Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
Today’s theme is : 21st century books I think will become classics.
Well, I slightly tweaked today’s theme and chose to talk about books I think everyone should read for one or another reason!
I even tried (try being the key word) to compare some of them to well known classics (French or English ones).
I think that everyone should read:
Making Faces has even a trope reminding me of Cyrano de Bergerac!
And it’s a praise to all kind of love and courage.
Sorcery of Thorns is a book I recommedn for pure pleasure!
Adventure, humor, libraries, quest… it reminds me of The Three Musketeers of Alexandre Dumas.
That one is a very tricky one!
It’s really tabboo but also poignant.
I have no other reason to choose it today than that being a book that has never lft my mind for years now.
Maybe I could compare it to Les Misérables by Victor Hugo as these kids were so neglected and it’s a tragedy.
That book (and the next one) are on my list purely because of the evocative beauty of the wilderness.
Lucy Christopher has made the land into a character.
It’s a short but impactful book. Also one where you can’t help but feel for the villain.
It could maybe be compared to one of Jean Giono’s books, even if it’s with a somber topic because the writing and the nature are just as gorgeous.
As said above, the nature plays an important role in Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens.
It also shows how a whole town can neglect a child, child who will be forced to raise herself alone and who will have birds as best friends.
The Hate U Give WILL be a classic. I bet all that you want about it.
If I had to compare it to another classic, maybe it would be To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
The Silver Cage by Anonymous could be either compared to Les Fleurs du Mal by Charles Baudelaire or L’amant (The Lover) by Marguerite Duras.
It is one of the most intense and tragic books I have ever read.
It also shows how rigid beliefs can literally destroy someone when his inner being does not conform to these beliefs yet that person craves his family’s approval.
It’s a M/M story that you will never forget.
Birthday by Meredith Russo should be read in every school to erase the hate against trans people.
I dare anyone who read it to still hate trans or gay people.
It’s simply impossible to remain cold as marble when you read the profound pain Morgan is experiencing of being born into the wrong body, with a gender that does not fit.
Daisy Jones and the Six is simply a writing masterpiece.
Taylor Jenkins Reid had me fooled and totally believeing this was the biography of a real band!
Any TJR should become a classic to tell the truth purely to show how to write a book and what beautiful prose looks like.
Now what classic to compare it to? I hesitated between The Great Gatsby, The Age of Innocence or Lolita as it holds a little bit of every one of them.
That one is to end one a positive and warm note.
The House in the Cerulean Sea is a masterpiece of tenderness, acceptance, love and humor.
It also shows that you can find a new family, your “tribe” that will accept you and stand by your side no matter what.
It’s also the theme of “nature versus nurture”, that you are not your appearance, you are not predeterminedly good or bad. You make the choice to be who you want to be.
Thanks for reading!