Friday, November 4, 2011
TGIF is a weekly meme hosted by the fabulous Ginger over at GReads! This week's question is...
Gateway Books: Which particular books opened you up to a new genre?
That's easy. The book that really opened me up to anything (and reading in general) is none other than the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.
My mom bought me the first book, waaay back when I was in 7th grade. At first, I was mad. I mean, come on, mom, I asked for the latest pair of Doc Marten sandals, not a book! Then I cracked it open and was hooked. It's not this childish, fluffy, magic filled book people who haven't read it think it is. It's a world, a life style and speaks to so many people in such different ways. It's easy to fall in love and care for all the characters. I never thought I'd enjoy a book about witches, wizards, magic, and crazy creatures. Needless to say, whenever the next book came out, I wanted it immediately. I even went to the midnight Harry Potter parties at Barnes and Noble and stayed up all night to finish them. This led up to my college years, then came the movies, and now, I'm in my twenties, waiting for The Deathly Hallows 2 to come out on DVD. *Sigh* I will cherish this series ALWAYS.
Now, the book that got me into the gushy love stories, with a paranormal twist is...
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater. Good gravy, how easy is it to fall in love with this story and with Sam? When it first came out, I just happened to be in the YA section at Borders and was immediately drawn to the cover. I picked it up and thought "Lets give it a go." Holy crap, was I in for a ride. This is the first book that ever got me to heart-break-gushing-like-a-freaking-waterfall cry. I cannot tell you how much I love this book and how it tore me up, then fixed me.
And lastly, the book that got me hooked on contemporary YA is...
Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols. I read this book in a few hours and loved it so much, I read it again. The next day, I bought every Jennifer Echols book I could find (which ended up being The Boys Next Door and The Ex-Games) and ate them up. Seriously, in my book, Jennifer Echols can do no wrong. I truly adore her.
That's it, folks! I hope you guys have a wonderful, romantic, magical weekend, filled with books and endless wonder. :)