When it comes to drinking, I like to follow the rules. Well, I like to follow my rules: beer with friends and taco dip, wine on a date with cheese and crackers, frozen fruity drinks on vacation. I firmly believe, when used appropriately, beverages (and food) heighten the tone of whatever it is you are doing, so here's a list pairing great reads with great drinks.
There are a few ways you can enjoy these combos: reading and drinking alone is completely acceptable, as is hosting a book group and serving alcohol, in order to get the conversation flowing. Option three is to bring your book to [...]
If there is one idea that we can all agree on, it is that all popular literature needs to be re-written once every 25 years or so, so that nobody gets confused by a book’s weird, outdated references to “sanitary napkin belts” or “Spiro T. Agnew.”
This goes doubly so for young adult literature, where older books do actually get updated on the regular. They did it a little bit to Are You There, God?, It’s Me, Margaret? a few years ago, switching out the heroine’s old-timey menstrual products for maxi pads; and they did it a lot to the Sweet Valley High novels, many of which were [...]
Thanks to my friend Emily, I've just discovered Romance By You, a service that allows you to insert your name, love interest's name, and sundry personal details into a romance novel. I've spent all day putting everyone's names I can think of into bodice-rippers about werewolves, detectives, werewolf detectives, pirates, vampires, ER doctors, and medieval knights.
Here's how it works, at least for the free excerpts: You're prompted to enter the heroine's name, hair color, eye color, sometimes the name of a female friend or pet, the hero's name, and sometimes his hair or eye color or build. Then it provides you with something like this:
Huxley sighed. [...]