I like this because it’ll allow me to highlight some of my favourite bloggers, as well as a few authors and other bookish folks.
1. Karen from One More Page… – Because she’s smart, eloquent and a lot of fun to chat with on Twitter. She’s also a Canadian blogger (from my hometown, no less, though she defected to Toronto) and her tastes in books run similar to my own. She hasn’t been blogging for that long yet, but I already find myself getting excited whenever I see she’s got a new post up!
2. Julianne from Outlandish Lit – I very much enjoy chatting with Julianne. Her tastes in books are so different from the norm, which I find refreshing, and she’s smart, spunky and highly entertaining!
3. Gillian Berry from Writer of Wrongs – Well, obviously. Her reviews are arguably my faves because I love her tone, irreverent sense of humour and excellent use of GIFs. Also her dog Ginger seems pretty awesome.
4. Stacie from Books Galore – One of the sweetest, most humble and yet prolific book bloggers out there, particularly if you consider that she’s a young mum of a beautiful little girl. She always replies to comments – in fact, she’ll engage in entire comment convos – and she’s great at finding time to stop by and comment. Something I’m pretty horrible at, so I aspire to. She’s also British, so I love imagining her accent when I’m reading her comments!
Honourable Mention: Katrin from Land of Candy Canes and Martha from Quick, Cheap and Pretty. They’re not technically book bloggers, hence not including them in the actual list, but they are bookish folks, and I consider them both friends despite never having met them. So they have to be on the list.
Other Bookish Folks:
5. Neil Gaiman – I just finished reading Fortunately, the Milk, and it has renewed my enjoyment of the way his mind works. Plus he seems like a smart but down to earth bloke.
6. Pretty much everyone who writes for Book Riot, but in particular Rebecca Schinsky. I just love how fiesty, smart and creative she is – both in her published articles and on Twitter.
7. Matthew Quick – Not only do I love his writing and his quirky characters, but he will take the time to interact with readers on Twitter and just seems like a super cool dude.
8. Rainbow Rowell or Rita Leganski – I think these two women are extraordinarily talented writers, and both their books have left lasting impressions on me. Not only that, but they’ve both taken the time to have small interactions with me on Twitter, which has left me feeling (aside from vaguely star-struck) that they are the sorts of people I’d very much enjoy having a little chat with. You know, if I could get past being star-struck and regain my ability to talk.
9. Maggie Stiefvater – Because funny. Also, though I haven’t read many of her books yet, she has impressed me with her ability to create passages that made me stop in my tracks to re-read and wallow in her words. She’s also another author who will respond to fans on Twitter. Seeing a theme here?
10. Douglas Coupland – I currently live in Coupland’s hometown (and was born in it) and so I’ve always felt this kind of affinity with his writing because I can put myself into his settings easily. I like that he not only is Canadian, but that he really uses that in his work. He values his roots, and he thinks they’re worth sharing. He wrote City of Glass, which is the utimate insider’s look at what Vancouver is really like.
In hindsight this might not have been the best topic, because the list is full and I feel like I’m just getting started! Who would you guys love to meet in person? //<![CDATA[ var sc_project=10144299; var sc_invisible=1; var sc_security="82f610c9"; var scJsHost = (("https:" == document.location.protocol) ? "https://secure." : "http://www."); document.write("”); //]]>