Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Families I Would Not Want To Spend Thanksgiving With

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly linkup of book bloggers hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl! With Thanksgiving coming up this week, we're doing a turkey-day inspired freebie! So here's my spin on it...ten families I absolutely would not want to spend Thanksgiving with!

The Torrances (The Shining): The head of household is a violent alcoholic and/or possessed by an evil hotel, so...pass.

The Magnussons (White Oleander): Astrid's got a good heart, but Ingrid...I wouldn't trust anything she'd put on the table.

The Bertrams (Mansfield Park): Dad's kind of a doofus, Mom's useless, the girls are brats, the older brother's a dimwit, and Mrs. Norris is the wooooorst.

The Lamberts (The Corrections): Literally everyone in this book/family is a monster of selfishness.

The van Meters (Seating Arrangements): The family patriarch, Winn, seems like exactly the kind of dad who would get sulky if you didn't compliment his job cooking the turkey lavishly enough.

The Foxes (Where'd You Go Bernadette): Bee is a sweet kid, but Elgin and Bernadette are both so preoccupied with themselves and their own unhappiness that it would be a miserable experience.

The Kitteridges (Olive Kitteridge): Nothing about Olive's trip to New York to see her son made me think that there would be anything worthwhile about spending time around that.

The Chases (The Sisters Chase): Mary is a straight-up sociopath and no one needs that in their house to make the holidays more stressful.

The O'Malleys (The Highest Tide): The parents are like, Exhibit A in why staying together "for the kids" is not necessarily a good idea.

The Battistas (Vinegar Girl): The baby sister is deeply stupid, the older sister is a jerk, and the father is the type that would trade away his daughter in marriage to someone she hardly knows because it would make his own life easier. Yuck.


  1. I love your twist on the freebie this week! I wouldn't want to stay with the Torrance family either. What a horrific Thanksgiving that would be.

    Here is my Top Ten Tuesday with ten things I am thankful for!

    1. No Thanksgivings at the Overlook Hotel!

  2. LOL I love your masterful breakdown of the Bertrams. Every word is true! None of the families sound particularly holiday friendly.

    1. Realizing that awful Mrs. Norris the cat in Harry Potter was named after awful Mrs. Norris in Mansfield Park was a delight!

  3. Haha, I like your spin on the topic! I agree with Olive Kitteridge and The Shining. I’ll skip Thanksgiving with those families.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  4. Ooh I like your take on this! The Mansfield Park one cracked me up. :)

  5. Haha! Seating Arrangements - yes! And did you know Elizabeth Strout as an Olive Kitteridge follow-up coming out in Fall 2019? I've never read Olive, but am going to fit it in this month when I read backlist to prep for the new one!