Top Ten Tuesday: Gateway Books/Authors

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. I didn’t like this week’s topic, so I picked an old one. Basically, these are some of the books/authors that hooked me on reading or particular genres. Frankly, I don’t remember a lot about when I started reading (around 7, I’m told), so these are just books I remember really enjoying as a child.

Lloyd Alexander

My dad is actually the one who recommended Lloyd Alexander to me, thereby introducing me to my favorite author (I did name my blog after his character….). From Prydain to Westmark to the Gawgon, Alexander’s writing entranced me, his characters spoke to me, and his stories lifted me up. Most of his books are written for children, but not at children. They are smart, funny, and aware in the innocently skeptical way kids are. And his female characters are….real. They are not “strong female characters.” They are dynamic, intelligent, inquisitive, hurt, annoying, fierce girls who felt like someone I would want to be.


A Little Princess

This is the first book I remember loving. I don’t know how many times I’ve read it. I’ve watched countless movie versions in much frustration. And I have no idea how many hours I spent recreating and fantasizing about this book in daydreams. It remains one of my favorite children’s classics, and one I ought to revisit. If you’re wondering, my absolute favorite adaptation is the 1986 film series.

Critically thinking, the story is somewhat unrealistic and certainly moralistic, but I refuse to allow analysis to remove the magic.

Marguerite Henry

If you don’t know, Marguerite Henry authored a multitude of horse books, including Misty of Chincoteague and King of the Wind. I read every single book of hers in our library. My favorites were King of the Wind, Guadenzia, Pride of the Palio, White Stallion of Lipizza, Mustang, Wild Spirit of the West, San Domingo, the Medicine Hat Stallion, and One Man’s Horse. Her books are very educational about horses, history, and geography. For a crazy horse girl (as most middle school girls seem to be), her books were perfect.

Asimov’s Robot stories (sci-fi)

What better introduction to science fiction than one of the top 3 authors from the Golden Age of Science Fiction? Asimov’s Robot stories were a particularly good beginning for me. I love psychology and logic, so his combination of the two created an irresistible style and world. Asimov was a genius and everyone should read some of his work. (The Robot world is introduced in short stories, mostly, making it a good place to start.)

Agatha Christie (mystery)

I’ll admit, I haven’t read much Christie. But I made the effort to acquaint myself with Murder on the Orient Express and And Then There Were None (arguably her most notable works) and Continue reading