Top Ten Books That I Was Forced to Read
Whenever I am being forced to read a book, I usually assume I will hate it. Especially if it is for school... probably because I did hate most of the books I was forced to read in school (ummm The Great Gatsby anybody?? or Great Expectations??? or The Sun Also Rises???). But these are the pleasant surprises:
1. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs- I didn't love this one, but I thought it was a cool little book.
2. The Diviners by Libba Bray- I would have NEVER picked this up if it wasn't for book club. For one the cover puts me off for some reason, and also it's just not my genre of book. But I totally loved it and am happy book club made me read it :)
3. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins- I hadn't heard about this book before it came up as the book of the month for book club last year... and it was SO good!!
4. Wake by Lisa McMann- This is another one that I didn't LOVE... but I would have never read it if it weren't for book club and I like being pushed out of my comfort zone.
5. Third and Indiana by Steve Lopez- This book was amazing. I read it for sociology class in college and I couldn't put it down. If you are from Philly, you gotta read it!
6. The Coocoo's Egg by Clifford Stoll- I read this for a computer 101 class in college freshman year... and even though it's about computers, it's a really cool mystery book at the same time. I was really pleasantly surprised
7. The Color Purple by Alice Walker- LOVED! I read this in college too. It's amazing.
8. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton- I *think* we read this in 6th grade. I remember really liking it... and then we watched the movie with all the awesome actors before they were big stars.
9. Night by Elie Wiesel- Scarred for life, but worth it. I don't think I really got the extent of the Halocaust before we read this book in 6th or 7th grade... and then I was like WOW. Powerful stuff.
10. Hatchet by Gary Paulsen- This was the first book I was made to read in school that I really really liked. It's such a boy book too. Not sure why I was so into it, but I made my mom buy me a copy so I could read it like 5 more times :)
What books were you all forced to read in school or by friends that you ended up loving?? I'm excited to see :)