Literary The 2010s • December 2019
#1  sun surfer 12-01-2019, 11:41 AM
Help select what we'll read and discuss for the last month of the 2010s!

The topic is The 2010s.

This is for books written and published in the 2010s (so from January 2010 until now, December 2019).

Detailed nominating and voting guidelines can be found here. Basically, nominations are open for about four days and each person may nominate up to three literary selections which will go automatically to the vote. Voting by post then opens for four days, and a voter may give each nomination either one or two votes but only has a limited number of votes to use which is equal to the number of nominations minus one. Any questions, feel free to ask.

We hope that you will read the selection with us and join in the discussion.


Nominations are complete. Voting is now open! Results through post #27-

#2  AnotherCat 12-03-2019, 09:01 PM
Without the passing of time sweeping away the dross I found this hard going rummaging amongst it all. Furthermore I got the impression that most published over the last 10 years had some of lotsa pages, lotsa wokiness, lotsa propaganda, lotsa sex, lotsa gruesome, etc. or lotsa words about nothing much at all .

Since it is holidays for some and winter for others I've given up and gone for what suits me best out of those; lotsa pages.

A Visit from the Goon Squad - Jennifer Egan (2010)

The Orphan Master's Son - Adam Johnson (2012)

The Hare With Amber Eyes - Edmund de Waal (2010)

#3  Bookworm_Girl 12-04-2019, 12:36 AM
Great nominations, AnotherCat. All of them are on my TBR list. For my nominations, I’ll probably start by searching books that I own and haven’t read.

#4  sun surfer 12-04-2019, 06:35 AM
Two are also on my tbr list and the third looks interesting.

#5  Bookworm_Girl 12-05-2019, 01:36 AM
I just wanted to check in and say that I will post my nominations on Thursday morning. I am taking the day off work for a much needed break. Looking forward to sleeping in and relaxing with some coffee while deciding on my choices.

#6  sun surfer 12-05-2019, 10:05 AM
Sounds good, Bookworm_Girl! Take your time and enjoy your coffee. I've got my longlist here and am narrowing it down to three while I sip my strong tea.

#7  Bookworm_Girl 12-05-2019, 11:09 AM
Got a cup of hot coffee and I'm working on my list.

#8  Bookworm_Girl 12-05-2019, 11:45 AM
My first nomination is All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. It won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2015. I have been wanting to read something by this author for a while.

From Goodreads:
From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the stunningly beautiful instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.

Marie-Laure lives in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where her father works. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

In a mining town in Germany, Werner Pfennig, an orphan, grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find that brings them news and stories from places they have never seen or imagined. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments and is enlisted to use his talent to track down the resistance. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, Doerr illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another.

#9  Bookworm_Girl 12-05-2019, 11:49 AM
My second nomination is Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel published in 2014. It is described as post-apocalypic literary science fiction, different than what I would typically nominate. It won the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Fiction in 2015 and was also nominated for several prestigious literary awards such as the Women's Prize for Fiction and US National Book Award.

From Goodreads:
Set in the days of civilization's collapse, Station Eleven tells the story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity.

One snowy night a famous Hollywood actor slumps over and dies onstage during a production of King Lear. Hours later, the world as we know it begins to dissolve. Moving back and forth in time—from the actor's early days as a film star to fifteen years in the future, when a theater troupe known as the Traveling Symphony roams the wasteland of what remains—this suspenseful, elegiac, spellbinding novel charts the strange twists of fate that connect five people: the actor, the man who tried to save him, the actor's first wife, his oldest friend, and a young actress with the Traveling Symphony, caught in the crosshairs of a dangerous self-proclaimed prophet.

#10  Bookworm_Girl 12-05-2019, 11:54 AM
My third nomination is A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra published in 2013, which has been on my TBR a long time. It was nominated for several prestigious literary awards when it was published.

From Goodreads:
A brilliant debut novel that brings to life an abandoned hospital where a tough-minded doctor decides to harbor a hunted young girl, with powerful consequences.

In the final days of December 2004, in a small rural village in Chechnya, eight-year-old Havaa hides in the woods when her father is abducted by Russian forces. Fearing for her life, she flees with their neighbor Akhmed—a failed physician—to the bombed-out hospital, where Sonja, the one remaining doctor, treats a steady stream of wounded rebels and refugees and mourns her missing sister. Over the course of five dramatic days, Akhmed and Sonja reach back into their pasts to unravel the intricate mystery of coincidence, betrayal, and forgiveness that unexpectedly binds them and decides their fate.

With The English Patient's dramatic sweep and The Tiger's Wife's expert sense of place, Marra gives us a searing debut about the transcendent power of love in wartime, and how it can cause us to become greater than we ever thought possible.

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