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All of us readers have those books that really started us on our way to becoming book lovers. It could be something we read as young children, or it could be a book we picked up in adulthood after years of a reading drought. Or, it could be an author or book that introduced us to a new favorite genre. This week’s Top Ten Tuesday puts a spotlight on those books and authors that we credit with our bookishness.
These are my Top Ten…ok, Top Fifteen… “Gateway” Books/Authors (in somewhat random order):
- My Bible Friends – Etta B. Degering
- Uncle Arthur’s Bedtime Stories – Arthur S. Maxwell
- The Ugly Duckling – Hans Christian Andersen
- A Girl Called Tommie, A Nurse Called Tommie, A Wife Called Tommie – Thelma G. Norman
- Little House in the Big Woods (Little House #1) – Laura Ingalls Wilder
- My Sister Mike – Amelia Elizabeth Walden
- The Witch of Blackbird Pond – Elizabeth George Speare
- Now – Merikay McLeod
- A Little Princess, The Secret Garden -Frances Hodgeson Burnett
- Unblessed – Berneice Lunday
- Unleashed – Leon Orr
- Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
- Johnny Tremain – Esther Forbes
- Nancy Drew Mysteries – Carolyn Keene
- Biographies of everyone from George Washington & Thomas Jefferson to Paul Revere, Louis Pasteur, Marie Curie, Amelia Earhart, George Washington Carver…you name it, I read it.
Amazing that a list like this does not include The Chronicles of Narnia, anything by Dr. Seuss, no Maurice Sendak, barely anything in the traditional canon of children’s literature. I am thankful that The Witch of Blackbird Pond made it into my hands, as it was one of my few reading experiences outside the narrow sphere of denominational sanctioning (as a young adolescent, anyway), and it lit a spark.