Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish wherein each week bloggers list out their Top Ten. This week’s theme is Top Ten Books I Was “Forced” to Read. First of all, it would be extremely rare for anyone to get me to read something if I am not interested in – so ‘forced’ would be an exaggeration for the list below; it would be more like recommended strongly or hyped and I read it see what it was about. We never had Required Reading in our curriculum so no force from academics too. In some cases, I was disappointed but at times, I was glad I did. So, without any further explanation, here are my top ten (Actually, only 7 – I don’t do well with advise from others) :
Man, was this book hyped! There was even a movie coming out with Channing freaking Tatum and at that time, even though I wasn’t so sure about the blurb, I went ahead with reading it. Bad move – I hated the book. I get that it was a true story but the writing was terrible and halfway through, I was bored and ready to leave it. But I don’t DNF so I stuck till the miserable end and it put me off the movie too. Till date, I don’t even attempt to check it out when it comes on TV. It made me realize that perhaps I really should stick to YA because non-fiction is really not for me and never to trust a book by its hype.
A recommendation from the librarian when I was a new member to my library and I took it for the sake of being courteous. I don’t have anything against adult fiction (read romance) but they generally have a lot of drama and are a drag. This one was no different. I read, and when asked how it was by the said librarian – I gave an ‘okay’ as my reply. Strangely enough, I never got another recommendation again. Then again, with me checking out YA every time, I guess the message was delivered.
This one was from my mom in the days when I was starting to get into reading. Her colleague had recommended this book as very popular with the masses and so she got it for me – an omnibus at it too. So, I immersed in this book for a week at the end of which, I was as blank as I was at the start. Don’t kill me Hobbits, but I didn’t get the book at all. I appreciate the world-building but that is the extent of my adoration – the book was boring and the spontaneous songs and all just put me off. (Not a fan of poetry!)
A recommendation by a friend for which I was glad. It was the first angel story I had ever read and I loved it. The mood of the book drew me in and since then, I have been more into paranormal fiction.
Another recommendation by the same friend – but this one was off the mark. God, the drama and the hateful protagonist. Actually, you can get my whole rant and the reasons for not liking the book here.
A recommendation by another friend who is into cutesy things – so, um, not my genre. Too much sugar and all that. I like a little danger in my books. I read another one in the series to see if if was better and then left it. (I wasn’t so well-versed in spotting a genre by its cover at the time)
At the time when I started the book, I did not know what a big hype it was. I was recommended to it by one of my best friends who was given the suggestion by a classmate of hers. So, I started the book and was hooked and then I became a huge YA fan. End of story.