Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Was "Forced" to Read (Or Forced Others to Read)

October 15, 2013 Damien Echols, Max Brooks, Movie and TV Musings, Stephenie Meyer, Suzanne Collins, Top Ten Tuesday 10

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a new topic is given and weeks topic is:

 Books I Was “Forced” to Read (Or Forced Others to Read)

Forced Upon Me

Way back in the summer of 2008, I was at a party and two friends showed up wearing matching “Team Edward” t-shirts.  I had no idea what that meant, and they told me all about these books about a girl, a werewolf, and a bunch of vampires.  They were headed to B&N later that night for the midnight release of Breaking Dawn.  It all sounded very silly to me.  I didn’t know anything about YA at the time – my last experience was around twelve or thirteen when I was reading the Sweet Valley High books.
But one of these Twilight superfans wouldn’t let it go.  She told me she’d forced many people to read the books, and they all loved it.  She insisted I be the next to read it, and when she lent me her copy, I read it just to be polite.  But a strange thing happened  – I found myself really enjoying it.  I immediately bought the next three books, and I read the whole series in about three days.  I can’t tell you what it was that appealed to me.  I’ve always liked vampire and werewolf stories – the scary kind, though.  It might just be that re-discovering YA allowed me to connect with my inner teen.  

I Force Upon Others

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins: Of course, right?  If someone is skeptical of YA, I buy them The Hunger Games.

Life After Death by Damien Echols: This memoir is so disturbing and so moving.  Damien Echols, along with two other teenagers, was wrongfully convicted of the vicious murders of three young boys.  HBO has done three excellent documentaries on the case, called Paradise Lost.   Echols sat on death row for a couple of decades.  It was clear from the beginning that the teens were betrayed by the justice system.  The longer they sat in jail, the more support they gained from celebrities like Eddie Vedder and Peter Jackson.  They were finally freed, and Echols wrote this memoir that focused on his life on Death Row, as well as his childhood, growing up in extreme poverty.  His writing is beautiful.

The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks: If you like funny and you like zombies, then you need this book.  It’s one of the funniest books I’ve ever read.

And Just Because…
The Movie I Can’t Stop Buying For People
Dead Set:  This is the best zombie film I HAVE ever seen.  (It’s actually a 2.5 hour TV miniseries, but let’s go ahead and call it a movie.)  It aired in the UK in 2008, and it made it’s way to Amazon’s streaming service in 2010.  I promptly bought it, and I’ve watched it countless times since then.  Now, I buy it for people who seem skeptical of its awesomeness.  In Dead Set, a massive zombie outbreak occurs in Britain, and a few of the survivors are the oblivious (and mostly moronic) contestants on the Big Brother reality show.  They’re safe…but not for long!  (Cue my evil laughter.)  This show is scary, bloody, and has tons of humor.  The ending is absolutely incredible.  If you like zombies, you HAVE to buy this.

Your turn!  Which books have you been forced to read?

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10 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Was "Forced" to Read (Or Forced Others to Read)”

    • Stephanie K

      As you can see, I had a hard time coming up with books! Perhaps I should have skipped, too, but Twilight was such a huge one for me.

      Definitely check out Dead Set. It’s incredible.

  1. Tina Van Dyn Hoven

    I’ve definitely forced people to read the Hunger Games and probably Twilight when it first came out. I haven’t heard of Life After Death, but that sounds like a really great book! I got my BS in Criminal Justice and now I’m an attorney so it definitely sounds like something I would like! Thanks for the new book idea!

    • Stephanie K

      Oh, then it might be right up your alley. You might find the documentary more interesting, though, as it goes much more in depth into the trial. But I highly recommend both.


    It’s so funny — I hadn’t even heard of Twilight, but picked up a copy on a whim while I was traveling… and found out when I got home that it was HUGE. (this was right before the release of Breaking Dawn). So I was right in the midst of the popular frenzy without even knowing it! I like your “force upon others” category — I’m sure I could come up with a bunch of those too!

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  3. Tsukikomew

    I didn’t really like “the Hunger Games” but I sort of have a love/hate relationship with Twilight. It’s addictive but sometimes I can’t understand why I enjoy it. Great list!

    Tsuki’s TTT

  4. Reviews from a Book Worm

    I really wanted to take part in my first Top Ten this week but couldn’t think of any books that i’d been ‘forced’ to read. So I’m glad I stopped by to check this out as I used your idea and did books I force others to read – such an easier one! Thanks!

    I saw Dead Set advertised when it came out here in the UK and really wanted to watch it. I never did but now I think I may have to try and find it so I can watch it!

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  5. ~Jennifer~

    I’m totally watching Dead Set. You’ve sold me – it’s a must now. Robyn Jones from robgirlbooks mentioned you recommend it highly. 😀

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