Top Ten Tuesday (2): Gamechanger Books/Series!

Posted April 1, 2014 by Nereyda/ 41 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

Today’s topic is the Top Ten “Gateway” Books/Authors In My Reading Journey
(so your list could be a mix of a books that got you into reading, an author that got you into reading a genre you never thought you’d read, or a book that brought you BACK into reading, etc.)

ss confidentialSweet Valley University series by Francine Pascal
-OMG, this series!  I’ve always loved reading but this series is what turned me into an obsessive book junkie.  And I do mean obsessive.  My parents used to drive me like 40 minutes almost every week to go digging through the shelves at Bookmans to see is they had any new books in the series.  It got to a point where they already knew which books I had and which ones I was after.  I love my parents!  I think I used to have almost the entire collection of this series.  I shipped Jess and Nick & Lila and Bruce something fierce!

truly madly yoursTruly Madly Yours by Rachel Gibson
-This is still my favorite book ever!  I think the last time I re-read it (last year) it was the 7th time that I’ve read this book.  I love Rachel Gibson and to me, she is the queen of contemporary romance. (Except for her last book, but I’ve blocked it from my memory)  I love this book as much or even more than I did the first time!

georgie series
The Georgina Kincaid series by Richelle Mead
-This!  This right here is my favorite series ever.  I just finished my 3rd re-read of the series on Sunday and OMG, all the feels!  This series definitely put my emotions through an emotional blender.  I love all the characters and I already miss them.  This right here is Urban Fantasy at it’s best!

agnes and the hitmanAgnes and the Hitman by Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer
-My sister let me borrow this book years ago and I thought she was a little nuts.  A book about a killer?  Even worse, this crazy Agnes chick falls for this hitman?  But, I was curious.  After I finished the book I politely told her there was no way I was giving it back to her.  This baby was mine now!  So yeah, blame my fascination on killer books on this book right here.  I’ve read this one at least 5 or 6 times, the last time being last year.  I’m definitely trying to fit it in again this year.

va booksVampire Academy series by Richelle Mead
-Before this, I was reading mediocre vampire books.  I didn’t get the hype.  This series change it all.  I fell in love with the complex world that Richelle set up for us.  I loved kick ass Rose and her and Dimitri are all kinds of awesome.  Richelle Mead was determined to break my heart with this series.  This was a vampire eye opener for me.

chicagoland vampiresChicagoland Vampires series by Chloe Neill
-I’m totally cheating on this one, but who cares!  This is another series that helped me discover that ‘holy shit, vampires are hot!’  And Ethan Sullivan?  I don’t believe it can get any hotter than him.  I adore this series!

lunar booksThe Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer
-I’ve had these books on my TBR forever but sci-fi/fantasy (actually I’m not sure what genre this is) is not my favorite.  I finally caved and binged on the audiobook series last month and I’m obsessed!  Wow these books are amazing!  I can’t wait for the final book!

easyEasy by Tammara Webber
-I read this wehn it was first released an an indie book because I was fascinated that it was set in college.  I fell in love with this story and I totally blame it for my love of New Adult books.  I miss new adult books like this…

throne of glassThrone of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
-Fantasy books and I just don’t get along 98% of the time.  It’s nothing personal, more like a ‘It’s not you, it’s me’ kind of thing.  This book though changed that for me.  I was hooked by this book (and series) and the characters.  The fact that she’s an assassin might have something to do with why I like this series so much.  It’s amazing though and has made me look for more fantasy books like this.

what a boy wantsWhat a Boy Wants by Nyrae Dawn
-I had no idea what the hell an indie book was a few years ago.  When I kept seeing this book pop up on my GR feed with a bajillion 5 star ratings, I decided to check it out.  My first thought (after singing the Christina Agulera song in my head) was ‘what?  why is this book $99?’  The temptation was too good to pass up and this book changed my view on published books.  I’ve since discovered so many amazing self published authors because of this book.

There you have it!  My top 10 Gamechanger books/series.  What about you?  Leave me your gamechanger books in the comments or leave me a link to your TTT post!



Nereyda is a 29 year-old mother of two girls with addiction to Friends, fashion, books, Pinterest, Netflix, the color black and a little bit of everything else.

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41 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday (2): Gamechanger Books/Series!

  1. Easy was one of my first New Adult books too! For me it was Slammed that got me hooked on NA (I actually read Easy shortly after Slammed) and you are so right! I miss when all the NA books were like that, but I guess that is what makes them special. Great list!

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  2. Easy was one of those books that introduced me to good self-published books, so it’s definitely a gateway kind of book for me! LOL. I used to read tons of Sweet Valley High too! Haha! That was sweet of your parents to drive you on a weekly basis to buy books. 🙂
    VA was also my gateway to reading more YA paranormal books and YA books in general. I was more of a adult mystery/crime thriller book a few years ago so I’m grateful to VA for introducing me to this genre.
    I’m glad to hear Throne of Glass changed your mind on YA fantasy. It’s one of my favorite subgenres and there are some fantastic books out there.
    Great post, Nereyda!
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  3. Georgina’s series was my first ever adult UF as well and it has set the bar so high that none of the others I’ve read so far have been able to surpass it. Also, SAME! I thought that vampires were sucky and yuck and very wtf but VA totally changed my opinion. Richelle Mead is just a genius in my book with her stories and characters. Easy!!!!! The Lunar Chronicles! Throne of Glass! Um, Nereyda, you’re killing me with these choices! Also, yep. I didn’t think What a Boy Wants was perfect by any means, but it was really enjoyable and gave way to my liking to Nyrae’s books 🙂 Great choices, my friend!
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  4. Omg I was SOOOOO into Sweet Valley High!! Also The Babysitters Club. And the R.L. Stine books too, of course. YA books, if you can even call it that, were so different when we were young. I’m almost jealous of the YA selection for kids nowadays. Good thing I don’t mind pretending I’m still a kid and reading them all in my 30’s!! 🙂 Great post!
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    • I never read Sweet Valley High, I hated the covers. I loved RL Stine books! I can’t wait until my daughters grow up so they can read my YA books. My 7 year old can’t wait to read Cinder, Scarlet and Cress even though she already heard the audios for them.

  5. Such good choices Nereyda! I’m going to be trying The Lunar Chronicles soon because you’re reviews pushed me, so I’m so glad they played an important part in your reading journey, and I’m seriously considering Vampire Academy soon, so it’s great that played a huge part in your journey too. Fantastic list hun, and here’s to more! 😀
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  6. Holy crap! I thought I was the only one that loved SVU! Did you read the Elizabeth in London spin off? That was my FAVORITE!!

    Um, and how did I not know you are Chicagoland fan?! ME TOO!

    Plus Richelle 4-ever (obviously!)

    Also 100% agree re: Easy and What A Boy Wants!!

    I am more convinced than ever that I need to read some Rachel Gibson ASAP
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    • I LOVED SVU! I used to watch the show too. I stopped reading when Elizabeth and Tom broke up and she ended up giving her virginity to some random guy… I feel like reading them again.
      Ethan and Merit! Ahhhh, I loves them! Are you caught up? I loved the lastest one too and can’t wait for the next one. I can’t get enough of that gang either.
      I love Rachel Gibson but I love her old stuff better.
      My favorites are:
      Truly Madly Yours
      Tangled Up In You
      It Must Be Love
      Any Man of Mine
      Rescue Me
      Nothing But Trouble
      True Love and Other Disasters

  7. YES to Marissa Meyer! She really got me into the idea of classic retellings and I’ve heard nothing but good things about Easy. I think it was one of the very few new adult books that was ever published so that’s fun 🙂 Great list, Nereyda! <33
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  8. *jumps up and down* Sweet Valley! I LOVED the Sweet Valley High books! I’m not sure if I read the University ones, but I might have because the name Nick sounds familiar… unless he was in HS with them? I don’t remember! Between those and Baby-Sitters Club, I was obsessed! And I really need to start the Chicagoland Vamps series! Maybe this summer! Great list Nereyda!
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    • I think Nick was new in the SVU books. He was a cop and Jessica’s boyfriend for most of the series until they had to fake his death and he went into the witness protection program. haha. Ring a bell?
      Ooooh you need to meet Ethan Sullivan!

  9. Holly Letson

    It’s nice to see someone mentioning *Sweet Valley* books. I have always been a huge fan of the SVH books, and would love to someday have read them all. (I like 40-something out of 183!). I lost interest in new SV books for the SVH series, when it was turned into the SVH:SY series, though, since nothing was the same, anymore.

    I did, however, love the SVU series as well. And, read a vast majority of them. Probably 2/3 of the series. I used to stay up all night reading them.

    I still have the *Elizabeth* spin-off series on my shelf to read….eventually.

    But, much as I love the world of SV, I must say that it’s full of inconsistencies. Like how Olivia died in high school (SVH), but was still alive in SVU #8, which took place 2 years after she died.

  10. The book that brought me back into reading was Poughkeepsie by Debra Anastasia. I read a lot growing up and during my early twenties but life got int the way but I found my way back in 2012. Thank god! 🙂

    Sweet Valley University…oh my god…I devoured all of Sweet Valley High!!! And well, I’m obsessed with Vampire Academy. The film looked dismal but the books were simply fantastic!!!

    What a great post Nereyda!!! ♥

  11. This was a great idea for a top ten. I think I remember reading Sweet Valley High books in school but not the university ones. R.L. Stine books were a HUGE part of my reading back in the day. Definitely a gateway for me as well as Harry Potter and Twilight to which I might not be obsessed like I am today!
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