Friday, April 28, 2017

Share-a-Tea April Check-In

  • What are you currently reading for the challenge? 
  • Have you finished any books for this challenge this month?
  • Is there a book you're looking forward to starting next month?
  • Want to share any favorite quotes? It could be from your current read. It could be about reading. It could be about drinking tea. 
  • What teas have you enjoyed this month? 
  • Do you have a new favorite tea?
Currently reading:

KJV Reformation Study Bible. So far I've finished Genesis, Joshua, Judges, 1 Samuel, Matthew, Mark, Romans, 1 Corinthians.

Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

Books I've finished and reviewed since March check-in:

Books I've finished but not reviewed yet:
  • Prisoner's Base by Rex Stout
  • Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  • The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis
  • Nate the Great by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
Favorite quotes:
  • “it doesn’t take long to like a person — when once you begin.” Henry James
  • “The alphabet of common sense is something you will never learn,” the Doctor permitted himself to respond. Henry James
  • Wherever there are two men, there will be two opinions. Anthony Trollope
  • “We always lose when we evaluate ourselves according to someone else’s ideas or standards. And there are as many standards as there are people. A jock measures you by your athletic ability; a student by your brains; a steady by your looks. It’s a losing battle,” he said, striking a sour piano chord for added emphasis. “We have to forget about what people say or think, and recognize that God’s values are the only important ones.” Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Children have one kind of silliness, as you know, and grown-ups have another kind. C.S. Lewis
  • Now the trouble about trying to make yourself stupider than you really are is that you very often succeed. C.S. Lewis
Favorite teas:
I'm still loving Stash's English Breakfast Tea. I'm still drinking away my green tea...and my white tea. I have tried two new teas this month.
I haven't drank sweetened tea all month. 

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1 comments:

Suko 10:38 PM  

What a lovely challenge, Becky! I enjoy a variety of teas. Lately I've been drinking more chamomile tea.

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