10 Must-Read Books of the Last Decade

From Cormac McCarthy to N.T. Wright, a few essential reads for your summer list.
 
 

The first rule of business is "will it make money?" and that definitely trumps the first rule of Fight Club, so let's talk about it again. Author Chuck Palahniuk plans to revisit Tyler Durden and the whole gang in an upcoming graphic novel that takes place 10 years after the events of Fight Club, his novel which David Fincher later adapted into the now-classic film. At this point, all Palahniuk will say is that the story picks up with the unnamed narrator's marriage to Marla Singer (played by Helena Bonham Carter in the film) and has a 9-year-old son named Junior. Project Mayhem is still in existence, but has undergone some serious evolutions in the absence of Tyler Durden's leadership. About Tyler, Palahniuk will only say that "Tyler is something that maybe has been around for centuries and is not just this aberration that's popped into his mind," saying that he plans on using the story to explore mid-life crises ...

You're still not really happy but for different reasons. Also the idea that if you suppress that wild, creative part of you — that Tyler part of you—do you lose the best part of you? Sure, your life is more stable and safe, but is it a better life?

The graphic novel will be published in April of next year ... Discuss

 

Just days after announcing that the mantle of Thor will be passed to a woman, Marvel CCO Joe Quesada went on The Colbert Report to announce that the cowl and shield of Captain America will be switching hands as well. Sam Wilson—who's been Cap's high-flying partner the Falcon since 1969—will take over after Steve Rogers loses the super soldier serum in his blood. Wilson is notable for being Marvel's first African-American superhero (The Black Panther—from Marvel's fictional African nation of Wakanda—appeared a few years earlier) and made his big screen debut in this year's Captain America: The Winter Soldier. This promotion is a sizable one, and it all starts in Captain American #25. Comic purists may revolt, but it's nice to see Marvel taking some creative risks and being willing to let its roster reflect a little more diversity ... Discuss

 

The mantle of one of Marvel's most iconic heroes is being passed to a woman. Yes, the Mighty Thor—who has been portrayed by a man more or less since 1962 (well, really since Roman historian Tacitus recorded the Germanic deity known as Donar in the seventh century, but whatever)—is getting a gender overhaul.

As comic nerds know, Thor's hammer Mjölnir is only his so long as he's worthy of holding onto it. Evidently, an upcoming storyline will strip the traditional Thor of that right and bestow it on a mystery woman. Earthling? Asgardian? Someone else altogether? Who knows. Either way, she's the real deal, as writer Jason Aaron says, "This is not She-Thor. This is not Lady Thor. This is not Thorita. This is Thor. This is the Thor of the Marvel Universe. But it's unlike any Thor we've ever seen before" ... Discuss

 

This morning, JK Rowling published a new short story about a 34-year-old Harry Potter with "threads of silver" in his black hair—our first Rowling-led trip back to the world of the Boy Who Lived in ages. She published it on Harry Potter fansite Pottermore, so you can't read it unless you have a subscription, but if you're the sort of person who's losing it over this news, you're already a part of Pottermore. In fact, you probably aren't even reading this anymore and have already printed and decopauged the new story to glue onto your locker. The story is written from the perspective of Rita Skeeter, Hogwarts' version of TMZ, and takes place at a Quidditch tournament. Tragically, there is [spoiler alert] no mention of a resurrected Dobby ... Discuss

 

Walter Dean Myers, the young adult author known for his honest, gripping books about growing up as an African American, has passed away at the age of 76. Works of his like Monster, Fallen Angels and Hoops were celebrated for their courage, poignancy and for breaking ground in the YA genre. Current YA it-man and The Fault In Our Stars author John Green took to Twitter to express his sadness: “Myers inspired generations of readers, including a 12-year-old me when I read ‘Fallen Angels,’ and then a 22-year-old me when I read ‘Monster,’” John Green, author of the bestselling “The Fault in Our Stars. It's hard to imagine YA literature without him.” Over the course of Myers' life, he penned six Newbery Honor Books and three National Book Award finalists. He also won the first Michael L. Printz Award for young adult literature and the first Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement ... Discuss

 

25-year-old One Direction fan/successful writer Anna Todd has just landed a six-figure advance for the book rights to her One Direction fan fiction story. If you don't understand all the words in that sentence, consider yourself lucky. Essentially, Todd wrote a sexually explicit story about her and the boys of One Direction in 300 short installments on a blogging site. Those blogs picked up over 800 million readers and now, because the world is a confusing place that doesn't make any sense, Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, is paying her a fabulous amount of money for the rights to turn these blogs into a real, actual book. According to WattPad, the blog site Todd used, the story is called After and it's about:

Tessa Young is an 18 year old college student with a simple life, excellent grades, and a sweet boyfriend. She always has things planned out ahead of time, until she meets a rude boy named Harry, with too many tattoos and piercings who shatters her plans.

Sounds great. Fortunately, you won't have to wait long to hear more about the book. MTV reports that it's already being shopped around Hollywood ... Discuss