Drowned In Sound’s best books of the 21st century - RESULTS (post 261)!

Last week 44 DiSsers with 596 nominations got together to decide on the definitive best books of the 21st Century*. 410 individual books have been nominated and you lot managed to write The Amazing Adventure of Kavalier and Clay in 6 different ways.

The Guardian suggested that Wolf Hall is the best book written since the turn of the century. Do you lot agree? Let’s find out!

* including the year 2000, sorry @Scagden

edit - Full list at Drowned In Sound’s best books of the 21st century - RESULTS (post 261)! - #261 by colinzealuk


Placed 41st-50th

Score Nominations
41 Three to See the King Magnus Mills 31 2
42 No Country for Old Men Cormac McCarthy 30 4
= The Plot Against America Philip Roth 30 4
44 White Teeth Zadie Smith 30 3
= The First Bad Man Miranda July 30 3
46 The Raw Shark Texts Steven Hall 30 2
= All My Puny Sorrows Mirian Towes 30 2
= 2666 Robert Bolaño 30 2
= A Closed and Common Orbit Becky Chambers 30 2
= Thief of Time Terry Pratchett 30 2

any chance you can write them in descending order


Ooft, thought AMPS was a shoe-in to be higher tbh

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Read two of those (White Teeth and The Curious Incident).

Not in the bulk lists I’m afraid, but they’ll be in individual posts for the top 20 as they were last time.

I read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time as a child, and I think it’s basically the book that made me think “reading is actually good”, and realise that there was other things to enjoy in life other than football


okay thanks anyway

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going to be using this thread to load my kindle with stuff

i hated a visit from the goon squad.


I quite liked it but now can remember absolutely nothing about it whatsoever

Placed 31st - 40th

Score Nominations
31 Life After Life Kate Atkinson 35 2
= Estates Lynsey Hanley 35 2
33 Persepolis Marjane Satrapi 34 4
34 A Storm of Swords Chris Ware 34 3
35 Building Stories George RR Martin 34 2
36 Station Eleven Emily St. John Mandel 33 4
37 The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Junot Diaz 33 2
= Death And The Penguin Andrey Kurkov 33 2
39 Oryx & Crake Margaret Atwood 32 2
40 Perdido Street Station China Mieville 31 3

FAO: People who are loading up their Kindles from this thread. Don’t buy Oscar Wao on Kindle.

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(32 - 31 mixed up)

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I’m up to a grand total of two so far:grimacing: :sweat_smile:

I’m full of admiration for the work that’s being put in to running this endeavour, but have to say starting 41-50 then 31-40 is horribly clunky. Should be 50-41, 40-31, if you’re going to do in reverse order.

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I’ve a small query about the scoring if I may; Death And The Penguin was, I believe, nominated by myself and Tilty, at number 4 in both our lists, so how does it end up with 33 points?

Maybe you can just cover some of the screen with your hands so it reads as you’d like it to


I’ve read one book on this list (The Plot Against America), and it featured in my top 20.


Turn your monitor upside down


Shoulda been high in my list