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?