You would think that nowadays with all the technology we have, with our smartphones constantly in our hands, people don’t really have the time or the desire to read. But the truth is that books have made a comeback in the past decade. Many young people not only read but read a lot. Many of the past decade’s most popular books have also become successful movies that in turn encouraged many people to read more. So, sit back and get ready, because we made a list of the 10 most popular books of the past decade. How many of them have you read?
1. The Lost Symbol – Dan Brown
If you haven’t read anything by Brown since The De Vinci Code you’re defiantly missing out!
This 2009 thriller is actually set after the events of The Da Vinci Code and features some of its prominent characters. The book sold over 30 million copies since it was first released.
2. The Hunger Games Trilogy – Suzanne Collins
The young adult trilogy that is set in a dystopian universe was published between 2008-2010. It has been adapted into a very successful series of films starring the amazing Jennifer Lawrence. The trilogy sold over 100 million copies!
3. Fifty Shades – E. L. James
This erotic novels series took the world by surprise, it has sold over 150 million copies since it was first released in 2011. The series depicts the sexual relationship between Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey, a businessman who introduces her to the world of BDSM. This unlikely hit was popular with teenagers as well as mothers and even grandmothers. It was adapted into a film series in 2015.
4. The Fault in Our Stars – John Green
This novel by popular youtuber John Green tells the tragic love story of two cancer patients Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters. The 2012 book sold over 23 million copies and was adapted into a feature film in 2014.
5. Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
Another great popular book that was adapted into a movie. This 2012 suspense novel that tells the story of Amy who disappears, and her husband Nick Dunn sold over 20 million copies.
6. The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins
This 2015 psychological thriller novel told from the point of view of an alcoholic woman was compared to Gone Girl and was told to have similar themes. It sold over 20 million copies.
7. The Divergent Trilogy – Veronica Roth
This 2011-2013 young adult novel series is set in a post-apocalyptic version of Chicago and it’s extremely popular. It sold over 35 million copies and was also adapted into films starring beautiful Shailene Woodley.
8. Me Before You – Jojo Moyes
This romance novel was published in 2012 and it tells the story of Louisa Clark who becomes the caregiver for a paralyzed young rich man named Will Traynor and falls in love with him. The book sold over 12 million copies.
9. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Jack Thorne
This 2016 script tells the story of Harry Potter and his friends 19 years after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The script also become a very successful stage play. The book has sold over 4 million copies.
10. 12 Rules for Life – Jordan Peterson
This 2018 self-help book, written by psychology professor Jordan Peterson gives life advice trough essays. It became a huge hit in 2018, it has sold over 2 million copies and was on bestseller lists in Canada, the U.S and the UK.