This week's Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) is about those Gateway Books or Authors in Our Reading Journey who got you into reading, or into reading a genre you never thought you'd read, or brought you BACK into reading.
Definitely this was a fun Top Ten list to consider--I focused on authors because when I find an author who works for, I tend to try to read everything they come out with. I also had a blast coming up with the right illustrations for my authors.
Donna Leon - Leon's series of books featuring Guido Brunetti sparked an interest in Venice that has taken hold of me and just won't let go. Now I seek out books--histories, novels, memoirs--about Venice. Hoping to make it there this fall.
Nevada Barr - I've always liked mysteries, but Barr's Anna Pigeon series which features a lot of National Parks and a lot of hiking got me interested in both. Now I walk daily and hike weekly, and make a point of planning vacations around visiting National Parks...truly one of America's best ideas!
Mary Stewart - I'm not much of a Romance reader but my mom used to get British women's magazines from our town's newspaper/tobacco shop in the 1960's and I learned to read by reading the serialized Mary Stewart stories, complete with stirring illustrations!
Bill Bryson - My love of travel and travel memoirs can be traced to reading Bryson's oh-so-snarky travel books.
Jane Austen - Classics don't have to be big, scary, or filled with political ramblings that are incomprehensible to the modern reader.
Daphne du Maurier - I love psychological thrillers and DDM is the mistress of the genre.
James Michener - I love historical fiction and Michener hooked me early.
Margaret Forster - I didn't really start reading literary bios until my dad gave me Forster's bio of Elizabeth Barrett Browning and I fell in love with the genre.
Erik Larson - I love his histories that read like novels; Larsen's books made me go back and read In Cold Blood, the prototype of the genre in which Larsen shines.
Tracy Chevalier - Artifact-based fictionalized backstory. Love it!