Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the people over at The Broke and the Bookish! After last week’s Super Heavy topic (which, granted, didn’t have to be Super Heavy, but it was for me), I’m glad this week’s is a bit lighter.
On a related note, I realized this week that I’ve been blogging almost six months now! This calls for some sort of celebration, or at least a dessert item of some kind. Preferably of the tiramisu variety.
And in that short/long time (depending on your perspective), I’ve met some truly amazing people. So many, actually, that I had a hard time with this week’s topic, simply because I’ve already met so many of the amazing bookish people who would have been on this list six months ago. They include Myra McEntire, C.J. Redwine, Amy Plum, Sharon Cameron, Kat Zhang, Ruta Sepetys (seriously people, Nashville rocks so hard), and a whole bunch of fabulous Tennessee bloggers. If you ever have a chance to meet any of these ladies (even if you haven’t read their books yet — which, confession time, I haven’t read all of them yet), I’d highly recommend it.
Some of these I stand a decent chance of encountering someday. Others fall solidly in the “one day if all my dreams come true and are sprinkled in fairy dust” category. You can decide for yourself which is which.
Oh, and disclaimer: I haven’t read all of these authors’ books yet either. Some of them are on here because while I’ve heard their books are great, I know they are pretty awesome from following them on Twitter. (Although some of them aren’t on Twitter, and are on here entirely because of their books). And of course, not all of them are authors at all. This disclaimer is getting confusing. I should stop.
These are numbered so I can keep track of how many I have, but are in no particular order.
Top Ten Bookish People I Want to Meet
1. J.K. Rowling – You know she’s got to be on everyone’s list, because who wouldn’t want to meet the woman who created Harry Potter?
In related news, I dreamed last night that I was Harry, and Voldemort had agreed to have a nice little diplomatic chat with me, but halfway through our chat he figured out the twist ending. Guys, it is never good when the bad guy figures out the twist ending. I was really glad to wake up.
2. Suzanne Collins – In the same vein, I want to meet the woman who created The Hunger Games and singlehandedly brought about this crazy dystopian wave that we’re still surfing. And I would also like to thank her for creating Peeta, who may be my favorite YA male character ever. Or at least one of my top 3.
3. Lauren Oliver – She wrote Before I Fall and the Delirium series, and her writing is just so pretty. I just want to wallow in it.
4. Robin Hobb – No big deal, only the author of my favorite fantasy series of all time. I compare all other fantasy (and books in general, really) to this series, and while some are really, really good, her books stand superior.
A week or so ago, I opened my mailbox to find an autographed copy of the first book in the series, courtesy of Sarah, who had picked one up for me at Dragon*Con. I may have screeched right there at the mailbox.
5. Jessica Khoury – Her debut, Origin, just came out and I haven’t read it yet. I have an ARC (that I won in one of her contests, actually), sitting on my shelves begging to be read, but my life lately has not been conducive to reading. Hopefully I will remedy this soon. But she runs the best, most creative contests ever, PLUS she loves Robin Hobb’s books, and therefore I have decided we must meet someday.
6. Jodi Meadows – Her critique partners are Myra McEntire and C.J. Redwine. Considering how much I adore their books, I figure that loving Jodi’s books is pretty much a guarantee. And although I regret to admit that I’ve had Incarnate sitting unread on my shelf for months now (although sometimes I just have to gaze at the pretty cover), I know when I finally do sit down to read it, I’ll be in for a treat. Plus, I’m rather addicted to Jodi’s blog. And she is the one who introduced me to Lindsey Stirling videos. So I think we’d get along.
7. Veronica Roth – While Divergent was not my favorite book ever (although Insurgent was better), I love Veronica’s blog. I’ve spent so much time browsing her archives. She is responsible for a large percentage of my knowledge of the publishing industry (I’m not sure how vast that knowledge is — probably not very — but what there is, she planted). I would love to hear her speak and pick her brain.
8. Tahereh Mafi – Another author whose books I haven’t read yet (confession: I’m waiting until I can get them with the new cover, because I’m not a fan of the original Shatter Me cover), but her Twitter makes me laugh more than any other author. And anyone who can make me laugh that much is someone I want to meet.
9. Lori at Pure Imagination – She’s the only one of the Tennessee bloggers I regularly communicate with that I haven’t met yet. (Which is funny, because she was actually the first Tennessee blogger I started talking to when I started blogging). Thus far our interaction has consisted entirely of Twitter and blog comments. This needs to be remedied.
10. Sarah at Breaking the Binding – Sometimes you “meet” a person (and I put “meet” in quotes because as of yet, we have not actually met) and you just have to shake your fist at the sky and say “WHY WERE WE NOT RAISED TOGETHER FROM INFANCY?” And such is the case with Sarah. It is sad that we live in two different states, because if we were in the same town, I’m pretty sure great things would happen. Based on the sheer volume of cyber-communication that currently passes between us on a daily basis (a large percentage of which is geeky Tumblr links), I think we’d have no shortage of things to discuss.
Honorable Mentions (since limiting it to 10 is just…no):
Jennifer Nielsen, Rae Carson, Victoria Schwab, James Dashner, Julie Kagawa, Shannon Messenger
Sooo….I’m pretty embarrassed because I forgot to put J.K. Rowling on my list. Is that some kind of bookworm blasphemy?! In any case, I’m glad to see her on your list, among several other awesome choices. I’m diggin’ this list 🙂
A Bookworm Belle recently posted..Top 10 Tuesday: Top Ten Bookish People To Meet
I think with this week, it’s pretty much a given that we’re all going to look at other people’s lists and think “HOW DID I MISS THAT PERSON?” Best just accept the inevitable. 🙂
Awesome list! We have a lot of the same people on our lists. I would also love to meet Jodi (even though she didn’t make it on my list). She created such a fascinating world. I’d love to pick her brain about her world. I have so many questions about it.
You’re right, who wouldn’t like to meet the woman who created Harry potter! 🙂 and I believe she made it to the most of the lists! 🙂 But I love your other choices as well! I must read Shatter Me soon, btw! 🙂
Tanja – Tanychy recently posted..Tanja’s Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Bookish People I Want To Meet
sounds like a great list. kaye—the road goes ever ever on
Hey! I’m on your list!!! 😀 It DOES need to be remedied! And soon!
Lori recently posted..Ten Bookish People I Need to Meet
Yes! You need to get out here for some of the fun stuff happening! SFB? CJ, Myra and Shannon on 10/23? 6-author Parnassus panel on 10/28?
TheHouseworkCanWait recently posted..Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (@Scholastic)
That dream about being Harry is so cool! I had a dream about dinosaurs almost eating me, not so nice 😛
Love your list 🙂
Helene recently posted..Top Ten Bookish People I Want To Meet
It was awesome right up until Voldemort went all CRAZY SCARY and I had no idea what to do. I couldn’t even conjure my patronus. Not that it would have helped.
TheHouseworkCanWait recently posted..Top Ten Tuesday (September 18) – Bookish People I Want to Meet
It would be great to have a real blogger get-together! Of course the Readathon is coming up in October!
Here’s my Top Ten Bookish People I Want to Meet. I hope you will stop by!
Great list 🙂 It would be awesome to meet Robin Hobb. I really loved her original trilogy.
Adina recently posted..Top Ten Tuesday
That is an awesome list! I would love to meet everyone on you list… And you have yet to read Shatter Me!?!? I love that book times infinity!
Here’s my Top Ten.
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I would so love to meet JK Rowling of course. It’s cool that you’ve met Amy Plum. I love her books and would love to meet her.
Alison (AlisonCanRead) recently posted..The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Hey! I’m on te list! 🙂 Hopefully this will be remedied at the end of October, if I can manage to make it up to Nashville! *fingers crossed*
Sarah @ Breaking the Binding recently posted..[Waiting on Wednesday] Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
Fingers, toes, and I will even rat my hair if crossing your hair counts.
Just kidding, that’s crossing a line.
TheHouseworkCanWait recently posted..Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (@Scholastic)
Great List – J. K Rowling was on mine too!!
Laura recently posted..Top Ten Tuesday
Although I would be totally freaked out to have a dream with Voldemort, I wish I did have a dream with HP.
And darn straight, JK Rowling is on nearly everyone’s list today!!
Quinn @ Quinn’s Book Nook recently posted..Top Ten Bookish People I Want to Meet
Oh I love your list and literally LOL’ed at your Harry Potter dream! Good thing you woke up!!!!
Brittany @ The Book Addict’s Guide recently posted..Top Ten Tuesday – September 18, 2012
I will have been blogging six months from next Saturday too! I’m going to do a giveaway as celebration haha. My first one. When Rafflecopter does not work on wordpress.com… Hopefully a link to the rafflecopter won’t discourage people from entering :/
Happy 6 month blogoversary!
I would love to meet J. K. Rolling, Suzanne Collins, and Veronica Roth myself. I would also love to meet Cynthia Hand, Juliet Marillier and David Eddings (If he were still alive..).
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