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Top Ten Tuesday: Book people I’d be okay with meeting 3/7/23

Hey y’all! Top Ten Tuesday is a bookish question idea that was originally created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, from way back in June 2010! Since January 2018, Top Ten Tuesday has been hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Thanks for taking it over! The idea is to make a list of ten books or bookish things on different topics each week. Check out her site for details on how to join and what the upcoming prompts are. 😊 You can also see all the posts from other bloggers linked on each weekly post on their main site.

This week’s prompt is about characters or otherwise book-related people we want to meet in real life (if possible!) and to be honest that’s kind of a tough one for me. Usually the characters in books I read are extremely larger than life and intimidating (ie universe-ending magic users and shit) or otherwise are generally normal people but whom I might not particularly crave meeting. πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ

So I’ve got a mix of authors of nonfiction novels that I think it would be neat to talk with, and a few books with characters I’d be willing to meet I suppose.

The Books

The Reasons

Meet the authors

The Dalai Lama’s Cat by David Michie

I’d ask about: principles of Buddhism, his relationship to Buddhism, the process of narrating from a cat, how he determines what the Dalai Lama would do and say, the sources and/or accuracy of his depictions of the setting

The Puma Years by Laura Coleman

I’d ask about: if she’s had anything else grow inside of her like she did the jungle worm in her leg, what places she’d recommend for volunteering (if other than the one she was at), if this is still the most life-defining thing she’s done or if anything else has joined (or surpassed) the list

This Is How You Vagina by Nicole E Williams, MD

I’d ask about: vaginas, other common questions she thinks are lacking information (and the answers to them!), how she decided the structure and progression for this, how she pitches this book to different people (men, women, family, patients, media, teens, adults, etc)

Around the World in 80 Plants by Jonathan Drori

I’d ask about: how many of these places he’s traveled to, the most interesting discovery he made in researching this, what kinds of plants were not included in the final copy of this that he had researched

Belonging by Nora Krug

I’d ask about: reconciliation of difficult family history (beyond what she talks about in this), continued experiences with the family she reconnects with, how she has or would address this with children / younger generations

Smoke Gets In Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty

I’d ask about: her satisfaction in her current role, what kind of feedback she’s received from people about her books, how to come to terms with others’ deaths, obligation around death and funerals

Meet a character

A Hundred Silent Ways by Mari Jojie

I’d meet Liam because: he has a great sense of humor, he’s incredibly true to himself, we could easily sit in comfortable silence together (har har but no for real, that’s a blessing)

When The Tiger Came Down The Mountain by Nghi Vo

I’d meet Chih because: they would have limitless incredibly stories, they seem incredibly calm and soothing, I’d love to ask more about their order and it’s beliefs and processes

Honey & Spice by Bolu Babalola

I’d meet Kiki because: she’s way cooler than me and I’d have a great time hanging out with her and holding nothing back. I think she’d be a great partner for any kind of conversation, and would inspire me to be all that I can be while also probably giving me some beauty tips

Summertide by Charlotte E English

I’d meet literally any of the characters because: they are all raindrops of magic in ways that make my heart feel full and the world feel loving and okay, and if I were reincarnated into the world of a story, I would want it to be this one.

Anna K Away by Jenny Lee

I’d meet Anna because: she feels more approachable in this sequel to the first book, she doesn’t know it but she is a daughter of an incredible literary character, I bet we could hang out and have a ton of fun as well as deep talk

Pride, Prejudice, and Turkish Delight by KC McCormick Cifti

I’d meet Eliza because: we have a lot in common — teachers in places away from home debating their career — and I’d love to have a travel buddy, especially one who could bond over the trials of school life as an adult instead of a student. Plus, delicious food and a love of learning about new cultures and places!

So yes today’s list is 12 even though I said I have a hard time with this prompt. xD But once I started thinking about it, I didn’t want to exclude any of these ones I thought of because they capture a wide range. πŸ™‚ Drop links to your own lists below!


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25 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Book people I’d be okay with meeting 3/7/23

    1. Lol yeah, I could tolerate it xD Most authors I’d pass with. Largely under the guide of “don’t meet your heroes” so I can just continue enjoying their art instead πŸ˜…

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    1. What I love most about the nonfiction ones is that it’s largely possible, since I could just try DMing them on social media or emailing their PR or something. It feels so plausible, if I really wanted to try.


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