Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Top Ten Books Written In The Past 10 Years That I Hope People Are Still Reading In 30 Years


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme 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. That means books that have been released between 2002 and now, if you're very bad at math.

1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling. I really don't think there's any question about it: the Harry Potter books will be read for a long time. I volunteer at my library's bookshop, and if a Harry Potter book comes in it will be sold within a few hours. They're the only books I can think of that have been out for over a decade (at least the early ones) but sell so fast. I read the first book in school and I won't be surprised if other schools continue to do the same in the future.

2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. With the movie out for a few months, The Hunger Games' popularity is at its height. While things will die down once Mockingjay comes out, I hope people will continue to read this book for years to come. This book could also be a good book to read in schools. 

3. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffeneggger. One of my favourite books, I think that this is a timeless love story that can appeal to anyone.

4. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. This story about the power of words and a young girl who lives in Germany during the Third Reich should be read by everyone. You can read my review here

5. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zaf√≥n. This book is so well written that everyone should read it, even in 2042. 

6. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. This book is kind of an acquired taste, but I love it. Weird thought: what if in 2042 this book had come true? 2042 seems so far away that anything could happen. 

7. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. I think this book could be a classic. Great book that will never feel dated. 

8. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer. I love this book, and since it's about 9/11 it captures one of most influential events of the 21st century, so far. You can read my review here

9. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. This is such an amazing book that I think will be ageless and always wonderful. It's also just so well written and heartbreaking that it would be a pity if it ever became forgotten. You can read my review here

10. The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. This is a great book with some beautiful illustrations. That combined with the writing and the original story make it a book that should become a classic for children. You can read my review here

11. The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart. This is a great book for kids that's full of fun and riddles. I love the whole series, but the first book is definitely the best. You can read my review here.

What books do you guys hope never stop being read? 

10 comments:

  1. I included Harry Potter, The Book Thief and The Kite Runner as well! I haven't read The Fault In Our Stars yet, but I included Will Grayson, Will Grayson in my list.

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    1. I loved Will Grayson, Will Grayson! I should re-read it soon. The Fault in Our Stars is easily my favourite of his though.

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  2. Oooh, The Kite Runner is a good one! When I read it, it already felt like a classic, so yes, I hope it keeps being read.

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  3. Yes, I agree with The Kite Runner! And yours is the first I have run across with The Mysterious Benedict Society, which I note because I just bought that book a couple of weeks ago. I'm looking forward to reading it.

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    1. Mysterious Benedict is really good! I loved the series!

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  4. Great list, I didn't put Potter on my list because I knew everyone else would be putting it on theirs. I really like your list because it's got some great titles on it!
    Here's my TopTenTuesday Post :)

    -Kimberly @ Turning The Pages

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  5. I can't imagine people not reading Harry Potter. It would be so sad!

    I agree with lots of these. I really need to read The Shadow of the Wind (I already have it). I didn't know it was one of your favourites though. It must be good! ;)

    What's your SECOND favourite John Green book?

    Mine go like this:
    TFiOS
    Paper Towns
    Looking for Alaska
    An Abundance of Katherines

    I've not read Will Grayson, Will Grayson yet.

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    1. The Shadow of the Wing reminded me of The Thirteenth Tale, actually!
      I'd say:
      TFiOs
      Looking for Alaska
      Paper Towns
      Will Grayson, Will Grayson
      An Abundance of Katherines

      I used to like PT better than LfA, but after I reread it I changed my mind. It's a really close call for me though, since there's so much I love about Paper Towns (the plot, the symbols, the themes, the pranks.) I'm hoping to reread Will Grayson this week, since I want to have all of them reviewed. I have the review for Katherines in my draft but I'm waiting until the new cover is released until I post it.
      I really think you'll like Will Grayson, Will Grayson. There's a musical!

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    2. Ah yeah I remember that Paper Towns used to be your favourite!

      I think I'm waiting to read WG, WG because I know I won't have any John Green books left to read afterwards :( Except Zombiecorns I guess.

      I'm looking forward to seeing the new cover for Katherines!

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  6. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen - it's my happy place :)

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