Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Was "Forced" to Read!


The word forced is truly in quotes as I've never in my life felt at all forced to read something. The word forced and read just don't go together in my brain. I know some people feel very much differently, but that's how it is with me!

With that being said, here's a list of some books off the top of my head where I had some pretty good encouragement and incentive to read them! I could go on and on, but I think I already hit the ten book limit here!

Ten (SOME?) Books I was "Forced" to Read

"Forced" by a book club or group:

The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy: read by an online group years ago
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett: read by an online group years ago

"Forced" by a read along:

Under the Dome by Stephen King: a read along I did with Jenny a year or so ago
The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson: a read along I did with Ibeeeg awhile back
The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russel: a read along I did with Florinda and Heather
Wolf Hall by Hillary Mantel: read along with Jessica

"Forced" by another reader:

Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz: encouragement by Jenny!
The Soldier's Wife by Margaret Leroy: encouragement by Ibeeeg!

"Forced" to read at school:

Tess of the D'urbervilles by Thomas Hardy: which started my Thomas Hardy love affair
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne: which brings back lovely memories of the movie we watched
The Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens: in which I didn't understand a thing but loved it anyway!

What book would be on your list today? Link up over at The Broke and the Bookish!


13 comments:

  1. I have not read any of these books, but several of them are on my TBR list.

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    1. Pamela: I hope you get to them soon!

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  2. My biggest forced book was in HS -- The Grapes of Wrath. I did not like it at all, but have been wanting to re-read it now that I am older and more mature (wiser?) or something like that! :)

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    1. Tif: I loved that book. You really should try it again!

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  3. Wow, I've only read ONE of these. Shame on me! I bought WAY OF KINGS for my Kindle so I could read it without racking up thousands of dollars in library fines, but I STILL haven't gotten to it. Someday ...

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    1. Susan: It's an amazing book, but I probably would have never gotten to it either without the read along. Anyway, just jump into it sometime. You'll be amazed at how fast it flies by.

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  4. So did you like the books you were "forced" to read?

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    1. Rachel: All of these that I listed I actually loved. I'm sure there are some that I "had" to read that I didn't like so much, but none on this list.

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  5. This list intimidated me, so I skipped out this Tuesday.

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    1. Kami: There are quite a few lists that I've skipped lately, so I know what you mean!

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  6. My list http://smilingldsgirl.com/2013/10/17/forced-books/

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  7. Just goes to show that sometimes it's a good thing we're "forced" to read certain books...and sometimes not so much!

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  8. I felt the same way, how can one be forced to read. Encouraged is a much better way. Nice list.

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