Top Ten Tuesday-21st Century books I think will become classics

An interesting one this week and one that made me think- out of all the books I’ve read in this century which ones do I think will become classics.

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

I have read so many books in the last 22 years, but I wonder how many will stand the test of time, will be become classics or still be read in fifty years’ time. So, in no particular order, here are my favourites.

The Power by Naomi Alderson

This book explores how the women, and the world would react if the women suddenly became more physically then men- and it’s not pleasant.  I think this is a future classic with it’s fascinating, realistic, and sometimes cynical view of this new world.

Mad about the boy by Helen Fielding

The third instalment in Bridget Jones’s diary explores a 50 something navigating online dating, a young family, and a changing society in this usual funny Bridget Jones way. But what this book does so beautifully is describe the realistic and practical way people deal with grief and how life carries on when you lose a loved one which makes this a future classic for me.

The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

I have seen this book get a bit of flax on the twitter space but while this book is the usual whodunnit but this what makes this a future classic is it’s positive portrayal of older people without the usual cliches.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

My 9-year-old loves the Wimpy Kid series and I feel I have read this via osmosis whenever they read out their favourite bits. But Greg Huffrey, a middle-aged soul in child’s body, and his daily trials will be just as funny in thirty years’ time as they are now.

The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

This has been so imitated in books, TV and films but the Hunger Games strength was its description of a teenage girl, struggling to cope, when thrust into the limelight. The films don’t really capture how Katnis is almost forced into becoming the face of a revolution that has started without her.

The Other Boleyn Girl by Phillipa Gregory

There are now so many books describing history from a woman’s perspective but this book about an obscure noble lady and her surprising eventful life remains the best( in my view). Mary Boyeln’s fictional account feels like a classic of the future.

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

The first of the Radach Trilogy wasn’t the usual space opera. It featured a sentient AI planning revenge but also a vision of a society where gender wasn’t seen or described.

Not quite ten books but thank you for stopping by.

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24 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday-21st Century books I think will become classics

  1. I feel like the Hunger Games could make for such an interesting book study in a classroom (as long as the kids are old enough for it, of course!) Lots to unpack about themes like inequality, totalitarianism, and corruption.

    Mockingjay could even be paired with a historical lesson about real revolutions where the group that overthrows the government isn’t necessarily “good” or “just”.


  2. I didn’t even think of the WIMPY KID books. They’re not great literature (at least not in my opinion—kids would disagree), but they definitely popularized graphic novels and reading in general. The series is groundbreaking in a lot of ways. Great picks!

    Happy TTT!


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  3. I’d be surprised if The Hunger Games didn’t stick around. It’s so popular that it’s become a part of our culture in the English-speaking world. When you make a Hunger Games reference in a conversation, a lot of people understand the reference.

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  4. Good list. We don’t share a single book but there are SOOOO many, no wonder we don’t all have the same on our lists. I am sure “The Hunger Games” can be counted as a classic already and I’d be surprised if that didn’t stay one.

    Thanks for visiting my TTT this week. As usual, I couldn’t restrict myself but it still is a TTT (Top Twenty Tuesday).

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