Top Ten Tuesday: Gateway Books

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

When I think back to how I thought things were when I first started blogging, I must say I was quite naive. I didn't really get how many genres, subgenres and possibilities there were in the world of books. It's safe to say that I read within my comfort zone most of the time, and I didn't often look for new things. Book blogging changed all that though, and some books...well, some books changed my perception of entire genres. We like to call those "gateway books."

Gateway Books to Dystopian:

Gateway Books to Science Fiction:

Gateway Books to Contemporary:

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature from The Broke and the Bookish.


  1. Cool :) I have wanted to try Life as we know it

  2. Raw Blue definitely acted as a gateway into Aussie Contemporary for me, though Hunger Games was my true introduction to dystopian and Harry Potter will always be that gateway to fantasy for me. Fantastic list, Melissa!

  3. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson was my gateway to YA realistic fiction and I absolutely loved Adoration of Jenna Fox. In fact I liked Jenna Fox so much that I've been hesitant in following the series. Should I? Have you read them?

  4. I've only read two of the books on that list Melissa! That's just sad. Delirium was one of the first dystopian books I read, in the first wave of dystopian books before the genre really exploded. And while I still don't read too much contemporary YA, Raw Blue will forever be on my list of favorite books period. SO GOOD.

    And how was your trip? Can't wait to hear all about it!

  5. My case is even sadder than Jenny's because I haven't read any of the books on your list, Melissa. I've only read a few Australian YA books, but I have loved them tremendously. I don't think I've read one that I've rated below 4 stars. I definitely need to read Raw Blue because everyone loves it so much.

  6. Awesome list. I completely agree with you regarding Raw Blue, Delirium, and Life As We Knew It. I especially love Life As We Knew It and wish it got more attention…I think it's brilliant! Great list, Melissa!

  7. "Gateway books" LOL! Books are like drugs -- once you find that good one, you're addicted! I actually haven't read that many on your list so I'm going to have to check them out.

  8. I haven't read some of these but do love Delirium! Great list :)

  9. This is a great list. I love Pure!

  10. OOh nice! These are all fairly new to me! May have heard of some, never read any though. Still, nice picks!

    Here's my Tuesday post

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  11. There's so many books on here that I still need to read!! I have a copy of Hate List and I know how much you love Brown's work so I'll definitely have to pick that book up soon. Also yes for Raw Blue, that was such an amazing read. Brilliant list Melissa!

  12. I love this post, especially how I haven't read a lot of your gateway books! I read My Sister's Keeper and thinking it was a little lack lustre but there must be more like that. And it turns out, little did I know there was a WHOLE lot more! Great picks Mel!

    Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

  13. It's also true for me that blogging has led to me learning about all sorts of new genres and branching outside my comfort zone! Heck, I didn't even know what steampunk was before I started blogging. It's nice to see the books you list that got you into reading contemporary because I know it's not your favourite genre, nor is it mine.


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