A Party in the Pages

It’s New Year’s Day! That means new resolutions, new starts, and new opportunities. And New Year’s Eve means champagne and watching the huge ball drop in NY, and maybe a little partying. So, if you’re looking for the fun from last night to continue in the comfort of your own bed, then there’s plenty of books out there that will keep the festivities rolling. Here’s my top five choices (in no particular order).

1. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald 

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What party list would be legitimate without The Great Gatsby? It reminds me of that T-shirt: “Ain’t no party like a Gatsby party because a Gatsby party don’t stop until at least two people are dead and everyone is disillusioned with the Jazz Age as a whole.” The truth. But in the meantime, a glass of gin, a thick blanket, and this book can’t hurt…can it?

2. Party Princess (The Princess Diaries VII) by Meg Cabot

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Otherwise known as one of the most awkward party scenes that I’ve had the good fortune of reading, because Mia’s nerves are just so painfully tangible, and you sympathize with her so much, and gah. But still–a party!

3. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen 

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This is one of my favorite Austen novels because it’s so fun, quirky, and charming. The protagonist, Catherine, is naive and gullible enough to create chaos, but sweet and innocent enough so that you can’t really blame her, can you? Anyways, like most of Austen’s novels, there’s always a ball or two involved, with lush descriptions of ball gowns and dances that will make you wish you lived in the 18th century (well, until you realize that things back then really sucked for anyone who wasn’t a white, land-owning male.)

4. Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series by Louise Rennison

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Each and every one of these books is as fun and lively as a proper party should be, but ignoring that there’s also plenty of actual gigs and concerts and dancing in the books–and in a couple of the books Georgia and her crew will actually teach you some moves. (HOOOORRRRRRNNNN)

5. Dollface by Renee Rosen

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Another novel set in the 1920s, Dollface is a indulgent historical novel that features lots of jazz, and lots of bourbon. Follow in the footsteps of Vera Abramowitz as she enjoys the new, exciting life that she’s wedged herself into. Exciting, and dangerous. Because both of the men hooked on her are mobsters. Rival ones, too, and with the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre looming on the horizon, nobody is safe.

It’s raining in my city right now, and even though it’s mid-afternoon I’m feeling very lazy and lethargic, so I think the best plan of action will be to make myself some hot chocolate, sneak a cookie upstairs and get reading one of these. A good start to the new year? Heck, yeah!

What are your favorite ‘party’ books? What do you think of my choices? What are your New Year’s goals? Let me know in the comments! 

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4 thoughts on “A Party in the Pages

  1. I think I might have a new favorite party book. My sister-in-law got me Tequila Mockingbird for Christmas, and even though it doesn’t have a plot, the fact that it’s filled with cocktail recipes makes it perfect for a party. It’s really cleverly written, to the point where you just want to sit down and read the recipes for entertainment value. My favorite so far is the Absinthe Shrugged recipe.

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  2. I like your party themed list! Good idea! I like that you included different kinds of parties. I haven’t read any of these books. I personally felt old this year, because I just went to bed. (Then got woken up by my neighbor’s fireworks)

    I don’t think I’ve read any party books. There might be some where they went to a couple of balls. My only goal for the next year is to get some writing done! (Any at all would be good) Happy New Year!

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    • Thank you! (And sorry it took so long for me to reply, I had a couple of comments falsely shipped to the spam category). Well, sleeping is always fun to me and I’m relatively young 🙂

      Writing is a good goal! It’s on my list, too. That and surviving college, haha.
      Happy (belated) New Year to you, as well!

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