When I hear “novel”, I automatically think of when I started reading adult fiction when I was thirteen. Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton was a gateway into that world. For my birthday that year, I watched the movie. Having never seen anything like it, I was of course stunned and amazed and in love with the whole thing. Then I found out it was originally a book.
Now it was originally a book way above my reading level at the time, but I was so into the story that I persevered until I finished it. This was a huge victory for me, reading a grown-up book full of hard science fiction. It made me want to tackle more, and I haven’t looked back since.