Top Ten Tuesday – my favorite seasonal book-movie-sustenance-pairings

It’s TTT time! As usual, if you’re curious about this, Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl hosts these weekly challenges (so, see her blog for more info). Today is a freebie (meaning we can pick our own topic) and I though it would be fun to talk about seasonal reads and their food/drink pairings as well as their movie adaptations. What I mean with that are book/movies that have an enhanced reading/viewing experience during a specific time of the year. As you’ll see I am listing more than the traditional four seasons, because let’s be real, Halloween and Christmas for example are most definitely their own seasons. I have linked the titles to the Goodreads (bold text) and the IMDB pages (movie mention) so you can peruse these at your own leisure.


SPRING

Spring time to me just screams re-reading Pride and Prejudice and then watching the British miniseries with the only actor who should ever play Mr. Darcy, Colin Firth. Both, book and TV show call for copious amounts of English tea, obvi, but also pastries and all kinds of delicate baked goods. I love macarons or puff pastries.

Prom season is a quintessential season in the US, and while I never actually attended a prom here not having grown up in the US and all, I will however happily re-read Carrie and greedily watch the 1976 classic (a young John Travolta, hello!). Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed Chloe’s Carrie (2013 version) very much, but Sissy Spacek is the one and only true Carrie. Hot fudge Sundays (vanilla with hot caramel for life!) are the food choice that best accompanies a good pig blooding. I will also sip a Mojito while I watch Carrie exact her revenge. I am not someone who normally acknowledges prom season but I’ll do anything to mention Carrie, which is my favorite Stephen King book.


SUMMER

What would a summer be without Jaws and watermelon? Not a great one, I can tell you that. I’ve always loved this Steven Spielberg movie and am finally getting around to reading the book. So far, I am enjoying the novel though I find the crazy amount of POVs a bit distracting. When you’re getting ready to read the book or watch the movie, make sure to chill your watermelon cubes for a bit before enjoying them. You can also add a sprinkle of salt to them. Trust me, it’s delicious. A nice white wine spritzer rounds out this pairing.

Silence of the Lambs is a movie which I honestly watch once a month or so (Jodie Foster as Clarice for forever!), but I always found it particularly poignant during summer. The book is also perfect for a gripping poolside read. You won’t be able to put it down. I think both, movie and book, are best enjoyed with a nice Chianti and fava beans, just joking …., they’re best enjoyed with a chilled glass of Bourbon and an overflowing bowl of fresh popcorn or kettle corn (crème brûlée kettle corn is to die for).

Another fun summer pairing is Big Little Lies and a huge Cesar salad with grilled shrimp and an ice-cold Rosé. I like to imagine myself sitting alone on a table on a restaurant patio reading and enjoying this meal. I flew through the book and I loved Reese Witherspoon’s take on it in her series.


FALL

Fall is basically nothing but the spooky season to me except for Thanksgiving, which is a long weekend of gratefulness and friends and cooking and eating and playing games and fall decorations. Anyway, if you’re looking for an eerie combo, I really love The Exorcist during any dreary fall day and Hell House specifically on Halloween. For both books, the authors wrote the screenplays to the movies themselves. The 1973 film The Legend of Hell House is creep-tastic and such a fun watch for October 31st. The book is a super slow burner but one of the best haunted house novels I’ve read. I think a really spicy chili would add just enough heat to your viewing or reading experience. I love a good Bloody Maria with this (it’s a Bloody Mary but with Tequila).

The 40th anniversary edition of The Exorcist features extensive rewrites by the author and blew me away when I first read it. The movie is still one of my all time favorites. I enjoy either of those with all the chocolate I can buy, ideally from Germany, Switzerland, or Belgium, and a smoky and spicy Kentucky Mule.

During Thanksgiving I cherish reading time with my friends’ children (yes, we are all about the Friendsgivings). My choices here would be any graphic novel or fairytale that is uplifting and empowering or a book from my childhood. Specifically, for book-movie combos, I think any of the Harry Potter installments would work (I mean I would definitely binge-watch the entire HP movie series on Thanksgiving day would I not be cooking all day!). The wonder of finding out you’re a wizard and that there is a whole other world is particularly magical to me. Thus, Thanksgiving staples such as sweet potato casserole and stuffing with gravy go great with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone book or movie. I personally enjoy those heavy foods with sparkling water.


WINTER

Winter reads often have two themes for me: 1) suspense and eeriness with some creep-factor or 2) coziness and comfort in relationships and love. These are both driven by the feelings I get when I think about being snowed in. Misery is one of those perfect winter books/movies for me. Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates is the one and only Annie), heavy snow, and isolation pair well with homemade chicken-noodle soup à la my Grandma. I enjoy an occasional Hot Toddy for liquid courage with it.

Little Women is one of my favorite re-reads and I always end up picking it up between Christmas and New Year’s Eve. I love pairing it with Christmas leftovers like roasted goose and dumplings or fresh oranges. Oranges will forever be a Christmas snack for me, despite the fact that I have lived in Florida and know when oranges will be ripe. Glühwein is plentiful around that time of year and you can usually find me with a steaming mug of this goodness. I’ve seen several of the Little Women adaptations but really enjoyed the latest Greta Gerwig version.

Hot chocolate is another given drink choice for any wintery days or nights. Sometimes, I like to add Baileys to it. If I end up reading into New Year’s Day, I’ll be drinking champagne of course and eating lots of pretzels.


What are your favorite book/movie and food/drink pairings? Do you agree with my list? I can’t wait to check out what you’ve done with your freebie TTT this week. Leave me your links in the comments.

86 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday – my favorite seasonal book-movie-sustenance-pairings”

  1. Interesting topic! I’ve never read Jaws, and hadn’t seen it in years, but we went to the Drive-in a few weeks ago on vacation and saw Jaws 1 and Jaws 2. That whole “let’s not shut the beach down because it will ruin the economy” seems so–appropriate for today.

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  2. That’s a great idea for a post! And it makes me think. I would say one of my favourites – Hot Fuzz – definitely calls for chili. Also, Silence of the Lambs asks for some red wine if you ask me. Also, closed shutters and dimmed light. 🙂

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    1. Thank you! I mean, I would totally read many of these books “out of season” but some of them really evoke a special feeling when the season sort of matches the setting. For example, Jaws just screams summer vacation. Who is gonna get scared of sharks prowling the beach in the middle of winter snuggled up in a blanket at home? :p

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  3. This is a great idea, and original. And I love your choices. I would go for another Mr. Darcy, but any version is good. You have a wide range of movies and have gone back a ways (Jaws, Carrie, The Exorcist). I have seen more of these movies than I expected.

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      1. No, but I bet he is very good too. I had to look him up. I like the 1980 production with David Rintoul. (And Elizabeth Garvie as Elizabeth Bennett.)

        And I wanted to thank you for stopping by my blog (Bitter Tea and Mystery).

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    1. Yes!!!!! Her is my breakdown (this applies only to the movie adaptations I have listed):

      Book > Movie
      Carrie, Hell House, any HP, and Little Women

      Book = Movie
      The Silence of the Lambs, Big Little Lies, The Exorcist (but only reading the 4th anniversary edition, I’ve heard horror stories about the original version), and Misery

      Movie < Book
      Pride and Prejudice and Jaws (I am not done reading Jaws, so this might change. But for now the many POVs in the book are a bit distracting)

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  4. Hell House was excellent. It’s been a while since I’ve read a horror novel, and now I really want to. I just started rereading Imajica again (it’s one of the books I mention in my posts, and also one that I’ve read at least three times), and that has elements of horror in it. But I wouldn’t call it a horror novel even though Clive Barker is a horror novelist.

    You can also never go wrong with Pride and Prejudice. 🙂

    My list this week was books that made me want to be an author: https://bit.ly/3g2k1Sp

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    1. Yeah, once I sat down and really thought about it, my list for seasonal reads kept getting longer and longer. The good thing was that most of those books didn’t have a movie adaptation, so I didn’t need to squeeze them into this post 😉

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  5. Fabulous post. Little Women was one of my favourite books to read as a teenager, I really should give it another go now, I’m sure I would get so much more out of it as an adult.

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    1. I am always surprised how differently I read a book as an adult (sometimes good, sometimes bad). But so far, my favorite childhood books have all held up. I re-read Momo a few years ago and got mad at myself for waiting so long!

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  6. I LOVE this idea! So unique and fun! I don’t know how I managed it, but I have never seen the Colin Firth P&P adaptation :/ Maybe in the near future I’ll re-read the book (as I’ve been wanting to do that for a while anyway) and finally watch it.

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  7. I love your idea of seasonal pairings! I’m a mood reader, not much of a seasonal reader, but I always love seeing what people associate with the seasons. Jaws is such a great summer choice … except then it makes me not want to swim anymore, which is basically what I live to do in the summer. xD

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