One of my Sherlock Holmes - related reads of the year, except this one is a mystery that encompasses modern times and the detective work of Arthur Conan Doyle.
Since 2001, a year without a new Jasper Fforde book is like a month without ice cream: I'll survive, but I won't like it! Even better of course, is when the new book is a Thursday Next novel - that's a 2 for $5 sale on Haagen Dazs pints! (I know they're 14 ounces now, but we pretend.) The latest installment takes place in the BookWorld, where the fictional Thursday Next looks for the missing RealWorld Thursday Next. The newly mapped out BookWorld (particularly Fiction) is well done, a reference to reading on e-readers is made, and now I'm getting excited. I need to read this one again. Have your mechanical butler bring you a nice cup of Rooibos with this one, because it's 'red' tea. Get it? No?
3. The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope
Imagine spending an evening with John Keats, Charles Lamb and William Wordsworth without having to pick up a book. This is based on the host, Benjamin Haydon's, account of the dinner and also explains the significance of the subjects discussed that evening. If you're at all interested in writers and artists of that time period, and I am, you'll enjoy this fly-on-the-wall experience. I'd try Tay Tea's 'Muse' herbal blend with this one...because these guys are some of my greatest inspirations.
Food, eating and food shopping habits in England. An Anglophile's delight. Have some PG Tips and some real Cadbury chocolate with this one.
I wrote about this one already. Scroll down.
Oh my goodness. I can't believe I never read this one until this year. I'm not a fan of 'hostage situations', but this novel makes the experience almost poetic. You are warned from the beginning that it won't end well, but somehow you manage to move through it and savor the ride. Tea with lemon and honey...I just think that's what an opera singer would drink.
Fun and funny even if you don't watch the Office. It's too easy to say she's of an Indian background so drink Indian tea, so no...have some Oolong.
A Sherlock Holmes story, well done but darker than most. If you know most of the actual Conan Doyle stories, you'll pick up a lot of references.
I love it when men learn life lessons from Jane Austen. It turns her into so much more than a chick-lit writer.
Did I mention I've been to Peru? It's been years, but reading this more adventurous trip (I just took the train from Cuzco - no hiking.) It's easy enough to pair with Coca Tea...if you're in Peru. You might have access to a Pisco Sour otherwise (I've had these in Jackson Heights.)
I feel like I should have spent more time on these books here, but I've moved on. For 2012 I hope to be more thorough when in 'book blogging' mode. There's always room for improvement!