Top Ten Books I Was “Forced” to Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish.


I really had to think about this one.  We didn’t have to list required reading books, just books that we were forced or pressured to read.  I broke mine up into different subjects.

In no particular order . . .

School Required Reading

1.  Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
I had to read this one in eighth grade, and I loved it.

2.  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Who doesn’t like this book?

3.  To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Again, who doesn’t like this one?  Some of my favorite things about this classic is that a little girl narrates (I love child main characters!) and all the humor, even when the book touches on some really tough subjects.

4.  Mythology by Edith Hamilton
I loved learning about all the Greek Myths.  It came in handy when I read Percy Jackson & the Olympians, too 🙂

Read for Library School Classes

5.  Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison
This is such a fun book, and I laughed so much!

6.  The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
I don’t know if I ever would have this one if I wasn’t required to read it, and what a bad life choice that would be.  His Dark Materials is one of my favorite series of all time.

Because of I’m a Librarian
(a book that I read because of my job)

goose girl

7.  The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale.
The narrator for the audiobook is a librarian who, at the time, worked in my librarian system.  How could I not reading this?  She was a wonderful narrator, by the way.

Bad Book Blogger
(These are books that if I didn’t read I would feel like a bad book blogger)

8.  The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
I mean, come on, it’s John Green, and this book has been a best seller forever.

9.  Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Fairy tale retellings are one of my favorite genres, and this one had stellar reviews.  Even if it is science fiction, I had to give it a try.  Thank goodness I did 🙂

10.  Code Name, Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Again, another book that just kept getting amazing reviews.  I had to try it.

About Quinn

I'm a twenty-something children's librarian at a public library in Central New York. I've long left my teen years behind me, but I love to read YA and children's books. I have two adorable dogs. Ginger is a mix between a poodle and havanese, and Daphne is Bichon Frise. Other things I love: Favorite Movie: Singing in the Rain Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Favorite TV Show: Monk
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23 Responses to Top Ten Books I Was “Forced” to Read

  1. Elizabeth says:

    HAHAHA I love that I have not read a single book on the bad book blogger list! That being said, I love that The Goose Girl and particularly His Dark Materials is on this list! His Dark Materials was definitely a HUGE part of my childhood (my copies are starting to fall apart!)

  2. ChrissiReads says:

    I think there are certain books, like those you’ve mentioned, that you feel pressure to read as a blogger! I always seem to check out books that loads of bloggers have read! Great list Quinn 🙂

  3. Yeah, I also felt I’d be a bad book blogger if I didn’t read The Fault In Our Stars — and I’m so glad I did! Great list 🙂

  4. Well I’m glad I read Code Name Verity just recently. I ceratinly don’t want to be seen as a bad book blogger. Although I am one. Nevermind. But I also agree with Cinder. 99.9% of people I talked to loved it and told me to read it so I gave in and it is pure awesomeness. Great list! 🙂

  5. Ciara_H says:

    I love the ‘bad book blogger’ list! There are definitely books that you feel you have to read as a book blogger. Great list!

  6. emziixgx says:

    Cinder was one I also read because everyone was blogging about it. However I think maybe it was too well known as it really disappointed me.

  7. kimberlyfaye says:

    I still need to read Code Name Verity. I always read positive things about it. One day…

    My TTT.

  8. Jessica says:

    I remember reading Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging and just cracking up. It’s got so much personality!

  9. I still need to read all the books on you bad book blogger list, lol. Also, I want to read To Kill a Mockingbird. Great list.
    Here is My Top Ten Tuesday
    Xoxo. Daisel @ Owl Always Be Reading

  10. Liesel Hill says:

    Numbers 1 & 2 were forced reads for me as well in high school, but for some reason, I was luke warm about both. Didn’t hate them by any means, but just didn’t love them either. Did love To Kill a Mockingbird, though. I haven’t read it in years and probably should re-read. You’re totally giving me the guilt trip about those last three, as I haven’t read them yet, though they’re on my TBR list. Actually two of them I have and just haven’t gotten to. *hangs head in shame*

    My TTT

  11. I feel like such a bad book blogger because I haven’t read Cinder yet. It’s on my list to be read very soon though! 😉

  12. I had the absolute opposite reaction to the Anne Frank book. Great list!

    Tsuki’s TTT

  13. Lol I haven’t read Cinder or Code Name Verity. I might be a bad book blogger, but I want to be a good one, they ARE on my tbr, and I own Code Name Verity, now I just have to get to them.

    Aly @ My Heart Hearts BooksMy TTT

  14. Jessica says:

    Oooh, I love Cinder! i’m really glad I gave it a chance too! I really didn’t think I would like it, but I kept reading really positive reviews of it and I had to try it! It’s now a favorite! 🙂

  15. I have a feeling Cinder will end up on this kind of list for me someday! EVERYONE tells me to read it– but I just refuse!! I’m on the verge of feeling forced though, so we’ll see. 🙂

  16. theseaofpages says:

    I’m a bad book blogger lol I have yet to read Code Name Verity or Cinder.

  17. I should have put To Kill a Mockingbird on my list, my grandfather tried to get me to read it for years, but I never did until we read it in like 9th grade.

    And I guess I’m a bad blogger because I’ve never read Cinder or The Fault in Our Stars 😉 I’ve actually never read any John Green and I want to, but I’m scared!

  18. Vilia says:

    TKaM is pure gold as is The Diary of Anne Frank. There are some books out there that you just need to read to get a different perspective on life and appreciate what you have – these two fit the bill. Here’s my TTT

  19. I am so glad you were forced to read Northern Lights, it’s one of my all time favourite books and such a great series! I loved The Fault In Our Stars and am forcing it upon my teenage reading group at work as their first book. My TTT

  20. I still haven’t read Code Name Verity, but I plan to soon. I’m with you…who doesn’t love To Kill a Mockingbird? One of my all-time favorites. I love TFiOS, Cinder, and Angus as well. Thanks for sharing!

  21. Hahhaa I love that you have a “Bad Book Blogger; category… Tho I have still yet to read Code Name Verity too but I swear I’ll get to it soon! Thanks for stopping by my TTT! 🙂


  22. I think I have decided that I need to read To Kill a Mocking Bird. I have never read it. I have seen the play, and heard a lot about it. It’s been on a number of TTT lists and I am now hanging my head it shame. Angus Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging was SUCH a fun book. I remember reading them back when I was in the seventh grade I think. Oh the memories.

    Great list!

  23. I never had to read A Diary of a Young Girl for school but I read it on my own in 8th grade. I don’t actually like Huck Finn (well, I loved it until the last 4 chapters, but that’s enough of a rant for a whole blog post lol). Love To Kill a Mockingbird, though, and TFIOS!

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