The Bookseller's Guide to Fall Beverages

Steaming mug with open book

It's fall, the season of colorful leaves, cozy sweaters, and curling up with a good book and a nice, warm drink.
But which book — and what drink?

As it turns out, the pairing of books and beverages is a complicated art.  Does a sweet drink go with an equally sweet book?  Or is it best if the book and the beverage balance one another out, like complimentary colors?  In search of answers, we asked our team what their ultimate book/fall beverage pairing was.

Whose book and beverage combo do you agree with?  And what books are you reading this fall?



Bourbon & Cormac McCarthy

"Cormac McCarthy demands to be read with strong bourbon, and possibly the blood of those who have wronged you." —Stefen

Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy The Road by Cormac McCarthy The Passenger by Cormac McCarthy

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Hot Chocolate & Horror

"The cold and uncomfortable setting of the story is balanced out well with the comforting warmth of fresh hot cocoa. " —John

The Fisherman by John Langan Misery by Stephen King Corpsemouth and Other Autobiographies by John Langan

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Mulled Wine & Philosophy

"I'm a fan of mulled wine and philosophy on the couch.  The goal is to warm up, drink slow, and think deeply with some Foucault, Kropotkin, or Deleuze.  You can take your time with them, just like a glass of warm wine." —Peri

The Conquest of Bread by Peter Kropotkin The History of Sexuality my Michel Foucault Anti-Oedipus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia by Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari

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Herbal Tea & Space Opera

"Herbal tea and space opera have have always been a world-class combo.  I recommend Alistair Reynolds or Ann Leckie. " —Stefen

Inhibitor Phase by Alastair Reynolds Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie A Desolation Called Peace by Arkady Martine

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(Home-Made) Apple Cider & Something Magical

"There’s something about picking apples from gnarly trees, working hard at the cider press, and curling up with a hot cup of sweet, steaming cider that awakens my sense of wonder.  But even store-bought cider does the trick!  Throw in a stick of cinnamon and open a beautiful, magical book and I feel like a child falling into a fairy tale." —Leo

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden Strange Beasts of China  by Yan Ge The House on the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

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Tea & Poetry

"Nothing warms the soul more on a rainy fall day than curling up with a blanket, hot tea, and poignant poetry." —LC

Devotions by Mary Oliver The Complete Poems by Anne Sexton The Wild Iris by Louise Gluck

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Coffee & Surrealism — or Absurdism

"I love reading surrealist and absurdist literature with a cup of coffee when it gets cold.  I recently read Watermelon Sugar and Trout Fishing in America by Richard Brautigan and loved them.  Both novellas are incredibly surrealist — in Watermelon Sugar you feel alert and swathed in color and care, while Trout Fishing in America is a social commentary wrapped in a nature-induced stream-of-consciousness trip. Kafka is a great absurdist writer for fall; The Metamorphosis is a dark and conceptually dense book.  I also love Shit Cassandra Saw: it's just plain weird, but in an existentially impactful way." —Peri

Trout Fishing in America, The Pill versus the Springhill Mine Disaster, and In Watermelon Sugar Shit Cassandra Saw The Metamorphasis by Kafka

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Hot Toddies & Great Big Novels

"Hot Toddies are for Great Big Novels.  Crime and Punishment.  100 Years of Solitude.  Moby Dick.  I look forward to tackling Olga Tokarczuk's The Books of Jacob as soon as the temperature drops.  " —Stefen

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky One Hundred Years of Solitude Moby Dick by Herman Melville

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