Top Ten Books Written in the Past 10 Years that I Hope People Are Still Reading in 30 Years

This week’s topic from The Broke and the Bookish was really hard for me because I don’t generally read “new” literature—getting into the Divergent series and The Hunger Games was sort of an anomaly for me (if you don’t count Harry Potter, which I don’t, for whatever reason—it was just such a ubiquitous thing in the way that Divergent and Hunger Games aren’t).

Anyway, I could only really come up with five books/series written in the past ten years that a) I’ve read and b) I would want people to continue to read for decades. Here they are:

1. Harry Potter series – J. K. Rowling. This counts, right? Since the last one only came out five years ago?

2. Divergent series – Veronica Roth. This one may not be as all-encompassing as Harry Potter and may not appeal to all ages the way HP does, but it’s still a great series and I hope my daughters/granddaughters will read it one day.

3. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak. Even though the story takes place in Nazi Germany during WWII, I would definitely say it’s timeless in its themes and raw emotion.

4. 11/22/63 – Stephen King. I have no doubt that people will still be reading Stephen King long after he stops writing, but I hope this one stays near the top of the list and becomes one of the “canon,” as I like to think of it (in my head, this includes things like It, The Stand, Pet Sematary, Misery, The Shining, Carrie, etc.—most of his better-known novels).

5. The Hunger Games series – Suzanne Collins. I’m not sure how enduring this one will be on its own, but I know I’ll probably give it to my kids to read once they’re old enough.

For the other five, I’m going to give you five books/series written in the past ten years that I hope people are NOT reading in 30 years:

6. Twilight series – Stephenie Meyer. I feel like this goes without saying, but…I’m saying it. This series does nothing at all positive for women—it makes them desire the unattainable (i.e. the “perfect” man) and believe that their raison d’etre is to have a boyfriend. Nyet.

7. The Road – Cormac McCarthy. I realize a lot of people really like this book, and that it’s basically already a classic. But I personally thought it was boring, pointless, plotless, and depressing, and I hope people don’t continue to torture themselves by reading this.

8. Atonement – Ian McEwan. Okay, I missed the “deadline” on this by about a year (it came out in 2001), but still. I don’t know why people make such a big deal about Ian McEwan. He writes romance novels, not literature. I don’t see Danielle Steele on The List. I don’t know why McEwan is either, but he’s on there eight times. Give me a break! Atonement wasn’t even that good!

First world problems, much?

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16 thoughts on “Top Ten Books Written in the Past 10 Years that I Hope People Are Still Reading in 30 Years

  1. Omfg that picture at the end is brilliant, it seriously made me laugh out loud, thank you. Also, brilliant list. I love how you also dedicated a part of it to books you hope people will not be reading, haha!

    • Haha, thanks! The picture was actually inspired by my boyfriend because when I complained to him last night that I couldn’t think of enough books, he just looked at me and went “Yeah, first world problems…” so I made the picture 🙂 Glad you got a laugh out of it!

    • Plus, it’s already shown quite a bit of staying power, with it being the most popular series the world has ever known. I can’t wait for my kids to read it and geek out over it as much as I have!

  2. I think Harry Potter counts! It better, since it’s on my list 🙂

    I have 11/22/63 on audio book, but I haven’t attempted it yet because it’s THIRTY HOURS. I don’t have thirty hours. I don’t know what I was thinking in getting it in that format.

    Great list! I had trouble coming up with enough titles too 🙂

    Here’s my TTT.

    • Good luck with 11/22/63! I hope you enjoy it no matter which way you choose to consume it 🙂 (but yeah, it’s a long one–not sure if you clicked the link to my review, but it was a birthday/anniversary gift from my boyfriend and I spent our whole weekend away reading it…oops…)

  3. Haha, I had the same problem with my list, only came up with 5. I like how you divided it into two parts as yes, some books probably just aren’t worth reading. Too bad there isn’t a way to just filter out all the junk and get to all the best books right away!

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