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Top Ten Tuesday (8)

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because they are particularly fond of lists at The Broke and the Bookish. They’d love to share their lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

This weeks Top Ten topic is:

Top Ten FIVE Books Written In The Past 10 Years That I Hope People Are Still Reading In 30 Years

Women of the Otherworld #1

Women of the Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong

Okay. . .  so this is a bit of a cheat, but I really love this series. Seriously, I do – you just need to look at my challenge entries to tell that. This has so many wonderful characters, and I love the world that honestly I would be a little heart-broken if people forgot it.

The Curse Workers #1

The Curse Workers trilogy by Holly Black

This too is a bit of cheat, but if you read one book of this trilogy you’ll find yourself reading them all. I’m hoping that this will still be around in 30 years because Holly Black has created such a wonderful world. The characters are brilliant. And the humour in the narrative just makes me smile.

The Demon's Lexicon #1The Demon’s Lexicon trilogy by Sarah Rees Brennan

Anyone starting to sense a theme?

But seriously, this is an awesome trilogy. It made me LOL – seriously! If you’ve not tried this trilogy then you should. Each book is narrated from a different POV, but that’s part of what makes it so awesome. Also I think everyone should meet Nick, well not meet him meet him but you know get to know him through the pages – I think meeting him in real life might be a little scary.

Abandon #1Abandon trilogy by Meg Cabot

I’m going to make a confession here – I’ve only read the first book, but I’m sure the next two will be just as awesome if Meg Cabot’s other series are anything to go by. I REALLY enjoyed this book and its take on the Persephone myth. It would be really cool to see it in 30 years time and to read some of the critical thinking on it – okay so I’m an English Lit nerd :P

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein and Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

I’ve linked these two together because they are both about war, in particular WWII. I’m a HUGE proponent of George Santayana’s two most famous sayings:

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
–  Reason in Common Sense (1905), volume 1 of The Life of Reason

[O]nly the dead have seen the end of war.
Soliloquies in England and Later Soliloquies (1922), number 25

I would like these books – or at least other books about this subject – to exist in 30 years time. I think they need to exist in 30 years time because if we can destroy the world now what on Earth will we be able to do 30 years in the future?!

Apart from this, I think these books deserve to be remembered in 30 years time because they are heartbreakingly beautiful.

I know this is supposed to be a Top Ten list, but I can only think of 5. I hope you enjoyed it, and I’d love to hear which books you think will still be around in 30 years.

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  1. May 29, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    The only one of these I’ve read is Between Shades of Gray and I agree that it should stand the test of time. Such an incredible read. I’ve heard great things about Code Name Verity too – must make it a priority to read it!

  2. May 29, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    It’s interesting that you’ve picked Abandon for this Top Ten Tuesday… I think that young people will still read Meg Cabot’s books in 30 years, but I wouldn’t have picked Abandon as the series to last over time (although I did love it, don’t get me wrong). I think The Princess Diaries will be what she’ll remain known for… Anyway, great picks for this meme!

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