Drinking and Reading

October 21st, 2008 • Kate

Everyone seems to love a post about your book piles, as I got maybe the most comments on a post ever. Very exciting! Let’s see if we can’t keep that trend going today. I followed a link from Publishing Insider to an article in the Denver Examiner (local!) about what alcoholic beverages one should imbibe depending on what you’re reading. Now, me, I usually read with a soft drink, since I’d rather not be buzzed while reading, but your mileage may vary. Despite the Examiner’s bias against chardonnay and chick lit, I have to say I thought the article suggested some interesting combinations:

Ales lend themselves well to vigorous literature–adventures, thrillers, spy novels, horror, serious science fiction, and hard-boiled mysteries. […]
Red wines of any type are the quintessential lit geek drink; the kind of thing you can imagine black-turtleneck clad, beret wearing, sensitive types drinking by the bushel while sitting in a grotty little cafe in Paris and getting maudlin over Ralph Waldo Emerson or Proust.

What do you think? Does your book of choice determine your beverage of choice? Which do you pick first – -the drink or the book?
And while you’re leaving comments, don’t forget to jump back a few days and leave a question for an editor for my upcoming trip to NYC. Cheers!

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8 Responses to “Drinking and Reading”

  1. Megan Says:

    i agree with you, Daphne! i don't think i've ever drunk and read at the same time. I'd rather not be distracted, have a buzz or anything. Soft drink, water, milk – all good!

  2. jeanoram Says:

    I read responsibly. 🙂

  3. yellowbrick08 Says:

    I tend to read mostly children's books, so I guess milk would be most appropriate. 🙂 But mostly, it's juice or water for me. Wine I reserve for a good movie, because, like you, I don't want to be buzzed for a book, but don't mind for the on-screen type of story.

  4. Megan Says:

    yes, yellowbrick08, wine for movies is good! totally agree with you.

  5. dust Says:

    Doesn't matter…but I almost always want to eat whatever food they write about!

  6. Trish Says:

    Every now and then I have a glass of wine, but I don't usually drink and read.

  7. Shannon Says:

    When I read Ya Ya Sisterhood I drank a lot of gin and tonics…

  8. jeanoram Says:

    I do have to admit that chick lit has kind of got me into Cosmos. They are so pretty and come in a cool glass…