Bill Bryson Is Awesome!

A little over a month ago, I wrote a letter to one of my favorite authors, Bill Bryson. Here it is:

Friday, November 25, 2011

Dear Mr. Bill Bryson,

            I am a 15-year-old girl who loves to read, and I love your books! It’s hard to pick my favorite book by you because I like them all. I guess my absolute favorites would have to be The Lost Continent, In A Sunburned Country, and I’m A Stranger Here Myself.

            I don’t think I have ever read anyone else who writes like you do. I love how you make weird little facts really interesting and really extremely funny. You start writing about something completely normal and then end up making it very funny, even though you’re writing about something totally ordinary.

            I also like how you go off on odd tangents. In At Home, each chapter begins by mentioning a room in the Rectory, and as I read, I forget how the chapter started. When I get to the end and you’re wrapping up the chapter, I remember that we started out with the bathroom or the passage or the garden, but I always forget that while reading the chapter because I love the tangents.

            I like how I always learn something when I read your books. I’ve always liked learning about the English language, but now I’m even nerdier about English because I’ve read books like Made in America and The Mother Tongue. Books about the English language sound kind of boring, but yours aren’t at all.

            What is your favorite book that you have written? Why is it your favorite? What is your favorite book by someone else and why?

            Are you going to write any more books? What would they be about? I think another history book, like At Home, would be interesting. Also, I think it would be great if you did a travel book about Asia, or if you re-traced the same route you took in The Lost Continent. I think it would be neat to see how the places have changed in 20 years or however long it has been.

            My favorite authors are (in no particular order) J.K. Rowling, Rick Riordan, Roald Dahl, and you. As you can see, my favorite authors have quite different writing styles. Your writing is just as good as the writing of the other authors, but it’s just so different. No one else I have read makes me learn stuff while laughing really hard.

     Unfortunately, The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid never seems to be in at the library, so I’m really looking forward to reading that one.

            What is your favorite country that you have traveled to for one of your books, and why? And which overall trip was your favorite?

            I would like to be an author when I grow up, along with several other careers. I’d like to write in a style that is a J.K. Rowling – Bill Bryson cross, which I’m sure will be weird, but good.

            Have you ever written fiction? If so, have you ever considered publishing it? I’m sure it would be just as funny as your nonfiction.


            Lizzie [last name removed]

You might already have an idea of where this is going….

So I got the mail today. It was a great mail day for me today because I got a magazine, a letter from a nerdy friend, and….

…a postcard from Bill Bryson!!!

Here it is:

(I blocked out my address, if you’re wondering how the postcard got here without being addressed. I want to avoid creepy stalkers. :D)

And that is why…. Bill Bryson is awesome!

(Read his books! :D)

And now I’m trying to decide who to write next….. Rick Riordan or J.K. Rowling?! 🙂

About nevillegirl

Elizabeth. University of Iowa class of 2019. Triple majoring in English & Creative Writing, Journalism, and Gender, Women's, & Sexuality Studies. Twenty-one-year-old daydreamer, introvert, voracious reader, aspiring writer, and lesbian. Passionate about feminism, mental health, comic books, and cats.
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9 Responses to Bill Bryson Is Awesome!

  1. Mom says:

    I vote for Rick Riordan.

  2. Avi says:

    *hugs nevillegirl* That’s great!!! I’m glad you wrote one of your favorite authors and heard back, neat!

  3. ariana march says:

    That’s so cool! I don’t actually know who he is…( i might be reading his books by your description of his writing) I would vote for Rick Riordan. He’s awesome.

    Also, I lovelovelove your blog! Please keep us updated 😀
    P.S- i have a blog too, plz check it out!

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  5. *poke* I think you should write the guy who wrote the Alex Rider series next.

    -Hannah from the future

  6. That’s awesome! I read in a book about writing that you should write to one of your favorite authors at least once a month–it’s an exercise in your own writing and helps you connect and branch out in the world… I wrote to Elizabeth Kostova (author of “The Historian”) and got a lovely card from her. Keep going! (I just posted a link to this on my FB page–let me know if you ever want to write a review on my blog!)

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