Saturday, January 26, 2019

January Share-a-Tea Check-In

Carl Thomsen, A Sunday Afternoon
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 from a past or current read?
What teas have you enjoyed this month?

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What are you currently reading for the challenge?
I almost always read the Bible for one of my tea times. The other tea time I read whatever is handy. Last night I started Through Gates of Splendor by Elisabeth Elliot.

Have you finished any books for this challenge this month?
YES.

1. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: The Poetry of Mister Rogers. Illustrated by Luke Flowers. 2019. [March] Quirk. 144 pages. [Source: Review copy]
2. Into the Jungle: Stories for Mowgli. Katherine Rundell. Illustrated by Kristjana S. Williams. 2018. 240 pages. [Source: Library]
3. Tisha: The Wonderful True Love Story of a Young Teacher in the Alaskan Wilderness. As told to Robert Specht. 1976. 342 pages. [Source: Bought]
4.  A Garden in Paris. Stephanie Grace Whitson. 2005. 285 pages. [Source: Bought]
5. Ivanhoe. Walter Scott. 1819. 544 pages. [Source: Bought]
6. The Murder of Patience Brooke. (Charles Dickens Investigations #1)  J.C. Briggs. 2018. Sapere Books. 290 pages. [Source: Review copy]
7. Together Forever (Orphan Train #2) Jody Hedlund. 2018. Bethany House. 343 pages. [Source: Library]
8. The Black Moth. Georgette Heyer. 1921/2009. Sourcebooks. 355 pages. [Source: Review Copy]
9. Not God Enough: Why Your Small God Leads to Big Problems. J.D. Greear. 2018. Zondervan. 237 pages. [Source: Review copy]10.
11. Winnie's Great War. Lindsay Mattick and Josh Greenhut. Illustrated by Sophie Blackall. 2018. Little, Brown. 244 pages. [Source: Library]
12. The Plot Against America. Philip Roth. 2004. 391 pages. [Source: Library]
13. Evelina. Fanny Burney. 1778. 455 pages. [Source: Bought]
14. When We Were Very Young. A.A. Milne. 1924. 100 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
15. Now We Are Six. A.A. Milne. 1927. 102 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
16. Winnie the Pooh. A.A. Milne. Illustrated by Ernest H. Shepard. 1926. 163 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
17.What Is Given From the Heart. Patricia C. McKissack. Illustrated by April Harrison. 2019 [January]. 32 pages. [Source: Library] 
18. Death in the Stocks. Inspectors Hannasyde & Hemingway #1) Georgette Heyer. 1935/2019. Sourcebooks. 384 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
19 Abridged Classics: Brief Summaries of Books You Were Supposed to Read But Probably Didn't. 2018. 160 pages. [Source: Library] 

Is there a book you're looking forward to starting next month?
Yes. I hope to read Shirley by Charlotte Bronte and Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen. Also finishing up Three Men in A Boat by Jerome K. Jerome.

Favorite quotes:
"When you wake up in the morning, Pooh," said Piglet at last, "what's the first thing you say to yourself?" "What's for breakfast?" said Pooh. "What do you say, Piglet?" "I say, I wonder what's going to happen exciting today?" said Piglet. Pooh nodded thoughfully. "It's the same thing," he said. ~ A.A. Milne
Love is fragile as your tears.
Love is stronger than your fears.
When your heart can sing another's gladness
Then your heart is full of love.
When your heart can cry another's sadness
Then your heart is full of love. ~ Fred Rogers
She does not, beautiful as she is, seize the soul by surprise, but, with more dangerous fascination, she steals it almost imperceptibly. ~ Fanny Burney
January Teas
  • Green
  • Perfect Peach
  • PG Tips
  • White Tea
  • Peppermint
  • Peppermint Bark
  • I Love Lemon
  • Wild Raspberry Hibiscus
  • Earl Grey Jasmine
  • Camomile
  • Candy Cane Lane
  • Honey Vanilla Camomile
  • Meyer Lemon
  • Black Cherry Berry
  • Cranberry Vanilla Wonderland

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2 comments:

Karen Witemeyer 10:17 AM  

I'm excited to report that I completed 3 books this month. Yay! One of the three was The Lieutenant's Bargain by Regina Jennings. It was a lighthearted romp that nevertheless dealt with some key social issues of the time. I would recommend it to readers who enjoy Christian historical romance.

Oh, and I'm still sticking with my black with honey. I'm not very adventurous when it comes to tea. I save my adventuring for my reading. :-)

Becky 11:14 AM  

Karen, well adventuring with tea is tricky. You are definitely taking a chance buying a box of tea with twenty tea bags and you don't know if you will love, love, love it or HATE it. If I don't like it, I try to pass along the box to other tea lovers in my life so that it's not wasted. Usually I'll find a taker who actually likes it :)

I've been meaning to try Regina Jennings.

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