When a book is popular it tells us a lot about our society and what the mass interest was like at the time of publication. It is good to know the fluctuation of these titles to predict future popular books, as well as gaining inspiration for stories you might be currently writing.
Compiled below is one popular title from each year starting with 2000. Let this list provoke questions, thoughts, and ideas of your own.
Go back in time to see what made them so popular and what idea you might be able to steam from them for your own writing. At the very least, you might find a new favorite book.
2000 — The Rescue by Nicholas Sparks
2001 — The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
2002 — The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
2003 — The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
2004 — The Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom
2005 — The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd
2006 — Marley & Me by John Grogan
2007 — Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
2008 — Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
2009 — My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
2010 — The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
2011 — The Help by Kathryn Stockett
2012 — Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
2013 — Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
2014 — The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
2015 — The Girl On the Train by Paula Hawkins
2016 — Hamilton by Ron Chernow