Nothing goes together better than books and tea, especially in the winter. Is there anything cozier that curling up with a good book and a great mug? To celebrate the best season for reading, we’ve put together a guide to tea and book pairings for all of the bookworms in your life. Treat them to a book, its perfect tea pairing, and a mug this holiday season and give them the gift of maximum comfy entertainment.
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THE DUTCH HOUSE by ANN PATCHETT
MOTHER OF EARL by NAUTILUS TEA
Ann Patchett’s anticipated new novel is a multi-generational saga about siblings set after World War Two. Centered around an estate outside of Philadelphia, The Dutch House is both a fairy tale and a ghost story. Read it with a cup of Nautilus Tea’s Mother of Earl. A smooth and comforting earl grey blend with notes of vanilla bean and lavender, this tea is a classic with a twist.
LITTLE WEIRDS by JENNY SLATE
MUSHROOM HERO by RISHI TEA
Comedian (and icon) Jenny Slate’s new essay collection tackles the strangeness and beauty of the world, one story at a time. These personal, poignant essays cover wide ranging topics, perfect for your most open-hearted, curious friend. Pair with Rishi Tea’s Mushroom Hero for a touch of strangeness. Reishi mushroom is an adaptogen that alleviates stress and has a rich, unique, dark flavor. Just a little weird.
TWICE IN A BLUE MOON by CHRISTINA LAUREN
BLUEBERRY BASIL by WIGHT TEA CO
Told partially in London and partially ten years later on a movie set, Christina Lauren’s tender romance will make hearts flutter and clench. A story of teenage love rediscovered, Twice in a Blue Moon immerses the reader in a world of tabloid drama and Hollywood glamour. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll swoon. Wight Tea Company’s Blueberry Basil green rooibos is fruity and savory, a tea so delicious it only comes along once in a blue moon. Drink it hot in London or iced in California.
LAURA DEAN KEEPS BREAKING UP WITH ME by MARIKO TAMAKI AND ILLUSTRATOR ROSEMARY VALERO O'CONNELL
HEART by HEALTHY TEAS
This gorgeous graphic novel evokes first love in all of its confusing angst. Laura Dean is the most popular girl in high school, but Frederica Riley is discovering that dating her might not be a dream come true. Soothe your wounded heart with Healthy Tea’s Heart, a vibrantly pink tea with floral and hibiscus flavors. It’s tart and refreshing, just like this book.
CITY OF GIRLS by ELIZABETH GILBERT
BLACK ROSE by METOLIUS TEA
Eat, Pray, Lover turned historical fiction queen Elizabeth Gilbert delivers another compelling story of a woman at the cutting edge of the times. Vivian Morris gets kicked out of Vassar and falls into the fading glamour of the New York theater scene and beyond, sparking a journey of self discovery that lasts decades. In honor of Vassar’s famous tea service in the rose parlor, why not drink a cup of Metolius’ Black Rose blend. Take a trip back in time with this refined balance of black tea, rose petals, and vanilla.
THE STARLESS SEA by ERIN MORGENSTERN
MYSTICAL CHAI by SABROSO CHAI
Morgenstern’s much-anticipated follow up to her instant classic The Night Circus involves a grad student, a mysterious book, secret parties, and an ancient hidden library. What more could you want? Why not a mystical cup of tea of your own? Try Sabroso’s Mystical Chai and take a magical journey alongside Morgenstern’s characters.
RED, WHITE, AND ROYAL BLUE by CASEY MCQUISTON
DARJEELING by AHMAD TEA
If you haven’t read the year’s most charming queer political romcom, what are you waiting for? Alex Claremont-Diaz is living a picture-perfect overachieving life as the First Son of the United States, until he starts a feud, and then a clandestine romance, with the Prince of England. Steeped in history, humor, and love letters, Red White and Royal Blue is a delightful ode to politics, family, and even Star Wars. Pair with Ahmad Tea’s Darjeeling. Ahmad Tea is a British family business that supplies tea to Buckingham Palace. Sip this delicate, champagne-like black tea and transport yourself to jolly old England.
About Sips by: We’re a female-founded and led startup that makes discovering tea fun, personalized, and affordable. The Sips by Box is the only multi-brand, personalized tea subscription box. Each month, we match tea drinkers across the U.S. with delicious teas from over 150 global tea brands that we’re sure they’ll love. Based out of Austin, Texas, we are adept at savoring a hot mug even when it’s seasonally inappropriate.