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5 YA Books and Beverage Pairings to Warm You Up

It may have been 80 degrees in New York until about a week ago (seriously, what’s with that?), but every October I excitedly pull out my peacoat, scarf, and boots in anticipation of the best season of the entire year: fall. There’s just something special about the particular sharp smell of fall air and the leaves turning a thousand different hues of red and yellow and orange.

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There is, of course, one other major benefit to the season: fall drinks! Whether you’re a fan of pumpkin spice or not, there are a ton of fall-specific drinks available to warm your hands (and your heart). And so (because we’re book people and this is what we do) I started thinking about which book I’d want to curl up with while I’m sipping my favorite fall drink of choice. So here you are: the ultimate guide for pairing your YA reading with your autumn drinks!

Pumpkin Spice Latte – The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

scorpio races coverWhen you think of fall drinks, the first thing that always comes to mind is the iconic pumpkin spice latte. Love it or hate it, a PSL is practically synonymous with fall, so that got me thinking about what book was synonymous with fall. The Scorpio Races famously takes place during the month of November, and Stiefvater does atmospheric writing like no one else—I can practically feel the wind and rain on my face when I’m reading, and taste the November cakes that the main character, Puck, loves so much. If you want to maximize your fall cozy feeling, read The Scorpio Races on a rainy day while curled up in a blanket, drinking a PSL.

White Chocolate Mocha – The Midnight Dance by Nikki Katz

The Midnight Dance is everything a white chocolate mocha is—dark, delicious, rich, and 100% enjoyable. The moody boarding school atmosphere of the book is perfect for fall weather reading, and I fully plan on sitting in a cafe with this book and an enormous white chocolate mocha the second it starts snowing (can you tell I’m ready for cold weather?).

Hot Chocolate – Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

simon homo sapiens coverFor me, hot chocolate is the ultimate mood booster, especially when the shorter days and slushy commute start to get to me. It’s impossible to be angry or sad when you have a warm mug of liquid chocolate in your hands. Similarly, Simon is the book I reach for when I need to pull myself back together. If I’ve had a bad day, I can curl up with it and read it cover to cover in about two hours, and you know what? I feel better every time. It’s like magic!

Caramel Apple Cider – Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Apple cider is my personal favorite fall drink and I buy it by the gallon from my local farmer’s market every fall. Like Lola and the Boy Next Door, caramel apple cider is super sweet in the best way possible, and you just don’t want to stop drinking (or reading) it! Plus Lola’s dads run a pie business, so you know they’d approve of my sweet tooth pairing!

Eggnog – My New Crush Gave to Me by Shani Petroff

my new crush coverWhile I fall firmly on the “no thanks” side of The Great Eggnog Debate, I do get super excited when I start to see it in stores in the fall, because it means THE HOLIDAYS ARE COMING! And the holidays means seeing my family, trying to remember if I can ice skate (answer: not really), and getting to wear my very favorite clothing item: sweaters. So of course I thought about Shani Petroff’s adorable ode to the holiday season (the cover is literally a SWEATER), which pairs perfectly with a big glass of eggnog. 

Have I forgotten any essential fall drinks, Swoon readers? What other books do you wait to read until the fall for maximum enjoyment?

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Growing up in rural Oregon, books were my way out. Now, books are my way of reconnecting with my home. …

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