Monday, March 31, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Gateway Authors & Books

As always, TTT is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish

Hello all. The lovely Sarah is currently on vacation, so it's just me this week. This week's topic is top ten gateway authors and/or books. I'm choosing authors and books that are some of my personal favorites or some that got me in to genres I hadn't really read before.

My "Gateway" Authors & Their Books:

Rainbow Rowell & contemporary books. I'm a big fantasy & sci-fi fan, but I can credit the divine Ms. Rowell with getting me to love contemporary. I read her first three books over the course of one week last fall. And just yesterday, I started rereading my favorite (Attachments) to get me out of the book slump I'm currently in. So far, so good!

JRR Tolkien & The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings. The whole high fantasy thing? Completely owed to Tolkien and Middle Earth. I own all the books. And the extended editions of the Lord of the Rings movies. When The Hobbit is released as a set, I'm sure I'll own them as well.
Because why wouldn't I show you a picture of Legolas?

Marissa Meyer & The Lunar Chronicles. So. Here's the thing. I put off reading this book when I first heard about it, because cyborgs. For some reason that just really deterred me from reading it. I'm happy to say I got over my weird cyborg aversion and am absolutely in love with these books.

AC Gaughen & Scarlet. I had never really entered the world of adaptations, or knew that it was a thing, really, until I picked up this book last fall. And boy, did I fall hard for adaptations. I'm constantly on the lookout for them now. And these books? They are absolutely wonderful. And devastating. And so gloriously written you will be begging for more when you finish Lady Thief. This is what an adaption should be.

And because I can't leave out the books that were some of my son's favorites (so basically, a "gateway" author for babies and toddlers)...

Sandra Boynton. Our personal favorites were always Moo, Baa, La La La and Barnyard Dance. Her board books are one of my absolute favorite things to give as baby shower gifts to friends and family. Added bonus she has a few books as iPad apps! My kid still loves them to this day.
Who are your gateway authors? Or what are your gateway books?


  1. Wooo! We both had The Lunar Chronicles on our lists. :) This makes me want to read LoTR, but those books intimidate me.

    My Top Ten Tuesday!

  2. Lord of the Rings means so much to me, but I was read it later, when I was neck deep in fantasy/high fantasy. I love it though, the series is one of my favorites.

    My TTT

  3. Haha great list! Really appreciate the picture ;)
    Cora @ Tea Party Princess

  4. I have the same reaction to cyborgs, but I haven't given the Lunar Chronicles a chance yet. I've been meaning to!

    My list: