Top Ten Gateway Books in My Reading Journey
Age 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.
Age 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.