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Best Book Genres to Enjoy with a Cup of Coffee

You might often see people reading the newspaper while they drink their morning coffee - or maybe you just see them reading whatever's on their tablet or smartphone. Why not replace news and social media with a good book every now and then? We've identified some of the best genres to read with a cup of coffee. Spoiler alert: All of them are enhanced by caffeine.

Jack Kerouac, one of the greatest authors of all time, was an avid coffee drinker. He's been quoted as describing coffee as a substance that allows readers to understand the meaning of "dreams in dream language itself." So, grab a cup of java, crack open some classic literature and get to deciphering the language of dreams!


  • "On the Road," Jack Kerouac
  • "The Great Gatsby," F. Scott Fitzgerald
Kick up the intensity of a romance novel with coffee.Kick up the intensity of a romance novel with coffee.

What better way to celebrate romance than with the drink you love most? A steaming cup of coffee can rejuvenate your senses and add to the intensity of a passionate romance novel. Plus, coffee and romance naturally share a lot of the same qualities and are therefore a match made in heaven.


  • "Written in My Own Heart's Blood," Diana Gabaldon
  • "Archer's Voice," Mia Sheridan  

Want to kick up the intensity of a thriller? Sip some coffee while you read it. The caffeine is sure to get your heart racing and make the story even more exciting. Who knows - all of that intense concentration may even lead you to solve the mystery faster than you would have without your trusty coffee!


  • "Mr. Mercedes," Stephen King
  • "The Good Girl," Mary Kubica
Don't start a self help book before grabbing a cup of coffee.Don't start a self help book before grabbing a cup of coffee.

Self Help
When you want to improve your mindset, you might be in need of a little nudge. One great way to increase the productivity needed to act on your newfound self improvement exercises is by drinking coffee. You'll instantly feel less sluggish and more active - exactly the mindset you need to start working toward your best self!


  • "The Secret," Rhonda Byrne
  • "The Happiness Project," Gretchen Rubin

Picture Books
If you're not much of a reader, but still want to participate in a leisurely activity while you drink coffee, try flipping through a picture book. Seeing all of the creative images, combined with all of the tasty elements of a great cup of coffee, could inspire you to create art of your own.


  • "What Do You Do With An Idea?" Kobi Yamada, Mae Besom
  • "The Scraps Book," Lois Ehlert