Yesterday I wrote a post about my Top 10 Writer Crushes to fulfil my Day 2 obligations for the ProBlogger 31 Days to Build a Better Blog challenge that I’m taking part in through Aussie Mummy Bloggers. That should have been the end of it, but unfortunately the combination of two of my most notable obsessions – list making and books – has sent me into a frenzy of book-related list ideas.
The first issue was the limit of 10. Everything was fine until I posted the list and started to read the comments. Someone mentioned Hemingway and I was annoyed with myself for having left him off the list. I loved The Old Man and the Sea. That led me to think of Oscar Wilde as well. The Importance of Being Ernest is fantastic and I loved The Picture of Dorian Gray. *sigh*
Then I realised that I had forgotten to include Dr Seuss. I mean, really, what kind of writer crush list is this if Dr Seuss isn’t on it?
I resisted the urge to edit the post and make it my Top 15 Writer Crushes. Maybe I could simply write a second post, like my Top 10 Children’s Book Authors. That way I could include Seuss, the absolutely incredible and amazingly inspiring Peter Reynolds, Lane Smith (author of the truly fantastic It’s a Book) and more.
This idea flows on to further Top 10 lists:
- picture book illustrators
- YA authors
- quirky storytellers (such as Shaun Tan)
- books that encourage creativity (Peter Reynolds is definitely on this list. Have I mentioned that I think he’s awesome?)
- children’s classics
- dystopian worlds
- literary characters
Of course, the ultimate conclusion of this madness is that I would compile enough book lists for a book of book lists, which I could then list in my book database – a list featuring a book with lists about books. Oh dear, I think I’m starting to feel light-headed with the excitement of it all.
Are you addicted to lists? Or books? Or book lists? Please let me know that I’m not alone.by