I’m linking up with Top Ten Tuesday today to talk about the books I was forced to read (and loved). I always loved reading, but reading other people’s suggestions has been instrumental in broadening my horizons. It’s hard to identify which books I was “forced” into reading, because generally if someone suggests a book I happily devour it.
1. An Episode of Sparrows by Rumer Godden – this was probably the most difficult required reading I ever had to do, and I would not have loved it had we not had an excellent teacher guiding us through. The story begins incredibly slowly but with the right kind of attention it blossoms beautifully.
2. Othello by William Shakespeare – we had such good class discussions about this play; about race and relevance and abuse, that this is easily one of my favourite Shakespearean tragedies.
3. To Kill a Mockingbird by Lee Harper – of course. Easily one of the most amazing required readings.
4. The Road to Mecca by Athol Fugard – this play had me falling in love with a dusty little Karoo town in the middle of nowhere. Easily the book that changed my life the most.
5. Shades by Marguerite Poland – South African students either love it or hate it. I love it. There is no other book like this one out there. That is all.
6. Good Night, Mr Tom – I think this was my first high school setwork book. It was the first time I read a book about World War II that was not about Anne Frank, so it was as if a whole new world opened up.
7. Lord of the Flies by William Golding – this book taught me the concept of a microcosm, and I had never had as much fun writing essays as with this one.
8. Dracula by Bram Stoker – required reading for a Coursera course. I never would have read it otherwise, but I loved it!
9.The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman – set book for Illness Narratives on Semester at Sea. An incredible account.
10. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein – such a variety of book bloggers strongly suggested this book that I had to read it. I was so happy that I acquiesced.