Books & Tea | March, 2015
If you follow me on Instagram, then you know I like books with my tea and tea with my books. In order to let my friends know what I’m reading, I’ll take a picture of my current book and that morning’s cup of tea set on the counter of my IKEA dining table. Often, I take the easy way out and toss in a #greentea, though it’s a little ambiguous given the fact there are about twenty different green teas at the grocery store on my street. To help end this confusion, I’ve decided to suggest a few books each month and the proper tea to pair them with. You could even say I’m a tea sommelier, but that would be wrong since sommeliers specialize in wine.
In the words of Ray Davies, “for Christ sake have a cuppa tea“.
Book and tea pairings for March
The Pastures of Heaven by John Steinbeck
Twelve interconnected stories, each as compelling as the last. This is a great option for readers with a “short story attention span” who want to say they finished a novel.
Tea: Hojicha Green
50 Great Short Stories by various authors
This book is a great example of why I prefer used bookstores to Borders and Barnes & Noble. To me, used books are always more charming because they tell a story beyond the ones printed on its pages. For instance, this one has check marks penciled in next to the story titles the previous owner got around to reading. Tea: Organic Master Tea Pouch Sampler
Arboretum by David Byrne
This book is an excellent look into the creative process of legendary musician and artist David Byrne.
In Our Time by Ernest Hemingway
This is the first collection of Hemingway’s short stories and is the perfect book for a weekend camping trip.
Tea: Keemun black tea
I’m always looking for new books to read and teas to sip, so recommendations are more than welcome.