Monday, August 15, 2016

Review: Literary Starbucks: Fresh-Brewed, Half-Caf, No-Whip Bookish Humor by Jill Poskanzer, Wilson Josephson, and Nora Katz


Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: August 23rd, 2016
Source: Publisher
Format: ARC
Pages: 256

Summary (from Goodreads):
From the creators of the eponymous viral Tumblr comes a single day with your favorite authors in one Twilight-Zone-esque Starbucks...
Ever wonder which intricate, elaborately-named drinks might be consumed if your favorite authors and characters wandered into a Starbucks? How many pumpkin lattes J.K. Rowling would drink? Or if Cormac McCarthy needed caffeine, which latte would be laconic enough? Look no further; LITERARY STARBUCKS explores such pressing matters with humor and erudition. Set over the course of a single day, and replete with puns and satirized literary styles, the three authors go darker, stronger, and more global than the blog in book format, including illustrations by acclaimed New Yorker cover artist and cartoonist Harry Bliss.
Literary Starbucks is the perfect read for lovers of coffee and literature. It is full of fun little situations your favorite literary characters and figures might find themselves in if they were ordering themselves some Starbucks. It's so cute and funny. I love how the baristas react to some of the characters in this book.

I didn't give this book a star rating just because I didn't actually read all of it. I started off by reading all of them from the beginning, but quickly realized that I'd never read anything by or about a lot of the figures mentioned. So I didn't really understand them.

But the ones with people/characters that I knew were awesome! There is one in this book about Dr. Seuss, written in the classic rhymes! That was my favorite one!

If you love literature and you love coffee, you will enjoy this book. It's cute, it's fun, and it will be a really quick read! I highly recommend you pick this one up on August 23rd when it comes out if you're looking for a laugh or two!

An example from the book:
Frodo Baggins tries and fails to order a cup of tea. Samwise, who is accompanying him, says, "Master Frodo will have a grande green tea with room for cream please." The barista hands the cup to Frodo, and the entire shop cheers, "Huzzah!" they cry. "Look at Frodo Baggins, order that cup of tea all by himself!" Later, Sam puts out a fire in the kitchen and Frodo is given the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Here is my own attempt at bookish coffee humor. This came to me while I was reading The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater. It was during my phase of STRONGLY disliking Adam Parrish... I have come to think more highly of him since this point.

Adam Parrish goes up to the counter to place his order. Instead of giving him his total, the barista tells him the person in front of him covered it for him. Adam gets irrationally angry and believes Gansey is behind it. Muttering about how he can pay for his own coffee, he leaves without it because he doesn't need anyone's charity.

What do you think of my bookish humor? Do you plan on picking this book up? I think you should!

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