Friday, May 30, 2014

Books with Tea & Cake

This list is originally from Feed Me Books Now. Ruby decided to make a list of books great with tea and cake and I decided why not suggest a few books to the tea party?

1) Long books – e.g. The Goldfinch
If a book goes beyond the 600 page mark, you're going to need something to keep you going… right ?...
Oooo long books area rarity now it seems… Let’s see Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix is too much action for cake and tea or you end up drooling, but Dreams of Gods & Monsters is perfect for that stuff, though I have just started City of Heavenly Fire which seems to be tea worthy.

2) Childhood favourites – e.g. Harry Potter
There's nothing like settling down with your well-read, dog-eared copy of your favourite childhood book, is there? Although perhaps the added comfort of a cup of tea could make things marginally better… ;)
Percy Jackson & the Olympians (the entire 5 books) - dry humor, Greek gods, well worn, & perfect with tea and cake. You want to see a well-read book see my copy of The Lightning Thief.

3) Austen – e.g. Emma
There's no better way to read one of Austen's trademark social commentaries than with a cup of tea and ridiculously rich slice of cake.
The only Austen book I’ve read is Pride & Prejudice, but tis perfect with British snacks to settle down and reread the romance soap operaish book.

4) Fairytales – e.g. Grimms' Fairytales
Tea and cake is not just a suggestion for when reading fairytales… it's mandatory.
Grimms’ Fairytale for sure too, the medieval tales and dark forests just have you drinking gallons tea and eating a bit too much cake than healthy.

5) Detective novels – e.g. Agatha Christie
When the whodunnit conundrum gets too complicated, sometimes it's best to take a tea break before the mystery continues… :)
The most famous detective of them all- Sherlock Holmes’ Hound of the Baskerville by Lord Connan Arthur Doyle is great with British necessities. The fog and mystery is perfect to ponder over a little snack.

6) Gothic novels – e.g. Wuthering Heights
Picture the scene: roaring fire, steaming cup of tea at your side, slice of cake at the ready, an eerie tale awaiting. What's not to love, eh?
Gothic novel… I had to look this one up-Gothic novel, European Romantic, pseudomedieval fiction having a prevailing atmosphere of mystery and terror (Encyclopedia Britannica) my thought immediately went to older British novels, but then I remember that I have yet to read them so what better book then Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and Hollow City with the eeriness and gloominess it has, accentuated by the vintage pictures it uses (plus formatting that makes it look 1920s).

7) Graphic novels – e.g. Scott Pilgrim
As long as you don't get crumbs across the gorgeous drawings, I can't see anything better than flicking through a graphic novel and helping yourself to cake as you go.
I don’t read a lot of graphic novels, but recently my favorite book with art is The Shadowhunter’s Codex. The drawings were phenomenal and I remember drinking a lot of tea during this time as it was especially inspiring with written in comments by the characters from The Mortal Instruments.

8) Coming-of-age tales – e.g. The Catcher in the Rye
Coming-of-age tales are often full of angst (let's be honest), so what better to cheer you up from all the doom and gloom than a cuppa?
Coming of age… I scratch my head trying to find a book that I’ve read like that… hmm aren’t almost are YA books about coming of age…uhhh… how about The Girl with Borrowed Wings had a bunch of emotions just waiting for bucket load of comfort food cake and warm cozy tea
9) Inherently British books – e.g. James Bond
To be patriotic?
Well I’m not British, but a citizen of the Commonwealth, but to be inherently British (can you use two buts in a sentence?)- it must be world famous, older & British. I’ve read recent British novels, but older ones I have to catch up on, but The Scarlet Pimpernel comes to mind with tradition of having to prove British superiority over the French and a tragic romance.

10) ALL BOOKS. Because what's better than tea, cake and words?!
Agreed. Think of the tune All You Need Is Love and now substitute Love with tea, cake, & words

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