Top Ten Tuesday – 4/1/14

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the Broke and The Bookish.

Top Ten “Gateway” Books/Authors In My Reading Journey (so your list could be a mix of a books that got you into reading, an author that got you into reading a genre you never thought you’d read, a book that brought you BACK into read)

    156970 1) Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene

Growing up I loved Nancy Drew! During our library visits at school I would always go for a Nancy Drew book. They are the best children’s mystery books and one of my favorites as a child.

H215_SCH_GB1DeadHouse_0.tif2) Goosebumps by R.L Stine

Even before Nancy Drew I loved reading Goosebumps. It was another one of my favorite series as a child, and if the library did not have a Nancy Drew book that suited me then I’d check out Goosebumps. Some of the covers look so creepy!


3) The Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

The Game of Thrones has got me into reading fantasy. In the past, I did not read much in the fantasy genre, but I am actually starting to enjoy the fantasy genre especially epic fantasy.


4) Under the Dome by Stephen King

I enjoy horror stories (not movies), however, Under the Dome convinced me not to be afraid of chunky books. Under the Dome is the biggest book I’ve read coming in at over 1,000 pages.  I’d always look at the total number of pages and if there were 500+ I would put it off. Next chunky book on my list is The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.


5) Twilight by Stephanie Myers

Several years ago a friend told me I needed to read Twilight. I told her that I do not read books that are really scary and especially not books about vampires. At the time I did not like any type of horror books. Curiosity got the best of me and I ended up having a Stephanie Myers marathon. Now I love books that involve ghosts, vampires, and zombies. Ironically I still hate scary movies with a passion.



6) Seriously…I’m Kidding by Ellen Degeneres

I love Ellen, and I was excited to read this book. Instead of reading it I got the audio version because it was narrated by Ellen. This book is so funny, and the audio version makes it even better. I would have never tried an audio book if it wasn’t for Ellen


What are some of your Gateway books? What are some of your childhood favorites that got you into reading certain authors or books?



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2 comments for “Top Ten Tuesday – 4/1/14

  1. This is a great list! Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys were favorites when I was a kid. Enjoy The Name of the Wind! I was glad it was so long – I didn’t want it to end!

    1. Samantha

      I will have to check out Hardy Boys I haven’t heard of it before. I’m looking forward to The Name of the Wind I have heard great things! =)

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