In 100 years… A Dewey Read-a-thon Challenge!

AND THE WINNER IS: Lindsey from Literary Lindsey, who believed that the following books were likely to still be classics in 100 years:

  • Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
  • The Hours by Michael Cunningham
  • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon

Thank you ALL so very much for participating! It’s been so much fun to see all your answers, and I will create a post in the next couple of days to show you the results and maybe start a little discussion. Hope you all had a great read-a-thon! See you in October 🙂

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Welcome, read-a-thoners! I’m so happy to welcome you to my little corner of the internet and to host a challenge for you 🙂

In 100 years…
When the opportunity to host a mini-challenge at this year’s first Dewey’s read-a-thon came along, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. For quite some time, after reading several posts and articles about the topic, I’ve been wondering about classics. What makes a classic and who decides which books are made into classics? Or rather, what is that something special in a book that makes it stand the test of time and be as (or even more) beloved as the day it was published?Challenge1

In 1936, a magazine asked its readers which authors that were popular at the time they believed would still be read in the year 2000. While the list contained several authors that Wikipedia will tell us today were quite established, including Nobel Prize winners, I doubt whether even the most well-read bibliophiles today would recognise very many names. And almost none of the authors that we today consider the most prominent of that time including Ernest Hemingway or Virginia Woolf appear on the list.
The test of time and the books we love is indeed not straight-forward!

Now, for your challenge, should you choose to accept it:Challenge3

Whether you feel like answering with a comment below or a special post on your blog, on Twitter, Instagram, or with a sky-written signal, just link in the comments.

And then, in about 3 hours (at the beginning of Hour 14) I will pick a winner, who will have a choice of receiving either:

  • One of your selected books (since you already know it’s going to be a classic)*
  • A secret parcel with a couple of my favourite books
  • Any book with a value of up to USD 15 from the Book Depository

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*assuming it’s reasonably available for purchase.

116 thoughts on “In 100 years… A Dewey Read-a-thon Challenge!

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  2. In 100 years, I’ll give you the sun by Jandy Nelson will be a classic book because it’s story it’s just so amazing; by the away is written (past/present), The plot allow the beautiful phrases this book has, I think this book should be read by everyone

    • Well the first book I think will become a classic is:
      1) The Falut in Our Stars by John Green – It just reminds me of a lot of the classics with it’s drama but also larger than life meanings.

      Secondly:
      2)Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan – I know that this book isn’t really talked about quite as much and I’m not sure it will be rememberd but I think it would represent the change in our time very well. It relay’s the situation of homosexual teenagers from the perspective of the generation that came before them and that had to hide or have suffered because of the homosexuality. They regale the reader with their own experiences as well as show that humanity is making progress in the way of accepting things, event though it still isn’t perfect. I think that this would be important in 100 year to see how times were changing and the views of everyone were slowly evolving.

      And last but not least:
      3)Harry Potter by J.K Rowling – This is the obvious choice and everybody seems to be in agreement about this and I can only agree. It has shaped so many lives in the year’s that followed it’s release and it is sure to be passed on by it’s loyal fanbase. It definitely would be quite timeless since the magic component made up a whole new world and it didn’t include any of our recent innovations which would long be oudated in 100 years time.

  3. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
    The Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson
    The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

  4. I believe that Harry Potter could turn out to be a classic like Lord of the Rings did. And I wonder if Donna Tartt’s The goldfinch could be a new classic to, she seems to have a lot of the same elements like a lot of classics do.
    And the third one? Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee. She had done it before so I guess she can do it again.

  5. I think that Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone will definitely be a classic! Mostly because it defined so many peoples childhoods and it has been a really impactful book for a lot of people.

    I think that A Monster Calls will become a Children’s classic. It carries such a good message with beautiful illustrations and heartbreaking narrative. It also has the horror aspect so it will appeal to adults and children alike.

    Another one that pops into my head is The Book Thief. It’s already so many book lovers favourite book and I can see it being passed down generations to come.

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  6. Harry Potter will definitely be regarded as a classic not doubt, because it has become so dear to entire generations I can’t imagine it ever being forgotten.
    The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, because I imagine when people in the future look back on our generation this will be important look on wars fought. Much like how we read classics about long ago wars.
    The Ocean at the end of the lane by Neil Gaiman, because his writing is something I believe will be treasured long after he’s gone, as it’s so beautiful and meaningful.

  7. Two of the three books I believe will be classics are series, and I can’t choose just one, but if I did, it would be the first one in the respective series.

    Harry Potter (And the Sorcerer’s Stone)
    Hunger Games
    The Fault in Our Stars

    Why I think they will be classics: They all define the writing of today, and are all such loved books right now. They represent this generation incredibly well. <3

  8. In 100 years, Harry Potter will be a classic for sure. It already is, and I don’t think it will be forgotten that easily.
    I also believe Fifty Shades of Grey will go down in history. Not because it’s particularly good (don’t mean to offend anybody who loved it, I haven’t read it myself), but simply to show the kind of times we live in. Taboos are slowly dissapearing, and this book shows that better than most!

    So yeah. Harry Potter and Fifty Shades of Grey. Sounds legit xD

  9. 1)The Harry Potter series. This is pretty obvious, and yet… These books haven’t gotten any less popular in the past two-ish decades since they were published. The storyline and characters are so beautiful and unique and yet simple that I have trouble believing that this series won’t last forever.

    2) The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. The story is set in WWII, which is already promising for a classic. And yet, unlike most stories it does not follow the victim. It follows a girl living in the heart of where it all started. The story is beautiful and emotional, and is something that is so unique that I hope it will inspire youngsters to love a book or two for many years.

    3) A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin. This is by far one of the most celebrated modern fantasy series of our time. The writing is incredible, and the characters are so easy to connect to, no matter who you are, that I believe that people will be connecting to them for a long, long time.

  10. I think Wicked by Gregory Maguire will stand the test of time. Whether it’s in book form or on Broadway, people will have this story in their hearts for generations to come. The other books that I think will stand the test of time are anything by Roald Dahl. People will be reading Matilda and The Witches to their children for dozens of generations.

  11. Love this challenge!

    Blindness by Jose Saramago. It says so much about our society. It’s also one of my favorite books of all time.

    American Gods by Neil Gaiman

    The Undertaking by Thomas Lynch. It’s so well-written and thoughtful.

  12. Awesome challenge! 🙂

    My three choices (also posted on my blog)
    The Book Thief by Mark Zusak. Full disclosure – I didn’t care much for this book myself, but I am so very obviously in the minority here. Everybody else seems to adore it, and find it very well written. Besides, it focuses on a different aspect of World War 2 than most books (and approaches it from a different angle) which will keep it relevant.

    The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. This book – or series in fact – already reminds me a lot in style of the old classics like “The Count of Monte Cristo”. I think it will stand the test of time well, and continue to fascinate readers.

    The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Schaffer. Again it reminds me of a book that is a classic already – “84 Charing Cross Road” by Helene Hanff – which just strengthens my view that this will become a classic too. An epistolary novel about World War 2? It’s a shoe-in.

  13. 1. The Book Thief Markus Zusak
    2. Ready Player One
    3. (Kind of a stretch, not sure who else knows this) The Cinderella Society.

    TBT: Everyone in our time whose read it absolutely loves it. If a WW II novel can still break hearts today, it can stand the test of 100 more years.
    RPO: I could see this going underground for a while and then becoming retro enough to be cool again. The characters and story are amazing. It could last.
    TCS: I found this at my library and just loved it. There’s so much girl empowerment and the main girl is super relatable and not perfect. I wish I could find a place that has a copy of it for me to keep forever.

  14. I think Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials could be a classic in 2100, the way that Lord of the Rings and Narnia are classics now. It’s full of story and beautiful characters, but it also encompasses an ideology, and I feel like that goes a long way toward creating a classic.

    The Perks of Being a Wallflower, too, I could see being considered a classic, sort of a la Catcher in the Rye. Again, it captures an age, in a way. What it was like to be a teenager at the new millennium.

    And finally, Gone Girl: the Pride and Prejudice of a new age.

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  15. 1) the Harry Potter books
    2) fault in our stars
    3) book thief
    All chosen for being well written, touching/ meaningful, and well loved by many.

  16. Great challenge idea – just what I needed to get my brain ticking again at gone 11pm!

    1) Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – I think that even if kids aren’t into these books in the same way in 2100, at the very least they will be revered and maybe even taught as a massive cultural phenomenon.

    2) Atonement – Human interest war novels never seem to really go out of fashion. People always want to know what that time was like, whenever the book was actually written!

    3) The Secret History – It has all the elements of an enduring classic: intrigue, death, a cast of unusual characters, a hint of romance, beautiful writing, a protagonist in hardship… I think it’ll be around a while yet!

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  17. 1. The Harry Potter series – because it’s one of the most amazing & well thought out fantasy series

    2. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – maybe I’m biased, because I love this book, but I think it will be one of the sci-fi classics

    3. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – you know why, if you’ve read it 😉

    Bonus: pretty much anything by Neil Gaiman. I couldn’t choose one by him, so yeah… I’m pretty sure most of his books will be classics, because they’re brilliant!

    This was fun, thanks for hosting!!!

  18. Great challenge! I choose the following:
    Harry Potter – it is such a timeless series. It’s about love and loss. Acceptance and kindness. It’s about fighting for what you believe and never giving up. All timeless themes that will speak to every generation. It embodies the struggles as well as he beauty of everyday human life.

    Second I choose The Hobbit. the Hobbit (and the LOTR) have done much in shaping modern fantasy and it’s themes. It’s and epic tale of adventure and loss and living outside what you are comfortable with. The beauty in the book lives on and it’s for this reason that my father handed me the book when I was 12 and why I know I’ll hand it to my child as well.

    And lastly I choose To Kill a Mockingbird. Already considered a “modern classic” this book has many lessons that hold true to this day. Accepting those around us, leaving behind judgements, particularly those based on someones skin color or mental health, or really any criteria. Bigotry and racism, sadly, will always be a battle that will have to be fought. This book shows where that kind of behavior and mindset can lead, making it timeless and invaluable.

  19. I could see the Harry Potter books because already in my family 4 generations (grandparents, parents, my generation and kids) and love the books so far. With books, movies, games, books about the books, etc all around I can see them being known then still. This an take the place of Tolkien’s books (or at least be side-by-side) one day.

    The Perks of Being a Wallflower- An easy read but really sets the tone for what life is or can be. Just like many classics now show a lifestyle for then. In 100 years teens can read what HS was like “back then”

    Anything my Stephen King. Many of his books has a timeless feel to them that can be enjoyed.

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  20. In 100 years…
    The Book Theif, beautifully written book and not only shows the beauty of reading and friendship but displayed it in a WW2 setting.
    13 Reasons Why, indept perspective of a suicide victim and the reasons behind her decision.
    The Hunger Games,the need for survival against a corrupt society and trying to stay true to who you are.

  21. Oh, god, this is hard. And so fun! I think I’m going with…

    High Fidelity – Nick Hornby, because growing up feeling ridiculous is a eternal struggle and the bits about music would feel adorably kitsch in 100 years.

    Arcadia – Tom Stoppard, because in 100 years the world will be grand enough to recognize how sublimely perfect this play is. It has dry humor and earnestness! People will love it like we love Oscar Wilde, I’m sure.

    Fun Home – Alison Bechdel, because graphic novels (or memoirs) will be the kings and queens of the future, and I hated reading this one so much that I’m pretty sure it has the raw potential to become a classic 😛

  22. I’d say:
    House of Leaves – Mark Z. Danielewski (because of the peculiarity of his ‘signiconic literature’)
    The handmaid’s tale – Margaret Atwood (because of the success it already has both in public and critics)
    A place I’ve never been – David Leavitt (because of the importance and the relevance of his themes)

  23. I really don;t feel like I’ve read anough books to really pick well, but I will say:
    The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
    Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
    The Dinner by Herman Koch
    The latter being under valued but a great novel.

  24. Wonderful question! Here’s my choices:
    The Book Thief: It’s a timeless story about war and kindness and showing love to strangers. It’s a beautiful story and it’s unique because of the narrator.

    The Night Circus: It creates a completely original world that I have already returned to multiple times. It’s a story that defies your imagination and takes the reader into a magical place.

    The Shadow of the Wind: It’s a mystery, a love story and more. It had The Cemetery of Forgotten Books!!!!

  25. Oh, I’m sorry, I forgot to say why! Wolf Hall is an award winner and about a period of time that is subject to an endless amount of curiosity. And it is just so well-written, it is hard to imagine it falling to the wayside.

    The Absolutely True Diary is also an award-winner, and also perpetually on the list of most-banned books, which is frequently a good sign for staying power. Clearly, it challenges something in the public imagination.

    Finally, The Woman Who Gave Birth to Rabbits is my favorite by an author who is growing a well-deserved reputation. I think few who read her more recent works make it back to this collection of stories, but I hope they do, because I think they will find it well worth their time!

  26. Here’s my three books:

    A Walk to Remember:
    Nicolas Sparks writes really nice romance books that I really enjoy and that I think will stand the test of time and not just be a passing phase or fashion.

    The Da Vinci Code:
    I feel that Dan Brown challenges popular thought patterns and brings a ‘what if’ aspect to life in general.

    My Sister’s Keeper
    I feel that this author brings very important issues to the table that are very relevant in society today and that will carry on being issues for as long as mankind are around.

  27. First I was thinking of naming something by John Green, or a Hunger games serial.. Those are huge hits right now, but I do not think they will hold…. In the end I chose books I personally adore, well because I can, that I think have the strength to stand against time.

    1- South of the Border, West of the Sun- Haruki Murakami. Because this man is a god and although he has his ups and downs, this book, like Norvegian wood might have what it takes to be part of our future. (and Norvegian Wood was printed before 1990..)

    2- Ocean Sea- Alessandro Baricco. I will not say Baricco is a god, I did not like all of his work, but for me, this is the most beautiful thing I ever read. And I know that at one point it ends, but it’s era might just stay.

    3- Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close- Jonathan Safran Foer. This is a book, but is a type of book that is bordering on being a book. Foerr is playing with his writing and his work ended up being more then a story, it became an experience. I believe this book to be revolutionary and as such an important mark of our time.

  28. 1. Harry Potter because it is such a well loved book and people from every age can get something out of it.I’m surprised it isn’t already considered a classic.

    2. Clockwork Angel because it is an absolutely stunning book and has so many wonderful characters that you can’t help but fall in love with. The story line takes you back in time, just like all of the other classics do.

    3. A Game Of Thrones because everyone who reads this series loves it and there is a lot of depth to it. Plus there is a tv show that everyone’s loves. I think this book and it’s series will be around for a really long time!

  29. My thoughts for 2100 classics, or at least the books I know I’m going to guarantee that my kids and all their friends read, are Harry Potter (surprise) because it’s just been a crazy huge phenomenon and we shouldn’t forget that, Percy Jackson because it’s already got a basis in stories that have been around for a millenium or two, and assorted John Green books due to a rabid fan base that I think will keep the stories going. So no adult books so far, pretty much because any I can think of have already faded into obscurity.

  30. My picks are:
    Everything is Illuminated – Foer
    The Secret History – Tartt
    And any number of Murakami, really, but let’s say 1Q84 for it’s weirdness and lenght

  31. The Harry Potter series, because no matter if you’re young or old, whether it’s your first time reading the series or your 100th time, there’s always something new you can take away from the series and something new you can learn. I think it’s a timeless story about the importance, value and power of love.

    The Perks of Being a Wallflower, because a lot of young adults and teenagers can relate to it. I think teenagers and young adults in particular will still suffer from the kind of problems the book deals with a hundred years from now, if anything they might have become worse. I believe the book will continue to help and inspire people for many years to come.

    The Hunger Games-trilogy, because it deals with corruption, which is something that will always occur and continue to be a problem.

  32. 1. The MaddAddam Trilogy, by Margaret Atwood (because I think many of the issues addressed in these books will be eerily familiar in 2100)
    2. The Things They Carried, by Tim O’Brien (for its historical snapshot and questions about storytelling)
    3. All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr (Pulitzer prizewinner and an unforgettable story)

  33. Maybe it’s a weird idea but Neil Gaiman’s Stardust or possibly American Gods could become classics in 2100. Only few weeks ago, after reading his most recent collection of short stories, it came to me how fantastic it is to live in the time of Neil Gaiman and be able to read still something new by him, or even be able to meet him in person. People in 2100 won’t have these privileges. Just an idea at 0:30 am (Central European Time) 😉

  34. 1) Harry Potter. Period. It is awesome. Love it! Specially the first book, but the whole series will/should be a classic (it kinda already is though imo)

    2) Ready Player One. Been in love with this book since i discovered it. Got that cool retro-vibe, scific thingy I think people still will love! If you havn’t read it yet – you should!

    3) Life of Pi. I found it a bit weird myself, but I do see the potential!

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  35. 1. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe – This is a beautiful coming of age book, I feel like it’d become an LGBT classic. It defied tropes, the friendship was so genuine and the characters well and naturally developed. I cant just see this book being passed on from reader to reader for years.
    2. The Kite Runner – This book is powerful and brutal and it definitely stays with you long after reading, I feel like its messages of identity, culture and war will stand the test of time.
    3. The Name of the Wind – I haven’t read this book but this books gets so much positive reviews, I’ve never actually seen that high of ratings on goodreads. I feel as if this would definitely become a fantasy classic.

  36. 1. Harry Potter- An obvious choice I think since the series has sold so many copies and led to such a huge movie franchise, a theme park, etc etc etc. And it’s my favorite series of all time!

    2. The Hunger Games- While I’m well aware that dystopian books have been around for awhile, The Hunger Games started a big trend/increase in YA dystopian.

    3. Ready Player One- Another one of my favorites. I’d like to think this one will still be around in 100 years! I think people in 2100 would be interested to see what Ernest Cline thought the world would be like in the future.

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  38. Donna Tartt – The secret history
    Just one of those books that you carry in your heart forever.

    Siri Hustvedt – What I loved
    Amazing, heartbreaking.

    Paul Auster – New York Triology
    Mysterious and clever and funny in a twisted way.

    oh and a 4:th – Steven Kings Dark Tower serie. Cause it is awesome!

    Oh and special mention to Murakami and David Mitchell… Oh so many…

  39. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – This book excellently portrays themes of humanity with beautiful writing. And readers always love books about reading.
    White Oleander by Janet Fitch – I haven’t heard too much about this book, but the writing is amazing and the story is so intricate. The main character goes through many foster homes and the story is focused mainly on her relationships with the people she encounters and with her mother.
    The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky – I think this gem will come back every 15 years or so for many generations to come. It is a quotable look at life from the perspective of someone who notices things.

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  41. This is actually kind of hard to think about. I have read plenty of books that I absolutely love, but I don’t think any of them would become classics.

    So, my list of choices are books that I have not read, but I see a lot of people talk about. I’m thinking along the lines of contemporary books that are being taught in schools right now.

    1.) The Boy in the Stripped Pajamas by John Boyne
    2.) House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
    3.) The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

  42. Great challenge! I picked three books that I hope will still be read and revered in 85 years:

    No Great Mischief by Alistair MacLeod – it’s a beautifully written, beautiful story about love and family, two things that should transcend time.

    The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon – the sweep of the storytelling and the sense of 20th century history.

    Life After Life by Kate Atkinson – because it’s inventive and accessible and who doesn’t want to finally get it right.

    (Though I totally second Arcadia and Atonement)

  43. I think Harry Potter, Speak and The Hunger Games. I think that all three of books that people who have never read, read and then start a long of books.

  44. Here’s my response http://hawkeye19.tumblr.com/post/117372535743/tin-100-years-i-believe-these-books-will-be

    In 100 years I believe these books will be classics:

    1) Harry Potter and the Philospher’s Stone because it’s the beginning of a new world and the lessons that are taught in this book are invaluable

    2) The Giver Lois Lowery because this books challenges social norms and encourages thinking outside of the box. This book also encourages the reader to learn new ways of thinking

    3) The Green Mile, Stephen King, because this book strips societal believes about good and bad. On the outside John Coffey is automatically evil, but once you dig to the roots you begin to understand more.

  45. I believe that in 100 years this books will be classics:

    The Book Thief – The writing is very beautiful and the story is heart breaking. It also tells a story of a important time in history from a different point of view.

    The Name of the Wind – The writing style is very poetic and powerful. The journey and the characters clings to your heart.

    One hundred years of solitude – This one has won a Nobel Prize already and it’s amazingly captivating. A timeless novel.

  46. Harry Potter, Twilight, 50 Shades of Grey.

    Although I think only HP will end a classic people read “for fun”, like Lord of the Rings or Pride & Prejudice, I think they’ll all end up classics in the “shows up in lit courses and you’re required to have Opinions” sense.

    HP because it slots solidly into a children’s classic position and those seem to hold up a little better than adult lit, possibly because they’re less influenced by stylistic trends. Twilight & 50 Shades are huge books with a well-publicized and unusual relationship, and they focus on romance(-ish) rather than philosophies or cultural circumstances that could age rapidly and poorly. Basically, I think Twilight’s going to end up the new Wuthering Heights (I hate them both) and you’re unlikely to separate it from the conversation about “that time someone reframed it as a porn and inadvertently caused a huge shift in the market”.

  47. My choices are:

    The Bookthief by Markus Zusak

    Tårka Aldrig Tårar Utan Handskar (Never dry tears without gloves) by Jonas Gardell (A trilogy about a group of homosexual men in Stockholm during the ’80s when HIV and AIDS came to Sweden)

    The perks of being a wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

  48. 1. White Teeth by Zadie Smith:
    It defines a whole era of life in Britain and deals with comprehensive themes like love, race, religious beliefs, identity and class.

    2. Atonement by Ian McEwan:
    It portrays society over a 100 year period.

    3. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides:
    This book is so much – a family saga, a love story, a discourse about ethics and genetics…

  49. Fifty Shades of Grey. Haha, I’m kidding! My actual 3 picks would be:

    -Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

    -Coraline by Neil Gaiman

    -Faces Under Water by Tanith Lee

  50. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger because even after reading it six years ago, it still remains a favorite and I even think about it from time to time. I took a quiz on it the other day and got all but one correct. That’s how I know a book really stuck…I remember all the details.

    The Road by Cormac McCarthy, for almost the same reason as above. This book was just so profound and really touched me. Plus, who knows…in 100 years, we may need it as a survival guide.

    The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova is part supernatural and part historical novel and is beautifully written. I read it when it first came out in 2003 and it’s one of the top books on my reread list. Definitely destined to be a classic.

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  51. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantell, anything by Margaret Atwood, something by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, something by Ann Patchett, something by Barbara Kingsolver, just please lets have more women writers included in the list of classics in the future.
    And if any young adult fiction is going to stand the test of time the only books worth mentioning are Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials.

  52. 1. His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman. A timeless adventure for younger ones.

    2. Stardust by Neil Gaiman. Fairytales just never get old, right?

    3. The Help by Kathryn Stockett. I haven’t read this one myself, but I’ve seen the film, and sadly, I think racism is still an issue in 2100 :/ Which is why I think this book is important and will be considered a classic by then.

  53. 1. J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books, of course. They already influenced so many young lives and it will keep happening.

    2. J.S. Foer – Everything is illuminated
    3. J.S Foer – Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. I think Foer will be appreciated writer in years to come. His books are covering some serious topics in a warm and funny way, it’s unique.

    I have some more picks, like Margaret Atwood’s Handmaid’s Tale or few Saramago and Murakami books, but three is enough.

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  54. My choices:

    1) Harry Potter – pretty much already a classic, and I think will continue much like LotR.
    2) The Book Theif – it’s a different writing style, which I think will keep it being read for years to come.
    3) The Night Circus – only because I really like that book and wish it would become a classic.

  55. 1. The Girl with the Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier — I believe Tracy Chevalier brought the 17th-century Delft to life in this immersive novel. It is vibrantly alive and lustrously rich; more of an education in art history for those who would otherwise let it pass them by.

    2. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon — This book is written like a classic – nothing too overdone but but everything is woven together beautifully.

    3. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling — Looking at the responses here, the series seems to be a clear favourite of the majority. Harry Potter is more of a magnet than a series; you’re sucked into Harry’s world all thanks to J.K. Rowling’s excellent writing that keeps you entertained with a rich, detailed, complex, and original world, ever changing and expanding.

  56. I’m going to sound like a parrot but Harry Potter for sure. Narnia and LOTR have prevailed and I think HP will too.

    While I haven’t read it myself (yet), Lawrence Hill’s The Book of Negroes is a contender (it’s called something else in the US). From what I know, it’s well written and is a book that makes you wake up to what has happened in the past – and is still happening.

    Another that I haven’t read but have only heard amazing things about is Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. It tackles a serious issue and doesn’t talk down to teens – both important when it comes to everlasting YA.

  57. My top three future classics:
    1) Harry Potter series… because obviously.
    2) The Goldfinch because of its inventive writing style, transcendence of time, and struggles faced by the characters.
    3) Atonement due to the fact that Ian McEwan is a genius and delivers a fierce account of war along with the theme of memory and questioning reliability in narration, among other reasons.

  58. The Martian by Andy weir. Because it’s just so different from everything else and I think it will be remembered as an approachable si-if book
    Harry Potter by jk Rowling – it’s basically defined a generation and I think it will be something that continues to be shared through generations
    All the light we cannot see by Anthony doher – I haven’t read it but from what I have heard it is just phenomenal and the kind of epic and heartbreaking story that would make a fantastic classic.

  59. 1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling – Let’s be real. This will be a classic. The popularity it has already garnered from the past decade will continue on into the future. The writing is entertaining, it’s extremely original, and the target audience is not solely children anymore.

    2. The Giver by Lois Lowry – Although I think this gained more hype due to the recent movie adaptation, I believe this will be a classic. When people mention this book, you know what they’re talking about. This was gaining popularity when I was younger and it has only progressed since. The writing is quite timeless and it’s about a utopia turned dystopia. That’s a very desirable genre nowadays, similar to that of 1984 by George Orwell.

    3. Originally, for the third book, I was going to choose Life of Pi by Yann Martel because it is not only well established and liked by many; it is also required school reading for some students so it will probably withstand the test of time. Although, I also think that American Gods by Neil Gaiman could turn into a classic many, many, many years from now because: he is a wonderful writer, his stories are highly original, and his worlds are enticing – but they don’t feel dated like other books do after a certain period of time.

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  61. 3 books that will be classics in 2100. I’m going for books that will be used to teach in schools. Maybe not necessarily high school, but any level, depending on the deepness of thought the books present.
    1. Unwind by Neal Shusterman. This book has so many different elements wrapped up into one amazing dystopian novel. This book can be taught in pertaining to the pro-life vs pro-choice issue (I hope that’s not still and issue in 2100) or it can be taught in classes about sociology and studying society, and how did society reach this point where what happens to teens in Unwind is okay.

    2. In the Shadows of No Towers (a graphic novel) by Art Speigleman. In 2100, 9/11 will be an event in the past similar to how the bombings of Pearl Harbor are to us. I believe (just like Spiegleman’s GN Maus) this GN would be assigned reading to give students a different but effective way to learn about the events of 9/11.

    3.The Harry Potter Series. I believe will be more of a cult classic than a “required reading in high school” classic. It is a set of novels that will be passed down generations.

  62. My picks are

    1. The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood – because it’s a staggeringly great novel which explores love, identity, feminist issues, creativity and breaks your heart while you read it.

    2. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss – because it’s a truly breathtaking fantasy novel, written in a language so beautiful it can make you cry. Plus it tells a really great story.

    3. The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger – because it’s a wonderful romance, told in an unorthodox way, about two unusual and engaging people.

  63. 1. A Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, because it’s so on point.
    2. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz. I haven’t read it, but everyone raves! I don’t think he’ll soon be forgotten.
    3. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara, because books with excellent character portraits go down in history.

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  65. 1.) The Night Corcus by Erin Morgenstern for it’s rich imagery and atmosphere, as well as it’s complexity that allows it to be read again and again while still finding something new with each read.
    2.) The Harry Potter series for reasons already mentioned, and because it defined a generation of fantasy lovers.
    3.)Wicked by Gregory McGuire, for reminding people that there is no such thing as straight forward heroes and villains.

  66. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett because Ann can write like nobody’s business and it’s a universal story about what it means to be human and have compassion.

    The Hours by Michael Cunningham because it’s beautiful and haunting and will hopefully show people in 100 years how much things have changed for women.

    The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon because he combines genres and makes it look effortless while telling a great story.

  67. The three books that I think will stand the test of time are…

    1. The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown, because of it’s controversy among religious circles. Though the craze over it has died down, it had books published refuting it, and I think there will be enough people picking it up in used book stores to make it a classic over time, because, you know, controversy sells.

    2. ROOM by Emma Donoghue was extremely heart-wrenching, and gripping. It was impossible to put down, and I know I will be reading it again, and again. I can only assume so will other people.

    3. Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin, It’s murder, intrigue, sex, betrayal and more sex, people love that!

    And, if I get chosen I want the mystery package!! 🙂

  68. I actually do think about this sometimes but I haven’t thought about it much recently.

    1) Looking for Alaska – John Green: I picked this one because it won a Printz award and because I think that John Green is likely to be an author who is remembered although not necessarily for the book that is his most popular one right now. I almost chose Paper Towns but I’m sticking with my choice.

    2) The Secret History – Donna Tartt This is my favorite book but one of my friends hates it. I think because it is so divisive and because the plot is timeless. I mean it was first published in 1992 so in terms of technology it is outdated but somehow that doesn’t matter.

    3) Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro – This is another one that people love or hate because you either find it powerful and poignant or you are frustrated because it doesn’t do what novels of that genre usually do. I am trying very hard to not use spoilers so it makes it hard to describe.

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  70. Like others, I rather suspect Harry Potter will become a classic, because it enchanted a generation and coaxed them to read.

    I’m having a hard job of thinking of something else I’d really believe is going to be a classic; I’m an English Lit graduate, so I know that it can be very difficult to tell and most people who make such predictions get it wrong! So I’ll bend the rules. I’d like to see one of Jo Walton’s books become a classic, definitely; Among Others is my favourite, but maybe My Real Children is more likely. N.K. Jemisin’s The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms deserves to become a classic, too, at least among SF/F readers.

  71. INTERESTING!

    1. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon – The fandom for it is growing, and I don’t think it’s a phase. I myself have read the series at least 5 times. As long as I’m around, I will be pushing it on people.

    2. Harry Potter series – For the obvious reasons, I think. I don’t think this series is ever going away. It’s too well-loved, and timeless.

    3. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss – I think this is going to be the fantasy classic of our time. It’s incredibly, beautifully, well written.

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  73. 1. Harry Potter, all seven of them because it’s so inmensely popular, and pretty much everyone will make their kids read them, en they will make their kids read them, etcetera

    2. Probably the Fault in our stars, because it’s such a powerfull and heartbreakig story which also happens to be really popular nowadays.

    3. I had to think a long time about this one. I came up with The Hunger Games, because it’s one of the first really popular dystopian books. That’s pretty much all I got for this third choice..

  74. I pick:

    1: The Harry Potter series (don’t they count as one like Proust?) because I think children will still find wizards interesting in the future.

    2: Sophie’s World by Gaarder because it’s a fantastic book for young people who’s a bit interested in philosophy. I got hooked on the whole existence-question when I read it some years ago and I’d love to reread it someday.

    3: Americanah by Adichie because I couldn’t stop reading it last year and I’ve recommended it soooo many times already. She’s a fantastic writer and pointed out some problems in her novel that I didn’t even know existed (in the States and in Nigeria).

  75. My choices are…
    – Harry Potter Series because they opened the hearts and minds of an entire generation. They turned non-readers into book lovers.
    – Something by Dan Brown because it’s so intoxicating and makes you really question about what you do or don’t know.
    – & lastly The Kite Runner because classics are considered one of a kind. Eye opening. Life changing. They typically come with a major theme that is deeply rooted into the plot throughout the entire book and spark interest for generations and generations to come. The Kite Runner and all other books on this list that I’ve put do just that exactly for me.

    When I think of a classic I think of a book that can last a lifetime.

  76. Gosh it feels like I am just cutting and pasting others’ responses, but all nominations are so great!! It’s a fun mini-challenge, and wish there is some way I could really know what books will still be around and read by students in a 100 years.

    1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
    Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
    Stardust by Neil Gaiman

  77. My three choices will have to be:

    The Fault in Our Stars by John Green! That book is so moving and powerful!

    Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta! That book was one of the first that I fell in love with and I think it will be a classic in 100 years mainly because of the messages the story gives!

    The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins! Mainly because of the idea of corruption in society! I think it’ll still be relevant!

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