EDITOR’S NOTE: This post is from one of our special HPB contributors, Shelbi from The Nobby Life. Take it away, Shelbi!
One of my favorite things about autumn (only one, mind you, because I have many favorite things about this season!) is the pairing of books and cozy beverages on crisp autumnal days. Whether the sun is out or it’s raining, I love finding a good spot by a big window and watching the vast sky meets the tops of the low Texas trees. With a warm beverage in one hand and a book in the other, I can’t think of anything that symbolizes autumn for me more than steaming cups and warming stories. I’ve paired a few of my favorites and I hope you will enjoy them!
Chai + a Good Mystery
Spicy & mellow, mysterious and engrossing, a steaming chai latte and Sherlock Holmes are a perfect pairing. In A Study in Scarlet, the first mystery in the detective series by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes meets his faithful sidekick, Dr. Watson, and the two are called upon to investigate a mystery in a south London house revolving around a dead man whose contorted face is a twisted mask of horror. If you want some good, old-fashioned thrills relating to a tragic tale, this book is for you.
Latte + Poetry
Simple goodness that warms the soul. Robert Frost is a classic American poet whose simple lines belie deeper meanings which can be gleaned from his prose. Frost’s poetry is distinctly autumnal. A recommended favorite autumnal poem (which will take one minute to read and half an hour to think through) is “Nothing Gold Can Stay.”
Coffee + Steinbeck
Strong, powerful and needing no cream to soften the content, Cannery Row by John Steinbeck is a moving portrayal of a small community in Monterey, California, during the Great Depression. Steinbeck’s brilliant writing will keep you captivated while you sip your strong morning (or afternoon) cup of joe.
Mocha + a Coming of Age Novel
Sweet and bitter, dark and full of joy, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith is a wistful coming-of-age novel in which the young daughter of Irish immigrants must grow up amid the poverty, dangers and joys of early twentieth century New York City. You’ll laugh, cry and be overwhelmed with nostalgia as you are absorbed into the growing up “firsts” (sorrows, awakenings and loves) of eleven year old Francie Nolan.
Tea + Jane Austen
Refreshing, steadying, quintessentially British – tea is not just a drink, it’s pretty much an event. By the time you’ve prepared a pot, set out your milk and sugar and a little treat to go with it, you’ll be more than ready to sit down and indulge your inner Anglophile with a steaming cup and Persuasion by Jane Austen. Austen’s works are not distinctly seasonal in general except for this one: Persuasion is a beautiful autumnal story of lost love being found again when all hope of it has passed. It’s gentle slow, and breathtaking. Just like the perfect cup of tea.
What are your favorite book and beverage pairings?