002 – Any Human Heart by William Boyd
2003 – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon
2004 – Small Island by Andrea Levy
2005 – We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
2006 – The Road by Cormac McCarthy
2007 – Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
2008 – The Outcast by Sadie Jones
2009 – The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
2010 – Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
2011 – A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
2012 – State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
2013 – Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
2014 – The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
Just as we vary our food diet, we should vary our reading diet. Select a book that is a little different genre from what you normally read.
Make a mini-outline as you read.
Assignment: Select a new book to read. Make a very simple outline as you read it.