Top Ten Tuesday 1

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Hey guys! So I thought I would try something new today. A meme! I’ve only ever done a meme back when the Throwback Thursday ones were around so I’m still pretty new, but this seemed like fun. I especially like this one because it talks about books that got you into reading. I’ve talked before about what a hard time I had when I was younger and trying to learn to read and all of these books helped turn me into a lover of words.

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) Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix. I was in the fourth grade when I first found this book. It was part of my classroom’s library and we all had to pick a book for reading time. I was instantly amazed by Luke Garner’s world. Little did I know at the time that it was actually inspired by China’s one child policy. This book is the first in the Shadow Children series and there are quite a few more books in which we get to see what happens in an alternate America where the Population Police run the country and third children can be killed.


2) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling. I put this one in here before the first three because this is the first one that I remember reading. This was the first Harry Potter book that my mother bought me and while I know I’ve read the other ones, I honestly can’t remember in what order I read them. This was the first, and only, book that I ever felt butterflies in my stomach while reading. When Harry is flying on his broom away from the Hungarian Horntail.

3) Da da dada dunnnn dadaDA dadada dada dunnnnn. That’s my lovely signing to Lord of the Rings. (Seriously I fell in love with Howard Shore’s compositions with this movie). I first got interested in the Lord of the Rings in the 5th grade. The movie was about to come out and this boy named Justin was reading the book. He had all three of the books combined in one huge book so I thought he was the smartest and bravest boy ever because he was reading such a big book. Soon after that I got the books from my dad and started reading them. Oh. My. Gosh. Never has a girl loved a fantasy epic like this girl loves Lord of the Rings.


4) The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Lavine. Oh this book. There once was a tale of two sisters. One fearful and shy the other bold and brave. It was the tale of Hannah and Tessa….uh I mean Addie and Meryl. I loved this story, and still continue to love it, because this was one of the first books that I read where there was a “me”. Princess Addie is a shy timid girl who through the story learns to stand on her own two feet and learns to have confidence in herself. Oh and ya know. She finds this amazing guy who loves her for her and knows she can take care of herself.


5) So You Want to Be a Wizard by Diane Duane. Why yes. Yes I do. Those were the words running through my head when I saw this book. I don’t remember how old I was, but I instantly fell in love with these books. It’s a mixture of magic and technology. The characters are amazing. They are human, animal, and alien. How could you not love a mix like that? There are several books in the series and they only get better as time goes on!


6) The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. I read this book in the eighth grade and midway through the book I forced my parents to go to the bookstore and buy me a copy so I could read it at home. All the other kids in class thought I was a total nerd for getting my own copy, but it was just so good! To this day it remains the one book that I have read more than all others and that’s saying something because I’ve read HP quite a few times.


7) Number the Stars by Lois Lowry. I read this book when I was in the 5th grade. I don’t think I appreciated it as much then, but it was something that stuck with me so when I got older and I saw it in the store I bought it….and somehow ended up with two copies. This was such an incredible book and is a great way to introduce younger children to the horrors of World War II.


8. Stepping on the Cracks by Mary Downing Hahn. This was another book that I read in the 5th grade. It’s another WWII book, but this time it’s told from the perspective of a girl whose brother has gone away to war. It’s also the story about a deserter. I love reading books that give different perspectives and so this one was a really nice read.


9) Letters from Rifka by Karen Hessee. I LOVE this book! I was in the sixth grade when I read it and I had to do a book report on it and dress up like Rifka. This book taught me, among other things, the value of family.It also has inspired elements of the stories that I write. I’ve also read this book quite a few times. There are so many lessons in this book and Hesse has such a great ability to pull in readers of any age, but especially the target audience. I highly recommend this book.


10) Haunted by Meg Cabot. I asked my mom for another book named Haunted and she came home with this one. I was in 5/6th grade and I blame my age on the fact that I refused to read it for a long time. Once I did though I was hooked. It wasn’t until years later that I found out that it was part of a series and book five! Of course I had to go and buy the others ones and it was such a different experience reading it once I had read the others.

All of these are such incredible books that helped shape and grow my love of reading! I hope you all check them out!