24 September 2009

Today's Listen: Darkness, Be My Friend by John Marsden

This week I'm listening to Darkness, Be My Friend, the fourth novel in Marsden's Tomorrow series. (I reviewed the second and third books earlier this year.) If you are unfamiliar with the series, the general premise is that Australia has been invaded by enemy forces, and a group of teenagers must find a way to survive and to help their families and country. I'm just about halfway through Darkness, and Marsden has stayed true to the earlier novels: an amazing combination of adrenaline-pumping action and realistic character development and introspection. I can't say enough about these books.

The Tea. Fall is in the air, and I'm drinking one of my seasonal favorites: Stash Tea's Decaf Pumpkin Spice, which the company describes as "A delicious blend of naturally decaffeinated black teas and natural pumpkin spice flavor combines with nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, and clove." It's really yummy and perfect for fall.

The Assessment. Ellie and gang are living in war zone. They miss tea and would drink whatever flavor they could find. But I'm going to say that before the war, the kids would have liked pumpkin spice tea in the afternoon when doing homework or after finishing their chores.

What are you reading or listening to this week? I love an Australian setting, can you recommend some titles I should add to my wish list?

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.


Julie P. 9/24/09, 9:22 AM  

OMG! I don't think I've ever tried Pumpkin Spice tea. Yummmmmmmy! So perfect for the fall and holiday season!

Jenny Girl 9/24/09, 3:21 PM  

Sounds like a good read. And I haven't read anything, ever, set in Austrailia. Thanks for heads up Beth!

bermudaonion 9/24/09, 5:14 PM  

Fall's not in the air here yet, but they're promising us some cooler weather soon. Your tea still sounds delicious!

Sandy Nawrot 9/24/09, 8:08 PM  

I'm over the heat Beth. I sure wish autumn would come soon down here. I just finished Shadow of the Wind on audio, and just started The Glass Castle.

Melody 9/24/09, 10:35 PM  

This is the first time I've heard of Pumpkin Spice tea. I wish our stores have teas like yours; they sound so good!

Alice 9/25/09, 12:14 AM  

Sounds very, very good. I used to listen to audio books but then preferred flipping of pages. Happy listening!

Anonymous,  9/25/09, 4:25 PM  

I'm not sure I've ever had pumpkin tea. Now I'm going to have to look for it.

Rebecca Johnson 9/26/09, 7:01 AM  

I remember friends reading this series in high school, but I've never actually gotten to it.

As for books set in Australia, have you read Tim Winton's 'Cloudstreet'? I loved that. I also finished 'Romulus, My Father' (Raimond Gaita) this week, which was interesting, if not exactly fast-paced. And if you're still looking for an Australian setting, you're more than welcome to come visit :)

Robin M 9/27/09, 2:16 PM  

Sounds sort of like Red Dawn. Will have to check out the series. Pumpkin tea - hmm!

Veens 9/30/09, 6:52 AM  

That Tea sounds delicious :) YUMM!
And your blog looks gorgeous :) :)

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