I was looking for some tags to do, and I came across this one. I have loved tea since I was a little kid, when my Grammy used to have tea parties with me and I would just be drinking milk out of a plastic teacup. Now that I’m older, I obviously drink real tea, and a lot of it, too. I’ve never been a coffee person, so tea has provided a spectacular substitute and has become one of my closest friends over the past few years. So, as soon as I came across this tag, I knew I had to do it.
1. Double Bergamot Earl Grey – a robust, deep, intellectual, and flavorful book
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
I’ve read this book twice, once for fun, and then once for school. Both times I read it I absolutely loved it, and each time I was blown away by how much thought was put into this book. You could analyze this books for years and never find everything that Fitzgerald put into it. It’s just a masterful work of fiction, and a read from which everyone can take something.
2. Tim Horton’s Steeped – a book you read on the go that you keep coming back to
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
While I have only read this book once, the first time I read it was on a 6-hour road trip, and I’ve never quite gotten over it. It’s one of the most relatable books I’ve ever read, and despite the fact that I read it a few years ago, I still think about it all the time. I should probably reread it soon because I’m starting to forget some of the details, and I miss all of the characters.
3. Meyer Lemon – a tangy, fast-paced read, gone before you’ve fully savored the flavor
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
I wouldn’t necessarily call this book fast-paced, but it certainly keeps you on the edge of your seat. Also, because it’s such a short book, you really don’t get much of a chance to savor it, but I also don’t think it needs to be any longer. It’s a quick, short read that packs quite a punch.
4. Chamomile Lavender – a relaxing, calming, late-night read
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling
I think the whole series could apply here, actually, but particularly this first book. They’re all so small and cute and innocent, and their world was still so pure. In today’s world, which isn’t so cute and innocent, this serves as a pretty great substitute for some calming, before-bed reading.
5. Lady Grey – a smooth, subtle, classic book, perfect for a serene winer morning
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
I don’t really know what it is about Jane Eyre that feels so wintery to me, but it seems like the perfect book to read on a snowy winter morning. Something about the English countryside setting and all of the characters’ stories just reminds me of a cold, gray winter morning where you just want to curl up on the couch with a cup of tea and stare at the world outside.
6. Orange Pekoe – a popular novel that everyone’s read
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
This one has kind of fallen out of favor in the past couple of years, but I think that’s mostly because everyone has already read it. This book was so popular a couple of years ago that it seemed like everyone was talking about it. The movie came out, people went to see it, and I think a lot of us hold a special place in our hearts for this book.
7. English Breakfast – a British classic
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Could you get more British or more classic than Jane Austen? I don’t think so. And, Pride and Prejudice is probably her most famous work, or at least the one people are most familiar with. This one has been a classic for a long time, and I don’t see that fact changing any time soon.
8. Canadian Breakfast – a title that tastes a little like English Breakfast, but reads like the New World (and Early Canadian or American work)
The Call of the Wild by Jack London
I didn’t really know what to put for this one, but this was the earliest American work that I could think of off the top of my head that I’ve read. I read this one in middle school, and while it wasn’t great, I did enjoy it.
9. Green – a healthy book that feeds your mind
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
I don’t read a lot of “self-help” or anything like that, but I think this book provides a healthy dose of reality for readers. It’s certainly an eye-opening book that shows some different perspectives. On top of that it’s just an all-around amazing book, so, what’s not to love?
10. Iced – a sweet summer treat, brewed for the lazy brief days of summer
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
I really need to reread this one, and I’m planning on doing it soon. You don’t get much cuter or sweeter than this book, and it’s perfect for a hot summer day when you can curl up in the sunshine and drink some iced tea and eat an entire pack of Oreos.