Bout of Books Challenge: From Modern to Classic

Hi guys! Today’s challenge arrives a little late. Sorry about that, I can’t handle timezones! I hope you’re having a lovely readathon and getting in some quality reading. I’m delighted to be able to present today’s challenge, it is such an honour to contribute to one of the bookish events of the year!

Bout of Books

THE CHALLENGE Share one book that you believe will be considered a classic in 100 years time. Simple? I do have a few caveats, the book must have been published in or after 2005 and you need to provide two reasons for why this book will be a classic.

HOW TO ENTER You can enter this competition on any platform, including posts on your blog, on twitter, facebook, goodreads or in the comments of this blog post. Include a link to the entry in your comment. Also, make sure the post is public, so I can check out your awesome answers!


  • The winner of this challenge will recieve a book from up to the value of US$15.
  • The challenge winner will be selected by random number generator and notified, so please include your email address, twitter handle or however you wish to be contacted in the comment!
  • You must be a Bout of Books participant to win the giveaway. So please include your Bout of Books signup number
  • Only one entry per participant will go into the draw, but if you wish to discuss multiple books that are classic, go ahead!

Onwards, bookish fiends!




  1. I think that The Hunger Games (published in 2008) by Suzanne Collins will be considered a classic in 100 years because 1) it is a story that continues to be talked about even years after its release, and 2) like many other dystopian/speculative fiction classics, it shows a metaphorical version of the problematic things that occur in society currently.

    My boutofbooks sign-up number is 634.

    1. I’m thinking The Hunger Games are up there for becoming a classic, so many other people agree with you! It is being talked about after a couple of years and it does offer social commentary, which is important in classic literature, if you ask me. Thanks for sharing your pick!

  2. My answer is The Hunger Games trilogy, because it gave inspiration for so many other dystopian novels. And also because it makes people think about the future and life.

    My sign-up number is 110 (slipperbunny).

    1. The Hunger Games does make people think about the future and life – and that is important in books that become classics! I hope you enjoy the rest of the readathon.

  3. I would say The Book Thief By Markus Zusak will become a classic because:
    1. The themes in it are so important. They are very prevalent in today’s society but are also things that I think future generations will be even more impacted by. (Power of Words, Conformity, Censorship)
    2. It’s set in a terrible time period that everyone has heard about but may not know everything about. The Book Thief shows this time in a beautiful yet heart-wrenching way. It’s enjoyable even though nothing is sugarcoated. It’s still harsh and raw and brings on some tears. People of all ages and all backgrounds can relate to and love this book.

    My number is 630.

    1. The Book Thief is one of the most haunting books I have read, and like you, I think it will become a classic. It does offer commentary on so many themes that are prevalent today, but will possibly impact future generations before. Thanks for your well thought out answer!

  4. I’ve chosen The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. You can see my reasons why here at my blog.

    This was such an interesting challenge, thanks. And thanks for the giveaway. I’m 199 – Baggins @ Pinker Than Fiction Reviews on the sign up post. Though the other day I was 200, so. I’m sure I’ll be around that area anyways, if it changes again. πŸ˜‰


  5. I have thought of several book that would become classic in a 100 years. You have Harry Potter, The Giver, If I Stay, and so many more. All extremely worthy but not all published after 2005 so I will have to choose one that I think impacted us a society and that will continue to impact society in the future. The book I have chosen is:

    The Fault in our stars by John Green

    My reasons are simple:

    1. It is about Cancer which affects so many. Hopefully in a 100 years it will be cured but regardless it show the strength of the human spirit.

    2. The emotions in this story will still resonate with future generation.

    3. Also, one of the biggest reason the writing is just beautiful and will be talked about by scholars way into the future.

  6. I was originally going to say The Giver, but it was released way before 2005. My answer is Twilight because:
    1). Many people have read it
    2.) There have been so many spinoffs that it has almost created a new genre.

    Here is my tweet about it:

    I may post on my blog about it later if I have time today.

    I registered under Jessica @ Book Reviews from a Christian Gal (#827). You can contact me at either @blog_gal on Twitter or

    1. The Giver certainly is going to be a classic, but I’m really happy to see you post Twilight – regardless of its merits, it certainly has made a lot of a splash in todays publishing world. Hope you are having a nice readathon!

  7. The Road by Cormac McCarthy

    1. It feels very similar to so many of the depressing classics I read when in high school, like Of Mice and Men and The Sound and the Fury

    2. It’s incredibly well written, and seems timeless. The theme of survival resonates with readers

    Bout of Books sign up number 34
    ekaf2022 (at) gmail DOT com

    1. Interestiing pick! It is similar to so many of those dark depressing classics they push on high schoolers, and it is well written. I also think it is one of those books that divides those who reads it – people love or hate it. That often makes for a classic novel, in my humble opinion.

  8. Here’s my answer:

    Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult.

    Link to my answer:

    1. The author has a tendency to write about relevant issues.
    2. People will always be able to identify with what it was like in high school for them.

    1. Interesting! I read Nineteen Minutes with my bookclub a couple of years ago, and while I disliked it, everyone else LOVED it. Picoult does write about relevant issues in society and Nineteen Minutes is one of her most loved works, Thanks for participating. And don’t worry – the prize draw is completely random, my views of the books have no impact on winning πŸ˜‰

  9. My pick is: the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan. (The first book came out in 2005.)
    There are so many valuable lessons in those books, so many good examples for kids, for people of all ages really. Percy’s journey is filled with tough choices, puzzles and quests, obstacles of all kinds, and actual battles, and it’s quite amazing to see him deal with all that, and balance it with friendships, enemies, love, his father, the mother he loves so much. Plus you learn a lot about Greek mythology (in a fun way).

    jen7waters (currently number 25 on the sign-up linky!)
    jen7waters at gmail dot com

  10. Sadly, I have to go with Twilight.

    1) It had a huge fan response that included the writing and publication of another huge bestseller. I think that whole thing will only become a bigger deal (analytically) as transformative works/remix culture become a bigger area of academic interest.

    2) It is exactly the kind of over-the-top sweeping romance that made me hate Wuthering Heights, and *that* is still a classic.

    1. I was wondering if someone was going to bite the bullet and say Twilight! Thanks for doing so. I agree with you 100% – I never read the series – but it does say something about our current culture and the publication industry. Also, it DOES have that crazy romance feature – which is generally the only think needed for me to hate it and millions of others love it. I’ll stand firm with you against the Wuthering Heightians.

  11. I think one of Neil Gaiman’s volumes of The Sandman graphic novel series will be a classic. It’s hard to say which one possibly the first . The reason is because Graphic novels/ comics are on the rise as a genre and because the themes in sandman are universeal, frightening and enchanting ! #269 in the linky! Thanks!

    1. I really do think there is a need for graphic novels to make their way into the literary canon, and The Sandman novels are up there with contending for that place, along with Maus and The Watchmen, if you ask me and my very uneducated about graphic novels self. I think Gaiman’s work will be considered literature like some people work their way through Dickens, others will work their way through Gaiman.

  12. My pick: Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

    I think in general Neil Gaiman has the sticking power to still be read in 2125. He has the right combination of popular success and critical acclaim.

    The Ocean at the End of the Lane is a journey story; it can’t hurt to start with a classical form. It touches on the questions a boy has about life and, later, the questions that boy has as a man.

    My BoB # is 554 (Katherine @ The Writerly Reader)

    1. I think you are right – being a journey story will help The Ocean at the End of the Lane become entrenched in the literary canon. Plus, Gaiman does have that winning combination of popular success and critical acclaim – we studied The Graveyard Book in Literature Studies at university, and were pretty happy when he tweeted us back when we mentioned him. Just the right balance, I’d say!

  13. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak will be a timeless classic because of the way it is beautifully written and the way you fall in love with each character.

  14. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell. It’s already on high school reading lists and it has been critically acclaimed. But really I just love this book because it is so beautiful and full of hope. This books ambiguity would be perfect to analyze in a classroom setting.

    1. Courtney, I do agree with you that Cloud Atlas is one of those beautiful books – and I wasn’t aware it was making its way onto high school reading lists! Certainly an ambitious read – but well worth it. I think that we might be revisiting this one in 100 years, too. πŸ™‚

  15. I would have to say The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins!

    I could see it being a classic because our world is really messed up and I think the stuff in the Hunger Games could come true.. So people would still be reading it, maybe to stop the games, or because they are shocked that someone “predicted” the future!

    My bout of books sign up number is: 519

    1. Interesting! The Hunger Games is certainly one of those books that comment on society as it is today – and I hope it doesn’t do the same in the future!

  16. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness.

    1. The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous!
    2. It has a strong story that leaves a huge impact on almost everyone who has read the book. The way that it is told, though the prose and the drawings, makes it even better!

    Twitter @readingmissfrog

    1. Interesting, another book that I’ve seen around but haven’t dug into. I might have to add this one to my ever growing TBR, thanks for participating.

  17. Great challenge! My pick is Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine (2014). I’ve chosen this because 1) The subject matter is just as relevant now as it was 50 years ago… hopefully racial tensions will evolve to a better state in 100 years, but I think it would be an important read well into the future. 2) The effective use of multiple formats to get the point across, like poetry, prose, and images. [Link to tweet] (Kristin @ mylittleheartmelodies / #545)

    1. Kristin, I’ve never read Citizen by Rankine, but it certainly sounds interesting! I think as long as the book is well written and the subject matter will remain topical, any book has a chance. I’ll keep my eye out for a copy of this one, I think. I like the idea of a mix of poetry, prose and images.

  18. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

    1.The first and last books in a series are usually the ones that people end up remembering and re-reading the most often. This is part of why Deathly Hallows gets read so much.

    2, All of the Harry Potter books will be classics, they have inspired generations of people already, and are already taught in schools.

    My number is 688

    1. Chelsea, I admire you choosing the final book in the series – lots of people have either said the philosopher’s stone or said the whole series. I was suprised when I went back to teach English that Harry Potter was being taught in the English curriculum because when I was at school it was that book that everyone read but the teachers didn’t value as being literary enough for study. It’s nice how things change. πŸ™‚

  19. I honestly think that classics are going to be looked at a little differently. Now that books are readily available to almost everyone and that they’re being digitized, I think almost any book could stand the test of time. I think new generations will pick up books written now just because. However, I do think some books will be more beloved/popular than others, like Harry Potter, because it appeals to all ages and parents will want to share it with their kids so they can experience the same magic that they did as kids.

    Twitter handle: @jenni_elyse

    1. Jenni – I think you captured the essence of what makes a classic pretty well here – they are stories that one generation wishes to share with the next – thats what keeps books alive. In my humble opinion, anywho.

  20. I am going to say Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, which just slips under the bar of acceptable as it war published in 2005, because:

    1. It’s setting feels quite detached from any particular period, so it won’t feel dated (or at least it already feels dated, in a good way) and

    2. Even if human kind won’t (hopefully) have to grapple with the exact moral dilemma the book is about in the next 100 years (trying not to be too spoiler-y here!), the theme of how much people are willing to ignore other people’s suffering when it’s in their own interest is a pretty universal one which isn’t about to go go away.

    I’m number 228 (@midwinter_night) – if anyone has read it I’d love to chat to you about it on Twitter πŸ™‚

    1. Some really interesting points! When reading classics, I connect more with the ones that don’t feel so dated, so I think you are onto something with reason 1. Also, timeless themes are always a winner. Great answer, thanks for accepting the challenge

  21. The Magicians trilogy by Lev Grossman! The first book was published in 2009.

    1. It’s totally EPIC even when all the odds were stacked against it, because it’s hard to be original with a fantasy series in this day and age, but it totally holds up to the greats (i.e., Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, etc.)!

    2. It plays off great titles like Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia in such a clever and somehow still unique way, and anything that makes literary references like that is top notch stuff to me; and I believe it’s going to be a tv show too?! :O

    My sign up number is #332 Yaya, it links up to my Twitter account:)

    1. Yaya, I have to admit that I haven’t heard of the Magicians trilogy, but your reasons for why it will become a classic have made me want to read it!

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