Thursday, December 28, 2017

Share-a-Tea December 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?
  • How many books did you read for this challenge throughout the year?
  • What was your favorite book?
  • What was your least favorite book?
  • Did you enjoy this reading challenge? Would you be interested in participating again?
  • What one thing would you change about the challenge?
Currently reading:
KJV Reader's Bible. 2016. Holman Bible Publishers. 1840 pages. [Source: Gift]

Finished this month:
Looking forward to:
    • Frameley Parsonage
    • Emily of New Moon
      Favorite quotes:
      • Any mind that is capable of a real sorrow is capable of good. Harriet Beecher Stowe
      • It is impossible for a person who does no good not to do harm. Harriet Beecher Stowe
      • What is freedom to a nation, but freedom to the individuals in it? Harriet Beecher Stowe
      • My private opinion is, and I hope you agree with me, that we might get on a great deal better than we do, and might be infinitely more agreeable company than we are. Charles Dickens
      • We count by changes and events within us. Not by years. Charles Dickens
      • Life, any life, is very short. But if you've managed to be happy for at least an instant, it will have been worth living. Antonio Iturbe
      • A book is like a trapdoor that leads to a secret attic; You can open it and go inside. And your world is different. Antonio Iturbe
       This month's teas:
      • PG Tips Black Tea
      • Earl Grey
      • Green Tea
      • English Breakfast
      • Peppermint
      • Candy Cane Lane
      • Lady Grey

      New Teas:
      • Sleepy Time Peach
      • Buttermint
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