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gateway reads

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welcome to my favorite meme! this is hosted by Ginger of GReads (who just might be the coolest girl ever) and is a chance for book bloggers to share a little bit more about their bookish habits. she asks some seriously rad questions and people usually have really cool stuff to share. so here we go!

this week, Ginger the Awesome asks:

Gateway Books: Which particular books opened you up to a new genre?

Sci-fi Gateway: Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
yeah, i'm a nerd, so it would seem as if i'd be into reading science fiction...but i couldn't find the right book. until i met Andrew Wiggin. this kid is smart, faced with ridiculous challenges, deals with bullies, and may or may not have a sociopath for a brother. if you're looking for a solid gateway into the sci-fi world of young adult literature, i'd give this one a go. 

Historical Fiction Gateway: Troy by Adele Geras
this is the first historical fiction i can recall reading, so it will always hold a special place in my heart. plus, it's greek mythology which i totally geek out over. it's got a little bit of everything - the greek hist fic, the forbidden romance, the back stabbing, the character development...it's so good! 

Middle Grade Gateway: Horton Halfpott by Tom Angleberger
so while i was well aware of the awesomeness that is MG reads, it wasn't until i read this one that i remembered it with gusto and tried to tell EVERYONE I KNEW about it's awesomeness. this book seriously has it all. you've got mystery, a lovable main character who's down on his luck, snarkiness, humor, creativity, and bad guys. it's so good. AND it glows in the dark. i promise you'll laugh and fall in love with this book. also, i just met the author last weekend and he's just as rad as you'd assume the author of such wonderful literature would be. 

Zombie Gateway: Generation Dead by Daniel Waters
i wasn't always the biggest zombie fan. i liked them as scary elements in a movie...but to read about them? in books? and not be scared? i was very uncertain. but Waters changed my heart and my mind with this book. Phoebe is recruited to be part of a group that helps bridge the world between the living and the differently biotic. we see both sides of the debate while being immersed in the standard teenage drama. the weaving of the supernatural element into the contemporary setting was refreshing and fun. 

what about you? what are your gateway reads? are there books that fall into these genres you think i would like? hit me up! and link it up over at Greads!

Lisa is a gamer, crafter, fangirl, mother, wife and unabashed nerd who is pretty ridiculous and it's best you know that up front. When she's not binge watching Netflix or crafting into the wee hours of the night, you can find her spending a lot of her time on Pinterest and Twitter.


  1. Wow great books girl. I haven't read all of the ones you mentioned bout they sound great. Generation Dead sounds really good. I read my first zombie book this year and have read many more since.

  2. I'm curious... what about YA contemps? I know you just started with those, but which one pulled you in initially?

  3. I want to read Horton Halfpott now! I LOVE MIDDLE GRADE.

    AND AND AND I totally own a copy of Troy so you best believe I will read that!

  4. I haven't read any of the books on your list, but I'm insanely curious about Generation Dead and Troy :)

  5. Ive always wanted to try an Orson book..:D Great list..I loved Troy.

  6. I haven't heard of any of these books! Ha ha ... I do love middle grade books. When I buy my nephew books for his birthday (yes, I'm that aunt), I always read them first. It's nice that to be a reader you don't have to read certain books for your age (at least once you're out of school), you can read anything and it's still an escape!

    Happy TGIF! :)

  7. I have been meaning to do Ender's Game forever! But I'm always handing it out to students. It's my go to for an easier sci-fi read. Even high school students love it! I need to high-jack the book next time it comes back in the library!

  8. Aaah, Ender's Game. I totally need to get on that.

  9. Ginger - i think the first YA contemp to pull me in was Looking For Alaska by John Green. the first contemp-romance that pulled me in was This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen. both still HUGELY amazing today.

    April - you'd freaking love it.

    Alexa - DO IT!

    Tina - Ender's Game is a solid choice. i haven't met many peeps who read Troy!

    Winter - i will forever and always love Middle Grade books. i just will!

    librarian - you so should!

    Ash - YES YOU DO. it's so your style.

  10. Troy sounds awesome and I've had Ender's Game on my to-read-list for way to long, I must get on it!

    LOVE generation dead <3

  11. Generation Dead was my intro to zombies too! I'm not sure why I wasn't interested before, but now I love them ALL. Scary zombies, loving zombies, cute(?) zombies. I love 'em all <3

  12. Ender, most definitely. I always talk it up as a sci/fi book for people who don't read sci/fi.


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