TOP 5 WEDNESDAY: Future Classics

Greetings Friends!

It’s been a while since I last posted a TOP 5 WEDNESDAY! No particular reason for this other than being busy with other posts or trying to catch up on a lot of reading in order to complete those posts! But I had some time this week and actually really enjoy discussing this topic.

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, you can find out more on the Goodreads group.

This week’s topic is FUTURE CLASSICS! This was a subject that I posted about in March of 2017, which you can check out HERE. With the exception of one, I have a new list of books to mention this time around. So l
et’s talk about those books that I believe will one day be considered classics that everyone will or should have to read. 

In no particular order, here are my selections:

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. 

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr. But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

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!

When Death has a story to tell, you listen. 

It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still. Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. 

With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement.

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.

Wise, funny, and heartbreaking, this is Marjane Satrapi’s graphic memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. 

In powerful black-and-white comic strip images, Satrapi tells the story of her life in Tehran from ages six to fourteen, years that saw the overthrow of the Shah’s regime, the triumph of the Islamic Revolution, and the devastating effects of war with Iraq. The intelligent and outspoken only child of committed Marxists and the great-granddaughter of one of Iran’s last emperors, Marjane bears witness to a childhood uniquely entwined with the history of her country. 

Persepolis paints an unforgettable portrait of daily life in Iran and of the bewildering contradictions between home life and public life. Marjane’s child’s-eye view of dethroned emperors, state-sanctioned whippings, and heroes of the revolution allows us to learn as she does the history of this fascinating country and of her own extraordinary family. Intensely personal, profoundly political, and wholly original, Persepolis is at once a story of growing up and a reminder of the human cost of war and political repression. It shows how we carry on, with laughter and tears, in the face of absurdity. And, finally, it introduces us to an irresistible little girl with whom we cannot help but fall in love.

This one is already a classic within graphic novel circles, but it really is something that everyone should read simply for its historical and cultural nature and timelessness. Simultaneously humorous, heartwarming, and heartbreaking.  

An unflinching, darkly funny, and deeply moving story of a boy, his seriously ill mother, and an unexpected monstrous visitor. 

At seven minutes past midnight, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting– he’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments. The monster in his backyard is different. It’s ancient. And wild. And it wants something from Conor. Something terrible and dangerous. It wants the truth. From the final idea of award-winning author Siobhan Dowd– whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself– Patrick Ness has spun a haunting and darkly funny novel of mischief, loss, and monsters both real and imagined.

This story creates such an imaginative and powerful way of capturing and understanding grief from all sides of the suffering. In this age of whipping out a phone to capture the next viral something, there seems to be a general lack of compassion and disregard for life; however, this book reflects the beauty of humanity and compels us towards sympathy and empathy. It will grab you by the heart strings and rip out everything along the way, but there is no denying the imprint it will leave long after the last page is turned.

Winter is coming. Such is the stern motto of House Stark, the northernmost of the fiefdoms that owe allegiance to King Robert Baratheon in far-off King’s Landing. There Eddard Stark of Winterfell rules in Robert’s name. There his family dwells in peace and comfort: his proud wife, Catelyn; his sons Robb, Brandon, and Rickon; his daughters Sansa and Arya; and his bastard son, Jon Snow. Far to the north, behind the towering Wall, lie savage Wildings and worse—unnatural things relegated to myth during the centuries-long summer, but proving all too real and all too deadly in the turning of the season. 

Yet a more immediate threat lurks to the south, where Jon Arryn, the Hand of the King, has died under mysterious circumstances. Now Robert is riding north to Winterfell, bringing his queen, the lovely but cold Cersei, his son, the cruel, vainglorious Prince Joffrey, and the queen’s brothers Jaime and Tyrion of the powerful and wealthy House Lannister—the first a swordsman without equal, the second a dwarf whose stunted stature belies a brilliant mind. All are heading for Winterfell and a fateful encounter that will change the course of kingdoms. 

Meanwhile, across the Narrow Sea, Prince Viserys, heir of the fallen House Targaryen, which once ruled all of Westeros, schemes to reclaim the throne with an army of barbarian Dothraki—whose loyalty he will purchase in the only coin left to him: his beautiful yet innocent sister, Daenerys.

Many people who casually read this book or only watch the show do not realize the painstaking attention to detail and the fantastically rich and layered backstory that’s gone into this epic masterpiece! I could spend lifetimes waxing poetic about this series and its ability to teach me something new each time I read it. These are the books I want with me if I should end up on a deserted island somewhere because you will never find an end to the amount of educating and entertaining it can offer. 

So those are my picks! What are some books that you think will stand the test of time? Let me know in the comments because I’m always looking to expand my TBR!


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