Tuesday 1 April 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Gateway Books/ Authors in my Reading Journey1/4/14

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because they are particularly fond of lists over there at The Broke and the Bookish. I'd love to share my lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

This is a really interesting top ten to do. Before I actually had to sit down and think about it, I didn't realise there were so many authors/books that had acted as gateway books in my reading life but there are very definite moments in my life where I was taken to a new genre or allowed to rediscover books again after a period of not reading and these were led by one author/book in particular. Here goes...

1. Judy Blume. I was in the last year of primary school and had read every thing that my school had to offer and was bored with it all quite franky. Then, that summer I disocovered Judy Blume and literally had to get my hands on everything she had written! 

2. Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding. I was in my third year of secondary school. I didn't really red a lot other than in the summer holidays, again the books we were reading at school weren't really thrilling me, then my friend lent me this-I found myself, suddenly back into reading! 

3. Secret Dreamworld of a shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella, Yet again I found myself in a bit of an inactive reading period then my dad bought me this novel for my birthday and would you believe it? I found myself hooked on chick lit-I've never looked back. The first book to make me laugh since I read Bridget Jones! 

4. I've Got your Number also by Sophie Kinsella. This was the book that got me reviewing books. I was suddenly doing guest reviews over on The Sweet Bookshelf and henceforth, a blogger was born (another awesome book by the way!)

5. Notes From a Big Country by Bill Bryson. The book that got me hooked on travel writing. 

6. Losing it by Cora Carmack. The book that opened my eyes to the New Adult Genre.

7. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. The Book that gave me an appreciation of YA fiction! 

8. Fifty Shades of Grey. The books that got me back into erotic fiction. I had fallen out of love with erotic fiction whilst at uni and hadn't really returned to it being so busy with reading my chick lit. But then I picked this up and the other two when they came out and realised that I quite liked this genre too-as cliched as that may be! 

9.  Lindsey Kelk. The author who made me want to meet all the other authors. Lindsey was one of the first authors I met at a book signing when I got back into reading again after uni. Since then I've been seeking out book signings and author events and now am lucky enough to go to blogger events of course, but she was the one who started it all off...

10. Miranda Dickinson. She is a gateway author in more than one sense. I read her first novel during a very difficult time in my life and it was then that I discovered that reading could be such an awesome form of escapism. She also encouraged me to write. Fair enough I haven't finished my novel yet but I got a massive way into it thanks to her encouragement and she also came into my school to try and inspire my kids as well (something which they are all still talking about!) she is definitely a massive gateways author in that she has had such a big influence on me! 

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