Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I was Forced to Read

This lovely weekly deal is a lovely meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.

Hello, gang! It's been a while since I've done a Top Ten, but I've missed it, and this is a good one to get started in again — books I was forced to read. But instead of making this sad and about books high school made me hate, I'm going to pick ones I was forced to read and ended up adoring with all my heart!

1. Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut — so my sophomore year in high school, I had this really great honors english teacher, and this is how we started the year. We had really old, beat up 70s copies, and the cover was atrocious. I just knew I was going to hate it. So wrong. It's now one of my all-time favorites, and I actually made myself want to re-read it again typing this.

2. Midsummer Night's Dream by Shakespeare — I think this is a high school staple by now, but it's my favorite bard play, and I love how weird and whimsical it is.

3. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer — Holy crap, the Miller's Tale is my favorite. I had to read these in middle english my sophomore year of university, and it was a bitch to get through, but I was definitely caught laughing in public at the crude stories :)

4. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde — so I wasn't totally forced to read this one. My AP Composition class in high school made us write 3 essays a month on a book we chose from a list. This was one of mine. Seriously, the muffin banter and how they like their muffins buttered is the funniest scene in history.

5. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld — my best friend in high school and I used to read (well, we still do) non-stop, and we were always bringing piles of books to school to swap. She brought me this one, and it got me hooked on everything he's ever written. This is still one of the eeriest dystopias in my opinion.

6. Under the Dome by Stephen King — so this one makes the list a lot (I FINISHED THIS BOOK, FINALLY. GUYS, I'M SO ACCOMPLISHED). My brother basically threw this at me until I opened the page, and I'm so glad I did (EVEN THOUGH THE ENDING MADE ME WANT TO PUNCH STEPHEN KING IN THE THROAT). 

7. Maximum Ride by James Patterson — I was in a book club (the first-ever at the school) in 7th grade, and we met during geometry class (I got out of that! How cool?!). The leader made us read this to start, and my brother and I were hooked on the series since.

What about you all? What has someone made you read that you adored? (Or hated?)

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