Guest Post: Nobody But Us by Kristin Halbrook

Posted February 6, 2013 | 27 Comments


Hi all! I have a fun post for you today from Kristin Halbrook, author of Nobody But Us. I read this book not too long ago and enjoyed it a lot!

Title: Nobody But Us
Author: Kristin Halbrook
Published: January 29, 2013
Publisher: HarperTeen
Series: Stand Alone


Bonnie and Clyde meets IF I STAY in this addictively heart-wrenching story of two desperate teenagers on the run from their pasts.

They’re young. They’re in love. They’re on the run.

Zoe wants to save Will as much as Will wants to save Zoe. When Will turns eighteen, they decide to run away together. But they never expected their escape to be so fraught with danger….

When the whole world is after you, sometimes it seems like you can’t run fast enough.

I want to first thank Christy for the invitation to be part of this fabulous series!

Winter is a great time to curl up with something warm to drink and a great book. I love spending my evenings this way. If you’re looking for something to read, here are some ideas for books that go well with your favorite winter beverages.

Hot Chocolate: Hot chocolate is sweet and comforting, especially when topped with a big dollop of softly whipped cream. So when I think of hot chocolate, I think of the gentle, comforting books I like to read. The ones with lovely writing, great settings and a touch of romance. My Classic partner with hot chocolate is the Anne of Green Gables series. My Modern pick is Sarah Dessen’s The Truth About Forever.

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Spiced Hot Cider: I love to make spiced cider by simmering fresh cider with cinnamon sticks, cloves and a touch of orange peel. The house smells so good and the spices warm me right up. The complexity of hot cider works well with more cerebral novels; the touch of sweetness in cider cheers me up when I’ve had a good cry. For Classic, I choose Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye. For Modern, I’ll go with Meg Rosoff’s How I Live Now, Marissa Meyer’s Cinder books and debut author Steph Kuehn’s Charm and Strange.


Black Tea: Black tea is so traditional. It takes me right to Britain, so the books that I think work best with black tea are traditional novels, perhaps even with a bit of an accent. The Classic partner is definitely Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, while the Modern partners are Jandy Nelson’s The Sky is Everywhere and Melina Marchetta’s The Piper’s Son.


Chai Tea: Chai tea is creamy, rich and redolent of many spices. It takes me away to another place as it warms me, so the books that work best with this drink need to have fabulous settings. Classic is One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Modern is Kirsten Hubbard’s Wanderlove and Rae Carson’s Girl of Fire and Thorns series.


Coffee: Coffee is high energy and high impact. It’s bitter, but so flavorful and complex. Additional flavors really bring out coffee’s various tasting  notes. So I want a book that’s high energy, emotional and maybe even dangerous or gritty. Coffee sometimes also puts me in mind of hardworking midwesterners with their tin cup of coffee in the morning. My classic pick is Willa Cather’s My Antonia for the tin cup vibe. My modern picks are Veronica Roth’s Divergent Series for energy and Catherynne Valente’s Deathless for complexity and grittiness.


What are your favorite books to match with your favorite hot drinks?



Thanks for sharing with us, Kristin!  Great picks in books and drinks.  I mostly drink hot water by itself, but sometimes add a little bit of fresh lemon. That goes good with any book. 😀

You can read my review of Nobody But Us HERE.

Joy @ Joyous Reads also wrote a beautiful poem & review that you should check out HERE.


When I was little, I wanted to be a writer, the President of the USA or the first female NFL quarterback. Despite being able to throw a wicked spiral, I didn’t really grow to the size needed for the NFL. Then, as I got older and studied more, I came to realize there were better ways to effect positive change than becoming president. The first one, however, stuck. Even when I was pursuing other dreams, I always took time to write here and there. NOBODY BUT US will be published by HarperChildren’s in 2013.

When I’m not writing or reading (which is what I do all day, in all of my work), I’m spending time with pixies, my Mad Scot soulmate, and one grumpy cocker spaniel; traveling across oceans and time; cooking and baking up a storm and watching sunsets and waves crash on the beach. I currently live, love and explore in The Emerald City, though I occasionally make wispy, dream-like plans to move to New York, Paris or a Scottish castle one day (if just temporarily).

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27 responses to “Guest Post: Nobody But Us by Kristin Halbrook

  1. I don’t really match my drinks to my reading, but I like the idea! I’m usually drinking coffee when I read (my latest favorite is Dunkin’ Donuts’ mocha mint flavored coffee with half&half). Sometimes late at night I’ll have a hot cocoa with fluff melting on top and curl up with whatever I happen to be reading. 🙂

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  2. Very cool idea for pairing up types of hot drinks with kinds of books! I’m usually drinking coffee but I get all wild and crazy with a refrigerator full of different creamers. This morning it’s an Italian blend coffee with Almond Joy creamer. Given a choice, that would mean something slow and sexy (Sylvia Day’s Bared to You, maybe?) but I have to read a YA sci-fi. I should have grabbed some OJ. 😀

  3. Hi Kristin.

    I just read your book. I’m devastated. Sigh.

    Nice to see The Piper’s Son up there…love, love anything by Melina Marchetta. I might suggest drinking a huge tumbler of Canadian Rye Whisky and Coke to go along with your book…I’m kidding!

    Thanks for sharing, Christy!

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  4. I’m such a die-hard coffee drinker, that it’s either coffee w/ hazelnut creamer snuggled up in the couch with cozy afghan and a smexy PNR book, or even one of those new “erotica” books they’re selling mainstream now ;). If I’m reading something sweeter, like a happy YA book with a happy love (no angst, please), then it’s just a pseudo-mocha from the Keurig.

    Great job on the pairings of the drinks and the reads, Kristin!!! That must of taken some thought!!! Thanks!!!

  5. Levina G

    The only hot drink I really get is hot chocolate – I guess I would pair it with more fairy tale reads like Seraphina and Tiger Lily =)

  6. Angela

    I don’t really like coffee >< I like tea though! It goes good with any book, but I usually abandon my drink when I'm reading an amazing book. 😛

  7. Not entering the giveaway since I’m in Canada, but I love this post! I especially love that she chose Anne of Green Gables and The Truth About Forever (even though I haven’t read that one yet, I love Sarah Dessen). Plus Wanderlove! Such great choices of books and drinks. 🙂

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  8. Dione Sage

    Since it’s been entirely too cold here lately I have paired almost every book with hot cocoa or hot tea. But sometimes if I’m reading a romance and wrapped in a blanket and warm, I will have a glass of wine (chilled mascoto)

  9. Michelle Morris

    What an interesting concept – I’ve never really thought about it before. But I love drinking hot chocolate when I’m settling down with a light, fluffy read. And I love to drink pepsi when I’m reading something faster paced or more intense.

  10. RIN

    I’ve never really thought of matching books to drinks before. But I’ll pair Eon/Eona with a nice Orange, Passionfruit, and Jasmine Green Tea )

  11. Kara S

    I haven’t really thought about what drinks I drink, but now that I think about it, whenever I read a book set in the winter, I tend to sip on something hot like coffee or hot chocolate, and when it’s a book set in the summer time, I normally drink sweet tea or lemonade.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  12. Danielle

    The mention coffee so often in the Anita Blake series that I started HAVING to drink it while I read the series 🙂

  13. Michelle Lovell

    Well, if I am reading in the morning, I drink coffee, but if I’m reading in the evening, I drink Constant Comment Tea or Hot Chocolate.

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