The Literary Book Party 2022 #BookTag #toptentuesday

The Literary Book Party 2022

Before January slips away, it’s still possible to reflect on 2022 reading. Joanne @ Portobello Book Blog and Nicki @ The Secret Library Book Blog inspired this reflective post! (Please visit their posts!) I hope they don’t mind, but I’m expanding my literary book party to TWELVE guests! Actually, I could host several dinner parties to accommodate all the fascinating characters (real life or fictional) and authors I’ve encountered this year! What a fun way to reflect on favorite reads!!

Do You Love to Host or Attend Dinner Parties?

For this literary book party. I’m only using characters or authors from the books I’ve read in 2022.

I’m linking up today with That Artsy Reader Girl: Top Ten Tuesday: January Freebie

A Table with candlelight set for a formal literary book dinner/party

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A Character Who Can Cook/Likes to Cook

Yay! Someone else is cooking!
With a Scottish flair, Izzy the owner of a bed and breakfast (castle) in the Scottish Highlands will be the perfect choice for menu planning and delicious dishes.
The Christmas Castle in Scotland by Julie Caplin

The Christmas Castle in Scotland by Julie Caplin (cover) Image: white text and an outdoor wintry scene

A Character [Author] Who Has Money to Fund the Literary Book Party

Ahhh! Yes! The money!
I think author Fredrik Backman might have the money from his successful book sales and movie adaptations to fund this dinner party! This year I read and loved The Winners. But I’m really wondering if you have seen the new adaptation of A Man Called Ove (A Man Called Otto) with Tom Hanks?

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman (cover) Image: a man with a cat brushing against his legs stands in an open field with his back to the camera

A Character Who Might Cause a Scene

No doubt about it, Cussy’s highly spirited daughter, Honey, will cause a scene when she arrives with her mule, Junia.
The Book Woman’s Daughter by Kim Michele Richardson

The Book Woman's Daughter by Kim Michele Richardson (cover) Image: old work boots sit atop a stack of books

A Character Who is Funny or Amusing

One of the most entertaining characters I’ve met this year is the precocious and scheming JuneBug from Kit McBride Gets a Wife.
Kit McBride Gets a Wife by Any Barry

Kit McBride Gets a Wife by Amy Barry (cover) Image: a graphic picture of a cowboy and a bride on a horse with a small cabin and a forest of trees in the background

A Character Who is Super Social or Popular

I can imagine that real-life Lauren Graham from Gilmore Girls and Parenthood is super social and popular and might share some interesting showbiz anecdotes! I’d love to have her as a guest!
Have I Told You This Already by Lauren Graham

Have I Told You This Already by Lauren Graham (cover) Image: graphic image of a woman holding her hands up in a shrug against a yellow background

A Villain

Oops! Do I really need one?This is difficult because I don’t know if I want a villain at my dinner party. However, there is one character who we are led to believe is a villain and that is Mrs. England. ***spoiler*** In the end the real villain is revealed, but that individual is not invited!
Mrs. England by Stacey Halls

Mrs. England by Stacey Halls (cover) Image: a young woman in a long white dress peeks around the corner of an open door

One Couple (doesn’t need to be romantic)

There are a myriad of romantic couples I could select, but I’m going in a different direction with this and highlighting the unlikely and sweet friendship of “Resilience” and “Fly” in A Rover’s Story. (Middle Grade story enjoyable for adults.)
A Rover’s Story by Jasmine Warga

A Rover's Story

A Hero/Heroine

I’ll chose a hero and heroine, and you tell me which one you’d like at the dinner party!
For my hero, I have to select Bill Furlong from Small Things Like These. Anyone that rescues an innocent child is a true hero.
For my (real-life) heroine, I must select Elizabeth Packard from The Woman They Could Not Silence by Kate Moore. Elizabeth worked on behalf of women for mental health rights.Small Things LIke These by Claire Keegan (cover)

The Woman They Could Not Silence by Kate Moore

An Under-Appreciated Character

Before I read A Brilliant Night of Stars and Ice and went down a Google rabbit hole, I had no idea that Captain Arthur Rostron of the Carpathia was an under-appreciated hero.
A Brilliant Night of Stars and Ice by Rebecca Connolly

A brilliant Night of Stars and Ice by Rebecca Connolly (cover) Image: a nighttime ocean scene with a large white iceberg ahead

One Character of Your Choosing

Ray from The Violin Conspiracy will add elegance to the evening, and we might be able to convince him to play classical music on his violin as an after-dinner treat!
The Violin Conspiracy by Brendan Slocumb

The Violin Conspiracy by Brendon Slocomb (cover) Image: back text over a graphic image of a multicolored violin against a yellow background

A Troubled Soul

*I added this category*
I would like to include Jack from the Gilead Series in our dinner party and hear that he is happy and at peace.
Jack by Marilynne Robinson (my review of Gilead here).

Jack by Marilynne Robinson

A Young Adult Character

*I added this category*
Cristian from I Must Betray You is an exceptional young adult whom I’d want everyone to meet.
I Must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys

I Must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys (cover) Image: grayscale image of a man standing outside a building holding a blue/yellow/red torn flag


Who would you invite to your literary book party?

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  1. Brilliant, love this! Great couple of extra categories. I think Captain Rostron was at mine too as the hero character. I haven’t seen Tom Hanks in A Man Called Otto yet, have you? I know he’ll be great. I loved the book and the original Swedish film too.

    • Thanks for the inspiration Joanne! I’m so very eager to see Otto! We’ve had birthdays and a death in the family (cousin) and our grandson moving into our condo rental….so it’s been busy busy busy. Hoping to get to the movie soon!

  2. This was fun! I have not seen A Man Called Otto yet, I’m hoping it will go to streaming as I don’t like movie theaters.

  3. This is SOOOO fun! That’s quite a mix of people for your dinner party. There’s definitely going to be some interesting conversation.

    I haven’t seen the Tom Hanks movie yet because I’m hoping to read A MAN CALLED OTTO first. I need to get on that!

    Happy TTT!


  4. Great post Carol. I love your selections and enjoyed most of the books you chose characters from. I even liked your additional categories. I think this would be a very interesting dinner party.

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