October 15, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Was Forced to Read

I always worry when people recommend books, especially when they do a follow-up and are dying to know if I liked the book as much as them.  It took me ages to read Divergent because I was scared it wouldn't live up to the hype.  But let's get into the list of nine books I was "forced" to read.


1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Required reading for school drives me crazy.  Analyzing the book often ruins it for me, or the novels are just plain boring (*cough*The Last of the Mohicans*cough*).  To Kill a Mockingbird has been the one exception.


2. Percy Jackson & the Olympians series by Rick Riordan
Kate was rather persistent in getting me to read PJO.  I definitely prefer the first five books to Heroes of Olympus, and I don't regret reading PJO.


3. Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter
Once again, I have to thank Kate. I remember her talking about GG back when book 4 or 5 came out and we were at Barnes & Noble.  I saw the title and thought, Ew, that doesn't look like something I'd like.  Oh how wrong I was.  I'm also very ashamed I thought that, because I love GG and Heist Society and Ally Carter is one of the best authors out there.


4. The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins
Kelly recommended THG on many an occasion, but y'all know about my aversion to all things sci-fi, so I was pretty leery.  I think I read all three books in one day, and I've never looked back.


5. Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth
I can still remember Kelly recommending Divergent in my birthday card, particularly because it's set in Chicago.  I kept telling myself I'd read it, but it never happened.  As I think I've mentioned before, I checked Divergent out of the library 6 or 7 times but never read it.  Finally, this summer, I did.  It's one of the best books I've ever read.  Seriously, what would I do without Kelly?


6. Hamlet by William Shakespeare
In a way, I was forced to read this since it was assigned in Shakespeare class.  Practically the whole spring semester revolved around it.  And now I'm kind of a Shakespeare freak.  Thanks, Mrs. E. :)


7. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Once I started following book blogs, I saw several people (namely Sunny Duvall of Blue Sky Bookshelf) talking about Cinder and Scarlet.  It looked vaguely interesting, but when I read the synopses, I wrinkled my nose.  Futuristic, sci-fi fairytales?  No, thank you.  Just like with Gallagher Girls, I was very wrong.


8. Wither by Lauren DeStefano
Well, Hannah recommended this one, so I felt kind of obligated to read it. (Plus, it didn't seem too bad.)  I ended up not liking it, though.


9. There's No Place Like Home by Jen Calonita (and probably the rest of the latter half of the Secrets of My Hollywood Life series)
I felt obligated/forced to finish the series when I started it, but it honestly wasn't that great.  Very repetitive and full of the same old problems (mean girls, boyfriend drama, and so forth).


  1. Nice choices! If I make a list (which I may or may not), To Kill a Mockingbird and The Hunger Games would be on mine as well.

  2. Sounds like Kelly is a great book friend! You should probably listen to her when she recommends books :)

    Happy TTT!

    1. She's my BFFE (Best Friend Forever and Ever), so I definitely listen to her. :) Thanks for dropping by!

  3. I loved THG, Divergent and Cinder. I haven't tried the GG books but I might in the future since I've seen a lot of good things about them!

    Great list :)

    1. You must read Gallagher Girls. Ally Carter is a phenomenal author.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  4. I actually enjoyed the Secrets of My Hollywood Life series in high school, but I do agree that so many of the plots were repetitive. But I feel obligated to buying and reading the last book to complete the series.

    1. Yes, I often feel obligated to finish out a series and see what happens. Thankfully, there haven't been too many that I didn't enjoyed.

  5. I wasn't a fan of Wither upon first reading it either (read it for a book club). But the year it came out, two more of my online book clubs chose it, so I re-read it. By the time I read it the third time I was reading deeper into it and actually really liked it! This is a pretty great list! :)

    My TTT:


  6. Divergent and The Hunger Games - two of my favourite series ever! I am so glad to find someone else who didn't really enjoy Wither. I've heard so many great things about Cinder and now I cannot wait to read it!

  7. Woo! You were forced to read some very amazing books :) And amen on #9. I love Jen Calonita, but the series started to get very repetitive. Might be realistic, but not enjoyable to read. Great list!


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