The best modern classic novels

The Books I Picked & Why

The Host

By Stephenie Meyer

The Host

Why this book?

Although The Host doesn’t quite fit in the classics list, it touches a place in my heart: it’s the novel that inspired me to write. I loved the depth of the characters and the intense emotions that the book brought out in me. Not only did The Host lead me to explore my own writing, but the plot drew me along so much that I read the book several times for the pure enjoyment of it.


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The Hunger Games (Hunger Games, Book One), 1

By Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games (Hunger Games, Book One), 1

Why this book?

I believe The Hunger Games is a must-read for all fans of young adult and/or dystopia. I became so invested in the main character, Katniss Everdeen, that I felt real fear when she found herself in danger and real hope for her family. Although I didn’t base my novel on The Hunger Games or its world, I found that it had some influence on the plot.


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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

By J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Why this book?

Correct me if I’m wrong, but I’m not sure you can call yourself a reader unless you’ve read the Harry Potter series. The world! The characters! The story! Oh, I loved it all! I ate up every bit—over and over. For me, like The Lord of the Rings, a world without Harry Potter is no world at all. It’s an honor to have read the books.


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The Lord of the Rings

By J. R. R. Tolkien

The Lord of the Rings

Why this book?

At ten years old, I read The Lord of the Rings and it was the first major novel I’d gotten to read—after The Hobbit, of course. So, I could never write a favorites list without adding it. Like Harry Potter, the world, characters, and plot of The Lord of the Rings coalesce to make it a hit for me. This story drew me into a long love of fantasy novels and made me become a ferocious reader.


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Jane Eyre

By Charlotte Bronte

Jane Eyre

Why this book?

Although Jane Eyre doesn’t quite fit the ‘modern’ era of classics, it is a classic and still has the ability to enamor the modern reader. I think we love it because we can all identify with love and loss, and no one escapes this life without facing difficulties. I felt such empathy for the younger Jane. I loved the intensity of her emotions throughout the book. I find the story somehow grounds me.


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