Top Ten Tuesday (30): Books I Was "Forced" to Read

The topic this week is Top Ten Books I Was "Forced" to Read. By "forced" I don't mean made-to-read-or-suffer-the-pain-of-death or whatever. Some of the picks this week were books I had to read in school, others might be ones I read for a book club or books people told me over and over again I simply HAD to read... or else. Just kidding. But no, seriously... ehem. A lot of these books were ones that forced me to step out of my comfort zone and try something different. I like when those kind of adventures lead me to some of my favorite books ever. On the other hand, sometimes I can't help but wonder why I wasted my time.

So here are ten books that, for one reason or another, I was "forced" to read (not including review requests):

1. The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton - We had to read this our freshman year in high school... and I actually finished it! It instantly caught my attention during class and I have been a fan ever since.
2. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - We read this book in class my Junior year. If we hadn't started reading it aloud in class, I don't think I would have read it. But we did, I got hooked, then I went home and finished the rest of it that day... and read it again with the class. LOVE!
3. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster - This is another one we started in class and then they sent us home to finish it. Seriously, they should always do that in school. Even in 5th grade, when I read this, I was stubborn about being forced to read something.

4. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein - Oh my goodness, I love this book! It's really thoughtful and heartbreaking and... beautiful!
5. The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry - I think I was the only one who actually "got" this book in our book club. Everybody seemed so confused as to what was going on, but not me. Such a great book.
6. Blankets by Craig Thompson - On the flip side, I was the only one who didn't "get" this book. I'm not sure if it was the story, the fact that it was a graphic novel, or both. Seriously, I just didn't like it. Oh well.
7. Loving Frank by Nancy Horan - Ugh. I can't believe I actually finished this one, I hated it so much. I understand that it's historical fiction based on the life of Frank Lloyd Wright and his married lover, but still. Ugh. Never again will I pick this up.

8. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake - I had multiple people trying to shove this book in my hands! Eventually, I gave in. Though it creeped the bajeepers out of me, it did have an interesting story.
9. The Sword of Shannara Trilogy by Terry Brooks - My brother told me over and over again to read this... over and over! Since it was one of his favorites - and I wanted him to stop pestering me about it - I picked it up. I got this 1200 pg omnibus... and devoured it. Oh my goodness, it was so good. I had to eat my words.
10. The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale - A friend of mine kept telling me about this one. Eventually, she got tired of me waiting to read it and put a copy in my hands. I read it, loved it and promptly read every Shannon Hale book I could get my hands on. Shannon Hale is now one of my all-time favorite authors, so I guess you could say I owe it all to my friend.

Are there any books you were "forced" to read for one reason or another? Have any of those books becomes favorites? Were any of them simply horrid? Let me know in the comments below!

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  1. The Outsiders and To Kill a Mockingbird are such great books! Would you recommend The Lace Reader? It's one I've been eyeing! :)

    1. Absolutely! The Lace Reader is really different and I liked it a lot. Brunonia Barry penned a really beautiful, intriguing novel.

  2. I so have to go back and reread To Kill a Mockingbird, I read it in 9th grade, and I didn't like it because it was required. I think I'd like it now.

    Aly @ My Heart Hearts Books
    My TTT

    1. Oh my goodness, I hope you do pick it back up again. It's one of my all-time favorites and I hope you're able to enjoy it eventually. :)


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