I’m the kind of person who’s adventurous when it comes to food and drinks. A lot of people are either a coffee person or a tea person but I’m both. I hate choosing between the two and why not have the best of both worlds? Anyway, a while back I wrote a post: Recommending Books As Per Your Tea Preferences and I had the time of my life writing it. So I thought it would only be fair to write another post where I recommend books based on coffee orders.
Usually people find their coffee order and stick to it but I get bored okay? Over the past few years I’ve tried a lot of coffees and done a few experiments myself so I really have racked up a list of favourites, or maybe I should say current favourites. Go get yourself a cup of coffee or tea (cause this might make you crave some) and let’s dive into it!
Ranking My Coffee Orders and Books I Would Read with Them
Peppermint Mocha Frappe
The peppermint and chocolate combination is my absolute favourite whether it’s in the form of hot chocolate or coffee. It’s also unfortunately kind of hard to get but I recently found a place that makes an excellent peppermint mocha frappe so I’m in love. Peppermint in itself is a refreshing flavour but combine that with some rich chocolate and give it a coffee kick and it’s absolutely the best thing ever. It’s a coffee order that has a little bit of everything I like which is why I’m recommending Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim, a book with multiple tropes that I adore.
Enemies to lovers? Check. Fantasy retelling? Check. Siblings and friendships? Check. Plot twists? Also check! What’s not to love?
Related Post: Mini Review: Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim
Shiori, the only princess of Kiata, has a secret. Forbidden magic runs through her veins. Normally she conceals it well, but on the morning of her betrothal ceremony, Shiori loses control. At first, her mistake seems like a stroke of luck, forestalling the wedding she never wanted, but it also catches the attention of Raikama, her stepmother. Raikama has dark magic of her own, and she banishes the young princess, turning her brothers into cranes, and warning Shiori that she must speak of it to no one: for with every word that escapes her lips, one of her brothers will die.
Penniless, voiceless, and alone, Shiori searches for her brothers, and, on her journey, uncovers a conspiracy to overtake the throne—a conspiracy more twisted and deceitful, more cunning and complex, than even Raikama’s betrayal. Only Shiori can set the kingdom to rights, but to do so she must place her trust in the very boy she fought so hard not to marry. And she must embrace the magic she’s been taught all her life to contain—no matter what it costs her.
You all might be hearing this name for the first time and that’s alright, let me explain. I discovered Coffeescotch in my first semester at college at the most popular drinks outlet on campus. Coffeescotch is a glorious blend of butterscotch and coffee and the best part is that you can choose how strong you want your coffee shot to be. I was downright addicted to that shit even though I usually don’t like extremely sweet things. And now that I’ve been stuck at home for a year and a half I miss Coffeescotch more than ever. The first thing I order when I go back is going to be this drink.
Since this order holds a certain nostalgia for me and also has a pretty sweet flavour profile I’m going to pair it with Tweet Cute by Emma Lord. This is such an adorable and sweet romance novel, I simply couldn’t stop smiling throughout it all. Plus half of it is set on a school campus so it’s only fitting 🙂
Meet Pepper, swim team captain, chronic overachiever, and all-around perfectionist. Her family may be falling apart, but their massive fast-food chain is booming ― mainly thanks to Pepper, who is barely managing to juggle real life while secretly running Big League Burger’s massive Twitter account. Enter Jack, class clown and constant thorn in Pepper’s side. When he isn’t trying to duck out of his obscenely popular twin’s shadow, he’s busy working in his family’s deli. His relationship with the business that holds his future might be love/hate, but when Big League Burger steals his grandma’s iconic grilled cheese recipe, he’ll do whatever it takes to take them down, one tweet at a time.
All’s fair in love and cheese ― that is, until Pepper and Jack’s spat turns into a viral Twitter war. Little do they know, while they’re publicly duking it out with snarky memes and retweet battles, they’re also falling for each other in real life ― on an anonymous chat app Jack built. As their relationship deepens and their online shenanigans escalate ― people on the internet are shipping them?? ― their battle gets more and more personal, until even these two rivals can’t ignore they were destined for the most unexpected, awkward, all-the-feels romance that neither of them expected.
Hazelnut is yet another flavour that I absolutely adore. I don’t know how to describe it but hazelnut coffee is never too sweet or rich and it’s just a perfect balance. It stands out. This also reminds me that I haven’t had hazelnut coffee in a long time so hold up while I try ordering some.
Oh and the book I would pair with this order is A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna. Like my coffee order, it stand out. This book is so unique and different and I’ve never read anything like it, nor will I in future. It’s the perfect amount of science-fiction, Mahabharata, politics, pain and romance. A true masterpiece that I can never forget.
In a universe of capricious gods, dark moons, and kingdoms built on the backs of spaceships, a cursed queen sends her infant daughter away, a jealous uncle steals the throne of Kali from his nephew, and an exiled prince vows to take his crown back. Raised alone and far away from her home on Kali, Esmae longs to return to her family. When the King of Wychstar offers to gift the unbeatable, sentient warship Titania to a warrior that can win his competition, she sees her way home: she’ll enter the competition, reveal her true identity to the world, and help her famous brother win back the crown of Kali.
It’s a great plan. Until it falls apart.
Inspired by the Mahabharata and other ancient Indian stories, A Spark of White Fire is a lush, sweeping space opera about family, curses, and the endless battle between jealousy and love.
Caramel coffee is another of my favourite orders, especially if it’s salted caramel because that’s just a perfect balance. It’s also an easy order for me to replicate at home with some caramel syrup. Granted it’s not the same as ordering a caramel coffee but during the lockdown it was somewhat of a comfort drink for me. I don’t drink it as often nowadays because I’m not a huge sweet tooth but every now and then I like to make some caramel coffee as self-care.
Since I associate this order with comfort and self-care I’m pairing it with The Comfort Book by Matt Haig. This is such a unique book. It’s not self-help but more of random notes of comfort that the author writes for himself.
A small book for anyone in search of hope, looking for a path to a more meaningful life, or in need of encouragement. Happiness occurs when you forget who you’re expected to be. And what you’re expected to do. Happiness is an accident of self-acceptance. It’s the warm breeze you feel when you open the door to who you are.
Years ago, Matt Haig began writing notes to his future self. These notes were meant as gifts to his future self: offerings of hope to help himself through anything from the darkest periods of his life to a not-so-great day. As time went on, he added new thoughts and stories, and he turned them into The Comfort Book so that everyone could draw on this well of reassurance and encouragement. Each of its short meditations gives a new perspective on life and all of its highs and lows–small islands of hope for anyone looking for a more fulfilling, more uplifting way through life. Incorporating a diverse array of sources from across the world, history, science, and his own experiences, Haig offers warmth and reassurance, reminding us to slow down and appreciate the beauty and unpredictability of existence.
Like I said, I love chocolate and coffee plus chocolate makes for a heavenly combination, it’s as simple as that. For me, this is a rich and indulgent drink so if I had to recommend a book to go with it I’ll go with The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri. This is a thick book with rich worldbuilding and a beautifully established magic system with insanely well-developed characters. The author indulges us with a gripping, slow-burn sapphic romance and that wet-sari scene… What a treat.
Set in a world inspired by the history and epics of India, in which a captive princess and a maidservant in possession of forbidden magic become unlikely allies on a dark journey to save their empire from the princess’s traitor brother. Imprisoned by her dictator brother, Malini spends her days in isolation in the Hirana: an ancient temple that was once the source of the powerful, magical deathless waters — but is now little more than a decaying ruin.
Priya is a maidservant, one among several who make the treacherous journey to the top of the Hirana every night to clean Malini’s chambers. She is happy to be an anonymous drudge, so long as it keeps anyone from guessing the dangerous secret she hides. But when Malini accidentally bears witness to Priya’s true nature, their destinies become irrevocably tangled. One is a vengeful princess seeking to depose her brother from his throne. The other is a priestess seeking to find her family. Together, they will change the fate of an empire.
Yes I know this is the moment some of you are gasping out loud but black coffee isn’t all that bad. I’ve already established that I’m not a sweet lover so this really shouldn’t come as a surprise. For a good year or so I only took my coffee black and I used to enjoy it, sometimes with a pump of caramel for a change. I’ll admit I rarely take my coffee black these days but if I’m not in the mood for anything sweet or really need to stay awake for a class or assignment some espresso shots are my go to.
So to go with black coffee I’m recommending These Violent Delights by Micah Nemerever. It’s dark and twisty and I think it will really surprise you in a goo way if you give it a chance.
When Paul and Julian meet as university freshmen in early 1970s Pittsburgh, they are immediately drawn to one another. A talented artist, Paul is sensitive and agonizingly insecure, incomprehensible to his working-class family, and desolate with grief over his father’s recent death. Paul sees the wealthy, effortlessly charming Julian as his sole intellectual equal—an ally against the conventional world he finds so suffocating. He idolizes his friend for his magnetic confidence. But as charismatic as he can choose to be, Julian is also volatile and capriciously cruel. And admiration isn’t the same as trust.
As their friendship spirals into an all-consuming intimacy, Paul is desperate to protect their precarious bond, even as it becomes clear that pressures from the outside world are nothing compared with the brutality they are capable of inflicting on one another. Separation is out of the question. But as their orbit compresses and their grip on one another tightens, they are drawn to an act of irrevocable violence that will force the young men to confront a shattering truth at the core of their relationship.
What’s your go-to coffee or tea order and do you drink it while you read?
Have you read any of these? If yes, what are your thoughts on them?
Which of these coffee orders do you like the best and which ones do you want to try?