A Good Book and a Cup of Tea

The perfect accompaniment to a cup of tea you may ask?

Well a book, of course.

I am seldom found without a book in my hand, and my KT London filter bottle naturally in my other. So today I am here to recommend some of my favourite books.

A Book to Make you Think

Look no further than one of my personal favourites, Jean-Paul Sartre’s Nausea. Definitely a piece of literature – philosophical literature for that matter, so if you’re just looking for a simple escape and easy read skip to my next suggestions.

 However, if you’re reading with intent and a willingness to pay attention you may just find something truly impactful. Nausea is a slightly strange story, but one that expresses a sense of individuality and freedom – something we rarely feel in a world ruled by social media and outside judgements. A welcome change if you ask me. You may feel confused at times, but hang on in there and you may find some clarity too.

And no, don’t worry, it won’t leave you feeling sick, but maybe changed in some way.

A Book to Escape In

There is no greater escape than a love story and one of the greatest has to be Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The novella follows its narrator, a struggling writer, as he falls in love with Holly Golightly, a New York socialite with a twist. One of my favourite moments is a horse chase through central park and New York!

 Another of my favourite romances is David Nicholl’s One Day. The book follows the romantic lives of two friends – Dexter and Emma - on St. Swinthin’s Day every year for 20 years. We see how their friendship, lives and relationships develop as they deal with the entanglements of fate.

Both books have been made into films, but I please implore you to read the books first!!!!

 A Book to Make you Cry

For this I’d recommend Buchi Emecheta’s Second Class Citizen. Now this book is not guaranteed to make you cry, but its last pages did bring tears to my eyes. Be prepared to address serious topics – race, colonisation, sexism, domestic violence and poverty - as you follow Adah’s journey from Nigeria to London in the 70s to womanhood.

On My List

I am currently ready American Pastoral – a novel about the disillusionment, and the fragility of the American Dream by Philip Roth, and next on my list is Virginia Wolf’s Orlando, To The Lighthouse and Mrs Dalloway.

Comment below some books that you are passionate about

 by Gemma Rodol


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