The 10 best novels of the 2010s according to Goodreads

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

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The themes, plots and world in the 2010s have become so popular that it has become easier and even more exciting to adapt them into films, series and theater productions. Goodreads is one of the most respected 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

Augustus and Hazel from The Fault In Our Stars talk to each other

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

Without spoilers, the book gets emotional very quickly. Green creates a story filled with such determination and humanity that he does The fault in our stars truly remarkable. The book was adapted into a film in 2014 with excellent reviews and a great response from the audience.

‘Divergent’ – Veronica Roth

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

The book follows Beatrice Prior as she tries to understand her place in a world that categorizes its citizens according to their social and personal affiliation into 5 factions.

‘Mockingjay’ – Suzanne Collins

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The last meal of Hunger Games it’s a series mocking jay. The sci-fi, dystopian, post-apocalyptic series follows Katniss Everdeen. Katniss agrees to unite the many districts of Panem in a rebellion against the wealthy and violent Capitol. mocking jay is also very similar Divergent in its YA dystopian themes.

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Hunger Games is by far one of the best YA series anyone can read, and mocking jay 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

Gone Girl is a novel from 2010 Gillian Flynn which belongs to the thriller genre. The book topped the New York Times bestseller list for its high tension and ability to hold the reader’s attention. The center of the book is 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 readers invested in what is to come. Additionally, Gone Girl was successfully adapted as a film and he played the lead role Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike in the main roles.

‘The Martian’ – Andy Weir

Martian is a science fiction and debut novel from Andy Weir. Martian follows Mark Watney, an astronaut on the Ares 3 mission to Mars. When a storm hits and the ship and base are destroyed, the crew believes he’s dead – except he’s alive and alone on the planet and must survive until the next mission.

There was a film adaptation that starred Matt Damon in 2015, becoming one of the highest-grossing films of the year. For all fans of science fiction who enjoy a touch of realism, Martianis a great read.

‘All the light we cannot see’ – Anthony Doerr


All the light we can’t see is a war novel from 2014 Anthony Doerr. The book is set in World War II and follows two characters: Marie-Laure Leblanc, a blind French woman who hides in her uncle’s house after Nazi Germany’s Third Reich occupies Paris, and Werner Pfennig, a German boy who is accepted into a military school because of his skill in radio technology who was then sent to the army.

All the light we can’t see it is written in a poetic style, which increases the emotional value. It was announced that it will 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 Ernest Cline. The dystopian story is set in the year 2045 and follows Wade Watts as he searches for an Easter egg in a virtual reality video game world that will make him the game creator’s fortune. Not only is this novel very sci-fi, but it’s also quite exciting.

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

‘Clockwork Angel’ – Cassandra Clare


Angel with a clock is the first meal of Infernal devices (or Shadowhunters) series. The book is a supernatural fantasy and follows a girl named Tessa Gray who is sent to London where she is kidnapped by two cruel sisters who work under the name “The Dark Sisters”.

When she is rescued by a group of people known as the ‘Shadow Hunters’, she begins to discover a new world and create a new life of her own. The book is a perfect example of dark fantasy with quality writing Cassandra Clareand will supposedly be adapted into a series.

‘Cinder’ – Marissa Meyer

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Cinderella is a YA sci-fi novel by the author Marissa Meyer and is the first in Chronicles of the Moon series. The story is based on the classic fairy tale character and story “Cinderella”. In this book, Cinder is a gifted mechanic and cyborg who is mistreated by her stepmother and blamed for her half-sister’s chronic illness.

When an intergalactic prince arrives on the scene, this Cinderella story finds itself in a realm never seen before when trying to reimagine and reinvent existing fairy tales.

‘Me Before You’ – Jojo Moyes

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

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

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