01 April 2014

Top Ten "Gateway" Books/Authors In My Reading Journey

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. I heart lists!

When I was a teenager, I devoured books - I was in the library nearly every day, always had the maximum amount of books checked out, stalked my grandmother's shelves for new books and spent my school holidays holed up in my bedroom reading book after book after book.

When I started working however, I suddenly didn't have time to read as much, and as it was back in the days when libraries were only open from 9am to 5pm, I kind of lost my passion for reading a little.  There were so many GROWN UP things I could suddenly do and experience, I was just too busy.

It was only in my mid twenties, when I moved overseas and suddenly didn't have as much going on around me as I wasn't spending time with family and friends that I really started reading passionately again.  So this week's list is a testimony to those books that made my teenage reading journey, and to those books that rekindled my love as an adult.

Introduced Me To Young Adult Novels As a Teen

John Marsden's the Tomorrow series - it was also the first series that I stalked as it released - every weekend I would go shopping with my mother SPECIFICALLY so I could check if the local newsagent had the lastest book.  If it did, I'd go home and re-read the whole series again so I could read the newest book.

Introduced Me To Young Adult Novels As an Adult

The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins - I actually turned my nose up at Young Adult novels for a long time as an adult - I honestly thought they were all like Twilight - too tame, too soppy, too simple.  But The Hunger Games piqued my attention so much that I had to read them - and then realise that YA literature IS amazing.

Introduced Me to Dystopians

The Children of Men by P.D. James - before this, I'd only read Nineteen Eighty-Four - but The Children of Men really kicked off my dystopian curiosity.

Introduced Me to Contemporary Young Adult Romances

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith - OK, so I still don't have all the love for YA contemporary, but if I hadn't read TSPoLaFS, I probably would never have ready any others.

Introduced Me To Historical Romance

Morning Glory by LaVyrle Spencer - Does anyone else remember the Reader's Digest Condensed books?  There were three or four 'abridged' versions of popular books in one volume - and there'd be a huge variety - historical fiction, legal thrillers etc. and my grandmother had dozens of them.  I used to read them after school at her house, and that's the first time I read Morning Glory - which I immediately stalked the full-length version at the library and I've probably read it more than any other book.

Introduced Me To Zombies

Jonathan Maberry & Z.A. Recht

Maberry's Patient Zero and Recht's Plague of the Dead were among the first zombie books I ever read - and are responsible for my zombie fixation.

Introduced Me To Horror As a Teen

Stephen King - I don't actually remember the first Stephen King book that I read, but he's always been my go-to author for horror - I love the epicness of his novels - I can read them like I can eat popcorn (i.e. a lot, quickly).

Introduced Me to Horror As an Adult

Scott Sigler - Still one of the most intense horror series I've ever read, Sigler's Infected holds the honour of being the first book that I actually couldn't read a certain scene because it made me feel physically ill.  And considering the amount of horror I read, it's a strangely good compliment.

Convinced Me That Vampires Are OK

Pretty as She Dies by Rhiannon Frater - mainly because it's hardcore vampires - no sparkles, hot smexy times and seriously dark.


  1. Kimberly @ Turning The PagesApril 1, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    I've only read one of the books that made your list and that was The Hunger Games, I only read one book but it introduced me to the dystopian genre. Great list Kat!

    Here's my TTT post
    -Kimberly @ Turning the Pages

  2. All the posts I've read of this TTT have mentioned The Hunger Games! Woot! It's my favourite series of all time still. ;) I love your picks! I would like to read The Statistical Probability...because I just finished The Geography of You and Me and it was dang adorable. :)

  3. Janhvi @ The ReaddictsApril 1, 2014 at 3:24 PM

    Love THG and The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. Great list!

    here's our TTT

    Janhvi @ The Readdicts

  4. I love Jonathan Maberry, he is also partially responsible for my love of zombies too. Great list.

    My TTT

  5. STATISTICAL PROBABILITY is the cutest thing in the history of EVER so I'm glad it was your gateway to more adorable contemporary YA romances!

  6. I devoured the first few books in John Marsden's Tomorrow series... but I lost interest at some point. How many books did there end up being? I think I read at least the first three.



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