Tuesday, 5 May 2020

Top Ten Tuesday ~ Things I’d Have at My Bookish Party

"Top Ten Tuesday" is an original feature/weekly meme created on the blog "The Broke and the Bookish". This feature was created because they are particularly fond of lists at "The Broke and the Bookish".

It is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

Since I am just as fond of them as they are, I jump at the chance to share my lists with them! Have a look at their page, there are lots of other bloggers who share their lists here.

Things I’d Have at My Bookish Party 
(choose 10 things: items, accessories, foods, people (real or fictional), decorations, activities, etc.)

I have never had a themed party, even my kids only had one or two when they were little. We just enjoy having friends over to talk, eat, play games etc. We don't have to dress up in order to have fun.
  1. I guess, the main thing I would have is books. That's easy because my house is full of books, you won't find a room without books.
  2. Ask people to bring a wrapped book they no longer want and exchange them at the end.
  3. Years ago, I bought an aluminiun book cake pan in order to make cakes in the form of a book. I've used it several times for weddings, first communions, confirmations etc. So, definitely a cake like that.
  4. I have a stamp that looks like a library card, so I'd use that for place cards.
  5. Then there'd be games, I suppose. One I can think of is "Guess who you are". You get the name of an author (or a book) on your back, everyone can read it except you. With asking questions that can only be answered with "yes" or "no", you have to guess your identity.
  6. Play a game where everyone writes a sentence without seeing the ones before theirs. Read out as a story in the end.
  7. Install a photo booth where people can dress up as their favourite character and take selfies with themselves and their dressed-up friends. Would be nice if Charles Dickens and Jane Austen met, for example.
  8. For any writing purposes, have pencils with book themes.
  9. Have a table for people to make their own bookmark.
  10. Make an album about the party. Use the selfies made by people in the booth. Let them draw and write something about their favourite books or whatever else they might want to add.
The second idea I had to this subject:

Top Ten Authors I’d Have At My Bookish Party.

But what's even more important is the people you invite to your party. In real life, I'd invite all my bookworm friends. But this is fantasy, so I try to think about the authors I would love to have at my book party. First, those that I can't invite because, sadly, they are not with us any longer:
  1. Austen, Jane
  2. Buck, Pearl S.
  3. Dickens, Charles
  4. Dostoevsky, Fyodor
  5. Eliot, George
  6. Ephron, Nora
  7. Grass, Günter
  8. Mahfouz, Naguib
  9. Mann, Thomas
  10. Scott, Mary
But then there are some that I'd love to invite that are still around. Wouldn’t it be fantastic, if they attended?
  1. Bryson, Bill
  2. Follett, Ken
  3. Frazier, Charles
  4. Kingsolver, Barbara
  5. Lawson, Mary
  6. Oates, Joyce Carol
  7. Pamuk, Orhan
  8. Ruiz Zafón, Carlos
  9. Schami, Rafik
  10. Weir, Alison 
And, last but not least:
Top Ten Fictional Characters I’d Have At My Bookish Party.
  1. Jo March from "Little Women" by Louisa May Alcott
  2. Offred from "The Handmaid's Tale" by Margaret Atwood
  3. Anne Elliot from "Persuasion" by Jane Austen
  4. David Copperfield from "David Copperfield" by Charles Dickens
  5. Dorothea Brooke from "Middlemarch" by George Eliot
  6. Peter Halifax from "The Children's War" by J.N. Stroyar
  7. Christian Hoffmann from "The Tower" by Uwe Tellkamp
  8. Natasha Rostova from "War and Peace" by Leo Tolstoy
  9. Eleanor Harding from "Barchester Chronicles" by Anthony Trollope
  10. Regina Redlich from "Nowhere in Africa" by Stefanie Zweig
Granted, many women but these are some of my favourite characters.


  1. That book-shaped cake sounds so cool!

    My TTT .

    1. Thanks, Lydia. I used it to make a cake for my parents' golden wedding anniversary, had a picture of their wedding enlarged, they loved it.

      I'll head over to your place now. Thanks for your visit.

  2. What a fun party with interesting guests. https://pmprescott.blogspot.com/2020/05/ttt-050520.html

    1. There's always room for an extra guest. ;)

      Thanks for your visit, I'm going to visit your party now.

  3. All these mentions of book shaped cakes are making me hungry!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2020/05/05/top-ten-tuesday-262/

    1. That certainly wasn't my intention but you're welcome to join us. ;)

      Thansk for visiting, I'll get over to your page now.

  4. You mentioned that cake pan, and now I really want one. Maybe I can ask for it for my birthday!

    1. If you were closer, I'd make you one. But it certainly is a great pan for any bookworm like us.

      Thanks for your always faithful visit. I'll head over to your page now.

  5. That was fun to read! I would come if I could. I am reading Little Women right now.

    1. One day we'll meet, of that I am sure.

      "Little Women" is always a great read. Did you know they made a new movie? Haven't seen it, yet, but I'm sure I will.

      Thanks for your visit.

  6. Great list! The Sentence game seems like a lot of fun to play. I once played a similar game called the "Fold Over Story" game. Here's my TTT list.

    1. That could be its title. We played it on New Year's Eve with my family, it was so much fun.

      Thanks for stopping by. I'll visit you, as well.

  7. Bringing wrapped books to exchange sounds like a great idea! Plus, who doesn't love unwrapping a new book? Sounds like quite a fun cast of characters you'd invite to go, too!

    Here's my TTT post.

    1. I must admit, I saw most ideas elsewhere before, didn't even have to google for it this time. ;)
      Anyway, I've been to a party where everyone brought the books they wanted to get rid of and it was fantastic.

      I know dozens of other characters I would love to invite - we always have large parties - but had to restrict myself to ten, always difficult for me.

      Anyway, you're welcome to join, if you like. :)

      Heading over to your post now. Thanks for the visit.

  8. I love the idea of the book exchange, and of course a book shaped cake sounds delicious already :)

    1. Thanks, Lindsey. I might even do that one day again, once I have settled in here more and know more readers ...

      Anyway, thanks for your comment. It's always nice to meet new readers. Have a good day.