Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Top Ten Books I Was "Forced" to Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This week's topic:  Top Ten Books I was "Forced" to Read
 (either by teachers, friends, other bloggers, book club)
1.) The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon-I technically wasn't forced to read this but it was a book club pick one month and I absolutely loved it.  I probably never would have read it because the synopsis didn't sound that interesting to me.
2.) A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley-I had to read this in 12th grad honors English as a companion to King Lear. At the time I completely hated it but I wouldn't mind picking it up again in the future.
3.) All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque-This was required for one of my college classes and I really enjoyed it.  I have read it a couple times now and it's definitely a favorite of mine.
4.) Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist-Another book club pick that I loved.  It's such a creepy book, perfect for October!

 5.) Animal Farm by George Orwell-I was required to read this in 8th grade and I did not like it at all.  I think it's another book I need to revisit.
6.) Night by Elie Wiesel
7.) Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
       Both of these were required in 10th grade and both are books that I still enjoy to this day.  I think I've read Fahrenheit 451 at least five or six times
8.) Number the Stars by Lois Lowry-I read this on my own in elementary school but was then required to read it in 6th and 11th grades.  It's a classic must read.
9.) To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee-Okay, I'm going to get in trouble for saying this but this is not one of my favorite books.  While I like it and I understand it's importance, I'm just kind of over it.  I was required to read it in 7th, 9th and 11th grade and in college (that's what happens when you move a lot) so I'm pretty sick of it.  Maybe in a few years, I'll re-read it and fall in love with it.
10.) Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling-I was so not into Harry Potter for the longest time.  I thought it was the dumbest concept and I hated all the hype surrounding it. When the fifth book came out, people kept telling me I HAD to read these books so I gave in and picked up the first book.  I ended up reading all five books in less than a week.  It was so worth it.

What books were you forced to read?  Leave me a link in the comments so I can check out your list!


  1. I only read To Kill A Mockingbird after I left school. I really enjoyed it then :-) I'm not so sure I would've done in school.

  2. I've only read To Kill a Mockingbird and Harry Potter from your list. Though one or two of them are on my list to read someday. I liked To Kill a Mockingbird, but it's definitely not one of my favorites either and I won't be re-reading it anytime soon, though it is still on my shelf :)

    1. I'm glad I'm not the only one who feels that way about To Kill a Mockingbird!

  3. SO agree with this list. Well, I haven't read ALL of the books on here, but the ones I have are definitely favorites. Oh, and I really need to read LET THE RIGHT ONE IN. It looks awesome!

    1. Let the Right One In is such a great book! I felt like it totally snuck up on me with it's awesomeness.

  4. I love Harry Potter so much. Whenever I have kids I'm going to make it required reading for them.

    Aly @ My Heart Hearts Books
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  5. I watched All Quiet on the Western Front in Grade 12 and full-on bawled in class, so I can't imagine reading the book. That'd be painful! However, Night was a bawl-fest too and I'm so thankful we read in that same year. Great list!


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