It’s National Ice Cream Day in the U.S. and it’s a perfect occasion to eat all the ice cream we can handle (as if we needed more reasons). But if you’re looking for the perfect book to pair with your ice cream, we have some ideas.
Classic Flavors with a Twist
Chocolate, vanilla, strawberry – the classic ice cream flavors. But sometimes you need a little something extra. For example, chocolate ice cream with chocolate chunks, or vanilla ice cream with a cinnamon swirl. Nothing super fancy, but definitely a step up from the original three flavors. If that sounds like your thing, we recommend The Accidental Bad Girl by Maxine Kaplan! Kendall is a popular girl who does something wrong and everyone turns on her – but she also has her online identity hacked and implicated in stealing drugs. This good girl gets caught up with drug dealers to try to clear her name and save her reputation….but maybe being bad isn’t a bad idea in this story of a good girl with a twist.
Fruity Ice Cream
Sometimes the most refreshing ice cream is a fruity one. Fortunately, there are plenty of books to match with your favorite fruits – usually you can find it on the cover.
If you’re an apple fan, maybe you like caramel apple ice cream or apple pie ice cream. Some good books to pair with that craving include The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine, Bad Apple by Laura Ruby, and The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge.
If you prefer cherry ice cream (or chocolate and cherry ice cream for that extra sweetness), you could pick up Cherry by Lindsey Rosin.
Tend to go for peach flavors? There’s always the classic Peaches series by Jodi Lynn Anderson. For something more current, you could pick up Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown
If you’re a citrus fan – whether that means you love the sweetness of orange and cream or the little bit of sour that comes in a lemon – you have a few title options. There’s Orchards by Holly Thompson, Small Damages by Beth Kephart, or The Careful Undressing of Love by Corey Ann Haydu.
Coffee is crucial to millions of people. It must be gulped in the morning to get functioning, but sometimes that morning dose isn’t enough. There are dozens of varieties of coffee flavored ice creams today and if you’re the kind of person who needs the caffeine in any form you can get, then you might want to pick up The Espressologist by Kristina Springer, When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon, The Girls by Tucker Shaw, or The Latte Rebellion by Sarah Jamila Stevenson. These java-loving characters will feel like your coffee loving soul mates.
Some people just want everything in their ice cream – peanut butter cups, fudge, brownie bits, nuts, pretzels, potato chips, the works. If that’s your jam, then you might also enjoy some more complicated YA titles. There are some complex characters in YA that can make for fascinating reads – Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao, Along the Indigo by Elsie Chapman, All the Rage by Courtney Summers, and Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein are all examples of really fascinating, layered portrayals of women.
What ice cream flavors will you be enjoying today? And what books do you think go perfectly with them? Tweet us @piquebeyond and let us know!