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A lot of popular modern fiction already feels like classics so I’m not going with “The Hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy” or “Never let me go”. These are books that, according to me, stand a real chance of becoming classics.
The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
I think this one will be on a lot of people’s lists but I couldn’t not put it on mine. The World Wars are topics that will be read until the end of time and the writing style (Death telling you the story) is so memorable, I mean come on.. it’s the perfect pick. It’s already a bit of a classic. It was published in 2006 and there are still people that are only discovering it now so I’m sure there will be people reading it for the first time in ten, twenty, thirty years.
Station Eleven – Emily St. John Mandel
Dystopian fiction has been a huge thing in recent years so I wanted to put it on this list. The book that stood out the most for me was Station Eleven. I still can’t quite put my finger on why I love it so much but it just stays with me. I think one of the reasons is because it was written with such attention to the humanity of the characters. I will never get over the man who said “I’d thought I was the only one“. Not sure if this book will stand the test of time but it certainly deserves to.
The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern
A typical example of – you either love it or hate it – but the people who like it all seem to absolutely love it. That’s why this one has all the potential of becoming a classic. The fans will carry it into eternity.
The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas
Let me start by saying that I have not yet read this book so I can not share my own opinion with you. Why then put this book on my list? Well, the reason is simple. Even without having read it, I understand the importance of this book. I really hope it’s as good as everyone has been telling me and I hope that lots and lots of people will read it. The subject matter reflects our world today and I hope that future readers will talk about this book in a “back in the day when….” kind of way. One can dream, right..
Harry Potter – JK Rowling
I don’t really need to explain this, do I?