cup of tea large enough or book long enough // amys tea book tag
firstly, I hope everyone had a great Christmas or just holidays in general. if you're a Christmas person, I hope you got at least one book as a present and got to spend time, between family and friends and eating, reading. for the month of January, I'm planning a small string of 2017 favourite reads posts (because I can't make decisions and there are too many wonderful books to choose from) so keep an eye out for that (hopefully I can stick to my blogging schedule, haha), but for today I'm doing this tag (created by Amy @ TheDustyBookshelf on YouTube) which is all about two of my favourite things, books and tea. and, though I wasn't officially tagged, I thought it'd be fun to tag the lovely Leigh-Ann @ Scrap Paper Scribbler. (All her posts are quite different and interesting, so make sure you take a look at her corner of the internet.)
but, without further ado ...
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A M Y ' S T E A B O O K T A G
Double Bergamot Earl Grey: a robust, deep, intellectual, and flavourful read // Let's start this tag with a book I only finished a few days ago, which is Middlemarch by George Eliot. This is a story about the interconnecting lives of the citizens of a small provincial part of England and there is honestly so much going on, so I feel like there is a subplot for everyone to enjoy. The characters of Dorothea, Tertius, Fred, Mary, Rosamund, and Will are robustly drawn and flavourful in their own way. The subjects explored, notably the meaning of life and making your mark on the world, are definitely deep and inspire some intellectual discourses. Plus, it's as British as Earl Grey.
Tim Horton's Steeped: a book you read on the go, that you come back to again and again // (So I had to Google to work out that Tim Horton's is a fast food restaurant chain in Canada, which means I'm treating this prompt similar to tea at McCafe here in Australia, or coffee, because I don't really drink tea at Maccas, but anyway.) I'm choosing The Chronicles of Narnia for this one. Half my childhood was Narnia; I have crazy, fond memories of acting out scenes with my siblings and listening to the audiobook versions on family holidays. I will always come back to Narnia, particularly to my favourites The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and The Silver Chair.
Meyer Lemon: a tangy, fast-paced read, gone before you've fully savoured the flavour // Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman sucked me into its plot-twist-filled, intergalactic world from like page 10 and didn't let go until the very end (like, page 562). It's filled with snarky dialogue, edge of your seat action, and intricately unique illustrations. I should probably re-read before diving into the sequel because I still haven't quite gotten my head around this story. ;)
Chamomile Lavendar: a relaxing, calming late-night read // I've realised I don't read many relaxing or calming books; I'm more drawn to the emotionally dramatic or tragically realistic ones. However, I did read Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson last summer and, often fluffy to describe a book is viewed negatively, but this was just the right amount of sweetness and summer romance and adventures mixed around themes of making new friends and sticking by your old ones. Also, I appreciated Emily's family being involved in the story (especially the brother-sister interaction) and that Emily was a quiet person who didn't completely change her shy nature by the end of the book.
Lady Grey: a smooth, sutble, classic book, perfect for a serene winter morning // Nothing is better than curling up under the blankets on a winter morning with a volume of fairy tales to enjoy. My siblings gifted me a Barnes and Nobles Children's Leatherbound Classics edition of Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales, which has silver edged pages and colour illustrations and such a beautiful cover. I'm already familiar with some of these tales (The Little Mermaid and The Wild Swans are so good) but I'm planning to read one or two every month this year and get through the whole collection. Bring on rainy days or winter days or both together!
Orange Pekoe: a popular novel that everyone's read // *sigh* There are so many popular books I haven't read either because I'm not interested in them or I just don't find the time. John Green is arguably one of the most famous YA authors, and most of the bookish community love his novels to pieces. Unless, of course, you're like me, and read your first John Green book a month ago. (It was, by the way, Turtles All the Way Down, and, yes, I was impressed.) But, probably his most popular novel, The Fault in our Stars, I have not read. Neither have I seen the movie. I've heard people say it's pretentious and unrealistic, but I've also heard that it's romantic and heart-movingly honest. I guess the only way to find out is to read it; at the same time, I don't feel that I'm missing out on much if I don't read it. *shrugs*
English Breakfast: a British classic // The Railway Children by E Nesbit is such a British book to me (obviously I'm Australian and don't know too much about Britain, but still). I love the family element and the themes of resilience and helping others when they come into your life. I feel like I'm out in the countryside beside a railway whenever I pick this book up. The Waterbury family (especially Mother) are the kind of people I'd like to have as my friends.
Canadian Breakfast: a title that tastes like English Breakfast but reads like the New World (an early Canadian or American work) // How can I not answer this one with Anne of Green Gables by L M Montgomery? It's one of my favourite books of all time and it's Canadian. I remember seeing the Sullivan-directed movies as a preteen and reading some of the series from my mum's hardback three-in-one copies. Last year I started my own collection and re-read Anne of Green Gables, which was just as magical and imaginative as I remember. I plan to re-read each of the sequels as I purchase them for my own shelf. I also plan to visit Prince Edward Island one day, obviously!
Green: a healthy book that feeds your mind // In my last year of high school, I read Beatrix Potter: A Life in Nature by Linda Lear for research purposes. I took like two months to finish all its 500 non-fiction pages and I didn't read it every single day, but I did enjoy learning more about the life of one of my favourite children's authors. Hers was truly a fascinating life, one I now deeply admire. I'd love to read more biographies of authors/creatives for interest's sake and because they provide tidbits of trivia. For instance, did you know Beatrix Potter wrote a scientific paper on germinating fungal spores?
Iced: a sweet summer treat, brewed for the lazy brief days of summer // Take sweet to mean quirky and cute and a little all over the place but still a pretty cool story and my choice for this last one is The Colours of Madeleine series by Jaclyn Moriarty. I've talked about these books before on Purple + Yellow; they are such fun, imaginative tales. Not everyone's cup of tea (anyone catch that terrible, unplanned pun?) but I love the land of Cello and the exchange of letters through the cracks in our world and the missing royal family and the facts you learn about 19th century computer programmers. The last book in this series, A Tangle of Gold, is waiting impatiently on my stack of library books for me to read. I'm so ready.
happy new year, friends! what's your favourite kind of tea?