Perfect Pairings: Books and Fast Food

In honour of National Fast Food Day! we have paired together books with their fast food counterpart. A bit of advice: refrain from reading while eating fast food (nobody wants greasy fingers on their pages!).

We’ll All Be Burnt In Our Beds Some Night + Tim Hortons

Scrappy tough guy and three-time loser Johnny Keough is going a little stir-crazy awaiting trial for an alleged assault charge involving his girlfriend, Madonna, and a teapot. But when Madonna fails to show up for court due to a fatal accident, shell-shocked Johnny seizes his unexpected “clean slate” as a sign from above and embarks on an epic hitchhiking journey across Canada to deliver her ashes to a fabled beach on the outskirts of Vancouver. And let’s be honest: you can’t have a cross-country hitchhike through Canada without stopping at Tim Hortons for a double double and a pack of Timbits, right?

Canadianity + Smoke’s Poutinerie

Sprung from their hugely successful podcast Canadianity, Taggart (the guy from that band) and Torrens (the guy from that show) share a collection of showbiz tales from the road and relatable everyday anecdotes, all wrapped up in a nostalgic fondness for this great country. Canadianity takes readers on a cross-country journey, shining the spotlight on notable local heroes (or bahds), the best places to crush food and the greasiest watering holes, coast to coast to coast. Nothing screams Canada more than a generous portion of Poutine, that’s for sure. This classic dish is loved by many Canadians, and is the fast food you need to eat alongside this perfect Canadian read.

It Devours! + Taco Bell

A page-turning mystery exploring the intersections of faith and science, the growing relationship between two young people who want desperately to trust each other, and the terrifying, toothy power of the Smiling God. It Devours! will entertain both fans of Welcome to Night Vale and those discovering its extraordinary world for the first time. Fans of the town of Night Vale will be familiar with Jerry’s Taco! so its a no brainer that tacos would be the perfect thing to devour while reading this engrossing mystery!

Transit + Joey’s Restaurant

In the wake of family collapse, a writer moves to London with her two young sons. The process of upheaval is the catalyst for a number of transitions—personal, moral, artistic, practical—as she endeavors to construct a new reality for herself and her children. In the city, she is made to confront aspects of living she has, until now, avoided, and to consider questions of vulnerability and power, death and renewal. I can imagine while this family began their new life in London, they would at least once try fish and chips, a popular English dish.

They Both Die At The End + Heart Attack Grill

On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: they’re going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news is: There’s an app for that. It’s their last day on earth, so calories are out the window. There’s no time like the present to try that heart attack burger (the one you would never dare to eat under any other circumstances)!

The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck + McDonald’s

In this generation-defining self-help guide, a superstar blogger cuts through the crap to show us how to stop trying to be “positive” all the time so that we can truly become better, happier people. Your inner Mark Mason would be telling you to order that 10 pack of chicken nuggets you’ve been craving all day! Get out to McDonald’s and on with your day, readers!

The Lonely Hearts Hotel + Schwartz Smoked Meat

Set in Montreal and New York between the wars, a spellbinding story about two orphans whose unusual magnetism and talent allow them to imagine a sensational future, from the bestselling, two-time Scotiabank Giller Prize-shortlisted author. Nothing says Montreal more than a warm smoked meat sandwich!

5-Minute Hockey Stories + Five Guys Burgers and Fries

Join in the fun at the rink and on the ice with stories that are perfect for bedtime and on the go! From building an ice rink in your living room, to scoring a golden goal, to the thrill of your first hockey game, 5-Minute Hockey Stories is packed with a dozen true stories of Canada’s game. Each story is the perfect length for reading aloud in five minutes—ideal for young fans and future stars! Five Guys is the perfect post-hockey game place to celebrate the teams victory!

Ginny Moon + Domino’s Pizza

For the first time in her life, Ginny Moon has found her “forever home”—a place where she’ll be safe and protected, with a family that will love and nurture her. It’s exactly the kind of home that all foster kids are hoping for. So why is this 14-year-old so desperate to get kidnapped by her abusive, drug-addict birth mother? It’s definitely not for the food—Ginny gets all the pizza her little heart desires in her forever home. Fans of Ginny Moon will totally relate to her love of pizza (and crave it while reading, beware!).

Dragon Teeth + Lone Star Texas Grill

The legendary author of Jurassic Park returns to the world of paleontology in this recently discovered novel—a thrilling adventure set in the Wild West during the golden age of fossil hunting. Nothing says Wild West more than the Lone Start Texas Grill!

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