Fifteen 21st Century Books Destined to Become Classics

With the end of the year comes a slew of “Best Of” lists, hailing the best literature of the past 12 months. We posted one already. But here, instead, we offer a retrospective look at the 21st Century in literature, courtesy of

This list does a good job of handling both the popular and the literary bests from the past 13 years. If you’d like their article, and their arguments behind their list, CLICK HERE.

Otherwise, here is it:

15) Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
14) The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (Read Green’s Paper Towns in our Young Adult elective)
13) We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
12) A Storm of Swords by G.R.R. Martin (This is the book that turn dingo Game of Thrones)
11) The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (Currently a grade 10 option at BHS)
10) The Help by Kathryn Stockett
9) The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
8) The Amazing Adventures of Cavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
7) American Gods by Neil Gaiman
6) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling
5) The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
4) Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
3) The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
2) The Road by Cormac McCarthy

And the top book of the 21st century…

1) Life of Pi by Yann Martel (also currently a 10th grade option at BHS)

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