One of the most magical things about picking up your favorite Starbucks order is knowing that you can slurp up the extra energy while reading chapter after chapter of your current obsession… I mean… book. Here are some reads based on what you whisper to the barista at your neighborhood Starbucks:
1. Flat White & The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
A grande Flat White makes my mouth water. It’s my drink at Starbucks, and I will consume it happily any time of the year. While I stray occasionally from my usual, the Flat White always tastes the best to moi. One of my all time favorite reads has been The Goldfinch. From descriptive characters you can’t help but love (Boris!), to a story that will melt your heart and break it (repeatedly), Donna Tartt brings this story to life, page after page. It made sense that fellow Flat White fans could easily become The Goldfinch fans too.
2. Peppermint Mocha & A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
This pairing makes simple sense. Once the seasonal drinks are out, so is our need for holiday decorations, films, music, and stories of course! A peppermint mocha is a chocolatey wholesome beverage that matches perfectly with a moral-rich story such as A Christmas Carol. Ebenezer Scrooge is a Christmas time staple that reminds us again and again how important it is to open our hearts, spend time with those we love, and give — the true meaning of Christmas.
3. Americano & The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
Pardon my assumptions, but most people who drink watered down espresso have less time for the fluff. You are busy folk who drink your caffeine so that you can go go go, and there is nothing wrong with that. However, when you are feeling too stressed about work, and you need a little life-reorganizing, Gretchen can help. She writes about a year in her life in which she tackles small and large changes with the goal of being more happy. You deserve some time for yourself, and maybe a little steamed milk, too!
4. Chai Tea Latte & The God Of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
While you down a cup of black tea with Indian spices and herbs, known at Starbucks as a chai tea latte, it only makes sense to read some fiction by an amazing female author who hails from India. Arundhati Roy’s God of Small Things is a profound story of grief, love, and family. If you’ve already read God of Small Things, no need to worry, Roy has a new story in progress, and I can’t wait another day for it!
5. Pumpkin Spice Latte & The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury
As the weather gets colder and the ghost and ghouls get ready to play, Starbucks releases their most anticipated seasonal favorite: the pumpkin spice latte. Curl up on the couch with your hot latte (with whip, of course!) and dive into Ray Bradbury’s The Halloween Tree. This eerie book will get you into the season of spook, and your pumpkin spice latte will keep you warm and fuzzy on the inside.
6. Espresso Macchiato & Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare
The Italian word “macchiato” translates into “stained coffee” meaning it’s espresso with the tiniest splash of milk. For me, macchiato is a dreamy word that rolls off the tongue. If you’re likely to choose this sophisticated (and kind of sexy) drink, get ready to read the poetic language of Shakespeare. Personally, I am not a huge fan of the playwright, but one of his most famous masterpieces is still a love of mine. I dream of sitting in an Italian cafe and quietly sipping an espresso macchiato and reading Romeo and Juliet. Of course, in this dream I am still 20, but a girl can dream, right?
7. Teavana Passion Tango & One With You (The Crossfire Series) by Sylvia Day
Passion for passion. Sip a Teavana treat while you curl up and dig into Sylvia Day’s juicy novels. With a story line similar in some ways to 50 Shades of Grey, The Crossfire series is a well-written saga of erotica — and One With You doesn’t fall short of hot, steamy passion.
8. Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher & One For The Money (Stephanie Plum Series) by Janet Evanovich
Nothing says summertime quite like a bubbling drink that keeps you cool and satisfies your thirst. If you’re laying on the beach sipping your fruity refresher, you should probably be reading something light, and maybe funny. I highly suggest Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series. Start at One For The Money and maybe you’ll be half way through by the end of summer. This hilarious series about a clumsy, untrained bounty hunter is sure to leave you in stitches.
Reading and coffee go together better than Oprah and her amazing giveaways. Indulge yourself in the drink of your choice, and know that there is a book out there to match!
Do you have a drink, book combo you would like to share? Leave it in the comment section!
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