Top Ten Books That I Was Forced to Read
It's Tuesday and time for another Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful people over at The Broke and the Bookish. This week's topic is books that I was forced to read. I've decided to put a positive spin on this list and highlight books that I might not have picked up on my own, but ended up loving.
1. Me Before You - Jojo Moyes
As I mentioned in my review, the cover of this book didn't grab my attention. If it wasn't for Cassie's LOVE of this book, I might not have picked it up, nor had such an incredibly personal connection to the story.
2. Fall on Your Knees - Ann-Marie MacDonald
Lauren from Lose Time Reading and I were just discussing this book on Twitter the other day. I read it for a course that I took in university and fell head over heels in love with the characters, the story, the writing, everything.
3. God of Small Things - Arundhati Roy
I read this book for the same course as Fall on Your Knees (one of the best courses that I took in university actually!). This is, hands down, one of the most beautiful and heart-wrenching love stories that I have ever read.
4. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
We had our choice of a select list of novels to read for a novel study in Grade 10 English, and I chose this one. I was home sick for a few days and I remember devouring the entire thing in a day and a half. It's still one of my all-time favourite novels.
5. The Chrysalids - John Wyndham
This book was on that same list of novels to choose from in Grade 10, but I opted to read To Kill a Mockingbird instead. I discovered it while working on a project for my final Women's Studies course, and it's probably the first dystopian novel that I ever read -- soon to be the first of many!
6. Beloved - Toni Morrison
I read this one for an American Literature course during my last year in university and was absolutely swept away by the story.
7. Their Eyes Were Watching God - Zora Neale Hurston
I read this for the same course as Beloved (one was for the first half of the course, the second was for the other part of the course ... but I can't remember which is which). Again, I was captivated by the story and the writing. The movie adaptation with Halle Berry was released that same year, and I really enjoyed the movie version too.
8. Holes - Louis Sachar
Once upon a time, I didn't read much young adult literature. As an English student, I read a lot of classics, and then adult literature for fun on the side. Then I took a YA education course, read Holes and my life was never quite the same after that!
9. Instruments of Darkness - Nancy Huston
I took a Canadian fiction course as part of my English degree and this book absolutely blew me away. In retrospect, it seems to be a little similar in storytelling style to The Gargoyle, another of my all-time favourites.
10. Green Grass, Running Water - Thomas King
This book was so weird and different, but came alive for me when we discussed it at school. I remember feeling like I really "got it" and that aha moment stuck with me long after the course was done. Anyone else ever have that moment when your professor would explain the innuendos behind the novel...and all of a sudden the storyline just opens up to a whole new level of understanding? This is the one book that I can distinctly remember that moment, from a "what the heck is going on?" to "Oh, my gosh, this writer is a freakin' GENIUS!"
Most of these books were ones that I was required to read for school. What about you? Any great books that you were forced to read, but ended up loving? Leave me a link to your TTT post and I'll stop by!