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.
A 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.ThoughtCo.
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 Ng – my review
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune – my review
Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam – my review
Normal People by Sally Rooney – my review
A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult – my review
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi – my review
Nevermoor Series by Jessica Townsend – my 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?