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Time Magazine released its top 100 most influential people list recently, and it is always fun to see who made the list. It’s also fun to debate who should have, or who should have not, made the list. It is something to get us all to think about influential people around the world.
All kinds of people made the list, from artists, to pioneers, industrialists and world leaders. A couple authors even made the list, but almost all the people on the list had books written about them or released biographies.
President Barack Obama, as well as Hillary Clinton made the list, as well as Leonardo DiCaprio and Priyanka Chopra an Indian actress. People like Vladimir Putin and Kim Johg Un also made the list.
Here are some authors from the list. If you want a great reading list to take into the new year, what better way than to mine the top 100 list?
1. Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
This is one of the few authors to make the list. This is the first of her series that tells the story of generations of a family after the Civil War, from the same location.
2. Between the World and Me by Ta-Hehisi Coates
This is the National Nonfiction book of the year, and it won other awards as well. It is about racial tensions and growing up black in the United States.
3. My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
This fiction work is written under a pseudonym, but the quality of the characters in the book makes up for that.
4. Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin Manuel-Miranda and Jeremy Carter
This one even has a soundtrack.
5. This Book Loves You, by PewDiePie
This is by and about the YouTube sensation. Get inside the program here, which goes beyond what you see in the videos on YouTube.
6. Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari and Eric Klinenberg
Texting and the world of social media – influenced by romance, makes this an entertaining comedy.
7. Letters from Burma by Aung San Suu Kyi
This book won a Nobel Peace Prize. The leader of political opposition to the leaders of Burma tells the story of the struggle for democracy in this small nation.
8. Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
The story of discrimination and sexual harassment in the workplace suffered by women scientists.
9. Infinity Net: The Autobiography of Yoyoi Kusama by Yayoi Kusama
The life of a famed Japanese avant-garde artist.
Which Time’s Recommended book will you be adding to your shelf?
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