Against My Will! Top 10 books I was “forced” to read



Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke & the Bookish.  It’s awesome. Every Tuesday, the lovely ladies over there give us book bloggers wonderful and fun topics to create our lists!  Check out what others have posted by going over there!

This week’s topic is-

Top ten books I was “FORCED” to read-

“(either by teachers, friends, other bloggers, book club) — doesn’t necessarily have to be a BAD thing. Could be required reading, yes, but also book club, or just super enthusiastic friends “making” you read something!”

I decided to have some fun with is- I picked a few different views-

The Ugly-

1-  Mine are Spectacular

My old book club thought this would be a fun read.  All it was was BAD-and embarrassing.  What were they thinking? Look at the cover!


She Reads!

I was so excited when I found this awesome site- and even more so when I realized they had an online book club (as you can see from above, I was not having the best of luck with the old book club-but the wine was good).  Two of my favorite from their selections-

2.  The Silence Of Bonaventure Arrow

3.  The Orphan Train

Totally recommend these if you haven’t read them!

High School

Mrs. Chapman was my 11th grade English teacher.  Most hated her, but I loved her because she introduced me to-

4.  Frankenstein

5.  The Scarlet Letter

on the other hand, my AP Spanish class made us read-

6.  Don Quixote

IN SPANISH!!  I still have nightmares.


I was SO lucky to have majored in History with some really wonderful professors (I am talking about you Profs Johnson and Muccigrosso!!)  I got to read-

7.  The Great Gatsby

8.  Things Fall Apart


Like most of you, I enjoy reading on vacation.  Once, while I was visiting the in-laws, I ran out of books that I brought (gasp-this was before kindle entered my life)  My lovely mother in law lent me-

9.  Loving Frank – LOVED IT!

Last year, I was in the airport heading home with nothing to read, when I dashed into the bookstore and quickly grabbed the first book that looked attractive  (don’t judge)

10.  The Last Letter Form Your Letter– Introduced me to an amazing author- Jojo Moyes!

What were you forced to read?

13 thoughts on “Against My Will! Top 10 books I was “forced” to read

  1. Don Quixote in Spanish — what were our high school language teachers thinking? I had to read The Little Prince (fun!) and Candide (not so fun!) in French… and I don’t think I’ve read anything in French since then. On the other hand, a terrific high school English teacher can make all the difference in the world — sounds like we were both lucky in that regard!

    My TTT

  2. I’m sorry you had such a bad experience with Don Quixote. It’s actually a fun book. Of course, reading it in Spanish was one of the worst idea your teacher could have had. It’s an outdated and hard form of Spanish even for us, native speakers, so I can’t imagine the horror it must have been.

    By the way, I have nominated you to the Liebster Award. Be sure to check it out here.

  3. I had to read Things Fall Apart for my 10th grade English class, and I HATED it. I was nowhere near mature enough for that book. I’m beginning to be curious about it now, though.

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