Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Was Forced to Read

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All of mine are from school except Harry Potter. I am usually more of a pusher than a pushee. I couldn’t think of 10 books I was forced to read that I really loved, so I had to twist this one. There are 4 I loved, 3 I didn’t, and 3 books other people read in school that I didn’t and kind of wanted to. Aaaand I was too lazy to add the pics of the books I didn’t like, oops.

Books I loved

1. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury – This was my summer homework between my freshman and sophomore year. I was in pre-AP classes, and I’ve always been a reader, but I hated so much of what I had to read for class. So, when I had to read this book IN THE SUMMER, I wasn’t happy. I waited until the last week. And then? It was magic. It was about something that meant a lot to me, and situations that were painful for me to imagine. I was just amazed and touched. I actually don’t own a copy of this and need to remedy that like crazy, but I did convince my sister to buy one!

2. The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K LeGuin – I actually wrote a post about this book in September. I had to read it for a college lit class with a teacher that was kind of horrible. But Le Guin’s writing is pretty and it made me think a lot.

3. Night by Elie Wiesel – I have always been interested in Holocaust and WWII stories. I’m not sure when that started, but I read any survivor accounts my elementary school library had, and I still have some I got from book orders. Night is touching and amazing, and I remember my whole class being affected by it.

4. The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling – I wasn’t really forced to read this one, but I definitely got faces when people heard I’d never read them. When I did read them, I loved them!

Books I wish I would have been assigned:

5. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitsgerald – Everyone in regular English at my school read this junior year, and I didn’t get to for my AP class. I wanted drama and parties in the time of flappers, too! I read it off my computer on Gutenberg before eReaders were really a thing, and it didn’t really hit me. I think it’s a book that benefits from discussion and probably more focus than I gave it!

6. Brave New World by Alduous Huxley/1984 by George Orwell – I had to read The Anthem by Ayn Rand and other utopia books, but I think a lot of people enjoyed Brave New World. They both sounded interesting to me. I still haven’t read either one, and I should remedy that!

7. The Illiad and The Odyssey by Homer – I think I had to read excerpts but never read the whole of either. I think I’m reading part of The Illiad soon for a class, I need to pick them both up!

Books I didn’t like

8. Lord of the Flies by William Golding – I had to read this in 9th grade and I just didn’t care. Sure, people suck. Get them lost, without rules, and they suck even more.

9. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck – I read this one in 9th grade, too. I think that a lot of the books I read in high school, I might have liked if I had read them when I was older. However, 9th grade Katy wasn’t enjoying all the deep messages involved.

10. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain – GASP! I know. I know. Another freshman read. I read maybe a fourth of this book and couldn’t hack it. I actually hassled a guy into giving me the answers for the AR test. 9th grade Katy was a real brat, and I feel bad about that now.

What about you? What books did have to read that you loved? Any you hated? Books you got to college and realized everyone else had read, but you were out of the loop? Feelings on the books I listed? I also want to see your lists, leave your links!