Tea & Books - What are you reading?

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Uniquity said

Still reading Dance with Dragons, but the end is nearing…It took about 600 pages but it’s really interesting now too!

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gmathis said

At long last, found some Alexander McCall Smith in my price range (u-s-e-d) and have started The Double Comfort Safari Club. What’s not to like about a chapter named “Teapots and Efficiency?”

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Sipping Oolong Reading “Good Omens” by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. Perhaps I can finish it this time around.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Good_Omens

Claire said

Two of my favorite authors, but I actually didn’t get into that book the first time I read it either. Hope you enjoy it this time!

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I’m readying “Shogun” by James Clavelle. All I want to drink is green tea because of all the mentions of cha.

gmathis said

Read my copy in high school until it was dog-eared! Good tea pairing!

I haven’t read that in sooo long. I may have to dig up a copy.

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Shmiracles said

this morning i finished Mishka Subaly’s The Long Run, it’s a kindle single.
http://www.amazon.com/The-Long-Kindle-Single-ebook/dp/B0060ANFPG
(if anyone wants a kindle loan this one is a very short read and it can be loaned for 14 days)

and i started Shade it Black by Jessica Goodell
i’ve wanted to read this book ever since i saw the review in Rolling Stone so long ago, so it feels good to finally get around to it.
http://www.amazon.com/Shade-Black-Death-After-ebook/dp/B00525XGA4

seriously, these are not really ‘fun’ books, so i will drink my tea sullenly as i read. all black tea. of course ;)

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Lazey said

I’m reading a couple of books right now.

“Bowie’s Mine” by Elmer Kelton is my current “messenger bag” book, meaning it’s a paperback small enough to carry places so I usually only read it when I’m out of the house. It’s a western.

I started reading “The 10th Kingdom” a novelization of the mini-series. I’m into it but then I went to the library and library books get priority over books I own.

“The Gates of Twilight” by Paula Volsky. Volsky writes fantasy inspired by historical events, not quite alternate history. It’s quite good, though very dark, I’m about halfway through.

And the audiobook in my CD player is “Wards of Fairy” by Terry Brooks, the first book in the Dark Legacy of Shannara series. It’s finally starting to get good but I only have 2 discs left.

Uniquity said

I love The 10th Kingdom (show and book). The book is almost identical actually (which makes sense as it is a novelization). “My name is Sally Peep and I’m a shepherdess!”

Lazey said

I love The 10th Kingdom, I can watch it over and over again (And it’s over 7 hours long) Sad that they never made a sequel.

Haha Sally Peep, it’s hard to feel sorry for her. Her and Mary flirting with Wolf then grinning when the Peep men threatened him with a pitchfork.

Uniquity said

My copy is from it’s release so it’s on VHS. :) It’s been watched a time or ten. I actually decided to watch it again recently after seeing Wolf guest star on a show.

Lazey said

For some reason I didn’t discover 10th Kingdom until a couple years after it was released. I found the book at a used bookstore.

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darky said

its starting to dawn on me that many tea lovers got a general amount off intresses off other things like reading, gaming and cooking! :) I’m reading the second book off game off thrones right now :) usually when i’m in bed with my last cup off the day

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Raven said

Reading Lafcadio Hearn’s In Ghostly Japan, a series of essays, musings and stories related to the supernatural (or just ghostly) in Japan. Nothing on tea in it, but there was a nice bit on incense and incense parties! Which were held around the same time the tea ceremony hit its peak in Japan, I believe. It’s extremely interesting so far.

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Uniquity said

I finally finished Dance with Dragons last weekend – that one was a slog for me. I feel like Martin is just writing longer and longer stories for the heck of it, with no real plot happening. Also, I never believe that anyone is dead and almost nothing surprises me with him anymore so I’m a little put out. It started out interesting enough, but he really needs to buckle down on his editing. [/rant]

Now most of the way through The Postmistress which is strange and interesting. It’s not holding my attention really well but it does have a few good small stories in it that I am interested to see how they turn out.

Over Christmas I hope to read The Fry Chronicles (Stephen Fry) and whatever is lying around my mother’s house. I’m almost on vacation!! : )

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gmathis said

Is anybody as crazy as I am about “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society?” Devoured it for a second time and it was all I could do to keep from starting on Page 1 again when I finished.

Now, picking up on the wonderfully British Maisie Dobbs series with “A Lesson In Secrets.” Maisie is highly, highly recommended.

Serenity said

YES! I need to own a copy of that. I will re-read it for sure.
Also, love Maisie Dobbs!

gmathis said

I spent way too much time over the weekend daydreaming over Guernsey and assigning the cast for the movie that needs to be made ;)

I’ve had a copy for years.. I’ll read it sooner because of your mention of it.

gmathis said

Serenity, how far along in the Maisie series are you? Got a favorite?

Serenity said

gmathis: I’d have to look at a list and see, but off the top of my head I’d guess the first three or so? I get them from the library, and so far I haven’t been too organized. How far along are you in the series? How many books have been published?

gmathis said

Looks like 9 so far; “A Lesson In Secrets” is #8. I think it’s helpful to read this particular series in order. (I’m usually a series skipper-arounder because I scrounge for them in used bookstores.)

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