03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Best Books Of The Decade: The Boston Globe Weighs In

Harry Potter did not make my list. There. I said it. I read every last one of the wizard's adventures, I swear, but now the whole experience is kind of a blur of Quidditch and complicated potions. And while there is no denying their influence on book publishing, I can't very well list books I can barely remember. There are, undoubtedly, plenty of other books I have forgotten, or just never got around to reading. Some I couldn't shoehorn in; several books of poetry I remembered came just before the new decade, so there's no verse on my list. And, so: no more equivocating, no more excuses. This is my list of books from the past 10 years - in chronological order - that I can't forget.

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