What’s Your Poison When You Read: Coffee, Tea or Booze?



Once upon a time, I used to have my daily dose of caffeine in the morning, and probably another mug later on in the day when I want to read. Ever since my bowels went on strike after having a cappuccino, these days, a hot cup of freshly-brewed tea is the drink for me when I sit down to read.

Sometimes, I have hot chocolate or mocha but only if I happen to have the resources to make it at home. A few sips from my mug and a few chapters later, I’d be a happy and contented girl.

However, there are other beverages that a reader can go to when preparing for a cosy reading session. I’d like to think that there are proper and specific times of the day to have your drink and read, but it depends wholly on the reader’s personal preference. These other beverages somehow include alcohol and booze. While some of us may opt for a flute of champagne in the morning, others may prefer to settle down for the night with a glass of red or white wine after a scrumptious dinner, and accompanied by a good book.

Here are some of the beverage choices that you should have and what book to read that goes well with them, according to Cosmopolitan and Bustle.com. I have chosen 5 books and booze combo from Cosmopolitan, and from Bustle.com, I picked 10 out of 19 books and booze combo. You can read the rest at the links I left in my post:


10 Amazing Books You Should Read and Exactly What You Should Drink with Them

1. Off-Dry Riesling + Shrill: Notes From A Loud Woman by Lindy West

Riesling is sassy, sweet and sour, just like West and it is a fun and light wine which goes well with Shrill, a feminist must-read, hilarious memoir that details her battles with internet trolls, body image, gender politics and so much more.

2. Fernet Branca + The Girls: A Novel by Emma Cline

This bestselling novel features a coming-of-age story during the summer leading up to the Charles Manson murders in 1969, and it’s on everyone’s lips. Pair this gripping tale with a Fernet Branca, an Italian bitter liquor that’s become ultra popular in recent years and you have yourself a drink that the cool kids drink.

3. Sparkling Win + Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J. K. Rowling

This new Harry Potter story calls for the ultimate English drink. A suggestion was made on a sparkling wine from a winery called Ridgeview which is something that Harry would approve of.

4. Champagne + Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler

Sweetbitter is about a woman named Tess who moves to New York City, ends up falling into a love triangle, and works at one of the top restaurants in the city where she’s introduced to the finest champagnes. At the mention of this, you’re so definitely going to need a glass for yourself! If you need something to munch on, try some popcorn as a snack to pair with your glass of bubbly.

5. Pilsner + Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Homegoing follows the path of two half-sisters from their birth in 18th century Ghana all the way up to present day, including the lives of one half-sister’s descendants during the years of warfare in Ghana while the other sister and her children journey to America and live through slavery, the Civil War, and the Great Migration. This book is best read while you sip on Pilsner, a traditionally Austrian style of beer with a low alcohol percentage that won’t make you nod while you read.


19 Books to Read based on Your Drink of Choice (because there’s more to pairings than wine and cheese!)

1. Spiked Punch + We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

In the author’s home country of Nigeria, Chapman had been a popular punch made from fruit-flavoured sodas, grenadine, and Angostura bitters, which some have compared to Spanish sangria. Try mixing up a batch at home and pair it with her short manifesta: We Should All Be Feminists.

2. Mint Julep + Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner

It was said that a quintessential Southerner like William Faulkner was known to love the equally quintessential Southern drink like mint juleps. And the mere mention of the drink calls to mind the images of men and women on white verandas, wilting and perspiring through their suits in the Southern summer heat. Cool off on the next sweltering day with Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom! and a glass of iced fresh mint julep.

3. Mojito + The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

The mojito is a mint-infused cocktail that is sure to keep you cool in the Havana heat, just like the mint julep. As Hemingway was a diabetic, he hadn’t indulged in sweet treats as often as he would have liked to, but the force remains strong between the writer and the Cuban cocktail. Don’t forget to get yourself a glass of ice-cold mojito while you read Hemingway’s famous Cuban fable called The Old Man and the Sea.

4. Merlot + Northanger Abby by Jane Austen

Despite being known to love French wine, Jane Austen’s drinking habits are not as famous as those of the other writers. Pair your next Merlot with Northanger Abbey, where the campy suspense in Austen’s spoof on the Gothic novel will play well at your next wine-and-pajamas night!

5. Martini + Moonraker by Ian Fleming

Both Fleming and Bond enjoy a good martini but the two men preferred different styles. Are you James Bond’s “shaken, not stirred” sort of reader? Or would you rather go for Fleming’s favourite Vesper? Either way, you’ll be in for a fantastic and original spy novel while sipping on an equally fantastic drink!

6. Irish Coffee + Dubliners by James Joyce

Even if James Joyce and Irish coffee don’t quite hail from the same part of Ireland, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a hot beverage or two while you read his most famous story collection. The Dubliners relies heavily on the middle-class life in the city where themes progressed from childhood to death. Still, the title is rather Irish at best, so it gives you a good reason to have Irish coffee with your book.

7. Bloody Mary + Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells

I recalled watching the movie during my teenage years with Sandra Bullock, Ellen Burstyn, Maggie Smith and Ashley Judd were starring in it. Back then, I thought it was a whimsical movie. The Ya-Yas were a bunch of raucous heavy-drinking Southern foursome, all women who, like liquor, got better with age. Ride along with the Sisterhood in Teensy’s convertible (I honestly don’t remember much of the movie anymore) while drinking Bloody Marys from a Thermos and just enjoy being a woman.

8. Lager + 11/22/63 by Stephen King

King’s 2011 novel, 11/22/63, is about a time-traveler who sets out to prevent the John F. Kennedy assassination, and should be enjoyed with a good beer. What are you waiting for? Time to pour yourself a Pilsner or a Bock and get cracking on the spine of the his novel.

9. Pisco Sour + Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote

There is nothing better than a Pisco Sour to go with Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Just imagine Holly Golightly’s assortment of party guests clinking (and spilling) these little cocktails together as they dance throughout the night. The author’s heroine might be a bit of a menace to society but that doesn’t mean you can’t sip politely while reading about her escapades.

10. Ale + The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

Every Hobbit worth his or her salt likes a good ale now and again. No, hands off the butter beer! Go and pick out your favourite Scotch ale instead, and sit down with The Hobbit novel that kick-started Tolkien’s high-octane fantasy legacy. Whether you’re reading it for the first time or the umpteenth time, you’re sure to fall in love with it all over again. The Hobbit is a cosy novel, and when paired with your favourite beer (no, no, not the butter beer!), it will get even more homey.

Well, here’s the end to my never-ending tale of books and booze for today. The word count got a little out of control but I hope you enjoyed reading the post all the same. I also hope that my post gave you a little creativity on the drinks that you prepare to go with your book. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need some shut eye. It’s late and I’m tired. Happy reading, everyone!

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