I never would have read this if it wasn’t for…

August 7, 2012 Random Thoughts on Books and Blogging 16

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.

JK Rowling HP 2 and the Chamber of SecretsI never would have read Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (JK Rowling) if… my mom wasn’t late getting home from work.

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.

Anne Moody Coming of Age in MississippiI never would have read Coming of Age in Mississippi (Anne Moody) if… it wasn’t required in English 202.

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.



Suzanne Collins The Hunger GamesI 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.

Marjane Satrapi - PersepolisI never would have read Persepolis (Marjane Satrapi) if… it wasn’t for Women’s Studies 101.

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.

Erin Morgenstern The Night Circus

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.


Stacey Kade The Ghost and the GothI never would have read The Ghost and the Goth (Stacey Kade) if… Steph didn’t laugh out loud every 5 minutes.

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!



Marissa Meyer CinderI 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.


16 Responses to “I never would have read this if it wasn’t for…”

  1. Kate@Midnight Book Girl

    I love this! You seriously need to re-read Night Circus (in print!), because while I really liked it the first time around, now I’m obsessively in love with it. Great list of books, and I might have to read the ones I haven’t read yet just because they made such an impression on you!

  2. Jessie Marie

    Oh, this is awesome. Steph/Andrea = very convincing, no? ; )

    Isn’t that funny. (1) My women’s studies class was almost exactly the same. Worst class I took in college and that includes Physics, which I HATED. (2) I had no interest in Persepolis either. Read it in my freshman English class and adored it. I want to read the other one in the series, too. Though I still don’t think graphic novels are my thing. *shrugs*

    Anyway, cool list. It’s good to step outside our comfort zone every now and again, right?

  3. Jenny

    I live this post idea! We all have books we never would have read without a reason and when they turn out to be great books it’s always a good thing. I bet you’ll like Cinder. I loved it.

  4. Bittner

    I remember that I was thoroughly entertained by Cinder, it was a fun and funny read. I don’t remember being blown away by it, but I do know that I really liked it.
    I don’t read as many graphic novels as some people do, but they really aren’t that bad. You just have to find the right ones. Scott Pilgrim is pretty good. I haven’t read Persepolis but I did like the movie.

  5. Jen Ryland/YA Romantics

    Yep, I was also forced into reading the Hunger Games. The premise just sounded too disturbing for me, but I kept recommending it to other people, saying, “I heard that a lot of people like this.” Then finally I broke down and read it, and of course, I loved it!

  6. Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase

    This is a great list! I was told by my mom that I should read the Harry Potter books, but I wasn’t a big reader then (can you believe it?) and I was like, “Ugh, they’re books for kids!” But then I was in college and I happened to see the first movie and LOVED it so I knew I had to read the books and it’s still my favorite series of all time! And I probably wouldn’t be such a YA lover if it wasn’t for my book club girls. I hope you like Cinder, but I won’t be upset if you don’t. So really–no pressure! ;)