The #6degrees meme is hosted at Books are my Favourite and Best.
This month the chain begins with The Outsiders by S E Hinton. I read this book as a kid and I liked it. My absolute favorite writer at the point in my life when I read The Outsiders was Paula Danziger who wrote (#1) Can You Sue Your Parents for Malpractice? Danziger visited my school library when I was in 6th or 7th grade and I was so excited to meet her and have her sign my copy of one of her books. Since then I have gotten to meet lots of authors (one of the benefits of being a librarian) but mostly it isn't as exciting as exciting as it was the first time. A few years ago I met a teenager at an event where Jodi Picoult was speaking and she was super excited to meet Picoult because (#2) My Sister's Keeper was her very favorite book which is about a kid suing her parents. It was a huge thrill for me to meet (very briefly at a huge event) Katherine Paterson because she wrote (#3) Bridge to Terabithia which I loved as a kid even though it was SO SAD. The ambition to be a great runner is part of that story, which brings me to (#4) What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami. Running is not a topic I am interested in, but Murakami is fascinating no matter what he talks/writes about and this was a great audiobook. Neil Gaiman is another author who I will listen to an audiobook by no matter what the topic is because I could listen to that man read the phone book and be riveted. My favorite of his books is (#5) Stardust. He is my husband's favorite writer and he likes the short stories better than the novels and especially liked (#6) Smoke and Mirrors.