Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Tuesday Ten: I Hope People Are Reading These Books 30 Years From Now

This week's topic from The Broke and the Bookish is books published in the last 10 years that I hope people are still reading 30 years from now. This is a really interesting topic to me, but I was shockingly unable to decide on ten books, so I'm only listing the five I was most sure of.

1. Hunger Games series (2008-2010)
Suzanne Collins
Obviously this series deserves to be a classic. In the future I hope it's taught in schools the way 1984 or Fahrenheit 451 are, and I'm sure I'm not the only one.

2. Before I Fall (2010)
Lauren Oliver
This is without a doubt one of the most powerful books I've read and though in 30 years it'll definitely be dated, I think the story and characters and themes are strong enough to warrant it being read in the future. (And after all, even our most "timeless" classics have aged and become dated by now.)

3. Stupid Fast (2011)
Geoff Herbach
YA is still such a new genre that I don't know what sorts of books will be the type to become "YA classics," but I hope it's books like Stupid Fast -- with strong characters, a great voice, and an honest viewpoint. This is one of the best "boy books" I've read in so, so long and I hope it sticks around.

4. The Mockingbirds (2010)
Daisy Whitney
It's rare for a book to come where I think, okay, teenagers NEED to read this, but The Mockingbirds hits that mark. Not only does it tackle complex, important subjects while paying homage to everyone's favorite American classic (To Kill A Mockingbird), but it does so in such a straightforward manner. It totally deserves to stick around.

5. The List (2012)
Siobhan Vivian
Like with The Mockingbirds, I immediately thought that this is a book that needs to be read. It's powerful and hard-hitting without being didactic or pushy.


  1. I've only read The Hunger Games series from your list - which I loved! Before I Fall is one I want to read soon too. Awesome list.

    1. Oh my goodness, you should totally read Before I Fall. It's incredible. READ IT.

  2. Yep, you're not the only one! I hope and believe that Hunger Games will be taught in English classes years from now. Kids (maybe even ours!) are probably going to be doing book reports on the series, haha.

    1. If this does happen, I'm sure I will drive my (future) (hypothetical) children crazy by talking about how much I LOVE HG when they're learning it in school. haha.

  3. I've heard fabulous things about Stupid Fast! I really need to read it!

    Check out my Top Ten!

    1. Yes, it's great. I'm reading the sequel right now and it's also great.

  4. Yes yes yes to The Mockingbirds! And The Hunger Games! Your list rocks.

  5. So many people chose The Hunger Games! I thought about it, but decided against it - I just wasn't sure if it would still be as popular in years to come.

    I had so many books I almost chose... it was a tough call, narrowing it down to only ten.

    Better quality than quantity I say.