Top Ten Tuesdays: “Forced” Reads

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This is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke And The Bookish 🙂

Usually, one doesn’t have to use brute force to get me to sit down and read a book, unless of course it’s some sort of erotic thriller, which would be massively uncomfortable. I myself don’t actually remember having read a book against my volition, but I did scrape together a pile of books that could have blown past as “forced reads”. To further rationalize the circumstances, I decided to provide you guys with insight on why I initially refused and eventually consented to reading them. With the possible exception of Shiver, I sublimely stake claim to the fact that my decision making was pretty spot on.

And so here it is! Have a great Tuesday 🙂

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1. The Game Of Thrones (George R.R. Martin)

Why I didn’t want to read it: The violence, the nudity, and the fact that the book was downright behemothic.

Why I did anyway: I couldn’t withstand feeling as if I were consigned to obvlivion. EVERYONE gushed about it, and I wanted to know what the fuss was about.

 

2. The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins)

Why I didn’t want to read it: I’m pretty weak against gore, and this book just screamed bloody murder.

Why I did anyway: The movie was almost in theaters, and I wanted to know if it was worth watching.

 

3. The Clockwork Angel (Cassandra Clare)

Why I didn’t want to read it: I would have wanted to read it “the right way”: Mortal Instruments first, prequel after. Yup, made sense.

Why I did anyway:The cover was intriguing. Call me judgmental, because I am.

 

4. The Lightning Thief (Rick Riordan)

Why I didn’t want to read it: I was NOT into Greek Mythology.

Why I did anyway: I heard Logan Lerman was cast as Percy. I delved right in.

 

5. The Fault In Our Stars (John Green)

Why I didn’t want to read it: I didn’t want to drown in my own tears.

Why I did anyway: The book seemed genuinely top notch, and the rave reviews were very tempting.

 

6. The Vampire Academy(Richelle Mead)

Why I didn’t want to read it: SIX ginormous books?! Oh, come on.

Why I did anyway: Recommendations were everywhere, and I just had to find out who this Adrian was.

 

7. Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince (J.K. Rowling)

Why I didn’t want to read it: I already watched the movies, and they were good. I wasn’t sure if the books could offer a better experience.

Why I did anyway: I had a horrible sinking feeling that I was terribly mistaken.

 

8. Burn For Burn (Jenny Han / Siobhan Vivian)

Why I didn’t want to read it: The synopsis just didn’t speak to me. I really believed the characters would get annoying.

Why I did anyway: I love revenge-centric plots, and decided it was worth the risk.

 

9. Shiver (Maggie Stiefvater)

Why I didn’t want to read it: I was previously told to never ever pick this book up.

Why I did anyway: I was previously told to never ever miss the chance to pick this book up.

 

10. Anna And The French Kiss (Stephanie Perkins)

Why I didn’t want to read it: I just wasn’t digging the idea of a girl complaining about the fact that her dad sent her to goddamned Paris, her crush could only talk to her over the phone, she was too embarrassed to order anything from a French menu because she was American, and a vast plethora of other first world problems.

Why I did anyway: Etienne St. Clair.

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So what do you think? If you have any opinions or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to comment and tell me!

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38 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesdays: “Forced” Reads

  1. Oh I love your reasoning on why you had to read Anna And The French Kiss xD DEFINITELY. Actually, I love all your reasons on why you had to read each of these novels! Haha, I had a laugh there xD
    Heehee, great post, Jasmine!! 😀

  2. Great list and love your reasons for not wanting to and then doing so! I read Game of Thrones when it first came out but think I would definitely feel pressured to read it now if I hadn’t, however I’m still resisting Fault In Our Stars even though everyone says how great it is – not sure I’ll ever be ready for it!

    • Thank you! 🙂 I got stuck at A Clash of Kings though. That one is very intimidating D: The Fault In Our Stars is really good! I HOPE you get past that. I think you’ll love it 🙂

  3. ASDFGHJKL!!! SO MANY BOOKS THAT I’VE HEARD AMAZING THINGS ABOUT!! I realize that going the blogosphere has added this huge “force” upon me to read all the books that people are raving about, hence the ridiculous TBR pile xD I’ve heard ONLY THE BEST things about The Lightning Thief, Clockwork Angel, VA, The Fault in Our Stars… In a way your posts is “forcing” me to bump these books up the TBR 😉

    Alicia @ Summer Next Top Story

    • HAHAHA woah then I should get added to your list 😀 But yeah, I am SO happy to have read these books, especially the Rick Riordan and Cassie Clare ones. I’ve definitely been reading a lot more after blogging, but that’s something I’m thankful for 🙂 Thank you for stopping by!!

    • Really? I haven’t read that one but it seems SO exciting! ❤ I was kinda put off by the paranormalcy but it worked for me in the end. So yeah, that one was definitely worth risking 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  4. I like how you included your reasoning for eventually reading them. Some of them were pretty funny, haha. Game of Thrones almost made it onto my list! My boyfriend begged me to read the series for like a YEAR before I finally did. And now I’m mad that it took me so long…I finished the whole thing and can’t wait for the last two to come out!

  5. Ahh the new cover for Anna and the French Kiss is so pretty right? I still haven’t finished it 😉 Picked it up at a bookstore and read three chapters right there and put it back down ’cause I had to go. AND YES, THANK GOODNESS YOU PICKED UP PERCY JACKSON.. and yeah damn Logan Lerman better be the reason you picked it up. (That was my reason too but shhhhh!!)

  6. Etienne St. Clair indeed!

    What if you were forced to read an erotic thriller while your parents were in the same room? Not speaking from experience, of course… I would never have unknowingly and naively downloaded a Harlequin historical romance when I first got my Kindle and then proceeded to read whilst the family was two feet away on the couch. NEVER. What kind of person do you think I am? … Ahem.

    Book virginity: taken.

    • French heritage + English accent + American attitude = I DIE OF SWOON

      Hmm I don’t know. I’d probably just cover the book up in innocent, flowery paper to keep them from suspecting anything. HAHA! But no, I would never willingly pick one of those up 😦 I think you’re pretty good, if I do say so myself. XD

  7. A few of these books I’ve read and I never felt forced to — but I loved them just the same: The Hunger Games, Harry Potter, The Fault in Our Stars, and Shiver. I really want to read A Game of Thrones, though, because I’m obsessed with the TV show. Great list!

    • YAY! I’m glad you love them 🙂 I think it’d be hard to pick the books up once you’ve watched the shows, because it takes SO much more time to read than to watch. The books are pretty scary (and you don’t get visuals of Robb, Jon, and Joffrey so XD)

  8. I never really read books that are popular and most people seem to like them unless I feel the theme is something I might like. I don’t know, maybe I’m just a hipster or something :/ Anyway, I really rarely find a good book that leaves me happy instead of frustrated and annoyed. Do you think you could give me a few recommendations :)?

    • HAHAHA hipster sounds good to me! 😀 And recommendations? LOTS!

      1. The Infernal Devices (Cassandra Clare)
      2. The Raven Boys (Maggie Stiefvater)
      3. Shatter Me (Tahereh Mafi)
      4. Vampire Academy (Richelle Mead)
      5. Any Gayle Forman book
      6. Any Rainbow Rowell book
      7. Any Rick Riordan book
      8. The Iron Fey (Julie Kagawa)
      9. Chaos Walking (Patrick Ness)
      10. Anna And The French Kiss (Stephanie Perkins)
      11. Under The Never Sky (Veronica Rossi)
      12. Daughter Of Smoke And Bone (Laini Taylor)
      13. The Grisha (Leigh Bardugo)
      14. Divergent (Veronica Roth)
      15. Heist Society (Ally Carter)

      … yeah! Those are some popular titles I think and hope you’ll love! 😀

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