Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten “Gateway” Books In My Reading Journey


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. You can find all the awesome details of the meme right here. If you run a blog, I highly suggest you join it — it’s great fun!

Hi, everyone! It’s Top Ten Tuesday time again. You might notice that some of these books have been featured in other lists, too, and like always, they’re in no particular order at all.


1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. I have the feeling that this book is going to be on most people’s list, but I just can’t resist! It was the first book I read when I was young that I adored, and I still love to this day.

2. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer. I know, I know! Twilight. I know what you’re thinking. I will shamelessly admit, however, that I love these books. They opened up an avenue (the paranormal genre) that took off completely after its success, and for a good while most of the books that I read and enjoyed were paranormal. I think this series did great things for the YA category in general.

3. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Before I read this book, I was not a contemporary reader. I mainly read fantasy/adventure — and while those genres remain the forefront of my reading interest, before this book, I wouldn’t have even of touched something like this. But because of the hype, I eventually gave it, and I loved it. (I now read more contemporary than before, but I still like to read more.)

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4. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Pretty much the book that started the success of the dystopia/science fiction genre in the YA category. Sadly not a genre that I like all that much any more.

5. The Iron King by Julie Kagawa. It’s been awhile since I’ve read this series, and I’m not sure how I would feel if I re-read them at a slightly older age, but I loved the fantasy and magic and romance that Kagawa wove together that made me want to seek out similar novels.

6. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. One of my favourite high fantasy novels ever. This is the book that has gotten me back into reading (and writing) high fantasy.


7. Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce. I loved the fantasy and adventurous feel of these novels, and I read them during a time where I wasn’t as passionate as books and reading as I was today.

8. The Forests of Silence by Emily Rodda. One of the books I read as a kid that got me started on the whole high fantasy genre.

9. Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard. Okay, so I’ll admit — these books aren’t that great. But I loved the premises of them, and got me interested in reading more of the mystery/thriller genre.

10. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. This book regained my faith in YA urban fantasy/paranormal.

There are my top ten gateway books. Link me to your Top Ten Tuesday below!


5 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten “Gateway” Books In My Reading Journey

    • I love love love love love Throne of Glass. One of my favourite books that I read last year — definitely give it a read some time. I enjoyed The Iron King when I was younger. And I’d be crazy not to include The Hunger Games and Harry Potter!

  1. I’ll agree that Twilight made the genre really popular… but I can’t see it as anything more than poorly written fluff. It did get a lot of people reading, though, so there is that…

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