Top Ten Tuesday #2 | Gateway Books

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Yay to me for keeping with something for two whole blog posts!
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week, the topic is Top Ten Five "Gateway" Books/Authors In My Reading Journey.

Once Upon a Potty by Alona Frankel
This is the first book I can remember reading, and it's about, you guessed it, potty training.  Well, it's not exactly about potty training - it's about using a potty and it's for the kid to read (or the parent to read to the kid). I actually loved this book and I read it for a while after I learned to use the bathroom.  It was like my bathroom reading of choice.  I was a weird kid.  I am dubbing this my gateway book into reading.

2. Daughters of the Moon Series by Lynne Ewing - Gateway to new releases/YA supernatural/fantasy genreThis was the series of books that introduced me into the supernatural/fantasy genre. I read these as they were released - not that I tracked them or anything (was there even the internet in 2000?) it just so happened that I went to the bookstore (in the mall) super frequently and checked for new books.  I also think these were the first books I had as hardcovers and I felt super fancy with them all next to each other on my bookshelf.

3. The Dallas Women's Guide to Gold-Digging With Pride: A Novel by J.C. Conklin - Gateway to Jennifer Crusie

The image for this book is just not working! I borrowed this book from the library during the summer of 2010.  This was the summer I didn't work or intern so I just sat around and after a while I couldn't take it any more so I went to the library.  It was like going into a new world because, hello, it's FREE. I'd never really perused the library for non-academic purposes before.  Anyway, this was the first contemporary romance I'd ever read (I think) was pretty much the gateway into it because when I returned it the next book I borrowed was by Jennifer Crusie and, well, we all know how that ends.  (Hint: it doesn't ever end.)

4. Author Jennifer Crusie - Gateway to Contemporary Romance genre
The above blurb provides a jump-off point for me to wax poetic about the Great Jennifer Crusie.  Bet Me is one of my favorite books of all time. My goal is to read all of Jennifer's books.  After I read Bet Me read all of the Crusie books in my local library. I've read Crazy About You twice. I really should make more of an effort to reach my "author expert" goal. Maybe the April readathon...

The Dresden Files Series by Jim Butcher - Gateway to adult supernatural/fantasy genreMy dad bought me the first book in this series because I "like that Harry Potter guy so much."  I put off reading it for a while because, well, my dad has never really given me a book that I enjoyed reading.  He must've researched this series or something because I can't imagine how he came across it.  The series follows the life and times of Harry Dresden, a wizard in the Chicago area who sometimes consults with the Chicago P.D. on "weird" occurrences (aka supernatural shit). It's a really great world and Jim Butcher does a fantastic job building it without boring the shit out of some horror/supernatural specialists we know. The books are not particularly thought provoking or complicated, but they are really interesting.  And ALSO - I was very, very pleased that Jim didn't try to force a romance into the storyline.  Any romance (if you could call it that) happens so naturally and amazingly in the background of every book.  

1 comment

  1. The Daughters Of The Moon series sounds like a great series, thanks for sharing :)