Top Ten Tuesday: 21st Century Books That I Think Will Be Called Classics

Posted March 29, 2022 by meezcarrie in Christian, contemporary, historical, mystery/suspense, romance, Top Ten Tuesday / 27 Comments

Happy Tuesday! Today for the Top Ten Tuesday link-up we are looking at 21st century books we think will be called classics. While I read selectively in a variety of genres, my main niche (which you know if you’ve been here for a minute) is Christian fiction. For those new to that genre, I don’t like stopping my story for a sermon either, so don’t let the ‘Christian’ label dissuade you from giving these books a try. The definition of a ‘classic’, according to Merriam-Webster, is ‘a work of enduring excellence‘, and I think that definitely applies to my picks today!

Now… as usual…. I had to figure out a way to narrow it down so I limited it to books released from 2000 to 2015 (just before I started this blog). And even then I had to force myself to cap it at <looks around furtively and whispers> twenty.

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Newlywed Games by Mary Davis
Short-Straw Bride by Karen Witemeyer


Missing by Shelley Shepard Gray
A Proper Pursuit by Lynn Austin


Meant to Be Mine by Becky Wade
Five Days in Skye by Carla Laureano


Courting Morrow Little by Laura Frantz
Vanished by Irene Hannon


Swept Away by Mary Connealy
Emerald Windows by Terri Blackstock


The Merchant’s Daughter by Melanie Dickerson
The Convenient Groom by Denise Hunter


A Noble Groom by Jody Hedlund
Maid to Match by Deeanne Gist


Sixty Acres and a Bride by Regina Jennings
The Negotiator by Dee Henderson


Safely Home by Randy Alcorn
Shattered by Dani Pettrey


Tidewater Inn by Colleen Coble
The Tutor’s Daughter by Julie Klassen

And if I had included books that released during/after 2015, I would have definitely listed The Lady and the Lionheart by Joanne Bischof, The Mistletoe Countess by Pepper Basham, Conspiracy of Silence by Ronie Kendig & Hope Harbor by Irene Hannon, to name a few… lol

What about you? Have you read any of these books? What do you think – will these 21st century books be called classics in the years to come?

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27 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: 21st Century Books That I Think Will Be Called Classics

  1. Megan Hamsher

    The Butterfly & The Violin
    (Hidden Masterpiece series, #1)
    by Kristy Cambron

    Sunrise at Normandy series
    by Sarah Sundin

  2. I’ve read quite a few of these titles and would agree with ones like Safely Home by Randy Alcorn, Emerald Windows by Terri Blackstock etc. Another one I didn’t think to add but seeing your CF reminded me was Finding Alice by Melody Carlson – one of my all time favourite reads. I loved the Alaskan Courage series by Dani Pettrey and actually have her latest to read on my kindle as an ARC.

  3. Carrie Turansky

    Great list with some of my favorites! I would add The Lady and the Lionheart by Joanne Bischof.

  4. Cathe Swanson

    I wholeheartedly agree about the Randy Alcorn book.
    I liked Shattered, but Submerged is still my favorite in that series. And that’s my favorite series of Dani Pettrey’s!

  5. Debra Pruss

    Fabulous list. There are a lot of wonderful books releasing this year. I am not sure if some of them would be added to the list. I am currently reading an ARC The Catch by Lisa Harris. It is amazing. Thank you for sharing. God bless you.

  6. Haley Resseguie

    Great list, Carrie! I have read 18 of these and you have some great reads on here. As I scrolled through, I smiled remembering my favorite moments in several of them. My copy of Newlywed Games, Short Straw Bride and The Negotiator are well worn from the rereads!

  7. Cathe Swanson

    I forgot to mention the Negotiator. Dee Henderson was one of the first to write Christian suspense.

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