Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Top Ten Authors I Want At My Thanksgiving Dinner


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This week we're celebrating Turkey Day, Bookish style. Here are my (Tahleen's) top ten authors I would want to be at my table on Thanksgiving.

1. Bill Bryson. Duh. Number one, always. If you all know anything about me, you know that I want this man to be a member of my family/my best friend. I'm sure we would spend Thanksgiving listening to hilarious stories of Thanksgivings past, and learn a lot about the history of the holiday too, told in an entertaining manner of course.

2. Maureen Johnson. Another fun house guest I'd love to host. Things would not be boring, and my life would be richer for it.

3. John Green. If the Nerdfighter videos and his books are anything to go by, John Green would make another fun guest. Plus, he's already friends with Maureen Johnson, so they would know someone! :)

4. Libba Bray. Another one I've met in real life, and another lovely person who is also funny and a good conversationalist. Also, friends with John Green and Maureen Johnson. The banter would be never-ending and awesome. BTW, Libba, I would tell you if you had something in your teeth. ;)

5. Madeleine L'Engle. If she were still alive, I'd be honored to host her in my home. She and her books have made a huge impact on my life.

6. Jane Austen. Since I'm including authors who've passed on, what the hell. I love her books and she seemed like she'd be a real kick to have around, if her biographies are telling the truth. (I'm sensing a theme here—I like fun people.)

7. Sherman Alexie. I love his books, especially The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, and he seems like a really nice guy from what I've read of his personal writing and Twitter. (Have I mentioned how much I love Twitter? I love Twitter.)

8. Laurie Halse Anderson. I've actually met her before and can attest to her awesomeness first hand. She is a wonderful lady and I would love to have her at my table. Plus her books are pretty fantastic.

9. Veronica Roth. She is just so adorable.

10. Rebecca Rasmussen. Such a sweetheart. She always has the nicest things to say and would bring warmth to any gathering she attends.

It's too bad that my authors either are dead or have families of their own to spend Thanksgiving with. I hope you all have a lovely holiday with your family and friends! Enjoy the time around the table and with your loved ones.



51 comments :

  1. Madeleine L'Engle!! I wish I had thought of her. Awesome.

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  2. BAH how could I have left LHA off mine. I LUB HER!!!

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  3. FREAKING BILL BRYSON. I love him. He's hilarious and awesome and I'd love to hear about his travels in England in person, gah!

    And, John Green! I thought about adding him but my reason would have been "cause he's a total babe" hahaha

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  4. Hey we have three of the same authors! Awesome. Great list.

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  5. I definitely invited Veronica Roth, too! I thought about Laurie Halse Anderson after I'd finished! So fun to see similarities in our faves. :)

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  6. Laurie Halse Anderson! Must add her to my list! Some interesting and awesome choices on your list. Libba Bray was on my list this week as well!

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  7. Fantastic Choices! I should have chosen Jane Austen, she's amazing! <3

    -Kate
    My first ever TTT: http://www.nomalicousreads.com

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  8. Such a fun prompt this time, folks! And I did choose Jane too.

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  9. Probably i should have chosen Jane Austen and Francis S. Fitzgerald !
    Great top ten ^^
    I'm doing the french top ten ;)

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  10. I have Maureen Johnson and John Green on my list in the exact same order as you! Awesome. We should just merge our parties so there will be no awkwardness as to which they choose.

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  11. hey, you can totally dig up dead authors for this! i second the l'engle and bryson invites!

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  12. What an interesting hop! Off the top of my head, I'd like to have:

    Joel and Victoria Osteen
    Betty White
    Coach K (Duke's b-ball coach)
    John Katz
    Torey Hayden
    Nicholas Sparks
    Terri Blackstock
    Dorothy Garlock
    Debbie Macomber

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  13. Ooh! Madeleine L'Engle is a great choice!

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  14. This was a fun question this week! Good choices on your list....

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  15. Great list. Love Bill Btryson too. Lots of people with great senses of humor.

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  16. Awesome choices! I definitely agree about Jane Austen, Madeline d'Engle, and Sherman Alexie! I haven't heard of Rebecca Rasmussen so I'll have to check her stuff out. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  17. Nice list! I was *this* close to including Bill Bryson on my list. He would make a fantastic dinner guest.
    Have a great Thanksgiving!

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  18. Of course, you would all be invited to this Thanksgiving dinner. And BETTY WHITE!! What a great idea, Karen! Wish I had thought of it.

    Angie, I think that's a great idea—don't want to make them have to choose between us. :)

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  19. Great list! I think I have to check out Bill Bryson ... I keep hearing great things about him!

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  20. I'm glad you added in some deceased authors, because I would certainly have a few at mine. What a hard topic! I like how you did pretty well putting women and men on your dinner list. That's difficult. I realize I don't read that many male authors... must get on that.

    This is my list:

    1. Truman Capote
    2. Stephanie Perkins
    3. Judy Blume
    4. Tiffanie DeBartolo
    5. Julie Andrews (hello! She wrote a book that is wonderful haha)
    6. Ann M. Martin
    7. Nicholas Sparks (entertainment purposes, plus he knows Zac Efron)
    8. Megan McCafferty
    9. Melissa Bank
    10. Louis Sachar (Wayside School love!)

    My blogging partner, Magan, wrote her awesome list here: http://ratherbereadingblog.com/top-10-tuesday-authors-i-wanna-dine-with

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  21. These are some awesome authors!! I would love to have Maureen Johnson over for Thanksgiving, she's hilarious!

    My Teaser/Top Ten

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  22. Oh I would have loved to have Madeleine L'Engle over for Thanksgiving! I decided to keep my list to those authors who were alive because I think it would be just too sad otherwise.

    I love your list, but don't know many of the living author's personalities. Think I may have to start stalking them on Twitter.

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  23. nice list! i haven't read any bill bryson books yet but he sounds fun. i limited my list to living people to make it easier but i would totally invite jane austen if that wasn't the case.

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  24. Bill Bryson and Molly Shannon. What a hoot!

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  25. I toyed with Maureen Johnson, too because she seems like a ball of fun! Same with Sherman Alexie. He's amazing! Great list! Oh, and Happy Thanksgiving!

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  26. Bill Bryson and John Green = yes!
    Great list!

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  27. This looks fun! If I didn't have an author Q&A on my blog today, I would TOTALLY participated!

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  28. Libba Bray <3 Oh, and Jane Austen's a good pick too!

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  29. John Green, Libba Bray, Jane Austen, and Laurie Halse Anderson are all on my list, too! (:

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  30. John Green, Libba Bray, Jane Austen, and Laurie Halse Anderson are all on my list, too! (:

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  31. Loved the list idea! I have L'Engle and Austen on my list, too. :)

    Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

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  32. I also have Veronica Roth at my table too.

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  33. Great idea! I thought it would take longer than it did for me to think of 10 authors ha!!

    Otherwhere.co

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  34. Love Bill Bryson! A Walk in the Woods is my favorite of his, I think.

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  35. Love this TTT!! Happy Thankgiving! :)

    -Meredith

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  36. I was late getting mine up...but it was a lot of fun doing it!!! I'll have to keep doing these!

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  37. I would also love to meet Jane Austen and Mr. Darcy of course since he is my future husband....
    check out my very first Top Ten Tuesday Post http://tessmw.blogspot.com/2011/11/top-ten-authors-i-want-at-my.html

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  38. I almost skipped this week, but once I started thinking about the topic I knew I had to post! So much fun to imagine!

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  39. I have a feeling Bill Bryson would be hilarious.

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  40. Loved your list! Canadian Thanksgiving was last month, so I opted for a 10 books to take on a desert island as my first "Top Ten Tuesday." I can't wait for next Tuesday now!

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  41. Awh! It's funny I found a theme in mine too-I picked a bunch of people who would be really good at telling stories around the table. I think that would be an amazing Thanksgiving--just telling stories, whether fictional or true.

    Here's my list:
    http://bellsbeautifulbooks.blogspot.com/2011/11/top-ten-tuesday-authors-i-would-like-to.html

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  42. Better late than never...got mine up!

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  43. Awesome list! Would love to be invited to this dinner party, as it would be the best ever!

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  44. This was a fun trip down memory lane. Thanks!

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  45. childhood favorites, want to reread, made me cry.laugh. - all of these have common books.. i did not include my ever favorite short stories in todays top ten..:)

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