Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish People I’d Like To Meet

Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

Ten people standing on top of a hill just as the sun has slipped below the horizon and darkness covers three quarters of the land. You can see the silhouettes of their bodies as they all leap for joy with their knees bent and their arms outstretched above them. While I currently have no plans to meet any of these bookish people,  it would be cool if that changed someday.

My prediction is that a lot of answers will probably be of famous authors and such. While there will be a few of those authors on my list, most of my answers will be of non-famous people I know whose online personas are kind and intelligent.

Honestly, who wouldn’t want to spend time with someone like that? (I’m sure they’re just as wonderful in person, too!)

1. Top Ten Tuesday Bloggers

It would be fun to meet some of the friendly Top Ten Tuesday bloggers I chat with throughout the week.  I don’t want to put anyone on the spot or make anyone feel overlooked by mentioning specific names, but let me know in advance if you’re open to this and have plans to visit Toronto in the future. We could snack on Beaver Tails* or check out the free bookish museum at the Toronto Reference Library or something.

*This is a Canadian pastry that is large and flat like a beaver’s tale. They have several delicious vegan options, too, for plant-based friends.


2. Berthold Gambrel 

He’s a fellow author and book reviewer I met on Twitter (before it imploded, of course). This will be a pattern for my next several answers because I am a creature of habit, so assume someone is a writer friend and kindred spirit from social media until I say otherwise.

Berthold and I have remarkably similar tastes in science fiction and he has a great sense of humour.


3. Hebah Amin-Headley 

I’d love to talk about books and knitting with her among many other topics.


4. Richard Pastore

He’s the sort of person you can talk about anything with. I can be a little shy sometimes, but I never feel shy around him. He’s so warm and welcoming to everyone.


5. Shykia Bell 

She’s only online in spurts, but I love her creativity and calm personality. Those are both excellent character traits.


6. Patrick Prescott 

Here is where I break the Writer Friends of Twitter (TM)  streak. Yes, he’s a writer friend, but I met him through Berthold Gambrel.

Patrick has a deep and methodical love for books. I’ve enjoyed his recommendations  over the years and hearing stories about how he’s filling his time with all sorts of cool volunteer and writing projects now that he’s retired.


7. Rivers Solomon

I still think about her characters in “The Deep” and would love to ask her all about them.


8. Neil Gaiman 

He seems like a cool guy.


9. Andy Weir

I want to hear about what science fiction adventure he’ll be writing next!


10. <Insert People I’ve Missed Here>

Every time I make one of these lists, I worry about accidentally leaving folks out whom I would have happily otherwise included. Therefore, I will leave a space for them at the end of this post. You are included.




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62 Responses to Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish People I’d Like To Meet

  1. It would be so cool to meet Rivers Solomon and Neil Gaiman. Hopefully you will someday!

  2. I definitely want to meet you and Berthold. I’m humbled by your inclusion of me in your list.

  3. How fun! I hope you get to meet at least one of these people in the near future.

  4. Including the T10T bloggers is super sweet! That would be fun. I imagine we’d all end up talking really, really loudly about our recent reads!

  5. Wendy Williams

    Nice list. I hope you get to meet someone on the list someday

  6. Oh yes, Andy Weir will be a great guest, I love how his books are scientific but his writing makes it easy to understand

  7. I completely understand your reasoning behind #10. That’s honestly one reason I often shy away from doing lists like these… I don’t like the thought of making someone sad because they think I left them off the list, when really my brain just hiccuped.

    That in mind, it should be no surprise that I went rogue this week with my TTT:

  8. What a neat list. They all sound like fascinating people to spend time with. And that Canadian snack sounds great!

  9. Meeting so many of the bloggers that one meets through the years is always a fun idea. No matter how unlikely it seems, who knows. Someday perhaps some of us will and I think some have already, too. 🙂 Hope you can meet some of the people on your list someday, too!!

  10. A Top Ten Tuesday contributors meet-up would be interesting and fun. Our local blogging group met up a decade or so ago and it was a lot of fun.

  11. I’d also love to meet the fellow TTT bloggers 🙂
    Hope you’ll get to meet some of these people some day!

  12. This is such a great list! I love that you chose real people – there’s so many connections that we all make online that keep us afloat, especially during the pandemic. I haven’t been to Toronto in a long time, but next time I’m there, I’ll let you know! I’d love to meet up and chat.

    • Thank you very much. And totally! I’d love to meet up if it ever works for your schedule.

      Thank goodness for the Internet over the past few years. They would have been much harder without it.

  13. I think it would be so fun to meet some TTT bloggers! I don’t live in Canada but I always wish there was a huge con or something that many of us would go to and meet up!

  14. I think it would be fun to meet some TTT bloggers too. I love meeting people I’ve corresponded with for years. 😀 I hope you get to meet some or all of these people in person some day! Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  15. Meeting Neil Gaiman would be pretty cool and I also love the idea of meeting other bloggers too!

  16. Jo

    I would definitely love to meet fellow TTT bloggers as well, would be lovely to match the faces to the blogs! Beaver Tails look great, I’ve never been to Canada but have always wanted to go, hopefully someday.

  17. Ah if I was still in Toronto I’d love to meet up! This is such a fun list, there are some authors I’d love to talk to about their characters

  18. Neil Gaiman seems really cool. 🙂

  19. What a great list!

    And I think BloggerCon is a great idea.

  20. Meeting fellow book bloggers is on my list too. Your Toronto meetup sounds so nice! The Beaver tail pastry looks good, it reminds me of my favorite pastry lobster tail.
    I’d love to meet Neil Gaiman!

  21. I’m not really into author meet-ups, but I’ve enjoyed meeting a few book bloggers over the years. I’m definitely up for that. I’m planning a trip to Nova Scotia right now – maybe I can just hop over to Toronto while I’m at it?? I wish! Toronto sounds like a wonderful place to visit.

    Happy TTT!


  22. I agree, meeting fellow book bloggers with similar interests would be super cool.

  23. Georgie McBrowneth

    Neil gaiman would be super interesting, I think!

  24. Great list. I would love to chat with Andy Weir as well and see what he has in store for us next. 🙂

  25. Beaver Tails! I’ve had a few on my handful of Canadian vacations. They remind me just a bit of our funnel cakes in the States, just with a different shape. I could happily live on those and poutine for quite a while.

    I’m not familiar with most of your authors but I bet Andy Weir would be a lot of fun to meet.

  26. Neil Gaiman really does seem like a really cool guy. Like everything I see about or from him online just makes him seem like the most down to earth famous author ever. Have a great weekend.

  27. I’ve been in the same room as Neil Gaiman a couple of times. Not sure it really counts as meeting (it was a very big room and there were lots of other people there too!) but I am going to claim it!

  28. Great choices! Talking to Andy Weir would be so cool, but I know everything he says would go over my head. I do not have a brain for math or science, but I do love his books!

  29. Honestly it’s so hard to remember everyone when we make lists, so I like that you added that last one. It’s not like we intentionally mean to leave people out, and I definitely didn’t see it that way. Great list 🙂 It would be amazing for all the Top Ten Tuesday bloggers to be in the same place at the same time! That’s like 100+ people or something, right?!

  30. I would absolutely *love* to meet fellow book bloggers I’ve met over the years. I think I’d be nervous but mostly excited to finally get to meet these people I’ve spoken to so frequently online, IRL. I would also absolutely *love* to meet Neil Gaiman and also Rivers Solomon. I’ve only read one book by Solomon but their characters have really stuck with me and I can’t wait to read more of their work. Great post, Lydia!

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