Top Ten “Gateway” Books/Authors In My Reading Journey


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they come up with a list for us to complete. This week it is Top Ten ‘Gateway’ Books/Authors In My Reading Journey. I really like this topic, it’s not been easy, but it’s really made me think about what I’ve read and analyse my reading a bit further.  Your list could be made up of a mix of books that got you unto reading, or an author that got you into reading a genre you never thought you would read.

The Help- Kathryn Stockett


I simply adored this book. The story is located in Jackson, Mississippi in the early 1960’s. One of the characters dares to make a difference and tell the story of what life is really like for black maids in the local town. With the help of local maids she begins a project to bring awareness to the wider community about what goes on in the households. The author writes so beautifully you can really imagine the scenes unfolding as you read them. Some are humorous, some are truly vile and shocking. This book really made me think. It touched me.

To Kill A Mockingbird- Harper Lee


This book was required reading when I was at secondary school (high school). I was surprised about how much I enjoyed it. I’ve re-read it as an adult, and still feel as passionate as I did the first time around. I know it’s not a book that is universally loved, but I can completely see why it is required reading. Its message is particularly powerful.

The Reason I Jump- Naoki Higashida


I find it incredibly hard to express my love for this book. It’s a non-fiction book. Something that I certainly don’t usually read. It’s also not the easiest read. Yet, I still found it powerful and emotional. I’ve worked with a child with autism. This book really resonated with me.

Wonder- R.J Palacio


Wonder was a recommendation from a friend. It was the first middle grade book I read as an adult. I found this book to be so well written and poignant.

Delirium- Lauren Oliver


I think this was the first dystopian book I read. Lauren Oliver’s beautiful writing really got me into the dystopian genre. Forever thankful for that!

Snow Flower And The Secret Fan- Lisa See


Oh, this book is beautiful.  It really got me into reading Chinese historical fiction.

Entangled- Cat Clarke


Entangled got me into reading Young Adult once more. The genre is SO good at the moment. It deserves to be read by teens, young adults and adults too!

The Other Boleyn Girl- Philippa Gregory


If you don’t know… I heart Philippa Gregory. I know that many of her books aren’t as historically accurate as they could be, but I enjoy them nonetheless. I absolutely adored the Tudors. Philippa’s Tudor series just blew me away!

Cuckoo- Julia Crouch


This book really got me into the thriller genre. I wasn’t a fan before, because I have an incredibly vivid imagination and thought it would be too much for me.  Cuckoo is completely disturbing, but oh-so-good!

Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone- J.K Rowling


Last but not least Harry Potter. I’m so thrilled I grew up with this wonderful series. It really got me into reading books about magic. This series is just brilliant. I’ll always love it!

What or who are your Top Ten Gateway Books/Authors? Please feel free to leave your link in the comments below and I’ll stop by!


62 thoughts on “Top Ten “Gateway” Books/Authors In My Reading Journey

  1. I have to admit I’ve only read Harry Potter out of all the books you listed… A lot of them are on my to-read list, like the Tudors, delirium and entagled! I want to read all of them, there’s just so little time… As usual!

  2. Everyone who was a kid when Harry Potter was still being written will have to have it one their list, don’t you agree? I’m surprised you liked a ‘required reading’, we didn’t have the concept where I’m from, but I’ve heard people usually hate the books they’re supposed to study in school. I don’t see how anyone can not like to Kill A Mockingbird, though. 🙂

    • Yes, I usually hated everything I had to read, but that book really stuck with me. It’s fantastic. I do think most people have to have Harry Potter on their list if they grew up with them.

  3. Fantastic list Chrissi!! I couldn’t agree more with your choices; I haven’t read the Snow Flower And The Secret Fan but I do love Asian fiction 🙂 Thanks for commenting on my TTT!

      • I think I’ll have to check it out from the Library because I adored Ink by Amanda Sun which is rich in the Asian culture so I think you’ve just recommended me a new novel 😛 lol!

  4. I had a feeling I’d be seeing HP on a lot of people’s lists this week! I love that there are so many fans, but it’s also so amazing how many people that series impacted for the long-term. ❤

  5. Love this list, so many are on my to-read list! I’m glad to hear you liked “The Reason I Jump”, I think that will definitely be one of my handful of non-fiction reads this year. Also, I’ve been meaning to pick up a Philippa Gregory book for ages and haven’t gotten around to it yet, I’ll add this one to my list!

  6. I’m so glad you loved Wonder. It isn’t a gateway book for me, but it’s a favorite book. I loved so much about that book it isn’t even funny. It’s a fantastic middle grade book.

    And seriously, yes, to Harry Potter!!!!!!!!

  7. I just got Delirium from the library. It’s been on my TBR list since I joined Goodreads 2 years ago, so I’m excited to see it on your list! Oh gosh, also Philippa Gregory!! *GASP* I love the Tudor’s too!!!!
    Fun list hun! Check out my TTT xoxox
    Michelle ~ Book Hangovers Blabs Books

  8. Not sure how I’d feel about The Help in novel form but the movie gave me the feels! I remember reading a bit of Lisa See’s The Interior when I was like…12. Safe to safe I didn’t understand much! Harry Potter definitely made it onto lists a plenty this week.


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  10. The Help was a really good read. I saw the movie first and ended up buying the book on a whim in an airport (because, naturally, right?) and didn’t put it down on the entire flight. Even though I already knew what was going to happen, I still really enjoyed it anyways.

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