Power Couples: My Favorite Love-Stories And Their Snack-Baes

I've always loved to read, My mom would limit me and my siblings to 15 books (each) per library trip and would discipline me by taking away reading rights. Books, stories, and the way they draw people together in life are some of my truest loves. I thought it would be fun to set up some of my favorite romantic books on dates with some of my favorite snacks. You know, a sort of power-couple speed-dating event? We all know that books pair best with a drink or food and that a cozy evening in isn't complete without one or the other to accompany your favorite story. For this post I chose books that, while well-known, aren't exactly over-read. That way you aren't sitting here with yet another suggestion to read Pride & Prejudice, as much as you might love it. Each book suggestion comes with a snack suggestion, so scroll through and swipe right if you like what you see. ;) Happy Valentine's Day!

The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.
From the Goodreads page:
January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she’s never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb….
This book is touching, clever, hilarious, and leaves you wanting a sequel or three. Though there isn't hope of that (the authors being dead), a beautiful film adaptation is being made and the trailer released just a couple days ago and I'm dead. This book is an easy read and is best enjoyed with heavily-buttered sourdough toast and some strong English tea.

Daddy Long-Legs by Jean Webster
From its Goodreads page:
When Jerusha Abbott, an eighteen-year-old girl living in an orphan asylum, was told that a mysterious millionaire had agreed to pay for her education, it was like a dream come true. For the first time in her life, she had someone she could pretend was "family." But everything was not perfect, for he chose to remain anonymous and asked that she only write him concerning her progress in school. Who was this mysterious gentleman and would Jerusha ever meet him?
This book is a riot from beginning to end (and includes some of my favorite fictional letters of all time). One of its many good points is that you don't realize (spoilers) till the end that there is any romance in involved at all. But there is - the subtle, funny, gentle kind that leaves you feel all glowy. Only a good, old-fashioned cookie will do for such a good, old-fashioned book. My pick? Thick, chewy, peanut butter cookies made at home.

The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer 
From its Goodreads page:
Resourceful, adventurous and utterly indefatigable, Sophy is hardly the mild-mannered girl that the Rivenhalls expect when they agree to take her in. Kind-hearted Aunt Lizzy is shocked; stern Cousin Charles and his humorless fiancée Eugenia are disapproving.
With her inimitable mixture of exuberance and grace Sophy soon sets about endearing herself to her family, but finds herself increasingly drawn to her cousin. Can she really be falling in love with him, and he with her? And what of his betrothal to Eugenia?
Heyers books resemble Jane Austen's in terms of their Regency setting and sly social commentary. But there is something totally freakish and fickle about Heyer's work that gives it a delightfully modern edge. The Grand Sophy is a brazen, laugh-out-loud story about a girl who likes nothing more than to meddle in other peoples' affairs. A bar of dark, slightly bitter chocolate will be the perfect foil for Sophy's high and sometimes over-eager spirits. 

The Red Notebook by Antoine Laurain
From its Goodreads page:
Heroic bookseller Laurent Letellier comes across an abandoned handbag on a Parisian street. There's nothing in the bag to indicate who it belongs to, although there's all sorts of other things in it. Laurent feels a strong impulse to find the owner and tries to puzzle together who she might be from the contents of the bag. Especially a red notebook with her jottings, which really makes him want to meet her. Without even a name to go on, and only a few of her possessions to help him, how is he to find one woman in a city of millions?
I feel like it's telling that three out of the five books I'm sharing today are at least partly written as letters. This book is satisfying, beautifully-written, somewhat random, and fills that You've Got Mail-shaped niche in your heart without feeling corny. That is why a warm, flaky apple turnover would be an ideal thing to eat while reading this short, comfortable book. After all, who does pastry better than the French?

Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare, adapted for the screen by Kenneth Branagh
From its Goodreads page:
Sparkling with the witty dialogue between Beatrice and Benedick, Much Ado About Nothing is one of Shakespeare's most enjoyable and theatrically successful comedies.
I LOVE this play. I've seen most of the film versions and was lucky enough to find a copy of Kenneth Branagh's screenplay script/behind the scenes at a used bookstore. Nothing but popcorn is right for this wholly entertaining, often-hilarious story that truly defines what it means to try to outrun love.

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And there you go! I hope that you're able to find one of these power-couples between your bookshelf and your pantry. If not, create your own and share it with me by hash-tagging #booksnackbae so we can all see your favorite power-couple. Cheers!

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