It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the Broke and the Bookish! This week, the theme is Top Ten “Gateway” Books. This list will be about the books that first got me reading the different genres that I read today. Some of them started when I was in elementary school so I can’t really remember exactly what books they are, but these are close approximations. In no particular order:
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. This book was the first real novel or chapter book that I ever read. I was given it as a gift from one of my family members around second grade. I doubt that I totally understood all of what I was reading at the time, but it was enough to be able to follow the general idea of what was going on the in the story. It was also the first fantasy novel that I read, which makes it a double-gateway book for me.Gone by Michael Grant. This fast-paced novel catapulted me into the world of science fiction when I read it in seventh grade. The concepts behind why the FAYZ occurred were fascinating to think about, and the constant action kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the entire novel. Most importantly, it inspired me to read other science fiction novels, which I now can’t get enough of. Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene. I read much of this series when I was younger, starting with The Secret of the Old Clock. Not only did these books spark my interest in mysteries, but they also increased my love of series in general. I loved feeling like Nancy would always be there in yet another story, like her familiar presence would never go away as long as I picked up another book.
The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place by E.L. Konigsburg. This book was one of the first contemporary fiction books that I read that wasn’t really a specific genre like science fiction or fantasy. The story is follows a girl who is around twelve years old as she has a quirky camp experience one summer. I first read it in third grade, and I have read it countless times since then.
Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta. I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH, LIKE YOU HAVE NO IDEA. I don’t even know how many times I have read it, but the total is pretty high. It takes place in Australia at a boarding school, and was the gateway book into my obsession with boarding school settings. It’s also just a really fantastic book in general, and if you haven’t read it then you definitely should!
Matched by Ally Condie. I’m pretty sure that this was the first novel I read that is classified as dystopian, although I could be wrong. While I am still not in love with this genre, Matched was a good introduction to what it holds.
Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen. Being the very first Sarah Dessen novel I ever read, Lock and Key pulled me further into her stories of love, mistakes, and self-discovery. Now I had read almost all of her books, with the exception of a few. I usually read two or three each summer, since they are generally lighter and easier to get through.
Those are my gateway books! I can’t think of any more at the moment, although I’m sure there are many. Have you read any of these books before? What did you think of them? What are your gateway books? Let me know in the comments section below!