Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and Bookish. Each week the bloggers at The Broke and The Bookish put out a topic, and discuss their top ten options for said topic. This week it’s all about the Top Ten “Gateway” Books/Authors In My Reading Journey.
Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George. This was the first book that I would stay up late and sneak under the covers to read. I had bought it from a book fair when I was in elementary school, and my mom had read through it first, and put it up, saying I wasn’t old enough to read it. So I did what any kid reader would do when told that she can’t read something. I snuck it off of the shelf and read it anyway.
A Wrinkle In Time by Madeline L’Engle. This was my gateway book to science fiction. I first encountered this book as an excerpt in the back of one of my language arts books and I sought out the full book to read. Once more my mom told me I wasn’t old enough to read them, but I read the series, sneaking off with the trio of books (I need to read the others in this series) and falling in love with Calvin and the twins.
Pet Semetary By Stephen King. This was my gateway into horror and books that are turned into movies. I saw the movie when I was 9–seriously not old enough, and I read the book when I was maybe 13? This book still to this day terrifies me, and it’s the book that launched my fascination with King’s work.
Invitation to the Game by Monica Hughes. This was my gateway to dsytopian/futuristic novels. I read this when I was pretty young, and it created a love for future apocalyptic/dystoian worlds. If you haven’t read this already, do go read it. It’s amazing.
The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. I was torn between which of Lewis’ works I would put on here. He’s the gateway author for both high fantasy (The Chronicles of Narnia AND allegorical text AND religious fiction.) The Screwtape Letters instantly came to mind. I love this book. I read it every year, and each time I find little things that I hadn’t noticed before. It’s a great text, and I can’t recommend it enough.
The Little House books… By Laura Ingalls Wilder introduced me to women authors, historical time settings, and strong female characters. These books are books that I grew up with. Who hasn’t tried to pour maple syrup onto snow to make candy?
The Babysitter’s Club by Ann M. Martin was the gateway series into swapping books frantically with friends. Seriously we would trade these back and forth until the spines were broken and pages were falling out. We all wanted to be either Claudia or Stacy–or attempt to run our own Babysitter’s club.
Something From the Nightside by Simon R. Green. This series, this author got me back into reading. I had hit a dry spell where I didn’t want to read anything–nothing held my attention, and I had fallen out of love with reading, which was killing me because it’s so much a part of my life. I was wandering the Science Fiction section of Barnes and Noble, and this book jumped out at me. I picked it up, and sat down in one of the comfy chairs and read through it. I walked out of the store with the first three books of the series. Though the series is over and finished, I still love it. I have all of the books and they have prime real estate on my bookshelf.
MPD-Psycho by Eiji Otsuka. A lot of my friends were reading manga, and I wanted to start as well. But I didn’t want to go the route they did (Bleach, Dragon Ball Z, One Piece, Naruto) oh no. I went to the library and grabbed the first volume of a series I could get my hands on. MPD-Psycho is one of the most brutal, gory, disturbing, messed up series one can read, and that was my introduction to manga.
Touching Smoke by Airicka Phoenix. Airicka was my gateway into indie authors, and I can’t get enough of her writing, or most of the other indies. There’s so much potential out there, and it’s all right there for us to enjoy.
That’s my top ten list for this week! What’s on your bookish bucket list? If you’ve done a TTT post go ahead and link it in the comments. 🙂 Have a great week.