Belinda’s Book Nook: Tea and Literature


I don’t know how far back my love affair with tea began but I do know it has been a long time. I remember when I was first exposed to loose tea. I had always had them pre-bagged and packaged that I bought at the supermarket. So the loose tea provided a new and exciting world to me.  I love going into tea shops and trying new loose teas. Seeing all the canisters makes me happy.  I also love beautiful teacups and of course all the yummies that accompany tea.

Living in the Northeast, I think the comfort of warm tea on a dreary or cold winter day came naturally.  There is something so comforting about holding a beautiful cup in your hands while watching the steam rise and the warmth radiating all the way down to my fingertips that has had me hooked.  And I haven’t even gotten to the taste.  The variety in tastes are amazing.  I used to only drink herbal tea but years back fell pretty hard for Green tea. I also love Jasmine tea and Oolong. For the last 8 years, I have been in love with Starbucks Chai tea. I can’t get enough of it.  Then Miss Oprah came up with her new Chai tea with Teavana/Starbucks and I am falling in love again. Her’s has a more cinnamon flavor and let’s face it, this time of year, cinnamon is prevalent in everything from tea to baking and even candles.

I recently went to Teavana and bought some of Oprah’s Chai tea and a cute canister to hold it. It’s my favorite color green and my friend Joan would tell you, “If it has a butterfly on it, Belinda will buy it.” and so I did.


I just received this book in the mail from Amazon, “Snow Like Ashes” by Sara Raasch.

“Game of Thrones meets Graceling in this striking fantasy tale of dark magic, dangerous politics, and discovering your true self.  Sara Raasch’s debut fantasy is a lightning-fast story of loyalty, love, and controlling one’s destiny.”

This just might be my next read. I have ordered up a winter supply of books to keep me happy this winter so I will be sharing them with you as I read them.

I have some reviews of books I recently completed  that I will be posting soon. So stick around my friend.

What are you reading?



  1. Joan Kelley says

    I am glad to hear you finally tried the Oprah chai! It is so very yummy! Chai tea, pretty green and a butterfly – there was no way you were walking out without that canister!

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