Top Ten Tuesday: Books We Were "Forced" to Read

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

Teachers made me do it! 

Becca's List

Find MeAnd then There were none BY Agatha Christie

In a time where I was devouring Nancy Drew books, I loved being forced to read And Then There Were None in high school. I loved the creepiness, the mystery and intrigue. And more that that -- this was the moment I learned what a "red herring" was / means. Books do teach you things!

Find MeNever Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

I watched the movie first in theaters, and I really enjoyed it. But I was excited that my professor put this on the list of reads in college. It was a science fiction class (my favorite course of all four years) and this book was just so powerful. It made the movie seem flawed, which is kind of interesting. I think the only actor who understood the book was Andrew Garfield. 

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The Handmaid's Tale BY Margaret Atwood

Again, I was forced to read this in my science fiction class in college. This was the book we had to read for the final exam. I don't there's a dystopian that can compare to this one. It's like the original dystopian with a unreliable (brainwashed) narrator who's a woman in a society that is just horrific. If you haven't read this and you love the genre, I highly, highly recommend it. 

Find MeThe Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

Soda pop! How can you not love all the strange names. In middle school, this was the book that made me feel like it was okay to be a little different. Also, the movie rocks. I think I liked it more than the prose. Matt Dillon is in it. Just sayin'. 

Find MeMaximum Ride BY JAmes Patterson

This is a bit of a cheat since we decided to do school books only. My aunt passed me books a lot growing up. And she handed me When the Wind Blows, the adult version of this series, and so I was kind of forced to read this one because I liked that one so much. Suffice it to say, Maximum Ride series did not live up to it. After the fourth one, I gave up. 

Krista's List

Find MeHow I live Now BY Meg Rosoff

I have trouble remembering this one because I read it in high school, but I do remember loving the fact that the teacher put a YA novel on the reading list. It's the first dystopian I had ever read, and cousins hook yeah, there's some literature incest in there. But I couldn't help but really want Daisy and Edmund's romance to last.

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Hatchet BY Gary Paulson

This book made me love reading. It's a survival story with an amazing lead character. I had never been so intrigued and scared to go out into the wild. This one stayed with me long after reading, and I remember trying to find another book to fill that empty hole when it was over. 

Find Me Uglies by Scott Westerfeld 

I love the teacher who put this book on her reading list. Seriously. Awesome. I had already read it before the class, so I knew what a wonderful story was inside. I'm still transfixed by the world building. I didn't like the sequels, so in my mind the Uglies series began and ended in these pages alone. 

Find MeThe Catcher in the Rye BY J.D. Salinger

A classic right? If you don't know, I absolutely hate literature. I can understand the merit, but I usually despise any book forced upon me with a strong literary edge. This was one of those that I loved despite having to read it for school. Who can't relate to Holden Caulfield? 

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Holes BY Louie Sachar

HOLES! Seriously this book has a very different writing style but it's so original. It was one of those books that I groaned about reading, but then couldn't put it down as soon as I started. And the mystery...the was well worth being forced to read :) 


  1. I also had to read Handmaiden's Tale for university and found it incredibly compelling and chilling because it's all so... possible.
    I think the first time I read Outsiders, I just read it all over again as soon as I was finished because I just couldn't say goodbye to the characters!
    I still haven't read uglies, though I keep hearing how great it is...

    Awesome list :) Thanks for stopping by!

  2. I feel like the only person in the world who wasn't made to read The Outsiders. I've never read it, though I did try to once and DNF'ed it. I think I might try again one day, though.

    The Catcher in the Rye was a huge hit for my classmates but I couldn't even connect with it. I just hated Holden!

    I forgot about this, but one of our class reading projects in my 6th grade English class was Holes and I LOVED it. I read ahead, finishing the book on the first day it was assigned. AND I GOT IN TROUBLE. I couldn't believe it!

  3. Interesting list. I wish there were some more books like these when I had required reading. Ours were mostly boring (not that I read them). Great lists!

  4. I really enjoyed Uglies but like you I didn't like the rest of the series.

    Great list!

  5. Hmm, you actually have some good titles there! We have to read some really lame titles which sucks, -.-

    Thanks for sharing! <33

  6. It's really interesting how your reading lists different from mine from high school. I missed this TTT but if I made a post it would be full of Russian classics. I had to read all big classic from European lit and at the time I didn't know how to appreciate it. You had Uglies on your list. Amazing. Great post girls :)

  7. And Then There Were None is a great book! I was "forced" to read it in eighth grade, if I remember correctly. And The Outsiders is one of my favorite books read for school. But then high school rolls along, and it's all Shakespeare and classics and of the like. Gah, so boring. I wish I had books like those to read. It would have made English class much more fun.