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 it's strength at the time of its release must have been devastating.

Best in the best!

2 Lord of the Flies

Just read it. Adults can do much worse.

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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 be passed easily by, and written off as a readable narrative capable of strong adolscent summaries. But if you look a little closer, particularly at the metaphor from which the book takes its name, you'll see an unforgettable work revealing the hollowness of morals applicable to the life of any reader.

5 The Burning Soul
6 Of Mice and Men

The eternity of the character of Lenny is enough to shoot this book up the scales alone. There's not a reader who can evade a considerable amount of pity for the classic well drawn characters, and this book being taught at many schools causes it to be one of the only widely read classics. It's an emotion manipulating read, and one garunteed to leave the reader with its tale and message embedded strongly in their mind.

7 1984

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

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

8 The Day of the Triffids

A perfect blend of tension, horror, sci-fi, happiness and so much else. Not only this, John Wyndham was a consistent author, pumping out masterpiece after masterpiece.

9 Gone
10 The Book Thief

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

The Contenders

11 Animal Farm

A bitesize taste of Orwell's genius and communism in general, it's an excellent way to introduce younger or less experienced readers into a world that could entirely change the way they see the exists ce 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 a gripping and blackly humorous and ironic novel.

12 The Most Dangerous Game
13 A Kestrel for a Knave
14 Brave New World

The imagery in this book is not going to be easily forgotten. Without wishing to give away the climax, mass orgies in a classic work of literature is bound to raise eyebrows. But the fact this book manages to pull it off already shows it will be a thrilling read before the beginning. It couples excellently with 1984, the classic future dystopias showing the two extremities of human nature. Although shocking and horrific, Brave New World succeeds in delivering a terrifyingly accurate message. All keeping it from the top three is simply the weakness of the plot line - at the end of the day, that should be the key judging point of any novel. But the strength of the concept still manages to keep this book afloat.

15 One Hundred Years of Solitude

The most beautifully written book EVER.

Magic realism is beautiful.

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17 Catch 22

I personally hold a low opinion of this novel - what physiological depth it holds is not validated by the sheer and painful boredom of reading it. But it's on the list, because despite my own opinions it is a classic, and everyone at least knows of it.

18 Money: A Suicide Note

I know, this might not be quite so well known, and if you have heard of it you will most probably consider it to be at times ridiculous. But Martin Amis has had an effect on society, and never more than with this book. In terms of simple quality and enjoyment of the read, this book is second to none, and is my favourite work in very recent history.

19 On the Road

Classic, must-read for anyone wanting more out of life.

20 Fahrenheit 451
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