Gateway Books: Which particular books opened you up to a new genre?
I‘ve always been a very eclectic reader since I was a teen so this isn’t the easiest question for me! Taking a trip down memory lane however sounds like fun. PS I’m going to address both genres and reading levels a bit:)
Mystery: The book that I learned to read on in Kindergarten and that not only set me on the path of being a lifelong reader, but also solidified by love of Mysteries.
Crime/Detective Fiction: In the middle school I discovered Holmes and was forever lost to the character that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle created.
Romantic/Historical/Suspense: In the high school I discovered Victoria Holt and this trifecta of genres and was sold. I haven’t picked up one of her books since HS–I wonder what I would think of them now…
Historical Fiction/Romance: At the same time that I discovered Holt in the HS library, I also discovered Barbara Cartland. I’m sure that I would cringe if I read one of her books now…but I devoured them in HS.
Fantasy: In my early 20’s I stumbled upon Terry Brooks and the Shannara series and fell in love with his style, characters and the genre.
Middle Grade/Fantasy: In my late 20’s, Harry Potter taught me more than words can express. Included in that was the fact that I could still read Middle Grade lit and love it!
Thriller: In my early 30’s I stumbled upon Dean Koontz and I’ve been devouring him ever since. I love how his books show the extremes of humanity…the best and the worst in all of us.
Young Adult: And now in my mid 30’s, I’ve actually started reading a bit of YA and in particular Dystopia. Wither was the book that taught me that it was OK for an adult to read YA:) I’m finally reading The hunger games now.
What books influenced you to read new genres?
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