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10 Perfect Book + Tea Pairings

January 16, 2018
Sarah Jane Abbott
Riveted Editorial Board

There are few things I love more than sitting down with a good book and a steaming mug of tea.  If you’re a tea-loving bookworm like me, here are some tea and book pairings that will have you sipping and turning pages for many cozy hours.

1. Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman and black tea with citrus

Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman

I’m so excited to read Thunderhead, the sequel to Scythe in which Citra and Rowan take opposite stances on the morality of the Scythedom.  It’s sure to be as intense and chilling as the first book, so a warm black tea is in order.  In honor of Citra’s name, try a black tea blend with citrus flavors, like Harney and Sons’ Citrus Blend Tea.

2. Compulsion by Martina Boone and sweet tea

Compulsion by Martina Boone

While you read Compulsion, a spellbinding Southern family saga full of secrets, magic, and romance, sip some classic Southern iced sweet tea with plenty of lemon.

3. Anne & Henry by Dawn Ius and Earl Grey

Anne & Henry by Dawn Ius

Drink some Earl Grey tea while reading Anne & Henry, a sizzling modern-day reimigining of the love affair between Anne Boleyn and King Henry VIII.  Even though the novel is set in the US, drinking a British tea blend while you read it will give you a taste of the history the book is based on.

4. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han and green tea with fruit flavors, sweetened

To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control when her secret letters to all of her crushes are accidentally mailed to them.  While you read this lighthearted, charming romantic story, sip on a light and refreshing green tea with some fruit flavors and sugar for sweetness.

5. Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick and lapsang souchong

Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick

Lapsang souchong is a unique and bold tea with a smoky flavor that reminds me of campfires and the outdoors.  It’s the perfect beverage for reading this outdoorsy psychological thriller about Britt, whose backpacking trip to the Teton Range goes terribly wrong when a blizzard separates her from her boyfriend and strands her in a remote cabin with two strangers.

6. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz and chamomile

 

Artistotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

To me, it’s always comforting to return to a favorite book—it’s like visiting with an old friend.  One of my very favorite books is this moving and thought-provoking story about two loners who form a friendship that will change both of their lives forever.  What better tea to go with a favorite book than a soothing chamomile?

7. Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee and black tea with caramel

Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee

While you’re reading about Tash Zelenka, producer of an amateur web series based on Anna Karenina that goes viral, drink a Russian-inspired tea in honor of Tolstoy.  I especially love Kusmi Tea’s St. Petersburg blend.

8. Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds and matcha

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

Taking place over the course of sixty intense seconds, Long Way Down follows Will as he takes the elevator on his way out to get revenge on the person who killed his brother, but on each floor he’s joined by people from his past who have things to tell him that may change his mind.  Some highly-caffeinated matcha tea is the perfect companion for this blazing-fast, thought-provoking read, since it’s impossible to put down and you’ll need to read it in one sitting.

9. This Mortal Coil  by Emily Suvada and rooibos

This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

This gripping debut novel is about Cat, a teen hacker who needs to use her skills to decode a message from her late father that could save humanity from the brink of extinction after much of the population is wiped out by a plague.  I am obsessed with this bold red cover, so a bright red rooibos herbal tea is the perfect companion for the book.

10. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon and iced coffee

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

I do acknowledge that some people out there prefer coffee to tea.  If you’re a coffee drinker, grab an iced coffee and sit down with When Dimple Met Rishi.  Make sure it’s a strong, bold coffee blend, to go with strong, bold Dimple, who is pursuing her dream of being a web developer at a summer program and does not want to be distracted by Rishi, a hopeless romantic that their parents hope will be her future “Ideal Indian Husband.”