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In May, all of the Top 5 Tuesday topics are about reading environments. This week’s Top 5 Tuesday topic is Top 5 Drinks for Reading. This topic was kind of difficult to write about because while I have many types of specific beverages, there aren’t a lot of broad beverage categories that I drink.
Tea – Up first on my list is tea. Tea is my favourite thing to drink in general, and it is the perfect reading beverage. If I’m reading in the mornings, I like a nice cup of black tea, something like an Earl Grey or one of the many dessert-inspired black teas I have. If I’m reading in the mid-afternoon, I might reach for a cup of green tea, and if I’m reading in the evening, herbal teas or Rooibos teas are nice and relaxing.
Coffee – I’m not a huge fan of coffee, but I do enjoy a cup every once and a while. The caffeine is excellent for early morning reading, and sometimes it gives me the motivation to dive into an intimidating book. I also like to sit outside in the early autumn with a cup of coffee in the book, enjoying the changing leaves and the crisp air.
Flavoured Sparkling Water – After tea, this is becoming my go-to beverage choice. I like the different flavours, and I like the bubbles. I also like that if I get too sucked into what I’m reading, I don’t have to worry about the temperature. I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve been reading, and my cup of tea has gone cold because I got too distracted by my book, and I’m glad that I don’t have to worry about that with sparkling water.
Wine – I like wine in general, so of course, I’m going to pair it with books. I prefer dry rosés and white wines, specifically a dry Riesling or a pinot grigio, though I also enjoy other varietals. I enjoy taking a bath on a Friday night with a glass of wine and then curling up in bed with a book afterwards. I also find that wine is sometimes necessary when reading because characters have a habit of making bad decisions.
Beer – I’m quite picky with what beers I enjoy, but beer pairs well with books. There’s something nice about sitting outside in the summer with a cold beer and a book. My brother got me into craft beers, which has opened up a whole world of fruity options for me to explore. Similar to wine, the beer also sometimes helps when the characters are making poor life choices.