Monday, March 31, 2014

Top Ten Tuesdays #9 - Top Ten "Gateway" Books/Authors In My Reading Journey

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This weeks Top Ten Tuesday is Gateway book/authors, so authors or books that got you into reading or got you into a certain genre and so on and so forth.

Top Ten Gateway Books/Authors In My Reading Journey -

  1. Rick Riordan/Percy Jackson & The Olympians - Lighting Theif is truly the first book that I read and loved, the book that got me into reading, the book that made me love reading, and it is still my favorite book series ever and Rick Riordan is my favorite author ever. Not only did these books get me into reading but they are what made me realize that I want to be a writer myself, they truly are my first love.
  2. Hunger Games - The Hunger Games trilogy is really the first YA I read and it's what got me into YA books altogether and it remains one of my all time favorites.
  3. Harry Potter - What to say about Harry Potter? It's not what got me into reading, but it's still so much a part of why I love reading and writing, I still love it so much. The thing with Harry Potter is if you read any YA or middle grade book that came out after Harry whether you have read Harry or not it has effected you because a lot of these other books never would have existed without it, plus I really do love it.
  4. Cinda Williams Chima - What to say? This author has taught me allot of what I know about fantasy and has been a constant in my ever changing reading habits.
  5. Fablehaven - Taught me the best about fantasy and that it will always be my favorite genre.
  6. Pendragon - My first Sy-Fy book series and my first disappointment(the epilogue).
  7. Delirium - In a way these books showed me a whole other side to YA and books in general. I had read books about love and books about dystopian societies with a love/romance element but I had never read something that turned them into the same thing, that had all the romance elements and the beautiful writing but still made it more than that and in a way these books changed the way I perceived and judged books, I think for the better.
  8. The Statistical Probability Of Love At First Sight - My first contemporary and I have never looked back.
  9. Fangirl - It renewed my love of books and reminded me of the reason I love reading and it just speaks to me on so many levels that I couldn't not include it.
  10. Maximum Ride - Taught me what not to do when writing a book, it broke my heart because I loved it so much and taught me that even books can let you down.
  11. Bonous! - Tuned In by Julia DeVillers - Okay this is a relatively unknown series that my cousin gave to me when I was like ten and I devoured them, they were some of those books that I read before I loved reading, you know?
And on that happy note...
But seriously in one way or another all of these books have shaped into the reader and person I am today. =)

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  1. Harry Potter!! You're right, I never thought of it this way, but so many books actually wouldn't have existed had it not been for this amazing series. Love your list!

  2. I love your list! I absolutely love Percy Jackson and Fangirl. I have to totally agree with your comment about Maximum Ride, I don't think I've ever felt as disappointed as I did with that series.

    1. I know, it still hurts to think about it =(

  3. Great list - I think all of the ones I haven't already read are on my TBR/Wishlist. And yay for including Fangirl! :)

    1. Yeah, I just couldn't not include it, you know? =)

  4. Rick Riordan! I absolutely love his works and they were so close to making my list. They were one of the my recent reads that made me realize how much I enjoy YA works and that not all YA fiction has to be about vampires or dystopian. Great list!

    Thanks for stopping by my post earlier :)

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  5. Oh man I loved Maximum Ride, but I just never got around to finishing them
    Nice list!

    1. You don't want to, you don't! I loved them at one point too, =(
      Thanks! =)

  6. Awwwww, I love hearing that about the Percy Jackson series, that they got you into reading! I adore that series SO MUCH, definitely one of my all-time favorites!!

    1. I know it's just so great, isn't it? =)

  7. Great list! Harry Potter made my list as well, it's clearly the ultimate gateway book ;) I really want to read the Percy Jackson series, but I worried that they might feel too young, but everyone seems to love them so I feel it's time to give them a go. The Hunger Games also made my list, amazing series and it got me into dystopian. I enjoyed The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight but have to admit to not loving Fangirl all that much. I didn't see how Simon Snow could exist in a world where HP still existed, that bugged me! Great picks :) Thanks for stopping by my TTT! :)

    1. Yes, read Percy Jackson! As much as I love Fangirl I do agree with that statement, I think it would have been better it the author just pretended Harry Potter didn't exist. =)