There are certain books that I think we all hope become classics, those books that we press close to our hearts and hope people will read and love them as much in 30 years as we do now. I think that’s why it was hard for me to come up with the books I’d be listing for this week’s top 10 Tuesday, because there are a lot of books that I love, but not all of them I think would be relevant and worthy in 30 years time.
Top 10 Books Written In The Past 10 Years I Hope People Are Still Reading In 30 Years:
1. Okay For Now by Gary D. Schmidt
Why?: I think Schmidt’s middle grade historical fiction is filled with heart, humor, and strong themes. It’s extremely well written with memorable characters that I think will last the test of time.
2. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Why?: Maddie and Verity’s friendship slays me and I hope that it slays future generations of people as well, and this book is just so brilliant and twisting. I love it.
3. The Absolutely True Diary Of A Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Why?: Junior, the main character, is one who makes me laugh and cry while teaching me a little bit about life on a reservation without being stereotypical but with authenticity.
4. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Why?: Zusak has this way of writing that stick with you, that seeps into your skin and mind and just stays there, especially in The Book Thief which I think will be relevant for a very long time.
5. The Name Of The Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
Why?: I’ve read The Name Of The Wind twice, and honestly, I could probably read it again and again without getting bored of it, and I hope people come to wonder what the Chandrian are or fall for Kvothe or hope it works out for him and Denna.
6. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Septys
Why?: It would be a damn shame if people weren’t still reading about the treatment of Lithuanians during World War II. Let’s hope people are still learning and these people get the recognition they deserve.
7. The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
Why?: The Invention Of Hugo Cabret is an absolutely gorgeous book that does play with storytelling form and I think it is one of those books I will want to share with my children.
8. Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley
Why?: Where Things Come Back is one of those YA books that I think could also be sold in the adult section. It’s got that sort of Catcher In The Rye/well-written literary quality that I could see kids analyzing in classrooms. Not to mention, it’s a brilliant read.
9. The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey
Why?: Goodness, The Monstrumologist has all the trappings of a classic — from language to unique premise to compelling story. Believe you me, I want the people of the future to be reading this series.
10. The Knife Of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
Why?: Do you even need to ask? These books are ones that teach about ethics, the line between good and evil and how it blurs, and so so so much more. I just, I hope people get to meet Todd and Manchee and the gang.