Ten Five "Gateway" Books In My Reading Journey
This is actually a really hard topic for me. I have always read pretty much anything and everything. That being said here are the books that had the most impact on my road to reading YA pretty much exclusively. I know I have mentioned all of these before.
This was probably the first YA book I ever read. It remains one of my all time favorites.
I read this book for a class in grad school and it blew me away. It was nothing like the YA books that I had read when I was in high school. If these types of YA books had existed back in the day, I may never have read all the terrible books I read in future years.
This series was the first I read once I took that class in grad school. I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. It really reminded me how much I loved YA, even as bad as it could be, back when I was in MS/high school.
This series was my ultimate gateway book, and I expect it was many adult's gateway books into YA. I look at this series as the White Zinfandel of YA books. Ultimately it's terrible, but it got people hooked and many adults went on to discover how amazing YA can be.
I included this series, because it was the first series that as an adult I actually felt completely normal and accepted reading. Yes it's a children's series, but really it's for everyone.