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It took awhile, but Ottawa is finally beginning to warm up and get some sun. Naturally, my thoughts start turning to good summer reads. However, because some of the awesome #BookishBloggersUnite participants are in the southern hemisphere, instead of just focusing on summer, here’s is a book to pair with every season – and a drink to go with it, just for fun.
When spring finally starts, I often am in the mood for some reads that are light, but not too light. When Dimple Met Rishi scratches this itch perfectly, which is probably why it came out in May last year. It’s a love story but also a coming-of-age story about two characters who think they know what they want but realize that maybe there’s something more out for them.
Also, while I’m reccing this one, I feel like I should also mention that From Twinkle, With Love, Sandhya Menon‘s second book, comes out on May 22, 2018 (and yes, I have it pre-ordered).
Drink: A bottle of Corona
My taste in beers typically runs to dark beers – I generally like the ones you can’t see through best. The exception to this is Corona which I just love and is typically the only beer I have on hand, aside from some Coors Light for my father. Just make sure you don’t forget the lime wedge!
Every summer for pretty much my entire life, I’ve spent some time at a family friend’s cottage. It is one of the things I look forward to most when it starts to warm up. Last year, I had the pleasure of reading This One Summer while I was there – in a single session while sitting out on the dock – and it just captured the whole experience perfectly. In fact, it was sometimes eerily similar to my own memories, though my time at the cottage was (thankfully) a bit less dramatic than the characters in the book. It’s a perfect summer read about a not-so-perfect summer.
Drink: A glass of Banrock Station Pink Moscato Rosé
A word of warning: if you don’t like sweet rosés, this wine is not for you. However I have always had a sweet tooth and thus feel in love with this wine the first time I tried it and, like my Corona, is something I try to have on hand for when I need to unwind at a hot summer’s day.
For something that is still sweet but significantly less so, I also enjoy the appropriately named Summer wine from Sandbanks Estate Winery.
I haven’t been in school for almost 5 years now, but September still has a “time to get serious” vibe about it. And a good book for that is The Opposite of Loneliness. This collection of essays and stories was sadly published posthumously, after Marina Keegan was killed in a car accident. Even knowing that the work is probably not as polished as Keegan would have liked, the collection is poignant and funny and very moving. The title essay is probably the best known but I also really enjoyed the first story, “Cold Pastoral,” about a girl who is left in an awkward and uncertain position after the boy she’d been casually seeing dies suddenly. I also really loved “Against the Grain,” an essay about living with Celiac disease before everyone in the world knew what that was.
Drink: Apple cider
One of my favourite memories of going to my grandparents’ houe for Thanksgiving is there always being a pot of apple cider on the stove, with cinnamon sticks and lemon slices floating in the delicious liquid. It’s been many years since this last happened but I still remember the smell and taste vividly and always try to get some apple cider at some point in the fall.
Ha ha … no. Here’s my real pick:
I just recently read this book, during the long tail-end of Canadian winter (right before the beginning of our second of two seasons stars: construction), but it was mostly in prep for next winter, when I want to make my basement the coziest, most hygge place that ever was. I’ve always started by buying a bunch of candles and I have a lot of other ideas. I definitely think I will enjoy winter 2018-2019 a lot more because of it.
Drink: Coffee with a shot of Peppermint Mocha Kahlua (or anything really)
One of the hallmarks of hygge is warm drinks and this is my favourite. The only Christmas thing I don’t mind being available in October is the special peppermint mocha flavoured Kahlua – I sadly just finished my last bottle, so I won’t be having this drink again for awhile.