Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl where I’ll post my top ten book choices (in no particular order) based on certain themes. If you would also like to participate, find out the rules by clicking here.
1. Graduate Study for the Twenty-First Century by Gregory M. Colon Semenza ==> I hated this one because he does an awesome job of making you feel like shit for choosing grad school. And according to him, at almost every turn you’ve failed. However, reading this book made me just that much more excited about successfully graduating and proving him wrong! It also made great firewood.
2. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood ==> Margaret Atwood is a phenomenal female voice in the genre of science fiction. In this particular novel though, there was something about the speaker’s cringey vulgarity that I just couldn’t get past. This is obviously an important part of Snowman’s character, but it just didn’t fit my taste. With that being said, I was introduced to a lot of her other great work because of reading this one, the cover is just beautiful, and I also discovered “The Cyborg Manifesto” which I eventually used to write one of my favorite papers in grad school.
3. Sanctuary by William Faulkner ==> This was another novel where the dark content just made it so difficult to read. If there were trigger warnings in grad school, this one definitely needed one, which I absolutely brought up in class. This led to a lengthy discussion on the nature of trigger warnings (when we were actually supposed to be discussing the text). There were several students that had the mentality of “Get Over It.” While saddening, this also opened my eyes to their points of view. It’s always good to listen to the other side, even if you completely disagree.
4. The Lost Boy by Dave Pelzer ==> I did NOT hate this book. I just hated the process of reading it. It was painful, and I cried a lot. But it is absolutely necessary that stories like this are listened to, in order to hopefully bring some form of awareness. Horrible experiences like this DO happen, and “out of sight, out of mind” is a very selfish way to live.
5. Night by Elie Wiesel ==> This novel is on my list for the same reason as The Lost Boy.
6. The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer ==> I haven’t met one person who actually enjoyed reading these; however, I had to read them all in order to figure out what all the other middle schoolers were grumbling about. I’ll admit these aren’t as horrible as I used to pretend they were with my classmates. They were easy reads and led to a lot of not-so-inside jokes about glittering vampires and the like.
7. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens ==> There was a lot that I enjoyed about this novel. But it was so looooong. Don’t get me wrong; the good parts were great. You just have to crawl up a sand dune with your hands and feet tied together to get through all the rest.
8. The Illiad by Homer ==> I love mythology, so the first time I read this was fun. However, every time my English classes read this, they forced me to read Cassandra’s part. (*hint,hint* It has to do with my name.) I was very shy in high school and absolutely hated reading (or speaking, really) aloud.
9. Beowulf by Unknown ==> Again, loved reading this the first time. Unfortunately for me, I was assigned to read this EIGHT times as a student. Yes, I counted. Eight. Because apparently there are no other books in the canon to choose from.
10. Paradise Lost by John Milton ==> Again, it was the process of reading this one that was a struggle because the poetic style is difficult and it’s just so long. It is definitely worth reading once though, especially if you are a fan of religious adaptations. Paradise Lost is so famous that it has been the material of inspiration for even further renditions of “the Fall.”
Have you read any of these books? If so, did you “hate” reading them at well? Leave your answer as a comment below.