Top Ten “Gateway” Books/Authors In My Reading Journey

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Hi, everyone! Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday! This meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Todays topic is 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)

 

1. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

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This is the series that got my into reading. I wouldn’t be where I am today without Twilight.

2. The Chicagoland Vampires series by Chloe Neill

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This is the series that got me into adult paranormal books.

3. Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols

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THIS is the book that made me realize that I don’t totally hate contemporary. I used to avoid it light the plague.

4. Nora Roberts, Linda Howard, Suzanne Brockmann, Amanda Quick, Johanna Lindsey, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Jayne Ann Krentz

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When I was little, probably around 10, I read all of my moms books. And these were the types of books that she read during that time. These were the books that made me realize that reading was fun. At that time, I skimmed. I didn’t read every single word. And let’s face it, I was young, and I was looking for the sex scenes. But these are the books that have stuck with me. I would give up a lot of authors and a lot of books to keep these in my life. This book that I’ve pictured is my favorite series by Nora Roberts. It’s also the series that I’ve reread the most.

5. The Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine

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A couple of years ago, I was in a huge reading funk for about 4 months. I don’t even know if I was blogging at that time, so maybe it was a few years ago. For those of you who were a part of the YaReads forum when it still existed, I was a new member during that time. That should tell you how long ago that was. It was December, and I decided that I needed to read. I had already several books of the series, but I picked one up that I hadn’t read, and that’s what got me out of my reading funk.

6. The Anita Blake series by Laurell K. Hamilton.

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Again, this started before I was a blogger, but I remember binging these books with my mom several years ago. I mean, we got psychotic about them. We would stalk Lassleys (which is a trade paperback store in WA) for these books. And when they didn’t have them, we would have them call other branches to see if they had them. Unfortunately, we read so many of these book in such a short time, that both of us got sick of them. We can’t even mention them or think about reading them without feeling a little sick. It’s hard to describe what we were like during that time, but I don’t think we did much else other than reading the Anita Blake series. We still haven’t finished them. I think I got to like book 8 or 9 before I stopped. She stopped before I did.

7. Richelle Mead, author of Vampire Academy and Bloodlines

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I’m pretty sure that Richelle Mead was the first signing that I ever went to. I’ve went to two of her signings up in Seattle with my mom. We don’t do stuff like that. I live almost 2 hours away from Seattle. Most signings are during the week, and we just don’t have the time to do stuff like that. It was really important to me that my mom took time out of her schedule to go to these signings with me. So, yes, this was an important moment for me.

8. Patricia Briggs, author of The Mercy Thompson series.

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This is the only other author whose signing I went to. Again, it was in Seattle with my mom. It’s another memory that I hold very close to me. Although….I don’t have a picture with her like I do Richelle!

9. Kelley Armstrong…in general

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Kelley Armstrong is, by far, my favorite author of all time. I’ve read almost all of her books (still working on them,) have interview her, am hosting her as our book of the month sometime this year, and religiously watch the TV show, Bitten. I can’t even imagine my life without this lady. Creepy, I know. But I love her. I will forever be a fan.

10 The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

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I can’t believe that I almost forgot to include this on my list. The HP series came out when I was in 5th grade. I don’t even want to tell you guys how long ago that was. I was like 10. TEN! Yeah…that was a looooong time ago. I grew up with this series. I remember standing in lines with my mom and cousin, waiting for the newest book to be released. I remember when the movies first came out. I remember all of it. This series was a huge part of my life.

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