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I struggled a bit with this. I read so many books, and I read all sorts of genres. I tried to choose books that I thought would age well. There’s a reason that Pride and Prejudice still registers with so many people, or why Shakespeare’s plays will never disappear from our theaters or English classes. I’m not saying I picked the next Jane Austens or William Shakespeares, but in my mind these books are worthy of longevity.
1. The Harry Potter Series
Yes, I know. The first book was over 10 years ago, that’s why I just went with the series. I also know that this will be on a lot of lists, which pretty much assures that we’ll all be sharing these books with our kids, grandchildren, and future little punk street urchins for generations to come.
2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
This will be, and should be, on lots of lists too. I get it, I’m not terribly original. But I envision a future where my kids aren’t playing tag in the front yard, but playing their own watered down version of Hunger Games instead.
3. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
This book is magical and lovely. It’s timeless, and I’m not going to let it fade away! Reveurs, unite!
4. Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz
Oh, Odd one, I know that some of my friends haven’t appreciated you for the wonderful character you are, but there will be more love to come from new readers, and new generations of readers. Let’s just hope the movie doesn’t suck, okay?
5. Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
Another magical book, another author I’d love to share with the world and the world’s future readers. Haven’t read any of her books? Why the hell not?!
6. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Simply awesome. It’s a futuristic book crammed with 1980’s nostalgia, and I don’t think that will ever go out of style! Let’s just hope jelly shoes don’t make a comeback, because those are not fun shoes to wear in the summertime.
7. The Millennium Series by Stieg Larrson
Oh, Midnighters, my heart is still saddened that this amazing author died before he could complete all the books he envisioned with Lisbeth Salander, but I believe the three books he did write have earned their place in literary history. It almost makes me want to get a dragon tattoo, so that I can be The Girl With a Dragon Tattoo… almost…
8. Chime by Franny Billingsley
I really struggled with picking what YA books would, and should, longer on, but Chime has an interesting historical feel to it that I think will withstand the test of time well. I really loved this book and the writing, so I’d like to see it stay in circulation forever!
9. A Song of Fire and Ice Series by George R. R. Martin
Yes, I’m cheating a bit again, since A Game of Thrones came out over ten years ago. The series is still going strong and with the HBO series and graphic novels, I think the books will continue to be read in the future. I hope!
10. Fire by Kristin Cashore
I liked Gracling, and I’m sure I’ll like Bitterblue, but I loved Fire. With Fire, Cashore has locked in my reading loyalties forever. So even if she writes a crappy book now and then, I won’t abandon her. I think Fire is a book that could still be read 30 or a 100 years from now.
Now this is just my opinion, and I think by now ya’ll realize that it’s not the color of the sky in my world, but the lack of oxygen that’s troubling. So feel free to share the books you’d like to survive our ever evolving culture, our short attention spans, our fads, and end up on the bookshelves of a generation not yet born!