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That being said, here are my top five books for scintillating cocktail party conversations. Luckily for you, you don't have to actually read them. Just use these handy references and you will be the belle of the ball.
1. The Odyssey by Homer. When people talk about Sirens and Cyclopses you'll want to be able to jump right in. Say, "Ah, Yes, 'Sing to me of the man, Muse, the man of twists and turns driven time and again off course.'" People will know not to mess with you after that.
2. Macbeth by William Shakespeare. Spoiler: Everyone dies. When people bring up Lady Macbeth say, "Out, out, damn spot." People will nod knowingly.
3. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. This one is good when you go to some public meeting and see women in the audience knitting. Rest assured, someone will nudge you, point at the knitter and say, "Look at Madame DeFarge over there." To which you need only say, "When the revolution comes..."
4. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. If people ask if your dog is named after the main character of this classic tale, save yourself trouble and just say yes.
5. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling. Cocktails parties are full of people saying "Expelliarmus!" Just say, "Petrificus Totalis!"
Now here is my blogger challenge: Post your own list of mandatory reading. Mine is for cocktail parties, your list can be for whatever you want. Let the fun begin!
(PS: The above list is not a guarantee of cocktail party conversation success strategies.)
PPS: Margaret Finnegan wonders what she could possibly have been thinking in high school. She is currently under the impression that her delusion was fueled by equal parts Noel Coward, Agatha Christie, and Cary Grant.)
(PPPS: Margaret Finnegan is going to be brutally honest now and tell you that she really doesn't think she has ever been to a cocktail party in her entire life, but she has been to parties where people yell "Expelliarmus.")