There’s no feeling quite like curling up with a good book and drink in hand. Check out these five book-and-beverage pairings we absolutely swear by.
1. FIFTEEN DOGS BY ANDRE ALEXIS
Fifteen dogs, fifteen very different lives. From a Labradoodle to a Beagle to a Schnauzer, author Andre Alexis brings readers into the lives of these canines. In their world, they don’t just bark, but have actual conversations and even “speak” in poems. Such heightened intelligence is made possible thanks to the bet made by the gods Hermes and Apollo, who argued that dogs can still be as inherently happy even when given human intelligence. This is a perfect read for all animal lovers.
Pair it with: Hot chocolate, which complements the heartwarming story of these 15 fine creatures. Store your hot chocolate in a Thermos® Mug, which will keep your drink hot for extended hours, thanks to its insulating properties.
2. BRIDGET JONES’S DIARY BY HELEN FIELDING
Bridget Jones’s Baby may be screening now in the cinemas, but who doesn’t love the very first story of a girl on a quest for self-improvement and love? Her life resonates with many in the real world. She drinks (sometimes a tad too much), smokes, tries to control her weight, and has a love-hate relationship with her diets (and men). This book is criminally hilarious, witty and extremely relatable.
Pair it with: A glass of white wine or even a bottle of it (because you know, it’s Bridget Jones), but remember to keep it chilled with alfi® Active Bottle Cooler Crystal Ice, which comes with enhanced cooling performance to keep your drinks cool and fresh for hours.
3. THE SHINING BY STEPHEN KING
There’s pretty much nothing more terrifying than being trapped in an almost-empty hotel in the middle of a winter blizzard. From the master of storytelling, Stephen King’s 1977 novel is still popular today in the horror section. From a slow build-up to sweaty-palm, gut-wrenching terror, you will soon realise that ghosts are scary – but they are not the worst.
Pair it with: Chamomile Tea. Trust us, you’ll need this to calm your nerves. Grab a Thermos® Tumbler with Strainer for up to six hours of hot/cold enjoyment.
4. MOBY DICK BY HERMAN MELVILLE
An oldie but definitely a goodie. Moby Dick is considered one of the greatest works in literary history, not only because of its immensely exciting adventure of a madman and his war against one of the ocean’s most dangerous creatures, but also its intricate details of whaling and day-to-day drudgery of a shipboard life. This book is perfect for those interested in whale anatomy and the history of this majestic beast. Who knows, it might even inspire you to set sail and experience the glittering romance of the sea someday!
Pair it with: Iced tea or lemonade. With 135 chapters and over 600 pages, it’s not quite possible to finish the book in one sitting. Take your time and enjoy the work of a literary genius over a picnic or on your porch with alfi® Kugel Carafe.
5. MONOCLE TRAVEL GUIDE TO HONG KONG
Is Hong Kong another city just like Singapore? Not really. Explore Monocle’s Travel Guide Series and you’ll learn that Hong Kong is more diverse and exciting than you think. Thoughtfully curated by Monocle’s group of editors and correspondents, this guide takes you to some of the finest dining spots and street food stalls, and gives you the best shopping tips. Love art, design and architecture? This book also recommends a comprehensive list of museums, galleries and outdoors spaces perfect for design junkies.
Pair it with: Coffee of any type. Because you’ll need to be alert enough to take note of all the recommended places and make a list of your own for the next time you visit this amazing city.