Top Ten Authors I Really Want To Meet

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, she posts an idea relating to books and encourages other book bloggers to respond with their own top ten lists.

This week’s topic is “top ten authors I really want to meet.” I haven’t actually met any authors, so my list is way longer than 10 names… so here are a few on my list, in no particular order.

1. J.K. Rowling
The Harry Potter series helped get me hooked on reading, so I’d naturally love to meet the woman whose words helped shape my childhood. More than that, though, these books have helped me form long, lasting friendships, and for that I’ll always be thankful.

2. Rainbow Rowell
I feel like all of my reviews of her books include the sentence, “I just really want Rainbow to be my best friend.” And it’s true. So what better way to accomplish this than meeting her in real life?

3. Maureen Johnson
I’ve been following her on Twitter for ages and think she’s absolutely hilarious. I feel like we’d get up to shenanigans, stare at random strangers a lot, and eat a bunch of watermelon. Sounds like the perfect day, right?

4. Sarah J. Maas
I unashamedly fangirl over all of her books, especially The Assassin’s Blade and (most recently) A Court of Thorns and Roses. I’d love to see her and Susan Dennard give a talk since their friendship is too cute.

5. Neil Gaiman
I’d absolutely love to see what goes on inside his head, since all of his stories are incredibly imaginative and enchanting – both the ones for children and for adults.

6. Lemony Snicket / Daniel Handler
One of my favourite childhood series was A Series of Unfortunate Events, and after re-reading it a couple of summers ago, I found it every bit as wonderful – especially now that I understand all the dark humour. His writing style is just so fantastic, and these books are a huge part of why I’m an avid reader today.

7. Maggie Stiefvater
The emotional rollercoaster that The Raven Cycle has taken me on means that I need to sit down with Maggie and discuss all those beautiful characters. And Camaros. And find out where I can befriend a Gansey or Ronan in real life.

8. Stephanie Perkins
I’ve reread Anna and the French Kiss a million times, and Isla and the Happily Ever After led to some serious reflection and tears on my part. Anna is the book that got me into reading contemporary romance, partially because it could have been the story of my life (aside from the Paris part) and partially because of Etienne.

9. George R.R. Martin
I’m always so impressed that he can keep so many different plot-lines and characters straight. Plus, I’d love to try to convince him to tell me all about Winds of Winter, since I’ve been impatiently waiting on it for a while.

10. Erin Morgenstern
The Night Circus is one of my all-time favourite books, and I’ve been known to chat for hours about the tents and how beautiful my mental image of the Cirque des Reves is. The meeting may or may not involve pestering her to make another book in that world, too.

Which authors do you desperately want to meet? Leave me a list or a link to your Top Ten Tuesday post in the comments below.
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