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:

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Christina (@CAhnBooks on Twitter)

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151 thoughts on “Hour 42: Literary Dinner Party

  1. Jennifer B says:

    My literary dinner party:

    1. Agatha Christie (let’s solve the mystery of the greatest mystery writer by discovering where she was for those missing days…)
    2. Sherlock Holes (to assist in deducing Agatha’s mystery)
    3. Biff (from Lamb by Christopher Moore for comic relief)
    4. Charles Dickens (just ‘cuz it Charles Dickens…’nuff said)
    5. Timothy Zahn (to get his version of the continuation of the Star Wars story)


  2. 1. Hannibal Lecter
    2. Cheshire cat
    3. Drogon ( dragon from Game of Thrones)
    4. General Zaroff ( Most Dangerous Game)
    5. James Moriarty ( Sherlock Holmes)

    I’m not a big conversationalist but I think I would enjoy their conversation while playing with the animals.


  3. 1. Lenore (Jr. and Sr. from The Broom of the System)
    2. Merricat from We Have Always Lived in the Castle
    3. Aomame from 1Q84
    4. The Devil from the Master and Margarita
    5. Lyra Silvertongue from His Dark Materials Series


  4. Jenni (@sprainedbrain on Litsy) says:

    These are always so fun! I’m going to do a mix of authors and characters, because I can.

    1. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
    2. Charlotte Brontë
    3. Aragorn
    4. Holden Caulfield
    5. Owen Meany


  5. From literary celebrities, I would say – Harry Potter, Jules Verne, Jack London, Neal Shusterman, Stephen King, Mark Twain, J.K. Rowling, George Orwell, C.S. Lewis, and Kurt Vonnegut.
    From personal friends I would say – Francisco Javier Campos, Kim Tracy Miller, Kim Kimberly Miller, Natalie Dorfeld, Mocte Zuma to start with but Harry Potter had a HUGE table, right? Sooooo I would also say….Adi Alsaid, Jack Little, Danielle Levredge, Daniel Daniel Hammer Hamilton, Debbie Ramon, Sam Kim, Kristen Ritter, Kristen Dixie, Camila de la Parra, Vio Letra, and that would just be a start!


  6. 1. Rose Hathaway (Vampire Academy). She is just so awesome. I’d love to chat with her.

    2. Mia Thermopolis (Princess Diaries). I mean. Why not?

    3. Zoey Redbird (House Of Night). I mean who wouldn’t want to see those amazing tattoos she has?

    4. Stark (House Of Night). He’s as bad ass as Hathaway. I’d love to see a conversation between these two.

    5. Dimitri (Vampire Academy). Can’t have Rose without Dimitri right????


  7. I’d totally invite…
    1. “Highway” Sanchez Sanchez (from Valeria Luiselli’s THE STORY OF MY TEETH) – to see what/whom he’d try to auction off

    2. David Sedaris, on the condition that he’d let me read his journal entry afterward

    3. The squirrel (from Elizabeth McKenzie’s THE PORTABLE VEBLEN) – so that we could have a nice chat about economics, foreign affairs, and other squirrely topics

    4. Mr. Nakano (from Hiromi Kawakami’s THE NAKANO THRIFT SHOP) – He’d never be afraid to share his strong opinions, so the conversation would never lag

    5. Samantha Irby – She’s hilarious, loves food, and would make it a par-TAY!


  8. I’m going to have to go with fictional characters – even though it’s hard to narrow it down to just 5! Now all I need is the menu…
    Jude St Francis
    Owen Meany
    Hermione Granger
    Lillian Boxfish
    Ned Stark


  9. callemarie says:

    Five literary characters/authors to have at a dinner party:

    1) Atticus Finch
    2) Wade Watts
    3) Francie Nolan
    4) Cath (fangirl)
    5) Lisbeth Salander


  10. Jem Carstairs from Cassandra Clare’s Infernal Devices trilogy
    Raphael from Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series
    Ari and Dante from Aristotle and Dante Discover the Universe
    Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter

    An immortal, vampire, witch, and three regular teens should make an interesting party.

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  11. Silly me 😂 it says five bookish characters and I commented only one.

    My complete answer would be Gillian Flynn, Hermione Granger, Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirot and Step (aka Hugo Libera😍).

    Let’s have dinner.


  12. Ugh. This is hard. JK Rowling because she seems really awesome. Mercedes Thompson from Patricia Briggs books. The Weasley Twins because everyone loves to laugh. Charles from Patricia Briggs books, because he just seems interesting.


  13. zanahoriabaila says:

    First easy picks would be Merry and Pipping, both so amiable, enjoy a good meal, and full of stories to tell at the table. Jo March would pour the tea and exchange kids’ hijinks with Molly Weasley while she knitted. Sara Crewe would listen with big eyes and then top any tale.


  14. iamdesi says:

    My literary dinner party guests would be:

    1. Luna Lovegood (of Harry Potter)
    2. Anne (of Green Gables 😉 )
    3. Tessa (of The Infernal Devices)
    4. Blue (of The Raven Boys)
    and 5. Magnus Bane (of anything Cassandra Clare has ever written)!


  15. My guests are all fictional characters. I’m cool with that.

    1. Rhett Butler (from Gone with the Wind),
    2. Zaphod Beeblebrox (from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy),
    3. Anatole Ngemba (from The Poisonwood Bible),
    4. Lyra Belacqua and Pantalaimon (from the His Dark Materials series), and
    5. Hermione Granger (do I really need to explain who Hermione Granger is? :-D)


  16. First I would pick the Cheshire cat, because he is my spirit animal. Then I’d ask Lyra from THE GOLDEN COMPASS and Hermione Granger to have a seat at the table so Lyra could delightfully annoy the crap out of Hermione. Because of course. Next, then Roxane Gay to chat about being a bad feminist while drinking tea from pot with pink flowers on it. Last, but not least, Neil Gaiman, because of all the people out there, I suspect he would feel totally at home next to the Cheshire cat and a group of women talking about feminism, giant polar bears, and SPEW.


  17. Twitter: @MeggGriffin and @JBCPodcast
    Here’s my guests!



  18. Lynn says:

    My dinner party would be from children’s books:
    1) Amelia Bedelia
    2) Pippi Longstocking
    3) Charlie (& the Chocolate Factory)
    4) Peter Pan
    5) Harriet The Spy


  19. My character-based dinner guest list
    1. Jaina Solo (big surprise, right? What with my handle name lol) (Star Wars)
    2,Cheshire Cat (lol him no matter the version)
    3. Fred Weasley (Harry Potter)
    4. George Weasley (Harry Potter)
    5, Hakuryuu (Saiyuki manga)


  20. californiarose1 says:
  21. Rebekah says:

    After spending months reading about them in the #hpchapteraday challenge, I think I’d want my literary dinner to be in the Burrow at the Weasley house. Then I’d could dine surrounded by Molly and her good cooking, Fred, George, Mr Weasley, and Ron. Ginny could come too if we were allowed an extra person. And let’s face it, it’s the Weasley house, there’s ALWAYS and extra person. 😉


  22. Dani Moth says:

    [AUTHORS] Hans Christian Andersen, Lewis Caroll, Arthur Conan Doyle, Daphne du Maurier, and Flannery O’Connor.

    [CHARACTERS] Amos Burton (The Expanse series), Arya Stark (A Song of Ice and Fire series), Grantaire (Les Miserables), Finnick O’Dair (Hunger Games series), and Luna Lovegood (Harry Potter series).


  23. I’d like to have dinner with JKR, Snape (she should tell him why he suffered all his life), Vlarad from the Ghostsitter kid’s book series, Professor Weissinger from the Mara and the Fire Bringer series and …well, there are Star Trek novels, so I’d like to have Spock there, too. And marry him? It’ll be our wedding reception dinner 😉


  24. I’m too late for this challenge, but I would welcome the chance to have dinner with. . .

    1. Jayne Ann Krentz
    2. Nora Roberts
    3. Jennifer Crusie
    4.(&5.) Ilona Andrews
    6. Yasmine Galenorn

    1. Molly Abberwick (with Dr. Harry Stratton Trevelyan!)
    2. Kate Daniels (Curran can come, too)
    3. October Date (and Tybalt!)
    4. Jane Yellowrock (and Bruiser!)
    5. Harriet Pomeroy (with Gideon Westbrook, Viscount St. Justin!)



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