2000-2009: Some Great Books

On this blog, with the exception of some “modern classics,” I review books published since 2010. I included a small selection of books from the 2000s decade on my list of recommended foundational reading, but at the expense of ignoring a lot of worthwhile reads. If you have some extra reading time, may I suggest a few titles? While you’ve probably already read several of these, you may have missed one or two  when they were new. As we all know, many books age well and never go out of style, so it’s worth occasionally dipping into the backlist for a good read.


  • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon (2000)
  • Blue Angel by Francine Prose (2000)
  • American Gods by Neil Gaiman (2001)
  • Atonement by Ian McEwan (2001)
  • Life of Pi by Yann Martel (2001)
  • Mystic River by Dennis Lehane (2001)
  • Lamb by Christopher Moore (2002)
  • The Years of Rice and Salt by Kim Stanley Robinson (2002)
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon (2003)
  • The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger (2003)
  • Little Children by Tom Perrotta (2004)


  • Specimen Days by Michael Cunnigham (2005)
  • The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield (2006)
  • World War Z by Max Brooks (2006)
  • Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill (2007)
  • The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon (2007)
  • Anathem by Neal Stephenson (2008)
  • Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh (2008)
  • World Made by Hand by James Howard Kunstler (2008)
  • Chronic City by Jonathan Lethem (2009)

I will likely add to this list from time to time.

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