Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday!

It's been a while since I've participated in a meme and I have to say that this is the one I've missed the most. Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the girls at The Broke and the Bookish, has been my favorite meme since I started joining in on it a few months ago. Every week, the girls post a prompt and book bloggers are asked to create a list of their top ten choices regarding that prompt.

This week's prompt: Top Ten Authors I'd Die to Meet

1) Neil Gaiman: Yeah, I'm pretty sure that this comes as a surprise to no one. Anyone who visits this blog regularly knows that I talk about him so much that he now has his own tag. I once said that if he were a religion, I would be a bishop. There are very few authors today that I respect even half as much as I do Gaiman and I think he'd be an incredible person to talk to.

2) Deanna Raybourn: Again, no surprises here. Raybourn is the only author who has been capable of getting me to read what could be considered romance novels, although, thankfully, they fall more under the mystery and historical fiction categories than anything else. I've been following her career since she published her first Lady Julia novel and have found her to be a sweet, funny woman who is entirely deserving of all of the praise and awards she receives. Definitely someone I'd like to sit down and have a cup of coffee with.

3) Terry Pratchett: I'm an insanely predictable person, apparently. I already wrote about my reasons for wanting to meet Sir Terry, so I won't go into detail again. He's been an inspiration for me as a writer since I was in high school and I would love to tell him thank you.

4) David Sedaris: My sincerest hope is that Sedaris is just as funny in person as he is on paper. From what I've read about him and his life, I have a feeling that he'd be a fun party guest.

5) Markus Zusak: I've only read one novel by Zusak, The Book Thief, but, having read it, I feel this huge inclination to thank him for such a beautiful and inspiring novel, especially in an age where pretty much anything can be published and become popular (e.g. Snooki's travesty of a book).

6) J.K. Rowling: I know that she's probably on everyone's list, but all I'd really want to do if I met her is ask her how she could take such a deep, multi-faceted character like Snape and, in one crushing blow, turn him into a whiny emo. Jo, you got some s'plaining to do.

7) Derek Landy: My followers know that I'm obsessed with Skulduggery Pleasant, so this, again, is not a shock. Landy seems like he'd be a really fun guy to hang out with and I'd love to pick his brain about writing.

8) Stephanie Meyer: This one would be surprising to my followers if it weren't for the fact that I just want to smack her. I wouldn't even say anything. It would be like those movies where some guy walks up to someone and takes his glove out, smacks them, and walks away.

That's all I can think of. I was keeping myself to living authors because, frankly, we'd be here all day if I hadn't.



  1. Markus Zusak is incredibly gracious and personable. I hope you do get the chance to meet him! It was definitely one of the literary highlights of my life. :)

  2. L.L.: I'm so jealous of you that I can't even articulate it. I'm glad you got a chance to meet him and that he was such a nice person! I'm always worried that if I meet someone I respect that they'll be a douche and I'll end up hating them. Not sure if you're a Big Bang Theory fan, but it makes me think of Sheldon's vendetta against Will Wheaton. LOL

  3. #8 made me laugh aloud. Ha!

    Okay. So let me think . . . who would be on my list?

    Anne Carson
    Jeanette Winterson
    Robert Thurman
    Natalie Goldberg
    Thich Nhat Hanh
    Staceyann Chin
    Michael Cunningham

    Not quite ten but I keep thinking of authors I love whom I've already met and these are just off the top of my head. I'm sure that if I were to mull it over, more would come to mind over time and I might even bump one of the above with a someone I considered more inspiring. Who knows?

  4. I've never even heard of these authors. The more I blog, the more I realize that there are so many books that I will never read. It's sad and amazing at the same time. Sad, because it means that I'm missing out on so much; amazing, because it shows me just how much people love to write and to read and that gives me hope that books won't go the way of the dinosaur. :)

    I've never had the pleasure of meeting an author, but someday I'm vowing to meet at least one of the ones on my list. For now, I have to content myself with reading their blogs and their tweets.

  5. I take that back. I met Ellen Hopkins once, but I don't think I endeared her to me by admitting that I don't like poetry. LOL

  6. I would love to meet Deanna Raybourn too, I love her personality! (well, what I've seen of it via her blog...)

    As for J.K. Rowling...I would probably embarrass myself in some horrifying way. I know I would just stare at her in awe and be unable to talk.

  7. Way to insult Gabe. I hoped it helped with any anger you hold against the woman. :]

  8. Allison: I enjoy reading her blog just as much as I enjoy reading her books. She's just so quirky and fun.

    I say that I'd berate Rowling for what she did to Snape, but I think I'd do the same as you. I'd stutter violently while blushing profusely. It would be a mess.

    Nonners: I've never read any of her books and I barely knew who she was when I was introduced to her. I think honesty is important though. I'm not going to lie and say that I love poetry when reading it is like pulling teeth. :)

  9. #8, You too, well my sis in law might stand on the other side for a double.
    check out mine at http://sidnebkclubreviews.blogspot.com

  10. I love your reasoning for wanting to meet Stephanie Meyers :)

  11. If I met Stephenie Meyer, I might be tempted to do the same. I actually liked the first one, but have never been so disappointed in the rest of a series. I thought she was going somewhere deep, and was WRONG.

  12. Great reasonings!

    9/10 in my list are dead poets/authors!

    Here is my Top Ten post!

  13. Please, please, please video tape any chance encounter you may or may not have with Stephanie Meyer! Neil and Terry almost made my list.

  14. Sidne: I'm pretty sure there would be a line out the back of people who wanted to have a go at her.

    Kathy: To be honest, I didn't want an odd numbered list and I couldn't think of anyone else. LOL. Although, my desire to smack her is real.

    Shelley: I've heard a lot of people say that. That after the first one, she should have just stopped. I didn't much like the first one either, but after hearing what happens later on in the series, I can concede that at least the first book didn't include random vampire babies.

    Guatami: Great list. I have so many dead authors that I'd like to meet (Jane Austen, Douglas Adams, Nabokov, etc.) that I felt it better to keep the list to people that were alive. It would have been a MUCH longer list otherwise.

    Two Bibliomaniacs: I'll do one better--I'll tell you ahead of time and you can come and watch in person. :)

  15. What illustrious company you've put me in! And it would be a pleasure to be met...

  16. Deanna Raybourn: I'm honored beyond words that you not only visited my little corner of the internet but that you commented as well. Thank you. And you belong in illustrious company. :)

    Also, congratulations on making the bestseller list!