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Carole came up with a topic for ToT that had me searching through my book shelves. This is a difficult subject, as I rarely think about hanging out with characters from the books I read. I read to lose myself in other people's lives, in their times , and the places about which I know nothing, but wouldn't necessarily want to stay. I decided to go for some of the memorable characters from books I've read over the last few years in hopes of having an unpredictable evening.

1. Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, the main character from the Louise Penny's Gamache series, one of my favorite characters of all time, as he is a very kind person.

2. and 3. Scout from To Kill a Mockingbird and if you don't know why, you haven't read the book. Yes, I'd like Atticus at the table, too.

4. August Boatright from The Secret Life of Bees because she is no nonsense and down to earth, but also has a magical quality about her.

5. Lily Bere from On Canaan's Side by Sebastian Berry because her story has never left me. 

6. Aritomo because he created the garden in Garden of Evening Mists.

7. Ifemelu the main character Americanah because she's a complex character I would like to understand better. I also think she would add much to any dinner conversation. 

8. Rhett Butler from Gone With the Wind, because who doesn't want a rogue at the table.

9. Josefita (Tita) from Like Water for Chocolate, because she couldn't help but cook a passionate meal for us.

10. How do I introduce my last choice? This one may surprise you, but I think you'd all agree, Winnie-the-Pooh would be a wonderful character to invite to dinner because he'd bring the honey. 


Armand Gamache would be wonderful to spend an evening with, along with Scout, Atticus, and the rest of your guests. I'd love to sit next to Winnie-the-Pooh!

I love your list! I would like to have dinner in the bistro in Three Pines with just about anyone who would show up! How about Ruth?

You may not believe me but I almost put Winnie the Pooh on my list! Then I decided to just stick with people BUT I think he'd be a wonderful conversationalist to have at a dinner party. And YES for Rhett Butler!

Great list, Margene! (And I was thinking about Winnie the Pooh myself!!!

Winnie-the-Pooh would never have occurred to me! Great list! :)

Hmm. I'd have to say the madcap time-traveling historians of Oxford (Connie Willis), the Crow Girls (Charles de Lint)... actually, pretty much any and all of the recurring Newford characters from Charles de Lint's books. Maybe Thursday Next (Jasper Fforde). Probationary Constable Peter Grant and Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale (Ben Aaronovitch).

This was such a fun list. You have such an ecclectic and interesting group of characters.

Good choices! I couldn't even begin to answer this one.

I have Atticus on my list as well. I should have included Scout as she would have been perfectly paired with Tom and Huck. I love that you included Winnie!!

I had Scout on my list too (at 3:00 a.m. as I contemplated this...which did not ever happen). Winnie- the-Pooh would have been a great guest. ;-)

Ooh, I want to have this dinner at the bistro in Three Pines, too, with Inspector Gamache. And I'd like him to bring Jean Guy, too!

I'm not familiar with a lot of your list. I need to get reading!

Oh Winnie the Pooh-of course!

Now I'm going to have to go look at a couple of these books. And the bother of inviting Pooh, well, would there be any honey left for the after dinner tea?

what a great list! (and Winnie the Pooh is the audible daily deal today - only $0.99!) I thought about including Ifemelu, but I think I'd like to have her over for coffee (or juice?) so I could spend one-on-one time with her. And I need to read On Canaan's Side!

Please seat me next to Armand Gamache. He is the perfect man.

great cast of characters and once again, I need to add some books to my reading list!!

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