Top Ten Gateway Books in My Reading Journey (70)

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Top Ten Gateway Books in My Reading Journey

Black BeautyAge 5: Black Beauty by Anna Sewell was the first non-picture book I read by myself, and also the first book I ever re-read.

Age 7: The Animals of Farthing Wood by Colin Dann was the first book series I ever sought out after finding out the TV show was based on a book series.

Age 10: The Animorphs series by K.A. Applegatewas the first book series I obsessed over. I collected the whole series.

Age 12: The Hawk Eternal by David Gemmell was my first adult fantasy book. I didn’t know they wrote books like that.

Age 15: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling was the first book I cried over.

The InitiateAge 20: The Initiate by Louise Cooper was the first book I bought off the Internet after finding the book series out of print.

Age 22: Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden was the first book I read after finishing a literature post-grad degree.

Age 23: The Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer was the first book series I devoured after finishing a literature degree and reading ONE book in the whole 12 months after that.

Age 26: The Wrong Girl by C.J. Archer was my very first self-published experience that was so profound I became a raging fangirl.

Age 27: Dead Sexy Dragon by Lolita Lopez was my first erotica, and it was okay, but it led me to reading more.


About Nemo

A lover of kittens and all things sparkly, Nemo has a degree in English Literature and specialises in reviewing contemporary, paranormal, mystery/thriller, historical, sci-fi and fantasy Young Adult fiction. She is especially drawn to novels about princesses, strong female friendships, magical powers, and assassins.

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11 thoughts on “Top Ten Gateway Books in My Reading Journey (70)

    1. Nemo

      Thanks Chrissi! I tried to think what the most important books in my reading journey were and why, and that’s what I came up with.

  1. Nobody

    Great setup for your list! I loved Animorphs, my brothers and I owned the whole series and would pass them back or forth with each other. =) And of course Harry Potter!

    1. Nemo

      Ugh, it was just the worst. And the timing couldn’t be worse, either: I entered university right as Young Adult books were really taking off, so I missed out on SO MANY good ones and have been playing catch up ever since!

    1. Nemo

      Yeah, I watched both series, even though they were pretty bad, and I even recorded them onto VHS, which of course I now no longer own. I actually followed the careers of the actors who remained in show business so i’m pleased to see Shawn Ashmore famous now!

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