Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Tea or coffee?

Many of us identify ourselves by the choice of beverage – tea or coffee? Of course, some people prefer soda or hot chocolate, juice or alcohol. But how often have you been asked, “Tea or coffee?” And you invariably pick one or the other in an instant.

I love tea – especially quality loose tea, but I’ll sip whatever house brand a coffee shop offers when I’m out, even a grocery store brand. I’m not into flavoured teas or herbal teas…in fact, I dislike most scented or smoky teas like Earl Grey or Lapsang-Souchong, but tea is my hot drink of choice.

Are you that way with your choice of reading genre? In a blink, you can say what authors are your favourite, what genre keeps you up too late on a work night, who spins the best tale in your genre of choice. You can also quickly say what you don’t like – which authors, which genres, which plots that let you down.

However, what if you’ve never tried hot chocolate or Ovaltine? Do you know what you're missing? Maybe you’ll like it even better than tea or coffee! That’s why it’s great to join readers’ groups, to talk to friends about what they’re reading, to browse through a bookstore. You could find an author you’ve never read before, or one who also writes under another name as well and discover a whole new world of reading.

By all means, enjoy your tea or coffee, but take a few minutes every now and then to try out a different beverage or have a low-fat muffin with it. Enjoy!


Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

My favorite is vanilla flavored iced coffee which we used to get from McDonald's, now we make it ourselves at home. Also enjoy hot Chai tea which we make at home too. Saves lots of money.

I love trying new to me authors.


Libby McKinmer said...

Love chai tea -- and like a new favorite author, might not have tried it without the recommendation of a good friend!

Thanks, Marilyn.


Dana Fredsti said...

I love the analogy between beverage choices and book genres!

I love my morning mocha... melted dark Belgian chocolate with a hint of chili, steamed milk and two shots of Nespresso...

Anonymous said...

How about hot Dr. Pepper with a twist of lemon? I believe it was Dick Clark who popularized that drink on the early American Bandstand. (I watched it as a child, thank you very much!)