Top Ten "Gateway" Books

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  These are my first two books. I purchased them when we had a Scholastic book fair in our school back in 2nd grade. I still remember that I took a LOT of time to finish reading these, but I know that I can read these in one sitting now. :))

  After those two, I kind of just stopped reading because I had no books anymore. I purchased this book in a similar book fair back in third grade, but I didn't read it until summer of fourth grade. This is what really got me into reading, but then without the first two, I never would've purchased this anyway.

  No matter how much people bash this book, we have to admit that without Twilight, not that many people will be open to the 'vampire genre'. This book got me reading vampire books and I discovered one of my favorite series - The Vampire Academy series! But then I have to admit, I don't really read vampire novels nowadays anymore. Actually, I don't really read fantasy anymore.

  These two introduced me to the contemporary romance genre and that my favorite genre now! Actually, that's all I read nowadays. I know, boring. Not exactly 'introduced' but then, without these two books, I wouldn't know what that genre that I love so much was called, or if there was even that particular genre.

  This book opened me up to the romantic mystery novels. Because it was so beautifully written, I now am interested a little tiny bit in the mystery genre, which I never touched before. Admittedly, I still don't really read mystery, but then if I come across one that sounds interesting, I would pick it up. Unlike before like if I found out that a book is mystery I would either not bother looking, or look and put it down, no matter how interesting.

  These books opened me up to the Dystopian genre. After reading the amazing ones, I figured that I loved the genre. Turns out I was wrong, so I stay out of all that is dystopian now, but still, I've read quite a few because of these two.

  This book opened me up to the fantasy genre again after just reading contemporary romance for a long long time. Well, not just any fantasy genre, but just JLA fantasy. She's the only one good enough to make me read this genre again, but I hope to find more in the future.
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  1. Ooh, The Hunger Games and Anna and the French Kiss! THG was my first dystopian and Anna is the first contemporary that really made an impact on me. These are all really great choices. Happy Tuesday!

  2. What a great list! Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was a book I read and re-read a lot as a kid. :)

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  3. You've got some fantastic books on your list :-) I should have added Roald Dahl to mine.

  4. Charlie and The Chocolate Factory was like my favorite book when I was little and my brother used to read it to me. =) Hunger Games also made it on my list it was my first real YA book!

  5. In retrospect, Twilight is probably my least favourite of the paranormal vampire-ey books. But I admit, it did introduce me to Anne Rice and the ones I do like in the first place. I don't read paranormal romance any more either, though. I wish I'd read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory when I was still a kid. The only Dahl I'd read back then was Matilda, but I loved it!

  6. Yay Obsidian! And Divergent! Guess I could've used that one for me as well! Seeing lots of Twilight. It did open the doors to paranormal for a lot of people. So I guess that's good. I was already so far into paranormal that Twilight was just another book among the many. I did read it to see what all the hype was about. Didn't really care for it in the end. But oh well! I know my sister loved them after she borrowed them from me!

    Great list!

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  7. The Hunger Games made my list for the same reason. I haven't read Divergent yet, but we saw the movie. My daughter made it through all three books in the series in less than a week. Though I haven't read the Twilight books, I'll probably end up giving them a shot too.

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  8. Scholastic book fairs were awesome. Matilda was my Dahl gateway book!

  9. I just read Divergent and loved it -- but I like a lot of dystopian fiction. You have a really neat blog here, BTW. Here's my list.

  10. Hunger Games was my first dystopian also, and I've read tons since then, but I am totally burnt out on the genre right now and taking a break from them for a bit. I read Anna and the French Kiss and really loved it, do you have any other favorite contemporary romances you'd recommend?


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