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Feb 17

When Two Obsessions Collide

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
  • classics
  • dystopian worlds
  • literary characters
  • storytellers

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.

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  1. Shelly

    I do like my lists. They are often to-do lists, but sometimes they can be lists of baby names (now archived), lists of small business ideas, lists of books to read, lists of all the food I am going to eat when I visit home, buckets lists, lists of favourite things, and the list goes on… 😉
    Shelly´s last blog post ..9 Telltale Signs You Are Addicted to Blogging

  2. Read Aloud Dad

    You are not alone! I love lists and a picture book illustrators Top 10 list would be smashing!

    Read Aloud Dad
    Read Aloud Dad´s last blog post ..Provocative Picture Books- STEVIE

  3. Becky

    You are certainly NOT alone. I love lists. Love books. Love lists of books. I often make lists of the books I own, books I want to own, books I need to read or reread… And so, I whole heartedly encourage you to let your obsession take control. Just so I can read some more book lists.
    Becky´s last blog post ..52 Weeks Week 31- I Wish

  4. Seraphimsp

    My name is Sarah and I am a list addict. Maybe we should form a support group?
    Seraphimsp´s last blog post ..Writing and parenting- Lisa Heidke

  5. Toni

    Oh, Susan, you make me laugh so hard! I like lists, especially when they’re written on pretty paper, but I invariably lose them and often even before they’re finished. So I think I’ll just read yours.
    Toni´s last blog post ..the elevator pitch

  6. Rachel

    I am so glad to see I am not the only one who is a list-a-holic! …. imagine writing a book full of books list?! That is a fantastic idea! imagine all the lists you could write… top 10 gothic novels, top 10 chlidren’s books, top 10 books with book lists!! aahhh best.idea.ever.

    I think a lot of my Suite articles end up being listy.. because of the heading format requirement and because I love lists so much…

    I actually now feel some lists coming on..
    Rachel´s last blog post ..The Player of Games – Iain M Banks

  7. Megan Hazlett

    Oh yes – I’m a HUGE list lover. I have lists of books to read, movies to see, music to purchase, ideas to investigate, authors I need to know more about, organisations I need to research, when I’m organised most of these are jotted down in my diary on specifically seperate pages. But I’m not alwasy organised so I constantly discover authors names, and book titles, scribbled hastily on lolly wrappers when cleaning the car, music I must listen to barely legible on the back of envelopes, or on the inside cover of a book I was reading 3 or 4 years ago … when I do find one of these notes, and then discover that I have actually read said book, listened to that piece of music… I am so zenned! bliss! Lists make EVERYTHING ok.

  8. Kelley @ Magnetoboldtoo

    Heh. I write lists all the time.

    List of things I want to do.

    Lists of jobs I need to complete.

    And they NEVER EVER get done!

    I just got a kindle and the first two books I downloaded (for FREE HUZZAH!) were The Picture of Dorian Gray and Nineteen Eighty Four. New age meets old school awesome.
    Kelley @ Magnetoboldtoo´s last blog post ..And THIS- this right here- is another example why the internet is awesome

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