Top 12 Most Celebrated Books of The 21st Century: 2000 – Till date

Author: Sherry Helms

Here is the list of 12 such books of the 21st century that entertained their readers to the greatest extent, and still preserve within all the essence  required to keep a reader engaged and entertained. There have been released thousands of books in the span of year 2000 to date, and most of them have received good ratings, but the following twelve books are matchless, and have generated a very high number of favorable reviews.

Take a glance at the list; who knows it may consist one of your favorite books, and that would nudge you into reading it for another time or perhaps you’ll find a new must-read title for coming weekend.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – This bestselling book not only received reviews around one lakh, but also made a blockbuster movie. This is the story of a sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, and is forced to represent her district in an annual deadly event called, “The Hunger Games,” a fight to the death on live TV. If she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer – This unusual love story of a prey and a predator has been a great hit not only in the literary world but also on screen. What will happen when a predator falls in love with prey? This is what you will know when read this book, representing deeply romantic love story of the protagonists Isabella Swan, a teenage girl and a 104-year-old vampire named Edward Cullen.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett – In this coming of age book, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women – mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends – view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don’t.

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen – An atmospheric, gritty, and compelling novel of star-crossed lovers, set in the circus world circa 1932, it generated a huge reader base for itself. Charged with dark secrets involving love, murder and a majestic, mute heroine, Rosie the Elephant, this book has everything that a book requires to keep its readers on the edge of their chair.

Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer - The last installment in the Twilight Saga, this book illuminates the secrets and mysteries of this spellbinding romantic epic that has entranced millions. Like the very first book in the series, Twilight, this final volume also keeps the readers on the edge of their chair, pacifying the thirst that the middle installments – New Moon and Eclipse – left to the readers.

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini – For the first, a novel has brought into light the ugly face of the war-torn Afghanistan. This is heart-rending story that helps readers understanding the delicacy in a relationship, whether it is father-son relationship or friendship. Set against the backdrop of Afghanistan’s political chaos, it is the story of Amir, a young boy living in Kabul with his father and his close friendship with Hassan, the son of his father’s servant.

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger – This is a highly moving story of fate, hope and belief, and more than that, it’s about the power of love to endure beyond the bounds of time. We can say that this spellbinding tale of fate and belief in the bonds of love is destined to captivate readers for years to come.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – Set against the backdrop of Nazi Germany, this is a story narrated by Death about a young girl, Liesel Meminger, and her relationship with foster parents, the other residents of neighborhood, and a Jewish fist-fighter who takes shelter in her home during the escalation of World War II.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling – This seventh and concluding volume of one of the most celebrated international literary phenomenon, the Harry Potter saga, was the most awaited release in modern publishing history. And, hence, received acclamations as much as the very first installment, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, had.

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown – An ingenious code hidden in the works of Leonardo da Vinci. A desperate race through the cathedrals and castles of Europe. An astonishing truth concealed for centuries . . . unveiled at last.

Opened amid great controversy, this thought-provoking novel brought huge popularity to Dan Brown. Despite being a controversial novel, it became a worldwide bestseller that sold 80 million copies as of 2009 and has been translated into 44 languages.

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini – This is the second book by Khaled Hosseini and becomes as popular as the first one, The Kite Runner. Eloquently written, this book has the miserable story of two women – Mariam, the protagonist and Laila, and their struggle to survive peacefully and with dignity in the male-dominated as well as war-torn Afghanistan.

Life of Pi by Yann Martel –  This is a masterful and utterly original novel that is at once the story of a young castaway who faces immeasurable hardships on the high seas, and a meditation on religion, faith, art and life that is as witty as it is profound. Using the threads of all of our best stories, Yann Martel has woven a glorious spiritual adventure that makes us question what it means to be alive, and to believe.

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