Top 5 Tuesday is a fun, weekly meme that asks you to pick 5 books that fit that week’s theme. It was created by Bionic Bookworm and is currently being hosted by Meeghan Reads. You should check out their wonderful blog for more details and the list of prompts!
It’s time for another Top 5 Tuesday! Today’s topic is a fun one. Instead of focusing on books, we’re talking about my top five drinks for reading! Personally, I don’t usually drink when I’m reading. Not because I have anything against it, but because I am a giant klutz. I can already see myself spilling a beverage over one of my beloved books and it makes me wanna cry. So I figured I’d do something a little different. Why not pair my favorite drinks with some of my favorite books?
That being said, let’s jump into today’s post!
#1. Hot Chocolate/Hot Cocoa
I’m a woman with a giant sweet tooth, so hot chocolate (or hot cocoa) is probably my favorite beverage. I even drink it when I’m roasting in the summer time! Ever since I read Tilly and the Bookwanderers by Anna James I can’t think of hot chocolate without thinking of this book. There’s a cute café in the bookstore where Tilly lives and there’s a description of the hot chocolate served there that made my mouth water! Also, this book always makes me feel cozy, as does my favorite beverage.
#2. Cherry Slushies
Cherry slushies are one of my weaknesses. They aren’t good for me in any way, but I loooove them! They also make me think of the summer and sitting on the porch sipping a cool, sweet drink. One of my favorite books that makes me think about summer is A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson. This humorous non-fiction follows the author and his friend as they attempt to hike the Appalachian Trail. I can’t remember when they make their attempt, but hiking always makes me think of summer. And I bet they coulda used a nice slushie to cool them down out on the Trail!
#3. Wine (Preferably White)
I’m not a big drinker, which is why this is the only alcoholic beverage on this list. I do enjoy having a glass of wine every now and then and, for some reason, sipping wine makes me think of darker tales. Particularly thrillers. So I decided to pair this with one of my favorite thrillers, The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware! The nanny in this twisty tale certainly could have used a glass of wine or two after all the weirdness that goes down 👀 After being pretty lukewarm about Ruth Ware’s books, this one absolutely hit it out of the park.
#4. Coffee (But Not… Like… *Real* Coffee)
Remember that sweet tooth I mentioned? That caused coffee and I to not see eye-to-eye for quite a long time. Now we’ve come to an uneasy truce. I’ll drink it as long as it only vaguely tastes like coffee 😂 On this, the main character of The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood are completely in-sync. Olive is a fan of the ridiculously sweet “coffee” drinks, like the unicorn Frappuccino. I’ve never been so bold as to try that (seems too sweet even to me!) but I stand with her in ‘coffee that isn’t quite coffee’ solidarity!
#5. Tea… Blech
For those of you who may not know, I hate tea.
H A T E tea. I have yet to drink a tea that didn’t make me want to violently expel it from my body. So… why is it on this list? Because the only other beverage I could think of was water and how boring is that? Besides, it gives me a chance to talk about a recent fave that made me, for a split second, think that maybe I’m not giving tea a fair shake. The Thirteenth Hour by Trudie Skies talks about tea *so much* that I started wondering if maybe I wasn’t missing out on something 😂 It’s also an absolutely incredible gaslamp fantasy that had me yearning for more by the end of the book. Thankfully, it’s just the first in the series!
What are your top five drinks to have while reading? Any recommendations for a tea that I might actually like? Let me know in the comments!
And, as always, happy reading!