I’ve decided to start a new series celebrating two of my favourite things: reading and tea. Once a month I am going to share one of my favourite books at the time, and one of my favourite beverages! No matter what is going on in my life, I can almost always sit down and enjoy a cup of tea, and I can read or listen to a book to escape for a few hours. I’ll try to vary it month to month (with both books and beverages), and if you are interested in guest-posting for A Book and A Beverage, please use the Contact Page or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org! Now, for the book and beverage….
The Book- Crazy Rich Asians (Kevin Kwan)
This month’s book is one of my favourite books that I’ve written about before, Crazy Rich Asians! I was about two years late to the Crazy Rich Asians train- I worked at a bookstore, and the Canadian cover is a sheet of gold glitter with the title and author written in hot pink. No, you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover but glitter and hot pink is a sure way to make me run in the opposite direction! However, it was on sale on Kobo and I decided to pick it up for kicks- I could not put it down (a rare feat for a book for me). Crazy Rich Asians is the first in a trilogy following a rarefied group of Chinese Singaporeans who are richer than most of us could ever fathom. We experience much of the story through Rachel’s eyes (who is American Born Chinese, aka ABC) as she visits Singapore with her boyfriend Nick, and attempts to navigate a world that she didn’t know existed. I find it incredibly entertaining because it is just pure fun! It’s completely plot driven, and that can be a nice change when you are in stressful or difficult times- an escape, is an escape, right? I hadn’t ever thought about it, but there are people who can spend several million dollars on clothing in a year and not notice a difference in their bank account. There are people who charter private luxury planes to do simply do some research, and there are even people who buy hotels to solve problems. Spend some time in an entirely different world!
Also, if you like Crazy Rich Asians, you can follow it up with China Rich Girlfriend and Rich People Problems! One downfall of purely escapist, fun fiction is that it seems more often than not to be a standalone novel, leaving you wanting more with nothing left. I own both the ebooks and the audiobooks of all three of these, and both versions are entirely entertaining. I would recommend this for a book club if you are looking for something to appeal to a wide group of people!
A Beverage- Probiotea (David’s Tea)
This tea is a little different from most other teas, being that this is a rooibos tea with probiotics in it. I currently eat yogurt for probiotics but I don’t love yogurt (and the pill form is hard on my stomach)- I decided to give this tea from David’s a try to branch out. Probiotea is a vanilla mint rooibos that is part of the Wellness Teas line, and while it is expensive ($15 CAD for 50g, equivalent to 25 cups), it’s a change from my regular teas. I was concerned that the addition of probiotics would affect the taste of the tea, but they aren’t noticeable. If you love a good cuppa but you want to avoid the caffeine, I would recommend trying rooibos- it’s a lovely option for when you are trying to wind down at the end of the day.
What are you reading and drinking this month?