Best fiction books of the decade
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The 20 Best Books from the Last Decade
When you think of the best novels of the 21st century , what are the first titles that come to mind? Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides? Those are some great novels, but they also all fit into a mold — heavy dramas tackling themes of family, love, conflict, and hate, written by critically-lauded white male authors. In other words, the same as nearly every other contender for title of the Great American Novel. Make no mistake, those are indeed some of the best novels of the 21st century. But there are many others out there that are being overlooked, either because they are deceptively straightforward or wildly experimental, too commercial, or not commercial enough. Some of these titles you might never have heard of, while others have spawned billion-dollar franchises.
There are decades of backlogs people insist you need to read, with hundreds of new books being added every year. For the picks, we used the Best Books of the Decade from Goodreads, through and through as they were at the time of writing, and our picks hovered around 4 stars, give or take a decimal point or two. The last guy to hop around up there was Eugene Cernan they made a documentary about him and that was back in Ready Player One is a perfect example of something good coming from video games. Couple that with gamers who are willing to kill to achieve money and fame and we have to wonder if Cline is more of a prophet than a storyteller.
Some books are flashes in the pan, read for entertainment and then left on a bus seat for the next lucky person to pick up and enjoy, forgotten by most after their season has passed. Others stick around, are read and re-read, are taught and discussed. Of course, hindsight can also distort the senses; the canon looms and obscures. Though the books on these lists need not be American in origin, I am looking for books that evoke some aspect of American life, actual or intellectual, in each decade—a global lens would require a much longer list. Rowling owned the s. Sure, almost half of the Harry Potter books were published in the 90s—the first one came out in —but was the year that the fandom and the marketing teams really kicked into high gear. Enthusiasm for the series only increased throughout the decade, and in , when the final book was published, it sold 11 million copies in 24 hours, making it the fastest-selling book in history.
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As we celebrated our 10th Anniversary , we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to look back over this past decade and that books that have helped shape that time for us. We wanted to include the titles our booksellers read and loved and couldn't wait to share, books whose authors we supported and celebrated, and books that helped redefine their genres or created something entirely new. As you can imagine, as we thought back over the past ten years, that list got longer and longer! Though it wasn't easy to narrow them down to just ten, we managed it in the end, creating a list that's a fitting tribute to our first ten years. Want to make the next decade the best years of reading you've ever had?
This list is generated from "best of" book lists from a variety of great sources. An algorithm is used to create a master list based on how many lists a particular book appears on. Some lists count more than others. I generally trust "best of all time" lists voted by authors and experts over user-generated lists. On the lists that are actually ranked, the book that is 1st counts a lot more than the book that's th. If you have any comments, suggestions, or corrections please feel free to e-mail me.