Created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme for those who love lists and want to get to know their fellow bloggers. Each week features a new theme, and anyone may participate. This week’s theme is…
Top Ten Authors I’d Invite over for Thanksgiving
Philip Pullman. To be honest, meeting Philip Pullman in any capacity would be a dream come true. Of all the thousands of books that I’ve read, Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy has has the most formative effect on my life, and I’m convinced he’d be an amazing conversationalist on almost any subject.
James Baldwin. Giovanni’s Room was assigned to me for a basic survey of American literature course, yet it wound up being one of the most important books I read in college. It’s not YA, but it deals heavily with what is possibly the most important YA theme—identity—and Baldwin’s writing is simply beautiful.
Tamora Pierce. Earlier this year, I realized that I’ve been reading books by Tamora Pierce for more than 15 years. I’ve since (re)read all 17 Tortall books, and I can now say that no other author has such longstanding effect on me as a reader, a woman, and a feminist.
Kristin Cashore. Fire was the very first book I read in 2011, and it continues to rank as one of my favorites of the year. In lieu of more books about Fire and Brigan, I would gladly accept dinnertime conversation about women, feminism, and what inspired her to write about Monsters and the Dells.
Madeline L’Engle. I always associate Madeline L’Engle with reading in the loft bed at my grandparents house, probably because all of L’Engle’s books are there, left on the shelves by my aunt after she grew up and moved away. L’Engle is a true queen of YA literature, and though it’s been a while since I read any of her books (tsk), she’ll always stand out as a favorite.
Brian Jacques. I was struggling to come up with a tenth author, but then I read i swim for oceans’s Top Ten Tuesday post, and my choice became clear: of course Brian Jacques is invited! Martin the Warrior is one of the first books I remember crying over (Rose!), and, please, just look at that cheery smile!
Laura Ingalls Wilder. My parents gave me a copy of Little House in the Big Woods when I was 5? 6? And These Happy Golden Years was the first chapter book I ever read on my own—my dad had been reading it aloud to me, but one day, I got impatient and finished it on my own. I think Laura is responsible for my love for stories of westward expansion, and how amazing would it be to listen to her stories during dinner?
Patricia C. Wrede. One of the first book reviews I ever wrote was of Dealing with Dragons (as a home-schooler, this is what I did with my spare time), and this past summer, I read both of Frontier Magic books, which makes me think it’d be fascinating to listen to Wrede talk to Wilder*.
Sarah Dessen. Surely you didn’t think I’d leave off my favorite contemporary YA authors, and of those, Sarah Dessen is #1. This Lullaby is my all-time favorite of hers, but ultimately I love everything she writes, and I buy each new book immediately upon release. From what I’ve seen of public appearances, she is an absolute darling. I want to be her BFF.
Megan McCafferty. Bumped may have been less than expected, but Jessica Darling and Marcus Flutie will be amazing forever. I love McCafferty’s taste in pop culture, so I know we’d have a lots to talk about, and I would use her presence at my Thanksgiving dinner to shamelessly lobby for Aubrey Plaza to be cast as movie adaptation Jessica.
What about you? Which authors would you invite to your Thanksgiving dinner?
*I am so frustrated that I couldn’t find a black and white picture of Patricia C. Wrede!