Books of Influence: The Most Important Books of the 2010s

From helping us shed things that don’t give us joy, to seeing the brilliant power possible from the “snowflake generation” to the popularity of a book that everyone denies reading, but still manages to top every list imaginable, the 2010s were ripe with books designed to change everything from our life to our worldview.

Because they are brave, CNN put together a list of the most influential books of the decade.

“For better or worse, some authors and titles sent tidal waves through the decade — regardless of critical reception — shedding a light on what Americans really wanted to read and discuss over the past 10 years.”

The full list is below. CNN’s rationale for each inclusion is here.

  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (2010)
  • Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James (2011)
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (2012)
  • I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai (2013)
  • Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay (2014)
  • Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson (2014)
  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Condo (2014)
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (2015)
  • The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (2016)
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (2017)
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