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message 1: by Trevor (new)

Trevor (mookse) | 1842 comments Mod
I'm going to create a few of these threads for the last few decades, because I'm curious what we think are the best years for books within each of those decades.

My reason for doing this is because I love film as well, and it's quite easy to look at some years in film (2007, being the most recent example, with 2011 being quite good as well) and see that in some years something was in the water. The year's output featured so many great films it was simply a great year for film. Of course, great movies -- maybe even better movies -- are made in other years, but here I'm looking at the concentration of greatness.

So I'm wanting to do something similar for books, where I don't think it's quite as apparent (perhaps because it's a silly exercise, not that that has stopped me before).

Here is the thread for the years 2000-2009.

Let's try to look at the year of first publication for this. If a book was published in the UK in 2005 but in the US in 2008 (or never), then it is a 2005 book. If a book was written in German in 2000 but published in English in 2002, then it is a 2000 book.

Will this result in anything interesting? I'm not sure! Let's try though.


message 2: by Trevor (new)

Trevor (mookse) | 1842 comments Mod
I'll use this post to keep track of the years 2000-2004. If you mention a book in one of these years, I'll put it here.

2000:

2001

2002:

2003:

2004:


message 3: by Trevor (new)

Trevor (mookse) | 1842 comments Mod
I'll use this post to keep track of the years 2005-2009. If you mention a book in one of these years, I'll put it here.

2005:

2006:

2007:

2008:

2009:


message 4: by peg (new)

peg | 133 comments This sounds fun Trevor! Could it be the start of a Mookse Madness 2020 plan?


message 5: by Trevor (new)

Trevor (mookse) | 1842 comments Mod
Maybe! It’s not settled or anything, but it’s a thought!


message 6: by Paul (last edited Mar 31, 2019 03:20PM) (new)

Paul Fulcher (fulcherkim) | 8493 comments I started by coming up with my top 10 or so books of the decade and then seeing when they were published. One year stands out:

2004: Gilead, 2666, Wizard of the Crow, Seeing, The Illiterate and volume 2 of the Your Face Tomorrow: Fever and Spear / Dance and Dream / Poison, Shadow, and Farewell trilogy

Obviously only first of those was available in English in that year, so it isn't a year I look back on fondly from personal reading, but on the criteria given, no contest.

Other top 10 books
2001: Austerlitz
2002 & 2007: For Marias volumes 1 & 3
2005: Shalimar the Clown
2008: Seiobo There Below
2009: Death by Water although much of his 2000 work is as yet untranslated
Hard to date - The Adventures and Misadventures of Maqroll as seemed to be a new installment every year


message 7: by Trevor (new)

Trevor (mookse) | 1842 comments Mod
Great list, Paul, and it does look to me like 2004 has an early lead! I hadn’t put all of those together before, but that includes a few of my top ten books of all time. A reason I did this was to put books together that might not otherwise be put together. So far so good!


message 8: by Hugh (last edited Apr 01, 2019 01:51AM) (new)

Hugh (bodachliath) | 3101 comments Mod
Again purely in terms of my 5-star reads, 2002 leads with 9 (special mentions for The Time of Our Singing, The Devil That Danced on the Water, A Whistling Woman, What I Loved, The Story of Lucy Gault, If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things, Spies - in fact that looks a very impressive list!). 2009 is second with 8.


message 11: by Paul (new)

Paul Fulcher (fulcherkim) | 8493 comments Wizard of the Crow was 2004 - Murogi wa Kagogo - the English translation was in 2006.


message 13: by Ang (new)

Ang | 1685 comments The Gathering - Anne Enright - 2007


message 14: by Ang (last edited Apr 02, 2019 01:47AM) (new)

Ang | 1685 comments I'll Go To Bed at Noon - Gerard Woodward - 2004 (August was first in the series, published 2001, I think, if that matters - I think it shouldn't and this is a perfect example of why it shouldn't)


message 15: by Hugh (new)

Hugh (bodachliath) | 3101 comments Mod
Paul wrote: "Wizard of the Crow was 2004 - Murogi wa Kagogo - the English translation was in 2006."
My dates are all taken from my spreadsheet, which uses the "original date pub" field from GR at the time I added the book to my list - perhaps that was wrong in this case, but it still shows 2006 on the version I shelved!


message 16: by Paul (last edited Apr 02, 2019 01:42AM) (new)

Paul Fulcher (fulcherkim) | 8493 comments Goodreads was wrong - people tend to forget it is a translation

https://books.google.com/books/about/...

I have amended - although the original version isn't even on Goodreads


message 17: by Hugh (new)

Hugh (bodachliath) | 3101 comments Mod
Paul wrote: "Goodreads was wrong - people tend to forget it is a translation

https://books.google.com/books/about/...

I have amended - although the original version isn't eve..."

OK, I'll move it


message 18: by Paul (new)

Paul Fulcher (fulcherkim) | 8493 comments I wonder how many other books I can change their original publication date to 2004 - this is preparation for 2020 Mookse Madness after all, where everything goes.


message 19: by Ang (new)

Ang | 1685 comments Mother's Milk - Edward St Aubyn - 2005


message 20: by Ang (new)

Ang | 1685 comments Mailman - J Robert Lennon - 2004


message 21: by Ang (new)

Ang | 1685 comments On Beauty - Zadie Smith - 2006


message 22: by Ang (new)

Ang | 1685 comments Spies - Michael Frayn - 2002


message 23: by Ang (new)

Ang | 1685 comments Kieron Smith, Boy - James Kelman - 2008


message 24: by Ang (new)

Ang | 1685 comments Youth - JM Coetzee - 2003
Summertime - JM Coetzee - 2009

If this really is prep for MM '20, we'll get some Coetzee this time hopefully! And some Toibin!!!!


message 25: by Ang (last edited Apr 02, 2019 04:47AM) (new)

Ang | 1685 comments Pilcrow - Adam Mars-Jones - 2008
Red Dog, Red Dog - Patrick Lane - 2008
Home - Marilynn Robinson - 2008
And Then There was No One - Gilbert Adair - 2008
Old School - Tobias Wolff - 2003


message 27: by Ctb (new)

Ctb | 197 comments Trevor, does seconding, etc. nominations add more weight or are you counting each book only once? I don't want to be repetitive.


message 28: by Trevor (new)

Trevor (mookse) | 1842 comments Mod
Not necessarily. I'm really just trying to tally books right now. We'll start talking about weight in any year later on, in which case all arguments are valid.


message 29: by carissa (last edited Apr 05, 2019 09:26PM) (new)

carissa | 98 comments 2000- Aiding and Abetting, Angels and Demons, Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, Ben in the World, blind assassin, Drowning Ruth, Emotionally Weird, Plowing the Dark, Ravelstein, Shopgirl, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, The Changeling , True History of the Kelly Gang, Under the Skin, White Teeth

2001- All Families Are Psychotic, Atonement, Austerlitz, Choke, Life of Pi

2002- Fingersmith , Kafka on the Shore, Middlesex, Snow

2003-Cosmopolis, Da Vinci Code, Dante club, devil wears prada, Millennium People, notes on a scandal, odd Thomas, oryx and crake, The Master Butchers Singing Club, The Namesake, The Time Traveler's Wife

2004-Case Histories, cloud atlas, Eleanor Rigby, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, let the right one in, lighthousekeeping, line of beauty, Maps for Lost Lovers, PopCo, The Jane Austen Book Club, The Plot Against America

2005-Haunted (Palahniuk), Arthur & George, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, history of love, mermaid chair, never let me go, No Country for Old Men, on beauty, Remainder (McCarthy), Shalimar the Clown, The Accidental, The Book Thief

2006-Abide with Me ,Absurdistan ,end of mr y, Sharp Objects, The Echo Maker, The Emperor's Children, The Keep , the road, world war z

2007-A Thousand Splendid Suns, Animal's People, Call Me by Your Name, Girl Meets Boy, On Chesil Beach, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, The Yiddish Policemen's Union, Tree of Smoke

2008-Home , Snuff , The Enchantress of Florence, Tinkers, Visitation

2009-Her Fearful Symmetry, Ransom, The Children's Book, The Lacuna, The Little Stranger, Three Strong Women, wolf hall, year of the flood, Bluets

Quite a few stand-out years, but I think 2000 & 2007 have the most memorable books, for me. And, 2004, now that I look at it typed up here...

I'm not including the majority of translated books in any on my lists, because I have the English language version publication date listed and do not have the time right now to look each one up.


message 30: by carissa (new)

carissa | 98 comments Also, I would appreciate a link to your master list, if that's agreeable and/or possible.


message 31: by Hugh (new)

Hugh (bodachliath) | 3101 comments Mod
The temptation is to carry on expanding my lists to match the length of yours Carissa, but then where would we stop??


message 32: by carissa (new)

carissa | 98 comments Hugh wrote: "The temptation is to carry on expanding my lists to match the length of yours Carissa, but then where would we stop??"

oh. I'm leaving that up to Trevor. I have no idea what he is up to, so am including middle-brow favs too!

Trevor is the boundary-maker, so I say expand away!!! I am curious about what all these avid readers here in M&G think/read.


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