Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: 'Gateway' books/authors in my reading journey

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Here are ten genres that I enjoy reading and the first book of each I can remember that led me to fall in love with reading!

I picked up Dolly Blanchard's Fortune in the high school library. It's somewhat predictable, but the hero and heroine are so likeable, and the Regency details were wonderful to dream about.

Little House in the Big Woods is one of the first chapter books I remember reading. The characters and descriptions are so vivid and endearing. I always wanted to name one of my daughters Laura...

Christian/Clean Romance
 During my teenage years my mom started buying my sisters and me novels with clean romance themes. A Bride for Donnigan is the first mail-order bride book I read, and it is a piece of history that has fascinated me.

Fairy Tale Retellings
 I just fell in love with Ella Enchanted, and for several months I devoured fairy tale adaptations!

My dad had quite the collection of Louis L'Amour paperbacks, and one bored afternoon I started Where the Long Grass Blows and was introduced to the cowboy adventure! I still love historical and contemporary books with a cowboy theme.

Love Inspired line
 At our local library's used book sale I picked up Everyday Blessings since I figured it had to be a clean romance (unlike much of what was there among the paperbacks...) Little did I know it would start an addiction to these sweet quick reads. 

Young Adult
What an adorable book! Fifteen is the sweetest story of young and awkward love.

LDS Fiction
As a teenager and young adult I spent much of my reading time with novels whose main characters are members of the church I belong to. Tennis Shoes Among the Nephites is an amazing and imaginative adventure of three modern-day teenagers time-traveling to the ancient lands of The Book of Mormon during one of the most volatile times in its history.

As the second of four girls in my family, I always related to Jo in Little Women, even though I was an artist like Amy.  I read a few others by Alcott, but went on to enjoy L.M. Montgomery, Jane Austen, and Gene Stratton-Porter.

I don't read this genre much anymore, but there are a handful of books that I really connected with, mostly by Juliet Marillier. Wildwood Dancing was my first and still my favorite!


  1. What a fabulous list!!! I almost stuck a Juliet Marillier book on mine. I do love Fantasy. :) Thanks for stopping by and I'm glad you decided to participate and share!

    Tressa @ Tressa's Wishful Endings

  2. Great list! I read a ton of Janette Oke when I was a bit younger but for some reason never got around to A Bride for Donnigan. My sister read and loved it and I love mail-order bride stories but I just never picked it up!

  3. Great list! I loved a Bride for Donnigan. It was my first mail-order bride story as well. Little House and Little Women, great books! :-)

  4. Thank you so much for linking up to #throwbackthursdaylinkup and sharing your love of books with everyone!


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