100 Best Books of the 21st Century

100 Best Books of the 21st Century

I was going to say that the 21st century just started, but we are twenty years into it already. The above linked article talks about the 100 best books so far in this century. 80 years from now, some of these books won’t show up, and a whole bunch of other books will show. I wonder about the 20th century. I’ll have to look those books up.

100

I Feel Bad About My Neck

by Nora Ephron (2006)

99

Broken Glass

by Alain Mabanckou (2005), translated by Helen Stevenson (2009)

98

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

by Stieg Larsson (2005), translated by Steven T Murray (2008)

97

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

by JK Rowling (2000)

96

A Little Life

by Hanya Yanagihara (2015)

95

Chronicles: Volume One

by Bob Dylan (2004)

94

The Tipping Point

by Malcolm Gladwell (2000)

93

Darkmans

by Nicola Barker (2007)

92

The Siege

by Helen Dunmore (2001)

91

Light

by M John Harrison (2002)

90

Visitation

by Jenny Erpenbeck (2008), translated by Susan Bernofsky (2010)

89

Bad Blood

by Lorna Sage (2000)

88

Noughts & Crosses

by Malorie Blackman (2001)

87

Priestdaddy

by Patricia Lockwood (2017)

86

Adults in the Room

by Yanis Varoufakis (2017)

85

The God Delusion

by Richard Dawkins (2006)

84

The Cost of Living

by Deborah Levy (2018)

83

Tell Me How It Ends

by Valeria Luiselli (2016), translated by Luiselli with Lizzie Davis (2017)

82

Coraline

by Neil Gaiman (2002)

81

Harvest

by Jim Crace (2013)

80

Stories of Your Life and Others

by Ted Chiang (2002)

79

The Spirit Level

by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett (2009)

78

The Fifth Season

by NK Jemisin (2015)

77

Signs Preceding the End of the World

by Yuri Herrera (2009), translated by Lisa Dillman (2015)

76

Thinking, Fast and Slow

by Daniel Kahneman (2011)

75

Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead

by Olga Tokarczuk (2009), translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones (2018)

74

Days Without End

by Sebastian Barry (2016)

73

Nothing to Envy

by Barbara Demick (2009)

72

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism

by Shoshana Zuboff (2019)

71

Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth

by Chris Ware (2000)

70

Notes on a Scandal

by Zoë Heller (2003)

69

The Infatuations

by Javier Marías (2011), translated by Margaret Jull Costa (2013)

68

The Constant Gardener

by John le Carré (2001)

67

The Silence of the Girls

by Pat Barker (2018)

66

Seven Brief Lessons on Physics

by Carlo Rovelli (2014)

65

Gone Girl

by Gillian Flynn (2012)

64

On Writing

by Stephen King (2000)

63

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

by Rebecca Skloot (2010)

62

Mother’s Milk

by Edward St Aubyn (2006)

61

This House of Grief

by Helen Garner (2014)

60

Dart

by Alice Oswald (2002)

59

The Beauty of the Husband

by Anne Carson (2002)

58

Postwar

by Tony Judt (2005)

57

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay

by Michael Chabon (2000)

56

Underland

by Robert Macfarlane (2019)

55

The Omnivore’s Dilemma

by Michael Pollan (2006)

54

Women & Power

by Mary Beard (2017)

53

True History of the Kelly Gang

by Peter Carey (2000)

52

Small Island

by Andrea Levy (2004)

51

Brooklyn

by Colm Tóibín (2009)

50

Oryx and Crake

by Margaret Atwood (2003)

49

Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

by Jeanette Winterson (2011)

48

Night Watch

by Terry Pratchett (2002)

47

Persepolis

by Marjane Satrapi (2000-2003), translated by Mattias Ripa (2003-2004)

46

Human Chain

by Seamus Heaney (2010)

45

Levels of Life

by Julian Barnes (2013)

44

Hope in the Dark

by Rebecca Solnit (2004)

43

Citizen: An American Lyric

by Claudia Rankine (2014)

42

Moneyball

by Michael Lewis (2010)

41

Atonement

by Ian McEwan (2001)

40

The Year of Magical Thinking

by Joan Didion (2005)

39

White Teeth

by Zadie Smith (2000)

38

The Line of Beauty

by Alan Hollinghurst (2004)

37

The Green Road

by Anne Enright (2015)

36

Experience

by Martin Amis (2000)

35

The Hare with Amber Eyes

by Edmund de Waal (2010)

34

Outline by Rachel

Cusk (2014)

33

Fun Home

by Alison Bechdel (2006)

32

The Emperor of All Maladies

by Siddhartha Mukherjee (2010)

31

The Argonauts

by Maggie Nelson (2015)

30

The Underground Railroad

by Colson Whitehead (2016)

29

A Death in the Family

by Karl Ove Knausgaard (2009), translated by Don Bartlett (2012)

28

Rapture

by Carol Ann Duffy (2005)

27

Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage

by Alice Munro (2001)

26

Capital in the Twenty First Century

by Thomas Piketty (2013), translated by Arthur Goldhammer (2014)

25

Normal People

by Sally Rooney (2018)

24

A Visit from The Goon Squad

by Jennifer Egan (2011)

23

The Noonday Demon

by Andrew Solomon (2001)

22

Tenth of December

by George Saunders (2013)

21

Sapiens

by Yuval Noah Harari (2011), translated by Harari with John Purcell and Haim Watzman (2014)

20

Life After Life

by Kate Atkinson (2013)

19

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night‑Time

by Mark Haddon (2003)

18

The Shock Doctrine

by Naomi Klein (2007)

17

The Road

by Cormac McCarthy (2006)

16

The Corrections

by Jonathan Franzen (2001)

15

The Sixth Extinction

by Elizabeth Kolbert (2014)

14

Fingersmith

by Sarah Waters (2002)

13

Nickel and Dimed

by Barbara Ehrenreich (2001)

12

The Plot Against America

by Philip Roth (2004)

11

My Brilliant Friend

by Elena Ferrante (2011), translated by Ann Goldstein (2012)

10

Half of a Yellow Sun

by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (2006)

9

Cloud Atlas

David Mitchell (2004)

8

Autumn

by Ali Smith (2016)

7

Between the World and Me

by Ta-Nehisi Coates (2015)

6

The Amber Spyglass

by Philip Pullman (2000)

5

Austerlitz

by WG Sebald (2001), translated by Anthea Bell (2001)

4

Never Let Me Go

by Kazuo Ishiguro (2005)

3

Secondhand Time

by Svetlana Alexievich (2013), translated by Bela Shayevich (2016)

2

Gilead

by Marilynne Robinson (2004)

1

Wolf Hall

by Hilary Mantel (2009)

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