October 5th: Books That Got You Into Reading | Top 5 Wednesday

It is time for another Top 5 Wednesday book blog post! 

Top 5 Wednesday was started in November 2013 and is a very much active group on Goodreads, so head over to Goodreads to join the group and keep up with all the topics for the month. I thought it was such a fun idea to have weekly books related prompts that I could answer and share with all of you.

You can read some of my previous Top 5 Wednesday posts here

October 5th: Got You Into Reading

October is National Book Month and to celebrate this month-long “holiday,” what are some books that got you into reading? These could be books from childhood that had you hooked on reading at a young age or maybe as an adult you stopped reading and then started reading again years later. Or maybe you’ve always been an avid book reader, but you tried a book outside your favorite genres and discovered a new favorite genre that you absolutely love. Regardless of when, let’s highlight those books that showed (or reminded) us how great books are!

1. The Snow Spider by Jenny Nimmo

Goodreads Synopsis:
Jenny Nimmo’s award-winning SNOW SPIDER TRILOGY is back as an exciting Orchard Books fantasy series! 

On Gwyn’s 9th birthday, his grandmother tells him he may be a magician, like his Welsh ancestors. She gives him five gifts to help him–a brooch, a piece of dried seaweed, a tin whistle, a scarf, and a broken toy horse. One blustery day, unsure what to do with his newfound magic, Gwyn throws the brooch to the wind and receives a silvery snow spider in return. Will he be able to use this special spider to bring his missing sister, Bethan, home? THE SNOW SPIDER spins an icy, sparkly web of mystical intrigue that sets the stage for the next two books in this outstanding trilogy!

I remember buying this book from one of my school’s Book Fairs (anybody else remember those?), and being completely sucked into the story. This was probably one of the first introduction to the fantasy genre, and I loved every bit of it.

2. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

Goodreads Synopsis:

This heartwarming story has beckoned generations of readers into the special world of Green Gables, an old-fashioned farm outside a town called Avonlea. Anne Shirley, an eleven-year-old orphan, has arrived in this verdant corner of Prince Edward Island only to discover that the Cuthberts—elderly Matthew and his stern sister, Marilla—want to adopt a boy, not a feisty redheaded girl. But before they can send her back, Anne—who simply must have more scope for her imagination and a real home—wins them over completely. A much-loved classic that explores all the vulnerability, expectations, and dreams of a child growing up, Anne of Green Gables is also a wonderful portrait of a time, a place, a family… and, most of all, love. 


This book was my entire childhood. I still have my old, battered copy…in one of the boxes in storage.

3. Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life by Rachel Renée Russell

Goodreads Synopsis:

Meet Nikki Maxwell! She’s starting eighth grade at a new school—and her very first diary packed with hilarious stories and art in Book One of the #1 New York Times bestselling Dork Diaries series!

New school. New mean girl. New crush. New diary so I can spill about all of it…

I put a lot of really personal stuff in this diary along with my sketches and doodles. But, mostly it’s about how TRAUMATIC it was transferring to my new private middle school, Westchester Country Day. And, how a lot of the CCP (Cool, Cute & Popular) kids were really SNOBBY and made my life TOTALLY miserable. People like, oh, I don’t know, maybe…


And, it just so happened that I got stuck with a locker right next to hers. I could NOT believe I had such CRAPPY luck. I knew right then and there it was going to be a VERY, VERY long school year 😦 !

Aside from the cult-classic, The Diary of A Wimpy Kid, I also read this series. This book was such a funny, relatable series that is elevated by fun illustrations and quirky characters. I remember eagerly awaiting every new release.

4. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Goodreads Synopsis:

The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s third book, stands as the supreme achievement of his career. This exemplary novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers. The story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times noted “gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession,” it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s.

The Great Gatsby is one of the great classics of twentieth-century literature.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is one of the very few school-required reading that I actually enjoyed. I don’t think I have ever been so participative during class, always eager to share my analysis on the extravagant descriptions, and symbolism behind the green light. I need to find time to re-read this book soon.

5. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Goodreads Synopsis:

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless Lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . . Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. 

She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

I really struggled with naming another book series that isn’t The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins– God knows how many times I have mentioned the book series on this blog. So, to change things up a bit, I decided to include The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. I recently re-read the series not too long ago, and still ended up enjoying the series 7+ years later.

Read My Review Here: Cinder by Marissa Meyer | Book Review

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5 thoughts on “October 5th: Books That Got You Into Reading | Top 5 Wednesday”

    1. I’m so glad to have found someone who was just as obsessed with these books! I remember stopping by the bookstore after my ballet classes to see if there was a new book out lol


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