Thursday Tea (Feb. 17): The Great Perhaps

Thursday Tea is a weekly(-ish) meme hosted by yours truly. To play along, all you need is a cup of tea, the book you’re currently reading, and the answers to the following 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 you think the two go together.

The book: The ebook version of The Great Perhaps is currently only $2.32 now, and as it’s been on my TBR wishlist for a while I snapped it up. I enjoyed the first 2% of it, but now the protagonist, Jonathan, is seriously annoying me. I think it’s because he’s cavalierly having an affair with another woman, and that sort of thing seems to happen so often in lit fic books, doesn’t it? For once I’d like to read lit fic where the protagonist doesn’t cheat on their significant other. You know?

I’m still going to keep reading it, obviously, but I just wanted to let you all know how annoyed I am right now.

The tea: I tried drinking English Breakfast tea just to do something different, but I honestly don’t like it at all now. I think I drank too much of it when I was younger, and I’ve lost the taste for it. I hope that doesn’t happen with Earl Grey, because I don’t know what I’d do.

Do they go together? Sure. The cloudiness of the tea as I pour milk into it totally goes with Jonathan’s seizure-inducing fear of clouds, don’t you think?

What’s your Thursday Tea?

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4 thoughts on “Thursday Tea (Feb. 17): The Great Perhaps”

  1. Hi Anastasia,

    Thanks so much for sending me the link to your blog — I am delighted to see it’s a book blog, as I am avid reader, too. I guess I will have to visit your blog often from now on. 🙂

    Happy reading,

  2. Oh, I know what you mean about the affairs! For a while a couple years ago it seemed that every single book I read had someone cheating, and as a newly wed it made me kind of depressed. But that could be because I was reading an awful lot of chick lit then, and unfortunately it seems that chick lit and affairs (or assumed affairs) often go hand in hand.

    Anyway, today I’m drinking chai spice tea with a splash of vanilla syrup and it is delicious. I’m not sure how well it goes with the book I’m reading – Ascendant by Diana Peterfreund – which takes place in the French countryside and there’s a lot of camomile tea drinking going on.

    1. Sometimes I wonder if there’s a checklist all (male, mostly) literary fiction authors have to go through to make sure their book has all the “right stuff.” Cheating spouse? Check! Masturbation? Check! Ruminations on life and death? Check! Weird sometimes repellent descriptions regarding sex, women, and the act of having sex with women? Check!

      I mean, I know the whole point of a lit fic book is to describe life as it “really is” or something, but so many of the same things are done in every single book now, and it’s so boring! Do I know people masturbate? Yes! Do I want to read about the (male) protagonist masturbating in EVERY SINGLE LIT FIC BOOK written after 1910? No.

      Female lit authors do less of the checklist stuff, which is a relief. Male lit authors…eh.

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