This week’s Bookish Scene: Project 52 theme „Forced to Read“ first sounds a bit weird when you’re such a passionate reader like I am but of course there have been books in my life which I didn’t want to read myself but have been forced to read by others.

I’m not talking about book recommendations from friends etc. even though heavy book pushing might cause a little pressure to read the books they liked but usually this is a lot of fun and I would rather call it persuasion than force. For my picture I chose books that I really didn’t want to read but had to because my teachers thought they would be „fun“ to read in class.

Since I’ve thrown given away most of the books I was forced to read in school because they were fucking boring I didn’t have a lot of choice for this week’s picture but I found at least two books I kept for all these years. For some reason (I can’t remember which one because I don’t think I liked this book a lot back then) I kept „Professor Unrat“ („The Blue Angel“) by Heinrich Mann which we had to read in my German class and John Grisham’s „A Time to Kill“. I know exactly why I still have the latter one because this was probably my favorite book that we had to read in school. I used to read a lot of John Grisham novels when I was a teenager anyway because my father owned quite a few of them so that I was very relieved when my English teacher picked „A Time to Kill“ as a class read. I can definitely recommend this one if you’re interested in court room dramas and there’s even a movie with Samuel L. Jackson and Matthew McConaughey which we watched (and analyzed, of course…) in class as well after having discussed the book.

Which books did you have to read in school and did you like them?

BookishScene: Project 52 is a bookish Instagram challenge hosted by Joséphine (@wordrevel) and Georgie (@whatgeorgiedid), Further information can be found on both their blogs where you can also see a preview of the upcoming themes.

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