Hi Dear readers it’s Tuseday already!
Time for the Top 5 Tuesday running at BionicBookWorm
Topic of the day: Modern Classic
I had to ask Shanah some explanations as what she considered as “modern classic”. I could sum it with: a book from these past decades that will be known and read in many, many years to come.
I battled with this one between MY classics and “objective” classics like” the books everyone knows about and should be considered as modern classics”.
But why choose as this is my blog, my little personal haven where I can do as I please as long as I’m not offending the good people of this world of course!
So you’ll get twice “Top 5 Modern Classics”. Once with the “objective” modern classics as in the ones everyone has read or plan to read. A second time with my very personal and subjective modern classics as in “books I could read and re read or recommend a thousand times as they are so deep and beautiful they should be classics”.
Did I lost you already? I hope not.
First the 5 “objective” modern classics
Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
Of course everyone has heard about our little sorcerer and his friends. His battle against the one that should not be named (Voldemort).
JK Rowlings has created an incredible series.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Again except if you lived under a rock for the past 5 years you have heard about The Hunger Games.
I loved them and loved the topics they broach. Katniss Everdeen is a kickass girl.
The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet
It’s been a huge success as well as a book or a TV series. I love Ken Follet’s books as he writes big family saga spanning upon decades and setting these people’s stories in historical background with many, many details and fascinating facts about these times.
Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
Maybe sue me as we all know it’s not a Pullitzer it IS a “revelation” book nevertheless . This one gave birth to many BDSM and erotic books that may have always existed before but were secretly read behind closed doors. It is a classic in its own genre. Now I would not dare say teachers would add it to their reading list for fear of being sued by very angry parents.
The Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
Once again we speak about family saga, epic battles, blood, sex, violence, fantasy… I could go on and on. Who does not know GOT right? It’s now been made into an incredible TV series. Haaaa John Snow (insert sigh and swoon).
So these are my “objective” top 5 modern classics.
Now here I go with my own “personal” top 5 classics.
The one I think should sit on every teacher’s list or at least if the content is somewhat hot on every reader’s list.
You won’t be surprised to find… Making Faces by Amy Harmon
I’ve gushed so often about this book that I’ll make it short. What makes it deserving to sit on that list is all the messages it conveys. See with your heart, you are more than your physical (in)abilities, don’t be ashamed of what you read (very important LOL), everyone is someone to somebody, etc.
Read my review HERE
Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma
This would be a very controversial one and I won’t condone incest of course but the deep message is “don’t judge someone as long as you haven’t walked in his/her shoes”. Get to know othe people before judging. And love knows no rule that’s for sure.
Find my review HERE
Stolen by Lucy Christopher
Why should this story be on that list? Because the writing is original and gorgeous. The story is written like letters. Letters the female character writes to her captor. The writign is also fantastic as it was a book to be savored. Not many things really happening but I could feel the heat of the desert, the beauty of starry skies. It really was a masterpiece for me. This book also shows less conventional way to write books that are enthralling nevertheless.
Find my review HERE
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
This is another epistolary novel that really touched my soul. It was very well written, charming, amusing, grave, interesting. It showed how people can help others during war times and how strong bonds arise in dire times.
This is about a community coming together during dark times.
The authors has an extraodrinary ability to verbally paint the characters you can’t miss their distinctive voices. I felt like watching a play, as the story unfolded one page at time. I love when characters are so well protrayed that you don’t need a complicated plot to truly enjoy your read.
Wolfsong by TJ Klune
OK this one won’t be on the teacher’s lists because you have some very intimate scenes here. So why should it be a Modern Classic?
First because classic should speak about every genre and every sexual inclination. No need to pretend homosexuality does not exist it is a fact. Did you know in the animal kingdom homosexuality was the norm and hetero sexuality the minority? I would never have believed it what with ensuring the race survival and all but I got this fact from a zoologist.
Second because this book is not trashy but shows that love is beautiful whatever the gender. It overflows with feelings and it broke my heart.
Third because you don’t have to conform to society rules and standards to be worthy. Ox is “slow” and has been mocked many times but he was also the smartes hero and most courageous and selfless I’ve read about.
I have many more reasons to put this book on MY modern classic list. Just know it was my first M/M books and I was really apprehensive but ended to fall head over heels in love with it.
OK That’s it!
Now you tell me, what are your top 5 modern classic?
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is a favorite book of my high school English teacher/basketball coach! I read it my junior year and enjoyed it, so I’m glad to see it on your list!
Thank you Jordan! That’s true I don’t see this one often on other blogs but the story was so charming I could not choose it 😉
I love seeing TJ Klune on your list. I think he’s definitely an author who would be on my ‘modern classics’ list. And of course, Harry Potter.
Thank you Wendy! And yes he made such an impression on me I think other will “imitate” in the future 😉
I love this topic and your choices! We always think of classic books are something ancient and… mostly boring. But these books are truly one of a kind in their genre, and so iconic, they are absolutely classics. My high school Italian Literature teacher once told us that a “classic” means that people, after it was published, tried to imitate the book in question. That it was replicated almost, into other future books and, from the ones I’ve read among your choices, I can definitely agree with his definition. They are all milestones.
What a very apt description Talia! I should have used this on as yes a classic will be imitated. Now what would be your classics dear? 😉
Fantastic list!! I considered so many of those for my list as well!!
Thanks again for participating – and sorry it took so long to add you to the list!! LOL
No worries Shanah I was late this time around 😉
At first I was a little unsure when I saw 50 Shades of Grey on there but when I read what you said I definitely agree and I’m glad that you opened my eyes to that because I never thought of that book in such a way. I loved reading your choices and being introduced to new books as well 🙂
Thank you Abigail! And yes I’m full of surprises LOL I read many genres and love to chat about them 😉 Thank you for commenting!