Top Ten Tuesday – Top 10 Books I Was Forced to Read

October 15, 2013 General, Top Ten Tuesday 6


Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by the blog THE BROKE AND THE BOOKISH.  Every Tuesday, I love seeing these lists around my favorite blogs so I decided to jump into the fun and participate, too.  Please click the graphic above to see what other blogs are posting their top ten today!   


Here are the top six books I was forced to read by my husband

(+ four books he wishes I would just read already). 




1.  Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison (American Classic)

This is my husband’s favorite writer.  When he and I met in our early twenties, I hadn’t yet read anything by Morrison.  I picked this book up at his suggestion and didn’t put it down until I was finished.  I promptly read several other books by Morrison soon after and she became, and still is, one of my favorite writers of all time.  Her work is difficult, evocative, full of poetry and imagery that will stay with you long after you turn the last page.  If you haven’t read anything by Morrison, I highly suggest you do.


Lord of the Ring


2.  The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien (Fantasy)

My husband was shocked when he found out I had never read these.  After seeing the first film adaptation of the Fellowship of the Ring, he made me sit down and read all three before the next film released.  I loved them.




3.  Genesis by Bernard Beckett (Science Fiction/Dystopian)

Another book my husband loved and insisted I read.  He wouldn’t tell me much about it, only that it was fascinating and surprising.  When I finished the book, I understood why.  There’s a massive twist at the end.  But I have to be honest, it was a massive twist I saw coming so I wasn’t as surprised as he was.  It’s a fantastic read nonetheless and one that I highly recommend you pick up. 


I am Legend

4.  I am Legend by Richard Matheson (Science Fiction/Horror)

My husband is not into vampires or horror but he picked this up at an airport on a whim and enjoyed it.  He said, “You’re so into vampires, you have to read this.”  It took me a while but, once again, the impending release of a film adaptation of the book finally kicked me into gear and I read it.  I loved it.  Matheson created such a creepy/lonely/violent story that, in the end, kind of turns your view of it all on its head.  And please don’t see the movie.  Read the book.  The film does it no justice.




5.  Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner (American Classic)

It’s a classic.  He’s a great American writer.  The writing is beautiful…I often had no idea what the heck was going on.  



6.  Solaris by Stanislaw Lem (Science Fiction)

Truth be told, this book was slightly boring.  I think even my husband would agree with that statement.  BUT it is based on such a complex, fascinating, and truly creepy premise that I was drawn into it regardless.  Solaris is slow, quiet, and dense though it’s actually not that long of a book.  The writing has a very science/academic feel to it but there’s an underlying emotional component to the story that’s unsettling.  I’d recommend this one if you are a true fan of science fiction. 


Here are four books my husband has been trying to get me to read for years.  I also asked him to give me a few short sentences about why I should read these.


Watership Down

1.  Watership Down by Richard Adams

He says:  Who knew you could learn so much about humanity from a bunch of rabbits.  And I still have nightmares about General Woundwart.

 The Shining

2.  The Shining by Stephen King

He says:  Killer topiaries.  WTF? 




3.  King Leopold’s Ghost:  A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa by Adam Hochschild

 He says:  Reality is often stranger, more terrifying, and more compelling than fiction.




4.  Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke

 He says:  Science fiction based on really big ideas is always the best.



What do you think of this list?  Have you read any of these yourself?  

Has my husband convinced you to read some of them? 🙂



6 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesday – Top 10 Books I Was Forced to Read”

  1. Priscilla

    That’s the most apt description of Absalom! Absalom I have ever seen! My reaction was exactly the same. I have King Leopold’s Ghost on my TBR…I’m not sure where I learned about it, but it does sound fascinating.
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