The Times has whittled their 100 notable books to the top 10 of 2006 (5 fiction, 5 non). Of the 5, there’s one reviewed in TQC–Claire Messud’s The Emperor’s Children, which earned a rave from Brien Michael.
Admittedly, picking the top 5 fiction titles of the year is something of a crapshoot, so I can’t really complain about Absurdistan, The Collected Stories of Amy Hempel, The Empror’s Children, or The Lay of the Land. However, how Special Topics in Calamity Physics got there, I’ll never know . . . I’ve read a number of reviews of this book, and I’m still waiting for someone to make the case that it’s worth my time, let alone worthy of being one fo the top 5 fiction releases of 2006.