It’s April Fool’s Day, but I kind of hate pranks (mostly because I’m extremely gullible and ALWAYS fall for them.) Soooo instead of doing something foolish, I’m going to get listy with it and join the ladies of The Broke and the Bookish with a fabulous topic. This week they have asked us to list out books that were a “gateway” for us. A gateway into reading, a gateway into a new genre, whatever. Fun right?! Let’s do this.
1. Gateway to Time Travel: The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. I wouldn’t have thought I would be into time travel, but The Time Traveler’s Wife completely blew my mind. It’s one of the reasons I was open to reading Outlander, and life would have been tragic had it gone any other way.
2. Gateway to Dystopian Fiction: The Giver by Lois Lowry. My fifth grade teacher read this to my class and it was incredible. I read it again as an adult and it was still amazing. A world where you cannot see color?! Crazy! (My review)
3. Gateway to Sweet Southern Fried Fiction: Welcome to the World, Baby Girl! by Fannie Flagg. My mom loaned me this book along with what turned out to be one of my favorite Fannie Flagg novels, Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven. I was hooked on the feel-good Southern wonder of it all!
4. Gateway to Margaret Atwood (she should be her own category!): The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (obviously.) I read this for the first time for a college class. It was mind-blowingly awesome, and I’ve been a sucker for Atwood ever since! (my review)
5. Gateway to Hist-ART-ical Fiction: The Virgin Blue by Tracy Chevalier. I absolutely adore historical fiction with an art focus, and I put the blame for that addiction squarely on the shoulders of Tracy Chevalier.
6. Gateway to ZOMBIES: World War Z by Max Brooks. In fairness, The Walking Dead (the TV show) was my gateway drug to all things zombie, but this was the first zombie novel I read. It was absolutely delightful. (My review)
7. Gateway to Classics: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. I read this book in high school, after a string of novels that had me convinced that all classics were painful to read. I was surprised to find myself enjoying the required reading. It was wonderful!
8. Gateway to Classic British Lady Writers: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. This was another assigned book I read in high school, and again I was surprised how much I loved it. It was like a fancy old timey soap opera. It opened the door to all sorts of wonderful classics written by British women. Fantastic.
9. Gateway to Snarky Memoirs: Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris. A friend of mine gave me this book for my birthday my freshman year in college? Or was it senior year in high school? I don’t know, I’m old. Anyway, I fell in love with Sedaris and the whole snarky memoir genre. Good times, I tell you!
10. Gateway to Reading for the Heck of it: Emily’s Runaway Imagination by Beverly Cleary. I read for pleasure as a kid, but this is the first book I remember reading for the heck of it. I was bored one Saturday, and I read the whole book in an afternoon. I was completely enthralled, and I just keep chasing that high…
What are some of your favorite Gateway
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