Good morning ladies & gents! So, time for Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten Books Written In the Past 10 Years That I Hope People Are Still Reading in 30 Years. Whew, that’s wordy. But a good topic, because let’s face it – most of the books out today are not going to stand the test of time. It’s hard to try to think about what will become something of a classic, but let’s get to it, shall we?
1. Beauty Queens by Libba Bray - Seems like a weird first choice, but this is the only recent YA novel that I can think of that should definitely become a regular on those summer reading lists for teens. AWESOME book full of important topics like consumerism, beauty, sexuality, society, vanity, intelligence, acceptance… the list goes on.
2. Physics of the Future by Michio Kaku - Actually I still hope that this book is still around 100 years from now, just to see which of his predictions are right.
3. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling - Well, at least some of the books were written in the past decade. In all seriousness though, how can this series NOT become a classic?
4. Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon - Like the Harry Potter books, I’m counting it since she’s still writing them. I would LOVE it if I can still talk to people reading this series when I’m in my 50′s.
5. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss - And the rest of trilogy/series, of course. This is definitely one of the major epic fantasy books of this decade.
And I’m stopping it halfway through. Partly cause I got stuff to do (it’s my little brother’s 19th birthday today!) and partly because anything else I add to this list would be half-hearted. The sad truth is that most of the stuff we read today probably isn’t awesome enough to become a sort of modern classic, or have any sort of huge effect on future generations. A lot of the books written today don’t even have a particular message or theme.
Anyways, what’s on your list??