Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This meme was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!
This week’s topic: Top Ten Books Written In The Past 10 Years That I Hope People Are Still Reading In 30 Years
Wow, awesome question for this week! Hmm, let’s see, in no particular order (and I had to go and check the dates on the publications to be sure, lol)…
01. Atonement by Ian McEwan (review) — Just my luck, this book was first published in 2002 =) Anyways, I hope that people are still reading this book 30 years from now; I suppose it’s a toss up between this book and Amsterdam (review) but I personally think this book is quite flawless from the way that McEwan uses his words to the internal dialogue within his principle characters to the questions he raises at the end of the novel. Absolutely wonderful, I hope people will continue to appreciate this novel years from now.
02. Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky (review) — I think that this novel isn’t going to fade away anytime soon, especially after it resurfaced after having been locked up in a piece of luggage since World War Two. I say it isn’t going to fade away because it gives us readers a glimpse of what it was like living in France during the days right before Nazi Germany occupied all of France; you get a glimpse of how the average French citizen coped and survived amidst the chaos and the failure of its previous government. Oh, and if we go by publication date, this book was first published in 2004.
03. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak — First published in 2006, I hope this book continues to be read by many people for many years to come. It’s an emotional tale that also provides a glimpse of life in Nazi Germany as well as exploring themes of friendship and the value of books.
04. The Shack by W. Paul Young (review) — Okay, I understand this novel isn’t for everyone. It tackles some tough themes such as loss, faith and theological inquiry. I do include it on this list because, aside from personally enjoying it, I can see it being a valuable book in terms of understanding certain concepts; the two priests who recommended it to me told me that it makes understanding the Trinity a whole lot easier (which it does).
05. Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer — I seem to be running through a theme of WW2 novels but this novel ended up on my list because I remember being astounded by this novel. It can be a little weird to get through at times, floating into postmodern writing at times, but the themes it dwells on are just fascinating. Not to mention it was just funny at times.
06. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke (review) — First published in 2004, this book was not only her first novel but it also took how long for her to write? (I read a decade; I could be wrong) It’s quite a feat of not only imagination but a seamless weave of fantasy/magical realism with the early nineteenth century. I hope people continue reading this book in the future.
07. Birds Without Wings by Louis de Bernieres (review) — I would have put Captain Corelli’s Mandolin on this list but that book was published in the 1990s so I went with this book, which was just as amazing. de Bernieres does such a wonderful job in showing the different sides of the war, encompassing the old and the young, the different peoples involved, the leaders directing the battles, etc. The scope is just epic and the subject, that of the end of the Ottoman Empire and the fight for Greek independence, makes it quite a timeless book.
08. The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery (review) — I think this book may continue on 30 years from now because of the amount of philosophy featured in this novel. I think it would be useful for people studying philosophy but it’s also an overall interesting novel and a fascinating character study.
09. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson (review) — I would actually put any of Brandon Sanderson’s books on this list; I think he’s a great writer with such an imagination, I think he’s going to make quite an impact in the fantasy genre. So yeah, I hope his books will be read 30 years from now.
10. I will think of something for #10 =P
I would have added Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s The Shadow of the Wind to this list but it looks like it was first published in 2001…but yes, definitely that book too =P And Ann Pratchett’s Bel Canto I think (also first published in 2001) =) Anyways, that’s my TTT for this week; click here for my teasers for this Tuesday if you’re interested. What books made it to your list this week?