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The Best Books of the 21st Century (Infographic)

Are you looking for your next great read? This infographic/flow chart from USC Rossier might be able to help. It covers some of the best fiction, non-fiction and children’s titles released so far this century and was put together using bestseller lists from Amazon and Goodreads.

The graphic’s origins have perhaps resulted in some biases (we would have loved to see more Australian titles included for example). What books do you think are missing? Share some of your favourites from the past fourteen years using the comments field below.

Best Books of the 21st Century Infographic

For more books to add to your reading list, see The Most Popular Books of All Time and Stephen King’s Reading List for Writers.



  1. Chelsea
    13 March 2014 / 2:03 am

    Pretty sure they mixed up “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” and “Book Thief”… just saying 🙂

  2. Rose
    13 March 2014 / 2:43 am

    Thought Gone Girl, Eat, Pray, Love were the worst books of the year!

  3. Nancy Lampton
    13 March 2014 / 6:52 am

    American Gods is definitely one of the best books of all time. But you left off Neil Stephenson”s REAMDE. That belongs somewhere on your list!

  4. 17 March 2014 / 6:18 am

    Wow, the nonfiction section is way off, I’d say. _Eat, Pray, Love_? Really? And why is _Glass Castle_ listed in fiction? Also, while _Devil in the White City_ was… meh, _Devil in the Grove_ was a powerful history lesson in US civil rights. Just saying.

  5. F. Armstrong Green
    17 March 2014 / 10:16 am

    So often the wrong books by the right writers are in such lists. Some of these books will be laughable all the way through the next five minutes. Time will tell.

  6. 21 March 2014 / 5:36 am

    Mark Levin? Really? Was a decent list until I got to the ‘racist dimwit’ section.

    • 21 March 2014 / 5:39 am

      It’s also laughable that you put his book in the ‘non-fiction’ section, considering he has absolutely no grip on reality.

  7. Cherch
    6 April 2017 / 10:32 am

    Good to know someone else thought Gone Girl was a bad book. I really don’t know what all the fuss was about. To me, all the characters were thoroughly unlikable.

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