I am not sure whether to be surprised or comforted by the fact that of the 100 books of note the New York Times listed, I have read exactly one (Surprise, Security, and the American Experience By John Lewis Gaddis). I have three unread on my bookshelf (Aloft, The Jane Austen Book Club, and The Americanization of Ben Franklin) and one or two are books I have thought seriously about adding to the TBR pile (Gilead, Snow, Strange &Norrell, etc.), but for the most part I have no knowledge of or interest in these books. (Although, I have more interest in the fiction side than the non.)
I am not sure what this says about me. Perhaps I can come up with a much shorter list of my favorite books of 2004.