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Booze & Books! Alcohol Pairings For All Your Favorite Reads

Booze. Books. Battlestar Galactica (just kidding). What could possibly make cozying up with a good book any better? Well, alcohol, of course. Don't worry—we did all the research, so you don't have to. You can thank us later. Cheers!

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Champagne or Mint Julep

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It's a major classic, so if you haven't read it—probably because it wasn't on the list of books your high school made you read—now's your chance. The Great Gatsby is set in the summer of 1922 in the fictional town of West Egg, where the mysterious young millionaire Jay Gatsby throws lavish parties but doesn't partake in them. Instead, he longs after an old flame, Daisy Buchanan, who is married and lives across the lake. When Nick Carraway, Daisy's cousin, moves next door to Gatsby, relationships and lives begin to entangle. The Great Gatsby has been described as a cautionary tale regarding the American Dream. This novel obviously pairs well with champagne—the bubbly will make you feel like you're actually in the roaring '20s as a party guest in Gatsby's mansion. Also consider sipping on a mint julep—Daisy's beverage of choice.

The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins, Cabernet Sauvignon

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For Rachel, every day is the same. She takes the commuter train each morning and watches as it flashes past a stretch of quaint suburban homes. Every day, she watches the same couple having breakfast on their deck, so happy and in love. Jess and Jason, she nicknames them. From an outsider's perspective, they have the perfect life. That is, until Rachel sees something shocking that she can't unsee. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police and soon finds herself deeply intertwined in the lives of everyone involved. The Girl on the Train would pair well with a hearty glass of Cabernet Sauvignon because of the story's great depth and maturity. So when the movie—starring Emily Blunt!—comes out (October 7th) make sure you're prepared with a bottle of Cab Sauv.

Seduction and Snacks by Tara Sivec, Sparkling Rosé

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"Warning: contains explicit sex, profanity and enough sarcasm to choke a horse." -Goodreads

If you're looking for a pee-your-pants funny, incredibly relatable and HOT read, grab a copy of Seduction and Snacks. Claire is a single twenty-something mother to a foul-mouthed toddler named Gavin. She grudgingly helps her friend sell sex toys as she attempts to start her own business and give her son a better life. Enter Carter, the dreamy one night stand from Claire's past. Take it from us, you'll need plenty of sparkling rosé—and don't forget the snacks.

Love the One You're With by Emily Giffin, Amaretto Sour

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This is a book for anyone who has ever gone back and forth between the one they're with and the one they'll never get over. Is it possible to love the person you're with when you'll never forget the one who got away? Ellen and Andy's first year of marriage is the definition of perfect. Until one fateful afternoon, when Ellen's old flame, Leo, reappears for the first time in eight years. And although Leo brought out the worst in her and left her heartbroken, he's the one she could never quite forget. This is a story about a happily married woman and a chance encounter that suddenly leaves her wondering if her chosen path is truly where she belongs. He's the one that got away. She has a second chance. Can she let him get away again? Emily Griffin's pageturner pairs best with an amaretto sour, because it's a thoughtful mix of sweet and sour moments.

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey, Irish Coffee

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For those of you who enjoyed books like The Hunger Games, Divergent, or The Maze Runner, you'll definitely want to add this dystopian novel to your list. It's the perfect mix of thrilling action, humor and romance. After the 1st wave, there is only darkness. After the 2nd, only the lucky ones survive. After the 3rd, only the unlucky escape. After the 4th wave, there is only one rule: trust no one. As the dreaded 5th wave begins, Cassie runs from The Others, pushed forward by a promise she made to her little brother. You'll want to enjoy this story with a mug of Irish coffee—trust us, you'll need the caffeine to keep you up when it's impossible to put this book down.

Big Rock by Lauren Blakeley, Cosmopolitan

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Move over, Christian Grey. Spencer Holiday has got us all hot and bothered, and he did it without a red room of pain. Big Rock is told from a male's POV (Spencer) and will have you hooked at the prologue, which begins with, "My dick is f*cking awesome." Basically, Spencer must fake an engagement with his business partner, Charlotte, in order to help his father sell the family jewelry business. Hilarity is bound to ensue. And, OMG—did we mention the SEX?! When they say "back-arching, toe-curling" they are not kidding. Cozy up to this sweet, sassy book with a cosmo in hand.

Everyone Brave Is Forgiven by Chris Cleave, Pinot Noir

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This World War II novel follows Mary North, a young socialite and fiercely independent 18-year-old determined to help the war effort no matter what her blueblood political family thinks. She becomes a teacher for mentally disabled and black children, where she meets Tom and his best friend, Alistair. Suddenly she's caught in a tragic love triangle between a civil servant and a soldier, all the while bombs are falling and landscapes are changing. This spellbinding novel explores themes of love and loss, and shows that perhaps all is not fair in love and war. The complex aromas and earthy flavors of pinot noir are a perfect match for Chris Cleave's unforgettable novel.

The Weekenders by Mary Kay Andrews, Sangria

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It's an island summer escape filled to the brim with drama and hilarity. There's always a mix of regulars (people who lounge on the beach all summer) and "weekenders" (people who vacation on the weekends) on the island of Belle Isle, North Carolina. One Friday afternoon, while waiting for her husband to arrive, Riley Griggs' life changes forever when she receives news of a foreclosure on their vacation home. What she thought would be a season of relaxing times with relatives suddenly becomes a murderous mystery. In between cocktail parties and lounging on the beach, Riley must find a way to unlock the secrets of the island. The book's relatable characters, charming storyline, and taste of murder mystery combine to create the ideal summer read. The fruity sweetness of sangria will make you feel like you're somewhere on a beach (if only).

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, Red Moscato

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If you're a shameless unromantic and think there's no way you could possibly like this book, you're about to get schooled. Me Before You is the romance novel that will change your mind about love stories—you'll laugh, you'll cry, and you'll fall in love with this story. It's not just the fluff of romance that will pull you in. It's the hard dose of reality, heartbreak, and humor that will make you want to read this book over again. PLUS, the movie has Sam Claflin (AKA Finnick from The Hunger Games) in it. If that doesn't convince you to read the book, then we don't know what will. Stick with a simple, sweet red moscato for this story. We can't get enough of the book or the wine.

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (and Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling, Merlot

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You'll obviously need a good wine to match Mindy Kaling's dry humor (and merlot goes well with chocolate!). The book description speaks for itself: "Perhaps you want to know what Mindy thinks makes a great best friend (someone who will fill your prescription in the middle of the night), or what makes a great guy (one who is aware of all elderly people in any room at any time and acts accordingly), or what is the perfect amount of fame (so famous you can never get convicted of murder in a court of law), or how to maintain a trim figure (you will not find that information in these pages). If so, you've come to the right book, mostly!"

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, Ale

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Another classic novel, The Alchemist has gained a following around the globe and has been translated into at least 67 languages. It follows a boy named Santiago who is a shepherd in Spain. Santiago has recurring dreams about a hidden treasure near the Egyptian pyramids, so he journeys across the Egyptian desert in search of fortune. Along the way, he meets a camel driver, a Gypsy woman, and an alchemist, all of whom serve as spiritual guides in his journey. The story of Santiago serves as an inspirational fable—meant to teach readers lessons about embracing life as a journey and following their passions. The Alchemist is short and sweet, so grab a glass of your favorite ale and dive right in.

Are You There Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea by Chelsea Handler, Vodka Cranberry

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"I went out with a guy who once told me I didn't need to drink to make myself more fun to be around. I told him, I'm drinking so that you're more fun to be around." - Chelsea Handler

Reviews described Handler's tales as "delightfully crass" and "loaded with funny sh*t," so obviously this isn't a book you should pass up on. Chelsea has a knack for getting herself into the wildest situations (pretending to be on a honeymoon with her father, for example), for all of our reading pleasure. Stir up a vodka cran and try your best not to do an accidental spit-take from laughing out loud.

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