We asked a few of our librarians what books they’re reading and what warming beverage they are pairing them with.
As lake effect snow falls around the area and the cold weather settles in, it’s a great time of the year to curl up inside with a good book and a warm drink.
What is our staff pairing?
Classic cocoa and a play
“Three Tall Women” by Edward Albee is the play I’m reading right now. It is currently on Broadway starring Allison Pill, Glenda Jackson and Laurie Metcalf. I am pairing this with a peppermint hot chocolate, whipped cream and sprinkles. I have fond memories of going to Broadway shows in the middle of winter with the snow blustering as my friends and I briskly walk to the theatre and then pop into a café after for one of these yummy treats.
-Amy Pfifferling-Irons, reference librarian
Two books is her cup of tea
I’ve got two exciting books going simultaneously: “The Power” by Naomi Alderman and “The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye” by David Lagercrantz. I like to have one book I’m listening to and one I’m reading at all times. I might be getting the plot lines mixed up in my head a little with these two. Strong women characters, traumatic childhoods, hackers, justice and thrills: Check! I think a calming drink is in order. I like to have a mug of hot tea with a cozy blanket and preferably a Christmas tree to sit next to. Earl Grey with honey and cream and Raspberry Zinger are my favorites.
-Vonda Litwiller, reference librarian
Japanese book and drink
Hot sake with Yoko Ogawa’s “The Housekeeper and the Professor.” Unlike her other titles, this is just a sweet, cozy story about a talented math professor who, unfortunately due to an accident, can only remember the past 80 minutes. His sister hires him a housekeeper and every day is new, which definitely presents challenges for all involved. The housekeeper also has a young son, who the professor instantly takes to. They bond over baseball and the professor shows him the beauty of numbers.
This book is great for a snowy day. Every day is new, much like how the snow creates a fresh canvas. The math bits are just this side of complicated; to keep your brain engaged. And the baseball bits make you think of spring. Also, the book is short, so you won’t over indulge on sake.
-Marianne Kruppa, librarian
A hot toddy is the holiday spirit
With the snow, I always think of the hearty Scandanavians who brought us delightful words like Hygge and Kalsarikännit so my first recommendation is to pair either “Norse Mythology” by Neil Gaimen or, for those who like a little more youthful adventure, Rick Riodan’s newer “Magnus Chase” series with a hot cup of Glogg (basically mulled wine) for authenticity’s sake.
That is what I would like to tell you but really, I’ll be reading “Murder on the Orient Express” by Agatha Christie and, like the title character, be drinking my tisane a la Katrina (tea with a tipple of whiskey aka a hot toddy). Actually, who am I kidding, I’ll keep the hot toddy but be curling up with a Christmas romance. All the bells, music, and rosy cheeks, oh my.