Hour 42: Literary Dinner Party

One of the very best parts of readathon is the food (trust me on this). I am all about planning my snacks and meals in advance, and the name of the game is, ALL THE CARBS. I try to eat healthy, I promise, but then again,  mac & cheese exists in the world. It’s only a problem if you say it’s a problem, right?

I say, combat the sneaking suspicion that food and books are not as closely related as you might think by dreaming up your perfect dinner party. Who would you most like to attend a bookish dinner party with? Authors (living or dead), fictional characters, anything goes. That’s your next challenge: which five bookish people (or animals, I’m not picky) would be around your perfect literary dinner table?

Post a comment with your dinner party guest list; you have until Hour 48 at midnight ET tonight to enter.

And now for the winners of the Hour 36 Swagilicious challenge:

Devin (@devinfeyded on Instagram)

Benni (@books.and.coco on Instagram)

Nicole Dunton (@nickelgrl1986 on Twitter)

Katja Nielsen (@Kalalalatja on Litsy)

Andrea C (@acc5446 on Litsy)

Christina (@CAhnBooks on Twitter)

Sarah @ Reviews & Readathons

Marisa (@marisagbooks on Instagram)

Janet Goodell (@jangoodell on Twitter)

Jenna (@novels_netflix on Twitter)

Congrats and head over to the Prize page now to pick your swag.

151 thoughts on “Hour 42: Literary Dinner Party

  1. stephanieleanne says:

    This is seriously so hard. I guess Dumbledore, Bilbo Baggins, Dobby, Cassian, and ughhhh Fred and George (they are one;))


  2. which five bookish people (or animals, I’m not picky) would be around your perfect literary dinner table?

    Fred and George Weasley(Harry Potter) Tobias Eaton(divergent) Mare (of fire and stars) and finally Rhysand (A Court Of Thorns and Roses)


  3. Hm, the five people around my table would be:
    1) Helen from Everything All at Once (my current read)
    2) Laini Taylor (because yes)
    3) John Green (because also yes please)
    4) Hermione from Harry Potter (she’s so cool)
    5) Suri From Every Heart a Doorway (because she’s so sweet and entertaining)
    Now THAT would be an interesting dinner. 😂


  4. For my literary dinner party I would invite all my favorite female authors, introduce them, and sit quietly in the corner with a notebook.
    1. Jane Austen
    2. Margaret Atwood
    3. JK Rowling
    4. Zadie Smith
    5. Patti Smith

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  5. 5 bookish characters around my dinner table? Hmm that’s actually a really good question! First off, Delilah from the shades of magic series, as long as she doesn’t rob my house. Second, Jeannette Walls herself from the Glass Castle. Such an inspirational woman! Third and fourth both Noah and Jude from I’ll give you the sun. They are such vibrant characters and would add a lively atmosphere to my dinner! And lastly, Carolyn from The Library at Mount Char for her curiousity and skills. So there we have it, 4 lovely ladies and one gentleman! A thief, an inspirer, two world impacting twins, and a curious.

    What a dinner that would be!


  6. I would want to have a dinner party with Laini Taylor (author of Daughter of Smoke and Bone and Strange the Dreamer), Jane Eyre (character by Charlotte Bronte), Dan Brown (author of Da Vinci Code), Susan Cain (author of Quiet) and Yasutani Jiko (character by Ruth Ozeki in a Tale for the Time Being).

    I think that this group of people would have endless stories and conversations! Laini Taylor seems like a super sweet woman with great taste for books. Jane Eyre is absolutely fascinating character and she would have an endless amount of observations that no one else has noted. Dan Brown could share crazy detailed riddles over which everyone would ponder. Susan Cain would keep the air clear, everyone can be their own self, no need for pretending to be more outgoing or shy than you are as a person. Everyone would stop to listen Yasutani Jiko and would think over what she says for the rest of their lives.

    That would be a truly life changing dinner party 😀


  7. Jacky says:

    Which five bookish people (or animals, I’m not picky) would be around your perfect literary dinner table?

    1. Mad Hatter from Alice In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
    2. Michael from Solitaire by Alice Oseman
    3. Denise from On The Edge Of Gone by Corinne Duyvis
    4. Ari from Aristotle And Dante Discover The Secrets Of The Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
    5. Roald Dahl


  8. Jessica Jones says:

    1. Oscar Wilde
    2. Seregil from the Nightrunner series by Lynn Flewelling
    3. Roxanne Gay
    4. James Baldwin
    5. Magnus Bane


  9. 1) Kiera Cass, my favourite author
    2) Maxon Schreave, my literary crush
    3) Hermione Granger, one of my fictional role models
    4) Luna Lovegood, someone I would love to befriend
    5) Hans Christian Andersen, my favourite fairy tale author


  10. Harry, Ron and Hermione to talk about their adventures! Feeding Munchee (Chaos Walking trilogy) under the table while laughing at Logen Ninefinger’s (The First Law trilogy) trying to eat ina civil manner. 😀


  11. 1. Jean-Claude from the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series by LK Hamilton
    2. Pipkin from Watership Down by Richard Adams (for the cuteness)
    3. Circe from Homer’s Odyssey
    4. Kaz from Six of Crows/Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
    5. Emily St Aubert from The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe

    I think they would be an interesting bunch to have at a dinner party. I imagine Jean-Claude and Circe would get on rather well.

    @EllanaRose on Litsy and @EllanaRose_ on Twitter.


  12. 1. Edgar Allan Poe (always has been and always will be the top of my list for this question)
    2. Stephen King (always my close second)
    3. Christopher Lee (he wrote his own biography so he counts 😊)
    4. Nicholas Rhea, pen name of Peter Walker, author of the Constable book series the British TV show “Heartbeat” was based on.
    5. Dr. John Watson (from the novels, not Martin Freeman)

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  13. Lizpixie says:

    My five bookish people would be

    1.Sir Terry Pratchett – intelligent & funny
    2. Dame Agatha Christie – a woman ahead of her time
    3. Stephen King – love to know how that mans brain works
    4. George R R Martin – I’d bribe him with food to find out what’s happening with his books!
    5. Karin Slaughter – she’s funny, intelligent & tells some great stories. I had the privelige to meet her once & hear her talk.

    What a dinner party that would be!


  14. So many options to choose from! I think, for me to have the best dinner party ever, I’d want to invite all the geekiest characters with the strongest senses of humor:

    1) Barry (aka Zzzzapp!) from Ex-Heroes – Always quick with a reference and has never failed to give me a laugh when I need it.

    2) Roen Tam from the Lives of Tao series – He went from geeky gamer to secret agent while still being true to his roots. I’d love to get some advice from him.

    3) Keiko Yamada from Kojiki – She’s incredibly quick witted and has no problems metaphorically smacking someone upside the head for being dumb.

    4) Mrs. Weatherby from WBI: Witches Bureau of Investigation – She’d be good at and for reminding of us our manners, while still having fun. Plus, I’d love to see if her magic could work on some of the other guests (insert mischievous grin).

    5) General Turyin Mulaghesh from City of Blades – Another older, fierce “lady”, yes, but she knows how to drink, laugh and would be really helpful if we were asked to leave for being too loud.


  15. amy says:

    Hmmmm id pick….
    Edgar Allan Poe
    HP Lovecraft
    Edward Lee
    Bentley Little
    Stephen King
    That would be one hell of a dinner party!


  16. Mackenzie Jones says:

    The five people at my dinner party would be:
    1.) Melanie Hamilton from Gone with the Wind
    2.) Dustfinger from Inkheart
    3.) Ginny Weasley from Harry Potter
    4.) Elinor Loredan from Inkheart
    5.) Teddy Cutting from the Luxe series


  17. adele on Litsy as @AdeleReads says:

    My 5 Literary Dinner Guests, chosen quickly (so many characters came to mind so just kept it to authors, which is also so tough!)

    1. Marilynne Robinson
    2. Zadie Smith
    3. Anne Lamott
    4. George Saunders
    5. C. S. Lewis


  18. Leni says:

    Literary dinnerparty –
    Neil Gaiman
    Wilkie Collins
    William Shakespeare
    Jane Austen
    Simone de Beauvoir

    -Bilbo Baggins
    -Alec and Seregil from the Nightrunner series (they’re an item, they count as one)
    -Elizabeth Bennet/Darcy
    -Count Fosco from “The Woman in White”
    -Sirius Black
    (This party might get a bit intense…)


  19. 1. The Foremole, and he’ll bring Deeper’n’ever Turnip ‘n Tater ‘n Beetroot pie.
    2. Luna Lovegood would make excellent dinner conversation.
    3. Always George RR Martin cuz I need me some Winds of Winter.
    4. Old Dan and Little Ann from Where the Red Fern Grows so I can sneak them snacks under the table.


  20. I’d invite :
    Jo March (Little Women)
    Levi (Fangirl)
    Luna Lovegood (Harry Potter Series)
    Celia Bowen (The Night Circus)
    Henry DeTamble (Time Traveller’s Wife)

    All fiction all the time at my dinner parties!


  21. Fred and George Weasley
    Stephen Colbert (him, not his character – ha!)
    April from Lumberjanes
    And Tim Gunn

    …this is sort of a weird combination but I think we’d have a good time!



  22. Delmy says:


    Tyrion Lannister
    Jamie Lannister
    Elizabeth Bennet (I can imagine what she’d think of those two above!)
    Hannibal Letter (I know I know)
    Oscar Wilde
    And Shakespeare.

    That would be fun! Lots of discussions and debates! 🙂


  23. Donna Abate says:

    I would love to invite 5 women who I feel are fearless kick-ass authors who have inspired me to live a more authentic, fearless and fun-filled life:

    1. Anne Tyler
    2. Anne Lamott
    3. Anne Morrow Lindbergh
    4. Fannie Flagg
    5. Carrie Fisher


  24. It would be great to have a dinner party with some of my favorite authors: Sarah Dessen, Jenny Han, Becky Albertalli, Stephanie Perkins, and Marie Lu.


  25. Chrissy Jordan says:
  26. I’d invite:
    1. Gandalf
    2. JRR Tolkien—just so he can be like “Holy shit, this guy’s real.”
    3. Edgar Allan Poe
    4. Jenny Lawson
    (Those two can have a weird-off together)
    5. and finally Amy Dunne, because we need that one dinnermate who is capable of killing people, just in case.


  27. I’m going with just Harry Potter characters for this one! Hermione and Luna are a must since they are my favorites! Fred and George Weasley for comedic purposes o course, and Dobby because who doesn’t love that elf? (If we count Fred and George as one guest, I would also love to include Neville because I feel like he’s an under appreciated character!)


  28. I’d have dinner with Gillian Flynn, I know I have mentioned before but I really really love her books. They are so original and the characters are interesting and most of the time disturbing but I love the way she keeps me interested.

    I wish I could have dinner with her and ask her all about it.


  29. Oooo, only 5?! Okay, my literary dinner party would be entirely fictional characters (sorry, authors) and would include Alucard & Lilah from the Shades of Magic series, Karigan and King Zachary from the Green Rider series, and Gallowglass from the All Souls Trilogy, with wishes I could also include Diana Bishop & Matthew Clermont (if I could scrounge up enough chairs!)


  30. 1. Alice (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland)
    2. Mad Hatter (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland)
    3. Rhysand (A Court..)
    4. Iko (Lunar Chronicles)
    5. Luna Lovegood

    This would either end in an amazingly hilarious time, or would blow up and go the total opposite. So down for it though.


  31. 1. Dumbledore 2. Atticus from the Iron Druid series 3. Oberon from the Iron Druid series 4. Acheron from the Dark Hunter series. 5. Suzze and Jesse (ok I cheated) from The Mediator series.


  32. Caitlin (@brilliantglow on Litsy) says:

    I like this one because it’s quite a challenge to pick only 5 dinner guests. but I would have to say that mine would be:

    1: Iko (Lunar Chronicles)
    2: Tyrion Lannister (Game of Thrones)
    3: Minerva McGonagal (Harry Potter)
    4: Brimstone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone) and
    5: Ciri (The Witcher)


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