Since it is currently about 8 a.m. and my new job has ruined me for sleeping in (even on my days off) I’ve had the last two hours to think up something fun for the blog today. All while consuming an inhuman amount of coffee. So here’s the plan: I’m going to give you a little look into what beverages I tend to lean towards, depending on which genre I’m currently reading! (If you’re reading this mom, not all of them are alcohol. Go me!)Although coffee obviously goes with pretty much any of the following genres (or pretty much anything, ever) I’m going to give you a few alternatives. Some of them I’ve put some thought into and others are based solely on experiences of my own that I remember having enjoyed immensely. So without further ado…
So, I know that I said that not everything was about alcohol, but this is one genre that I almost absolutely need a little liquid courage for. As a certifiable pansy, after wading my way through a particularly terrifying read, I need some kind of guarantee that I’m going to be able to go to sleep after. Wine is just the ticket for a dreamless sleep, where the boogey man (or woman) can remain between the pages and out of my head. Now, I’m not saying that I will chug a bottle of merlot before hitting the hay – that would be counter productive, the more I drink, the harder it is to concentrate on what the words say. Besides, I can’t drink the big girl wine. I need the wine that you’re more likely to see in the hands of a teenager at a bonfire. Think Girls Night Out or Wild Vines.
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Beverage: Cinnamon Chai Tea/Hot Apple Cider
Although I can read a cozy pretty much any time of the year, I tend to pick them up with a vengeance around September/October. Hello, they’re called COZY mysteries, what is more cozy than autumn?! Naturally, following the cozy theme I almost have to pair these books with cozy drinks! Hot apple cider in fall is pretty much a given, and it’s super easy to find at that time of year. Although, on particularly chilly days in the summer, I have been known to microwave apple juice. It’s not the same.
On the off chance that you would prefer this with a little bit of a boozy twist, there are lots of apple ciders available straight off the shelf. That being said, the best one that I have EVER had was made for me by a good friend during the Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon last year. Although I couldn’t find the exact recipe that she used, a quick pinterest search lead me to this one:
It looks pretty accurate – but prepare for the hangover. It’s so worth it. This stuff is DELICIOUS.
Genre: Historical Fiction
Beverage: Earl Grey Tea
How could I not sip tea while reading about fancy, 18th century dukes, duchesses and other choice nobility? Seems like a no brainer to me. Pinkies up!
Genre: Young Adult
Beverage: Anything. Literally, anything.
YA has come such a long way and has so many sub-genres that I couldn’t even put one beverage to it. For some of the lighter, summery, contemporary reads, I like to pair them with lemonade – and possibly a beach. With the historical romances I tend to like to drink tea is some form. The paranormal romances I tend to need something to calm me down and keep me from tossing the book out the window, so some form of light alcohol or calming tea is required. (Note: this is not for ALL paranormal romance, lets remember that I loved the Shadowfalls series. I’m thinking more in the realm of… Twilight. Pretty sure that will leave me a few readers less, but it is my opinion and I stand behind it. Twilight so did not live up to the hype for me.)
Alright! For the few of you who remain (Haha…Please don’t leave me), what are your favourite pairings? Anything that I should try or that I didn’t think of? Sound off in the comments below!