There is something magical about the clock when it hits 4 or 5 pm. The afternoon gets cozy and the heart calls for something warm and sweet. Thankfully, there are some called baristas ready to roast some beans. Yes you guessed it: coffee time, espresso hour or however you like to call it. For me, it is the hour of the cafecito. That magic that appears in the air may be related to something in your regular coffee shop, or the playlist that plays in the background or just the way the lady at the coffee shop writes your name. Or maybe, it's because of a perfect plus one. Someone (or something) that warms your heart as well, that makes you laugh, cry, shout and feel blessed. And that my dears, is a book.
Because of my slight obsession for coffee dates with books, I created this list. This is made specially for the romantic ones that believe in perfect matches and wish they could live in the worlds described in literature. Also for those who are waiting daily for those seconds in which caffeine hits their tongue along with a good story. This is what you should be reading with your coffee order:
1. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez + bottomless coffee
Have you ever felt more welcomed than when someone meets you with a huge jar of coffee? There is nothing that beats that. This book is for breakfast fans, for those who enjoy a long reading in the morning so they can start the day just right. This book, a recompilation of the best moments around the Buendía family, is told by Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez. This writer speaks through spooky elements around the fictitious town in the country of Colombia: Macondo. Its one of the longest novels of Latin American Literature, so it goes perfectly with coffee refills (tip: ask the barista for Colombian roast).
2.The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz + mocaccino
There are some coffee drinkers that love to play with the sweet, the bitter and with chocolate in their drink. A mocaccino, a chocolate-flavor version of a latte, is a drink to meet Oscar Wao, a nerdy guy that comes from a Dominican family that lives in New Jersey who dreams on becoming an author and finding love. However, he is struggling to accomplish his dream, maybe due to a family curse or just his really bad luck. He is the protagonist of the novel written by Dominican author Junot Diaz, which is a voyage in Dominican-Ameican history and the quest a person takes for love.
3.Call me by your name by André Aciman + Iced Caramel Macchiato
There are people that believe summer vibes can last all year, including the summer flings and loves. The Noah and Ally way, or “modernly” talking: the Elio and Oliver way. For those who prefer cold and sweet drinks, this book would leave you craving for more sugar, more touch of caramel, even cinnamon for the ooey gooey feeling it has. Aciman writes prose like it is poetry, as if it was possible to describe love using just words. He narrates the blossoming romance between 17 year old Elio, an Italian boy, and 24 year old Oliver, an American scholar. I invite you to fall in love again, to relieve the feeling of delusion and craziness a love one can create, along with an iced drink that would transport you to a perfect scenario: the 1980s in Italy.
4. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson + cold brew
Let's get tougher, more intense, for those Cold Brew fellows. Let's decide to pretend we really don't give a damn about anything, when in fact we do. This 20th century self-help book is what you need to read whenever you want to get inspired along with this higher ratio of coffee drink. Hence, before reading the book, you are invited to meet Mark Manson through his blog, where you can find a collection of articles around self improvement, life choices and culture. Use the coffee shop wifi wisely!
5. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen + Vanilla Cappuccino
Ok, I get your love for classics. There is something that can't be replaced with that sparkling cinnamon on the top of milk foam above this cozy drink that has this soft touch of vanilla. It is such a warming pleasure for the heart, like the one Mr.Darcy feels when he looks at Elizabeth for the first time. Let's read (or re read) one of the greatest romance novels ever written back in 1813 by Jane Austen, as we wonder more reasons to always go back to cappuccino.
6. The Godfather by Mario Puzo + espresso
The one and only shot of espresso, that strong, dark and mysterious drink with such great power on it, which Italian families praise to be the best way to finish a dinner, can only go with the even darker and exciting tale of The Godfather. Mario Puzo impacts through his storytelling and enlightens any reader with Don, its protagonist. This man with such a presence and will, tougher enough to go for doppio (double shot of espresso) or maybe an Irish Coffee, should escort you to the espresso afternoon. Why not? That is an offer no one can refuse.
7. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon + hot chocolate
This happens to be a book told by a kid with aspergers syndrome named Christopher, who not only narrates his love for math and odd obsessions, but also the murder of the dog in his street and the quest he takes to find the person responsible for it. Sweet but spicy, like the touch of ginger that boosts any cup of hot chocolate. Non coffee drinkers should not be bored because this book will be the one keeping they up all night long. Written by british writer Mark Haddon, this book is an invitation to see the world and life from the eyes of innocence.
8. Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's Learned by Lena Dunham + frappuccino
Where is the girl power squad? And the brave ones? The authentic? Where are the ones that aren't afraid to admit they are weird, and pathetic and ruthless? Lena Dunham writes an autobiography in the form of a tale of self discovery. You should enjoy this and feel you are not the only one ridiculous with your unicorn or matcha frapp! Let's learn to feel unique in our own way, even with our drinks.
I believe the list could go longer for the number of book there are to read and the amount of coffee dates we can have. Because, something we all have in common is thinking that there is never enough caffeine, and never enough books. Thank god that we still have plenty to taste, read and live. That is the real magic of cafecito.
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Follow her on Instagram @unamesapara3 or @masilaguirre. She is a food writer from Guayaquil, Ecuador. She's also a coffee addict, bookworm, movie fan and a journalistic soul. She works as a freelance copy, content and column writer. Find some of her stories written in english here.