I found a series of books that I enjoy that all you tea and book lovers might enjoy by Laura Childs http://laurachilds.com/teashopmys.html They are some nice little mysteries that involve the owner of a tea shop. Nice relaxing read.
Oh, I just read “Death by Darjeeling” a while ago. Like you said, some nice light reading. And hey, there’s tea involved! :)
I like the Laura Childs cozy mysteries. Has anyone tried the recipes?
I’ve only read her Tea Shop mysteries. I’ll look for some of her other books. I enjoy a nice light book at times. I’ve been reading Game of Thrones. Not exactly light. :)
I’m working my way through the Song of Ice and Fire books myself right now. I’ve read the first four previously, so they’re a re-read to remind myself of everything that actually happened before I read the fifth. So good, so good, but yeah, not light reading.
I too am reading Game of Thrones. Decided at the start of the most recent season to watch the show, binge watched the whole series in a week. Then decided the wait between episodes is too long, so started reading the books. I pretty much only read YA, so it’s definitely different than what I’m used to, but I’m loving it regardless!
I’ve read all 5 books, 4 and 5 were slogs, however, they got off track in a gazillion directions.
The third was my favourite, after that I grew tired of his writing, his rambles, his characters and the predictable nature. He really needs to shake things up (in my opinion). My husband loved them though. I got him the first three Wheel of Time for Christmas as a new series to start but he is finding those harder to read than Ice and Fire.
Mandy, I love YA books, too, mostly because they are a little lighter and a generally quick, easy read, but I also love the deep, dark, intense books like these ones.
I agree that the fourth and the fifth a song of ice and fire books dragged. The fifth one didn’t get good until the very end! If you liked that series, I recommend The Name of the Wind by Rothfuss. I just read the first two of the triology (the third one isn’t out yet) and they were quite good.
Kinda sorta not tea related?
I’m currently reading another book right now, but this is up next on my list! It was part of the Barnes & Noble buy 2 get the 3rd free paperback sale a while back and this jumped out at me!
The cover is gorgeous, and there’s a teapot! That’s what initially grabbed my attention. But the reviews on goodreads is what got me to actually purchase the book. I’ll probably start it in a week or so :)
Depends on my mood. I love ‘What the Body Remembers’ by Shauna Singh Baldwin although parts of it are very harsh ( It’s set during partition in India). For guilty pleasures about any Dick Francis novel ( short and sweet mysteries I can easily read in one evening), or the Clan of the Cave Bear Series by Jean M Auel ( I’ve read this almost every year since I was 7).
I also love L’élégance du hérisson by Muriel Barberry
And Ensemble c’est tout by Anna Gavalda ( Hunters and Collectors is the English Translation).
I also adore ‘love in the time of cholera’ and ‘the general and his labyrinth’ by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and most of Jane Austen.
I love the Laura Child’s books! I’m only on the 2nd one, but I’m really happy with them. I tend to keep my reading lighter than I did in past years. I normally get on Amazon and search for “cozy mysteries”. Works every time. My other faves are Sara Robbins, Tonya Kappes, and Kathi Daley. Perfect for an evening spent in a comfy chair with a hot cuppa!
It’s coffee, not tea, but I recently read a NYC-based coffee shop mystery by Cleo Coyle. (Love those cozy mysteries, too: I read to be entertained, not disturbed :)
OMG. I added those to my wishlist, too! I think I need to quit my job and become a professional tea drinker and book reader. There just aren’t enough hours for all these great choices!
You could just read at meals and breaks, and while on public transit like me.
Chocolate mysteries!!!! OMG! Can you think of anything that could be better with one of the many chocolate teas?
One of my favorite authors is Mercedes Lackey. She has several different series that are awesome. Her Valdamar series is my go to when I just have to go to a comfortable place. I have described the re-reading of books as being like music. You don’t just listen to a favorite song once. You list to it over and over and you can read a book over and over and get more out of it each time. :-)
Y’all just keep reminding me of good reads: Diane Mott Davidson does a cozy series with Goldie, a caterer in Colorado.
They aren’t mysteries, but another check-your-weary-brain-at-the-door series is the Mitford books by Jan Karon…imagine Mayberry R.F.D. with an Episcopal priest instead of a sheriff.
Had to resurrect this thread to rave and recommend “The Last Dickens,” a mystery by Matthew Pearl—just finished it; to quote one of its reviewers, a “ripping good read” circa 1870 about a crazy chase on both sides of the Atlantic to find the ending to Dickens’ last book, “The Mystery of Edwin Drood.” Steam-powered elevators, book pirates, a mysterious tea merchant, opium dens in the underbelly of London, and 1870’s ticket scalpers and fan stalkers. A good, clean read that keeps you engaged until the end.
Oh, wow I had totally forgotten about that book. I bought it after reading The Dante Club which I absolutely adored. I can’t remember what I thought of The Last Dickens though. The author also wrote one about Poe that was quite good.