On the 24th, the NYT posted its list of what it thinks are this year’s 100 most notable books.
Dictionary.com defines notable as:
5. ( usually initial capital letter ) French History .
a. one of a number of prominent men, usually of the aristocracy, called by the king on extraordinary occasions.
b. Notables, Also called Assembly of the Notables. an assembly of high-ranking nobles, ecclesiastics, and state functionaries having deliberative but not legislative or administrative powers, convoked by the king principally in 1554, 1786, and 1788, in the lattermost year to establish the manner for selecting the States-General.
It says it will appear in print on December 5. Looking through this list, I realize I haven’t read anything notable this year. I have never heard of those books. Most of the authors are new to me, too. Everything I read this year (that was actually written this year) must have been common. Possibly, I should consider reading some of them. American Subversive sounds a little interesting. Most of the other fiction titles don’t.
- 100 Notable Books Of 2010: New York Times (huffingtonpost.com)
- Choosing the 100 Notable Books of 2010 (papercuts.blogs.nytimes.com)
- The Notables: 2010 (themillions.com)