Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.
Each week they will post a new Top Ten list that one of their bloggers over at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join.
The topic for this week is: Top Ten Top Ten “Gateway” Books/Authors In My Reading Journey
Simply said – this is a list of books and authors that got me into reading. Reading a certain genre, reading a certain way… you’ll see what I mean 🙂
- Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (author of the Alice series), Francine Pascal (original author of the Sweet Valley franchise) and the Sabrina the Teenage Witch series. Also – Ann M Martin (creator of the Baby Sitter’s Club).
These are the books and authors that got me excited about going to the library. I’d go every second week with my mother and siblings and I’d run straight for the section that housed these titles.
I can remember the first time I heard of this book. I was 11 years old and my best friend at the time was showing me her copy. We were in year seven in primary school sitting outside the classroom before school catching up after the weekend. It wasn’t until a year later that I read this book for the first time and I adored it. I’ve read it many times since then and still enjoy it despite being twice the age I was when I first read it. This book and author got me to fall in love with Aussie authors with novels set in Australia. (also… just checked my shelves. Am shocked that I don’t own a copy!)
Before reading HP, I never kept track of series. I’d read whatever was out then move on. But this series made me understand the pain of having to wait between instalments but also the fun of belonging to a fandom. I read and wrote some fanfiction to try and deal with the wait and it’s one of the first books/series that I got involved with discussing with other people who had read it.
Before I’d read these books, I’d seen the costumes and heard the word but didn’t quite understand what it was. These books showed me just what steampunk was and why I should want to read it.
I love young adult fiction but I also ADORE paranormal romance and urban fantasy which is more adult in nature. These series are some of my favourites and really got me interested in the genre. I devour these types of novels now and am thankful that I discovered these kinds of books.
Before reading this book and the other Tudor stories, I never read Historical fiction but this book got me into it. It’s not historically accurate but I like the drama and suspense that’s created.
I didn’t even know sci-fi futuristic fairytale retellings were a thing but this book got me into them. I love how she keeps the bare bones of the stories I’ve grown up knowing with new twists and settings. This book is why I now read fairytale retellings.
I can’t count. I have no idea what I’m up to but this seems like a good place to stop. Let me know what your gateway books/authors are.