Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday!
Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke And The Brookish. Who doesn't love lists. They make life easy! And fun!! It's always a never ending topic.

I'm playing around with my own graphic I'll be trying a few out of the next month. I want one unique to me. 

This week's topic:

Top ten gateway books / authors in our reading journey

All of us readers have those books that really started us on our way to becoming book lovers. It could be something we read as young children, or it could be a book we picked up in adulthood after years of a reading drought. Or, it could be an author or book that introduced us to a new favorite genre. This week's Top Ten Tuesday puts a spotlight on those books and authors that we credit with our bookishness.

I was worried that I wouldn't be able to narrow this list down to ten but as I started working on it I found it wasn't so easy to pick the important ones from my past. 

As a teen these are the books/author that caused me to fall in love with reading. 

1. Christopher Pike - I was a huge fan I just loved his books. The whole paranormal was just amazing and I loved every book I could get my hands on. I still have several on my bookshelf that now and then I go back to for fun. 
My favorites of his are The Last Vampire Series (Thirst) but I haven't read the most recent couple only because they are extensions of the series which I'm not sure how I feel. I love Last Act, Fall into Darkness (Even a tv movie of this one), I have the Remember Me series in one book, and the Weekend are a few of my must haves. He has a new series Witch World but I've not gotten around to starting it because I've heard so many mixed reviews. 

2. R.L. Stine - I didn't love all of his books like my little sister did but I did have the must reads that I did. I wish I could still find a few of them in decent shape or on ebook. I enjoy going back and reading the ones I liked. I'm excited that R.L. Stine is writing books new books. I have Red Rain on my TBR list but it sounds so creepy as well as A Midsummer Nights Scream. A few of my favorites are Beach Party and Beach House. I never got into the goosebumps series but I enjoyed a few of his others books. 

3. Point Horror Series - Thanks to this series I was introduced to a vast selection of authors so of which I fell in love with like My Secret Admirer by Carol Ellis. This is where I found my love of R.L. Stine also as well as Richie Tankersley Cusick and Caroline B. Cooney's Vampire series. 

4. Richie Tankersley Cusick - I used to have them all but lost them in a move of course. She was my go to when I needed a scary story with a hint of romance as a teen. I would love to get my hands on her books again. I've picked up a few that have come out on ebook and I notice more and more are becoming available. My favorites of hers are Silent Stalker, The Lifeguard, Teacher's Pet, Help Wanted, Bloodroots (creepy), and Overdue. I know she's written a more recent series that I plan to check out in the future. 

5. Dare to Kiss a Cowboy by Renee Roszel - one of my all time favorite books. I've picked up several copies over the years and still have a paperback in good shape. My grandmother received this book in her monthly shipment but I stole it because I loved the cover. When I need a sweet romance with a sexy cowboy and horses this is my go to book. I've picked up several books by this author with plan to read but I always go back to Dare to Kiss a cowboy. 

6. Laurell K Hamilton's Anita Blake Series - She introduced me to the whole urban fantasy world at a young age (like 15). I loved the first 9 books in the series and have read them over several times but she turned a little to smutty for me so I've had less interest to read her later books. I keep hoping one day they will get better. Thanks to her I found a whole new genre to love. 

7. Julie Garwood when I was 17 my bestfriend and I fell in love with her Lairds' Fiancees series. There is just something about a sexy scottish laird and as a teenager he was the perfect dream guy at the time. When I get the historical craving Julie Garwood is my go too. I recently read The Secret by her and I'm looking forward to checking out the rest of the series. 

8. Betty Neels - All of her romance are short sweet and fun to read. They may play on the similar concept but I can read them over and over and have been since I was a teenager. My grandmother passed away and I received a box full of her books. I don't have a favorite instead I love them all. They are clean romance and maybe that is why I love them so much. 

9. Dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey - As a teen my father and I read the first one together and it started my love for dragon books. I read the first three in the Dragonriders of Pern but now I want to read the whole Pern series. I'm hoping to read most of them during 2014.

So I couldn't make a list of 10 but these 9 are very near to my heart. 


  1. Dragonriders of Pern started lots of people's love of dragons I think! I didn't manage a TTT today, but I did post a review of an amazing book that I think everyone should read - check it out here.

  2. I read a ton of the YA horror books (that you mentioned in #1 - #4), when I was in middle school and junior high. I really loved them.