Top 10 Best Modern Classic Books

This is a list to fill the gap on this site, where classic books are from 200 hundred years ago or ten minutes ago - books from the 1900s seem to be totally ignored.
The Top Ten
1 To Kill a Mocking Bird

This book is still an affecting and touching read in the modern day, and its strength at the time of its release must have been devastating.

2 Lord of the Flies

Both a thoroughly moving and engaging read, Lord Of The Flies succeeds in using horrific images to exalt a clever plot and devastating message, rather than to hide from little overall depth. The social commentary delivered by this book is classic, unmatched by such books as 1984 in how enjoyable a read it is.

Just read it. Adults can do much worse.

3 It
4 The Catcher In the Rye

If you read this unaware of the depth lurking below the casual, if unambitious, surface, it could easily be passed by and written off as a narrative capable of strong adolescent summaries. But a closer look, particularly at the metaphor from which the book takes its name, reveals an unforgettable work highlighting the hollowness of morals applicable to any reader's life.

5 The Burning Soul
6 The Day of the Triffids

A perfect blend of tension, horror, sci-fi, happiness, and so much else. Moreover, John Wyndham was a consistent author, pumping out masterpiece after masterpiece.

7 Of Mice and Men

The eternity of the character of Lenny alone is enough to elevate this book significantly. Not a reader can evade a considerable amount of pity for the classic, well-drawn characters. Being taught at many schools makes it one of the only widely read classics. It's an emotion-manipulating read, guaranteed to leave the reader with its tale and message strongly embedded in their mind.

8 Gone
9 1984

Although at times 1984 can be a difficult and slow-burning read, and the characters are not exceptionally deep or memorable, all is terrifyingly validated by the sheer genius of Orwell's philosophy and the realism of the described threat.

One man against the whole monster-system, in memories.

Dystopia at its best. Absolutely chilling.

10 The Book Thief

A touching, accessible, and enjoyable read - I doubt anyone will complain about its presence on the list, but nor is it the greatest novel of the past hundred years. Its depth is somewhat commercialized and overplayed by its recent popularity, but it reminds us that capable authors are still among us.

The Contenders
11 Animal Farm

A bite-sized taste of Orwell's genius and communism in general, it's an excellent introduction for younger or less experienced readers into a world that could entirely change the way they see the existence around them. Although it remains solely as an allegory, never delving into such strong opinions as 1984, it's a very comfortable read that still offers depth, as well as being a gripping, blackly humorous, and ironic novel.

I read this book last semester and really liked it. I learned a lot about the Russian Revolution and how evil Stalin was. Seeing how the citizens had to suffer made me kind of angry.

12 The Most Dangerous Game
13 Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)

Best book ever. Inspired me, as a twelve-year-old, to read literature.

The best book ever? Why is this not on here yet?

14 A Kestrel for a Knave
15 One Hundred Years of Solitude
16 Fahrenheit 451
17 The Call of the Wild (Jack London)
18 A Christmas Carol
19 The Great Gatsby
20 The Shining
21 Ready Player One
22 The Goldfinch
23 The Hunger Games
24 The Bell Jar (Sylvia Plath)
25 About a Boy
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