It's Caffeine Awareness Month. I'm sure this is so we actually stop and think about how much caffeine we ingest, but when I do that, I just think about how good coffee is. Here are some books where plays coffee is a major role.
The Espressologist by Kristina Springer. Jane's a barista who knows you can tell a lot by a person based on what they order. She even has a knack for setting people up based on their beverage of choice, but it gets a bit messy when her boss decides to use this talent as an in-store promotion.
Confessions of a Triple Shot Betty by Jody Gehrman. Geena can't wait to spend the summer hanging out with her friends at the coffeeshop she works at, but it soon all turns upside down in this contemporary take on Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. The sequel, Triple Shot Bettys in Love takes on Cyrano de Bergerac.
Gingerbread by Rachel Cohn. Cyd has been kicked out of boarding school and after a tense time back at home, she's shipped off to New York, to spend some quality time with her biological father, a guy she's only met once. Luckily, there's coffee. Lots and lots of coffee.
The Princesses of Iowa by M. Molly Backes. After the accident, Paige was shipped off to France so her mother could do damage control. Paige is expected to step back into her picture-perfect life when she returns, but she finds it has shifted and moved on without her. From her new prospective, she's not entirely sure she wants to step back into it, anyway. But, while she figures it out, there is a lot of time spent writing at coffee shops.
North of Beautiful by Justina Chen. Terra's brothers have left home and barely looked back, leaving her and her mother alone with her domineering and cruel father. But after another failed attempt to get rid of the port wine stain on her face, Terra and her mother get into a minor car accident in a coffeeshop parking lot. The other car has Jacob, whose mother is a bean buyer for Starbucks. As the two teens and two mothers become friends, Terra and her mother discover the courage they forgot they had.
Pirates of the Retail Wasteland by Adam Selzer. When their local indie coffee shop is threatened by a corporate chain, Leon and his friend will do anything to stop it, even if it means raising a pirate flag and staging a middle-management sit-in.
How They Met and Other Stories by David Levithan. A collection of short love stories, the first, "Starbucks Boy" is about the crush you get on your neighborhood barista.
Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson. Mattie's family owns a coffeeshop, a business she eventually has to run by herself when there's a massive yellow fever outbreak in her town of Philadelphia.
A History of the World in 6 Glasses by Tom Standage. This is a fascinating and readable history of the world, starting in ancient times with beer and then moving to wine, coffee, tea and Coco-Cola and their role in shaping the world and civilization. The epilogue takes us back to the most important beverage now, water.
What are your favorite reads about coffee?
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