01 April 2014

Top Ten Tuesday #6

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and is a chance for everyone to get to know fellow bloggers and share lists. I love lists. Every week is a different list.

This week is Top Ten "Gateway" Books/Authors In My Reading Journey.

So this is a list of the authors and books that got me reading in the first place, and the ones that kept me reading and made me try out new and different genres. Theses books are all pretty special and I still read them over and over even now.

The Authors That Started me Reading

These are the authors that I could not get enough of. The ones that dragged me into the world of reading. They're special to me because they really inspired me and pretty much changed my life. They are the ones that started me reading and the ones that got me back into reading.
  • Enid Blyton
  • JK Rowling
  • Jill Murphy
  • Dodie Smith

The Authors That Kept Me Reading

These are the authors that kept me reading. I have read their books over and over and love them more every time. This list could be so so much longer, I could probably easily list 20 and still think of more! The authors that kept me reading are exclusively British. It was the gritty, dark realism of UKYA to which I was addicted. Never tried it? These authors will change your life.
  • Kevin Brooks
  • Anne Cassidy
  • Melvin Burgess

The Authors That Inspired Me to Try Something Different

There are some authors which take you right outside your comfort zone and for me it was these three. From the wacky-ness of high-fantasy and sci-fi worlds, to the vampires and werewolves of the Parasol Protectorate universe, these were not my cup of tea until I tried them. They opened me up to trying completely different things from what I was reading.
  • Terry Practchett
  • Gail Carriger
  • Octavia Butler

Share your top tens with me!


22 comments:

  1. Hurrah for J.K. Rowling and Gail Garriger! I love them both for very different reasons, mainly for Harry Potter and for the Parasol Protectorate :)

    Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. Fantastic list. I love Enid Blyton and J.K Rowling!

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  3. Great list of authors! I've only ever heard of J.K. Rowling but still looks like a lot of authors influenced your reading habits! Thanks for commenting on my list today!

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  4. Great list! Terry Pratchett's books are awesome; just zany and colourful and hilarious and yup, definitely very different :)

    Thanks for dropping by my blog earlier :) My TTT

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  5. Wow, what a great list! I'm going to check out the UKYA authors for sure.
    Heard good things about Anne Cassidy.

    aimes x

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    1. Everything you've heard about her is true! I read Looking for JJ almost a decade ago and still think about it now.

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  6. I love Terry Pratchett! He should have definitely been on my list. Also, I'm a fan of Gail Carriger, but have you read her Etiquette and Espionage series? I've been meaning to read them but haven't yet.

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    1. Yes! I've only read the first, although I have the second. It's great, not dumbed down at all for the younger audience. YA as it should be :)

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  7. This is a great list. Heading over to librarything to add some books to my TBR list!

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  8. I love Gail Carriger's books - she's the one that got me started reading steampunk books. I also really like Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels. So, now I am going to go look into this Octavia Butler, who I've never even heard of before.

    My TTT

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    1. She's very high sci-fi. I'll have to admit to having only read her Xenogenesis series, but I freaking love it and it was the first sci-fi I read and enjoyed.

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  9. The only one on that list that I've read is JKR. I'll have to check some of the others out!

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  10. I've actually never read any Terry Pratchett but he is an author that I really want to read! The Discworld covers really intrigue me!

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  11. I love Enid Blyton! I can't believe I forgot to put her on my list. And of course, I love J.K too. I haven't read any of the others yet...

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  12. I bet a lot of readers got their start with Enid Blyton!

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  13. I love Gail Carriger! I'm definitely more into steampunk because of her. And J.K. Rowling is full of awesome, and I can't imagine my life without Harry Potter. I've never read Terry Pratchett but I definitely need to. And it's the same with Octavia Butler.

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  14. J.K Rowling definitely got me into major reading as well as a young teenager. I fell away from it a bit when I started junior high but Harry really immersed me again. And I really want to read Gail Carriger! I have two of her books (one from her YA series and one from her adult series) so I really need to pick one of them up soon :)

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  15. I think I read some Enid Blyton books as a child, but they would've been picture books. The only other authors on your list that I've read are J. K. Rowling and Dodie Smith (with I Capture the Castle being one of my favourite books of all time).

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    1. I Capture The Castle is my absolute favourite book of all time, it's never moved off the top of the list since I first read it over a decade ago!

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  16. J.K.Rowling made my list too, Harry Potter is my favourite series of all time and the ultimate gateway book for me. I have read and loved all the Anne Cassidy books I have read, hoping to read more of hers soon. Great list, thanks for stopping by my TTT :)

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  17. Yay J.K. Rowling! I loved Enid Blyton when I was younger too, although I never actually completed any of her series properly, save St Clare's. Gail Carriger is awesome too, although I am terribly behind with all her books.

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  18. Great list! Enid was one of my first chapter books I read by myself. And I remember reading it at least a thousand times. :)
    And of course Rowling. She is the queen forever and always.
    Happy reading!

    Brittany @ This is the Story of My(Reading) Life

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