The New York Times has released its annual collection of the 100 Notable Books of the past year. BGB has reviewed three (3) of the books on this year’s list:
- Atmospheric Disturbances by Rivka Galchen (BGB’s interview with the author)
- Black Flies by Shannon Burke
- The Blue Star by Tony Earley (1, 2, and 3)
For better or worse, I check out this list each year to see if I’ve at least heard of most of the books on the list. As I noted in a post from last year, the list has become…:
…a touchstone of sorts for this blog, since the annual notable books list is semi-responsible for our beginnings. After reading the 2004 list, I was surprised at how few of the books on the list I had ever heard of. I e-mailed the list to a few friends that were also avid readers with similar results. We collectively resolved to start paying better attention to printed reviews, to this new-fangled blogosphere that the kids were all talking about back then, and to the recommendations of our local independent booksellers. Two months later, the idea had somehow morphed into this blog, which will soon begin its [fifth] year.