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1. Oprah Winfrey...I admire her "book clubs" and the way that she promoted literacy and stimulating discussions about books.
2. President Jimmy Carter...I've read several of the books that our past President wrote since he left the White House. I tremendously admire him as a man of deep convictions but he puts his faith into action through service to mankind on many levels.
3. John and Hank Green...the Vlogbrothers have created a vlog that posts several times a week, have a fan base of Nerdfighters, and a space that not only speaks to kids who often feel left out or marginalized, but also actually have an educational component, a place to donate money to help micro-businesses and other loans to make a difference in this world. Plus, I adore all of John's books. My new favorite is his latest, The Fault in Our Stars.
4. Rachel Maddow...her book, Drift, addresses hard questions about the unmooring of American military power. I admire Rachel and she often promotes books and political authors that speak to me.
5. Ernest Cline...I am really "into" his book, Ready Player One right now and I have this funny feeling that it would be a kick to meet this guy in person.
6. Maggie Stiefvater....love, love, love Scorpio Races and her Tweets are a hoot.
7. Shaun Tan...I am a huge fan of this author/artist. If you haven't read Tales from Outer Suburbia, you must!
8. Bill Bryson...all of his books are very funny, yet insightful, and intelligent.
9. Suzanne Collins...the creator of the Hunger Games series, need I say more?
*10. Jane Austen...I know. She's dead. But wouldn't it be lovely to have afternoon tea with Miss Austen?