Top Ten Tuesday #11

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
21st Century Books I Think Will Become Classics

This week’s prompt is hard. Classics can be so subjective. There are a lot of classics that everyone agrees on and then there are some that scholars still debate whether they deserve the classification of “classic.” When I think of classics, I think of books that are timeless, books that multiple generations have read and/or enjoyed. I don’t think of books that have more literary merit/value than other books. Reading and the enjoyment of reading all depends upon the reader.

Here are my top ten predictions of which books will become classics from the last 21 years:

I know some of my choices may be weird. There are probably other books that would be better than mine. I only listed books I’ve read, though. The other books that may be better choices would be word of mouth only. For that reason, I didn’t put them on my list.

What about you? Which books published in the last 21 years do you think will become classics? Do we have any in common?

I’ve been learning in DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) that life is full of dialectics, or two opposing truths. In this case, the two opposing truths are: 1) I don’t agree with JKR’s stance regarding trans people, and 2) I still love Harry Potter.

About Jenni Elyse

Hi, I'm Jenni. I’m an eclectic reader. I mostly read fiction and I favor fantasy, science fiction, historical fiction, mystery, thrillers, and romance. The more kissing in a book the better!
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  1. stargazer
    stargazer says:

    HP, The Hunger Games and The Book Thief are all good choices. I agree that classics are not necessarily related to enjoyment, they need some qualities which are timeless and interesting to make it to classics status. Many classics may not even be enjoyable, but they are important and impactful.

    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      Yeah, I can see what you’re saying about classics needing to be important and impactful. I can go along with that more than I can go along with “literary merit/value.” For me, though, timelessness is the most important factor in a book becoming a classic. As long as many generations continue to read a book, then I think it fits as a classic.

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