Drink This? Read That.
Welcome back to Books & Booze with a little game I like to call, “Drink This? Read That,” where I suggest a book based on your preferred drink of choice. Think of it like reading tea leaves…but instead of tea, booze (which we all know is way more fun). Who knows what destiny lies at the bottom of your glass? I think I see an epic read in your future (and maybe a bit of a hangover, too).
1. If your signature drink is whiskey, then you should read…
1984 by George Orwell
You’re the no-nonsense, straight-to-the-point type. The type who enjoys deep, intellectual, conversation over a glass or two of the smooth stuff (probably in your study filled with musky leather-bound books and chairs). You like strong, bold flavors and statements that transcend time. You may even have a bit of rebellion running through your veins. Your taste for the classics expands well beyond your drink of choice, which blends perfectly with the literary masterpiece: 1984. This daring, revolutionary tale will tickle your taste buds and stimulate the conversations of your next sophisticated dinner party. But choose your words carefully, Big Brother is always watching.
2. If your signature drink is champagne, then you should read…
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
You’re as bubbly and sweet as Mrs. Daisy Buchanan. You’re the life of every party, always ready to hit the town. You have a certain elegance and sophistication that draws people to you. There’s something hauntingly beautiful about you, and maybe even a little mysterious, like a green light blinking beyond the fog. Your taste for life and novels are one in the same: you desire excitement, romance, and, of course, a little drama. At the end of the day, you want something that makes you wonder—The Great Gatsby will satisfy all these cravings.
3. If your signature drink is a Manhattan, then you should read…
The City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert
Despite what people may think, you have multiple sides to you: on the one hand, you are mysterious and dripping with dry humor, but on the other side, you are sweet to the point of being irresistible. You live for the drama of it all, choosing to be someone different each and every night. Your cravings include but are not limited to excitement, fun, and the feeling of being alive; but above all, love. You dream of it day-in and day-out. Hiding underneath these various facades is the desire to be loved and accepted, flaws and all. You, my dear, are absolutely, timeless. Your perfect print pairing is none other than The City of Girls. Step into 1940s Manhattan to get swept up in the drama, costumes, and showbiz of the Lily Playhouse. It’s sexy, scandalous, and selected just for you.
4. If your signature drink is a Sidecar, then you should read…
The Paris Seamstress by Natasha Lester
Trendsetter is an understatement; you don’t just stand out from the crowd, you lead it with bravery and boldness. Not only do you carve your own path, but you do it with flair. You handle the spotlight with grace and poise and are even more admired for being so down-to-earth. You balance your sweet and sour sides with taste and class that is nearly impossible to replicate. The novel most deserving of your full attention is The Paris Seamstress. Follow the story of two ardent women looking to leave their mark on the world in two different time periods. Their passions collide with love and war, resulting in an unforgettable tale that is sure to leave its mark on you.
5. If your signature drink is red wine, then you should read…
How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style and Bad Habits by Caroline de Maigret, Sophie Mas, Audrey Diwan, Anne Berest
Your dry sense of humor is equally as intimidating as it is irresistible. Your quiet confidence unintentionally commands a room. You love travel, culture, classic films, and good company. Your natural sophistication may come off as snobbish to some, but those who really know you, are aware of the sweet warmth that radiates within. A wine and charcuterie board kinda night is incomplete without a tasteful novel to help you unwind. How to Be Parisian will leave you feeling sexy, inspired, and yearning for a trip abroad. This humorous, uplifting novel is a love letter to women everywhere, and the power they wield. Be sure to savor it.
Thirsty for more? Comment your drink of choice for the next round of “Drink this? Read that.” Who needs astrology signs when your signature beverage says so much about you?
What I'm Reading:
The Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness - After finishing The Road and being greatly disappointed, I am happy to move on to something a little more my speed: witches, vampires, etc. I’m only a couple of chapters in, but I’m enjoying it so far. I’m a sucker for a forbidden romance.
What I'm Listening To:
Spotify’s “Songs to Sing in the Shower” playlist - I’ve been getting rather bored of my typical workout playlist so decided to give this one a try and am loving it. It’s a good mix of recent and classic upbeat pop jams. Also a great playlist for riding in the car with the windows down at sunset.
What I'm Watching:
Netflix's Peaky Blinders - My boyfriend and I have been dying to watch this for a while now, and I'm so glad we finally started. We are on season two and LOVING it. The music and the setting make it for me (gimme any dark, gloomy, dirty back alley of Britain and I'm obsessed.) Plus, the downright badassery of all the characters leaves me begging for more.