Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where each week we get a new topic for a top ten list. Sometimes when someone recommends a book to you or a teacher assigns a reading, it turns out terribly. But other times, the books are hits! Here are ten books that I wouldn’t have picked up on my own, but I ended up enjoying.
1. Vampire Academy, Richelle Mead. Betty from Book Rock Betty basically talks about this one nonstop, so you’re pretty much required to read it if you want to be friends with her. I didn’t think I was going to like it, but I ended up enjoying the series and I’m excited for the movie.
2. The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald. One of my favorite required readings in school.
3. A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L’Engle. Another required reading, this time in seventh grade. One of the most magical books ever. My roommate bought a boxed set in college and I reread it and it was still just as good as I remembered.
4. Catch-22, Joseph Heller. I had to write a critical paper on this one, which wasn’t so fun, but this is just my type of humor. I don’t really like war books so I was surprised when I liked reading this.
5. Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card. My roommate took a science fiction literature course in college and this was one of her required reads. She insisted I read it too and I’m so glad I did because I now consider it one of my all-time favorite sci-fi books.
6. Vision in White, Nora Roberts. I don’t do romance books, but when my friends and I were making book playlists for each other, this was one friend’s pick so I had to read it. I ended up devouring the whole series. I probably loved it so much because it’s about a group of wedding planners and I’ve always wanted to be a wedding planner. Also, the guys are super hot.
7. Anna and the French Kiss, Stephanie Perkins. No one person made me read this one, but practically every blogger loves it and mentions it in TTTs, so I felt like I had to read it to get what everyone was talking about. No surprise here: I fell completely in love with it.
8. Looking for Alaska, John Green. A friend in college told me I absolutely had to read a John Green book and that I would love it, so I borrowed LfA from her. She was right; she made a John Green fan out of me.
9. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky. A friend in high school lent this to me. At the time, I didn’t appreciate it as much, but I’ve grown to love it over time. And its movie adaptation is one of my favorites.
10. Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Rachel Cohn and David Levithan. That same high school friend also lent me Nick and Norah’s and I loved it.