Vulture’s 100 most important books of the 2000s

Source: Vulture

Read books are marked as (✓). Reviews, when available, are linked below. I have crossed off a few books I don’t want to read or DNF books. Books I agree are ‘the most important’ are highlighted. Books I disagree are marked as (✖).

  1. The Last Samurai, by Helen DeWitt (September 20, 2000)
  2. The Corrections, by Jonathan Franzen (September 1, 2001)
  3. Never Let Me Go, by Kazuo Ishiguro (March 3, 2005)
  4. How Should a Person Be?, by Sheila Heti (September 25, 2010)
  5. The Neapolitan Novels, by Elena Ferrante (2011-2015) ✓ ✖
  6. The Argonauts, by Maggie Nelson (May 5, 2015) ✓
  7. 2666, by Roberto Bolaño (November 11, 2008)
  8. The Sellout, by Paul Beatty (March 3, 2015)
  9. The Outline Trilogy (Outline, Transit, and Kudos), by Rachel Cusk (2014–2018)
  10. Atonement, by Ian McEwan (September 2001)
  11. The Year of Magical Thinking, by Joan Didion (September 1, 2005) ✓ ✖
  12. Leaving the Atocha Station, by Ben Lerner (August 23, 2011)
  13. The Flamethrowers, by Rachel Kushner(April 2, 2013)
  14. Erasure, by Percival Everett (August 1, 2001)
  15. Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides(September 4, 2002) ✓ ✖
  16. Platform, by Michel Houellebecq(September 5, 2002)
  17. Do Everything in the Dark, by Gary Indiana (June 1, 2003)
  18. The Known World, by Edward P. Jones(August 14, 2003)
  19. The Plot Against America, by Philip Roth (September 30, 2004)
  20. The Line of Beauty, by Alan Hollinghurst (October 1, 2004)
  21. Veronica, by Mary Gaitskill (October 11, 2005)
  22. The Road, by Cormac McCarthy(September 26, 2006) ✓
  23. Ooga-Booga, by Frederick Seidel(November 14, 2006)
  24. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Díaz (September 6, 2007)
  25. Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mantel (April 30, 2009) ✓
  26. The Possessed, by Elif Batuman(February 16, 2010)
  27. The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, by Aimee Bender (June 1, 2010)
  28. Mr. Fox, by Helen Oyeyemi (June 1, 2011)
  29. Lives Other Than My Own, by Emmanuel Carrère (September 13, 2011)
  30. Zone One, by Colson Whitehead(October 6, 2011)
  31. Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn (May 24, 2012)
  32. NW, by Zadie Smith (August 27, 2012) ✓ ✖
  33. White Girls, by Hilton Als (January 1, 2013)
  34. My Struggle: A Man in Love, by Karl Ove Knausgaard (May 13, 2013) ✓ ✖
  35. The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt (September 23, 2013) ✓ ✖
  36. Dept. of Speculation, by Jenny Offill (January 28, 2014)
  37. All My Puny Sorrows, by Miriam Toews(April 11, 2014)
  38. Citizen: An American Lyric, by Claudia Rankine (October 7, 2014)
  39. consent not to be a single being, by Fred Moten (2017–2018)
  40. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, by Michael Chabon (September 19, 2000)
  41. The Amber Spyglass, by Philip Pullman(October 10, 2000)
  42. True History of the Kelly Gang, by Peter Carey (January 9, 2001)
  43. The Beauty of the Husband: A Fictional Essay in 29 Tangos, by Anne Carson (February 6, 2001)
  44. The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse, by Louise Erdrich (April 3, 2001)
  45. Austerlitz, by W.G. Sebald (October 2, 2001)
  46. Fingersmith, by Sarah Waters(February 4, 2002)
  47. The Time of Our Singing, by Richard Powers (October 3, 2002)
  48. The Book of Salt, by Monique Truong (April 7, 2003) ✓ ✖
  49. Mortals, by Norman Rush (May 27, 2003)
  50. Home Land, by Sam Lipsyte (February 16, 2004)
  51. Oblivion, by David Foster Wallace(June 8, 2004)
  52. Honored Guest, by Joy Williams(October 5, 2004)
  53. Suite Française, by Irène Némirovsky(October 31, 2004) ✓
  54. The Sluts, by Dennis Cooper (January 13, 2005)
  55. Voices From Chernobyl, by Svetlana Alexievich (June 28, 2005)
  56. Magic for Beginners, by Kelly Link (July 1, 2005)
  57. The Afterlife, by Donald Antrim (May 30, 2006)
  58. Winter’s Bone, by Daniel Woodrell(August 7, 2006)
  59. Wizard of the Crow, by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o (August 8, 2006)
  60. American Genius, A Comedy, by Lynne Tillman (September 25, 2006)
  61. Eat the Document, by Dana Spiotta(November 28, 2006)
  62. The Harry Potter novels, by J.K. Rowling (1997–2007)
  63. Sleeping It Off in Rapid City, by August Kleinzahler (April 1, 2008)
  64. The White Tiger, by Aravind Adiga(April 22, 2008)
  65. The Lazarus Project, by Aleksandar Hemon (May 1, 2008)
  66. Home, by Marilynne Robinson(September 2, 2008) ✓
  67. Fine Just the Way It Is, by Annie Proulx(September 9, 2008)
  68. Scenes From a Provincial Life: Boyhood, Youth, and Summertime, by J.M. Coetzee (1997–2009)
  69. Notes From No Man’s Land, by Eula Biss (February 3, 2009)
  70. Spreadeagle, by Kevin Killian (March 1, 2010)
  71. Super Sad True Love Story, by Gary Shteyngart (July 27, 2010)
  72. Seven Years, by Peter Stamm (March 22, 2011)
  73. The Sense of an Ending, by Julian Barnes (August 4, 2011)
  74. 1Q84, by Haruki Murakami (October 25, 2011)
  75. The Gentrification of the Mind, by Sarah Schulman (January 7, 2012)
  76. Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, by Ben Fountain (May 1, 2012)
  77. Capital, by John Lanchester (June 11, 2012)
  78. The MaddAddam Trilogy (Oryx and Crake, The Year of the Flood, andMaddAddam), by Margaret Atwood (2003-2013) ✓ ✖
  79. A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, by Anthony Marra (May 7, 2013)
  80. Taipei, by Tao Lin (June 4, 2013)
  81. Men We Reaped, by Jesmyn Ward(September 17, 2013)
  82. Family Life, by Akhil Sharma (April 7, 2014)
  83. How to Be Both, by Ali Smith (August 28, 2014) ✓
  84. A Brief History of Seven Killings, by Marlon James (October 2, 2014)
  85. Preparation for the Next Life, by Atticus Lish (November 11, 2014)
  86. The Sympathizer, by Viet Thanh Nguyen (April 7, 2015)
  87. The Light of the World, by Elizabeth Alexander (April 21, 2015)
  88. The Broken Earth trilogy, by N.K. Jemisin (2015-2017)
  89. What Belongs to You, by Garth Greenwell (January 19, 2016)
  90. Collected Essays & Memoirs (Library of America edition), by Albert Murray (October 18, 2016)
  91. The Needle’s Eye, by Fanny Howe(November 1, 2016)
  92. Ghachar Ghochar, by Vivek Shanbhag(February 7, 2017)
  93. The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas(February 28, 2017)
  94. All Grown Up, by Jami Attenberg(March 7, 2017)
  95. The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir, by Thi Bui (March 7, 2017)
  96. Tell Me How it Ends, by Valeria Luiselli (March 13, 2017)
  97. Priestdaddy, by Patricia Lockwood(May 2, 2017)
  98. Red Clocks, by Leni Zumas (January 16, 2018)
  99. The Largesse of the Sea Maiden, by Denis Johnson (January 16, 2018)
  100. Asymmetry, by Lisa Halliday (February 6, 2018)
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