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There’s usually some stigma that the novels published in our current century aren’t as literary & thought-provoking than previous centuries’ novels. Here are some novels published from 2001-Present that are incredibly literary/outstanding!! Feel free to add on & enjoy!!

MAINSTREAM / WELL-KNOWN (these novels can also be critically acclaimed)

  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak 
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green 
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett 
  • Life of Pi by Yann Martel 
  • Room by Emma Donoghue
  • Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  • Thriteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
  • Me Before you by Jojo Moyes
  • The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
  • The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
  • 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

FICTION YOU MAY HAVE MISSED

  • A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled housseini
  • The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  • The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
  • The Martian by Andy Weir
  • Atonement by Ian McEwan
  • The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  • Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
  • Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
  • Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
  • Everything is Illuminated by Johnathan Foer
  • The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

LITERARY FICTION / CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED

  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
  • The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
  • The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
  • The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
  • The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

SERIES

  • The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
  • The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins
  • The Twilight Series
  • The Game of Thrones Series
  • The Divergent Series
  • The Percy Jackson Series
  • TheHeroes of Olympus Series
  • The American Gods Series

OTHER RESOURCES:

I 100 libri che dovresti aver letto secondo la BBC:
1-Orgoglio e Pregiudizio – Jane Austen
2-Il Signore degli Anelli – J.R.R. Tolkien
3-Il Profeta – Kahlil Gibran
4-Harry Potter – JK Rowling
5-Se questo è un uomo – Primo Levi
6-La Bibbia
7-Cime Tempestose – Emily Bronte
8- 1984 – George Orwell
9-I Promessi Sposi – Alessandro Manzoni
10-La Divina Commedia – Dante Alighieri
11-Piccole Donne – Louisa M Alcott
12-Lessico Familiare – Natalia Ginzburg
13- Comma 22 – Joseph Heller
14-L’opera completa di Shakespeare
15-Il Giardino dei Finzi Contini – Giorgio Bassani
16-Lo Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
17-Il Nome della Rosa – Umberto Eco
18-Il Gattopardo – Tommasi di Lampedusa
19-Il Processo – Franz Kafka
20-Le Affinità Elettive – Goethe
21-Via col Vento – Margaret Mitchell
22-Il Grande Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
23-Bleak House – Charles Dickens
24-Guerra e Pace – Leo Tolstoy
25-Guida Galattica per Autostoppisti – Douglas Adams
26-Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
27-Delitto e Castigo – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28-Odissea – Omero
29-Alice nel Paese delle Meraviglie – Lewis Carroll
30-L’insostenibile leggerezza dell’essere – Milan Kundera
31-Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoj
32-David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
33-Le Cronache di Narnia – CS Lewis
34-Emma – Jane Austen
35-Cuore – Edmondo de Amicis
36-La Coscienza di Zeno – Italo Svevo
37-Il Cacciatore di Aquiloni – Khaled Hosseini
38-Il Mandolino del Capitano Corelli – Louis De Berniere
39-Memorie di una Geisha – Arthur Golden
40-Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne
41-La Fattoria degli Animali – George Orwell
42-Il Codice da Vinci – Dan Brown
43-Cento Anni di Solitudine – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44-Il Barone Rampante – Italo Calvino
45-Gli Indifferenti – Alberto Moravia
46-Memorie di Adriano – Marguerite Yourcenar
47-I Malavoglia – Giovanni Verga
48-Il Fu Mattia Pascal – Luigi Pirandello
49-Il Signore delle Mosche – William Golding
59-Cristo si è fermato ad Eboli – Carlo Levi
51-Vita di Pi – Yann Martel
52-Il Vecchio e il Mare – Ernest Hemingway
53-Don Chisciotte della Mancia – Cervantes
54-I Dolori del Giovane Werther – J. W. Goethe
55-Le Avventure di Pinocchio – Collodi
56-L’ombra del vento – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57-Siddharta – Hermann Hesse
58-Il mondo nuovo – Aldous Huxley
59-Lo strano caso del cane ucciso a mezzanotte – Mark Haddon
60-L’Amore ai Tempi del Colera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61-Uomini e topi – John Steinbeck
62-Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
63-Il Commissario Maigret – George Simenon
64-Amabili resti – Alice Sebold
65-Il Conte di Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
66-Sulla Strada – Jack Kerouac
67-La luna e i Falò – Cesare Pavese
68-Il Diario di Bridget Jones – Helen Fielding
69-I figli della mezzanotte – Salman Rushdie
70-Moby Dick – Herman Melville
71-Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
72-Dracula – Bram Stoker
73-Tre Uomini in Barca – Jerome K. Jerome
74-Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
75-Ulisse – James Joyce
76-I Buddenbroock – Thomas Mann
77-Il buio oltre la siepe – Harper Lee
78-Germinale – Emile Zola
79-La fiera delle vanità – William Makepeace Thackeray
80-Possession – AS Byatt
81-A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
82-Il Ritratto di Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
83-Il Colore Viola – Alice Walker
84-Quel che resta del giorno – Kazuo Ishiguro
85-Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
86-A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
87-Charlotte’s Web – EB White
88-Il Rosso e il Nero – Stendhal
89-Le Avventure di Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90-The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
91-Cuore di tenebra – Joseph Conrad
92-Il Piccolo Principe– Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93-The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
94-Niente di nuovo sul fronte occidentale – Remarque
95Un Uomo – Oriana Fallaci
96-Il Giovane Holden – Salinger
97-I Tre Moschettieri – Alexandre Dumas
98-Amleto– William Shakespeare
99-La fabbrica di cioccolato – Roald Dahl
100-I Miserabili – Victor Hugo