The topic for today's Top Ten Tuesday is "21st Century Books I think will become Classics." Before I get to my list I want to share two views of what a "classic" is.
“A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say.” ―
“′Classic′ - a book which people praise and don't read.” ―
I compiled my list (which is a top twelve because I couldn't leave off any of these) based on Calvino's definition, but I think there is a lot of truth in Twain's.
- The Blind Assasin by Margaret Atwood* (2000)
- Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami* (2002)
- Crow Lake by Mary Lawson (2002)
- The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears by Dinaw Mengestu (2007)
- The Story of a Marriage by Andrew Sean Greer (2008)
- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (2011)
- Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (2014)
- A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles* (2016)
- The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (2016)
- The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy (2017)
- Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (2017)
- The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai* (2018)
The authors marked with an asterisk have other books that I think might belong on this list as well, but I picked only one to include.