Style Saturday is a meme hosted by me where each week I present a prompt about reading style and explain my answer. Feel free to join in with your answer in the comments or leave a link to your Style Saturday on your blog.
This week: Gateway books are books that you’ve read that got you into a new genre, style, author, whatever. I want to hear all about the book(s) that got you into something new. Talk about as many as you have!
The Hunger Games was definitely my gateway into dystopian books. I loved it when I read it because it was so different than anything I had read up to that point. About 6 months after I read the series, I started blogging so I discovered more dystopian books!
Percy Jackson was my gateway back to children’s/young adult books. I thought I was very mature at a young age so I didn’t read “baby books” anymore starting at about 12. Yes, I loved Harry Potter and had a fond place in my heart for the books I read as a kid but I didn’t read that stuff anymore. I took a children’s lit class one semester in college and started to really enjoy younger books again. I tried PJ after a classmate said they really enjoyed it. I read it, completely loved it, and have been neck deep in kids/young adult books ever since.
Fahrenheit 451 was my gateway into classics. Duh, of course I read classics in high school but I didn’t like it. I hated the reading, I never understood what we were reading, and I hated taking tests about it. This I read on my own when I was about 20/21. I was completely impressed at how much of a difference a few years makes. Many classics were written for adults so teens will struggle with reading them. I gave myself a few years to grow up and mature. It made a huge difference. Now I’m not at scared as I used to be. I probably won’t read all of the classics that are out there but I’m willing to try the ones that interest me.
Share away! Stay tuned, in 2 weeks we’re going to help each other venture out to new books by suggesting gateway books for each other.