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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Was "Forced" to Read

Posted by Irish in Top Ten Tuesday14 Comments

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and today’s topic is about those books that we were forced to read. I have a lot of bookish friends and as such they can be a bit opinionated sometimes especially when they find out you haven’t read a beloved book of theirs. If they are good book bully friends then they will keep pestering you until you read the book and 99% of the time they were right to do so. This is a list of the first 10 books that came to mind that my favorite book bullies (aka friends) “forced” me to read.

1. The Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan (review)

I mentioned in passing once when two friends, JL and DJ, were talking about the series that I hadn’t read it yet, not realizing what huge fans they where, they then didn’t let up on me until I started to read the first book. And they were right to gush as I was soon hooked and blitzed through the entire series.

2. Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn (review)

A friend, the same JL as mentioned above, was a big fan and when I mentioned I hadn’t read them she told me I needed to, like now. I said I wasn’t buying books at that time and the next time I saw her she handed me a bag filled with her copies of the series. I had no choice, I had to read them.

3. The Program by Suzanne Young (review)

I wasn’t a huge fan of A Need So Beautiful so wasn’t planning on picking this one up. Then a friend and fellow blogger, AS, started to bully me to give this one a shot and I was really glad that I did.

4. Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling

This was back before I read YA, a friend (RA) kept telling me I *HAD* to read these books. I refused, nose stuck up in air and very haughtily proclaiming “I don’t read books for children!” But she wouldn’t quit and so one day at the library I saw the audio of the first book on the shelf and thought, well I check this out and then tell her I tried it and hated it and then she’d quit bugging me. Well, the joke was on me as I got hooked and my mom had to come out to drag me out of my car to come in to eat as I didn’t want to stop listening.

5. Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick (review)

My book bully, TS, wanted me to read this so much she got a copy signed to me and sent it to me with a note saying read now. So I did, and I cried, but I really enjoyed it.

6. Secret Society Girl by Diana Peterfreund (review)

My other book bully, TD, told me that I had to read these books. I hadn’t heard of them before but when I finished I was in love and have since spread the bullying of these series on to others.

7. Altered by Jennifer Rush (review)

This was another AS approved book and one she wouldn’t shut up about when she finished it. So I did what any weak bibliophile would do, I used one of my handy dandy audible credits and DL’d me a copy lickity split. Now I’m dying to know what happens next!

8. Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon (review)

I’d been a fan of Cindy Pon’s twitter for years and bought her book right when it came out. But then I let it flounder on my shelf until a fellow fan said she’d give me $5 to read it as she really wanted me to give it a go. I did and I loved it and then had her donate that $5 to a charity near her.

9.  Raw Blue by Kirsty Eagar (review)

Book Bully TD strikes again with her constant telling to read this book. Once I was able to get my hands of a copy I DEVOURED it. So so good.

10. A Little Wanting Song by Cath Crowley (review)

This was another recommendation from Book Bully TD and another book that I feel head over heels in love with. *happy sighs*

14 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Was "Forced" to Read”


    I have then done my bullying duty if The Program and Altered have made your list. I will have to remember in the future to not shut-up about the books I love if this is the end result. HA.

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    • Irish

      I was really surprised by The Program. I didn’t think that I would like it but in the end I was really glad that I gave it a shot. Can’t wait for the sequel.

  2. Susan

    “Book bullies” — I love it! I had the same experience with the HP books, thinking I was too adult to enjoy them. Boy, was I wrong!

    • Irish


      I put the 10 books that came to mind first, but they aren’t in any order. So I still love all the ones you’ve forced me to read as well. 🙂