Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme that was created by Lainey of gingerreadslainey and is currently hosted by Sam of ThoughtsOnTomes. Every week, I will post my top 5 of that week’s theme. If you’d like to learn more about it or join in the fun, head over to the Goodreads group where all the discussions take place here.
This week’s topic is future classics, or books that you think will stand the test of time. I think the sign of a classic is a book that doesn’t lose its relevance to readers over time, no and so this is the standard that I’ve judged these books again. Do I think these books will remain as striking one hundred years from now? Read my top 5 picks below!
1. Maresi – Maria Turtschaninoff
If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know that this is one of my all time favourite books. Maresi is a novice at the Red Abbey on a secluded island where men are forbidden. The island is a sanctuary for women from all corners of the world, and when they are threatened, they must pull together to defend themselves. The writing of this book is so beautiful and enchanting, and the story so unique and wonderful that I think this book will definitely stand the test of time.
2. I’ll Give You The Sun – Jandy Nelson
This is another of my favourite books that has frequently featured on my top 5 lists over the years. The story of Noah and Jude as they recover from the death of their mother that has divided their family has stuck with me since I first read it two years ago. Jandy Nelson’s writing is beautiful and she weaves in artistic imagery flawlessly into her writing, so I think that audiences for years to come will love this book.
3. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
I think that this book is already considered a sort of modern classic, and that definitely bodes well for its future. The book is narrated by Death, as they watch over a young girl called Liesel, who lives in Germany during the Second World War with her new foster parents, stealing books, and her friendship with the Jewish man that is hidden in her basement. This book is a beautiful story that often makes me tear up, even if I just read a snippet, and a very delicate snapshot of a dark and painful time in history that I think audiences for years to come will enjoy.
4. Homegoing – Yaa Gyasi
Homegoing is a very recently published book, but I predict that its impact will be felt for years to come. The way that it spans over centuries of history and multiple generations in a single family is such a modern and striking way of telling a story. I think that it was so well done that this will quickly secure a spot on the list of 21st century classics.
5. Milk and Honey – Rupi Kaur
This collection of poetry has already become known as one of the most successful poetry collections of recent years. Although my own feelings towards it were mixed, I really do think that it will stand the test of time and will be known as a turning point in modern poetry.
What books have you read that you think will be considered classics in the future?