The New York Times has released its list of 100 Notable Books of 2010. For some reason, I always look to this list as a yard stick for determining “how well” I’ve read over the past year. Which I’ll agree with you and say is ridiculous and arbitrary. Not to mention silly and severely limiting. And then I’ll tally up the books that I’ve read anyway. I’ve read 10 on the fiction list (with one more on the reading pile) and only one of the non-fiction titles (with one more on the reading pile). I think that may be the most I’ve ever read on their annual list. You know, if I was really going to use the list as a yard stick and all.
The NYT’s primary reviewers also have their own lists: