Books and Tea Are A Great Combination

Posted July 10, 2015 by Inge in Tea Party // Random Thoughts / 27 Comments


Imagine it’s raining. Droplets of rain are creating a soothing rhythm of splatters against your window. You smile as you realise you don’t have to go out today. There’s nothing for you to do, except curl up with a good book and read for hours. There’s a fire burning in the living room, creating a cosy atmosphere; and that soft blanket is looking very inviting, luring you to wrap it around you.

It’s time to make a cup of tea.

So many flavours, so little time. And yet you instantly know which one you want. You grab your favourite mug — always. And you fill it with warm, steaming, aromatic tea. Now, there is nothing standing in your way of grabbing that book and not getting up until it’s finished.

Whether you’re a coffeeist or a teaist, there’s just nothing that tops the combination of a book with a steaming cup of yum. Here’s a list of reasons why tea and books work great together.

You can match the flavour to the story

I’m rather picky about my tea. I only really drink Earl Grey and the rest is kind of meh. But when I was reading Lord of the Rings, I got a little adventurous and tried my hand at darjeeling tea, because for some reason it reminded me of the mountains. And it added a little bit of extra wonder to the story. (Which really helped because I actually did not enjoy reading Lord of the Rings.)

You can really let your mind go nuts with this one, too. Russian teas for the Grisha series. Chinese teas for the Lunar Chronicles. Pumpkin tea for Harry Potter (is pumpkin tea a thing?). The possibilities are endless. They work like incense and candles before you even start drinking them — simply smelling the fumes will do the trick and transport you to your favourite world.

You take some time out for yourself

Plonking down a cup of tea on the table and cuddling up in the softest blankets: nothing quite so officially anounces, “Right, I’m just going to sit here for a while and I don’t intend to move anytime soon so don’t try to make me”.

So grab a book, make a cup of tea, sit down in your favourite chair or on your bed, and enjoy some cosy, lazy time you made for yourself.

The glorious warmth

Is it one of those dreary days? Not too warm, rainy, even snowing? Make a cup of tea and provide your body with some much-needed warmth. Reading a particularly emotional scene? You know the way it goes — when a friend is in distress, you provide them with a hot beverage. So why not provide yourself with a hot beverage when you’re experiencing “all the feels”? Sheldon Cooper would be proud.

These are just a few examples of why books and tea go hand in hand together, but the fact of the matter is, they’re just a pretty awesome combination. There’s nothing quite like reading a good book with a good cup of tea warming the palm of your hand.

What are your favourite book/tea combinations?


27 responses to “Books and Tea Are A Great Combination

  1. This post definitely makes me want to sit down with a big cup of tea and a nice book! I’m in a bit of a reading slump (partially just because I don’t have time to read) but I might take a bit of time tonight and sit down with a book. Wonderful post 🙂

    • I hope you enjoyed your reading time! 🙂 I know all about the pains of reading slumps, but imagining some cosy reading really does ignite your love of it again!

  2. I DO NOT DRINK TEA AND I’M ETERNALLY ASHAMED ABOUT THIS FACT. *sobs* I like coffee, but I don’t really drink it either. >_> However! It is winter here so winter + hot chocolate with coconut milk + book = very warm and cosily deliciousness. I’m pretty certain hot chocolate goes with anything, but especially icy dragony wintery books.

    • Damn you Australians. Can you please send me some winter? I would love to have some winter. I can’t say I’m a fan of coconut but that really does sound like a nice combination.

  3. Ohh I love this post, reading it made me feel as if I was the one getting ready to cozy up to a good book & tea! 🙂
    I love to drink green tea with lemon when reading fantasy. If I’m reading an emotional book I like to drink chamomile with honey.

    • Green tea with lemon? I don’t really know much about green tea but I do really want to give it a try, as it’s supposed to be really good for you. I also like the combination of chamomile with honey, especially when I’m anxious about something! 🙂

  4. You Can Never Get A Cup of Tea Large Enough or A Book Long Enough To Suit Me ~ C.S. Lewis

    Well, I am more coffee gal, but I like tea too. I actually like any drinks with caffeine 😀 It’s amazing how a little cup of tea can give you quite extra energy and make you relax at the same time.

    • That is pretty much the perfect quote. Clever guy, that Mr Lewis. Hahaha yes, caffeine is like a magic potion 😉 Although I’m not really supposed to have too much of it because I have anxiety.

  5. INGE, why are you doing this to me?! I have so many things to do today, but now I just want to drop everything and find a good book and some tea and a fuzzy blanket. (It does not help that it’s pouring buckets outside and my dog just came into the room and snuggled up next to me.) *hides face* Perhaps all of these things can wait until tomorrow…? 😉

    • Why do things today when you can put them off until tomorrow 😉 Or in the words of Ellen Degeneres: “Procrastinate now! Don’t put it off.”

  6. Annie

    This is such a clever post! I never thought about pairing my tea with what I’m reading; I usually just grab some Earl Grey (or any black tea) without thinking about it. However, I’ll usually drink chamomile if I’m reading late at night because it relaxes me and keeps me from binge reading into the wee hours of the morning…XD

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    • Hahaha yes, chamomile does have a relaxing effect! I drink it when I’m feeling anxious about something and it really helps. But you’re right, I kind of automatically grab the Earl Grey every time I’m making a cuppa.

  7. Now I want to curl up with a book and cup of tea. And I want it to rain – but I usually do, so that’s nothing new. Do you like green tea? I like all the different flavours. I’m more of a PG Tips person.

    I love that Sheldon got a mention! 🙂

    • I don’t think I’ve drunk enough green tea to really have an opinion of it! Remind me to order it next time I go out for tea, I hear it’s really good for you.

      Of course Sheldon needs to get a mention when I’m talking about hot beverages! 😀

      Can you please send me some rain as well?

  8. Haha, I loved the first paragraph about having nothing to do and wanting to curl up with a book… and then I got to the second paragraph where you mentioned tea. I don’t like tea or coffee Inge! I don’t like the smell or the taste or the look. Noooooooooo.

    I have to say, it makes me sort of sad because I feel like I’m missing out. All of your reasons for why tea and reading go great together really do make sense, and they’ve convinced me that my reading experience is a fail just because I dislike such hot beverages. But wahhh, what am I to do?

    I guess I’ll just pour myself some hot chocolate instead? There’s not a lot of opportunities to match it to the story, as you would with tea, but it would still let me cut some time out for myself and provide glorious warmth. (Though I think I’ll wait until winter so I can truly appreciate it.)

    Beautiful post 🙂

    • Oh man, you really are missing out. But not to worry, there’s nothing wrong with a nice cup of hot chocolate! Put some whipped cream on there, a sprinkle of cinnamon… does that keep the image alive for you? 😉

  9. I am more of a coffee person, and I don’t like all the flavors, just good strong coffee w/ some cream and sugar. No decaf. I go through tea phases, usually in the winter. My favorite tea has the most wonderful aroma. It doesn’t translate to the flavor as much as I’d like, but I love to hold the mug under my nose while I’m reading because it makes me feel even cozier.
    Fun post!

    • That sounds amazing! I love that hot beverages give you such a cosy and comforting feeling. I don’t know what it is about them, but Sheldon Cooper seems to have figured out the same thing! I definitely keep tea for colder days, can’t stand the idea of it during hotter weather haha.

      I can only drink coffee with lots of milk and preferably a splash of caramel (I’m spoiled), otherwise it’s too bitter for me. But I do love coffee-flavoured things. Just not coffee itself. Makes total sense!

  10. In February, when the weather is most bitter and cold, I will regret saying this…but this post makes me wish it were winter. Or at least ALMOST winter. You know, when there isn’t a foot of snow on the ground, but the air is damp and cold? Because shuffling inside to warm homes and making yourself a mug of hot tea is one of those small joys in life. And it’s even more rewarding when books are involved!

    I drink Earl Grey tea with just about anything, but this past year I’ve been getting in to Oolong teas. I used to hate them, but I’ve discovered a few brands that are pretty amazing. They usually have earthy, sometimes grassy aromas, so I tend to sip on those while reading Fantasy novels (a more medieval-style fantasy story, not one that takes place in the modern day). And I drink spiced teas while reading the Harry Potter books because both make me feel nostalgic about Autumn. And when I feel like writing stories or blogging, I drink mint tea because it makes me feel more creative and more alert.

    Also, pumpkin tea is definitely a thing. Well, pumpkin flavored tea, anyway. I’ve only tried two pumpkin flavored teas, and they definitely were not my “cup of tea”. Pumpkin Spice tea, on the other hand, is pretty good. It’s kind of reminiscent of chai tea…

    • I have zero qualms with saying I want it to be winter. I love the cosy fires, the sweater weather, bundling up in layers, not shaving my legs, rain, snow, and not dying because it feels like Hell opened up outside. Then there’s the hot beverages, such as tea and hot chocolate, curling up with a soft blanket and a purring cat. What more could you need, really?

      Haha you made a tea pun 😉 I’ve tried only a handful of different teas and all of them made me go “meh”. But I will definitely keep an open mind because I just love drinking tea.

  11. I feel like a true Brit when I say I cannot do without my tea and a good book. And I drink earl grey as well, which makes me sound all the more like a Brit I am. But a book and tea? Perfect combination!

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