This week with Top Ten Tuesday we discuss gateway books – those books that introduced us to new aspects of the magic of reading! I love this idea and had to force myself to stop at ten!
1. The Ultimate Gateway
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
This book basically started my love affair with books. At this point I could read, and I liked reading, but I was reading the picture books they gave us at school. When my mom took this book out for me at the library, it opened a whole new world. First I devoured every Dahl book the library had in the children’s section. Then I moved on to the Famous Five, Secret Seven, Trompie, Saartjie, Sweet Valley… and it escalated from there.
2. Gateway to Teenage Girly Things
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
Periods and boobs! I didn’t know books could tell such stories until I read this book – and just in time. This was my gateway to books as my friends and my comfort when teenage angst got a bit much.
3. Gateway to History
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
I’ve said this before, but I was probably a bit too young when I picked up Anne Frank for the first time. However, I did read the book in bits and pieces at first, and so I wasn’t overwhelmed (and probably did not understand half of it). This was my first education of World War II, and was more than just a gateway to historical books (fiction and non-fiction alike) – it was a gateway to my love of history in itself.
4. Gateway to Fantasy
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
5. Gateway to all the tears
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
This was the first book I ever read that made me cry. I remember feeling shocked that a book would do this to me – and shocked that it made me love it all the same.
6. Gateway to Dystopians
Shade’s Children by Garth Nix
This was before The Hunger Games and was possibly the first dystopian I ever read. It was good and left me wanting more!
7. Gateway to Plays
The Road to Mecca by Athol Fugard
We did Shakespeare in high school, of course, but The Road to Mecca was the first play I thoroughly enjoyed READING.
8. Gateway to Asia
The Diary of Ma Yan
The first book from any part of Asia that I ever read. I so enjoyed reading about China (although the diary itself was terribly sad) that I went on an Asian-book rampage.
9. Gateway to Adult Contemporary
The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult
As formulaic as her books may be, reading her books (this being the first one I read) introduced me to so many other books that I ended up loving.
10. Gateway to Middle Eastern Literature
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
The challenge here is to find books that do not simply project the idea that only bad comes from the Middle East. For example, The Blood of Flowers was splendid in presenting the beauty and rich history of the Middle East.