Top 5 future classics

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https://i.imgur.com/XS0XVS1.gifHappy Hump Day! Today’s topic is future classics!

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Also, apparently this is a repeat topic. I’ve already made a Top 5 Wednesday post about future classics, so if you’d like to read my original, you can do so here. I didn’t repeat any books from that list for this time. 😀

 

Dealing with the obvious:

When I went to go make this list, there were a few books that came to mind immediately, which means they’re going to come to everyone’s minds immediately. So I’m just going to mention them now and get them out of the way becuase I’m sure you’ll get tired of reading the same blurb about them over and over:

  • Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry

Otherwise:

5. Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

Assassin's Apprentice (Farseer Trilogy, #1)

In addition to being a spectacular book on its own, this book begins a journey that lasts for sixteen books and takes place in a world that grows to feel so real that you’d swear there’s a dragon behind you, breathing down your neck.

I know there are a lot of fantasy series that could claim the same and indeed a lot of them will likely become future classic as well. For instance: Malazan, The Wheel of Time, The Kingkiller Chronicles, all good candidates. But this series to me stands out the most – one because I’ve actually read most of it so I can actually back up what I’m talking about, (I’ve read Kingkiller too but you know my feelings on Kvothe, so we’re not going to talk about it) but also because of its ease. Both Malazan and The Wheel of Time have a bit of a reputation for being difficult. Hobb’s writing, while wordy, is really easy to get into. There’s no gigantic character list to keep track of, no depth of plot to the point where you have to take notes… it’s just… easy.

4. Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey

Leviathan Wakes (Expanse #1)

Keep in mind I’ve selected this one having read only a limited amount of sci-fi, but from what I have, this one has the makings of the ones that are already considered modern classics. The popularity of the series, the depth of plot, and again – the ease to get into it – all of it make it stick out to me as something that will be seen twenty years from now as ‘oh did you read this one? It’s a classic!’

3. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

House of Leaves

While I didn’t love this one myself, I can definitely see its potential as classic material. It has the typical ‘difficult to read’ aspect nailed, for one. Otherwise, it’s an interesting character study, it’s an interesting representation of modern writing, and it has a lot of metaophor going on. I could easily see it being assigned reading in about twenty years.

2. Hyperion by Dan Simmons

Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos, #1)

I mean, it’s practically already a modern telling of The Canterbury Tales, so… if you’ve read it, you know it definitely has all the elements needed to become a classic. A mysterious entity, multiple stories of characters that are all fascinating in their own way, a slow moving plot to allow for a lot of depth and development of those characters, metaphor everywhere… just writing about it makes me want to reread it.

1. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness and Siobhan Dowd

A Monster Calls

This one, this one will definitely become a future’s children’s classic. The art, the plot, the tone the book sets, all of it is amazing. I think if any on the list deserve the title, this one does the most. It’s just spectacular (and the movie turned out to be pretty solid, too). It has already won awards and is well on its way to becoming one of those books that everybody has heard of.


And that’s it! Have you read any of these? Happy reading!

Top 5 Future Classics

Top 5 Wednesday

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Happy Wednesday! This week’s topic is an interesting one. It’s making me think about a book more than coming to the conclusion of ‘Was it any good’. So if you agree or disagree with any of these, do let me know! I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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In Order to Live by Yeonmi Park

In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl's Journey to FreedomThis book I picked up on a whim last year or so. I knew the topic going in was heavy but I didn’t expect it to affect me as much as it did. I feel it will end up as a classic because in addition to being a very poignant and intense piece, it also offers what could be a historical perspective on North Korea ten, twenty, fifty years down the line. Accounts of every day life there are so few and far between, so this book could one of the few first-hand testimonies that could ever exist.

It’s the memoir of a young girl who escaped from North Korea into China and eventually found refuge in South Korea. She lives there now (and I follow her on facebook now, haha). It’s definitely difficult to read sometimes – some of the things that I read I had to remind myself actually happened, that it wasn’t a novel, but real. It was emotionally draining, but I’m glad I read it.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Night CircusThis book I feel will be a classic purely because of the enchanting tone it has. It sucks the reader in and keeps them there and has them wishing they were part of the night circus. That’s what it did for me, anyways. It left me longing to be in the setting long after the book was finished.

 

 

 

The Book Thief by Markus Zusack

The Book ThiefThis book will become a classic because it’s partly become one already. When I was a junior in college, it was the book I read for one of my literature classes. I ended up reading it a lot faster than the curriculum wanted, leaving me waiting for the rest of the class to finish it for about a month. I really liked this book. Currently, my copy is lent out (…and has been for about two years now. Sarah, give me my book back). The theme of the book is the main reason it will/has become a classic. Books containing unusual perspectives about world war 2 tend to do that.

 

The Martian by Andy Weir

The MartianAaaand this one I feel will get Douglas Adams level fame. It’ll be a classic sci-fi comedy up there with The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and it definitely deserves it. It was my favorite book back in 2015 and still one of my favorites today. Definitely definitely definitely recommend.

 

 

 

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

The Boy in the Striped PajamasThis book is about ten years old or so at this point. I read it back when I was a teenager. It broke my heart and every time I think about it, it reminds me of the sorrow I felt at reading it. This book perfectly shows the horrors of war when it comes to innocent people. It’s sad, it’s bleak, and it’s tough to read. You need to read this one. It’s another world war 2 novel and it’s told from the perspective of a little boy who knows nothing except he lives on the outside of a fence and that there’s another little boy in striped clothing who lives inside it. I know they made a movie a few years back but I haven’t watched it. It was intense enough just reading it, I don’t know if I could handle seeing and hearing it, too.


And that’s it! Happy reading!

 

Semester Wrap Up, Future Goals – Blogmas 12/17

Hello, I’m currently in Malaysia, so this is a pre-written post. It was made actually with one more day of finals and labs to go. So this is likely a bit pre-emptive, but hey it’s one day.


This past semester, I completed two coding projects, one research project and one internship.

As shown in a previous post, I made a robot play tic tac toe with a user – it was pretty neat and I still have the robot on loan from my university. I’m to continue with that project through the next semester and try to get it seeing the game screen.

I also coded a text miner program that will text in raw medical text and try to parse it out to make it make sense, make it easier to look at, make its data easier to associate with patterns, etc. It went okay. I got the words parse out but it’s not 100% readable yet. This one still needs some work, too.

I also did a research project to determine what genes are expressed in soybeans grown in low light conditions that aren’t expressed in genes grown in high light conditions. This one killed me. The paper was due for it last week and man, I’m so glad it’s done.  AUGH. I might have gotten a C on it if I was lucky. Maybe. (I got As on the two coding projects though, so there).


For this coming winter, I’ll be working full time between two different jobs (so guess still doesn’t have health insurance, woo). And during that time I’ll be reading and posting (I hope) and tinkering with the NAO Robot. And honestly that’s about it.

Oh, like I said, I’ll be in Malaysia for a week, so there’s that. I’m also semi-planning a trip to Connecticut to visit a friend, but that’s rather loose at the moment. We’ll see what happens. :”D

I want to read a whole bunch of books though – winter break is usually when I get a boost on it all.

Wish me luck!

Happy reading. :”D