Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Dinner Party Guests

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme was Ten Authors You Can’t Wait to Meet, or at least some variation on that. I decided to go with the Ten Authors I’d Want At My Dinner Party variation, because it’s linked and also something that’s been on my mind a lot recently and is a bunch of fun.

  1. Agatha Christie

Are you surprised? Because you shouldn’t be. OF COURSE the Queen of Crime is at the top of my list. How did she come up with murders that were solved literally by the placement on dust on the fireplace? Where did she disappear to in 1926??

  1. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Of the things I’ve read by Adichie, I’ve really enjoyed all of them. I’d love to be able to have discussions with her over some good food and wine, as I feel like I could learn a lot.

  1. Caitlin Moran

Caitlin Moran can always make me laugh. There are a few essays in Moranifesto that I like to go back to and really did change how I thought about things - a dinner party would be a way of thanks. Also, can you imagine sharing a bottle of wine with Caitlin Moran? It would be brilliant.

  1. Helen Russell

If you follow me on Goodreads, you’ll have noticed I recently read A Year of Living Danishly and LOVED it. I’ve been on a bit of a Denmark-binge ever since reading my first book about hygge at Christmas and so to actually be able to pick the brain of an expat who lives/lived there? Yes please.

  1. Timur Vermes

If you don’t know Timur Vermes, he’s the guy who wrote Look Who’s Back (Er ist wieder da), a comedy book about Hitler waking up in today’s world. I’m currently reading it and love the film, and being able to speak to him would be incredibly helpful for my Hausarbeit I’m writing at the moment about portrayals of Hitler in the media.

  1. Caroline Kepnes

Caroline Kepnes wrote one of my favourite thrillers, YOU, which completely took me by surprise. I would love to know where Joe came from, and also how you spend so much time in the mind of a character like Joe and come out relatively unscathed.

  1. Yaa Gyasi


  1. Gillian Flynn

I owe a lot to Gillian Flynn, because Gone Girl is the book I credit with getting me back into reading during university. I would love to discuss with her the effects of having such a successful book, particularly a successful book which sparked a new trend in publishing that is still continuing today.

  1. Laura Bates

Laura Bates is my go-to when people ask me where to start with feminist literature. I would really like to start talking about feminism with my little sister and I think Bates would be able to offer some great advice as to how to broach the topic.

  1. Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky is big in the linguistics world because of his Universal Grammar theory which caused a storm - that’s how I know about him. But he also has his fingers in many other pies and I think he’d be fascinating (and potentially very irritating?) to talk to considering his seemingly wide expanse of knowledge.

If you were to hold a dinner party, who would you invite and why? Let me know in the comments below!
Happy reading,