It started as a question which turned into an idea, and so here we are today. Three YA novels and the coffee I think best describes them.
Now, I don’t know about you, but I have no qualms about coming right out and saying I adore all things coffee. I love the smell of the beans and the tantalizing scent once they’re freshly ground to perfection. The sound of the drink brewing is a symphony to my ears, and the taste, well, don’t even get me started on that or the whole point of this blog will go out the window. One thing that makes my reading experience all the better is having a fresh brewed coffee at my side; sometime’s I’ll substitute it for tea, but that’s another conversation for another time. One morning, the wheels started spinning in my head, and I began wondering about books and their coffee counterparts, and so here we are today; the first post on three books and the coffee that best suits them.
1.) Chocolate Croissants and a Hazelnut/Vanilla Coffee for The Morganville Vampries
Vanilla and Hazelnut is always a go-to flavor of mine. It’s one you can’t go wrong with. Toss in some low fat milk and wambam alikazham, you’ve got yourself a delicious partner for a delicious novel. Morganville Vampires has to be one of my all-time favorite vampire novels purely because of the joy the dialogue brings to my life. Let me tell you, the back and forth between the characters always induces a smile. its pure mastery that many authors (myself included) struggles with. It can be difficult finding that natural (not to mention comedic wit) dialogue that enhances a storyline. Caine illustrates her skill of such an aspect in her series.
“No, not you two. Stay here.”
“Does he just not get how unfair and sexist that is?” Eve asked. “Men.”
“You really want to go first?”
“Of course not. But I’d like the chance to refuse to go first.” — Morganville Vampires (Book 5), Rachel Caine
2.) A simple hot cappuccino with a taste cherry cheese danish for Stalking Jack the Ripper
Now, how many people here are avid fans of Thomas Cresswell? All who are, raise your hand. If you aren’t raising your hand (because you haven’t read the novel), I have an even better question for you: what are you doing with your life? Go read Stalking Jack the Ripper right now and then come back to finish this blog post. OK, done? Great. Let’s get on with it then. So, why choose a cappuccino for the novel? Because I think it’s the perfect mixture of bitter and refinement while we follow Audrey-Rose on the back alleys of London hunting the infamous madman Jack. Why the cherry cheese danish? Because I’m as much a sucker for all things sweet as our witty and dashingly handsome Thomas Cresswell. I enjoy pairing my morning coffee with something to compliment it and, when reading the thrilling mystery of Audrey-Rose and Thomas, I love this combo. It goes along strikingly well with their good humored banter. The bitter tones of the coffee and the beautiful, sweet red of the danish also lead to a striking resemblance to one of my favorite quotes in the novel.
“Roses have both petals and thorns, my dark flower. You needn’t believe something weak because it appears delicate. Show the world your bravery.” — Stalking Jack the Ripper, Kerri Maniscalco.
3.) A Hot or Iced Pumpkin Spice latte with an old-fashioned donut for Salem’s Lot
Now, I haven’t read a ton of King’s books (really I’ve only read the one, I’m remedying this, though. Check out my April TBR list if you don’t believe me). The reason I chose Salem’s Lot is that A) it takes place in Maine B) it’s a horror (a genre I haven’t read a lot of) and C) I think the concoction goes well together. When I think of my home state, I often get pulled into chilly Autumns and subtly unsettling Octobers with the leaves crunching along the ground as they’re swept up in a breeze. During this time of the year I’m a big sucker for my Pumpkin Spice drinks and an excellent book (especially from the King of Horror himself) makes the enjoyment of the season all the better.
“But when fall comes, kicking summer out on its treacherous ass as it always does one day sometime after the midpoint of September, it stays awhile like an old friend that you have missed. It settles in the way an old friend will settle into your favorite chair and take out his pipe and light it and then fill the afternoon with stories of places he has been and things he has done since last he saw you.” — Salem’s Lot, Stephen King
And that’s my list. What do you think? Agree with the counterparts I’ve chosen for the books above? Let me know in the comments and tell me your coffee/drink counterparts to books you enjoy! You can find the links to each of the books on Amazon below. That’s all for today.
Until next time,
ShaniaMorganville Vampires, Book 1 by Rachel Craine Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco Salem’s Lot by Stephen King