This week’s installment of books and tea will be a bit different, especially since, wait for it..I didn’t finish any books. So I’ll share some of the things I particularly enjoyed this week outside of reading.
What I’ve done this week
I didn’t finish any books this week! I’m a little surprised myself but it’s been hard to shift my attention away from my current read, Roots by Alex Haley.
I attended the Symphony Orchestra with some friends and it was excellent. The orchestra performed Mozart’s “Jupiter” Symphony. After intermission, the Symphony Orchestra Chorus joined for the musicians to perform music by a composer Italian opera composer Giuseppe Verdi, Four Sacred Pieces.
The performance had so many textures and dimensions, very soft at times and at others very commanding. After attending the event, I couldn’t help but think of a review book I should revisit a book I received last year called Year of Wonder: Classical Music for Every Day by Clemency Burton – Hill. I actually enjoyed it for about a week, I’d read the corresponding day of classical music and look up a piece by the composer the author discussed. I think I’m going to get back to this book, it will be like having a bit of my symphony experience everyday.
Have you read this book? (Thank you to publisher Harper Books / Harper Collins for the free review copy).
Sushi Sunday – I went out to catch up with a friend over sushi. I had this delicious Salmon Tempura Roll which I hadn’t tried before. Since I’m a novice when it comes to sushi, I was proud of myself for getting something other than a shrimp tempura roll. I love adding the fresh ginger for each bite of the sushi. I think Sushi Sundays should become a regular part of the month.
What I have been drinking
☕ The Cup: Matcha | 🍃 Tea Type: Green Tea | ✉ From: A friend
Matcha is a concentrated powder form of green tea. I’ve never had any straight Matcha at home until a friend gifted this to me. On its own, it has a sweet, herbaceous flavor, and takes a little getting used to. I enjoy the intensity of the green tea in Matcha but I think it just takes a little getting used to. I’ve been enjoying Matcha lattes all week and let’s just say, this tea is Matcha-ppreciated (Much appreciated, get the tea pun)?
☕ The Cup: Fruit Tea | 🍃 Tea Type: Herbal | ✉ From: Field to Cup
This tangy hibiscus tea brews to a beautiful hue with a tart citrus flavor. I was reminded of the orange drink from my childhood, Tang, but thankfully the tea wasn’t as sweet as that. Good as a hot tea but best as an iced (chilled) tea in my opinion.
What I’m Currently Reading
Roots by Alex Haley – Week 3 covered Ch 41-60, with a change in Kunta’s identity from free man, a young man determined to escape slavery and return to his former home and life, to a different man. A man changed and shaped from over 20 years of living in the institution of slavery on a Virginia plantation. Kunta struggles with his identity, with forming relationships and understanding how black people live as slaves, why his experience and theirs are different.
Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty – this audiobook hold came in and since there’s a wait list, I picked it up toward the end of the week. I’ve needed a change of scenery in my reading and although the couples in this book seem normal,I’m still trying to figure out what happened the day of the picnic. All of the adults have some character flaws, as all of us do, but I’m hoping nothing stupid and ridiculous happens as a shock factor.
Have you read any of these books, what good books have you read this week? What fun activities did you enjoy?