Thursday Tea (April 1): The Waves

Thursday Tea Thursday Tea is a weekly meme hosted by yours truly. To play along, all you need is some tea, a book, and the answers to these questions: what tea are you drinking (and do you like it)? What book are you reading (and do you like it)? Tell us a little about your tea and your book, and whether or not the two go together.

I’m feeling a little crappy this morning, so a short TTea post today.

The book: Today I’m finishing up Virginia Woolf’s The Waves, which I don’t love but I don’t hate, either. It’d be pretty hard to top To the Lighthouse or Orlando, which I really, really loved, but The Waves isn’t bad. I think it’s just bogged down by the technique Ms Woolf uses, where everything is something that a character “said” instead of a direct narrative thingy. And since all the voices of the characters sound the same, and nothing important really happens, it makes for rather dry reading.

On the other hand, Ms Woolf can turn the best phrases I have ever read, and it is for that reason I kept reading The Waves. I’ve got more to say, but I’ll save it for a proper review sometime next week.

The tea coffee: I desperately needed more coffee this morning, so I got a cup from Starbucks (I have a gift card). I still prefer Satellite’s coffee to Starbucks’, but hey. Gift card. Free coffee!

Do they go together? Well, the coffee is a stimulant, and as I tend to star blurring over Ms Woolf’s prose after a while, I need the stimulant to keep me focused. *cough* But does it go with the actual story? Not really. I think wine would, though, or a stout beer. It’s not really a tea sort of book, actually.

What are you drinking/reading this Thursday?

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4 thoughts on “Thursday Tea (April 1): The Waves”

      1. I love your Thursday Tea, so here is my contribution from http://www.nicolemarieschreiber.com.

        Enjoy!

        -Nicole

        The Book:

        Scones and Sensibility by Lindsay Eland (middle grade novel)

        I am only on Chapter Five of this book, but so far I am thoroughly enchanted by the voice of the main character, Polly. I can really relate to a girl that seems like she was born in the wrong time, as she enjoys everything Jane Austen and Anne of Green Gables. The vocabulary Polly uses is spot on for a girl who loves to “take a turn with her bosom friend” and is a fabulous change from today’s more edgier voices in children’s lit.

        The Tea:

        Tazo Decaf Chai Tea Latte (made at home with nonfat milk, whipped cream, and cinnamon sprinkled on top) and a coconut chocolate chip cookie (from a local Mom and Pop bakery in Oregon City called Muno’s Bakery) on the side. The tea hits the spot today, as it has been pouring rain and very chilly all day, let alone all week!

        The Assessment:

        No, the book and tea do not go together. Well, the warmth of the tea matches the warmth I am definitely feeling reading this book, but the type of tea doesn’t. My Trader Joe’s English Breakfast tea would have been better with a scone spread with strawberry jam and Devonshire cream, but eating any type of cookie or pastry is better than nothing because Polly helps her parents out in their bakery, so a baked good on the side along with a cup of tea is a must with this book!

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