Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created by GingerReadsLainey and managed by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes on Goodreads. Each week features a new prompt in which you are suppose to talk about the top 5 books that you relate to the prompt. This week the topic is: Future Classics –What books do you think with stand the test of time?
So, without further adieu, I present my contribution to this week’s top five conversation.
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All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Publisher: Scribner (May 6, 2014)
Print Length: 531 pages
The story of a French girl who went blind and a German boy interesting in how electronics work, All the Light We Cannot See is set during the the Second World War and shows how two unrelated stories can intersect to become one incredible example of how similar we truly are. A Pulitzer Prize winner, I believe All the Light We Cannot See will stand the test of time because of its expert pacing, brilliant multiple Povs, and ability to have the reader question whether or not all Germans were at fault for the atrocities of WWII, or if, like the Allies, they were just doing what was expected of them by their country.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf (March 14, 2006)
Print Length: 584 pages
Another fictional story set in World War II, The Book Thief is the story of Liesel, a young German girl who chooses to go against the laws in her country to rescue and maintain banned books and unsavory citizens. I believe The Book Thief is going to stand the test of time because unlike other YA historical fiction novels set at the same time Zusak chose to show the realities of war and not have his novel end with the expected, happier ending.
Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha #1) by Tomi Adeyemi
Publisher: Henry Holt Books for Young Readers (March 6, 2018)
Print Length: 525 pages
Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha #1) is the story of Zelie Adebola, a young woman ostracized by the ruling class for being the daughter of a Reaper, who is struggling to grow into her heritage and accept her feelings for her enemy. I think there are many reasons Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha #1) will stand the test of time. Out of all of them I think Adeyemi’s debut will be a classic is because of its importance to current world issues. I hope we look back on this book as an important voice in the need for representation and the Black Lives Matter movement.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Publisher: Blazer + Bray (February 28, 2017)
Print Length: 464 pages
Another very important book in the Black Lives Matter conversation, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas is the story of Starr Carter, a sixteen-year-old girl thrust into the police brutality conversation when her childhood best friend, Khalil, is killed at the hands of a police office while unarmed. Much like Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha #1), The Hate U Give will stand the test of time because it needs to remind people of an issue that ran rampant during a hostile period in our collective history. Hopefully when it becomes the norm to study this remarkable novel this issue is one of the past, but that might just be wishful thinking.
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Publisher: Walker Books (September 27, 2011)
Print Length: 226 pages
The story of a thirteen-year-old boy trying to come to terms with his mother’s impending death due to cancer, A Monster Calls is one of the most important YA novels to ever deal with the topic of grief. I believe A Monster Calls will stand the test of time because it shows why it is important to talk to children about the ‘hard topics’ of life, and also an accurate look at how a child could begin the grieving process for a loved one.
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And those are the top five books that I think are future classics. Do you have any books that could fill this T5W? Leave it as a comment below and let’s chat about it.