Desserts to Pair With Audiobooks

The only thing better than enjoying your favorite dessert is pairing that sweet treat with the perfect listen. You’ll be surprised by the parallels between your audiobooks and your desserts: sometimes they’re rich and exciting, other times smooth and nostalgic.

Here are 5 perfect collaborations for your earbuds and tastebuds. Bon appétit and happy listening!

Dark Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

Pair with Love Her or Lose Her by Tessa Bailey, narrated by Charlotte North

If you’re looking for something sugary and light, you probably won’t reach for dark chocolate. But when mixed with strawberries, dark chocolate creates a perfectly balanced bittersweetness, a lot like Love Her or Lose Her. This pairing isn’t for sweet-tooth romantics looking for a fairy-tale. Instead, you’ll find a story of imperfect love that is put to the test after 10 years of being together. Tessa Bailey writes about how the juicy excitement of early love can, over time, become hidden by a tough and bitter shell.

Publisher Summary:
New York Times bestselling author Tessa Bailey returns with a unique, sexy romantic comedy about a young married couple whose rocky relationship needs a serious renovation. Rosie and Dominic Vega are the perfect couple: high school sweethearts, best friends, madly in love. Well, they used to be anyway.

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Tea and Cookies

Pair with Open Book, written and narrated by Jessica Simpson

If you’re in the mood to sip tea and binge on cookies, do we ever have the audiobook for you! Put on the kettle and grab your headphones, you’re listening to Jessica Simpson’s new memoir Open Book. In this tell-all memoir, Simpson shares her innermost thoughts and feelings in her own humorous voice. It’ll feel just like you’re catching up with an old friend over tea. Well… if your old friend was once one of the most talked-about woman in the world.

Publisher Summary:
America’s Sweetheart, preacher’s daughter, pop phenomenon, reality tv pioneer, and the billion-dollar fashion mogul invites readers on a remarkable journey, examining a life that blessed her with the compassion to help others, but also burdened her with an almost crippling need to please. Open Book is Jessica Simpson using her voice, heart, soul, and humor to share things she’s never shared before.

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Cake

Pair with Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano, narrated by Cassandra Campbell

Cake is a multifaceted dessert: you eat it at parties, at weddings, even at funerals. It’s the perfect dessert to represent big life events, sometimes bringing people together in celebration and sometimes eaten alone in sadness. When it comes to your audiobooks, cake is best enjoyed with a coming-of-age story that mirrors the hardships of real life. We recommend Dear Edward, a heartbreaking but unmissable story of life’s progression after an immeasurable loss. When the story gets sad, let the sweet taste of cake remind you of the happy times that life has to offer.

Publisher Summary:
One summer morning, twelve-year-old Edward Adler, his beloved older brother, his parents, and 183 other passengers board a flight in Newark headed for Los Angeles. Among them are a Wall Street wunderkind, a young woman coming to terms with an unexpected pregnancy, an injured veteran returning from Afghanistan, a business tycoon, and a free-spirited woman running away from her controlling husband. Halfway across the country, the plane crashes. Edward is the sole survivor.

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Apple Pie

Pair with The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes, narrated by Julia Whelan

Though apple pie is considered a long-standing symbol of American culture, the dessert surprisingly originated in England. What could be a better pairing for your warm slice of apple pie than The Giver of Stars, the tale of a woman who flees her mundane life in England to make her home in America? The story is rooted in American history, highlighting some of the most important themes of the time: courage, resourcefulness, and friendship. It will pull you in just like the inviting smell of a warm apple pie.

Publisher Summary:
Alice Wright marries handsome American Bennett Van Cleve hoping to escape her stifling life in England.  But small-town Kentucky quickly proves equally claustrophobic, especially living alongside her overbearing father-in-law. So when a call goes out for a team of women to deliver books as part of Eleanor Roosevelt’s new traveling library, Alice signs on enthusiastically.

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Hot Fudge Sundae

Pair with The Call of the Wild by Jack London, narrated by Frank Muller

The ice cream sundae, drizzled with piping hot fudge and toppings of your choice, is a timeless dessert classic. Pairing well with this fan-favorite is The Call of the Wild, originally published in 1903 and beloved ever since. Just like your favorite sundae, the icy story is set in the inhospitably bitter cold with a warm and feel-good plot, full of friendship and adventure. Oh, and the cherry on top? The book’s main character is a resilient dog named Buck that you can’t help but adore.

Publisher Summary:
The story is set in the Yukon during the 1890s Klondike Gold Rush-a period when strong sled dogs were in high demand. The novel’s central character is a dog named Buck, a domesticated dog living at a ranch in California as the story opens. Stolen from his home and sold into the brutal existence of an Alaskan sled dog, he reverts to atavistic traits.

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