Top Ten Tuesday #4


After last week’s rather negative list, it’s nice to be back to a positive topic, and I particularly love this week’s Top Ten Authors I would love to meet, as there are so many authors that I would like to meet, my current total of authors I’ve met stands at one, Jodi Picoult last year, so I would love to be able to add more authors to that tally. I’m going to stick to living authors on this one, because if I did Top Ten Authors I’d Like To Meet, living and dead, then I would probably come out with way more than ten! This is in no particular order.

1. JK Rowling-A pretty obvious one, this one, I think if I actually met her, I would probably faint! This woman is my inspiration to write, ever since I was younger I always said that I wanted to be an author like JK Rowling, so meeting her would just be a dream come true!

2. Rick Riordan-Again, another pretty obvious one given how much I go on about Percy Jackson on this blog! I’ve wanted to meet him ever since I started reading the PJO books, but since he only ever tours the U.S. and Canada, it is unlikely to happen, since I live in the UK. Still, a girl can dream right?

3. Derek Landy-How could I not want to meet the guy who created Skulduggery Pleasant? I almost went last year, but my friend wanted to go as well, and we couldn’t find a date that he was in the UK that worked for both of us, so neither of us went. I really want to see if he’s as funny in real life as he seems in the authors notes in his books and on Twitter, and ask him how he came up with the weird and wonderful world of Skulduggery Pleasant. You never know, maybe I’ll be able to meet him when he tours to promote Demon Road, his new book. I hope so!

4. Sarah J Maas-She is one of my new favourite authors, and if her tour dates weren’t during my exam time, then I might have been able to meet her when she comes to the UK for the ACOTAR tour, but sadly it is during in my exam time, so I can’t go to any of the dates. Hopefully, when she tours for QOS I will be able to meet her. She’s a real inspiration to me, having written Throne of Glass from such a young age and I’d love to see if she has any tips for young aspiring authors like me.

5. Maggie Stiefvater-From her Twitter, the woman seems hilarious, and I’d love to see if this is the case in real life, she seems like a really cool, fun person, and I reckon meeting her would be a blast, plus I love the Raven Boys books. I don’t know if she ever tours the UK though, as I’ve never seen any UK tour dates on her website, but if she ever does, then I would love to meet her.

6. Neal Shusterman-I have become obsessed with this guy after reading The Unwind Dystology, and I can’t wait to read more of his books, so I’d really love to meet him, and find out more about the background behind the writing process of Unwind (particularly That Scene in the first book) and how the idea came about. Again, he doesn’t seem to tour in the UK (I’ve never seen any UK tour dates), but if he ever does, then I would love to meet him.

7. Sophie McKenzie-I’ve devoured so many of her books in the past year, she has such an addictive writing style, and I would just really love to meet her, as her books are pretty much auto-buys for me at this point, and I would like to meet the woman behind them. If she comes to the UK then I will definitely try to get tickets to one of her events.

8. Malorie Blackman-The Noughts and Crosses series are among my favourite books, and I’ve wanted to meet her ever since I read them, so if I ever got the chance to meet her, I would jump at it!

9. Suzanne Collins-She wrote the Hunger Games and I have those books to thank for my current obsession with dystopian fiction, so I would really love to meet her, and just tell her how much I enjoyed her books, and how they opened up a whole genre for me that I never thought of reading before.

10. Markus Zusak-I love The Book Thief so much, it’s one of my favourite books. It’s such a unique and beautiful book, and again, I would just really love to meet the man who wrote it, and ask him how came up with this amazing story, particularly the genius idea of having Death as the narrator.

I realise that most of these were on my top ten list a couple of weeks ago, but they are my favourite authors, so it’s pretty much a given that they would be on here, and I did add two new ones, but there could have been so many more authors than just these ones. Do we share any of these? Is there anyone who isn’t on my list that you think should be? Let me know, I love your comments! I will be back next week with another top ten, next week’s is a freebie, so I’ve chosen to do a list of my top ten favourite female Harry Potter characters, and look out for Wishlist Wednesday tomorrow.

119 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #4

  1. Lifewithcassandra May 12, 2015 / 8:26 am

    I really enjoyed reading the Hunger games trilogy , so it would be awesome meeting te author and asking her about her plans for a new book. Great list

  2. Baggins @ Pinker Than Fiction Reviews May 12, 2015 / 10:21 am

    Awesome list! I’ve met Maggie Stiefvater, and she’s cool. Markus Zusak would be great, The Book Thief is just amazing. I’m sorry you won’t get to meet Sarah J Maas. I’ll be meeting her when she comes to Australia, hopefully…if nothing changes between now and then! *crosses fingers* I hope you get the chance another time. Thanks for stopping by my blog, JJ. πŸ™‚

  3. Rosy @ The Review Diaries May 12, 2015 / 10:28 am

    Such a great list. There’s quite a bit of overlap between authors we want to meet! Love your choices, thank you for sharing them!
    My TTT

  4. Book Splurge May 12, 2015 / 12:30 pm

    Great List! I loved The Hunger Games, I read all of the books back to back and then read them again a few months later.

    • iloveheartlandx May 12, 2015 / 12:39 pm

      I think I got through all of them in the course of one Easter holiday!

  5. rhodak May 12, 2015 / 1:21 pm

    Oh Markus Zusak is a great pick! I’d love to chat with him too. x

    • iloveheartlandx May 12, 2015 / 1:28 pm

      He definitely seems like someone you could have a good chat with.

  6. Steph @ Scarlet Nerded May 12, 2015 / 1:28 pm

    Such a great list! Pretty much would love to meet anyone on this list too. I totally agree that itt would be really interesting to talk to Markus Zusak, especially about making death the narrator! Coolest concept and I would love to know more about what sparked it.

    • iloveheartlandx May 12, 2015 / 1:31 pm

      Me too, the book is so full of interesting ideas, it would be great to find out more about what inspired them, particularly Death as the narrator. That made the book for me.

  7. Jennifer @ YA Book Nerd May 12, 2015 / 1:46 pm

    Sarah J Maas is awesome – I’ve met her briefly, but I wouldn’t mind hanging out over a drink or ice cream

  8. elena May 12, 2015 / 1:47 pm

    I would seriously just die if I met Markus Zusak. There’s a Death pun in here somewhere but my brain is not working right now…

  9. Caught Read Handed May 12, 2015 / 1:52 pm

    Maggie Stiefvater is awkward and wonderful and funny, and I really hope you get to meet her one day. I had the wonderful opportunity to interview her last year and I had the BEST time.

  10. Veronika May 12, 2015 / 1:53 pm

    Maggie Stiefvater made my list too. She is not only an incredibly talented author, but like you said she seems hilarious based on her tweets. Also, my friend would go mad if she was able to meet with Sarah J. Maas, she’s her very favorite author.

    • iloveheartlandx May 12, 2015 / 2:13 pm

      I’d imagine she’d be a blast to meet! Seems like me and your friend would have a lot to fangirl about together!

  11. christine danielle May 12, 2015 / 2:12 pm

    I absolutely love that you chose Rowling and Maas because they seem like really great people. πŸ™‚
    Top Ten Tuesday

  12. beckmank May 12, 2015 / 2:48 pm

    Great list! I always enjoy seeing who other people chose. I usually either think, why didn’t I think of that? or I’ve got to check that book/author out. πŸ™‚ Thanks for pointing me to some new books!

  13. laylapalooza May 12, 2015 / 3:16 pm

    OHHHH Neal Shusterman is great! I met him last year at a conference and yes, he talked a little bit about Unwind. (Though like you I would also love to hear him talk about a particular scene in that book, because MY GOD.) Anyway, he’s wonderful – a very funny and gracious guy.

    I’ve never read Rick Riordan but I know some folks love his books. Should I pick him up? I do like mythology. They seem like the kind of thing I would have been all over as a Middle Grade reader.

    • iloveheartlandx May 12, 2015 / 4:22 pm

      Oh man! I’m so jealous! I’d love to go to something like that. I know! I mean I barely managed to read that scene so I have no idea how he managed to write it! He does seem that way from his Twitter acount.
      If you like mythology, then Rick Riordan is great, he really knows his stuff when it comes to greek myths and they’re really funny. I highly recommend his books.

  14. Michelle@Michelle'sMinions May 12, 2015 / 3:28 pm

    Great list! I don’t know why I didn’t add JK Rowling. Maybe because it’ll probably never happen, lol. I have met Suzanne Collins and she’s very nice. I hope you get to meet some of them someday!

    Michelle @ Michelle’s Minions

    • iloveheartlandx May 12, 2015 / 4:25 pm

      Most of these will probably never happen, but a girl can dream! Ah lucky! I hope so too. Hopefully Sarah J Maas will come here to promote Queen of Shadows, so if I can go then, I definitely will!

  15. prairiedances May 12, 2015 / 3:42 pm

    AH! Suzanne Collins, I forgot about her. Great choice! I’d love to pick her brain to see how she’s able to keep such a low profile. She’s like a unicorn. Great list πŸ™‚

    Thanks for stopping by my TTT at !

    • iloveheartlandx May 12, 2015 / 4:26 pm

      Yeah you don’t really hear much about her? I guess it’s because she hasn’t written much since The Hunger Games.

  16. Brenda May 12, 2015 / 4:49 pm

    Love the overlap in authors that we both choose (Rowling, Stiefvater and Riordan) I picked them for the very same reasons as you did! Thanks for stopping by my TTT today. Happy Reading.

    • iloveheartlandx May 12, 2015 / 4:53 pm

      Yeah, those three are good choices! Thanks for stopping by mine

  17. Sue Holmes May 12, 2015 / 4:53 pm

    This is a really great list! I would especially love to meet Maggie Stiefvater – her books Lament and Ballard are the kind of favourites I want to carry with me all the time.
    My TTT

    • iloveheartlandx May 12, 2015 / 4:55 pm

      I actually haven’t read those ones, just The Raven Boys series and The Scorpio Races

  18. Ashley May 12, 2015 / 4:56 pm

    Great list of authors to meet! πŸ™‚

  19. Erin May 12, 2015 / 5:18 pm

    Great list! The Hunger Games was also my first venture into YA dystopian and really opened a new area of books for me!

  20. iloveheartlandx May 12, 2015 / 5:35 pm

    Thanks! I love it when you read a book and it opens up a whole new genre of books for you!

  21. Jenny Duffy May 12, 2015 / 5:36 pm

    Excellent list! I didn’t even think of Suzanne Collins…I have met Derek Landy, he’s hilarious in person as well as in words. Hope you get to meet him soon πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx May 12, 2015 / 5:39 pm

      Ah you’re so lucky! I’ve been wanting to meet him since I started Skulduggery Pleasant, so I hope I get to meet him soon too! He seems to tour quite a bit, and he does come to the UK so I should have a decent chance.

  22. Marie May 12, 2015 / 5:40 pm

    Great list. I wanted to add Suzanne Collins to my list, but I wanted to keep the list at 10.

    • iloveheartlandx May 12, 2015 / 5:41 pm

      I had the same problem, I’ve been going through everyone’s lists and seeing so many authors that I would like to meet but couldn’t put on my list because I wanted to keep it at 10 too.

  23. Petra May 12, 2015 / 6:04 pm

    Oh, I completely forgot about Neal Shusterman. I’d definitely want to talk to him about that scene in Unwind. Which is probably one of the most chocking reading experiences for me ever. Great list, and thanks for stopping by my TTT earlier. πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx May 12, 2015 / 6:07 pm

      Yeah for me too! I’m never going to forget reading that scene. Thank you, yours was good too.

  24. Christina May 12, 2015 / 7:26 pm

    Suzanne Collins would be awesome to meet… didn’t even think of that! And I have my first Sarah J. Maas book on my to-read shelf I hope to get to soon. Thanks for commenting on and sharing your thoughts! Great list you have…

    • iloveheartlandx May 12, 2015 / 7:27 pm

      Thanks! Let me know what you think of Sarah J Maas once you’ve read her books!

  25. adventurekettle May 12, 2015 / 7:27 pm

    Markus Zusak is a good one! I’m still reading The Book Thief, but I think he’s very creative and handles the tough subject matter very well. Happy reading!

    • iloveheartlandx May 12, 2015 / 7:28 pm

      Such a good book! Definitely one of my favourites! Let me know what you think when you’re done

  26. ChrissiReads May 12, 2015 / 7:28 pm

    Ooh fantastic list. I could have added so many of these authors to my list too!

  27. Jenni Elyse (@jenni_elyse) May 12, 2015 / 7:53 pm

    Awesome list! I’ve had the chance to meet Maggie Stiefvater and Markus Zusak and they were awesome in person, especially Markus Zusak. I could just sit and listen to and look at him all day. I hope you get the chance to meet more authors! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    • iloveheartlandx May 12, 2015 / 7:56 pm

      Lucky you! I bet they were amazing! I hope so too, I’d love to meet the people behind my favourite books!

  28. Eileen May 12, 2015 / 9:20 pm

    JK Rowling for sure! I didn’t actually put her on my list because I figured she’s a given πŸ˜‰

  29. Jacque May 12, 2015 / 10:01 pm

    Awesome list. I included Rowling and Riordan on my list as well. I’ve met Maggie Stiefvater or I would have included her as well. I love the Raven Cycle series. I also really enjoyed The Book Thief and considered adding Zusak to my list, but I ran out of spots.

    Thanks for stopping by my TTT and sharing your list!!

    • iloveheartlandx May 12, 2015 / 10:53 pm

      You’re so lucky to have met her! I hope she comes to the UK soon. Yeah Rowling and Riordan were musts for me! I understand, I could have had so many more than the ones I listed here!

  30. Alex @ The Book Banner May 12, 2015 / 11:07 pm

    Markus Zusak should be on my list because I love everything he’s written! Rick Riordan is another great author, I love his books and it would be fun to pick his brain to make sure nothing else super crazy happens to my favorite characters, (which is all of them.) Great list!

    Thanks for stopping by my TTT.
    Alex @ The Book Banner

    • iloveheartlandx May 12, 2015 / 11:10 pm

      It’s tough to narrow down all the authors you love and would like to meet down to ten. I have way more than these, trust me! Yes, meeting Rick Riordan would be awesome, and he really does need to stop with the super crazy stuff happening to characters we love! (Well not too much because it makes for good reading, but I would like a cliffhanger that I could feasibly wait a year to resolve if possible!)

  31. Kristin May 12, 2015 / 11:45 pm

    So many great authors on your list! Why oh why haven’t I read more Sarah J. Maas!!!

  32. sarahlikesbooks May 13, 2015 / 12:13 am

    I’ve got my fingers crossed for Maggie touring the fourth Raven Cycle book over here…
    I’m sure you’ll get to meet Malorie Blackman, she is so active in UKYA and general UK book land! (Also she’s amazing, of course.)

    • iloveheartlandx May 13, 2015 / 5:52 am

      Me too! Yeah that is true, since she’s a UK author, I probably have a better chance of meeting her.

  33. Jessica@Lovin' Los Libros May 13, 2015 / 12:56 am

    I really hope you get to meet Sarah J. Maas someday! I just met her last week and she was SO GREAT! I’d like to meet Rick Riordan someday myself, as well as J.K. Rowling!

    • iloveheartlandx May 13, 2015 / 5:54 am

      I hope so too! If she is back here touring for Queen of Shadows and I can go, then I’m there. Me too, but I think they’re both probably long shots, since Rick Riordan does not tour the UK (why?????) and I haven’t heard of JK Rowling doing any events.

  34. Lindea May 13, 2015 / 2:57 am

    J.K. Rowling is on to of my list too, I think fainting would be an understatement, if I ever met her I would probably drop into a coma xD

    • iloveheartlandx May 13, 2015 / 5:56 am

      Yeah, probably! She’s the author I’ve most wanted to be like ever since I was little, so meeting her would be just…..amazing.

  35. lulusrantsandreads May 13, 2015 / 4:16 am

    I love Markus Zusak! Such a great author. I would love to meet Maggie Steifvater and I just added Skulduggery to my TBR the other day! Too funny that Derek Landy would be on your list! πŸ™‚ Rick Rioradan I NEED to meet, like ASAP. JK Rowling is a must, of course. I loved the Hunger Games. It took me a day to read each book, so yes to Suzanne Collins! Great list πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx May 13, 2015 / 6:02 am

      Yeah he is, I really need to get around to reading his other book at some point (seriously wish he had more than two though!). Yeah meeting Maggie would be awesome. Ooh! I hope you enjoy! Let me know! Yeah Derek Landy (from what I can tell) seems to be seriously awesome and who wouldn’t want to meet a guy who created a magic skeleton detective? Me too. I’m clearly going to have to find a way to get out the US and see him (why can he not just come to the UK? Lots of us love him over here!). Of course, she’s been on like everyone’s lists. Me too, although I have to say I didn’t get through the books that fast, for me it was one Easter holiday to get through all three. Thank you!

  36. readerbuzz May 13, 2015 / 11:00 am

    I have so many wonderful stories about Rick Riordan that I could do a post just about meeting him! (I think I will one day.) The short of it: he is fabulous…so if he does make it your way, don’t miss him!

  37. iloveheartlandx May 13, 2015 / 11:02 am

    I would definitely read it! Let’s hope one day he makes it to the UK, I’d definitely go see him if he ever did.

  38. Andrea @ Mountain Rhinestones May 13, 2015 / 11:47 am

    I totally forgot about Maggie for my list lol. I loved Shiver and Linger. I haven’t had time to read forever yet, but hopefully it happens soon.

    • iloveheartlandx May 13, 2015 / 11:53 am

      I actually haven’t read those ones! I’ve read the Scorpio Races and all the Raven Boys books so far, but not those ones.

  39. Liesel Hill May 13, 2015 / 12:58 pm

    Neither Suzanne Collins nor Markus Zusak made my list, but I’d love to meet both of them. Great list! Thanks for visiting mine! πŸ˜€

    • iloveheartlandx May 13, 2015 / 1:57 pm

      Thanks! Your list was great too, it’s impossible to include everyone you want to when you can only choose ten authors!

  40. Markus Zusak and Neal Shusterman were both almost on my list πŸ™‚ I had a lot of trouble narrowing my list down this week.
    Also, I live in the middle of nowhere, so I have very high hopes of meeting authors this month at Book Expo (Manhattan!)

    It was nice to do another positive list, and I have zero ideas for next week, but I’ll definitely check out your Top 10 female HP characters!

    Here’s my list:

    • iloveheartlandx May 13, 2015 / 2:00 pm

      Me too! I’ve been going round people’s lists and being like, darn, why didn’t I put them on my list?! I live in a little village but I’m not that far away from Cambridge, so I can get the train to go to book events in London (of which there are quite a few) it just depends on the timing of the events. They’re usually on when I’m busy! Still, I hope I one day get to meet at least a few of these. Yeah, I like to rant about things I don’t like, but I much prefer gushing about authors and books that I do like! After all that’s why I write my blog!
      Thanks for visiting!

  41. Lizzie the Sarcastic Blonde May 13, 2015 / 2:11 pm

    JK Rowling and Sarah J. Maas were on my list as well! They’d be amazing to meet! Thanks for visiting my TTT!

  42. iloveheartlandx May 13, 2015 / 2:13 pm

    They would be. JK Rowling’s a long shot, but I’m hoping Sarah J Maas will be back in the UK to promote Queen of Shadows so fingers crossed that I can go if she is! Thanks for visiting mine!

  43. Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense May 13, 2015 / 3:03 pm

    I almost included Sarah J. Maas. I think she’s terrific and would love to talk about Throne of Glass with her. I just started a Twitter account and the first author I followed was Maggie Stiefvater. She’s on tumblr and she’s always so hilarious.

    • iloveheartlandx May 13, 2015 / 3:11 pm

      Yeah I love her! I’m hoping she comes back to the UK to promote Queen of Shadows and that I’ll be able to meet her then. Maggie Stiefvater does have the most amazing Twitter account. She’s my favourite author out of the ones I follow on Twitter.

  44. journeythroughfiction May 13, 2015 / 3:44 pm

    I’d love to meet so many of the authors on your list! I’d love to meet Suzanne Collins for the exact same reason as you mentioned. I didn’t think I could love dystopian fiction, but the Hunger Games helped me branch out and try so many other awesome books. Awesome list, and thanks for stopping by my blog!

    • iloveheartlandx May 13, 2015 / 3:47 pm

      Yeah I love it when a book does that for you, I’ve also read so many great dystopias since The Hunger Games. Thanks! Thank you for stopping by my blog too.

  45. Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard May 13, 2015 / 3:57 pm

    Rowling & Riordan made my list as well! Maggie Stiefvater is indeed a blast in person. She gave a talk about her books and writing in general at a nearby library. I hadn’t read her books but took my daughter, who writes (extremely well, I might add!), to hear her. We both enjoyed the talk immensely.

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