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Autumn leaves, cozy blankets, and a warm cup of tea in hand - October sets the mood for some immersive reading and wonderful fall flavors. Our team at Loose Leaf Tea Market loves the fusion of tea and books.
So, without further ado, let’s dive into our October favorites!
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Alex, our newest team member, is on the sales and production team.
My favorite books to read right now, around Halloween, are The Ex Hex and The Kiss Curse, both by Erin Sterling. I like those books because they remind me of my childhood favorite movie, Halloweentown, which I loved when I was a kid, but with a spicy, grown-up twist.
For teas, I like the Pumpkin Spice Chai because pumpkin is the flavor of the season. It’s warm, and makes you feel good, like a cozy hug. I also love the Detox Chai. I love spices this time of year, it really makes it feel like fall.
Damecia - Production Team
My favorite books right now are The Land of Stories by Chris Colfer, and The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J Maas. I love The Land of Stories because it’s magical, like a modern day fairy tale. I love The Assassin’s Blade because it follows the journey and adventures of a fierce young woman assassin.
Another one of my favorite books is Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.
Keyna - Sales Team Rockstar
For books, I chose Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya and The Mayfair Witches trilogy by Anne Rice. Bless Me, Ultima is one of my all time favorite books. It’s very magical in nature. I love the folklore, and, being from New Mexico, the blend of magic and folklore speaks to my heart. The Mayfair Witches is just really fun. It’s very intriguing, with a lot of mystery.
Evelyn - Order Fulfillment and Tea Maker
If you're into spooky reads, You Let Me In by Camilla Bruce is my pick. I prefer reading horror to watching it. It’s intense, but that’s part of the fun! I also love Coraline by Neil Gaiman. I loved the movie, but the book is so much better.
Another book that I like to read this time of year is The Salt Grows Heavy by Cassandra Khaw.
For teas, Butter Pecan Oolong is my all time favorite. I love to make it really strong in the morning, and it gives me energy throughout the day. I like to add milk and a little agave to sweeten it. I also love Cranberry Apple Tart. I like it iced. It tastes like fall in a cup, very apple-cidery.
Sasha - Chief Tea Maker and Store Manager
For books, I chose The Southern Book Club’s Guide To Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix and Dragonwell Dead by Laura Childs. The Southern Book Club’s Guide To Slaying Vampires is my current favorite. It’s a unique tale with vampires and a twist of mystery set in the South. Dragonwell Dead is another one of my favorites; it's a murder mystery set in a tea house in a small Southern town.
My two favorite teas for October are Peppermint Twist and Tigger & Pu. I like them by themselves, but I also like to mix them together. In the morning, I often blend the two teas together, and in the evening I will have Peppermint Twist by itself, as it has no caffeine to keep me awake.
Kita, the herbalist and founder of Loose Leaf Tea Market
The Girl With No Shadow is a tale of three women whose lives are connected and intertwined through secrets, magic, and chocolate. If the Chronicles of Narnia and Harry Potter had a baby, it would be The Magicians Trilogy. The characters meet at a magical university, and their story is full of dark magic, and adventures to parallel worlds.
My favorite teas this time of year are Sweater Weather and Turmeric Fusion. What I love most about sweet, tart Sweater Weather is the serious cayenne kick. This tea really warms you up on the inside. Turmeric Fusion has the inflammation-fighting benefits that I’m going for, with a great cinnamon-cardamom flavor. It's yummy with a little bit of almond milk.
There you have it! We hope our picks inspire your October reading and sipping sessions. Remember, the best stories are those enjoyed over a cup of tea. Dive into your favorite book, sip on some yummy fall tea, and let the magic of October unfold. Cheers!