Coffee-Based Book Recommendations

Love coffee and books? Let your drink of choice lead you to your next book recommendation (in this very unscientific and completely made up blog).


If you like black coffee, you like things straight to the point, fresh and compelling. Why not see what new nonfiction books, opens a new window are on order, and see if you'll be first on the hold list? You may also like sweary self help books, opens a new window and true crime, opens a new window, and you're not afraid to hunker down with a classic novel, opens a new window or classic-style mystery, opens a new window either, when the mood strikes. 


If you like Chai, you like to linger over your drink and imagine far off places. Try reading a travel memoir, opens a new window or choose your next travel destination, via road trip, opens a new window (of course) so you can see the sights and take your time. You may also have a light heart, so you'll likely enjoy books that feature funny travel mishaps, opens a new window too. You appreciate art, so spend time poring over the artwork and design that goes into graphic novels, opens a new window. You also enjoy reading novels in translation, like these French authors, opens a new window translated into English, and you know the pleasure in rereading books, opens a new window.


If you like espresso, you're always on the move. Take a minute to read about mindfulness, opens a new window and, you know, stop and smell the roses. Can't sit still long enough for that? Pick up Atlas Obscura, opens a new window and see the world's hidden wonders, or use some of your energy to explore Colorado, opens a new window with free museum and state parks passes. You also appreciate traditions, but like twists, so try some strange science books, opens a new windowhorror novels penned by women, opens a new window or a weird western, opens a new window. You don't believe the adage "you can't teach an old dog new tricks," so read a book by authors who debuted over the age of 40, opens a new window.


If you like lattes, you probably enjoy a mix of fiction and nonfiction. Browse monthly staff picks and our favorite lists, opens a new window for books to add to your to-be-read list. You're probably also interested in reading local Colorado authors, opens a new window and seeing all that Colorado can offer in a go outside guide, opens a new window. And you probably have a soft spot for animals, opens a new window and picture books, opens a new window.


If you are always curious what the next coffee trend is (remember unicorn frappuccinos?), then you're always checking to see what our cafes, opens a new window are offering each month. You're curious about what book clubs are reading, so see what Reese Witherspoon reads, opens a new window. You might also be mourning the end of Harry Potter ("Always"), but you don't have to be with these books for grown up HP fans, opens a new window. But you also have a surprising interest in history, even if it's not your own family history, opens a new window, and you've always wondered what drives people to be successful entrepreneurs, opens a new window.


Like macchiatos? You're still high energy, but you probably enjoy sitting down to learn something new, from cool facts to interesting personal stories, opens a new window. Coffee table books, opens a new window are sure to please you. You likely have a soft spot for mysteries too, so read about some lady sleuths, opens a new window. You also probably enjoy historical fiction that has a blend of fact and fiction, opens a new window, and you've been known to sit down with a book of poetry, opens a new window when the mood strikes you.


Enjoy a cold brew? You have unique tastes, from prehistoric historical fiction, opens a new window to controversial books to bicker over, opens a new window, and you're not afraid to expand your reading horizons (ever read grimdark fantasy, opens a new window, afrofuturism, opens a new window or teen novels in verse, opens a new window?). You also ask big questions, like what if people were immortal, opens a new window or if you'd be brave enough to defy the rules, opens a new window? You'll also pick up books on animal intelligence, opens a new window and you're always interested to know an author's backstory, opens a new window.


"Coffee? I'm just here for cafe snacks." You're honest about what you like (and don't!) and the first one to hear about new restaurants in town. Check out these blogger-turned-author cookbooks, opens a new window. Make a recipe, opens a new window from staff's favorite cookbooks. Try a novel that features recipes, opens a new window. If you like stories with your recipes, these cookbooks, opens a new window are sure to fill you up. And stop by Koelbel and Smoky Hill libraries for a snack! And if your hands are full of tasty treats, then you don't have hands free to turn the pages, so download an audiobook that begs to be listened to instead of read, opens a new window.


Want personalized recommendations? Contact us, opens a new window. And tell us your favorite drinks and books in the comments below.

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