Apr 1, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday - Gateway Books

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Top 10 Gateway Books
The books that got me to where I am today

1. Little Golden Books: These were my first books, some of which I still have today. What? I'm sentimental. But these books were my bookish building blocks.

2. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit: This was the first book I ever remember re-reading. It was a gift from my next door neighbor (she was a teacher) when I was like 7. I read this over and over. It was also the first book that reduced me to tears.

3. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald: This was the only required reading book that I actually liked in school. Whenever I was told I had to read a book, I immediately dug my heels in and hated it on principal. This book was the exception.

4. Sweet Valley by Francine Pascal: Not I didn't say Sweet Valley Kids, High, Middle ... because I read them all. I grew up with these books. They were my first foray into the world of the series. I read everything with a Sweet Valley stamp on it and lamented that I was born without a twin.

5. The Babysitter's Club by Ann M. Martin: Let's be real - every girl read this series and formed her own babysitter's club with her friends that fell apart a couple weeks later because they realized watching squalling toddlers sucked. Also, why did I think $3 an hour was all that? Even in the 90's, I'm sure that was well below minimum wage.

6. A Moment of Weakness by Karen Kingsbury: This book launched my love and addiction to Christian fiction. I was on a retreat with my youth group and spotted this book, buying it on a whim. I was at the weird high school phase were I was outgrowing the small YA section that was out there but adult novels were too convoluted and full of adult stuff for me to love. These books pulled teenage Hannah back into the reading world.

7. Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles: I've said it before and I'll say it again: This book is the reason I ever started blogging. It was my gateway back into YA. I was in my mid-twenties, aimlessly wandering in a B&N when I saw this cover on a shelf. My jaw dropped when I saw that steamy cover. How was that young adult? I bought it on impulse and devoured it in a night. I had grown up in the world of Sweet Valley where kissing was briefly mentioned and this was ... Whoa. Intrigued, I started randomly buying more and more YA novels.

8. Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout: My first ARC, my first Jen Armentrout book ... This book is special to me because of all the memories it triggers. 

9. Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer: Yes, I picked that book of the entire series. BD was my favorite in the Twilight series, deal with it. Also this is the first book I went to a midnight release for. I camped out at my local B&N with my friend (who was 7 months pregnant at the time). We sat in the children's section, flipping through picture books and talking about baby names until midnight where I went home and read for 4 hours, slept for 3 and then finished the book in another 3 hours.

10. Blank Canvas by Jen Fisher: Technically this isn't a book in the traditional sense. It's a kick ass manuscript written by an amazing friend of mine. This book is special because I have literally seen it from conception to birth to Extreme Makeover: Book Edition and I love every incarnation of it. This book (and author) have also inspired me to get my butt in gear and write for myself. 


  1. LOL... love your reason for grabbing Perfect Chemistry. haha Also love that you camped out for the Breaking Dawn Release. People get down on those books, yet everyone loved them at one point in time. And HELL YEAH Babysitter's Club! How could anyone escape childhood without reading them??? Mmmm Sweet Valley High too!

  2. I've never been to a midnight book release! I've stayed up and waited for a book to download to my Kindle at midnight, but never been to the bookstore for one. Sounds like a blast:) And yay Tuck Everlasting! Loved that book so much!!!!

  3. My grandma had a whole collection of golden books up at the lake cabin, which I'd read every summer. Definitely gateway books for me!

  4. Oh The Babysitter's Club was totally my favorite series. I was such a Kristie fan and wanted to find a friend like Claudia

  5. Tuck Everlasting... Sweet Valley High... BBC... you're taking me back!

  6. I put Twilight on my list. That book and series got me back into reading after a few years of not reading anything for fun. I don't care what people say. I loved those books and they will always hold a special place in my heart. :)


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