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.

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151 thoughts on “Hour 42: Literary Dinner Party

  1. Sarah says:
  2. Katja Nielsen says:

    I would love to have dinner with:

    1. Kate Hardinge, author of “Asking for it”
    2. Robin Hobb, author of all the Realm of the Elderlings series
    3. Kate Tempest, poet
    4. Jane Austen, preferably, not dead and rotten
    5. Margaret Atwood

    I am thinking the talk would revolve around feminism, and I would be totally fine with that! 😄


  3. jangoodell says:

    Stephen King, Margaret Atwood, Sherman Alexi, Stephen Colbert, and Hillary Clinton. I did this list fast, like a game. Which is how the conversation would go, fast and entertaining.


  4. I don’t know if “perfect” would be the word I’d use to describe this dinner party, but can you imagine trying to cook for these characters???

    1. Mogget from Sabriel, who will loudly and repeatedly proclaim his desire for a raw fish but give you a haughty cat-stare should you dare to suggest he go fishing for one himself.
    2. Nancy from Every Heart a Doorway, who will eat three grapes maximum, because you don’t need very many calories to stand like a statue in the Halls of the Dead.
    3. Harper from The Fireman, who might have to eat around a rock in her mouth.
    4. Betty from The Rat Queens, who’s mostly just there for the booze but also slipping drugs into everything.
    5. The Mathemagician from The Phantom Tollbooth, who (mistaking it for a potluck) will bring subtraction stew and ensure everyone leaves hungrier than ever.


  5. My dinner party could be comprised of survivors:

    Lauren Olamina from THE PARABLE OF THE SOWER by Octavia Butler.

    The unnamed midwife from THE BOOK OF THE UNNAMED MIDWIFE by Meg Elison.

    Lissla Lissar from DEERSKIN by Robin Mckinley.

    Hope Arden from THE SUDDEN APPEARANCE OF HOPE by Claire North.

    Breq from the IMPERIAL RADCH series by Ann Leckie.


  6. Ideal dinner party:
    1) Jaina Solo (Star Wars Legends)
    2) Anne Eliot (Persuasion by Jane Austen)
    3) Ginny Weasley (HP)
    4) Anne Shirley (Green Gables series)
    5) Lirael (Old Kingdom series by Garth Nix)

    I feel like this women would provide a wonderful mix of snark, camaraderie, and intelligent conversation that would make a great dinner party.

    I’m @irasobrietate on twitter and litsy


  7. One of my “hobbies” is following authors on Instagram. I always find it fascinating to see who hangs out together, and I always dream about being a fellow author in their inner circle. If I had to choose 5, I would pick Jennifer Niven, Jeff Zentner, David Arnold, Becky Albertalli, and Angie Thomas.


  8. I think I’d have a young adult dinner and include the following characters:
    Liesel (The Book Thief)
    Huck Finn (Tom Sawyer/Huckleberry Finn)
    Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games)
    Arnold “Junior” (The Absolutely True Dairy of a Part-Time Indian)
    Holden Caulfield (The Catcher in the Rye)

    Would be an interesting time.


  9. Marisa says:
  10. Rebecca Haling says:

    Oh gosh, let’s also pretend I would not be super nervous at this party!
    1. JRR Tolkien
    2. Faramir (He was Tolkien’s favorite LotR character, so I’m sure they’d get along great.)
    3. Eowyn (Because she is a badass lady.)
    4. Victor Hugo (Mostly so I could ask why he loves the sewers of Paris so much.)
    5. Jeannette Walls (Just finished The Glass Castle today, and I could learn like a million lessons in forgiveness from this lady.)


  11. Five authors I’d invite to a dinner party:
    Margaret Atwood
    J.K. Rowling
    Libba Bray
    Kate DiCamillo
    Diana Gabaldon

    Five fictional characters I’d invite:
    Tuesday Next
    Gemma Doyle
    Hermione Granger
    Mma Ramotswe
    Claire Randall Fraser


  12. Kaitlyn O'Brien says:

    This is a tough one – couldn’t decide between my favorite badass lady authors and favorite badass lady characters, so I went with both!

    1) Hermione Granger
    2) Margaret Atwood
    3) Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
    4) Khaleesi
    and 5) Richard Madden as Robb Stark (because we’ll need some eye candy) lol

    @kaitlyn (litsy)


  13. Tara Colaruotolo says:

    Five literary characters I would invite to a dinner party :
    1. Hermione Granger
    2. Kate Harker from V.E. Schwab’s This Savage Song
    3. Scout from To Kill a Mockingbird
    4. Starr from The Hate U Give
    5. Katniss Everdeen

    All female characters that I admire, all for different reasons. Scout is probably the most controversial of this list, so I feel I should explain. Her ability to learn and grow throughout the story is what makes her admirable.


  14. The Bookworm says:

    My ideal literary dinner party? Goodness, I think I’d faint halfway from the pure awesomeness of their presence! ❤

    • Sylvia Plath
    • Annabeth Chase [from PJO]
    • Matt Haig
    • Nemesis [from The Diabolic]
    • Kathleen Glasgow
    • Declan Murphy [from Letters to the Lost]

    No, that's not 6, pfft, what…


  15. sydneysbookshelf says:

    This is the hardest list to pare down… Ever. But okay, I’ll try.
    1. Victoria Schwab (because favorite author/human)
    2. Becky Albertali
    3. Sirius Black
    4. Kell (from ADSOM)
    5. Dante (from Aristotle and Dante)

    Also, like twenty other people. I panicked under the pressure and tried my best lol.


  16. Jennifer Bath says:

    This is a hard one! I’m going to count characters from one book as one person.

    1) Jaime and Claire
    2) Arthur Dent, Ford Prefect, Zaphod BeebleBrox, Trillian, and Marvin
    3) Stephen King
    4) Diana Gabaldon
    5) J. K. Rowling

    I love the Harry Potter series and I was torn between Harry, Ron, and Hermione and the Hitchiner’s group and decide to go who I thought would be the most fun to hang with.


  17. This one’s hard….
    I think i’d like a dinner with Henry, Francis, Camilla, Charles, and Richard from The Secret History. It’s what i’m currently reading and i’m endlessly fascinated with them all c:


  18. Kayla Reynolds says:

    Five authors I’d invite:
    Jane Austen
    Margaret Atwood
    JK Rowling
    Miranda Hart
    Kate Morton

    Five fictional characters:
    Elizabeth Bennett (pride and prejudice)
    Hermione Granger (Harry Potter)
    Luna Lovegood (Harry Potter)
    Blue Lily (the raven boys)
    Elphaba (Wicked)


  19. Lauren says:

    1. Garp (The World According to Garp)
    2. Hagrid (Harry Potter)
    3. Valentine Michael Smith (Stranger in a Strange Land)
    4. Gaea (Being a Green Mother)
    5. Morgaine (Mists of Avalon)

    I love so many characters, but I feel like this crowd would make for some interesting conversations!


  20. umm this is a hard one but I think I would go with:
    1. Izzy Lightwood because we would get on really well and I think she is a badass.
    2. Inej because I think she is amazing
    3. Septimus Heap from Magyk by Angie Sage because I love that series and he is pretty cool I think.
    4. Sebastian from Shadowhunters because although he is evil I kinda love him and I am a slytherin so we would probably get on well.
    5. Finally Nina also from six of crows because as my sister put it she loves food so I cant not invite her also I think she is amazing too!

    Basically I just wanna meet a lot of characters but this is probably my top 5, other than Jace from Shadowhunters, because why not, I would definitely invite him if I got a 6th person.


  21. My guests:

    -Elizabeth Bennet – Gotta have a partner in snark
    – Ron Weasley – I love him and he should get an invitation that no one else he knows does for once in his life
    – Kelly Sue Deconnick – my favorite comics author and all around hero
    – America Chavez (Marvel) bc she I love her and maybe I could convince her to go on a date with me
    – Phryne Fisher – because she is the absolutely, gloriously perfect heroine


  22. It was so hard to pick only 5 dinner guests

    1.) J.K. Rowling: I just want to pick her brain on the Harry Potter facts that didn’t make it to the books
    2.) Anna Kendrick: I just finished an audiobook of her book and she’s just so hilarious that I would need her at any dinner party.
    3.) Hermione Granger: I love Hermione. She’s so bookish and nerdy and I’m like that, too, so we’d get along splendidly.
    4.) Luna Lovegood: She’s so kooky and wonderful that she would be such an entertaining dinner guest.
    5.) Anya from Anya’s Ghost. I would like some sarcasm and minor negativity in my dinner party thank you very much.



  23. Erin says:

    Because I’m nothing if not predictable, I’m gonna go with Hermione Granger, Ginny Weasley, Luna Lovegood, Minerva McGonagall, and Molly Weasly. Yes, I like the ladies in the Harry Potter universe.


  24. Terri Robl says:

    Count Rostov from A Gentleman in Moscow, Precious Ramotswe, Mrs Madrigal from Tales of the City, the linguist Louise Banks from Stories of Your Life and Others (Arrival) and the Coroner Siri Palboun from the Coroner’s Lunch.


  25. Jessie Fetting says:

    This was really difficult to narrow down, but….
    1. Luna Lovegood (HP)
    2. Hagrid (HP)
    3. Alex Perchov (Everything is Illuminated)
    4. Liesel Meminger (The Book Thief)
    5. Alison Bechdel (ok, so she’s a real person and the rest of these are fictional, but I would love to meet her and I think she would have really interesting things to say)


  26. Just five guests? Hmmm…

    I’ll invite
    Neil Gaiman – he’s a genius of course but I love his voice. If he can just read a small paragraph of his books I’d be happy.
    Mary Roach – this lady is outrageously funny
    Thursday Next – Really would love to hear stories about the book world!
    Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie from Rhys Brown’s Her Royal Spyness series – Love to have some royalty at the table, but one that won’t mind if we blotch the etiquette.
    Sai – from my favorite Hikaru no Go series – almost cried when he vanishes in the series, so I’d love to see him again.

    Looks like we will be speaking very proper English at the dinner. Guess I will have to borrow a butler from somewhere…


  27. Jess. says:

    1. Lovelace, The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet
    2. Lila Bard, A Darker Shade of Magic
    3. Essun, The Fifth Season
    4. Adelia, Mistress of the Art of Death
    5. Betty, Rat Queens

    No idea what would be discussed, but I’m sure it would be interesting.


  28. My dinner guests will be:

    1. Rick Riordan (Author)
    2. Any of his fictional characters from the Demigods Universe (Percy Jackson, Heroes of Olympus, Magnus Chase or Trials of Apollo)
    3. Magnus Bane (fictional character from ‘The Mortal Instruments’ series by Cassandra Clare)
    4. Daenerys (fictional character from ‘A song of ice and fire’ series by George R.R. Martin)
    5. Ronan Lynch (fictional character from ‘The Raven Boys’ – Maggie Stiefvater)


  29. Hmm… I like smart & funny people so…
    1. Neil Gaiman because I adore him and find him fascinating.
    2. Trevor Noah–see reasons for Gaiman above,
    3. J.K. Rowling since I just finished rereading the books and have questions.
    4. David Sedaris –makes me laugh.
    5. Amy Sedaris –makes me laugh harder & I’ll ask her to help host. Her party/craft books are hilarious.


  30. Holly Barker says:

    I love this one! So hard to narrow it down to just 5 though. Here’s my choices:

    1. Lindy West
    2. Rebecca Solnit
    3. Roxane Gay
    4. Matthew Desmond
    5. Rachel Carson

    Not hard to see where my interests are with this list! 😂


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