#TopTenTuesday: 21st Century Books That Could Be Classics

So, we’re back with another Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week’s prompt is: 21st Century Books I Think Will Become Classics (Submitted by Lisa of Hopewell)

I found this week’s prompt to be a toughie and I wasn’t entirely jamming with it because I don’t tend to read a lot of classics, but I was also too tired to find a new topic to do, so I decided to dive in and see what I could come up with! I changed the wording of the prompt slightly because I’m not confident at all in my ability to discern which books will become classics but I feel like maybe these books have potential? For starters, I needed to refresh my memory of what makes a classic.

classic usually expresses some artistic quality—an expression of life, truth, and beauty. A classic stands the test of time. The work is usually considered to be a representation of the period in which it was written, and the work merits lasting recognition. A classic has a certain universal appeal. Great works of literature touch us to our very core beings—partly because they integrate themes that are understood by readers from a wide range of backgrounds and levels of experience. Themes of love, hate, death, life, and faith touch upon some of our most basic emotional responses. A classic makes connections.


With this definition in mind, I managed to come up with a list of books that I think fit the bill— plus, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed all of these books and not only have they left a strong impression on me but they’re ones that I frequently recommend to others! I know many people would disagree with at least one of these for sure 😂 Without further ado, let’s get right to it…

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ngmy review
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klunemy review
Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaammy review

Normal People by Sally Rooneymy review
A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoultmy review
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezimy review
Nevermoor Series by Jessica Townsendmy review

Have you read any of these books? Do you think any of them could become classics? What 21st century books made it onto your ‘classics’ list?

54 thoughts on “#TopTenTuesday: 21st Century Books That Could Be Classics

  1. Haha I edited this topic to classics I’ve never read because I just stalled trying to come up with titles for the actual prompt. Kudos for your list! ☺️ Shadow of the Wind has come up to me before, so maybe it’s time I bump that one up on my tbr.

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    • Haha, I was so brain pooped that I didn’t even think to do something like that—it would’ve been much easier 😂 But I still had fun coming up with this list! I would defo recommend bumping it up! It’s such a wonderful book 😍


  2. Great list! I haven’t read any of these personally but have seen people talk about a lot of them! It was definitely a hard topic this week, lol.

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  3. I see we picked a couple of the same books! This week was a hard topic, I ended up picking books mostly on the basis of my enjoying them and hoping others would too. I think your point about them making a strong impression is a good one, and I sort of did that without meaning too. There are books I’ve loved, but wouldn’t imagining being ‘classics’ in decades time.

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    • I think what the more “scholarly” types would deem a classic would be very different to what I’d think of as a classic but I think if they leave a mark on you and is relevant to what’s happening in the world at the moment, it should be considered a classic!

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  4. Such a tough topic but I love your list! I love how it’s so diverse in genres too. Nevermoor!! Oh gosh, yes! I love that series so much. I still need to read Hosseini! I’ve seen him on a few lists today. I own this book but haven’t read it! lol.

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      • Yeah I can understand why, I did find it confusing at first, but once I settled into it, I was glad it was told that way, I definitely agree that it was unique and allowed you to see the events from a unique perspective.


  5. Little Fires is one I was super curious about… something about the premise made me want to read it but I haven’t gotten to it yet unfortunately. I definitely like your list though and I agree- books that have an effect or we want to recommend to others are awesome choices!

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  6. Great picks, Dini! The House in the Cerulean Sea is on mine too. I have Hosseini too but a different book – The Kite Runner. And I’ve heard a lot about Little Fires Everywhere – definitely want to check it out.

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    • Cerulean Sea is a fantastic book and its made it onto so many lists this week for great reason! The Kite Runner is also one of my faves and I hope it becomes a classic too (so hard to choose between the two lol). It’s brutal at times but wow, so poignant. And I hope you enjoy LFE if you pick it up 😃

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  7. I have books 2, 3, and 7 on my list, as well. I haven’t read any of the others but I’ve heard of them a lot, so I’m sure they are also great. I love all those lists with so many great recommendations.

    Thanks for visiting my TTT this week. As usual, I couldn’t restrict myself but it still is a TTT (Top Twenty Tuesday).

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  8. I was in the same boat with this prompt, but I also didn’t have time or brain power to come up with a different one. Haha! I just decided to not overanalyze it and pick what came to my mind first. 😉 I agree with all your choices that I’ve read. I still need to read many of these, though. I’m hoping to get to The House in the Cerulean Sea this summer. I also need to read A Thousand Splendid Suns and The Shadow of the Wind. Great choices!


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