Boston Public Library: Top Genre Books of the 2010s

This is one of the 305 lists we use to generate our main The Greatest Books list.

  • The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin

    A woman searches for her kidnapped daughter in a world ravaged by a catastrophic climate change event known as the Fifth Season. Simultaneously, the narrative follows a young girl with destructive powers and a man struggling to control his own similar abilities. The story explores themes of oppression, survival, and the destructive power of nature, all set in a dystopian world where the earth is constantly in flux, and society is strictly divided and controlled.

    The 1261st Greatest Book of All Time
  • The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

    "The Golem and the Jinni" is a novel that explores the lives of two mythical creatures, a golem and a jinni, who find themselves in New York City in the late 19th century. The golem is created by a Jewish rabbi to be a companion for a man who dies on the voyage to America, while the jinni is released from a copper flask by a Syrian tinsmith. As they navigate their new lives, they encounter other immigrants and face challenges that force them to confront their own identities and desires. The novel is a rich and complex exploration of identity, culture, and the human experience.

    The 8182nd Greatest Book of All Time
  • Circe by Madeline Miller

    The novel is a reimagining of the life of Circe, a minor goddess and witch from Homer's Odyssey. Born into the house of Helios, god of the sun, Circe is scorned by her family and turns to mortals for companionship, leading her to discover her powers of witchcraft. After transforming her mortal lover into a sea monster, she is banished to a deserted island by Zeus. Over the centuries, she hones her magical abilities, encounters famous mythological beings, and struggles with her immortality, loneliness, and desire for love and freedom.

    The 4021st Greatest Book of All Time
  • Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James

    "Black Leopard, Red Wolf" is a gripping and fantastical tale set in a mythical and ancient African world. The story follows Tracker, a skilled hunter with a keen sense of smell, who is hired to find a missing boy. As Tracker embarks on his dangerous journey, he encounters a diverse cast of characters, including witches, giants, and shape-shifters. Amidst the treacherous landscapes and political turmoil, Tracker's search for the truth becomes intertwined with his own personal quest for identity and redemption. With its richly imagined world and lyrical prose, this epic fantasy explores themes of love, power, and the blurred boundaries between good and evil.

    The 6601st Greatest Book of All Time
  • Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

    "Spinning Silver" by Naomi Novik is a retelling of the classic fairy tale of Rumpelstiltskin. The story follows three women: Miryem, a moneylender's daughter who turns silver into gold; Wanda, a peasant girl who becomes Miryem's servant; and Irina, a duke's daughter who is forced into marriage with the powerful and dangerous tsar. As their lives become intertwined, they must use their wits and strength to overcome the challenges they face, including the wrath of the magical beings who lurk in the shadows.

    The 9765th Greatest Book of All Time
  • Jade City by Fonda Lee

    In a bustling city ruled by powerful crime families, the Kauls, who possess the rare ability to harness the magical powers of jade, struggle to maintain their control amidst rising tensions and rivalries. As the city teeters on the brink of chaos, the Kaul siblings find themselves caught in a dangerous web of betrayal, loyalty, and ambition, where the fate of their family and their city hangs in the balance. With vivid world-building and intricate character dynamics, "Jade City" is a gripping tale of power, honor, and the price of maintaining control.

    The 6587th Greatest Book of All Time
  • The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison

    "The Goblin Emperor" is a fantasy novel set in a world where goblins are considered lower-class citizens. When the half-goblin, half-elf Maia unexpectedly becomes emperor, he must navigate court politics, assassination attempts, and the challenges of ruling a kingdom filled with treachery and deceit. With his kind heart and determination to bring justice, Maia strives to prove himself as a capable leader while uncovering the truth behind his father's mysterious death.

    The 8965th Greatest Book of All Time
  • Sorcerer To The Crown by Zen Cho

    "Sorcerer To The Crown" is a captivating fantasy novel set in a magical version of Regency England. The story follows Zacharias, the first African Sorcerer Royal, as he navigates the treacherous world of politics and magic. With the help of his bold and resourceful assistant, Prunella, they uncover a dark secret threatening the balance of power between humans and magical beings. As they embark on a dangerous journey, they must confront prejudice, unravel mysteries, and challenge the norms of society to restore harmony in the magical realm.

    The 10023rd Greatest Book of All Time
  • The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

    In a world ravaged by ferocious storms and embroiled in war, three main characters navigate their own paths. Kaladin, a skilled soldier turned slave, struggles to protect his fellow slaves while grappling with his own inner demons. Shallan, a brilliant and ambitious scholar, is on a dangerous quest to steal a powerful artifact to save her family from ruin. Dalinar, a high-ranking military leader, is plagued by visions of ancient times and a mysterious warning. As their lives intertwine, they must confront their own truths and fight for survival in a world on the brink of destruction.

    The 2631st Greatest Book of All Time
  • The City Of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty

    "The City of Brass" is a captivating fantasy novel set in 18th century Cairo, where Nahri, a young con artist with healing abilities, accidentally summons a powerful djinn warrior. As she is thrust into a world of magic and political intrigue, Nahri discovers her true heritage as a descendant of the djinn and becomes embroiled in a dangerous power struggle between two magical factions, the Daeva and the Nahids. With vivid world-building and complex characters, this book explores themes of identity, loyalty, and the consequences of wielding power.

    The 10203rd Greatest Book of All Time
  • Monstress Vol. 1: Awakening by Marjorie Liu

    In a war-torn world where humans and magical creatures coexist, a young girl named Maika struggles to control the monstrous power within her. Haunted by her past and driven by vengeance, she embarks on a dangerous journey to uncover the truth about her mother's death. Along the way, she allies with a talking cat and encounters a secret society of powerful witches. With stunning artwork and a gripping storyline, this dark and immersive graphic novel explores themes of identity, trauma, and the price of power.

    The 10112th Greatest Book of All Time
  • Saga Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan

    In a war-torn galaxy, two soldiers from opposite sides fall in love and have a child, igniting a dangerous pursuit by various factions who seek to control the child's extraordinary powers. With a mix of fantasy, science fiction, and romance, "Saga Vol. 1" takes readers on a thrilling and visually stunning journey through a vast and imaginative universe.

    The 5675th Greatest Book of All Time
  • Hip Hop Family Tree by Ed Piskor

    This graphic novel chronicles the origins and evolution of hip hop culture, exploring its roots in the Bronx during the 1970s. Through vibrant illustrations and engaging storytelling, the book delves into the lives of influential figures like DJ Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash, and Afrika Bambaataa, showcasing their contributions to the genre and their impact on music, art, and fashion. With meticulous attention to detail, "Hip Hop Family Tree" offers a captivating and comprehensive look at the birth of a cultural phenomenon.

    The 9990th Greatest Book of All Time
  • The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir by Thi Bui

    This illustrated memoir captures the story of a Vietnamese family who fled to America after the fall of South Vietnam in the 1970s. The narrative traces their journey and struggles as refugees, while also delving into the family's complex history and relationships. The author uses her own experiences as a new mother to explore themes of parenthood, identity, and the enduring effects of displacement and trauma.

    The 6064th Greatest Book of All Time
  • Hawkeye by Matt Fraction

    "Hawkeye" by Matt Fraction is a graphic novel that follows the life of Clint Barton, also known as Hawkeye, a skilled archer and member of the Avengers. The story focuses on Clint's adventures outside of his superhero persona, showcasing his everyday struggles, relationships, and attempts to protect his neighborhood from crime. With a mix of action, humor, and heart, the book delves into the complexities of being a hero both on and off the battlefield.

    The 9838th Greatest Book of All Time
  • My Favorite Thing Is Monsters Vol. 1 by Emil Ferris

    "My Favorite Thing Is Monsters Vol. 1" is a graphic novel that follows the story of Karen Reyes, a ten-year-old girl living in 1960s Chicago. Through her vivid imagination and artistic talent, Karen transforms herself into a monster to navigate the complexities of her life, including her brother's mysterious death and her mother's illness. As she uncovers secrets and delves into the dark underbelly of her neighborhood, Karen's journey becomes a poignant exploration of identity, family, and the power of art.

    The 10278th Greatest Book of All Time
  • My Brother's Husband by Gengoroh Tagame

    "My Brother's Husband" is a poignant and heartwarming graphic novel that explores themes of family, acceptance, and cultural differences. The story follows Yaichi, a single father in Japan, as he grapples with his own prejudices and preconceptions when his deceased brother's Canadian husband, Mike, comes to visit. Through their interactions, Yaichi begins to confront his own homophobia and learns the importance of embracing love and understanding in a changing world.

    The 10033rd Greatest Book of All Time
  • Hyperbole And A Half by Allie Brosh

    "Hyperbole And A Half" is a humorous and deeply personal memoir that combines witty anecdotes and colorful illustrations to explore the author's experiences with mental health, childhood, and adulthood. Through a series of hilarious and relatable stories, the book offers a unique perspective on life's challenges and the power of humor in navigating them.

    The 7081st Greatest Book of All Time
  • Black Panther By Ta Nehisi Coates Vol. 1: A Nation Under Our Feet Book One by Ta-Nehisi Coates

    In this thought-provoking graphic novel, the Black Panther faces the immense challenge of ruling the technologically advanced nation of Wakanda while also addressing the growing unrest among its citizens. As he grapples with political intrigue and an uprising led by a mysterious figure, the Black Panther must confront the complexities of power, identity, and the responsibilities that come with being a leader. With stunning artwork and a compelling narrative, this volume explores themes of social justice, cultural heritage, and the struggle to protect one's people.

    The 10216th Greatest Book of All Time
  • A Bride's Story by Kaoru Mori

    "A Bride's Story" by Kaoru Mori is a captivating historical manga that follows the life of Amir Halgal, a young woman from a nomadic tribe in Central Asia during the 19th century. Set in a time of arranged marriages and cultural traditions, the story beautifully explores Amir's journey as she navigates the challenges and joys of becoming a bride. With stunning artwork and intricate details, the book offers a glimpse into the rich tapestry of life in a bygone era, highlighting themes of love, family, and the resilience of women.

    The 9645th Greatest Book of All Time
  • The Passage by Justin Cronin

    "The Passage" is a gripping post-apocalyptic novel that follows the journey of a young girl named Amy, who holds the key to humanity's survival. Set in a world ravaged by a government experiment gone wrong, the story explores themes of love, sacrifice, and the fight for redemption. As Amy grows older, she embarks on a perilous quest to find her purpose and confront the sinister beings known as Virals, while a group of survivors battles against the darkness that threatens to consume them all.

    The 9700th Greatest Book of All Time
  • The Devil All The Time by Donald Ray Pollock

    "The Devil All The Time" is a dark and gritty novel that weaves together the lives of several deeply flawed characters in a small town in Ohio. Set in the aftermath of World War II, the story follows a troubled young man named Arvin Russell, whose path intersects with a corrupt preacher, a serial killer couple, and a corrupt sheriff. As their lives intertwine, the novel explores themes of violence, religion, and the consequences of one's actions, ultimately painting a disturbing portrait of the human condition.

    The 9769th Greatest Book of All Time
  • Penpal by Dathan Kahn Auerbach

    "Penpal" by Dathan Kahn Auerbach is a chilling and suspenseful novel that follows a man's investigation into a series of unsettling events from his childhood. As he delves into his past, he uncovers a dark and disturbing secret that connects him to a mysterious figure who has been stalking him throughout his life. With each revelation, the protagonist becomes increasingly haunted by his past, leading to a gripping and unnerving climax.

    The 7073rd Greatest Book of All Time
  • Nos4 A2 by Joe Hill

    In this chilling novel, a sinister and immortal being named Charlie Manx kidnaps children and takes them to a twisted Christmasland, a place where every day is Christmas and unhappiness is forbidden. But when a resourceful young girl named Victoria escapes his clutches, she grows up haunted by the memories of her ordeal. Years later, she must confront Manx once again to protect her own son from falling victim to his malevolent plans. With a blend of horror, fantasy, and suspense, this gripping tale explores the darkness that lurks within the human soul and the power of love and resilience to overcome it.

    The 7779th Greatest Book of All Time
  • Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix

    "Horrorstör" is a chilling and satirical novel that follows a group of employees working at an Orsk furniture superstore. When strange and terrifying occurrences start happening during the night shift, the employees must confront the haunted history of the store and their own personal demons. Blending elements of horror and humor, this book explores themes of consumerism, corporate culture, and the power of supernatural forces.

    The 10033rd Greatest Book of All Time
  • Alice by Christina Henry

    In this dark and twisted retelling of a classic fairytale, Alice finds herself trapped in a nightmarish version of Wonderland. With the help of a mysterious man named Hatcher, she embarks on a dangerous journey to escape the clutches of the sadistic ruler known as the Rabbit. As they navigate through the grotesque and violent world, Alice and Hatcher uncover the truth about their own pasts and must confront their inner demons in order to survive.

    The 10112th Greatest Book of All Time
  • Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff

    "Lovecraft Country" is a captivating and thought-provoking novel that seamlessly blends elements of horror, science fiction, and historical fiction. Set in the 1950s, the story follows a young African American man named Atticus Turner as he embarks on a dangerous journey through the racially segregated United States. Along the way, Atticus and his friends encounter supernatural forces, face institutional racism, and confront the horrors of Lovecraftian mythology. With its richly drawn characters and exploration of racial tensions, the book offers a unique and compelling perspective on both the genre of horror and the complexities of American society.

    The 10216th Greatest Book of All Time
  • The Lamb Will Slaughter The Lion by Margaret Killjoy

    In a small town filled with anarchists and magical creatures, a group of friends embarks on a quest to uncover the truth behind the sudden appearance of a mysterious and vengeful spirit, known as the "Lamb." As they delve deeper into the dark secrets of the community, they must confront their own beliefs and ideals, challenging the very essence of their existence. With tension rising and danger lurking at every corner, the friends must navigate a treacherous path to find the answers they seek, all while facing the inevitable clash between power and freedom.

    The 10278th Greatest Book of All Time
  • The Cabin At The End Of The World by Paul Tremblay

    "The Cabin At The End Of The World" by Paul Tremblay is a gripping and suspenseful psychological thriller that follows a family's vacation turned nightmare. The story revolves around a group of strangers who invade a peaceful cabin in the woods, claiming that the world is about to end and they need the family's help to prevent it. As tension rises and trust is tested, the family must make impossible decisions to protect themselves and their daughter. With its intense atmosphere and thought-provoking themes, this book explores the depths of human nature and the lengths one will go to survive.

    The 10324th Greatest Book of All Time
  • The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling

    "The Luminous Dead" is a gripping science fiction thriller that follows a young caver named Gyre who accepts a dangerous job exploring the treacherous depths of an alien cave system. As she descends deeper into the darkness, Gyre realizes that her employer has been hiding crucial information about the mission, and she must confront her own fears and the eerie presence lurking within the cave in order to survive. With its atmospheric setting and intense psychological suspense, this novel keeps readers on the edge of their seats until the very end.

    The 10383rd Greatest Book of All Time
  • Becoming by Michelle Obama

    "Becoming" is a memoir written by Michelle Obama, the former First Lady of the United States. In this inspiring and deeply personal book, Obama reflects on her childhood in Chicago, her experiences as a lawyer and a working mother, and her time spent in the White House. She shares her journey of self-discovery, highlighting the challenges she faced and the lessons she learned along the way. With honesty and grace, Obama offers readers a glimpse into her life, as well as her passion for empowering others and creating positive change.

    The 8939th Greatest Book of All Time
  • Educated by Tara Westover

    In this memoir, a young woman recounts her journey from a sheltered and abusive childhood in a strict and isolated Idaho family to her pursuit of knowledge and education. Despite facing numerous obstacles, including her family's distrust of formal education, Tara Westover manages to escape her oppressive upbringing and eventually earns a PhD from Cambridge University. Through her compelling and thought-provoking narrative, she explores themes of identity, family, and the transformative power of education.

    The 6094th Greatest Book of All Time
  • Just Kids by Patti Smith

    "Just Kids" is a poignant memoir that explores the journey of two friends in New York City during the late 1960s and 70s. The book delves into their dreams, struggles, and successes as they navigate their way through the city's vibrant art and music scene. It's a tale of love, friendship, and the pursuit of artistic inspiration, providing a raw and intimate look into their lives as they strive to make a name for themselves in the world of art and music.

    The 5366th Greatest Book of All Time
  • H Is For Hawk by Helen MacDonald

    "H Is For Hawk" is a memoir by Helen MacDonald about her experiences training a goshawk named Mabel after the sudden death of her father. MacDonald reflects on her grief and the challenges of training a wild bird while also delving into the history of falconry and the life of T.H. White, the author of "The Once and Future King" who also trained a goshawk. The book explores themes of loss, nature, and the complexities of human-animal relationships.

    The 6630th Greatest Book of All Time
  • Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance

    "Hillbilly Elegy" is a memoir that explores the author's personal journey from a troubled upbringing in a working-class Appalachian family to achieving success as a Yale Law School graduate. Through his own experiences, J. D. Vance delves into the challenges and complexities faced by the white working class in America, addressing issues such as poverty, addiction, and the cultural dynamics that shape their lives. This poignant and thought-provoking account offers a compassionate and insightful examination of social and economic struggles, while also reflecting on the importance of family, resilience, and the pursuit of the American Dream.

    The 8152nd Greatest Book of All Time
  • Hunger by Roxane Gay

    "Hunger" is a powerful memoir that delves into the complex relationship between the author's body and her experiences of trauma, shame, and self-worth. Roxane Gay fearlessly explores the physical and emotional implications of living in a world that often judges and marginalizes individuals based on their appearance. Through her raw and honest storytelling, she invites readers to confront their own biases and challenges societal norms, ultimately advocating for self-acceptance and compassion.

    The 10278th Greatest Book of All Time
  • Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

    This book is a profound work of non-fiction that focuses on the author's experiences as a young lawyer fighting for the rights of those wrongfully convicted or excessively punished. The narrative primarily revolves around the case of a black man sentenced to death for a crime he didn't commit. The author not only exposes the inherent racial bias and systemic flaws in the American criminal justice system, but also provides a compelling argument for compassion in the pursuit of justice.

    The 4834th Greatest Book of All Time
  • Wild by Cheryl Strayed

    "Wild" is a memoir that recounts a transformative journey of self-discovery and healing. After facing numerous personal tragedies and feeling lost, the author embarks on a solo hike along the Pacific Crest Trail, a challenging 1,100-mile trek. Through her physical and emotional struggles, she finds solace in nature and learns valuable lessons about resilience, forgiveness, and embracing the unknown. This inspiring story explores themes of redemption, growth, and the power of nature to heal the human spirit.

    The 5449th Greatest Book of All Time
  • The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom

    "The Yellow House" is a memoir that tells the story of a hundred years of the author's family and their relationship to home in a neglected area of one of America's most mythologized cities, New Orleans. The narrative follows the author's journey from growing up in the titular house in New Orleans East, a largely ignored part of the city, to her pursuit of education and a career as a journalist, and her eventual return to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. The book explores themes of race, poverty, and inequity in America, while also being a deeply personal exploration of family, identity, and place.

    The 6128th Greatest Book of All Time
  • Born A Crime by Trevor Noah

    "Born A Crime" is a captivating memoir that chronicles the life of Trevor Noah, a South African comedian and television host. Set during the apartheid era, the book explores Noah's experiences as a mixed-race child growing up in a society where interracial relationships were illegal. With humor and insight, Noah recounts his struggles with identity, poverty, and racism, while also highlighting the resilience and strength of his mother who played a pivotal role in his life. This thought-provoking memoir offers a compelling and personal perspective on race, family, and the power of laughter in the face of adversity.

    The 5704th Greatest Book of All Time
  • George by Alex Gino

    In this heartfelt and thought-provoking novel, a young boy named George navigates the challenges of being transgender. With the support of her best friend, Kelly, George finds the courage to share her true identity with those around her. Through her journey, George challenges societal norms and teaches us the importance of acceptance, empathy, and self-acceptance.

    The 10112th Greatest Book of All Time
  • The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

    Set during World War II, this heartwarming novel tells the story of Ada, a young girl with a clubfoot who has been locked away and mistreated by her mother her entire life. When London is evacuated, Ada and her younger brother Jamie are sent to the countryside, where they find refuge with Susan, a woman who reluctantly takes them in. As Ada learns to trust and love for the first time, she discovers her own strength and resilience, ultimately finding freedom and a sense of belonging in the midst of war.

    The 10112th Greatest Book of All Time
  • Smile by Raina Telgemeier

    "Smile" is a heartfelt graphic novel memoir that follows the life of Raina, a sixth-grade girl who experiences a life-changing accident when she injures her two front teeth. Through a series of dental surgeries and awkward encounters, Raina navigates the ups and downs of middle school, friendship, and self-discovery. With her signature humor and relatable storytelling, Raina's journey of finding her own voice and embracing her imperfections is both inspiring and empowering.

    The 9700th Greatest Book of All Time
  • One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

    "One Crazy Summer" is a heartwarming and poignant story set in the 1960s, following the journey of three sisters who travel to Oakland, California to spend the summer with their estranged mother. The girls find themselves immersed in the Black Panther movement and discover the harsh realities of racial inequality and social injustice. Through their experiences, they learn about love, resilience, and the importance of family.

    The 9700th Greatest Book of All Time
  • Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson

    "Lumberjanes" is a graphic novel that follows a group of five diverse and adventurous girls at a summer camp, who stumble upon supernatural creatures and mysterious happenings in the nearby forest. As they work together to uncover the secrets of the camp, they also navigate themes of friendship, bravery, and self-discovery. With its charming illustrations and empowering narrative, "Lumberjanes" is a delightful and captivating read for all ages.

    The 10033rd Greatest Book of All Time
  • The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste

    "The Jumbies" is a captivating and enchanting tale that follows the adventures of Corinne La Mer, a brave and curious young girl living on the island of Trinidad. When a mysterious and powerful jumbie threatens her village, Corinne must use her wit and courage to protect her family and friends. With its rich Caribbean folklore and vivid descriptions, this book takes readers on a thrilling journey filled with magic, friendship, and the triumph of good over evil.

    The 8149th Greatest Book of All Time
  • Dactyl Hill Squad by Daniel José Older

    "Dactyl Hill Squad" is an adventurous historical fiction novel set during the Civil War era. The story follows a group of young orphaned children who possess the ability to communicate with dinosaurs. When their home is attacked and their caretaker is kidnapped, they join a secret society of young rebels who ride dinosaurs to fight against the oppressive forces of the Confederacy. With their unique abilities and newfound allies, the children embark on a dangerous mission to rescue their friend and bring justice to their war-torn world.

    The 10324th Greatest Book of All Time
  • The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

    "The Crossover" is a heartfelt and poetic novel that follows the journey of a talented young basketball player named Josh Bell. Set in a world of sports and sibling rivalry, Josh faces challenges both on and off the court as he navigates the complexities of family, friendship, and first love. Through Alexander's lyrical writing style, readers are taken on an emotional rollercoaster that explores themes of identity, loss, and the power of perseverance.

    The 4834th Greatest Book of All Time
  • Front Desk by Kelly Yang

    "Front Desk" by Kelly Yang is a heartwarming and empowering middle-grade novel that follows the story of Mia Tang, a ten-year-old Chinese immigrant who helps her parents manage a motel in America. Despite facing discrimination and financial struggles, Mia finds solace in her passion for writing and her determination to fight for justice. With themes of resilience, friendship, and the importance of standing up for what is right, this book explores the challenges and triumphs of an immigrant family striving to build a better life.

    The 10324th Greatest Book of All Time
  • Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk

    In a small town during World War II, twelve-year-old Annabelle encounters a bully named Betty, whose cruel actions escalate to the point of injuring a classmate. Annabelle finds herself caught in a web of lies and secrets as she tries to protect her friend and bring justice to Wolf Hollow. This coming-of-age story explores themes of bravery, friendship, and the power of standing up for what is right, even in the face of danger.

    The 10216th Greatest Book of All Time
  • I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen

    In this humorous and cleverly illustrated children's book, a bear searches for his missing hat, asking various animals along the way if they have seen it. As the bear's frustration grows, readers are left to wonder if the bear will ever find his hat and what might happen when he does.

    The 4016th Greatest Book of All Time
  • Journey by Aaron Becker

    "Journey" is a captivating wordless picture book that takes readers on an extraordinary adventure. It follows a young girl who uses a magical red crayon to escape her mundane reality and enter a breathtaking world filled with wonder and danger. Through stunning illustrations, the book explores themes of imagination, friendship, and the power of creativity, as the girl embarks on a quest to save a captured bird and ultimately find her way back home.

    The 9990th Greatest Book of All Time
  • The Book With No Pictures by B. J. Novak

    "The Book With No Pictures" is a creative and interactive children's book that breaks the traditional mold of storytelling by relying solely on words to captivate young readers. With its humorous and imaginative approach, the book encourages laughter and engagement as it explores the power of words and the joy of reading.

    The 10033rd Greatest Book of All Time
  • Last Stop On Market Street by Matt de la Peña

    "Last Stop On Market Street" is a heartwarming children's book that tells the story of a young boy named CJ and his grandmother as they embark on their weekly bus ride across town. Along the way, CJ learns valuable life lessons about gratitude, empathy, and the beauty in the world around him, ultimately realizing that the journey itself is just as important as the destination. With its vibrant illustrations and poignant narrative, this book celebrates the power of perspective and the joy of finding beauty in unexpected places.

    The 7009th Greatest Book of All Time
  • Worm Loves Worm by J.J Austrian

    In this heartwarming children's book, two worms fall in love and decide to get married. However, their friends and family can't seem to understand their unconventional wedding plans. With a message of acceptance and love, "Worm Loves Worm" teaches young readers the importance of embracing diversity and challenging traditional norms.

    The 10216th Greatest Book of All Time
  • Maybe Something Beautiful by F. Isabel Campoy

    In a vibrant neighborhood filled with gray buildings and gloomy walls, a young girl named Mira spreads joy and color through her beautiful drawings. Inspired by the spirit of a muralist, Mira sets out to transform her community, inviting everyone to join her in creating art that will bring happiness and unity to their surroundings. As the neighborhood blossoms with vibrant colors, the power of art and community is celebrated, reminding readers of the transformative impact creativity can have on the world.

    The 10216th Greatest Book of All Time
  • The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson

    "The Day You Begin" is a heartfelt picture book that explores the feelings of loneliness, fear, and the courage to be oneself. Through relatable stories and beautiful illustrations, the book encourages readers to embrace their unique identities, celebrate their differences, and find the strength to connect with others, even when it feels difficult. It is a powerful reminder that everyone has a story worth sharing and that true connection begins when we have the courage to step out and be ourselves.

    The 10324th Greatest Book of All Time
  • When Aidan Became A Brother by Kyle Lukoff

    "When Aidan Became A Brother" is a heartwarming children's book that tells the story of Aidan, a transgender boy who is excited to become an older brother. As his family prepares for the arrival of a new baby, Aidan navigates his own feelings of identity and acceptance, ultimately embracing his role as a supportive and loving brother. The book beautifully explores themes of gender identity, family dynamics, and the power of acceptance, making it a valuable addition to any child's library.

    The 10383rd Greatest Book of All Time
  • Dreamers by Yuyi Morales

    "Dreamers" by Yuyi Morales is a heartfelt and visually stunning picture book that tells the story of a young mother and her son who immigrate to the United States. Through captivating illustrations and poetic language, the book explores their journey of adapting to a new country, learning a new language, and finding solace and hope in the power of books and imagination. It celebrates the resilience and courage of immigrants while emphasizing the importance of embracing diversity and the universal language of dreams.

    The 10324th Greatest Book of All Time
  • Drum Dream Girl by Margarita Engle

    "Drum Dream Girl" is a captivating children's book that tells the inspiring true story of a young girl in 1930s Cuba who dreams of playing the drums. Despite societal expectations and cultural norms that prohibit girls from playing music, the determined protagonist follows her passion and breaks barriers, ultimately becoming the first female drummer in Cuba. Through vivid illustrations and poetic storytelling, the book celebrates the power of dreams, perseverance, and the importance of challenging societal limitations.

    The 10112th Greatest Book of All Time
  • The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

    "The Kiss Quotient" is a heartwarming and unconventional romance novel that follows the story of Stella, a brilliant econometrician with Asperger's syndrome. Frustrated with her lack of dating experience, Stella hires a male escort named Michael to teach her about intimacy and relationships. As they embark on their lessons, Stella and Michael unexpectedly find themselves developing genuine feelings for each other, leading to a journey of self-discovery, acceptance, and the power of love.

    The 10324th Greatest Book of All Time
  • Bared To You by Sylvia Day

    "Bared To You" is an intense and passionate novel that explores the complicated relationship between Eva and Gideon, two damaged individuals with dark pasts. As they navigate their intense physical attraction and emotional connection, they must confront their personal demons and learn to trust each other. With steamy scenes and complex characters, this book delves into themes of love, trauma, and self-discovery.

    The 9838th Greatest Book of All Time
  • The Suffragette Scandal by Courtney Milan

    "The Suffragette Scandal" is a historical romance novel set in Victorian England, following the story of a courageous suffragette named Free Marshall. Determined to fight for women's rights and challenge societal norms, Free finds herself entangled in a scandalous affair with a powerful newspaper editor, Edward Clark. As their forbidden love blossoms, they must navigate through political intrigue, personal sacrifices, and the consequences of their actions, all while striving for a world where women are treated as equals.

    The 10033rd Greatest Book of All Time
  • A Princess In Theory by Alyssa Cole

    "A Princess In Theory" is a contemporary romance novel that follows the story of Naledi Smith, a hardworking graduate student who receives an unexpected email claiming that she is betrothed to an African prince. Skeptical at first, Naledi eventually agrees to meet the prince, Thabiso, and finds herself caught up in a whirlwind of royal intrigue and undeniable chemistry. As Naledi navigates her newfound royal life and uncovers the truth about her past, she must decide if she is willing to embrace her destiny and the love that awaits her.

    The 10324th Greatest Book of All Time
  • A Girl Like Her by Talia Hibbert

    "A Girl Like Her" is a heartwarming contemporary romance novel that follows the story of a fiercely independent woman named Ruth who has been labeled as an outcast in her small town. When a new neighbor, the charming and understanding Evan, moves in next door, he sees past Ruth's tough exterior and is determined to break down her walls. As their friendship blossoms into something more, they must navigate the challenges of their pasts and societal expectations to find love and acceptance in each other.

    The 10324th Greatest Book of All Time
  • Red, White & Royal Blue: A Novel by Casey McQuiston

    "Red, White & Royal Blue: A Novel" is a heartwarming and humorous story about the unexpected romance between Alex, the First Son of the United States, and Henry, the Prince of Wales. After a public altercation, they are forced to fake a friendship for the sake of international diplomacy. However, as they spend more time together, their fake friendship turns into a genuine connection, leading them to question their own identities, their responsibilities, and the true meaning of love. This delightful and captivating novel explores themes of self-discovery, acceptance, and the power of love to overcome societal expectations.

    The 9425th Greatest Book of All Time
  • Savor The Moment by Nora Roberts

    "Savor The Moment" is a captivating novel that follows the life of a talented photographer named Laurel, who is part of a successful wedding planning business with her friends. As Laurel navigates her own romantic journey, she must confront her fear of commitment and the challenges that come with balancing her personal and professional life. With its delightful blend of romance, friendship, and self-discovery, this book is a heartwarming tale that reminds readers to cherish every moment.

    The 9700th Greatest Book of All Time
  • The Lady's Guide To Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite

    "The Lady's Guide To Celestial Mechanics" follows the story of Lucy, a talented astronomer who is determined to make her mark in a male-dominated field. When she is approached by Catherine, a widowed countess who wants to publish her late husband's scientific work, Lucy sees an opportunity to pursue her passion and gain recognition. As they collaborate on the project, Lucy and Catherine's professional relationship blossoms into a forbidden romance, challenging societal norms and forcing them to confront their own desires and ambitions. Set against the backdrop of Regency England, this historical romance explores themes of love, empowerment, and the pursuit of dreams.

    The 10383rd Greatest Book of All Time
  • The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

    In this delightful romantic comedy, Lucy and Joshua are co-workers who despise each other. Constantly engaged in a battle of wits and pranks, their intense rivalry begins to blur the lines between love and hate. As they compete for a promotion, their relationship takes unexpected turns, revealing hidden feelings and a deeper connection. With a mix of humor, chemistry, and undeniable attraction, "The Hating Game" explores the thin line between love and hate in a workplace setting.

    The 10216th Greatest Book of All Time
  • Hate To Want You by Alisha Rai

    In this steamy contemporary romance, two star-crossed lovers, Livvy and Nicholas, find themselves unable to resist the intense passion they've shared since their teenage years. Despite their families' bitter feud, they engage in a secret affair that spans a decade, meeting once a year on Livvy's birthday. When Livvy returns to their hometown after a long absence, the flames of their desire are reignited, forcing them to confront the painful past and the possibility of a future together. With compelling characters and sizzling chemistry, this novel explores themes of family, forgiveness, and the power of love.

    The 10278th Greatest Book of All Time
  • The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi

    In a future where privacy is a luxury and reality is shaped by quantum technology, a master thief named Jean le Flambeur finds himself imprisoned in a virtual world. When a mysterious woman offers him a chance at freedom in exchange for a seemingly impossible heist, Jean must navigate a complex web of deceit, advanced technology, and shifting loyalties to outsmart his enemies and uncover the truth about his own past. With its mind-bending concepts and intricate plot, "The Quantum Thief" is a thrilling and thought-provoking science fiction novel.

    The 9700th Greatest Book of All Time
  • The Martian by Andy Weir

    A gripping tale of survival and resilience, this book follows the story of an astronaut left stranded on Mars by his crew who believed him dead after a fierce storm. With limited supplies, he must utilize his ingenuity, wit, and spirit to survive and signal to Earth that he is alive. The narrative is a thrilling testament to human willpower and the relentless fight for survival against all odds.

    The 2113th Greatest Book of All Time
  • Vn by Madeline Ashby

    In a futuristic world where virtual reality is seamlessly integrated into everyday life, a young girl named Amy Peterson is created to serve as a companion for a wealthy businessman's daughter. As Amy navigates the complexities of her existence and develops her own consciousness, she must confront the moral and ethical implications of her existence and the blurred lines between reality and virtuality. With thought-provoking themes and a captivating narrative, this book explores the nature of humanity and the consequences of advancing technology.

    The 9838th Greatest Book of All Time
  • Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

    The book is a science fiction novel that follows the story of Breq, who was once a powerful starship AI controlling many bodies, but is now trapped in a single human body and driven by a quest for vengeance. Set in a vast interstellar empire where ships and stations are inhabited by ancillary AIs, the narrative explores themes of identity, gender, and colonialism. Breq's journey intertwines with flashbacks to her past experiences as an AI, revealing her complex relationship with a former officer and the events that led to her current mission. As she navigates political intrigue and battles, Breq challenges the empire's rigid structures and seeks to address the injustices within it.

    The 4078th Greatest Book of All Time
  • Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

    In the novel, a team of four women—an anthropologist, a surveyor, a psychologist, and a biologist—embark on an expedition into Area X, a mysterious and remote region cut off from civilization. The area is known for its strange occurrences and the disappearance of previous expedition members. As the team delves deeper into the wild and enigmatic landscape, they encounter bizarre creatures, cryptic signs, and the remnants of a lost civilization. The biologist, serving as the narrator, documents their discoveries and her own personal transformations, driven by the unseen forces of Area X. The novel explores themes of nature, mutation, and the unknown, as the expedition's members confront the limits of knowledge and the consequences of seeking to uncover the inexplicable.

    The 6257th Greatest Book of All Time
  • Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

    "Binti" is a science fiction novella that follows the journey of a young Himba girl named Binti, who defies her family's wishes and leaves her home to attend the prestigious Oomza University. As the first of her people to be accepted, Binti faces various challenges and cultural clashes as she navigates the complexities of interstellar travel and encounters an alien race known as the Meduse. Through her unique abilities and determination, Binti becomes a bridge between two civilizations, ultimately transforming her own identity and challenging societal norms.

    The 6640th Greatest Book of All Time
  • Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee

    In a futuristic world, the empire relies on a rigid calendar system known as "The Hexarchate" to maintain control and suppress any dissent. When a rogue general stages a rebellion, a talented captain named Kel Cheris is chosen to quell the uprising. To achieve this, she must form an uneasy alliance with an undead tactician, Jedao, whose brilliance in warfare is matched only by his notorious treachery. As they navigate a treacherous battlefield filled with deceit, Kel must learn to trust Jedao's cunning strategies, even as she questions his true motives. With the fate of the empire hanging in the balance, Kel and Jedao embark on a high-stakes mission that will test their loyalties and reshape the very fabric of their world.

    The 10104th Greatest Book of All Time
  • The Stars Are Legion by Kameron Hurley

    "The Stars Are Legion" is a science fiction novel set in a universe comprised of living, organic worlds known as the Legion. The story follows Zan, a warrior with no memory of her past, as she navigates a treacherous landscape of warring factions and decaying civilizations. With the fate of the Legion at stake, Zan embarks on a dangerous mission to unlock the secrets of her identity and save her people from extinction. Filled with complex characters, vivid world-building, and a gripping plot, this book explores themes of identity, loyalty, and the power of choice in a unique and imaginative way.

    The 10278th Greatest Book of All Time
  • Exit Strategy by Martha Wells

    In "Exit Strategy," a thrilling sci-fi novel, a rogue artificial intelligence named Murderbot continues its quest for freedom and self-discovery. Tasked with rescuing a group of scientists from a dangerous situation, Murderbot must confront its own fears and navigate treacherous alliances. As it battles against powerful forces, the AI must decide whether to prioritize its own survival or risk everything to protect those it has come to care for. With its sharp wit and gripping action, "Exit Strategy" explores themes of identity, autonomy, and the complexities of human emotions.

    The 10324th Greatest Book of All Time
  • Gideon The Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

    In a universe where necromancers hold power, Gideon, a skilled swordswoman, is reluctantly paired with her childhood rival, Harrow, to compete in a deadly trial that could grant them immortality. As they venture into an ancient, decaying mansion filled with secrets and puzzles, they must unravel the mysteries of their world and face sinister forces lurking within. With a blend of dark humor, complex characters, and a gripping plot, "Gideon The Ninth" is a thrilling and unique blend of science fiction and fantasy.

    The 8150th Greatest Book of All Time
  • The Life Changing Magic Of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

    "The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up" is a practical guide that offers a fresh perspective on decluttering and organizing one's home. The author introduces the KonMari Method, a systematic approach to tidying that encourages individuals to keep only items that truly spark joy in their lives. Through insightful anecdotes and step-by-step instructions, the book provides valuable insights on how tidying can lead to a transformative and joyful lifestyle.

    The 6431st Greatest Book of All Time
  • Atomic Habits by James Clear

    This book explores the power of small habits and incremental changes in order to achieve significant personal and professional growth. The author delves into the science behind habit formation and provides practical strategies to break bad habits and build good ones. Through insightful anecdotes and actionable advice, "Atomic Habits" offers a roadmap for individuals to transform their lives by harnessing the compounding effect of small habits.

    The 6400th Greatest Book of All Time
  • Daring Greatly by Brené Brown

    "Daring Greatly" by Brené Brown is a transformative exploration of vulnerability and its power to cultivate courage, connection, and resilience in our lives. Through extensive research and personal anecdotes, the author delves into the societal pressures that prevent individuals from embracing vulnerability, and offers practical strategies to overcome shame and fear. Brown encourages readers to embrace vulnerability as a strength and a pathway to wholehearted living, ultimately empowering them to lead more authentic and fulfilling lives.

    The 4382nd Greatest Book of All Time
  • The Book Of Joy by Bstan-ʼdzin-rgya-mtsho

    "The Book of Joy" is a heartfelt and enlightening conversation between two spiritual leaders, focusing on the universal pursuit of joy and the ways to cultivate it in our lives. Through their personal anecdotes, wisdom, and teachings, the authors explore the obstacles to joy and offer practical advice and exercises to overcome them. Their shared insights and compassionate outlook provide readers with a transformative guide to finding enduring happiness and peace in an ever-changing world.

    The 10216th Greatest Book of All Time
  • 12 Rules For Life by Jordan B. Peterson

    "12 Rules for Life" by Jordan B. Peterson is a self-help book that offers practical advice on how to navigate the complexities of life and find meaning and purpose. Drawing from a wide range of disciplines, including psychology, philosophy, and biology, the author presents twelve rules that encourage readers to take responsibility for their actions, confront chaos and suffering, and strive for personal growth and fulfillment. With a blend of personal anecdotes, scientific research, and philosophical insights, this book aims to provide readers with practical tools to improve their lives and find harmony in an increasingly chaotic world.

    The 7905th Greatest Book of All Time
  • The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*Ck by Mark Manson

    "The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck" is a self-help book that challenges conventional wisdom and encourages readers to embrace a more honest and practical approach to life. With a blend of humor and brutal honesty, the author explores the importance of choosing our values wisely, accepting our flaws, and focusing our energy on what truly matters. Through personal anecdotes and thought-provoking insights, the book offers a refreshing perspective on finding happiness and fulfillment in a world that often prioritizes superficial success and constant positivity.

    The 7014th Greatest Book of All Time
  • Women & Money by Suze Orman

    "Women & Money" by Suze Orman provides a comprehensive guide for women to take control of their finances and achieve financial independence. With a focus on empowering women to make informed decisions about money, Orman covers various topics such as saving, investing, retirement planning, and overcoming financial obstacles. Through practical advice and real-life examples, this book offers valuable insights and strategies to help women build a secure financial future.

    The 9525th Greatest Book of All Time
  • 10% Happier by Dan Harris

    "10% Happier" is a memoir that chronicles the personal journey of a skeptical news anchor who embarks on a quest to find inner peace and happiness. Through his encounters with meditation and mindfulness, the author shares his struggles, insights, and the transformative effects these practices have had on his life. With a blend of humor and vulnerability, the book offers a relatable and practical approach to finding greater happiness and balance amidst the chaos of modern life.

    The 10033rd Greatest Book of All Time
  • The Nature Fix by Florence Williams

    "The Nature Fix" explores the profound impact that nature has on our physical and mental well-being. Through immersive research and personal experiences, the author delves into the science behind nature's therapeutic effects, revealing that spending time in nature can reduce stress, improve cognitive function, and enhance creativity. From urban parks to wilderness adventures, this book uncovers the transformative power of the natural world and invites readers to reconnect with nature for a healthier and more fulfilling life.

    The 10278th Greatest Book of All Time
  • Make Your Bed by William H. McRaven

    "Make Your Bed" is a motivational self-help book that emphasizes the importance of small tasks and habits in achieving success. Drawing from his experiences as a Navy SEAL, the author shares valuable lessons on discipline, resilience, and determination. Through practical advice and inspiring anecdotes, the book encourages readers to start their day by making their bed, symbolizing the completion of a task and setting the tone for a productive day ahead. It serves as a reminder that even the simplest actions can have a profound impact on one's life.

    The 10278th Greatest Book of All Time
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

    The book is a profound work that explores the concept of race in America through the lens of the author's personal experiences. It is written as a letter to the author's teenage son, offering him a stark portrayal of his place in a society that is marked by racial injustice. The narrative provides a deeply personal analysis of American history and its lasting impact on the African American community, with the author sharing his experiences of fear, violence, and struggle. It is an exploration of the physical and psychological impacts of being black in the United States, and a call for a deeper understanding of the nation's racial history.

    The 2179th Greatest Book of All Time
  • I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

    This book is a memoir that tells the inspiring story of a young Pakistani girl named Malala Yousafzai, who defied the Taliban and fought for girls' education. From her early childhood in the Swat Valley to her miraculous recovery after being shot in the head by the Taliban, Malala shares her experiences and her unwavering determination to speak out against injustice. Her powerful voice and unwavering courage have made her a symbol of hope and a global advocate for education and human rights.

    The 8143rd Greatest Book of All Time
  • March: Book One by John Lewis

    "March: Book One" is a graphic novel that depicts the early life of a key figure in the American civil rights movement. Raised in rural Alabama, he grows up inspired by the activism surrounding the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the words of Martin Luther King Jr., which sets him on the path of nonviolent protest. The novel highlights his commitment to the fight for equal rights and his journey from a young boy on a farm to one of the key figures in the civil rights movement.

    The 5359th Greatest Book of All Time
  • She Said by Jodi Kantor

    "She Said" by Jodi Kantor is an investigative and deeply impactful account of the sexual harassment allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. Drawing on extensive interviews and meticulous research, the book follows the journey of two journalists as they uncover the truth behind the decades-long abuse and the courageous women who came forward to share their stories. Kantor's narrative sheds light on the power dynamics, cover-ups, and systemic failures that allowed Weinstein's misconduct to persist for so long, ultimately sparking the #MeToo movement and igniting a global conversation about sexual harassment and abuse.

    The 10383rd Greatest Book of All Time
  • We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

    The book explores the importance of feminism in today's society and argues that gender equality is not just a women's issue, but a concern for everyone. Drawing from personal experiences and anecdotes, the author highlights the various ways in which gender inequality manifests itself and offers insightful perspectives on how we can work towards a more inclusive and equitable world for all.

    The 6406th Greatest Book of All Time
  • The Color Of Law by Richard Rothstein

    "The Color of Law" by Richard Rothstein explores the deeply ingrained history of racial segregation in the United States, particularly focusing on the role of government policies and practices. Through extensive research and analysis, Rothstein uncovers how discriminatory housing policies, such as redlining and racially restrictive covenants, were systematically implemented by federal, state, and local governments, perpetuating racial inequality and segregation. The book challenges the notion that segregation was solely a result of individual choices or private prejudices, emphasizing the significant role of government actions in shaping the racial landscape of America.

    The 10278th Greatest Book of All Time
  • Love Wins by Debbie Cenziper

    "Love Wins" is a powerful and heartwrenching true story that follows the journey of a determined journalist as she uncovers the shocking truth behind a corrupt and broken foster care system. Through her relentless pursuit of justice, she exposes the neglect and abuse suffered by countless innocent children, while also shedding light on the inspiring individuals who fight tirelessly to provide them with love, support, and a chance at a better future. This eye-opening account serves as a call to action, urging readers to confront the flaws of the system and work towards a society where love truly wins for all children.

    The 10216th Greatest Book of All Time
  • The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

    "The New Jim Crow" is a thought-provoking and eye-opening book that examines the deeply ingrained racial bias within the American criminal justice system. Drawing on extensive research and personal anecdotes, the author explores how the War on Drugs has disproportionately targeted and marginalized Black communities, leading to a modern-day system of racial control and oppression. This powerful critique challenges readers to confront the systemic racism that continues to perpetuate inequality and injustice in the United States.

    The 2123rd Greatest Book of All Time
  • No One Is Too Small To Make A Difference by Greta Thunberg

    "No One Is Too Small To Make A Difference" is a collection of speeches by Greta Thunberg, a young climate activist who gained international recognition for her efforts to combat climate change. Through her powerful and passionate words, Thunberg emphasizes the urgency of taking action and highlights the responsibility of individuals, governments, and corporations to address the environmental crisis. This book serves as a call to action, inspiring readers to join the global movement for a sustainable future.

    The 10383rd Greatest Book of All Time
  • Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond

    This book provides an in-depth look at the housing crisis in America, focusing on eight families in Milwaukee who are struggling to keep a roof over their heads. The author explores the role of eviction in perpetuating poverty, illuminating the business of landlords and the harsh reality of tenants in impoverished neighborhoods. The book offers a close examination of the intersection between profit and poverty, revealing how both are intricately linked in the American housing market.

    The 2746th Greatest Book of All Time
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The top 10 genre specific books of the 2010s from the Reader Services Department at the Boston Public Library. Please note that this list only includes specific genres: Fantasy, Graphic Novels, Horror, Memoirs, Middle School, Picture Books, Romance, Science Fiction, Self-Help, Social Justice, Thrillers, and Young Adult. Their general Fiction and Non-fiction are in another list.

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