Top Ten Tuesday (36)

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because they are particularly fond of lists at The Broke and the Bookish. They’d love to share their lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!





This weeks Top Ten topic is …

Top Ten Books I Was “Forced” to Read

I’m going to do a list of books I was “forced” to read but ended up liking or thought was okay, or you’ll just end up with an essay about how much I despise ENDURING LOVE – and nobody wants that! Or how everyone lied, Shakespeare’s ROMEO & JULIET is NOT a love story!

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*coughs* Anyway, on with my Top Ten…

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor

This is one of the books that was required reading for my English class during Secondary School (when I was between 12 and 16). I’m pretty sure it was one of the books I read around SATs year, so I was probably 14 when I read this in class. I thought I would absolutely loathe it, but I really enjoyed it. So much so that I borrowed the rest of the series from the school library.

To Kill A Mocking Bird by Harper Lee

I think this was a required reading book for my English class around the same time as ROLL OF THUNDER, maybe a year later. Again I really enjoyed this book, even if it did take us forever to get through it – I’m pretty sure we couldn’t take the book out of the classroom. The film was pretty good too.

The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien

I read this right before THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING came out in cinemas. I’d heard of the book before because my Dad is a huge fan, but it looked like such a thick book I had no interest in reading it. Then I saw the trailer for the first film, and I had to go and watch it. Dad wouldn’t let me see the film unless I’d read the book, so I ended up reading the book and loving it.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (YA)

As I’m sure you’ll remember this was BIG in the book blogger verse. It seemed like everyone had read it. I still wasn’t sold, but then I saw the film and had to give the book a go. I should have listened. It was brilliant.

Mortal Instruments by Philip Reeve (YA)

This was required reading for my Children’s Literature course which I took with the OU. Whilst I liked steampunk fashion, I wasn’t too sure about a steampunk book. Sci-Fi books aren’t really my cup of tea, and I thought this book might be like that. I was wrong. It was a fun read.

Regeneration by Pat Barker

This was required reading for my A-Level English Lit. We did War Poetry, and we also had to read some War books.  This was one of the books I had to read, and it was actually quite entertaining. Sad, but a brilliant read.

Little Women

Another book I was required reading for the Children’s Literature. I didn’t think I would like it, but I kinda did. I won’t be reading the next book, but this one was an enjoyable read.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (YA)

Another book that blew up and everyone seemed to have read.

Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton

This book and series was actually recommended to me by a friend who was into vampire books. Totally glad I gave it a shot!

Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison

This book/series was gushed about by a friend on their blog, It sounded interesting, so I gave it a shot and it clicked. Really love this series.

Those were my Top Ten Books I Was “Forced” to Read. What books were you “forced” to read and ended up liking? Let me know in the comments below, or link back to your Top Ten post so I can see what makes your list.

7 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday (36)

    • It really is.The trouble is there are so many awful books you’re forced to read during school that you begin to think that they are like that. It’s really nice when gems like To Kill A Mocking Bird come along.


  1. I love what you say about The Hunger Games because I’m one of those people who always reads the books after the hype and I always feel left out after they’re absolutely great.


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