Happy National Cheese Lover’s Day! Give us some cheese and a good book and we’ll be pretty happy. We’re celebrating with some bookand cheese pairings — they may be a little unhinged, but so is our love of cheese.
If you love cheddar, try Check, Please! by Ngozi Ukazu. Whenever I don’t know exactly what I want to eat, I can usually be satisfied with a slice of cheddar, and when I don’t know what I want to read, I turn to graphic novels. And both of these are super wholesome and weirdly pair well with apple pie, trust me.
If you love burrata, try Still Life by Sarah Winman. There are two layers to the cheese and several timelines to the story, but there’s a soft center to both. They’re also a bit indulgent and from Italy.
If you love halloumi try Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. When you read it, it feels like you’re being grilled until your insides are gooey, but that pain produces something beautiful. Also, they’re both Greek!
If you love American cheese, try Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. What’s more American than a weird mixture of lots of kinds of “cheeses,” or burning books?
If you love blue cheese, try Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir. It’s a little gross and definitely weird, and you might wonder “what am I reading/eating and do I even like it?” But you also probably won’t be able to stop.
If you like brie, try The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern. Initially you might be unsure what it’s all about, but if you give it a little time and patience, you’ll be rewarded with something beautiful.
Ellen Whitfield is senior publicist at Books Forward, an author publicity and book marketing firm committed to promoting voices from a diverse variety of communities. From book reviews and author events, to social media and digital marketing, we help authors find success and connect with readers.