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?

Top Ten Tuesday #1



Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and 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 weeks topic is-


1.  Beach

I love reading books set at the beach- especially in the middle of winter- I can feel my toes sink into the sand!

Favs: almost anything by Elin Hilderbrand, Nancy Thayer


2. 1920’s/Jazz

the roaring 20’s, the Lost Generation, Jazz

Favs: all Fitzgerald, Loving Frank, The Paris Wife


3.  Wizards/Witches/Magic

Fav: of course all Harry Potters, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Chocolat

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4.  South Carolina

Charleston, the Low Country, anything set here, I will read

Favs:  Pat Conroy or Dorthea Benton Frank- very different authors, but both set in S.C9729507 6135237

5.  Mystical

Favs:  I recently read The Silence of Bonaventyre Arrow and loved it- and The House of the Spirits by Isabella Allende


6.  Dogs

I am a total sucker for books about dogs!

Favs: Marley and Me, One Good Dog

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7.  Myths/Fairytales

Favs:  I love books by Gregory Maguire who wrote Wicked and Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, and Song of Achilles

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8.  Chick Lit

My guilty pleasure 🙂

Favs:  Good in Bed, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society

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9.  Historical

This and the next are really my absolute favorites!  I read almost anything in these two categories!

Favs:  Gone with the Wind, To Kill a Mockingbird,  Memoirs of a Geisha, and almost anything by Isabelle Allende


10.   Books (of course)

There are so many of these!

Favs:  The Book Thief, The Shadow of the Wind, Little Women,  Reading Lolita in Tehran

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