TOP TEN: Books to Read With Tea & Cake

1) Long books – e.g. The Goldfinch
If a book goes beyond the 600 page mark, you're going to need something to keep you going… right? Definitely. So, there's no doubt that with my current read, tea and cake is completely necessary (769 pages!).

2) Childhood favourites – e.g. Harry Potter
There's nothing like settling down with your well-read, dog-eared copy of your favourite childhood book, is there? Although perhaps the added comfort of a cup of tea could make things marginally better… ;)

3) Austen – e.g. Emma
There's no better way to read one of Austen's trademark social commentaries than with a cup of tea and ridiculously rich slice of cake.

4) Fairytales – e.g. Grimms' Fairytales
Tea and cake is not just a suggestion for when reading fairytales… it's mandatory. 

5) Detective novels – e.g. Agatha Christie
When the whodunnit conundrum gets too complicated, sometimes it's best to take a tea break before the mystery continues… :)

6) Gothic novels – e.g. Wuthering Heights
Picture the scene: roaring fire, steaming cup of tea at your side, slice of cake at the ready, an eerie tale awaiting. What's not to love, eh?

7) Graphic novels – e.g. Scott Pilgrim
As long as you don't get crumbs across the gorgeous drawings, I can't see anything better than flicking through a graphic novel and helping yourself to cake as you go.

8) Coming-of-age tales – e.g. The Catcher in the Rye
Coming-of-age tales are often full of angst (let's be honest), so what better to cheer you up from all the doom and gloom than a cuppa?

9) Inherently British books – e.g. James Bond
To be patriotic?

10) ALL BOOKS. Because what's better than tea, cake and words?! 


  1. Ahhh, this post was so good! And you're so right: Nothing is better then tea, cake and words ;)
    Fairytales always make me hungry. I think the fairytale hunger for me though, is different, because I just desperately want to be in that fairytale...cake helps to fill the gap, though. And don't forget chocolate ;)

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    1. Thank you! And yaaaay I love it when new followers comment! Oh and yep, chocolate should have been included too. ;D

  2. I don't drink tea, however I do eat cake. Harry Potter is such a good book to eat cake with (not that I've ever tried it) but because of the amazing scenes in the Great Hall where the characters are having a feast - AHH!
    Loved this post as always :)

    PS: Hope your Science exams went well - I've got mixed feelings about mine.

    1. YOU DON'T DRINK TEA?! But yay, cake for the win! :) I had the Great Hall scenes in my mind as I wrote that.

      I've only done one science, but it went well. Hopefully you did better than you thought! :)

  3. Aww I love this!! Nothing beats tea, cake and books. Nothing.

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  4. Haha tea and cake would not survive a long book for me. I've heard really good things about Goldfinch; the only Pultizer Prize winner I've ever read is To Kill a Mockingbird so this needs to change.
    I think classics and fairytales would go really well with tea and cake though - especially 19th century ones because it adds that air of decadence that the era held and makes everything feel so authentic and High Tea style.
    Tea and cake for everything though really <3 Although I'd swap cake for macarons xD

    1. That's so true, there's definitely something about fairytales and classics that make them so tea and cake suited. :)

      And yay, macaroons! Although, cake still wins for me. ;D

  5. Swap the tea for coffee and I AM YOUR GIRL. Love this post!

  6. Ruby, it's like you read my mind. Tea is good with ALL the books, and cake? Absolutely! Tea especially is like a daily requirement for me. Fab post, thanks for sharing! :)

  7. Love this post as always, Ruby! I actually don't like tea *gasp* but I LOVE cake! Who doesn't?!
    I need to read so many of these books *shameful face*

  8. Love it. In fact you decided to inspire me with a companion post at . Happy tea drinking and cake eating!

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  9. Absolutely loved this post! You're so creative - and I completely agree about needing tea and cake for all of the books!

    -Sophie :)

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  11. Reading harry Potter with tea and cake sounds so delightful I wouldn't know what to do with myself. And I love the inclusion of inherently British books :)


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