Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Was Forced To Read

Top Ten Books 
I was Forced to Read
 Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish

1. Julia: Harry Potter & The Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
How lucky am I that I had a teacher that made me read this book? This book came out when I was 11. I was pretty devastated that I never got my letter from Hogwarts. I will forever love that teacher for the beginning of what became a very long, awesome obsession with the Harry Potter series. I literally got to grow up with Harry Potter. Weeee!  

2. Julia: The Giver by Lois Lowry
Ahhh, Lois!! I finally got to meet her in 2012 at BEA. I LOVED this book when we had to read it in English class. I still love Lois and have read all her books. I think that everyone needs to read this book, everyone!   

3. Julia: The Pigman by Paul Zindel
I don't really know what to say except that this book had a huge impact on me when I read it. It made my heart skip a beat. I can't even remember what year of school I was in. Paul Zindel is brilliant. I still reread this book almost every Summer- along with The Giver and The Perks of Being a Wallflower.  

4. Julia: To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee
Do I even need to say anything? This is a classic and another one I tend to reread every now and again. Oh, in case you haven't noticed, I only picked books I was forced to read that I love so far. I couldn't help myself.

5. Julia: The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
I think I was the only one enjoying myself in my Lit class by this point. This is a long read, but I enjoyed myself..... haha. I wrote a bangin' paper on this book too ;)

6. Shannon: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
This is the book that kind of started it all.  I had been in a major reading slump and had to read this book for book club.  I was so excited by it and have been on a reading rampage ever since.  It really got me into the YA genre, which is so different now than when I was younger.

7. Shannon: Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
Another book club pick.  This is the way non-fiction should be done.  It was so interesting and fascinating.  I recommend this book all the time.

8. Shannon: Reservation Blues by Sherman Alexie
I read this book in my Native American Literature class in college.  The whole class was eye-opening to say the least.  This was my favorite book out of the class and it introduced me to Sherman Alexie.  I loved the magical realism. 

9. Shannon: Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
This book was recommended to me by Julia who said "You haven't read The Scorpio Races yet?"  I hadn't.  I had seen it around, but didn't pay much attention.  This book is probably now in my top 5 books.

10. Shannon: Midsummer's Night's Dream by William Shakespeare
We read this in middle school and it is one of my favorite Shakespeare plays.  It kind of turned me on to Shakespeare and gave me something to enjoy with my dad.  Shakespeare always has good memories for me.


  1. I think one of the best parts of the Harry Potter series for me is that I grew up with characters. There's a few select group of us who got to do that and I don't think it's an experience readers are going to get now that all the books are out (although maybe I'll do that with whatever family kids come my direction). And The Giver is definitely one of the best books out there!

    A Midsummer's Night Dream is probably my favourite Shakespeare. I wish schools taught more of his comedies and less of his tragedies. I actually think they are better overall - it just proves my point that educators (or more likely the people who are in charge of the curriculum) think that funny books aren't worthwhile. And they would be very, very wrong!

  2. I read Harry Potter a few years before I turned 11, so when my eleventh birthday finally came around and I did not get my Hogwarts acceptance letter I was rather devastated - it, quite obviously got lost in the mail! Harry Potter was the most incredible series to be able to grow up with, that last book though, makes me sob from beginning to end!
    I loved The Giver - such a great book! My TTT



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