Thursday Tea (March 4): The Geographer's Library

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: Time for a story! I leave so early in the morning that it’s still pretty dark out, and it’s necessary to have lights on inside the house. As I was getting ready to go out the door I realized that I hadn’t picked a new book out to read. The lights were off by then, so I had to pick a book off my shelf blind– and I picked The Geographer’s Library.

It was a really good choice, actually, because I’ve had it on my shelves since at least October 2009 and I really needed to read it. It had been so long since I first bought it that I completely forgot what it was about, just that someone told me it was good. In case you don’t know what it’s about, either, here’s a summary from Amazon:

When a twelfth-century Sicilian cat burglar snatches a sack of artifacts from the king’s geographer’s library, the tools and talismans of transmutation-and eternal life-are soon scattered all over the world. Nine hundred years later, a young Connecticut reporter finds evidence that someone is collecting them again. In the process of investigating the suspicious death of a local professor, Paul Tomm finds the dead man’s heavily fortified office stuffed with books on alchemy. The Geographer’s Library entwines his contemporary reporting with a chain of ancient stories-within-the-story, tracking the last time each of the geographer’s tools changed hands-some bought, some stolen, some killed for.

I’m about 25 pages in and so far it’s good. Paul’s situation reminds me a lot of Billy from The Broken Teaglass‘s situation, actually, and kind of what I’m going through myself (or about to go through). The reviews on Amazon don’t make me feel good about the rest of the book, though. I guess we’ll see what happens?

The tea: Just your standard Earl Grey. It’s alright. Not as exciting as I normally like my teas, but not bad.

Do they go together? Sure! The so-so Earl Grey tea kind of reminds me a bit of Paul’s so-so life. I haven’t gotten to the part where the mystery starts, but I’m assuming that Paul’s life eventually becomes a lot more exciting than my tea is.

What are you drinking/reading this Thursday?

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