The book: I read a Helen Fielding book last week that has sent me on a “women’s fiction”/”chick lit” rampage. Unfortunately, most of my WF/CL books have been packed away. Fortunately, I’ve got quite a few stockpiled on my Kindle and a few more wandering around the house waiting to be gotten rid of. Bridget Jones’ Diary is one of the latter kind; I found it sitting in the Bookcrossing Pile looking forlorn and decided to reread it.
I first read Bridget Jones’ Diary way back in August 2008, where I gave it a 5/5 rating. It’s been so long since I first read it that I’ve basically forgotten everything about the story except for the end (I think), which is actually really good because it means I can give it a fresh rating without any nostalgia interfering.
So far it’s a lot of fun, although it’s also full of BS re:what modern women want.1 Luckily I do think that WF/CL books are finally moving away from the BJD ideas of a woman wants, but it’s taken a good while. I can only hope the same happens with YA paranormal fiction and vampires. 😛
The tea: I’ve got a box of Scottish shortbread cookies I found on clearance at Walmart, and right now I’ve only got one cookie left. You know what goes really well with shortbread? English Breakfast tea. I’m sure there’s an ironic joke to be made somewhere, but as I’m neither British or Scottish I don’t know what it is.
Do they go together? Yup! BJD is a British book, and English Breakfast is one of the quintessential British teas. Sure, Bridget drinks more alcohol than tea in the book, but it still counts.
Other tea drinkers
Alex is reading Time to Go Back by Mabel Esther Allan and drinking Twining’s English Afternoon Tea!
Angela Renee is reading Scones & Bones by Laura Childs and drinking Blackberry Sage tea!
(Leave a link to your TT post in the comments and I’ll add you to the tea drinkers list!)
- Just realized BJD was written in 1996. So, not exactly completely “modern,” then. More like “what white heterosexual middle class women in the mid-90’s might have wanted from life,” which is more acceptable. ↩