These (Books) Should Have Some Staying Power

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Today’s Top Ten Tuesday Topic:
These Should Have Some Staying Power
(or Books Written In The Past Decade That I Hope People Are Still Reading In 2042)

1.  The Help by Kathryn Stockett – Excellently written and deeply moving, this is a powerful & thought provoking reminder of part of our nation’s history.

2.  The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Burrows – A beautifully written epistolary, and definitely worth of a place in the literary canon.

3.  Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling – Not only are they well crafted and packed with action, the story line from start to finish is incredible, and they have been instrumental in getting kids (even professed non-readers) steeped in reading again.

4.  Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larssen – With an unusual protagonist and an oddball sidekick, technological intrigue and danger in spades, this is a detective / mystery series that rises above the rest.

5.  Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen – So well researched and realistic that it is hard to believe this is “just” a novel, but it is, and it is stellar.

6.  The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas – Controversial, and therefore so worth the read.

7.  The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini – A gripping story that spans a generation (or two), an emigration to the U.S., and all the difficulties and joys that are part of life-changing events.

8.  No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy – It’s dark and disturbing and violent, and written so well that you can’t help but be effortlessly carried to the end on McCarthy’s words.

9.  Rain Gods by James Lee Burke – As will all of his novels, the writing is wonderful, but this one is an especially gripping, disturbing tale of serial murder.  Similar in scope & setting to No Country for Old Men, it is my favorite of the two, though both are worthy of being in the literary canon.

10.  South of Broad and My Reading Life by Pat Conroy – Really, I would say anything by Pat Conroy should have longevity, and there are several that have already proven their mettle, but since we’re focusing on the most recent decade, I must include both of these books.  Pat Conroy is as accomplished an author as we have currently writing, and I believe all of his works will have staying power for decades to come.

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16 Comments

  1. love love triple love Pat Conroy. I remember reading The Lords of Discipline in high school and being so horrified by the cruel culture of the Citadel, and Prince of Tides is just elemental in how much it affected me. Great great stuff!

  2. Yay for Pat Conroy! I think he is FABULOUS!! I feel like younger readers in their 20’s and early 30’s might be turned off because they just know about the Prince of Tides Movie. South of Broad is just an amazing story! I think more people would like it if they gave it a chance!

    • I agree. I appreciate his willingness to speak to high schoolers and beginning writers. He has such a wealth of information to share, and the fact that he engages with any number of people unknown to him – just because they want to talk to him – is a beautiful quality. Makes me like him even more.

  3. (Hmm, I thought I already posted my response but after logging in it disappeared…strange, must’ve missed something)

    I almost put The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society into my list but didn’t for some reason. It was a great read though xD

    Thanks for dropping by my blog yesterday! =)

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