Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Top Ten Books Written In The Past 10 Years That I Hope People Are Still Reading In 30 Years

I LOVE this Top Ten Tuesday topic, especially since I've been reading more contemporary fiction lately.

1. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

2. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

3. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

4. Elizabeth I by Margaret George

5. Harry Potter 1-7 (I do realize half of them were not written in the last ten years, but it seems trite to separate them)

6. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke

7. Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi

8. The Winter Palace by Eva Stachniak

I don't think I have any more to add, as I may have rather stringent prerequisites and I realize not all the books I have read and enjoyed are destined or even deserve to be classics. But if even a few of the books above are still being read in 30 years, I will have a high opinion of the reading public's taste. And I see little evidence today that I should not place my confidence in them. (Especially as I will be shaping the minds of a few! Ha!)

1 comment:

Jonathan said...

Have you read Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides? That one would make my list, and I bet you'd like it!