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The other day it has dawned on me that tea doesn’t have to be paired only with food (spices, berries, chocolate) it can be paired with a good read just as well (if not better)! I thought I would have some fun with my Sunday night reads and decided to pair up novel genres with tea characteristics. And since I thought some of you might be curious, I wanted to share my crazy discovery with you all. If you’re like me, and enjoy curling up with a book (or two), you know that tea is essential to the process of thematic exploration. No matter what you are reading, no matter where, there is a tea out there that can perfectly match your mood and surroundings. I guess you can say that it is all about symbolism. A good book evokes feelings, thoughts and reflections. Tea can evoke a sense of tranquility, peace and mindfulness. The symbolic nature of the two lies in our associations, and so the formula for a perfect afternoon is simple – a good book plus your favourite cup. It’s the calm, comforting feeling of holding a story in one hand and a part of history in the other. Both tell their own chronicles, and both fill our void of whatever it may be that we are missing. So if you are looking for a good read or simply wish to re-read something you haven’t in a while, try pairing it with a perfect cup!And don’t forget to have fun! Here are some examples of how tea can be paired with a book:

“Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen: Rooibos Provence

“The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald: Garden of Eden

“Alice in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll : Pommeberry

“Memoirs of a Geisha” by Arthur Golden : Madame Butterfly

“Atonement” by Ian McEwen: Formosa Silver Moon

“Vanity Fair” by William Thackeray: Candied Almonds

“Remains of the Day” by Kazuo Ishiguro: English Breakfast

“Adventures of Sherlock Holmes” by Arthur Conan Doyle: Blend 107

“Anna Karenina” by Leo Tolstoy: Russian Caravan

“English Patient” by Michael Ondaatje: Rooibos Prickly Pear