ten authors I would never ever ever be able to meet

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Today’s Tuesday Top Ten List is technically supposed to be “10 Authors I Would Like to Meet” — only, nope. Wouldn’t do that. Because … of … I don’t even … No.

Standing in a signing line, walking up to someone whose work has affected me in any significant capacity, saying sentences to them, remembering my name long enough to repeat it, watching them write my name down, trying to come up with any amount of small talk that isn’t “BLARH ARGH BLAH BOOKS, THOUGH, YOU’RE GOOD AT THEM” is way too intimidating for me to even consider as a possible actual reality.

(I don’t know WHY, exactly. I guess this is a combination of social anxiety, fear of humiliation, fear of saying something ridiculous, fear of standing in lines (???), fear of forgetting my name, fear of making eye contact, fear of expressing to another person my feelings — there’s a lot to unpack here, so let’s just leave this emotional baggage firmly padlocked and crammed into the back of the storage closet, shall we? I’d rather pretend to be utterly unaffected than to melt into a puddle of feelings, apparently.)

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So, the point is, instead of listing authors I’d like to meet, I’ll list authors whose work I care about too much to actually make eye contact with them:

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My Favorite Authors Ever (Top Ten Tuesdays)

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a blog-link up hosted every week by BrokeandBookish. This week’s theme is nothing short of torture:

Top Ten ALL TIME Favorite Authors

This was a hard list to cobble together, but I asked myself: if I had never read this author’s work, would my life be  — even just slightly — worse? So, these are ten authors whose books came to me at just the right time in my life, taught me something I needed to learn, or were just there for me when I was in need of a friend.

1. Truman Capote

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I have to include Capote, I mean, in my Yummy Yummy Words: All Time Favorite Sentences post, I quoted him twice. My Capote binge came when I was 18 or 19, just starting to seriously write myself, and I was heavily influenced by his poetic, gorgeous, and yet simple prose.

2. Shirley Jackson

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Queen of the creeping terror, Shirley Jackson creates worlds that are just not quite right. We Have Always Lived in the Castle is one of my all-time favorite books. I shivered when I read it, just because it happened to be everything I wanted at that moment: it’s short, concise, creepy, it’s about sisters, and death, and ostracism, and murder — it’s just fantastic.

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