This Week's Topic:
Top Ten "Gateway" Books/Authors In My Reading Journey (so your list could be a mix of a books that got you into reading, an author that got you into reading a genre you never thought you'd read, a book that brought you BACK into read)
For most of my life I read strictly YA. I didn't start reading books that catered to an adult audience until my mid-to-late twenties. I could shoot myself now for all the wasted years, but what could would that do.
#1 - BACK IN THE GAME
Title: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Author: J.K. Rowling
Series: Harry Potter, Book #1
#2 - FIRST ADULT NOVEL
Title: Succubus Blues
Author: Richelle Mead
Series: Georgina Kincaid, Book #1
#3 - FIRST URBAN FANTASY SERIES
Title: Slave to Sensation
Author: Nalini Singh
Series: Psy/Changeling, Book #1
Narrator: Angela Dawe
This was also the first book where I didn't chuckle about sex scenes. I had never read a book with hot and heavy scenes before, and my my my was I surprised. It wasn't cheesy, with talk of cleft chins and milky-white breasts. There were strong females and dominant, masculine men who were also sensual predators who weren't afraid to demand what they wanted from their lover. And...it... was.. hot!!!
#4 - FIRST FANTASY SERIES
Title: Storm Front
Author: Jim Butcher
Series: The Dresden File, Book #1
Narrator: James Marsters
#5 - FIRST EROTICA BOOK
Title: Fifty Shades of Grey
Author: E.L. James
Series: Fifty Shades, Book #1
Narrator: Becca Battoe
#6 - RIDE A COWBOY (FIRST WESTERN EROTICA SERIES)
Author: Lorelei James
Series: Blacktop Cowboys, Book #1
Narrator: Scarlet Chase
#7 - FIRST "OUT OF MY ELEMENT" READ
Title: Ready Player One
Author: Ernie Cline
Narrator: Wil Wheaton
I'm not going to lie. This read was my Audible accounts doing. It only took two words to catch my attention -- Wil Wheaton. He has a perfect speaking voice and his delivery in this book was flawless. I will never stop recommending it. Even more than that, the writing and the story were amazing. I'm too young to understand all of the 1980s nostalgia, because I spent most of the decade as a small child, but that much more a fan of the decade through Clines' obvious passion.
Author: Boris Starling
.... oh, I remembered something. I read this book during my "out of the game" period. It sounded interesting, but I remember being mostly shocked reading it. It's one thing to see Hannibal Lecter do his worst on screen; it's another to read about a madman's handiwork. To get inside their head. Chilling and very, very disturbing. I'm pretty sure I blocked out the detail.
#9 - FIRST HARD-BOILED DETECTIVE SERIES
Author: Steven Jay Schwartz
Series: Hayden Glass, Book #1
Narrator: Ray Porter
I'm a fan of audiobooks and have a long list of favorite narrators. When I find one I like, I start gobbling up their works. Which is how I came across Hayden Glass.
I'm not going to lie. This character scared the crap out of me. Not only was he hard to sympathize with, he was an addict and in a serious amount of pain. This book explored more darkness that I was prepared for. And Ray Porter did his job too well. I don't know if I will ever finish it.
#10 - MY FIRST OBSESSION
Title: The Summoning
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Series: The Darkest Powers, Book #1
Narrator: Cassandra Morris
I've never really had a book that I completely obsessed over until I read this series. I read it first and have all the hardbacks; but then I discovered the audiobooks. And that started what I like to call my six-month itch. It is how it sounds. Since finishing the series, about twice a year get pulled back in. I revisit the audiobooks "cover to cover" so to speak. I can't help it. It's rare that I love a protagonist, let alone equally love her love interests, sidekicks, enemies and the overall story arch. To be honest, so far, it's only happened once. Plus, I can never ever express how much I love Derek Souza. I wish there was more...