Are you a tea-drinking bookworm?
C.S. Lewis once said, “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”
I certainly am a tea- drinking bookworm and I completely agree with Mr. Lewis. I also would venture to say that I’m not the only one. Books and tea are soothing and immersive unlike anything else. It is a complete sensory escape for me to hold an actual paper-and-cloth book, (I haven’t succumbed to the Dark Side yet with a Kindle) while sipping a cup of tea. My mind and emotions are completely lost in a world created by someone I don’t even know, but who wants more than anything for me to live in that world with them. And for me the world is mysteries! Just picture yourself – you’re sitting in front of a glowing fire, in a comfy chair, with a quilt over your legs. Your favorite book is cradled in your lap, and you’re enjoying a steaming cup of aromatic tea. Perfect – right?
But why do we read?
My answer to that question is simple… I read for pleasure! But what exactly is the nature of that pleasure? Reading removes me from the structure of my life – from the routine, and the sequential habits of day-to-day living. And I certainly don’t have to think or worry about the dentist (my latest headache)! Instead I enter another time zone. The plot, characters and setting occupy me, and while I read, I inhabit the others’ reality. My pleasure comes from escaping my sometimes small, limited and often repetitive life. And magically I enter an exotic elsewhere.
“Sweet friends, boil some water,
add your favorite tea to a well-loved tea pot,
pull your favorite tea cup from the shelf,
grab a soft blanket,
and settle down for a little bit of quiet time
with a book that is sure to put a smile on your face
The secret to a well-balanced life
is a cup of tea in one hand
and a book in the other.”
– Unknown –
Now be honest…
Is there anything more relaxing than drinking a cup of tea and reading a book while the rain gently and rhythmically patters down on the window beside you? It’s a book lover’s paradise!
But which tea do you drink and with which book?