We all have that experience of a book that we were made to read at school or university that we just detested beyond all reason. I'm interested in the other books. I want to know what books people were made to read that they otherwise wouldn't have and that they're incredibly thankful to their teachers for introducing to them. I have several. The Spy Who Came in From the Cold - John LeCarre: I would never have picked this book up on my own and I have to thank my English teacher for making me read this. I've read a bunch of other LeCarre books since because that book blew my mind when I was 16. Kane and Abel - Jeffery Archer: Sure, it's not "classic literature" and I couldn't really tell you why I like it as much as I do but I've read that book so many times since the same English teacher that I mentioned above made me read it for a project. The Poisonwood Bible - Barbara Kingsolver: This is an indirect one. I had to read Kingsolver's Animal Dreams for university and I quite liked it so I picked up The Poisonwood Bible and I was hooked from start to finish. Elephant Adventure - Willard Price: When I was 9 my grandmother gave me this book for christmas. By sheer coincidence my year 4 teacher was asking if someone had a copy of it so she could read it in class. That teacher's name was Mrs. Thompson and if there is one person from my past that I would like to meet up with again it is her because she started my love of reading with this book and the other 12 books in the series. I read each book more times than was reasonable for a child my age and never got bored of them. The Unbearable Lightness of Being - Milan Kundera: This. This book is the one that I remember the most. I finished this book that I was asked to read for university, put it down, asked myself "what the hell was that?" and then started it again. I lent it to my brother who also came to me at the end of it and asked the same question. I have never read a book that affected me the way that this book did it was an amazing reading experience that I will never forget. I have others but these are probably my big ones. Would love to hear what gems that others have discovered.