I decided to tweak this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic. The Broke and the Bookish asked about books we were forced to read. I haven’t been forced to read anything since I was in school (and for the most part I enjoyed what I read). I have been told by friends and coworkers that I really needed to read certain books, and for the most part I have obliged, but I never feel obligated to finish a book that is not for me. So, I decided to make a list of the books that I forced myself to read because I felt that I should. I will also throw in some books that I have pressured others to try to a few that I was encouraged to read by others.
Most recently I was totally peer pressured into this:
Everyone at work was reading it. All the cool kids were doing it. This was the best peer pressure ever!
Books I Forced Myself to Read
1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Everyone was raving about this one, so I of course had to see what all the fuss was about. I tried to read it. I really did. I could not get into it so I gave up. Then I felt guilty so I really did force myself to try again. The second time I took the audiobook home and that made all the difference in the world! I am so glad I made myself try again.
2. The Ranger’s Apprentice series by John Flanagan
A couple of years ago I realized that I only had a few go-to “boy” books to recommend to my teen readers. I needed to remedy that and branch out in terms of my reading. So I wandered around in my collection and randomly picked up the first book in the series. The cover screamed BOY and I was skeptical. Little did I know what I was getting myself into! I have so much love for this series.
3. Blood Red Road by Moira Young
Out of the blue I received an ARC of this book. I read the back and scoffed. I skimmed the first few pages and was immediately put off by the dialect. Fast forward a few weeks…I guiltily dusted it off and tried again. After about 20 pages I was used to the dialect and knew I had discovered a new favorite.
4. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
5. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
*See The Book Thief above.
6. Germinal by Émile Zola
I am so proud of myself for finishing this! Talk about a challenge.
7. The Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R Tolkien
This is another series that I found incredibly challenging, but I stuck with it and really enjoyed the story.
Books I Strongly Encourage Others to Read:
8. The Rook by Daniel O’Malley
This one requires a little force. It’s so weird, but I loved it!
9. Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John
Yeah, I have forced many people to read this favorite of mine. Go do it!
10. Bloody Jack by L.A. Meyer
I like to push the audio version of this series. Not familiar with Jacky Faber? You should be! Hands down my favorite audio series ever. No pressure.