Top 10 best selling books of the 21st century

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Top 10 Bestselling NOVELS of All TIME

The 21st Century’s 12 greatest novels

Actually, constructing a canon of any kind is a little weird at the moment, when so much of how we measure cultural value is in flux. Its supposed permanence became the subject of more recent battles, back in the 20th century, between those who defended it as the foundation of Western civilization and those who attacked it as exclusive or even racist. But what if you could start a canon from scratch? We thought it might be fun to speculate very prematurely on what a canon of the 21st century might look like right now. We asked each of them to name several books that belong among the most important works of fiction, memoir, poetry, and essays since and tallied the results. The purpose was not to build a fixed library but to take a blurry selfie of a cultural moment.

This page provides lists of best-selling individual books and book series to date and in any language. Comics and textbooks are not included in this list. The books are listed according to the highest sales estimate as reported in reliable, independent sources. This list is incomplete because there are many books, such as The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas , or A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens , that are commonly cited as "best-selling books" yet have no reliable sales figures. Similarly, many notable book series that sold very widely are poorly documented Land of Oz or consist of multiple sub-series Tom Swift.

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When you think of the best novels of the 21st century , what are the first titles that come to mind? Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides? Those are some great novels, but they also all fit into a mold — heavy dramas tackling themes of family, love, conflict, and hate, written by critically-lauded white male authors. In other words, the same as nearly every other contender for title of the Great American Novel. Make no mistake, those are indeed some of the best novels of the 21st century. But there are many others out there that are being overlooked, either because they are deceptively straightforward or wildly experimental, too commercial, or not commercial enough. Some of these titles you might never have heard of, while others have spawned billion-dollar franchises.

Such rankings help compare the popularity of the book with your own opinion about it. They are also a helpful tool to remind yourself of great reads and add them finally to a book wishlist. They all have one thing in common — list the best books of all time , which in the end means that most of these titles are literary classics. What about famous books and book series released in the recent decades? Finally, there is a visual that compares contemporary reads. Created by Elite Writings , the infographic lists 21 books and book series that were released in the 21st century with two exceptions: Harry Potter and A Game of Thrones — first novels from these series were published in the late 90s.

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