Thursday, September 28, 2017

Share-a-Tea September 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?
What I am currently reading for the challenge:

  • Holy Bible: Revised English Bible. 1989/1996. Cambridge. 1264 pages. [Source: Bought] 
  • Adam Bede. George Eliot. 1859. 624 pages. [Source: Bought]
What I have finished for the challenge this past month:

What I'm looking forward to starting:

I would love to read some Victorian literature for my challenge. These are the slots I need:

_ 10. A book published between 1861-1870
_ 13. A book published between 1891-1901
_ 19. A book by Elizabeth Gaskell
_ 20. A book by George Eliot
_ 22. A book by a new-to-you female author
_ 27. Biography, Autobiography, or NONFICTION book about the Victorian era
_ 31. A Christian book fiction or nonfiction
_ 32. A children's book

My favorite quotes:
  • Love each other always. That’s about the only thing in the world that matters: loving each other. ~ Victor Hugo
  • It’s God who determines the lot that falls to us. He’s up there, he sees us all, and he knows what he’s doing among his great stars. ~ Victor Hugo
  • When the heart is on the slippery slope, there is no stopping it. ~ Victor Hugo
  • It’s not enough to be happy, you have to be content. ~ Victor Hugo
  • The first step is nothing, it is the last step that is hard. ~ Victor Hugo
  • To love, or to have loved, is enough. Ask for nothing more. There is no other pearl to be found in life’s shadowy convolutions. To love is an achievement. ~ Victor Hugo
  • Everything can be parodied, even parody. ~ Victor Hugo
  • Love is the foolishness of men and the wit of God. ~ Victor Hugo
  • When grace is combined with wrinkles, it is enchanting. There is a sort of dawning in the full bloom of old age. ~ Victor Hugo
  • One of his anxieties was that he was being made to think. ~ Victor Hugo
  • Alas! to have climbed does not preclude falling. This can be seen in history more frequently than anyone would wish. ~ Victor Hugo
  • Peoples, like stars, have the right to go into eclipse. ~ Victor Hugo
  • The poetry of a people determines its progress. ~ Victor Hugo
  • ‘What is the cat?’ he exclaimed. ‘It’s a correction. The good Lord, having made the mouse, said, “Oh dear, that was a mistake!” And he made the cat. The cat is the mouse’s erratum. Mouse plus cat are the revised and corrected proofs of creation.’ ~ Victor Hugo
  • Love is an ardent forgetfulness of everything else. ~ Victor Hugo
This month's teas:
  • English Breakfast
  • Chocolate Mint
  • White Tea
  • Green Tea
  • Peppermint
  • Earl Grey
  • Sweet Dreams
New teas:
  • PG Tips Black Tea -- LOVE, LOVE, LOVE
  • Bigelow Benefits: Cinnamon & Blackberry Herbal Tea -- Love

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Lisa Holloway 7:37 PM  

Cinnamon and blackberry herbal tea sounds delicious! Perfect for fall!

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