Tea & Books - What are you reading?
Right now I’m trying to go through “Common Grounds,” a book on the history of coffee. Pretty fascinating stuff. I read it while drinking tea or coffee. :)
Just finished “Schooled” by Anisha Lakhani. The main character is kind of reprehensible, but the story is hilarious.
Lately, I’ve been trying to be healthier. Not in an obsessive, calorie-counting kind of way, but more by making small changes. On that note, I started reading Food Rules by Michael Pollan. Very informative & easy to read.
Actually just reading graphic novels for now, which is a change for me: Fables and its Fairest spinoff. Currently reading the second volume of the latter.
I’ve found that David’s Tie Kwan Yin goes very well with Sophocles’ the Oedipus Cycle. I’m not quite sure why, they just work. Perhaps some sort of Ancient feeling.
Also, David’s Earls Garden goes quite well with practice SAT II Lit tests.
At the moment I am finishing up The Tao of Pooh at the request of my husband. Some of the ideas about scholars and academics infuriate me (just WHY is it wrong to learn just for the sake of knowledge?) but it’s really quite cute and calming. There are small lessons from it that I hope to keep applying to my life to lead to more peace and happiness. At the moment I am pairing it with a flavoured green tea which is rare for me but feels right. It makes me want to get back to yoga, which I have been trying to do. If only I could drink tea, do yoga and read all at once! Wait, that would be me a Bisy Backson I guess. :)
an fyi though – most people don’t like it as much as Tao of Pooh. I read some 10+ years ago, so I can’t remember it very well, but I don’t remember not liking it. This reminds me, I really should re-read these books!
I have been reading Under the Dome by Stephen King. I was addicted to the TV series so I thought I better read the book. At first I was a bit disappointed because the book is hardly anything like the TV series, ha ha. But it is actually quite good. I am not a Stephen King fan at all, I find his writing style, and language, can be irritating, but I think this book actually makes some interesting comments on how we behave as a society.
It is kind of a weird story (a small US town becomes encased in a mysterious impenetrable dome, and chaos ensues). I find it is pairing well with bold flavoured teas, not so much straight or subtle teas. Its not a subtle story at all :)
I am reading Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore finally and really enjoying it. It’s books meets computers meets Dan Brown with some Google. Surprisingly, despite all the book talk I haven’t noticed any references to tea yet. I still enjoy drinking a good black tea with it as I go though.
Speaking of Dan Brown, I’m halfway through Inferno. I’ll have to add this book as my next read.
Just finished a light and easy Christmas story, with some laugh-out-loud movie-quality moments: The Reluctant Journey of David Connors. What “It’s A Wonderful Life” would be, sort of, 60 years down the way: http://www.amazon.com/The-Reluctant-Journey-David-Connors/product-reviews/1600061524