While I am a fairly eclectic reader, there are still many genres that I don’t care to read. It’s rare that I find myself reading fantasy, sci-fi, horror, historical or non fiction (my least favorite of all the genres). Here are some books that I wouldn’t have picked up with out a little help.
My mom bought these books for my brother to hopefully get him interested into reading. He was reading the first one and my mom had read quite a bit of it too and they were both talking about how great it was. And typical me, I was like witches? wizards? magic? No thanks. But one day I was chillin on the couch waiting for my mom to come home and there was nothing on TV so I picked up this book. By the time she got home I was so engrossed in the book that we stayed in for dinner instead so I could read. I quickly gobbled up books 1 & 3, and the rest immediately upon their release.
Nonfiction. Ugh. We were required to read this book over the course of the semester. I read it in less than a week. It takes place before civil rights so it’s sad, but beautifully written. This is the only nonfiction book that I can think of that I really, really liked.
I never would have read Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins) if… it wasn’t for fellow book club member Kate (Midnight Book Girl) talking about it non stop before the release of Mockingjay.
I really mean that too. She talked about it so much that I really felt like I was missing out so even though it’s a sci-fic/futuristic/fantasy kids-killing-kids book I decided to give it a go. And it was sooooo worth it. I was completely captivated by the book, as well as Catching Fire and Mocking Jay. It turns out that I really, really like dystopian.
This was probably the worst class I ever took. I hated my teacher (who needs men? not us! She repeated endlessly). We watched awful videos that still make me cringe. And the text book was from the late 80’s (I took this class in early 2000’s, so it’ was way out of date). I wasn’t particularly interested in reading this book either. It already had three strikes – graphic novel, women’s studies book and a memoir. I really got into the book. It’s funny, serious and heartbreaking all at one time. Being a graphic novel the pictures gave it a different feel. I’m not sure I would pick up another graphic novel, but I enjoyed this one.
I never would have read The Night Circus (Erin Morgenstern) if… we didn’t read it for book club.
It just didn’t appeal to me at all, it’s just a little to fantasyish for me. I listened to the audio version (narrated by the wonderful Jim Dale) and I liked it. I didn’t LOVE it like a lot of other people did, but I liked it. To be fair, there is so much going on in the book I probably would have liked it better if I would have read it. I would get confused sometimes while listening to it.
I think the cover looks a little cheesy and I definitely wouldn’t have picked this book off the shelf, which would have been a mistake. Steph (The Fake Steph Dot Com) read this during Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon and laughed out loud so many times that I just had to read it to find out what was so funny. It was so worth it!
I never would have read Cinder (Marissa Meyer) if… I hadn’t made a deal with Andrea (The Overstuffed Bookcase).
Technically I haven’t read Cinder yet, but it’s on my plans for August. I have zero interest in reading it, but I made a deal with Andrea that I would read Cinder if she read Pushing the Limits (which she did not really want to read) so I’ll be reading it anyway. I know that tons of people have loved it, but it just doesn’t sound like something I would like.
But who knows? I might actually like it.
Which books were you “forced” into reading?
*This is a revised version of a post that I posted way back in November.
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