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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

Entangled- Cat Clarke

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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

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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

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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

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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!

Top Ten Words/Topics That Instantly Make Me Buy/Pick Up A Book

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This is a weekly meme by The Broke and The Bookish. This week the list is Top Ten Words/Topics That Instantly Make Me Buy/Pick Up A Book. I’ve included an example of a book that I’ve loved with the particular word/topic that made me pick it up. In no particular order…

1. Tudors– I have a bit of an obsession with The Tudors and I have no idea where it’s come from. I just find that era fascinating. I loved the Philippa Gregory Tudor series. I never watched the TV series The Tudors. I wonder if I should, or whether it’s just reading about them that I love to do.

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2. London– I absolutely love London, and know it fairly well, so books that are set in London really appeal to me. I just love knowing the places that authors discuss in their books. I have a lot of special memories from London trips. If I could live there I would.

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3. Teaching- I work in an infant school, specifically with 5-6 year olds. Stories around teaching/school life always make me smile.

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4. Music- Another passion of mine, besides reading, is music. I don’t think there’s a day that goes by without me listening to music in some shape or form.

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5. Magical- If a book has a magical element in it, I’m usually drawn to it. I love suspending disbelief and just going with the story, no matter how ridiculous it may seem.

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6. Dance- I can not dance to save my life, but I really love watching dancing (especially ballet) so if I read a book is about dance in some way I’m very likely to pick it up.

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7. Psychological Thriller- I used to read the same sort of books but within the past year or so, I’ve really got into psychological thrillers. I seem to like reading things that are a bit messed up!

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8. Dystopian- I’ve recently got into Dystopian books a lot more. I know there are a hell of a lot of Dystopian books out there, some not so good as others but so far the ones I have read I’ve really enjoyed!

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9. Fairy tales- I still seem to fall in love with fairy tale stories or retellings.

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10. Chinese/Japanese- I’m also very likely to fall in love with a story based in China or Japan. I just find the way they’re told so beautiful.

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Please feel free to share your links to your Top Ten post so I can see what topics make you pick up a book!