Top 10 Tuesday: Authors I’d Love to Meet

Top 10 Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday – Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

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This week’s Top 10 Tuesday is about authors you’d like to meet or possibly get their autograph. I’ve got a little bit of a list of people that I think it’d be super neat to meet and will actually be meeting a couple of them in the near future! This list is in order of who I read the longest time ago and have kinda always wanted to meet and forward onto more recent authors I’ve found and would love to meet.

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J.K. Rowling – I cannot think of anyone I’d like to meet more than her. I’ve ALWAYS wanted to meet her since I read the Harry Potter series. She literally shaped my childhood.

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Stephanie Meyers – a lot of people gripe about the Twilight series and I’ve got my own thoughts on it as well, but this was the second series I picked up to take me out of my Harry Potter slump. I’ll always be #TeamJacob.

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Neil Gaiman – Talk about such detailed storytelling. Gaiman was introduced to me in High School by my friends.

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Orson Scott Card – Now this one I blame on my husband. He’s the BIGGEST OSC fanboy out there, which in turn got me to start reading his novels. I’m still working my way through the worlds of the Enders Saga, but I will say that his Pathfinder series is pretty neat.

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Ernest Cline – I’m HUGE on nostalgia and there’s something about the books that he has put out just keep me coming back and re-reading them, or well listening on repeat on audio book. I just want to geek out with him.

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Rainbow Rowell – I’ve read a few of her books and there’s something really authentic about all of them that I really would love to meet her in person to see where these stories come from. I may be seeing her at BookCon in NYC this summer.

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Jen Sincero – if you haven’t read You Are A Badass, get to your nearest bookstore and pick it up ASAP. Her humor and wit is awesome – plus the book really put things into perspective for me and I would love to thank her for that.

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Sarah J. Maas – I’ve had friends begging me to read the Throne of Glass and A Court of Thorns and Roses series for FOREVER and I just recently was able to start digging in. This woman knows how to write up some book boyfriends and I just need to hug her for giving me all the feels. I will actually be meeting her this May while she is on the book tour for the third installment of the ACOTAR series.

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Cora Carmack – I’ve mainly had online interactions with Cora since I am a part of her Roar street team, but she is the NICEST person ever and I totally want to meet her in person to thank her for the opportunity. I’m totally stoked to start reading her other series (I think I’ll delve into the Rusk University series first) and I maaaayyyy be seeing her at BookCon in NYC this summer and again in 2018 when I hopefully go to Apollycon.

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Stephanie Garber – HAVE YOU READ CARAVAL?!?! I read her awesome authors note from my Owlcrate in February and we have a lot of things in common, so I’d love to meet her. I may see her at BookCon in NYC this summer.

I honestly have a TON of authors I’d love to meet and it seems that a lot of them are also on the lineup for BookCon this summer – that’s pretty exciting to me! Do we share any authors that you’d like to meet? Have you met any authors that were really cool?

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Soundtrack Saturday – Hosted by The Hardcover Lover
Create a mini or full soundtrack for that book based on characters and plot details. Post and link up!

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Let me know what you think of my choices in the comments!

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Review: Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

norse-mythology-coverTitle: Norse Mythology

Author: Neil Gaiman

Published: February 7th 2017 by W. W. Norton & Company

Genre: Mythology, Fiction, Short Stories

Series Information: Standalone

Format: Hardcover, 304 pages

Source: Personal purchase

Recommended For: Mythology and History buffs who want a quicker read of the Poetic Eddas with witty prose.

Goodreads Rating: 4.27

My Rating: ✰✰✰✰✰

 

As someone who loves learning about the history of different cultures, mythology tends to be one of my favorite subjects to read about. For one of my college courses, we had to pick a work not originally written in English to use as a basis for a creative piece, the Poetic Eddas was my choice for the project. Let’s just say that even with the translations on the market, they’re pretty heavy to read through.
This book was on my radar when it was first announced then somehow I lost my list of books-to-read. Thanks to a friend of mine on Facebook, I was quickly reminded and ran over to the bookstore to grab myself a copy. I am currently in the middle of reading Night Circus, but with this being a shorter book I figured I could take a quick break.
Norse Mythology was read in about a day. The short stories contained in the book are quick to digest, even if you’re trying to navigate the correct pronunciation of Norwegian names. The book starts with a refresher on the main Norse pantheon: Odin, Thor, and Loki – these three are always the main focus of the mythology. Even though Gaiman makes a point to explain how these Gods appear in the original myths, I cannot help but imagine their Marvel equivalents from the movies. One character I was happy to read more about was Freya – Gaiman gives her such a sassy spirited character that made me laugh out loud a few times. The stories themselves are fascinating from the creation of the nine worlds and the many races within them to awkward situations (Thor in a wedding dress or Loki birthing Sleipnir, the eight-legged horse) and the end of times, Ragnarök. Also included at the end of the book is an index of the various Gods, Goddesses, and items mentioned throughout the book for quick reference to their stories.

I personally really enjoyed this book and retelling of the Eddas – Gaiman has written a wonderful rendition of these northern tales.

Purchase a copy for yourself here: Norse Mythology

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