10 best novels of the 2010s, according to Goodreads

The world of literature really is that influential in the entertainment industry. With the film and television adaptations of the novels, the books written and read are becoming more ambitious and important. The 2010s were practically a renaissance for contemporary novels.

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The themes, storylines and the world in the 2010s have become so beloved that it has become easier and even more exciting to adapt to movies, series and plays. Goodreads is one of the most trusted sites for readers looking for the best books, and members have compiled a master list of the best novels of the 2010s.


“The fault in our stars” – John Green

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The blame in our stars is a solo novel by John Green. The series follows Hazel Grace, a 16-year-old girl who has thyroid cancer that has started affecting her lungs. When she is forced to attend a support group by her parents, she meets and falls in love with a 17-year-old amputee osteosarcoma survivor named Augustus Waters.

Spoiler free, the book gets emotional very quickly. Green creates a story filled with so much grit and humanity, which it pays off The blame in our stars truly remarkable. The book was adapted into a film in 2014 to rave reviews and a huge audience response.

‘Divergent’ – Veronica Roth

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Divergent is the first book in the series Veronica Roth which became extremely popular in the mid-2010s. Divergent is a dystopian set in a post-apocalyptic universe.

The book follows Beatrice Prior as she tries to figure out her place in a world that classifies its citizens based on their social and personality affiliations into 5 factions.

“The Mockingjay” – Suzanne Collins

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The latest installment of The Hunger Games the series is Mockingjay. The sci-fi, dystopian, post-apocalyptic series follows Katniss Everdeen. Katniss agrees to unify the many districts of Panem in rebellion against a wealthy and violent Capitol. Mockingjay it is also very similar to Divergent in his YA dystopian themes.

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The Hunger Games is by far one of the best YA series anyone can read, and Mockingjay it was so well written that it had to be split into two separate films in the film adaptation of the series.

‘Gone Girl’ – Gillian Flynn

Rosamund Pike as Amy Dunne in Gone Girl

Girl gone is a 2010 novel by Gillian Flynn which falls under the thriller genre. The book topped the New York Times bestseller list due to its high suspense and ability to keep readers engaged. The book centers on Nick and Amy, a married couple in a strained relationship.

When Amy goes missing, Nick is thrust into the spotlight as a possible suspect. The book is written in 3 parts, keeping the readers engaged in what is to come. Furthermore, Girl gone has been successfully adapted as a film and starred Ben Affleck And Rosamund Pike in leading roles.

“The Martian” – Andy Weir

The Martian is a science fiction and debut novel by AndyWeir. The Martian follows Mark Watney, an astronaut on the Ares 3 mission to Mars. When a storm strikes and the ship and base are both destroyed, the crew believe he is dead, except that he is alive and alone on the planet and must survive until the next mission arrives.

There was a film adaptation that starred Matt Damon in 2015, becoming one of the highest-grossing films of the year. For any sci-fi fan who loves a touch of realism, The Martianit’s a great read.

“All the light we cannot see” – Anthony Doerr


All the light we can’t see is a 2014 war novel by Anthony Doer. The book is set in World War II and follows two characters: Marie-Laure Leblanc, a blind French girl who hides out in her uncle’s house after Paris is stormed by Nazi Germany’s Third Reich, and Werner Pfennig, a German boy who is accepted into army school due to his skills in radio technology who is then sent into the army.

All the light we can’t see is written in a poetic style, helping to add emotional value. It was announced that it would be adapted into a Netflix series in 2019.

“Ready player one” – Ernest Cline

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Ready Player One is a 2011 science fiction novel by Ernest Cline. The dystopian story is set in the year 2045 and follows Wade Watts as he searches for an Easter egg in a world virtual reality video game that will win him the game creator’s fortune. Not only does this novel have a very sci-fi theme to it, but it’s also quite thrilling.

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The novel has also been adapted into a feature film directed by none other than an acclaimed Hollywood extraordinaire Steven Spielberg. The film was a huge hit and even earned an Academy Award nomination.

“The Clockwork Angel” – Cassandra Clare


Mechanical Angel is the first installment of Hell’s Devices (or Shadow Hunters) series. The book is a supernatural fantasy and follows a girl named Tessa Gray as she is sent to London where she is kidnapped by two cruel sisters working under the name “The Dark Sisters”.

When she is rescued by a group of people known as the “Shadowhunters”, she begins to discover the new world and make a new life for herself. The book is a perfect example of dark fantasy with quality writing from Cassandra Clareand will presumably be adapted into a series.

“Cinder” – Marissa Meyer

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Ash is a YA science fiction novel by Marissa Mayer and is the first to enter The Lunar Chronicles series. The story is loosely based on the classic fairy tale character and story “Cinderella”. In this book, Cinder is a talented mechanic and cyborg who is abused by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s chronic illness.

When an intergalactic prince enters the picture, this reimagining of Cinderella finds itself in a realm never seen before when attempting to re-imagine and reinvent existing fairy tales.

‘Me before you’ – Jojo Moyes

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I before you is a romance novel by Jojo Moyes which was released in 2012. The book follows a 26-year-old woman who is creative and so talented, but constantly underestimating herself. However, her life is turned upside down when she starts working as a carer for a paralyzed man and it could change for the better.

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The book completely took off and gained quite a following despite some very understandable criticisms of its portrayal of disabilities. In 2014, MGM adapted the film which starred Emilia Clarke.

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