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101 Great Books Series: Part 6 by Umair Mirxa

The final part of this series, at least for the next 15 years or so, begins at the turn of the century. It starts with Dan Brown’s sensational Angels & Demons, quickly followed by the breathtaking American Gods by Neil Gaiman and the beautiful The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. Christopher Paolini began and finished his Inheritance Cycle in this time, Murakami wrote Kafka on the Shore, and J.K. Rowling brought the spectacular Harry Potter series to a close.

For plenty of other magnificent books and authors, please do browse the list below while I — I shall wait until 2030 to compile part seven of this series.

 Click here for the first part of this series: 101 Great Books – from 2100 BCE to 1871 CE 

  1. Angels & Demons – Dan Brown – 2000
  2. Because of Winn-Dixie – Kate DiCamillo – 2000
  3. House of Leaves – Mark Z. Danielewski – 2000
  4. The Blind Assassin – Margaret Atwood – 2000
  5. White Teeth – Zadie Smith – 2000
  6. American Gods – Neil Gaiman – 2001
  7. Atonement – Ian McEwan – 2001
  8. Mystic River – Dennis Lehane – 2001
  9. The Secret Life of Bees – Sue Monk Kidd – 2001
  10. The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafón – 2001
  11. Year of Wonders – Geraldine Brooks – 2001
  12. Coraline – Neil Gaiman – 2002
  13. Eragon – Christopher Paolini – 2002
  14. I Am the Messenger – Markus Zusak – 2002
  15. Kafka on the Shore – Haruki Murakami – 2002
  16. Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides – 2002
  17. Moloka’i – Alan Brennert – 2003
  18. Shutter Island – Dennis Lehane – 2003
  19. The Amulet of Samarkand – Jonathan Stroud – 2003
  20. The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown – 2003
  21. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini – 2003
  22. The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger – 2003
  23. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell – 2004
  24. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell – Susanna Clarke – 2004
  25. Let the Right One In – John Ajvide Lindqvist – 2004

Click here for the second part of this series: 101 Great Books – from 1872 to 1916 

  1. The Tale of Despereaux – Kate DiCamillo – 2004
  2. Anansi Boys – Neil Gaiman – 2005
  3. Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro – 2005
  4. No Country for Old Men – Cormac McCarthy – 2005
  5. Please Don’t Come Back from the Moon – Dean Bakopoulos – 2005
  6. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan – Lisa See – 2005
  7. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak – 2005
  8. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larsson – 2005
  9. The Glass Castle – Jeannette Walls – 2005
  10. Half of a Yellow Sun – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – 2006
  11. Sarah’s Key – Tatiana de Rosnay – 2006
  12. The Blade Itself – Joe Abercrombie – 2006
  13. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas – John Boyne – 2006
  14. The Road – Cormac McCarthy – 2006
  15. Then We Came to the End – Joshua Ferris – 2006
  16. Water for Elephants – Sara Gruen – 2006
  17. A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khalid Hosseini – 2007
  18. Nineteen Minutes – Jodi Picoult – 2007
  19. Still Alice – Lisa Genova – 2007
  20. The Invention of Hugo Cabret – Brian Selznick – 2007
  21. The Name of the Wind – Patrick Rothfuss – 2007
  22. Half Broke Horses – Jeannette Walls – 2008
  23. The Forgotten Garden – Kate Morton – 2008
  24. The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman – 2008
  25. The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins – 2008

Click here for the third part of this series: 101 Great Books – from 1917 to 1952 

  1. The Silver Linings Playbook – Matthew Quick – 2008
  2. 1Q84 – Haruki Murakami – 2009
  3. Cutting for Stone – Abraham Verghese – 2009
  4. The Help – Kathryn Stockett – 2009
  5. The Magicians – Lev Grossman – 2009
  6. The Maze Runner – James Dashner – 2009
  7. Wolf Hall – Hilary Mantel – 2009
  8. Room – Emma Donoghue – 2010
  9. The Forty Rules of Love – Elif Shafak – 2010
  10. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – Rebecca Skloot – 2010
  11. The Kitchen House – Kathleen Grissom – 2010
  12. Winter Garden – Kristin Hannah – 2010
  13. Divergent – Veronica Roth – 2011
  14. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs – 2011
  15. Prince of Thorns – Mark Lawrence – 2011
  16. Ready Player One – Ernest Cline – 2011
  17. The Language of Flowers – Vanessa Diffenbaugh – 2011
  18. The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern – 2011
  19. The Scorpio Races – Maggie Stiefvater – 2011
  20. The Song of Achilles – Madeline Miller – 2011
  21. A Man Called Ove – Fredrik Backman – 2012
  22. And the Mountains Echoed – Khaled Hosseini – 2012
  23. Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn – 2012
  24. Me Before You – Jojo Moyes – 2012
  25. The Fault in Our Stars – John Green – 2012

Click here for the fourth part of this series: 101 Great Books – from 1953 to 1976 

  1. The Light Between Oceans – M.L. Stedman – 2012
  2. The Martian – Andy Weir – 2012
  3. The Secret Keeper – Kate Morton – 2012
  4. Americanah – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – 2013
  5. Orphan Train – Christina Baker Kline – 2013
  6. The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt – 2013
  7. The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman – 2013
  8. All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr – 2014
  9. Station Eleven – Emily St. John Mandel – 2014
  10. The Invention of Wings – Sue Monk Kidd – 2014
  11. We Were Liars – E. Lockhart – 2014
  12. A Little Life – Hanya Yanagihara – 2015
  13. Our Souls at Night – Kent Haruf – 2015
  14. The Nightingale – Kristin Hannah – 2015
  15. Uprooted – Naomi Novik – 2015
  16. A Gentleman in Moscow – Amor Towles – 2016
  17. Dark Matter – Blake Crouch – 2016
  18. Homegoing – Yaa Gyasi – 2016
  19. Lilac Girls – Martha Hall Kelly – 2016
  20. Salt to the Sea – Ruta Sepetys – 2016
  21. The Underground Railway – Colson Whitehead – 2016
  22. Before We Were Yours – Lisa Wingate – 2017
  23. Beneath a Scarlet Sky – Mark T. Sullivan – 2017
  24. Pachinko – Min Jin Lee – 2017
  25. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – Taylor Jenkins Reid – 2017
  26. The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane – Lisa See – 2017

Click here for the fifth part of this series: 101 Great Books – from 1977 to 1999

 

Have I missed a book which should be on the list? Do you think there is a better option from the time period which deserves to be on this list?

Let me know what you think in the comments section below.


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