Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish to highlight a top ten list related to book blogging, and to get to know fellow book bloggers.
October 9: Top Ten Tuesday REWIND (pick a past topic that we’ve done that you missed or just want round 2 of!)
When I saw this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, I knew I needed to jump onto the Top Ten bandwagon fast. I’ve been wanting to blog about my favorite bookish people for awhile, and I missed the chance a couple weeks ago. But, seriously? This is half the reason I blog – so that I can connect with the amazing people in the (mostly YA) publishing industry.
1. Diana Peterfreund (author) – Anyone who knows me IRL knows how much I LOVE Diana Peterfreund. I worship her Secret Society Girl series, I shove her books in the faces of my friends, the last few chapters of Ascendant make me cry even thinking about them, and I stalk her un-surreptitiously on Twitter. I read her books over and over, and she’s absolutely one of my YA publishing heroes. I’ve tried at least three times to make it to her various events with no luck. One day we will meet, Diana.
Why, you wonder, are there no Diana Peterfreund reviews on this blog? The answer to that is coming up soon…
2. PoshDeluxe from Forever Young Adult – There are at least 30 reasons why Sarah, the founder of Forever Young Adult, is way, way cooler than me – the biggest of which is the fact that she started FYA when I wish I’d done so years ago. Also, her review of the Jessica Darling series is the reason that I’m currently enjoying Charmed Thirds and wanting to read more and more slowly so that I can make these books last.
You may be wondering why I didn’t choose Megan McCafferty for this list. The reason is that I met Megan at the ALAN Conference last year (wearing the Pajants)! Too bad I didn’t know about Jessica Darling then…or that she deserved to be hugged, worshipped and cried over.
3. Melissa Walker (author) – Melissa is the genius behind the Violet series, a trilogy about a high-school girl who is plucked out of obscurity to become a model. These books are great fun, and since then, I’ve read everything by her. My favorite is Unbreak My Heart, which came out this summer and broke my heart. She also blogs about book covers, gives away books on Wednesday, and runs I Heart Daily, which is a GREAT teen website that often features things that I will immediately buy.
Basically, Melissa is a cool, cool gal, and I’ve been dying to meet her FOREVER.
4. Michele from Just A Lil’ Lost – I love Michele’s blog – I love the look and the books she reads and the photos she puts up and the TV she watches. I feel like I have similar taste to Michele, so I’m looking forward to meeting her at the Ontario Blog Squad Meet-Up in November.
5. Maureen Johnson (author) – Way back in 2006, I was browsing the bookshelves of my local Chapters/Indigo when I found a book called 13 Little Blue Envelopes. I read the jacket cover, and then I started reading the first chapter. Then I had to find a seat so I could read the second chapter. By the time I got to chapter four, I knew I had to buy this book. I took it home, devoured it in a night, and re-discovered my love of YA.
Since then, Maureen has become a much bigger YA author, an even bigger tweeter and an amazing philanthropist. Suffice to say, I want to meet Maureen to fawn all over her and tell her that I knew all along that she would be such a sensation.
6. Natalie from Browsing Bookshelves – Another blogger who seems to have similar taste to me. Natalie seems to get to the heart of a book so easily – something I wish I could do more concisely.
7. Giselle from Book Nerd Canada – Giselle basically won my heart when she started her Newbies’ Guide to Book Blogging. She’s incredibly prolific and seems like an amazing, organized book blogger. Her site is basically my goal. I’m dying to meet her and thank her for the help she’s giving to all of us!
8. Kim Hutt of What Claudia Wore – Kim’s blog is genius. GENIUS. She brilliantly combines her love of fashion and YA in reviews of the clothing in Baby-Sitters Club books. How could I not want to meet her?
9. J.K. Rowling (author) – Oh, please, who doesn’t want to meet the Harry Potter queen? Does this even need to be justified?
10. Any of my fellow book bloggers, followers or readers – I really love meeting other bloggers and other YA book enthusiasts. It’s so rare to find people (especially people my age!) who love YA, and who know exactly what book you’re talking about when you meet them. I can’t wait to meet a bunch of you at the Ontario Blog Squad Bloggers’ Meet-Up!
What bookish people do you want to meet? Let me know in the comments!