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Top Ten Gateway Reads

Top Ten Tuesday is a book meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish

This week, the lovelies ask: Top Ten "Gateway" Books/Authors In My Reading Journey (so your list could be a mix of a books that got you into reading, an author that got you into reading a genre you never thought you'd read, a book that brought you BACK into read)

Such a fun idea! But of course, they are full of fun ideas so obviously this is no exception. Here we go!

Gateway to YA 
My gateway read to YA in general was taking a Young Adult literature class in college. I mean, I knew about the genre generally, but it wasn't until I took a class and had to read different types of YA and start a blog for the class (which then became this little gem of a blog) that I truly fell head over heels for the glory of Young Adult literature. 

Gateway to Contemporary YA Romance
Sarah Dessen. I mean really, that woman just nails it, doesn't she? The main character is so authentic and the conversations just transcend age and time and just MAN it's so good. So, so good. Specifically, the first Sarah Dessen book I read and knew I was a fan of Comtemporary YA Romance was This Lullaby. Also, this reminds me how woefully behind I am on my Sarah Dessen reading in general. D'oh!

Gateway to Binge Reading
Twilight, y'all! And thanks to this incredible post by Gillian on her blog Writer of Wrongs, I feel no shame in telling the world that I binge read this series like a total crazy person. I knew it wasn't Good Writing, but there was just something about that story, you guys. LIKE CRACK, IT IS. No shame in that game. 

Gateway to Dystopia
The Giver by Lois Lowry. I know this was talked about on the latest episode of Tea Time with Epic Reads (Crumpets, unite!) and I absolutely agree that this book is a total gateway to the dystopian genre. But let's not talk about the upcoming movie because it gives me the angries. 

Gateway to Epic Feels
The Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness. Oh please, like you didn't see this coming? Patrick Ness holds NOTHING back and I adore that about his writing. But this isn't just feelings between characters - this is feelings about their situations and their struggles and how it resonates in our actual history and futures and just transcends the fictional world he's created and moves its way right into my consciousness. Ness explores the ideas of redemption, moral gray, war, evil, hope, caring for the earth and what family is through this series that also happens to be SUPER WELL WRITTEN and just basically the best thing ever, amen. 

Gateway to Audiobooks
The first John Green book I ever read, I listened to. I listened to Looking for Alaska on audio book and it was AMAZING. The narrator did a fantastic job and I'm pretty sure helped me fall head over heels for John Green in general, but also specifically helped me develop a major crush on The Colonel. See what I did there? 

Gateway to the Classics
I don't know why I resisted reading so much in High School. Maybe it was cool to be angsty? Maybe I sincerely hated reading? Anyway, I regret it. Such is life. BUT I do remember reading and LOVING Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier and still think that book was batshit crazy in the best possible way. 

Gateway to Fangirling
Um yes, this is also The Chaos Walking Trilogy which you obviously know since I pimp it as much as humanly possible, thanks. 

Gateway to Epic Fantasy
The Song of Ice and Fire series (also known as Game of Thrones) by George R. R. Martin. Like, I don't even know how to live my life with this series unfinished and if you know how A Dance with Dragons ended then YOU KNOW THIS IS SERIOUS. I also feel like kind of a boss because I'm able to keep all the people in my head pretty well, which makes me feel like even more of an epic fantasy geek. Wee! 

Gateway to Forever Friends
Elizabeth Bennet will forever be my first literary best friend. In Pride & Prejudice she is snarky, she is reluctantly emotional, caring, and dedicated to her family. Her cleverness and wit make me sure we'd be good friends. At the very least, I'd happily join her and Jane for a sleepover to make fun of Mr. Collins absurdity. 

What about you? Do you join me in any of these gateways? Do any of these gateways remind you of something I should be reading? 

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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. Love your list! And the Pokeman gif, so fun. :) I couldn't let myself put Twilight on my list, but I should have... because it was in a sense. Love the list, check out mine below if you like!

    My Top Ten

  2. A Song of Ice and Fire is on my list as well - it literally changed my view of literature! Great list :)

  3. Great list! I'm embarrassed to admit that I've never read The Giver before, I really need to get to it soon! I've never heard of the Chaos Walking trilogy-heading over to Goodreads now :)

    1. YOU SO DO. And it will take you like 2 hours to read. Seriously.

  4. The Giver is on my list too! Have you read John Green's The Fault in Our Stars? I think that's even better than Looking for Alaska. Here's my list.

    1. I have! I enjoyed TFIOS, but it wasn't my favorite JG. I know, I know. I am in the vast minority on that one!

  5. I don't remember what got me into audio books, I am just so glad that I did, they make like so much better because you can fit more books in!

    And, I have no issues with the fact that the Twilight series got me back into reading YA and like you, reading voraciously.

    I love the new blog-look, Lisa!

    1. Sometimes an audiobook is just the PERFECT way to experience a story.

      Thank you!

  6. I am terrified SOIAF will never be finished and that breaks my heart a little. I share your love for Rebecca and Elizabeth Bennet - Both entirely different kinds of awesome:). You also made a very good case for checking out Patrick Ness who is not an author I'd taken much notice of before. Now, I will!

    1. IT FREAKS ME OUT TOO. Like there is such a good chance that George will die and no one will know how it ends because he tells no one anything and it keeps me awake at night.

      Please pleaaaaaseeee check out Patrick Ness!


    I mean, for reals. I like that you picked all these different genres and talked a little about how you got into them instead of one whole list of all the books that got you into a single genre. LOVE.

    Also, Lizzie Bennet FOR LIFE.


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