Top Ten Gateway Books In My Reading Journey

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish,
and features weekly top-ten lists! This week it’s…

Top Ten “Gateway” Books In My Reading Journey

The books on this list are some of the most important books I’ve ever read — because they are why I love reading, and why I read so much. They’re the gateway books to my entire reading life, and I am so thankful for them all!! ♥





1. The Redwall Series | 2. The Chronicles of Narnia | 3. The Lord of the Rings
4. The Lost Years of Merlin | 5. The Sword of Shannara

This first group of five is really special to me. These are all series I read in grade school, middle school, and high school — and when I say “I read them”, I mean I read them over and over and over again. I seriously cannot count the number of times I read them. They’re the reason fantasy books will always have a special place in my heart, and they’re probably what got me accustomed to reading constantly.

Unfortunately, near the end of high school and through college, I really didn’t read that much. I mean, I read, but I lost the habit of ALWAYS having a book to read (that wasn’t required for class). Thankfully, the books below helped get me back into reading a LOT…

6. The Hunger Games | 7. The Codex Alera | 8. The Night Circus
9. Leviathan | 10. Mistborn

I am so, so, so thankful for these books. And especially for my sister, who actually forced me to read three of them (Hunger Games, The Night Circus, and Mistborn). These books made me want more: After reading each of them, I was like, Where can I get more of this?! This is amazing!!! And that spurred me on to just… keep going. And going. And going.

And yes, Mistborn once again makes one of my Top Ten lists (it should just be a default, shouldn’t it?). But this is part of the reason why: It inspired me to pick up more books. Never underestimate the power of a book that makes you want more.

What are YOUR Top Ten gateway books/authors?

Let me know in the comments! And be sure to leave a link to your Top Ten post. I’d love to stop by!

26 thoughts on “Top Ten Gateway Books In My Reading Journey

    • Ahh! If you like Shannara and LotR, you haaave you check out Mistborn, or just Sanderson in general! He’s my favorite fantasy author. :D

      Thanks for stopping by!

  1. First off, love your book cover graphics. Now that that’s out of the way, this is a great list! There are so many I’ve read and loved. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe was one that I read several times in middle school. It remains my favorite of the series. The Night Circus is also a personal fave. Just spectacular.

    • Aww, thanks Marla!! XD I’ve reread LWW more times than I can count. I love it so much! And The Night Circus is just gorgeous. I still have such vivid pictures in my head from that book, even though it’s been forever since I read it! <3

      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Yay for LOTR, Shannara, Mistborn and The Night Circus! \o/ My brother has that cover of Redwall; he has been recommending it to me for years and I still haven’t gotten around to reading it (though I did read another Redwall title way back when). One of these days, lol

    Awesome list! :D My TTT

  3. Hunger Games, Narnia, The night circus <3 I love your Top Ten :)

    Hunger Games is also in my TTT, that's what triggered me to read more YA and I'll never be thankful enough for Hunger Games and Twilight, because I'll be a very different reader today without them!

    • I do, all the time! Fantasy was just what made me such an avid reader in the first place. Though it’s still my all-time favorite genre. ;)

      Thanks for stopping by!

  4. This is a great list! The Chronicles of Narnia seems to have gotten a lot of people hooked! I just finsihed Night Circus this weekend – SO GOOD! Everyone should read it. And Mistborn is on far too many of my lists too, but it didn’t make the cut this time.

  5. Oh, the nostalgia! Redwall was a huge series-love before Harry Potter came along and dominated my life (in the best way possible). Intermittently while rereading all seven books until they literally started falling apart, I picked up Narnia and The Lost Years of Merlin. God…I haven’t thought about the Merlin books in FOREVER. I started The Sword of Shannara books but never finished reading them – I’ll have to get on that soon. And I’ve never read Brandon Sanderson (keep the mauling to a minimum please) but I’m dying to start, I’ve even got Steelheart from the library sitting on my dresser right now ;)

    Great list and amazing graphics, thanks for brining back memories!

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