Thursday Tea is a weekly meme hosted by yours truly. To play along, all you need is some tea, a book, and the will to answer some very simple 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.
The tea: I decided to try that Chai White tea tea I wrote about before. When I first tried it I didn’t particularly like it, but this second time around I let it steep longer (about a minute and a half longer, in fact), and it was much better. It’s very light and actually a pretty good choice for when the weather is hot– it doesn’t bog you down with flavor, etc.
The book: I’m nearly finished with the second Amelia Peabody book. I think I first learned of the series through Beth Fish Reads, and after reading The Buried Pyramid I wanted to read something else set in Egypt. It just so happens that Victorian/early 20th century archaeology is a favorite subject of mine (as is ancient Egypt and strong-minded Victorian women who aren’t cooks or parlor maids). As such, I’m really enjoying the series so far, and I expect to blow through what books we have available in the libraries here within the month.
Here’s a summary of the first book, Crocodile on the Sandbank, for those who haven’t heard of the series before (I think a summary of the second book would spoil):
Thirty-one-year-old Victorian gentlewoman Amelia Peabody has not only inherited her father’s fortune, but she is also blessed with his strong will as well. Now she’s headed for Cairo, accompanied by a girl with a tarnished past, to indulge her passion for Egyptology. Little did she know that murder and a homicidal mummy lay in wait for her.
It’s all very funny and adventurous and mysterious and quite good.
Do they go together? Surprisingly, they do! The lightness of the Chai White tea reminds me of the light sand of the Egyptian dunes (not that I’ve ever seen them in person. I’m speaking from various movie experiences. Ahem).
What are you drinking/reading this Thursday?