Books are one of the most impactful means of storytelling, educating and entertaining. With time and technology a lot has changed but one thing hasn’t changed: people’s love for books. Even in the era of smartphones and smart TVs, books & novels have maintained their relevance. A good book is still appreciated by the masses and has the ability to engage the readers. It is said that a book is as good as its writer. So, let’s discuss the Best Authors of the Decade (2010-2020). However, the list misses out on the debut authors (2021 & 2022). We have created a list of 15 best authors of the decade (in no order of preference). So, do give it a read and suggest who else deserves to be in the elite list of best authors.
Best Authors of the Decade (2010-2020)
The first name in our list is the King of Horror ‘Stephen King’. The American author is known for his supernatural and crime thrillers. Over the years King has written many novels and many of his books have been bestsellers. His work has provided him the status of one of the best horror and sci fi authors of the era. Many of Stephen King’s novels have been adapted into TV series and movies. In this decade too King has given many successful books & novels like The Institute, The Outsider, Mr. Mercedes and many more.
Colleen Hoover is one the most successful and popular authors of the decade. She is renowned for her 2016 YA romance novel ‘It Ends with Us’. Hoover is a flexible writer and believes in writing for all genres. However, Hoover is known for her Young Adult and New Adult genre works. Colleen Hoover has written some of the bestselling & popular romantic novels of the decade which includes novels like Verity, Hopeless and Ugly Love.
Gaiman is a legendary and versatile writer. The English author has written several novels, short stories, graphic novels and comic books. Neil Gaiman has written some of the most successful graphic novels and books which have also been adapted in the form of movies & tv series. Apart from writing novels and books, Gaiman has also tried his hand in journalism and filmmaking. The versatile writer & creator has written some amazing novels like American Gods, The Ocean at the End of the Lane and Norse Mythology.
George R. R. Martin
GRRM aka George R. R. Martin is a legendary novelist and screenwriter. In the pop culture he’s best known for his iconic book Game of Thrones. The 74 year old man has contributed a lot in this decade with his works like A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, A Dance with Dragons, A Song of Ice, Fire & Blood and A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms.
Roth is a young American author who is best known for her best selling trilogy ‘Divergent’. Veronica Roth mostly writes novels and short stories. Veronica is liked by the masses for her fast paced YA adventurous engaging storylines. Veronica Roth’s ‘Divergent’ has been a landmark YA fantasy book and its trilogy is one of the most popular & successful trilogies of the decade. Apart from the trilogy Veronica has also given successful books like ‘Carve the Mark’ which was published in 2017.
Richard Russell Riordan Junior aka Rick Riordan is an American Novelist who primarily writes on mythology, fantasy and detective frictions. Riordan is renowned for his book series ‘Percy Jackson & the Olympians’. Rick Riordan’s books have been translated into 24 languages and millions of copies of his books have been sold in the United States. Apart from the iconic bestseller series ‘Percy Jackson & the Olympians’, Rick has also written books like The Lost Hero and The Red Pyramid in this decade.
Yuval Noah Harari
Professor Harari is an Israeli historian and intellectual. Yuval Noah Harari is known for his landmark books and is renowned for his iconic book ‘Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind’. Harari’s unique books are considered as a game changer. Many even claim that he has written some of the most impactful books in recent times. His books like Homo Deus: A History of Tomorrow, 21 Lessons for the 21st Century and Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind are considered have been highly acclaimed by both the masses and the critics.
Sarah J. Maas
Sarah J. Maas is one of the most popular female fantasy authors of the decade. She is known for her Young Adult and fantasy novels. Her work has been translated in 37 languages. She is best known for her iconic book series like ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ and ‘Throne of Glass’. In 2012 the first edition/volume of Throne of Glass was published. While her other successful series started in 2015 with the release of ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’.
Sanderson is famous for his epic fantasies and science fiction. Brandon Sanderson is the only author who has been able to make his mark six times in four years in ‘David Gemmell Legend Award’. Sanderson has also won the award in 2011 for ‘The Way of Kings’. Brandon Sanderson popular books of this decade include books like The Final Empire, The Way of Kings and Words of Radiance.
Bardugo is an Israeli-American author. Leigh Bardugo is best known for her YA Fantasy novels. The author is also New York Times bestselling author of ‘Ninth House’ and she is also the creator of the Grishaverse (now a Netflix original series). Some of her best known works of this decade are Six of Crows, Shadow and Bone, Crooked Kingdom and Ninth House.
Patrick James Rothfuss aka Patrick Rothfuss is an American author who is best known for his fantasy genre works. Patrick started his journey in 2007, in this span his books have already been sold in 26 countries and the writer has won several awards too. Few of his popular works of the decade include books like ‘The Wise Man’s Fear’, ‘The Slow Regard of Silent Things’, ‘The Thing Beneath the Bed’, ‘Die Furcht des Weisen 1’ and ‘Rick and Morty vs. Dungeons & Dragons’.
Xiwei Lu aka Marie Lu is a Chinese author who is known for her ‘Young Adult’ and ‘Sci Fi’ fiction. The writer also provides an edgy commentary on social & political structure through her works. She is renowned for her book series ‘Legend’ which was published in 2011. Her other notable works include books like The Young Elites, Warcross, Wildcard and The Midnight Star.
E. L. James
Erika Mitchell, commonly known as E. L. James (Erika’s pen name) is a British author. She is known for her bestselling exotic romance trilogy ‘Fifty Shades’. Her trilogy consists of Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed which were released in 2011 & 2012. Apart from the trilogy E. L. James also wrote ‘Grey’ which was published in 2015.
Haruki Murakami is a legendary Japanese Novelist and writer. Murakami’s short stories and books have been bestsellers in Japan and also have seen global success. Haruki Murakami’s creative work has been translated into more than 50 languages and has been able to sell millions of copies outside his home country. Some of his notable work in this decade include books like ‘Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki’ and ‘His Years of Pilgrimage’, ‘1Q84 Book 1’, ‘The Strange Library’ and ‘Men Without Women’.
Dan Brown is often regarded as one of the greatest authors of the modern era. He’s known for his iconic 2003 mystery thriller ‘The Da Vinci Code’. Brown is also regarded as one of the most impactful writers, as his books have played a big role in reviving & saving the conventional novel print & publication industry. It is believed that Dan Brown’s books have hugely contributed to the revival of reading novels in the masses. Dan has also given some impactful books like Inferno and Origin in this decade.
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Best Authors of the Decade (2010-2020)