Books and Beverages – Dewey’s Read-a-thon Mini-Challenge

Welcome Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-Thon readers! So happy to have you stop by for our mini-challenge. We’re over halfway through the event and for some of us it’s evening. Maybe it’s already dark where you are. Or maybe you are in Australia where it’s already Sunday. You’ve got to love how Read-a-Thon is able to bring so many people from different parts of the world together to share the love of reading.

Here at Days of Wine and Romance we’re all about pairing wine with love stories and our mini-challenge incorporates that idea.

We want you to pick a book from your Read-a-Thon stack and craft a beverage for it. It can be anything (and definitely doesn’t have to be alcoholic!), we just want to see you get creative in pairing something with a book. It could be something you think the main character would enjoy. Maybe even something featured in the book. Or you could be inspired by book cover and let your imagination run wild. It’s up to you!

Examples: Anne of Green Gables with a Red Currant Wine Spritzer; Walden with fresh stream water

How to enter:

  • Pick the book
  • Craft your beverage (you don’t actually have to make the thing, but by George, I’d be impressed if you did!)
  • Post your entry to Instagram (photo of the book w/ beverage recipe in description) or Twitter with the hashtags #booksandbeverages and #readathon and tag us @winenromance 
    • (If your entry is too long for Twitter or you don’t use either of the platforms, feel free to leave your entry as a comment! We’d still love it if you shared our challenge on social media!)

Points for creativity! We’ll be choosing the most creative concoctions a few hours after the challenge begins!

The prize is a special Days of Wine and Romance “Red” tea blend with notes of blackberry, vanilla, currant, and cinnamon.

Click to tweet about this mini-challenge!

Alex + Ada by Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn


In the near future Alex has been gifted with an android. He names her Ada and that’s the start of this graphic novel. Alex is conflicted about “owning” an android and the politics surrounding robots. There’s a huge tragedy alluded to early on and it’s easy to see why people are suddenly very uncomfortable about living their lives with androids.

alex ada vol 2

A few months ago I noticed a lot of people adding this on Goodreads and I’ve always had an interest in robot love stories. No, I love robot love stories. If you’ve read it, you’ll know why I’m choosing a Bellini (specifically this Peach Thyme Bellini) made with La Marca Prosecco ($14) for this pairing. If you haven’t read it yet, pick it up and whip up a batch of Bellinis to get you through the three volumes. They are quick reads and it was announced that issue #15 is the last, so there’s a conclusion.

la marca prosecco

Book: Alex + Ada (Vols. 1, 2, and 3) by Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn
Pairing: La Marca Prosecco