Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday - Books Forced to Read

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Throughout my life, there have been many books I have been forced to read, whether in high school, by my parents, college, other family members and now book club. While most of the time I have enjoyed them all, with the exception of one I can think of right off the top of my head, there are a few standouts. 

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving: My Uncle Mike suggested I read this, and I am glad I listened. This has become one of my all time favorite books.

All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot: One year while I was kid, this series showed up in my stocking. I read them all and loved them all. Although I did learn a lot about animal medicine at a young age! Lol.

The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy: This was a gift from my dad - I even skipped school to finish it. I loved it so much, and now Conroy is an all time fave of mine.

Beloved by Toni Morrison: I read this in college in a lit class, and it was so powerful, sad, and intense. I am so glad I had to read it.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley: I read this in a different lit class in college, and my professor did such a wonderful job teaching us about this book. It was so sad, so much more so than I had known. 

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte: Again, college lit. I loved this book, and became a big old Bronte fan.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald: I love him. Love him. Thanks high school English teacher!!

A 1000 Splendid Suns and The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini: A friend of mine had to force me to read both of these. I knew they would break my heart, and they did, but it was worth it. 

 To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee: One of the best books ever. Thanks again, high school English teacher!


  1. I read To Kill A Mockingbird once I left school, but I really loved it. It's one of my favourite classics which quite often gets revisited! Great list :-)

  2. I had to read Frankenstein in high school and loved it!

    1. I know right? It was so different from what I expected. Very good story.

  3. I've either read/own most of those books, but you mentioned a few I should get. I never read Beloved, but heard Oprah talk so lovingly of making the movie of it. I never read Kite Runner/Thousand Suns (I know, one of the few avid readers left who didn't pick them up yet). Only friendly disagreement--I didn't enjoy Gatsby in high school and don't feel an urge to reread it now. Just my opinion; your list rocks!

  4. I agree that To Kill a Mockingbird is one of the best books ever! I remember being forced to read Wuthering Heights, but I didn't love it back then. I'm going to give it another try in January.


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