Books & Tea | May, 2015

Books & Tea | May, 2015

books_tea_jay_jasinskiI returned to Michigan this past weekend for Mother’s Day and to catch a break from endless honking. I’m far from the first person to discover that you can’t truly appreciate a location until you move away from it, but it’s a point worth reiterating. Look, I love living in Los Angeles, but it’s nice to go home and ride a bike unperturbed by the threat of careless drivers. Maybe I’m over-romanticizing my hometown, but it really is something out of a John Hughes movie. For instance, while riding my bike through the neighborhood, I was greeted by the waves of neighbors working in their yards, the smell of lilacs, and plenty of unsuspecting Robins. Call me sentimental, but there’s a certain peacefulness that can only come from familiarity.

In addition to the flowering trees of spring, I came home to a pile of used books my parents and sister rounded up at a large book sale. They did a fine job covering the bases of my interests, which there are many. The best part about the books is that they’re old; I would choose a worn, musky edition over an overpriced reprint from Barnes & Noble any day. Now that we’re on the topic of books, here are my book and tea pairings for May. Hope you have a good one and find the time to go for many Spring walks.

Book and tea pairings for May


A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

“Welly, welly, welly, welly, welly, welly, well,” thought Lola as she inspected the book.

Tea:  Pu-erh Blood Orange (organic) with a splash of “milk”




Welcome to the Monkey House by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

The good thing about getting into Kurt Vonnegut is that he wrote so many books. For instance, I’ve read 15 of his 29 published works – I’m saving Slaughterhouse – Five for last.

Tea: Relaxed Mind Herbal Tea



El crimen perfecto by Jean Baudrillard

This lovely photo was taken by my friend Mon García. Check out her Instagram gallery!





Becoming Animal by David Abram

We’ve created a tragic distance between ourselves and nature. Thankfully, there are books like Becoming Animal to bring us back to where we belong.

Tea: Organic Orchard Berry from Two Leaves Tea (highly recommended)



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My name is Jay Jasinski and I'm a freelance social media and content marketer based in Los Angeles, California. I'm also a writer with an interest in film, literature, and the environment.
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7 Responses to Books & Tea | May, 2015

  1. Hesam_N says:

    I agree, once you move away from a place you truly see the value there. I recently moved back from SD to LA and I totally agree with your statement about biking in LA. LOL

  2. Sarah Moore says:

    This is a great idea – thanks for sharing!
    My favourite book/tea combination is anything by Alexander McCall Smith and Rooibos tea. The following isn’t tea related but another great pairing is marmalade on toast with anything by P.G. Wodehouse.

    • I’m glad you enjoyed it! Rooibos tea is delicious. Do you have a favorite brand? Perhaps in the future I could do a marmalade & toast & tea blog post : )

      • Sarah Moore says:

        I don’t know if you can get this outside of the UK but Dragonfly tea Rooibos & Vanilla is great! That would definitely be interesting, maybe a little too niche haha

  3. Lu Ann says:

    This book and tea series is fun! Loving the pairing. That pu-erh blood orange sounds very intriguing…

  4. Pingback: Books & Tea | June, 2015 | A Different Language – Jay Jasinski

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