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Teachers made me do it!
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!
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.
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.
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'.
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.
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 up...so yeah, there's some literature incest in there. But I couldn't help but really want Daisy and Edmund's romance to last.
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.
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.
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?
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 ending...it was well worth being forced to read :)