Perfect Pairings: Books and Ice Cream

I scream, you scream, we all scream for… ice cream and books, of course!

In honor of National Ice Cream Day (July 16th), we’ve put together a list of books paired with some yummy ice cream treats. Whether you need some comfort food after finishing a sad story, or just a big bowl to be your companion the whole way through, we have just the treat to read with the following books…

Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz & a Drumstick!

This novel is filled with mystery and intrigue, which is why a drumstick is its perfect pair. Drumsticks are filled with tons of yummy goodness, from the nutty chocolate coating to its creamy caramel centre. And just like a Drumstick leaves you satisfied and yet wanting more, Magpie Murders will do much the same. More and more unfolds as the story continues, but you’ll definitely be left wanting more.


The Lightkeeper’s Daughters by Jean Pendziwol & a Creamsicle!

Elizabeth receives her late father’s journals and gets the help of young Morgan to go through them. Like a creamsicle, the two women find out they’re a better pair than initially expected. As they read each diary, they come to realize how their histories and lives are linked together. With throwbacks to living on the shores of Lake Superior in the warm summer months, a creamsicle will be just what you crave. (And it’s a good excuse to have more than one—you’ll welcome the company on this complex journey!).


House of Spies by Daniel Silva & a Hot Fudge Sundae!

Daniel Silva’s novels are a hot fudge sundae: they start off with our classic hero and foundation for all of his stories, Gabriel Allon, the tried and true vanilla and/or chocolate ice cream base. Then, we get into the drama and obstacles of the story which are the hot fudge and toppings of our sundae. He has a great formula for a novel that always hits the spot, just like a hot fudge sundae!


Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee & Rocky Road Ice Cream!

Monty’s Euro road trip with his best friend/secret crush Percy has many twist and turns. It starts off as a trip filled with all his vices and pleasures but then turns into a dangerous manhunt that puts both their lives at risk. Rocky road ice cream is the perfect pair for this novel. It is a guilty pleasure that is definitely not the best for you, but it still just too delicious to resist 😏.


Goodnight from London by Jennifer Robson & Ice Cream Truffles!

Ruby Sutton is an American journalist that moved to London to report on the European war. She’s determined to prove herself and create a new life until bombs start to fall on the city. Ruby is an ice cream truffle—she loses everything in the Blitz, and like the ice cream that is covered in chocolate, she is forced to depend on strangers. However, it is a story of survival, friendship, and love, so although Ruby is forced to reshape her life, she continues to survive and thrive. The chocolate protects the ice cream from completely melting, and Ruby Sutton survives a horrible situation and becomes stronger because of it.


The Alice Network by Kate Quinn & Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich!

When two women, a spy and a socialite, find each other, they go on a mission to find the truth and jump into a very dangerous search. These women are very different from each other, but work well together, similar to the ice cream cookie sandwich. Charlie St. Clair is the vanilla ice cream; she comes from a proper family and has high hopes for finding her beloved cousin, while Eve Gardiner is the hard cookie that has been shaped by the Alice Network. Together these two characters make a perfect pair and a great novel.


The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry & Fried Ice Cream!

Cora Seaborne is a widow. She decides to visit coastal Essex, and while there, she hears about a fearsome monster that has been claiming human lives. With the help of a local priest William Ransome, Cora tries to investigate if the mythical creature is a new undiscovered species or simply a rumor. This novel is the perfect blend of the natural versus the supernatural, just like fried ice cream. Although it seems impossible for ice cream to be fried, or for a monster to exist, both are seemingly possible… Or so it seems, as Cora’s investigation takes her down a completely unexpected path.

What’s your favourite book and ice cream combination? Let us know in the comments down below or on Twitter @SavvyReader!

Happy reading!


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