Top Ten Books I Was Forced to Read

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

This week's Top Ten from The Broke and the Bookish asks for the Top Ten Books I Was Forced to Read (either by teachers, friends, other bloggers, reviews). I’ve picked books that someone recommended; 5 that I read and ended up loving and 5 that I read against my better judgment and didn’t like at all.

1) Watchmen – Recommended by a friend, introduced me to the world of graphic novels.
2) The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie – Recommended by fellow bloggers, love Flavia!
3) The Golden Compass – Recommended by a friend with flawless taste in children’s lit, read it years ago and was so caught up in the story.
4) Ender’s Game – Recommended by my Dad, changed my opinion of science fiction.
5) Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead – Read during a creative writing class in high school. First time I realized that plays could be hilarious!

6) Outlander – Recommend by and friend and the entire internet.
7) The God of Small Things – Recommended by Amy Sherman Palladino (a list the Gilmore Girls created with book recommendations). So slow and depressing, just couldn’t get into it.
8) One Day – Recommended by book bloggers, damn it Dexter, stop being such a jerk!
9) The Shack – Recommended by family, I’m not a fan of being smacked in the face with religious allegories.
10) The Celestine Prophecy – Recommended by a co-worker, one of the worst books I’ve ever read.


JoAnn said...

I had to read The Shack for book club...and Hated it!

Brooke said...

Ender's Game would totally be on my list as well. I haven't read, but do own, Outlander and One Day. I have a feeling I might not like them either.

Sandy Nawrot said...

Ender's Game is now required reading in my daughter's school which I think is very cool. I read it of my own free will and it was awesome. I actually loved One Day and Outlander (at least the first four installments...then I got weary).

Ellie said...

I was recommended The God of Small Things by an English teacher. Suffice to say, I never read another book she recommended to me!

Andi said...

Your explanations made me LOL. I've read several of your LOVED section. :D

Anonymous said...

I'm with you on The Shack, and also to some degree on Outlander. Glad to see The Golden Compass has your endorsement. I have it in my nook library but haven't gotten to it yet. Now I will be sure to. :-)

Melissa (Avid Reader) said...

JoAnn - Ugh, that book.

Brooke - Outlander has a hardcore following, it just didn't work for me.

Sandy - I'm so glad you loved Ender's Game! You're definitely not alone on One Day and Outlander.

Ellie - Geez, I know some people love it, but for me it was like climbing a hill made of quick sand only to get to the top and realize there was nothing to see.

Andi - Ha, sometimes books just rub you the wrong way.

bibliophilica - Lyra (from The Golden Compass) is a great character!