Starbucks & Book Pairings

Coffee and book

Books and beverages are a classic combination. The experience of curling up with a good book is always enhanced by having some kind of tea, coffee, or whatever else nearby. Matching the vibe of the drink to the vibe of the book really elevates the experience. As a self-proclaimed expert on books and Starbucks, consider me your literary, caffeinated sommelier. 

Hot chocolateA Man Called Ove” and “Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine” are hot chocolate in literary form. These books are unpretentious, sweet and heartwarming. And just like hot chocolate, if I heard someone say they did not like them, I would think they were lying. If you want to get really specific, I’d go with a salted caramel hot chocolate for “A Man Called Ove” (for Ove’s salty personality) and snickerdoodle hot chocolate for Eleanor Oliphant (for her quirkiness).

If you order pour-overs, then read “The Secret History” for the dark academia vibes.

Like a pink drink, “Bingo Love” is both sweet and visually beautiful. A fundamental difference between pink drinks and “Bingo Love,” though, is that pink drinks don’t make me cry.

If you like the shaken brown sugar oat milk espresso, then I’d recommend “On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous,” “Between the World and Me,” and “House of Leaves.” One of my favorite drinks, three of my favorite books. This drink is excellent; these books are excellent. That’s it.

If you’re into herbal tea, then go read “The Secret Garden” or “Circe,” you cottagecore queen.

Caramel frappuccino

Two words that are sometimes used to describe the taste of matcha are earthy and grassy. I think it just tastes like the beautiful shade of green it is. If you are into matcha lattes, then check out Mary Oliver’s work and “The Overstory.” They will both make you appreciate this beautiful green world.

Shot in the Dark: “Eileen”. Also, are you doing okay?

If you love a venti caramel frappuccino with extra whip and extra drizzle, then ignore the people saying that your order is “too sweet and basically just a milkshake.” So what? Milkshakes are great! You clearly know how to have a good time, so read “Red, White & Royal Blue.”

I can’t go without mentioning Starbucks’s most iconic drink: the pumpkin spice latte. I’d recommend “Her Body and Other Parties” for the Fall vibes, the darkness and the spice, but really any horror will do. 

Happy reading, and happy drinking! 

P.S. I would also be remiss if I didn’t toss in a plug for Lakota. Their coffee is the best, and I am willing to fight anyone on this.


Image credits: starbucks winter 2011 by Sarah Gilbert via flickr (license); Starbucks – Peppermint Hot Chocolate by Calgary Reviews via flickr (license); Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino by DJ A. via flickr (license)

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