27 August 2009

Thursday Tea: Willow by Julia Hoban

Thursday Tea is hosted by Anastasia at Birdbrain(ed) Book Blog. Here's how it works: Tell us what tea you are drinking (and if you like it). And then tell us what book are you reading (and if you like it). Finally, tell us if they go together.

The Tea

This week I'm drinking Adagio's Golden Spring tes: The company describes it like this: "A delicate black tea from Fujian Province. . . . The heady aroma of both the dried and infused leaves has a distinct savory-sweet note that transcends richly into the cup." I've been making sun tea this week. (Yes, we have enough sun to do this.) This is a mild but tasty tea, and as always, I drink it black and unsweetened.

The Book

I'm listening to Willow by Julia Hoban. The book takes its start from one of my favorite themes: the idea that one's life can change in an instant, whether from a poor choice, an impulsive act, or an accident. In this case, 16-year-old Willow is trying to cope with the aftermath of a car crash in which her parents died but she survived. Willow now lives with her brother, his wife, and his baby and goes to a new high school, leaving much that is familiar behind. This a frank and un-moralistic look into several difficult topics. Willow will likely be among my top books of the year; look for my review.

The Assessment

Willow lives in the city and grew up in an academic and well-traveled family, so I'm assuming that she may indeed have tried Golden Spring tea at some point. However, she, like many teens, would probably be drinking a flavored cappuccino instead. In any case, I think the tea is yummy!

What are you reading during these last days of August? Let me know what I should be adding to my wish list. Any good tea, coffee, wine, or whiskey recommendations?


Kristen Howe 8/27/09, 8:25 AM  

Hey beth. Who would ever thought tea and reading would go there? Sounds interesting. Though I only drink for Sunday brunch.

Beth Kephart 8/27/09, 10:07 AM  

I only ever drink ginger tea, and only when friends are near (and I'm thus not reading). But I've heard a lot of good about Willow, and I can't wait to read your review.

Julie P. 8/27/09, 10:13 AM  

I definitely have this book on my wish list. I can't wait to read your review. I'm finishing up my Mint tea -- used last bags this week. I have some tropical black that might make good tea too. And I'm totally with you on black and unsweetened.

bermudaonion 8/27/09, 12:58 PM  

You and Alea have convinced me I need to read Willow ASAP.

Meghan 8/27/09, 1:22 PM  

I'm looking forward to your review of Willow! It sounds fantastic and has been on my wishlist for a while now. Your tea sounds lovely as well!

Barbara 8/27/09, 1:41 PM  

I'm almost down with Still Waters by Tami Hoag and I'm enjoying it. I don't do tea or coffee for that matter which probably makes me an oddball but I do enjoy a good scone. I think I'll see if I can find Willow at the library but in the results I'll probably find VC Andrews book instead but who knows.

Melody 8/27/09, 8:23 PM  

I've read a lot of great reviews on this book! I look forward to reading your review soon.

Belle 8/27/09, 9:36 PM  

I've been thinking about Willow. It doesn't sound like the kind of book I normally read, but if it's likely going to be among your best reads of the year, I might have to rethink it! I love the descriptions of teas - they remind me of describing the essence of wines.

The Reading Momster 8/28/09, 4:11 AM  

That tea sounds YUmmm! I have read some gr8 reviews about this one! Hope to read your review soon!

Anonymous,  8/28/09, 3:58 PM  

Looks great. I made Stash Acai berry tea last night and have been drinking it all day :)

Thoughts of Joy 8/30/09, 9:43 AM  

I'm looking forward to this read and I'm so happy to see that it may make a top yearly read for you!

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