Perfect Pairings: 6 Books & their Ideal Drink Matchup

The Perfect Book & Drink Pairings

I saw a really great article on the Washington Post on “the best new thrillers” and it includes “the typical protagonist tipple“. I had to look up the word and the definition of tipple, because I had no idea what it means…

A tippleis an alcoholic drink! I should know that, because I enjoy alcoholic drinks all the time now and then.

So, in honor of that article, here’s my take on what I’ve been reading lately, and the perfect drink to compliment each book (and why):

Woman in the Window by AJ Finn

What to Drink: Merlot

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Publish Date: January 2, 2018

Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her days and nights drinking merlot, popping powerful uppers/downers/sleeping pills, watching classic mystery movies, and spying on her neighbors with her Nikon camera on zoom. Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, and sees a horrible crime… but did she really? Or did the alcohol and pills make her imagine this?

Merlot is the perfect accompaniment to this book in honor of Anna Fox’s favorite drink. Merlot is her favorite because she drinks this from the time that she wakes up until the time that she passes out. Cheers!

The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian

What to Drink: Stoli

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Publish Date: March 13, 2018

Poor Cassie Bowden. All this attractive flight attendant wanted was a good time, great cocktails, and hot date night. Instead, she wakes up in a ritzy Dubai hotel room with blood in her hair and a dead date. She does what many people would do in that situation – she FREAKS OUT and RUNS! This book has so many glam locations – Dubai, New York, Paris, Rome, Russia  – and you’ll get an inside peek into the wild, crazy, and fun life of a flight attendant in this fast paced thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat.

Have shots of Stoli while reading this book. Our main character Cassie was doing shots of this on that fateful evening when her date Alex was killed. It probably contributed to her blackout, so just be cautious because Stoli does go down easy. Cassie can attest to this. Continue reading “Perfect Pairings: 6 Books & their Ideal Drink Matchup”


Happy Monday! What’s On My Shelf

Happy Monday, my fellow book readers!


Can you tell that I’m excited to start another week?

I am sharing what’s on my shelf at the moment – what I recently finished reading, what I’m currently reading, and what I plan to read in the near future.

What I Read Last Week

The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll

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Five very successful women star in a reality series set in New York City called Goal Diggers, and no one predicted that season ends in murder…

Who was killed, and why?

Brett’s the favorite of LGBTQ fans and the object of jealousy from her cast mates. Kelly is Brett’s older sister and business partner and the newest cast member. Stephanie is the first black cast member with a rift between her and her former best friend, Brett. Lauren is Goal Diggers’ recovering addict— everyone loves a comeback story. And Jen plays a holistic hippie for the cameras, but is perhaps the most ruthless of them all when the cameras are off.

This is the literary equivalent of Real Housewives of New York – backstabbing, fame obsessed characters, and an inside peek at what goes on after the TV cameras are turned off – a must read for fans of this show or any reality show!

The Coincidence Makers by Yoav Blum

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What if the drink you just spilled, the train you just missed, or the lottery ticket you just found was not just a random occurrence? What if it’s all part of a bigger plan? What if there’s no such thing as a chance encounter? What if there are people we don’t know determining our destiny? And what if they are even planning the fate of the world?

Enter the Coincidence Makers—Guy, Emily, and Eric—three seemingly ordinary people who work for a secret organization devoted to creating and carrying out coincidences. What the rest of the world sees as random occurrences, are, in fact, carefully orchestrated events designed to spark significant changes in the lives of their targets—scientists on the brink of breakthroughs, struggling artists starved for inspiration, loves to be, or just plain people like you and me…

This plot just HOOKED me, line and sinker. I’m writing my review now, but in a nutshell, this book was really thought provoking and entertaining. Continue reading “Happy Monday! What’s On My Shelf”

Book Review, Musings

**1st Guest Post!** Book Review: The Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory

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Eric’s rating: 4 of 5 stars 4 Stars

Format: Audible

Publish Date: June 27, 2017

Genre: Science Fiction

Today I am proud to welcome my husband, Eric, to be my very first guest on my blog!img_3412

Eric is a new user of Audible. He listens to books in the car while traveling for work. I have a feeling that this new feature will have him listening to more audio books going forward.

Spoonbenders has been on my TBR list since it was published. It travels up and down my TBR but I’ve always wanted to read it. I told Eric about this book, and he was intrigued.

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This is a story about a con man falling in love with a genuinely powerful psychic, family, loyalty, and getting mixed up with the Chicago mob.

The Goodreads synopsis:

A generations-spanning family of psychics–both blessed and burdened by their abilities–must use their powers to save themselves from the CIA, the local mafia, and a skeptic hell-bent on discrediting them in this hilarious, tender, magical novel about the invisible forces that bind us.

The Telemachus family is known for performing inexplicable feats on talk shows and late-night television. Teddy, a master conman, heads up a clan who possess gifts he only fakes: there’s Maureen, who can astral project; Irene, the human lie detector; Frankie, gifted with telekinesis; and Buddy, the clairvoyant. But when, one night, the magic fails to materialize, the family withdraws to Chicago where they live in shame for years.

As they find themselves facing a troika of threats (CIA, mafia, unrelenting skeptic), Matty, grandson of the family patriarch, discovers a bit of the old Telemachus magic in himself. Now, they must put past obstacles behind them and unite like never before. But will it be enough to bring The Amazing Telemachus Family back to its amazing life? Continue reading “**1st Guest Post!** Book Review: The Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory”


[Let’s Chat] Bookish New Year’s Resolutions

2018 3This month we all make New Year’s resolutions that we just won’t keep. And, every year, we keep trying. This yearly tradition reminds us that we can change things with sheer willpower. I ran across this fascinating Popular Science article that explains New Year resolutions, why they’re so hard to follow, and how it comes down to the way our brains work.

The article explains that we usually focus on goals that we haven’t been able to achieve in the past year, and that making them requires no action. The idea satisfies our instant gratification, and in the moment, just thinking about doing something makes us feel good. Also, usually your resolution is about something that you don’t want to do, because tasks are more easily accomplished when we like doing them. OH MY GOSH, THIS IS THE TRUTH. Continue reading “[Let’s Chat] Bookish New Year’s Resolutions”

Book Review, Musings

Book Review: Class Mom by Laurie Gelman

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars 4 Stars

Publish Date: August 1, 2017

Class Moms gets an A in my grade book!

Laurie Gelman takes your average class mom’s experiences and kicks it up 1,000% with laugh-out-loud hilarious insights. You will be entertained by the wide range of characters in her world, inside and outside of the classroom.

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This book is about a year in the life of a kindergarten class mom, Jennifer Dixon – and the unexpectedly cutthroat terrain of classroom and parent politics.

Jen Dixon is not your typical Kansas City kindergarten class mom.  She has (mostly) raised two college-age daughters by herself, and she’s a grizzled veteran class mom. She has a five year old son Max and a loving and supportive husband and father, Ron, by her side.  This year, she is serving as the primary parent coordinator for Max’s kinder class.

This colorful funny story involves a lot of emails, an old flame from high school, a quirky personal trainer, a hyper-sensitive-allergy mom, a hot kindergarten teacher, chick fights, and hi-may class parents causing problems at every turn. The job quickly becomes much more than she signed up for. Continue reading “Book Review: Class Mom by Laurie Gelman”


Rejected by NetGalley ~ The Half Dozen that Got Away

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I call myself a NetGalley fangirl. I am a very happy user of NetGalley and I’m ARC obsessed.

But, when I’m declined a request to preview a title on NetGalley (my current approval percentage is 64%), it seems to increase my desire to read that book.

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It makes me want to read that book even more than ever. Being rejected for a book makes me interested in it – reverse psychology, perhaps? You always want something that you can’t have, right?

Of course, my declined titles are usually really good books! After getting rejected, I usually end up tracking it on Goodreads, monitoring the rating, and reading the reviews. My thoughts are usually correct – most of them score high Goodreads ratings.

Continue reading “Rejected by NetGalley ~ The Half Dozen that Got Away”