Top 5 Wednesday: Future Classics

Greetings Fellow Book Dragons!

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme within the book community that was created by Lainey of GingerReadsLainey, but is now hosted by Sam of Thoughts on Tomes.  If you’re interested in participating, find out more on the Goodreads group.

This week’s topic is Future Classics! Let’s talk about those books that you believe will one day be considered classics that everyone will or should have to read. Disclaimer:  I’m not going to include Harry Potter because that series goes without saying!

Here are my selections in no particular order:

The Hunger Games

This book catapulted the dystopian novel to what it is today. While these kinds of stories have always existed, the book’s enduring sense of hope creates enormous appeal and features both the best and worst about society with an amazing plot and strong character development. 


I had to include a fantasy, and while my instinct says that I have to put Game of Thrones on this list because entire course catalogs could be devoted to teaching that incredible tome, I wanted to include something that would have a stronger appeal to larger audiences. 

Featuring a strong female protagonist, Katsa is a Graceling, a person born with a rare supernatural ability or Grace.  She is gifted with the ability to kill and becomes the King’s personal assassin; however, she secretly forms a council and uses her grace to seek out and right injustices. There is also an incredibly believable and swoon-worthy romance because of course there is! And because fantasy is one of those genres that is hard for people to get into, this is a great introductory book to dip your toes in before moving on to bigger and bolder worlds.

The Hate U Give

This is an incredibly important book, defining a time in our society that will be studied and talked about for generations to come.  All of the hype is completely warranted with this one and I can’t recommend it enough.

The Book Thief

We will forever study World War II, and great novels about this dark period in our world’s history are important.  This book is one of them.  Featuring an unforgettable narrator, this book is heart-breaking, eye-opening, and truly captures the ability of books to feed the soul.

Gone Girl

This book turned the psychological thriller on its head and made the summer beach read of 2012 a very dark and twisted one.  Five years later and marketing campaigns are still trying to sell readers the next “Gone Girl.”  This is a brilliant study in dual perspectives and building tension and suspense towards the ultimate climax.  

So those are my picks for future classics!  What are some that you want added to the classics canon?  Let me know in the comments!


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