Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Top Ten Books I Was "Forced" To Read


1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. The first time I read this was for a book club. I probably wouldn't have read it otherwise - the idea of Death as a narrator kind of freaked me out. But I am sooo glad I did because it's now one of my faves.

2. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood. This was another book club pick that I ended up loving. I wasn't really into dystopia at the time so I probably wouldn't have read it otherwise.

3. Emma by Jane Austen. I had to study it for Year 12 (combined with Clueless for a unit about adaptations) and although it was painful to pick apart at times I still love it.

4. Paradise Lost by John Milton. I would never have picked this up if I hadn't been forced to for one of my classes at uni. I was surprised by how much I liked it. It's gorgeous.

5. Le Morte d'Arthur by Thomas Malory. I have always been fascinated by the Arthurian legend so it was awesome to read and analyse this for uni.

6. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by Unknown. I had never even heard of this before I had to read it for class. It was love at first read.

7. Evelina by Fanny Burney. I had to study it for a class on the history of women's literature at uni and it was so much fun. Lord Orville, sa-woon.

8. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell. I totally would have read this even if I wasn't "forced" to for uni, but it was awesome to be able to count it as "work".

9. The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling. Yes, I was kinda forced to read this. My friend had been telling me to do it for years and I resisted. One day I picked up the second book and started reading. I hated it. It took another couple of years for my friend to convince me to try again and start from the beginning. So I did. And I was blown away, natch.

10. Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares. When I was at uni, studying my English Lit degree, and frankly a bit high-and-mighty, I looked down my nose at my friend who was in love with YA books - and the Sisterhood series in particular. Then for my birthday she bought them for me. So of course I had to read them. And of course I loved them. Off my high horse I fell - and not a moment too soon.

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

18 comments:

  1. I like that you focused on books you were forced to read that you ended up loving. I have read a couple of books on your list, but I was not "forced" to read any of them. Well maybe Harry Potter. One of the kids I babysat for that hated reading loved these books, so for Christmas got them for me and I guess I was forced to read them.

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    1. I have had to read a few books, mainly for book club, and sometimes for uni/school, that I HATED. Probably way more than 10 haha

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  2. I read Emma a few years ago and loved it too.

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  3. I really want to read THE BOOK THIEF but I've heard there will be TEARS and that scares me!

    Rachel @ Beauty and the Bookshelf

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    1. There will be, but it's worth it.

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  4. The Handmaid's Tale!!! I totally forgot about that! I was forced to read it in an English class in college. I remember thinking it was totally weird and cool. But now with all these dystopians, it would be sort of normal now?? Cool list!

    My TTT

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    1. It's way better than a lot of dystopians out there though

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  5. You have a great friend to make you read Harry Potter! So glad you decided to give it another shot!

    Here's My TTT

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  6. I loved The Book Thief and Harry Potter is my favourite book series! I can reread that series every year and never get bored. My TTT

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    1. I want to reread, I haven't reread a book in so long!

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  7. Those falls of high horses can be some of the most enjoyable experiences, no? :) I'm glad your book club forced you into reading Handmaid's Tale! Such a great book.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

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    1. Ha, I frequently fall and it's not very fun ;)

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  8. This is such a great list, and there are a few titles I haven't read yet/want to, particularly The Handmaids Tale, which I'm hoping to get to over the summer. I'm glad you found so many great books that you otherwise mightn't have read!

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    1. Oooh I hope you get to read it, it really is an amazing book.

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  9. Love the handmaid's tale. What a great book. I was "forced" to read Cat's eye, and it started me on a bit of a Margaret Atwood obsession, handmaid's tale was the second of hers I read. They're both incredible books.

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    1. I haven't read any other Atwood but I feel like I should!

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