The Broke and the Bookish's prompt for this week's Top Ten Tuesday is top ten books written in the last ten years that I am hoping people are still reading in the next 30 years. Whew, that is quite a title, but I really appreciate this prompt because it has made me think.
1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak -- This is a no-brainer, for me at least. This book affected me very profoundly emotionally, and its unique style makes it stand out in a sea of World War II books. I hope it is around for years to come.
2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling -- (And, by default, all the other Harry Potter books). I found some cute Harry Potter-esque recipes on Pinterest the other day and told my husband that in the future when we have kids old enough to appreciate it, we should have a Halloween Harry Potter party. My husband said without thinking, "Do you think people will still be into Harry Potter?" The thought of people no longer reading Harry Potter completely depressed me. Um, yes, I hope people are, at any rate!
3. Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly -- I think this is a really impressive piece of young adult literature, and I think it needs to stay around. I know that the YA genre is susceptible to fads and changes, but I hope that some of it endures and becomes classic for teens to read.
4. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls -- I think this would be a really good book for schools to assign classes to read. Everything the Walls kids go through is so shocking and their ability to overcome their circumstances is so awesome.
5. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern -- I know this is by no means a perfect book, or one that worked for everyone who read it, but I personally loved the enchantment, atmosphere, and characters in this book. In fact, I might reread it every Halloween -- for a while at least. I hope that it is still around in thirty years giving people that same magic experience.
6. The Bird Sisters by Rebecca Rasmussen -- This was a huge title last summer, but I haven't heard any buzz about it lately. I thought this story was so beautifully written and had such a sweet, yet subtle message. I think it is a story that will have appeal for multiple generations, and I hope it lasts beyond its initial surge of popularity.
7. The Road by Cormac McCarthy -- This is an immensely disturbing book, but I think it causes us to think about our humanity when catastrophe strikes -- and I think it will strike sooner than we all like to believe.
8. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese -- This novel is just flat-out cool -- I have no more articulate way of saying that. I hope it sticks around.
9. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri -- To be honest, I remember little about this book -- I read it about six years ago. But I remember having a great experience with it, and I think it is a book that has real staying power.
10. The Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer -- PSYCH! I hope you know I'm kidding, although I had fun reading the books when they came out. But I am curious to know if they do last. I don't think they will, but you never know.