Tea and Ink Society is a literary blog that inspires women to read more and gives them a community to discuss books with other kindred spirits…preferably with a good cup of tea in hand!
Are you a woman who once had a love affair with books, but now your to-do list keeps you so busy that reading feels more like a long-distance relationship?
Your time is full of work and email and parenting and planning and going places, and at the end of the day all you have energy for is vegging with a Netflix show.
But when something reminds you of a past tryst with your favourite novel, you say to yourself “I wish I had time to read.”
Maybe that’s you. Or maybe you’re a woman who prioritizes reading, but you long for a community of kindred spirits who share your passion. You miss the bookish discussions you had in college, and you feel like whenever you get to have a brief literary conversation, it’s never enough.
I can relate.
I’m Elsie Callender, and once upon a time I was a little girl who ate a steady diet of paper and ink. I spent hours in Nancy Drew’s neighborhood, with visits to Narnia and trips to Green Gables. Around age 13, I found myself drawn across the Atlantic more often than not, in drawing rooms with Hercule Poirot or led through maze-like London streets by Charles Dickens.
In college, it was an easy decision to declare an English major. But oddly enough, although I read thousands and thousands more pages during the four years that followed, my appetite for books began to diminish.
I still loved books and called myself a bookworm, but secretly I began to wonder if it were really true. Required reading for my courses left little time to choose books on a whim, and I was increasingly occupied with other things, like earning money over the holidays to fund my study abroad, and falling in love.
By the end of my first year post college, I was a sporadic reader, only finishing one or two books per month. As a former English major, librarian, and English teacher who owed so much to the stories that shaped her…it was embarrassing.
I hated being too busy to read, but I couldn’t see a way around it.
It didn’t help that all of my bookish friends were hundreds of miles away. I no longer had a context for geeking out about books the way I had in college.
But after my reading list reached an all-time low about three years ago, things finally started to turn around.
Now I read with an appetite that can’t be sated.
It’s not that I have less demands on my time (in fact, I have a toddler now so the opposite is true!).
Looking back, there were three things that helped me rekindle a romance with the written word:
- Realising that if you can never find the time to read, you have to make the time.
- Realising that books are magic; they make you come alive in ways a TV show never can, they make you see the world in ways that scrolling Facebook never will.
- Realising that community with other book lovers cultivates and continues your literary journey; books can be mutual friends.
If you long for books to be a more prominent part of your life again and you long for a community of like-minded readers, you belong in the Tea and Ink Society.
Welcome to our Society!