Thursday, May 14, 2015

BoB 13: Modern to Classic Challenge

Bout of Books

Today's Bout of Books challenge is "Modern to Classic," hosted by Ranty Runt of a Reader! For this, we are supposed to share a book that we believe will be considered a classic in 100 years time.

1. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak, published in 2005.

Reason #1: This book takes place during a time that is well-known in history and deals with not only the repercussions of Hitler's rule over the Jewish, but also the German. 100 years from now, historians and school children will still be studying World War II and this book will remain relevant.

Reason #2: Along with the subject, the thoughts and feelings that this story invoke will also remain a key feature of its excellence. Death, love, sacrifice, family, hatred, allegiance to one's country and war are all feelings that transcend time, allowing it to remain the darling of many generations to come.

2. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen, published in 2006.

Reason #1: This book is a masterpiece. Falling under the genre of historical fiction, it perfectly embodies the time period from which it takes place, incorporating youth and maturity in a way that is both wise and insightful.

Reason #2: The book has everything that a good story should posses; action, adventure, romance and fun, all wrapped up into a delightful and sometimes heart-wrenching coming of age story about a boy and a circus.

I chose two, partly because The Book Thief is likely to be a popular pick and partly because I have so much faith in both of these books that I absolutely could not narrow it down to just one!


  1. You are right - The Book Thief has been a popular choice - and with good reason. It is one of my favourite books of all time and I think it will be a favourite of the masses for years to come. You are the first to put forth Water for Elephants, which really suprised me, because Gruen's work seems to be everywhere, even 9 years after it was published! Thanks for participating, and you get extra credit for providing two answers - no extra entries into the giveaway tho - just my undying appreciation.

  2. Good picks, I loved both those books!

  3. Oh, The Book Thief is a great choice. I completely agree that it's going to be considered a classic someday. I have yet to read Water for Elephants, but I know everyone raves about it. I'll have to read it soon!

    1. You should, it's very good! Especially if you like historical fiction and circuses. :)