Obsessed: Quirky’s Bookish Must Have’s For February


Winter is going!

It doesn’t get very cold in The Bahamas during the winter months, actually, if it drops below 75C I’m doing the happy dance all over the lawn. Yet, despite our winter heat, I always use it as an excuse to indulge in something that is not so much fun in the summer. I’m talking about tea drinking. I’m a tea-snob, who’d have thought?

For this obsessed post I’m sharing some tea books and accessories that I found fun, interesting and just plain ole’ wonderful to explore.


The Story of Tea: A Cultural History and Drinking Guide
Mary Lou Heiss and Robert J. Heiss

This book is a good reference for all things tea. It’s big like a coffee table but informative enough to actually have merit on a book shelf. The Heiss team write a lot about tea and it helped me figure out this stuff with water temperature, steeping time and so on. That and I’m a geek for the history of things.

So what kind of tea do you like?


Tea: The Drink that Changed the World
Laura C. Martin

One of the greatest moments I’ve had was sitting in an anthropology class and realising, wait, objects have history too. I know it’s cheesy, and it’s a bit of a hand-palm moment too, because of course things have history. But I never realised it and it was at that moment that I became hooked, I was determined to see how things changed us, and how we in turn changed it.

This book is a more social and historical take on tea, not only speaking on its biological and health properties, but also how it changed us and how we think of the drink.

Now get a teapot, or an infuser or your favourite bag (I prefer an Earl Grey, loose leaf please, extra bergamot), steep it for a bit and curl up in the couch with your current read and enjoy!


I know I’m tea crazy but I realise that there are actually people out there who may not feel as I do. It’s a shame huh? Who here likes tea? Or are you a coffee person (now that stuff I can’t stand…)



About Claire (BWB)

It's Claire (aka Quirky) from Bitches With Books, an online book blog that serves up a healthy dose of book reviews, lists + literary madness.
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8 Responses to Obsessed: Quirky’s Bookish Must Have’s For February

  1. Charleen says:

    I know it’s good for you, but I hate the flavor of tea. I’ve tried various kinds, and the only one I’ve ever liked is chai, because it doesn’t actually taste like tea. I will drink coffee (but never black, I’m all about the flavored lattes) but my go-to comfort drink is cinnamon flavored hot chocolate. We get a variety pack from my grandma every Christmas, that is always the first flavor to go.

  2. Yesss, teeeeea! Love it.
    My cousin always thought I was crazy, having like 5 cups of tea per day in the summer months.

  3. snowtinsel says:

    I do love coffee, but tea is my obsession! Thanks for the post; I’m always looking for more books about tea. Also, Earl Grey, loose leaf, with extra bergamot?! We must be kindred spirits.

  4. I’m a coffee girl myself. . . But I do see the value in tea, I just don’t like as much of it!

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