There are certain books that, when read, require an accompanying drink and setting in my mind.

They fit the book, they fit my mood, they evoke the image of that story to me. It might be where I first read that book, or what I felt I needed to make the story complete to me.

A few of my examples...

  • A Superior Death by Nevada Barr - A glass of white wine while sitting on a lounger on a sun-dappled porch

  • Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner - A mug of chai while curled on an overstuffed sofa

  • Anything by Enid Blyton or J.K. Rowling - a cup of Bovril while reclining on a long couch

  • The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown - a grande coffee in a quiet coffeeshop

  • Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden - a cup of green tea while lying on a bed overflowing with pillows

  • Driver #8 by Dale Earnhardt Jr or A Little Bit Sideways by Scott Huler - a bottle of Bud while kicked back on a quiet front porch

  • Anything by Meg Cabot - a Diet Coke and a quiet corner where giggling is encouraged

  • Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding - an iced tea while sprawled on a blanket in the grass

  • The Probable Future by Alice Hoffman - a mug of hot chocolate while watching the rain pour down from a comfortable loveseat

  • The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger - a steamy cup of tea while staying up late in bed reading

  • Does everyone have such tastes, such settings, such memories of their favorite books?

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