Life in a pandemic can be hard sometimes. Who am I kidding? It is never easy. But want to know what can keep you immersed and engrossed that you forget all the hardships? It is to read, my friend. A life without having read is a life survived, not lived. If you yearned for a book in your hand, then you have come to the right place. Are you looking to build the habit of reading? Or perhaps in pursuit of a world to escape? Are you trying to conquer that reading block? Or maybe you are in search of books to add up to your pile. Over the years, artists have gifted us with beautiful, rather marvelous works. It is impossible to choose the best among them. But there are the ones that you shouldn’t miss, the best books of the decade.
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Best Books Of The Decade To Start A Reading Habit
Here are the best books of the last 10 years one must read, handpicked for you.
The Sellout by Paul Beatty
The Sellout by Paul Beatty is a masterful work that establishes Beatty as the funniest writer in America.
It is one of the most satirical books I have ever read, and if you love to read comics, books full-of-humor dealing with society’s problem, then this book is just for you. It is both funny and painful simultaneously, and it is a novel of our times and the best books of the decade.
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
I recommend you this book to you. We all are aware of the current pandemic situation. This novel starts with fictional flu, ‘Georgia flu,’ killing most of the population.
But wait, this novel is not based on a pandemic nor has to do with that. It is just theatre fiction, but critics have categorized this novel under the Sci-Fi genre, making it one of the best novels of the decade for all Sci-Fi lovers.
Gun Island by Amitav Ghosh
Gun Island is the ninth novel of Jnanapith Awardee, and I must say the best English novel writer from India, Amitav Ghosh.
This novel takes the reader on a ride of a world in which climate change and human migration are the two biggest concerns, and the author arose these issues wittily. There are very few writers who can make a novel on the current situation. Amitav Ghosh is one of them.
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The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee
This book was described, by the magazine TIME, as one of the 100 most influential books of the last 100 years and The New York Times magazine as among the 100 best works of non-fiction.
This book deals with early understandings of cancer, cancer treatment, cellular nature of cancer, prognosis, and the ultimate goals of cancer treatment. In this book, Mukherjee has written about his experiences as a hematology/oncology fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital and the history of cancer treatment and research.
So, if you have a non-medical background but want to know about the ’emperor of all maladies – Cancer,’ then this book is for you. It is an evergreen best books of the decade.
The Broken Earth Trilogy by N.K.Jemisin
This is the collection of The Fifth Season, The Obelisk Gate, and The Stone Sky. It is not just the promise to be a future classic that makes this a must-read but also the incredible news about the author N.K.Jemisin was becoming one of the few authors to win the Hugo award for Best Novel two years in a row. This is a leap towards a fantasy world of futuristic Earth, built up in a magical system based on geology. Jemisin calls this continent of his, Stillness.
This is a work of fantasy mixed with sci-fi. A story about power and society and how humanity thrives throughout. This book, topping the best fiction books of the decade will surely keep you reading for nights.
Becoming by Michelle Obama
An autobiography of one of the most iconic and enthralling women of this era, Michelle Obama. This book reflects her journey, starting from her childhood in Chicago to her years as a working mother, not to mention as First Lady of the United States of America. It is an eye-opening memoir that would inspire young minds, especially the women of coming ages.
The book teaches the very significance of hard work and humbleness, the two words that highly describe Michelle. It is so beautifully written, emphasizing every crucial stage of her life. She is a role model for every woman in all aspects of life, as a person, a wife, a mother, an advocate, a citizen.
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Shyam: An Illustrated Retelling of The Bhagavata by Devdutt Pattanaik
If you are a mythology fan or would like to explore this genre, this is the ideal book. The illustrated retelling by Pattanaik is overwhelmingly astounding. The stories of Lord Krishna, we all grew up hearing, are told in a brilliant way reaching the depths of concepts. He has made an excellent effort in making the book interesting by engaging the audience and saving us from unnecessary facts.
The research done stands out as he throws light on the source and adaptations of concepts and tales. The book is apt for beginners as well. Overall it is a lovely creation and best suited as a comfort read. A good pick from the best books of the decade.
Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott, Mikki Daughtry
Who doesn’t love a tale of love? Grab that tissue box because you are going to need it. A love story that emerges from boundaries. Is there love without physical affection? If so, how long will it survive? This love story is not like the rest. Stella Grant and Will Newman are fighters of Cystic fibrosis, a disorder that damages the lungs and digestive system.
To prevent each other’s medical conditions from jeopardizing, they need to stay 6 feet apart at all times strictly. But romance finds a way to save and ruin things in this book ranking as the best literary fiction.
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The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
One of the best self-help fiction books of all time, this novel inspires spirituality and optimism. This book will tempt you to achieve unfulfilled dreams and guide your quest for spirituality and abundance. It provides you with the ability to recognize your inner sense and connect with everything you are a part of.
It allows you to see the universe extraordinarily. The book is about the journey of Santiago in discovering his Personal Legend. The book is so beautifully written that you find yourself to be beside the boy his entire journey. This book also presents the very wisdom you seek.
Of course liking books is a very subjective matter, but these were some books that were loved by all, globally. These are a few must-read best fiction books last from 10 years. So what are you waiting for? Also grab a book from the best books of the decade and unlock the journey ahead.
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Founder of TheWhuffieFactor. Marketing Professional / Avid book lover. When not absorbed in the latest rib tickling thriller, Tara loves food, but cooks very badly, enjoys random interactions with strangers, and otherwise spends far too much time reading. She lives in the USA, with her sister and an adorable dog, Basket.