Today’s topic is an interesting one, because it’s 10 books written in the last 10 years that I hope people are still reading 30 years from now. I’m glad it’s narrowed down to the last 10 years, because it does limit the books I pick. But at the same time, it automatically eliminates some of the books I would have picked. It was fun working on this list, even when I had some trouble thinking of books I hope people are still reading.
- Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson. I just have to include something by Anderson, and since Speak is too old, Wintergirls is it. It’s a frighteningly accurate portrayal of eating disorders, and I think it’s something a lot of girls can relate too.
- Order Of The Phoenix, The Half-Blood Prince and Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling. I’m lumping the 3 together, because I hope people are still reading about Harry in 30 years. I don’t think Harry needs any further explanation.
- Hate List by Jennifer Brown. I think it’s a pretty important read, because it shows what words and bullying can do. It is an emotional roller-coaster, and there were times I felt like I was in Valerie’s head.
- The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. Another obvious choice, but another read that I hope people are reading years from now. It’s a good example of what the government will do to keep it’s people in line, and also how people not only deal with that, but find a way to overcome it.
- The Uglies trilogy by Scott Westerfeld. I loved this series, and how it’s about taking care of the environment and how beauty standards can change. And the emphasis that is placed on beauty.
- The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. A few months after reading it, I am still thinking about this book. It, for me, is a much more realistic portrayal of cancer than what you’d normally see. And the characters are so real and funny, and you want things to be okay for them.
- The Adoration Of Jenna Fox by Mary Pearson. I really liked this book, because it shows what parents will do to save their child. But it also makes you think about where you draw the line in terms of medical advancements.
- Unwind by Neal Shusterman. I was slightly disturbed by this book, but I like it because he didn’t take a side on abortion. He managed to keep things neutral, but also show both sides of the issue. And I really liked that it wasn’t just an issue, it’s about the extreme ends of an issue, and how you try to find a balance between the two.
- Still Alice by Lisa Genova. It’s about time I included an adult book on the list. I included this book because it’s a different portrayal of Alzheimer’s and that it can happen to someone “young.” It’s a very moving book, and I’m still thinking about it several months later.
- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. It’s a magical, dreamlike book, and definitely one that stands out. I couldn’t wait to see what happened and you get drawn in. There is something simple about the story, and it’s very different from a lot of other books I’ve read.
That’s my list for today, and I can’t wait to see what everyone else comes up with!