I collected approximately eight “Best Books of 2003” lists and combined them into one meta-list. Here are the results. The numbers in bold indicate the number of lists the book was on. If I’ve read the book, I’ve included the rating I gave it on Goodreads (1-5 stars).
THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME. By Mark Haddon. (3)
THEY MARCHED INTO SUNLIGHT: War and Peace, Vietnam and America, October 1967. By David Maraniss. (5)
DROP CITY. By T.C. Boyle. (4)
THE KNOWN WORLD. By Edward P. Jones. (5)
THE FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE. By Jonathan Lethem. (4)
BRICK LANE. By Monica Ali. (4)
GULAG: A History. By Anne Applebaum. (4)
ANY HUMAN HEART. By William Boyd. (4)
LIVING TO TELL THE TALE. By Gabriel García Márquez.
THE NAMESAKE. By Jhumpa Lahiri.
RANDOM FAMILY: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx. By Adrian Nicole LeBlanc.
STIFF: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers. By Mary Roach. (4)
HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX. By J.K. Rowling.
THE BOUNTY: The True Story of the Mutiny on the Bounty. By Caroline Alexander. (4)
A SHORT HISTORY OF NEARLY EVERYTHING. By Bill Bryson. (5)
THE GREAT FIRE. By Shirley Hazzard.
THE KITE RUNNER. By Khaled Hosseini.
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN: An American Life. By Walter Isaacson.
THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY: Murder, Madness and Magic at the Fair That Changed America. By Erik Larson.
MONEYBALL: The Art of Winning An Unfair Game. By Michael Lewis.
MONSTER OF GOD: The Man-Eating Predator in the Jungles of History and the Mind. By David Quammen.
WAXWINGS. By Jonathan Raban.
JARHEAD: A Marine’s Chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles. By Anthony Swofford.
KRAKATOA: The Day the World Exploded – August 27, 1883. By Simon Winchester. (4)
SAUL AND PATSY. By Charles Baxter.
AMERICAN WOMAN. By Susan Choi.
ELIZABETH COSTELLO. By J.M. Coetzee.
WAITING FOR SNOW IN HAVANA: Confessions of a Cuban Boy. By Carlos Eire.
THE LIFE YOU SAVE MAY BE YOUR OWN: An American Pilgrimage. By Paul Elie.
A MILLION LITTLE PIECES. By James Frey.
PATTERN RECOGNITION. By William Gibson.
I SHOULD BE EXTREMELY HAPPY IN YOUR COMPANY. By Brian Hall.
IN BLACK AND WHITE: The Life of Sammy Davis Jr. By Wil Haygood.
WHAT WAS SHE THINKING? Notes on a Scandal. By Zoe Heller.
SONS OF MISSISSIPPI: A Story of Race and Its Legacy. By Paul Hendrickson.
MOUNTAINS BEYOND MOUNTAINS: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World. By Tracy Kidder.
ABSOLUTELY AMERICAN: Four Years at West Point. By David Lipsky.
POSITIVELY FIFTH STREET: Murderers, Cheetahs and Binion’s World Series of Poker. By James McManus.
READING LOLITA IN TEHRAN: A Memoir in Books. By Azar Nafisi.
SOUL CIRCUS. By George Pelecanos.
SAMARITAN. By Richard Price.
TRUE NOTEBOOKS: A Writer’s Year at Juvenile Hall. By Mark Salzman.
RIVER OF SHADOWS: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West. By Rebecca Solnit.
QUICKSILVER. By Neal Stephenson.
KHRUSCHEV. By William Taubman.
TRIANGLE: The Fire That Changed America. By David Von Drehle.
OLD SCHOOL. By Tobias Wolff.