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Recommended Reads, Trends

Literary libations: 21 book & drink pairings for every taste


Feb 13, 2023

Books pair well with just about anything. A steaming hot coffee. An icy glass of lemonade, toes sunk in the sand. Depending on the setting and the season, there are plenty of drinks that pair perfectly with a good book. But when 5 o’clock comes around (or maybe sooner, I don’t judge!), books go best with something a little stronger.

The first time I read The Great Gatsby was in high school, and I was undoubtedly infused with energy drinks to get through my homework. But the second time around, many years later, was a guided tour through the liquor cabinet. Some books just seem to call for it, and with F. Scott Fitzgerald’s dazzling soirées and Prohibition-era shenanigans, this one was absolutely it. Glasses of champagne were a must, merlot was on the menu and, to be certain, there was gin. My book still bears the scars with red wine rings staining some pages, but it was worth every drip.

Even if your next book isn’t as boozy, you’ll still enjoy sipping along with these recommendations paired with a nice beer, wine or cocktail for a literary and libational experience to remember. Try these tastings to add a fun, new element to your next book club meeting or just as a quiet way to unwind at the end of the day.

Borrow any of these titles on the Libby reading app anytime, because ebooks and audiobooks are always on tap from your library.

Book & wine pairings

The Devil Takes You Home

Book: The Devil Takes You Home by Gabino Iglesias

Drink pairing: Pinot noir

Drunk on Love

Book: Drunk on Love by Jasmine Guillory

Drink pairing: Rosé

Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk

Book: Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney

Drink pairing: Chardonnay

This Time Next Year

Book: This Time Next Year by Sophie Cousens

Drink pairing: Champagne

Laid Out to Rest

Book: Laid Out to Rest by J.C. Eaton

Drink pairing: Cabernet Sauvignon

The Hotel Nantucket

Book: The Hotel Nantucket by Elin Hilderbrand

Drink pairing: Moscato

Book & beer pairings

The Librarian Spy

Book: The Librarian Spy by Madeline Martin

Drink pairing: Belgian

Malibu Rising

Book: Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Drink pairing: IPA

The Historian

Book: The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

Drink pairing: Stout

To Brew or Not to Brew

Book: To Brew or Not To Brew by Joyce Tremel

Drink pairing: Pilsner

A Thousand Acres

Book: A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley

Drink pairing: Wheat ale


Book: You by Caroline Kepnes

Drink pairing: Sour ale

The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections

Book: The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections by Eva Jurczyk

Drink pairing: Porter

Where the Deer and the Antelope Play

Book: Where the Deer and the Antelope Play by Nick Offerman

Drink pairing: Lager

Book & cocktail pairings

Too Bad to Die

Book: Too Bad to Die by Francine Mathews

Drink pairing: Dirty martini

Honey and Spice

Book: Honey and Spice by Bolu Babalola

Drink pairing: Margarita

Inherent Vice

Book: Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon

Drink pairing: White Russian

Harlem Shuffle

Book: Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead

Drink pairing: Long Island iced tea

A Proposal They Can't Refuse

Book: A Proposal They Can’t Refuse by Natalie Caña

Drink pairing: Manhattan

The Nest

Book: The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

Drink pairing: Espresso martini

The Lost Apothecary

Book:The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner

Drink pairing: Hot toddy



About the Author

Annie Suhy has been working in the book industry since 2006. When she’s not working, practicing yoga or petting cats, she’s doing paint-by-numbers or buying more plants. An avid poetry fan, her favorite collection is "The Splinter Factory" by Jeffrey McDaniel.


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