(This is a day late, but I started it yesterday and I like the topic so much that I didn’t want to miss out on sharing)
Top Ten Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a different topic is listed inviting the participants to come up with a list of ten things to do with the topic. This week’s topic is:
Top Ten Books Written In The Past 10 Years That I Hope People Are Still Reading In 30 Years
This actually proved to be much harder than I thought it would be, but I managed to narrow it down to 10 books that I have read, deciding not to include ones that have been called classics in the past 10 years, but which I haven’t read myself.
So here goes:
1. The Harry Potter series (J.K. Rowling) – I almost didn’t include these, because the first book came out in 1997. However, the series wasn’t completed until 2007, so I decided that qualifies the series for inclusion. These books are so entertaining and engaging that they will be passed down from generation to generation for many years to come.
2. The Book Thief (Markus Zusak) – this story is destined to become a classic. It has already won a number of awards. The unforgettable tale of Liesel Meminger and her love of books set against the backdrop of Germany during WWII is one that will not fail to touch the heart of many for a long time to come.
3. The Sisters Brothers (Patrick deWitt) – the tale of two brothers , Eli and Charlie Sisters, who are hitmen in the old West, is one that is well worth the read. Although the story is classic Western, the book is fresh and quite original. It is a funny, chilling, compelling read and will remain so for many years. It has a really cool cover as well!
4. No Country For Old Men (Cormac McCarthy) – this well-written, simple to read, but complex story of drug-running gone wrong and trying to keep what is not yours set between Texas and Mexico is one that is hard to put down once started. The movie based on this was great, but the book is far superior. It seems that everything McCarthy has written is talked about in high regard, but this is the only one I have read so far. If they are all at least as good as this one, then I have many great reads to look forward to!
5. The Invention of Hugo Cabret (Brian Selznick) – this is one of the most beautiful books written in the last 10 years. The combination of a well written story and hundreds of pencil drawings and photos makes this a mesmerizing book that is a real page turner from beginning to end. It is a very unique book that many, both young and old (myself included) have fallen in love with.
6. Never Let Me Go (Kazuo Ishiguro) – this book deserves to be read for many years to come. It talks about many important themes, such as love, friendship, and ethics, with an underlying disturbing reality that slowly comes to the forefront as the story moves along. It is destined to be a classic and is one that will also leave you with lots of questions to ask about your own life and attitudes.
7. The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins) – I have only read the first book in this series so far, but I’m sure I’ll have the other two read soon. This series will have people reading it for years, because it already has people talking about it and taking sides as to the suitability of the content and so on. As usual, many of the critics haven’t read it themselves, but are going by the sometimes inaccurate picture that has been portrayed by others. The book hits on a number of important issues in the setting of a disturbing dystopian society that has at its centre an annual gladiator-type contest where a number of young people have to fight to the death. The book is a definite page turner and I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
8. The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet (Reif Larsen) – this is a very unique and brilliant book. I think it is oneof the most underrated books of the last 10 years, which is why I have included it here. It is about a 12 year-old genius who makes maps of everything and has colour-coded notebooks to keep track of his life. Through a misunderstanding he is invited to present at the Smithsonian and the book covers his cross-country adventures to get there, but also there is the story of his ancestors woven into it as well. I loved this book and many others will for many more years.
9. Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children (Ransom Riggs) – I expected to enjoy this one, but not as much as I did. The author uses a collection of unusual vintage photographs to help tell a spine-tingling fantasy adventure that can be enjoyed by both old and young. The ending leaves you wanting more and I think this could become a much loved series for long into the future.
10. The Percy Jackson and the Olympians series (Rick Riordan) – this series, about Greek gods and demigods set in our 21st century world, is a definite winner and well worth the read. Again, it is a series that can be enjoyed by young and old. Unfortunately, the movie of the first book is awful and doesn’t really reflect the main themes and characters of the book. Believe me when I say I’m not being picky for the sake of it. These books could have been made into a real blockbuster of a movie series. Skip the movie and enjoy the books instead.