Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I'd Love to Meet

Hello, lovely bookish friends!

This Top Ten Tuesday is all about authors I want to meet, which is the perfect prompt for me because I am lucky enough to live in the San Francisco Bay Area, a literary hotspot/frequent author tour stop, and meeting authors has been a hobby of mine since 2011.

I've been lucky to meet some of my all time favorite authors already, like: John Green, Cassandra Clare, Neil Gaiman, Leigh Bardugo, Maggie Stiefvater, and so many more.

BUT IS THAT ENOUGH FOR ME? NO. So I've decided to break this list into 3 parts: Authors I have plans to meet; Authors I actually hope to meet one day; and, Authors I will never ever meet but wish I could

I. Authors I have plans to meet

1. Jacqueline Woodson
This week I'm going to my first ever booksellers conference where I will be having lunch with Jacqueline Woodson (!!!). I haven't read a lot of her work, but I did really love Brown Girl Dreaming and her recent picture book The Day You Begin. It will be an honor to meet such a prolific, influential and award winning author.

2. Tahereh Mafi
To be honest, I really didn't like Shatter Me, and so when I've had opportunities to meet Tahereh in the past I haven't really taken advantage of them. BUT HOLY SMOKES. A Very Large Expanse of Sea is THE BEST BOOK I HAVE READ THIS YEAR (also fyi: long listed for the National Book Award; releases October 16). The book is absolutely beautiful. At it's core it's about strength and vulnerability... and love and hate and all that good, good stuff. I hope you read it and love it.

3. Becky Albertalli
She will be touring with Adam Silvera for What If It's Us, but let's be real: I want my first edition of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda signed!

II. Authors I actually hope to meet one day

4. Richelle Mead
I didn't read Vampire Academy until well after it was published, but it still is one of my most nostalgic teen reads and I would absolutely love the chance to get some books signed and meet the amazing author!

5. Philip Pullman
For some reason, I've been really craving a reread of the His Dark Materials series, which I remember being completely engrossed in in middle school. I hope he tours again in his career and I'd love to be lucky enough to meet him!

6. Holly Black
I've actually met Holly Black before BUT NOT SINCE READING THE CRUEL PRINCE (not to mention the entire Curse Workers series and The Darkest Part of the Forest). She is a faerie queen and I need to shower her with my love and appreciation

7. Rachel Hartman
In my freshman year of college, Rachel Hartman was touring in the Bay Area and I really wanted to see her, but I had to take a train an hour south since I didn't have a car. And not having grown up in an area with much public transit, I was honestly super terrified. (Now it seems silly). I psyched myself up so much, packed a backpack, got on the train... and then turned around after 10 minutes, sobbing. Thanks, anxiety. I also spilled soup all over my beloved first edition Seraphina hardcover and could only ever find the purple rerelease thereafter, which matters to me OKAY. Redo, please?

8. Megan Miranda
Megan Miranda is not the world's most popular author, but she has published a ton since I started reading her in 2012 and, as she's based in the South, hardly tours over here! The one time she was in San Francisco... I FOUND OUT THE DAY AFTER. I still am heartbroken. More redo, please?

III. Authors I'll Never Meet but Wish I Could

9. J. K. Rowling
Who doesn't want to meet the queen??? But it's basically impossible.

10. Mary Shelley
Well, obviously she's dead. Did you know she kept her late husband, Percy Bysshe Shelley's, literal heart in her desk drawer? Goth queen. (Thank you, Kiersten White for that info). I am so curious what she was like in real life.

Let me know in the comments who's on your list, and feel free to link to your TTT post so I can stop by!

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  1. Ironically, I'd LOVE to meet Tahereh as well! I came close, sorta, once but it was more like just seeing her from a distance! I've met Richelle Mead though and I finally met Holly Black this year. I love meeting authors! Meeting (new) ones is the best though, but I will never turn down meeting an author for a second or more time! Lol!

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    1. That's funny because I've seen Tahereh from a distance, too! I just didn't really go over to her because I hadn't read anything of hers I loved yet. I get really excited for seeing authors again after I've read more of their work which is why Tahereh and Holly are on my list :)

  2. The new Mafi book sounds great! I hope you get to meet her soon. And I think Richelle Mead and Holly Black would be awesome to meet as well. I did like the Megan Miranda book I read as well.

    1. The book is amazing <3 there are so many amazing minds in the YA community. thanks for stopping by!

  3. I love the way you broke out the list, and yeah! for plans to meet some awesome authors. I got to meet Mafi back in 2016, and she was wonderful! We missed our time slot with Mead when we went to Yallfest in 2015, but I saw her on panels and listened to her keynote. Holly Black we did meet. I know one time at BookExpo, but I feel like she was at the CoHF event in NYC too.

    1. Thanks!! Yeah, that's the thing about festivals... so many brilliant people in one place but you have to make decisions about who to meet and who to hear speak! It's tough

  4. I've read a lot of Richelle Mead's books and loved nearly all of them so I'd really like to meet her too! And I'd really like to meet Tahereh Mafi as well!

    1. The hard part would be choosing which to get signed, wouldn't it? hahaha

  5. Love how you break this list up. Hope you enjoy meeting the authors you have plans to meet, AND I hope you also have the chance to meet those you hope to. :)

    Many thanks for the Finding Wonderland visit. Apologies it took me this long to visit your space!!

  6. Great list!! I really hope you get to meet them! Mafi would also be a great one to meet.