21st Century Novels Destined to Become Classics

21st century classic books

Earlier this week, The Inquisitr posted a list titled The Top 15 21st Century Novels Destined to Become Classics:

15. Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
14. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
13. We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
12. A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin
11. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
10. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
9. Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafron
8. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
7. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
6. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
5. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson 
4. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
3. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
2. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
1. Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Though the idea of a “classic” is constantly evolving and debatable, I think it’s interesting to consider which books have potential staying power. I’m not vehemently opposed to anything on The Inquisitr list (I’ve read all but We Need to Talk About Kevin and Shadow of the Wind), but there are some I might like to shift or replace. 

I adore both, but I have a hard time seeing books from the middle of a series as classics, so I would probably scratch A Storm of Swords and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. And while I loved The Fault in Our Stars, I didn’t necessarily get the sense that it would hold up as a classic…the same goes for The Lovely Bones. Ann Patchett is a master, no doubt, but am I the only one that much prefers State of Wonder to Bel Canto? Wait. I said I wasn’t opposed. I just would have liked to see these on the list. And yes, I’m adding a book from this year. It’s my new classic.

What do you think about the list? Anything you would add or replace?