Whether you're lounging by a pool in the heat of summer or curled up on a sofa in the brrr of winter, there's nothing like sipping tea while getting lost is a great story. Because we're always looking for new favorites, you're invited to help create a TEArrific list of book and tea pairings!
To kick things off, see what Leah, Holly and Hannah from the Ethical Blogger Network are reading, then scroll below to share your favorite Numi tea + book pairings for a chance to win!
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Leah’s Pairing: The Places In Between + Toasted Rice Green Tea
I think there's something very healthy about the meditative process of reading through something long form, like a book or even an essay, especially with a nice, tannin-y cup of tea to round out the experience.
I particularly love getting lost in someone's story, because there's always something to learn when you walk in someone else’s shoes for awhile. Last summer, I picked up The Places in Between by Rory Stewart and found myself immediately engrossed in the narrative. The Places in Between is the travel journal of a British man who walks across Afghanistan, beginning his journey only months after the terrorist attack on the twin towers in September 2001 and President Bush has declared war on the country. Needless to say, it was a difficult time for both countries, but I was almost completely naive to the complexities of Afghanistan's political and social system and, until reading this book, couldn't speak to the history of invasion and breakdown of traditional, tribal social systems; disparate cultures and religions; or even the basic geography of the country.
The Places In Between was a life-changing read for me because it pushed me out of my western narrative of Afghanistan and let me catch a glimpse inside a country that is politically and socially very different from my own while being comprised of individuals, families, and social groups that want the same things for themselves as anyone else on the planet: security, safety, longevity, peace.
This book pairs perfectly with Numi Toasted Rice Green Tea because it’s complex. Foreign and yet familiar. The hard-to-achieve paradox of depth and lightness. It’s human.
Holly's Pairing: Empire of the Summer Moon + Rooibos
For as long as I can remember, I’ve looked to the wisdom of the First Nations Peoples who, along with my mother, are responsible for my love, respect, and understanding of the earth.
Where I grew up in Canada, we were educated about the unhealthy relationship between the First Nations Peoples and settlers from the white man’s perspective. Often we were assigned books by First Nations authors which described the aftermath caused by the abuses of the white man, but never have I read a story which covered both sides equally with such seemingly unbiased and unglorified accounts of the atrocities perpetrated.
I found Empire of the Summer Moon rather serendipitously, in a charity shop while I was living in Texas, just as I was about to embark on a three-month road trip through the historical desert plains this book describes. From the moment I began reading it I found myself mesmerized by the tales of the last frontier, of humanity at its very worst, and of the parallels of love, family, and fortitude which both communities shared.
When I was a kid, we didn’t have a TV, so books were our main form of evening entertainment. Most of my childhood was spent curled up in a chair with a book and a cup of herbal tea in hand, and to this day the combination of the two brings me serenity.
As a blogger, part of keeping a healthy balance means working in computer-free hobbies. For me, one of those is reading, and most of the time (because some days it's wine), I still pair my beloved books with a tasty tea. (Often that tea is Numi’s Rooibos which, as the celebrated tea of South Africa, is a fitting flavour to pair with this book as South Africa has its own history of disharmony between the natives of the land and those who came to colonize it. It’s also a tea which, like the medicinal teas of North America’s First Nations Peoples, has healed ailments and illnesses for centuries and, like Aboriginal medicinal teas, has been a base for many Western pharmaceutical treatments. A gift from mama earth and those who learned to listen to her, impartially bestowing wellness on all.
Hannah's Pairing: The Dressmaker of Khair Khana + Aged Early Grey
New York Times bestseller The Dressmaker of Khair Khana is the riveting tale of a courageous young Afghan women named Kamila and her sisters, who fought to survive through war and Taliban rule by running a covert business operation.
While living in the city of Kabul, Kamila and the women in her community lost the opportunity to go to school, and even the freedom to walk about freely for a period of over five years. Refusing to go on as prisoners inside the walls of their own home, they risked their safety daily to create sustainable work and provide for not only their own family, but the families of others.
Often, the news that we receive regarding conflict in the middle east is one-sided and watered down to fit into a specific agenda. This book is a very powerful read because it allows the women of Afghanistan to tell their own story---one that might shake your preconceived notions!
When I borrowed this book from a friend, I devoured the entire thing in two sittings! The Dressmaker of Khair Khana is not only a fascinating glimpse into the lives and experiences of the women it celebrates, it’s an empowering and uplifting tale of resilience and determination against all odds. Any global citizen will benefit from the perspective it provides!
Maybe it’s because I imagine some of my favorite authors typing manuscripts over a steaming cup of it, or maybe it’s because I have fond memories of drinking a cup myself while enjoying a good book, but Aged Earl Grey is my tea of choice for settling down for a reading session. Numi’s Aged Earl Grey, infused with bergamont, is deliciously rich and smooth, with citrusy notes.
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