Top Ten Tuesday: Recent Books That Will Last For 30 Years

This seems like an intriguing topic. I don’t really believe in “modern classics” (classics just have to be old), but sometimes you just get a good feeling about a book.

Top Ten Books Written In The Past 10 Years That I Hope People Are Still Reading In 30 Years

  1. the Harry Potter series: Technically, the first four books were published more than ten years ago (hard to believe, isn’t it), but since the last three fit the criteria, I’m counting them here. Since Harry Potter is part of such a grand tradition of coming-of-age stories in extraordinary settings, I’m hoping that it will last as long as The Lord of the Rings and Star Wars have. And I have to include HP in basically every TTT.
  2. Benedictus: This one’s a little iffy, because it’s a collection of excerpts from writing and speeches by Pope Benedict XVI compiled by Magnificat. It was published in 2006, though, and I do hope people continue to read his writing, so I think that counts.
  3. Persepolis: This was a book that made me admit that I don’t know everything. I knew very little about the Islamic revolution in Iran, especially not that it took place so recently. I read this graphic novel for a class in college, and I liked it so much that it’s one of the books I both kept and brought to Texas with me. The U.S. translation was published in 2003, the original in 2000.
  4. Man and Woman He Created Them: A Theology of the Body: Okay, it’s a hefty book in both size and theological depth, and I haven’t actually read it, but I’ve heard enough people speak about it to know that it is gold. Learning about the Theology of the Body and applying it to my life has profoundly changed who I am and the way I live.

That’s all I’ve got for today. It’s been a long day, and it’s too soon to tell on a lot of the books I’ve read. I’m going to count #1 as three books and declare that seven is enough. Ten has never been such a big number!


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I’m like you, I couldn’t come up with ten book on this challenge either. I actually think that very few books will actually pass the test of time and still be read in 30 years.

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