Saturday, October 28, 2017

Share-a-Tea October 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 for the challenge:

The New Testament in the Language of the People. Charles B. Williams 1937. 572 pages. [Source: Bought]

The Austen Escape. Katherine Reay. 2017. Thomas Nelson. 320 pages. [Source: Review copy]

What I have finished for the challenge this past month:

Adam Bede. George Eliot. 1859. 624 pages. [Source: Bought] (Becky's Book Reviews)
Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge. Mem Fox. Illustrated by Julie Vivas. 1984/1985. Kane/Miller. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
Dollmaker of Krakow. R.M. Romero. 2017. 336 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Pop-Up Shakespeare. The Reduced Shakespeare Co. Illustrated by Jennie Maizels. 2017. Candlewick. 64 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Holy Bible: Revised English Bible. 1989/1996. Cambridge. 1264 pages. [Source: Bought]
Martin Luther: The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World. Eric Metals. 2017. Viking. 416 pages. [Source: Borrowed from friend]
 Uncomfortable. Brett McCracken. 2017. Crossway. 224 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Adam Bede. George Eliot. 1859. 624 pages. [Source: Bought] (Operation Actually Read Bible)


What I'm Looking forward to starting:
Haven't decided...yet!

My favorite quotes:
  • Weaknesses and errors must be forgiven—alas! they are not alien to us. ~ George Eliot
  • We may determine not to gather any cherries and keep our hands sturdily in our pockets, but we can't prevent our mouths from watering. ~ George Eliot
  • A man can never do anything at variance with his own nature. He carries within him the germ of his most exceptional action; and if we wise people make eminent fools of ourselves on any particular occasion, we must endure the legitimate conclusion that we carry a few grains of folly to our ounce of wisdom. ~ George Eliot
  • Sleep comes to the perplexed—if the perplexed are only weary enough. ~ George Eliot
  • Pity that consequences are determined not by excuses but by actions! ~ George Eliot
  • The beginning of hardship is like the first taste of bitter food—it seems for a moment unbearable; yet, if there is nothing else to satisfy our hunger, we take another bite and find it possible to go on. ~ George EliotExamine your words well, and you will find that even when you have no motive to be false, it is a very hard thing to say the exact truth, even about your own immediate feelings—much harder than to say something fine about them which is NOT the exact truth. ~ George Eliot

This month's teas:
  • PG Tips Black Tea
  • Earl Grey
  • Black Cherry Berry
  • Green
  • English Breakfast
  • Peppermint
  • Candy Cane Lane
  • Sweet Harvest Pumpkin
  • Cranberry Vanilla Wonderland
  • Chocolate Mint

New teas:
  • Stash's Pomegranate Raspberry Green Tea (LOVE)
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I am interested in reviewing books and audio books. This blog focuses on books written for middle grade on up (essentially 10 to a 110). I review middle grade fiction and young adult fiction (aka tween and teen).

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I read in a variety of genres including realistic fiction, historical fiction, mystery, romance, science fiction, fantasy, literary fiction, and chick lit. (I've read one western to date.)

I read a few poetry books, a few short story collections, a few graphic novels, a few nonfiction books.

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  • Regency romances (including Austen prequels/sequels)
  • Historical fiction set in the Tudor dynasty
  • Historical fiction and nonfiction set during World War II
  • Jewish fiction/nonfiction
  • dystopias
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  • fantasy
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  • horse books
  • dog books if the dog dies (same goes with most pets actually except maybe fish)
  • westerns (if it's a pioneer story with women and children, then maybe)
  • extremely violent books with blood, blood, and more blood

I am more interested in strong characters, well-written, fleshed-out, human characters. Plot is secondary to me in a way. I have to care about the characters in order to care about the plot. That being said, compelling storytelling is something that I love. I love to become absorbed in what I'm reading.

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