Thursday Tea (June 10): The Pirate Queen

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.

The book: I’m actually reading two books right now, but one of them is for the Nerds Heart YA thingy so I won’t talk about that one. Instead, I’ll talk a bit about The Pirate Queen: In Search of Grace O’Malley and Other Legendary Women of the Sea by Barbara Sjoholm. Part travel memoir, part biography, I’m finding it really enjoyable to read and, even better, I’m learning new stuff!

Barbara Sjoholm is a really good writer, and reading about her travels across Europe– to do research on woman’s involvement in ocean affairs– makes me feel like I was there with her, getting rained on or having the wind slice into me. And I really like how she presents what she learned while traveling, like it’s part of her life story and not just some random facts she decided to stick in to make things more interesting. I’ve just gotten to the part about sea witches, when Ms Sjoholm is in Orkney, and it’s very interesting.

The only thing I have an issue with is her sometimes weird turn of phrase. She described a mannequin of Grace O’Malley as having a wig like a transvestite– which, okay. What? That’s on the edge of being insulting, and I’m not sure why she chose to describe a mannequin’s hair like that. Little things like that (it’s happened twice so far) throw me out of the story, but hopefully there won’t be any more.

The tea: I’ve currently become addicted to these big Arizona juice drinks, which are only $0.99 at my campus food store thing and are totally a good deal, considering how much every other drink costs in relation to its size. These cans last ALL. DAY. and they’re delicious. I’m tried the watermelon and the mango flavor earlier this week, and I think the mango is my favorite. They were out of it today, though, so I had to make do with fruit punch, which tasted a bit like less-noxious HI-C.

Not exactly tea, but, uh. It’s got vitamin C in it?

Do they go together? Ms Sjoholm drinks a lot of tea in Scotland, because it’s so rainy and horrible outside and tea is comforting. My tea is cold and refreshing, and I’m drinking it in reaction to the weather just like she was drinking her’s, so I think the book and my tea go together pretty well.

What are you drinking/reading this Thursday?

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