Top Ten Tuesday: 21st Century Books I Think Will Become Classic


I’ve been doing Top Ten Tuesday for so long! I love it. I track my reading so that makes it easy to participate. This week the topic is one I suggested so even more fun. You’d think I’d be well prepared, right? Wrong! I had to go back into my lists to make my top ten!

Here are a few lists:

Guardian’s 100 Best Books of the 21st Century

Sorry Guardian but Normal People is not a future classic. It was disgusting. Other lists mention Wild by Cheryl Strayed–God help us. Heroin is amazing? No. It’s not. It kills.

25 Books to Read Before You Die: 21st Century by Powell’s Books



The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (2016)


Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens


Train Dreams: A Novella by Denis Johnson


This Tender Land: A Novel by William Kent Krueger


The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo



The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (2010) nonfiction


Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink


The Glass Caste by Jeannette Walls

I read this when it came out–before blogging.


American Prison by Shane Bauer. Currently on sale for $5.99 for Kindle

My review


In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson

I’ve probably forgotten a ton of others that should be on this list. Nickeled and Dimed is another I’d like to include. So many others.


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12 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: 21st Century Books I Think Will Become Classic

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  1. “Best books” lists are always problematic because there is no way to be completely objective about it. Everyone’s tastes are so different that we’re NEVER all going to agree (and that’s okay)! From your list, I’ve only read FIVE DAYS AT MEMORIAL, which was excellent. Disturbing, but super compelling and eye-opening. I’m a Larson fan, so I definitely need to read IN THE GARDEN OF BEASTS one of these days.

    Happy TTT!



  2. I have The Poet X on my TBR shelf right now. Hopefully I’ll get to it this year. I also sometimes get confused by newspapers’ lists of future classics or “books everybody must read.” I would not put Normal People or Wild on a classics list.


  3. Happily, I have read several of the books on your list. And I agree that Normal People was awful. I actually finished it but wonder how I managed to do that.


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