Tea & Books - What are you reading?
I’m starting to re-read L’élégance du hérisson by Muriel Barbery, It’s funny and sad at the same time and kind of a treatise about class system in Paris. I don’t know if there is an English translation but if you can understand French it’s really good. One of my coworkers recommended it to me after I had told her I had loved Ensemble c’est tout, by Anna Gavalda.
I goofed and now have 13 books incoming to me from the library. I only get them for three weeks and will be gone this weekend with no time to read. It’s gonna take a lot of tea to get me through as many as I can! If only I could quit my job and read and drink tea all day.
That happens to me: I’ll put several books on hold and either wait and wait…OR they all come in at once!
I had a job once that allowed me to read and drink tea all day long. There were a lot of other hassles involved of course—it was phone work, not customer service but sometimes you still dealt with unpleasant personalities nonetheless—but that part of it was so great. I read so many books for a couple years! Got a lot of drawing/art done too.
I am reading The Humans by Matt Haig at the moment and really enjoying it. It reminds me of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy mixed with Jasper Fforde and the tv show Third Rock From the Sun. On top of that, the main character just said “The tea seemed to be making things better. It was a hot drink make of leaves, used in times of crisis as a means of restoring normality.” Could be one of the best descriptions of tea I’ve read in a while!
I’m really loving it. It is a 24 hour read for me, and I have put the rest of his books on hold at the library based on my enjoyment of this one. Basically an unnamed alien has taken over the life of Andrew and is tasked with making sure the human race doesn’t solve a mathematical equation that would allow them to travel galaxies. But really really interesting. The character looks at everything with no understanding so most things end up being quite humorous in a dry way, which is what reminds me of Hitchhikers and Third Rock.
The Humans sounds good! But I should probably get to Hitchhikers soon… I think I had that very thought a few times just this week. It has been sitting on my shelf for too long!
If it’s anything like Hitchhiker’s Guide, I’d probably enjoy it. I think I should add it to my to-read list! :-)
I am almost done with Spies of Warsaw by Alan Furst. I like the character Mercier. It’s not an “edge of your seat” thriller, but enjoyable.
Come to find out the book was made into a mini-series with David Tennant (Doctor Who). Perhaps I will have to watch it.
I recently finished reading “Eating Spring Rice: The Cultural Politics of AIDS in Southwest China”. It’s a fascinating ethnography and the research is conducted in Yunnan. To my surprise and amusement, I could recognise a few of the regions mentioned from my tea drinking.
I just love reading books and completing my assignments while I do my online college home work, makes me feel soothing and relaxed while drinking and completing my assignment or reading a book.
The Hobbit. Because it’s almost time for the new movie.
Hallucinations by Oliver Sacks and Both Flesh and Not by David Foster Wallace. Having a REALLY hard time with DFW so Sacks is to cheer me up a bit. I have never read either but have been recommended both many times. So far Sacks is more readable, while DFW feels like work/school but not in a fun way. Yet. Both would go well with some tea.
I’m currently reading Sherlock Holmes (still!), The Hound of Baskervilles. Once I finish this story, I’ll have to put that book away for awhile. NaNoWriMo starts in just over a week, & I’ve gotta get my outline worked out.
Funny—I’m reading a spinoff called The Moor by Laurie King (Sherlock in his twilight years marries a young Oxford student named Mary Russell). Just to make sure I remembered the backstory, I was reading Hound of the Baskervilles plot synopses online last night.
I’m taking entirely too long to read the whole sherlock collection, but that’s because I keep losing my reading privileges, LOL. I have a tendency to have about as much control with reading as I do with tea buying, if you know what I mean. Does 3 am mean anything to you? x_x
Hound is the next book I have to read in my Sherlock collection. I’m planning on reading the entire book even though I would never read it at all if it wasn’t for the amazing BBC Sherlock!
lol. I do the same thing when I’m into a good book. I’m always telling myself “one more chapter” and then before I know it’s 3AM and need to get up in 3 hours for work. And I love reading Sherlock Holmes!
Have you tried any of the Holmes spinoff series? The Russell/Holmes mysteries I’ve mentioned above are good up through Locked Rooms; Carole Nelson Douglas also wrote a series featuring Irene Adler, “The Woman,” in which Sherlock makes some timely appearances.
I didn’t even know about those books! Wow!
My reading list just keeps getting longer! :D
The Irene Adler series is narrated by Irene’s stuffy governess-turned-companion who is perpetually scandalized by Irene’s very non-Victorian behavior. I think I like the Laurie King series a little better. First one to look for there is The Beekeeper’s Apprentice.
I’m currently reading A Brief History of Tea by Roy Moxham.
An interesting read so far, roughly 45 pages in and it has discussed the use and consumption of tea in Britain and Europe during the mid 16th century to the mid 18th century. It also spoke about taxation, addiction and theft of tea during that period.