100 Best Books of the 21st Century

The Kiterunner by Khaled Hosseini



The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

Life of Pi by Yann Martel


The Road by Cormac McCarthy


The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix by J.K. Rowling

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathon Safran Foer

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

Atonement by Ian McEwan

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold


The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls


My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult


The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon & Lucia Graves

New Moon by Stephanie Meyer

Eclipse by Stephanie Meyer

Everything is Illuminated by Jonathon Safran Foer

The Name sake by Jhumpa Lahiri

Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Angels & Demons by Dan Brown

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett


Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

The Corrections by Jonathon Franzen

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

Snow Flow and the Secret Fan by Lisa See

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson and Reg Keeland

The Shipping News by Annie Proulx

The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards

What is the What by Dave Eggers

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

Freakonomics: A Roque Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy

Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace… One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson

Dress You Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris

Blink by Malcolm Gladwell

Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore

The History of Love by Nicole Krauss

The Year of Magical Thinkin by Joan Didion

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski

Jonathon Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

Empire Falls by Richard Russo

Naked by David Sedaris

The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins

Eat, Shoots and Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver, Steven L. Hopp and Camille Kingsolver

A Million Little Pieces by James Frey

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

The Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri

Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

The Known World by Edward P. Jones

The Devil in the White City Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson & Tony Goldwyn

The Secret Magdalene: A Novel by Ki Longfellow

On Beauty by Zadie Smith

Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult

The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory

The Host by Stephanie Meyer

The Shack by William P. Young

John Adams by David McCullough

A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson

The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

Black Swan Green by David Mitchell

God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything by Christopher Hitchens

Dreams of the Ringed Veil by Robert Fanney

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

White Teeth by Zadie Smith

Marley & Me: Love and Life with the World’s Worst Dog by John Grogan

Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

The Plot Against America by Philip Roth

Peace Like a River by Leif Enger

Fall on Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald

People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks

Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami & Philip Gabriel

Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie

Anasi Boys by Neil Gaiman

Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto by Chuck Klosterman

Never Let Me Go by Kazou Ishiguro

Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell

Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris

The Yiddish Policeman’s Union by Michael Chabon

The Bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seierstad

The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin

Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi

2666 by Roberto Bolano


** compiled from a list on goodreads.com, compiled by user votes.