Top 5 Wednesday is currently being hosted by Sam at ThoughtsOnTomes. If you want to learn more about the group or are considering joining in, check out the Goodreads group. Each week has a different topic and you just post 5 books that fit that topic. All links will take you to Goodreads. This week’s topic is top five future classics. Since I read YA pretty exclusively, these will all be YA books that might become classics aka books that might be taught in middle school or high school English classes a few decades from now.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Truthfully, I’m not really sure if this will end up a classics since it’s part of a series and since I read all three books back-to-back, I’m not sure how well it would stand on its own and therefore may not be able to be taught in English classes which, to me, is a marker of whether or not a book is a classic. Regardless, I think this could become a classic simply because it has a lot of social commentary elements to it which is a big theme in classic literature.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
I think this is already starting to be seen as a classic, especially when talking about classic YA lit. At almost 20 years old, it’s still well-known and frequently read and I’m pretty sure there are already English classes that teach this book. This book again has social commentary aspects to it as well as a coming-of-age storyline, both really popular themes/stories for classics.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Not only has The Book Thief received tons of awards, but I think the fact that it’s a very well-written yet enjoyable book could turn The Book Thief into a classic in the future. And since I was actually assigned to read this book when I was in high school, I’d say it definitely meets my whole “could I see English teachers using this book in classes?” requirement.
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Like The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Speak feels as though it’s already becoming a classic. Another book that’s almost 20 years old, it’s still widely read and remains a popular book, showing that it can stand the test of time. Again, it has a lot of the social commentary and “overcoming struggles” themes that are popular among classic literature. I’d honestly be surprised if this didn’t end up becoming a classic book.
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
Between Shades of Gray is another one, like THG, where I’m not totally sure if it’ll become a classic, but I could see it happening. It’s another WWII historical fiction book, but it deals with the Soviet side of the war which I feel like not many books do. So it definitely has educational value to it. On top of that, it’s beautifully written and a book that really sucks readers in. I guess I’m just not quite sure whether or not it’s popular enough for it to remain popular over time, especially considering that not many people aside from YA historical fiction fans seem to know about this book (which is honestly really surprising to me).