Top Ten Tuesday: Gateway Books + Authors

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme started by the lovely (and creative!) Jamie of The Broke and the Bookish. After following along since TTT’s inception (and because list-making is a die-hard hobby of mine) it only makes sense that I chime in with my own top tens. This week’s topic spotlights “gateway” books/authors that somehow led me to discovering a certain genre, book or author.

Check out my past Top Ten Tuesdays or head to The Broke and the Bookish for more Top Ten topics.

TTT-Gateway Books

1. Nefertiti by Michel Moran… gateway to historical fiction.

2. Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri… gateway to literary fiction & short stories.

3. Mythology by Edith Hamilton… gateway to Greek/Roman mythology.

4. Majoring in Murder by Jessica Fletcher & Donald Bain… gateway to Murder She Wrote series (HUGE fan of the show!).

5. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss… gateway to READING! This was the first book I learned to read all on my own.

6. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell… gateway to Rainbow Rowell. Also, this book got me out of a major reading slump!

7. Truly, Madly Yours by Rachel Gibson… gateway to the romance genre (aka The One That Started It All).

8. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer… gateway to paranormal fiction.

9. One for the Money by Janet Evanovich… gateway to cozy mysteries.

10. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins… gateway to the dystopian genre.



What’s Your POV Preference?

I’m currently reading a book that’s told from the point of view of the heroine. This is the third book in a row that’s written in first-person and it got me wondering if it’s a just coincidence, or if there are, in fact, more books being published that feature a first-person POV. I will admit that yesterday I tweeted that I prefer stories told in third-person, which is the standard for most fiction nowadays, but there are many books that I’ve read — and enjoyed — that are written from the main character’s viewpoint. First example that comes to mind is Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series (one of my favorite series). Like those books, there are some stories that just have to be told in first-person (Plum is a riot, and reminiscent of that clumsy, crazy friend we all have), and are delivered effectively that way. However, there are also stories where I find the main character’s personality too grating or unlikeable and I just can’t get on board with hearing them tell the story. In those instances,  I believe the narrative would have been much better off in third-person.

But, if you’re an avid reader like me, you also know that first- and third-person are not the only narrative options out there. There’s also second-person POV, alternating POV, not to mention third-person omniscient and third-person subjective… The list goes on and on. I’m not saying that stories told in third-person are better than those that feature first-person POV; there are pros and cons for both options. For instance, first-person allows you to really connect with the main character and experience their emotions right along with him/her, while third-person gives you insight into the motives and actions of all characters.

Now, before I get too third grade grammar teacher, I’ll turn the spotlight on you, dear reader — those who are still with me, that is. Today’s ROAMING QUESTION is brought to you in poll form. Aren’t you lucky!

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