Reading Challenge 2018: How Far I’ve Gotten

Reading Challenge 2018

It’s June already and that means we are halfway through 2018! Before we start basking in the beauty of what is summer, let’s look at how far we made it through our reading challenges! Continue reading “Reading Challenge 2018: How Far I’ve Gotten”

Happy 3rd Birthday!

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Three years ago today, cup of tea with that book please was born!

I want to thank you all for your attention and attraction to my site. Without our passions for books and reading, none of this would be possible!

Thank You!!!

Weekly Tea Discussion: Choosing Hobbies Over Work

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I took a short vacation this past week and a half and although I didn’t leave New York, a nice staycation was just what the doctor ordered. I read, I wrote, I visited places that either were for the first time or a place I haven’t been to in a long time. The past few months I have been extremely stressed and my anxiety being at high measures. This little reprieve allowed me to recharge and get back in the swing of things. 

Continue reading “Weekly Tea Discussion: Choosing Hobbies Over Work”

New Theme, New Look!

Hello fellow Book Lovers!

You may have noticed that the website has changed a little bit. While I did make a couple of changes, don’t fret! You will still get all the great book info you need to get through the day. I just changed the background, added an icon picture, gave the website an actual home page, and much more! Hope you enjoy the new look and look out for new changes coming your way.

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400 Followers!

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Thank you!

I should of made this post before since I made the 400 mark a couple of days ago but anyway I wanted to say thank you for liking my blog so much! I glad a lot of you are interested in what I have to say and the various things I post here and I appreciate it. I not only do this blog for me but for others who can have the information that they need.

So thanks again and I’ll keep posting interesting stories and reviews!

Happy reading!

Weekly Tea Discussions Have Their Own Page!

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Love reading my weekly tea discussions? Well, now you can find them all one one page! You can find all my weekly tea discussions here:

Weekly Tea Discussions

Is there is a topic or a question you would like for me discuss here? You’ll find a contact form at the bottom of the page. Just submit a topic and see if it makes on my blog!

Happy Reading!

Turning 30

Today’s my birthday! As the years went on and the slow trail of turning 30 was slowly approaching, in the back of my mind I thought (and was hoping) that this wouldn’t come. You hear all these stereotypes and advice on what you should have accomplished by the time you are 30. And when you look back on your life and see that you haven’t accomplished those said things, you assume you failed in life. Now, I’m taking back the number 30. Instead of looking back at what I didn’t do, I am looking towards the future and say what I am going to do. So here are 30 things I promise to do for myself:

1. Honesty is importantNo more holding my feelings in. It would be better for me and any relationships I have.

2. Move towards the future. Stop looking back to the past. It happened and there’s nothing to do to change it. All we can do is use it to learn for the future.

3. Try something new. Broaden my horizons

4. Pick up an old skill. Revisit a skill that I did in the past.

5. Fight for a work/life balance. Don’t let our jobs take over our personal lives. We need to know when we need to take a step back and fight for our social life.

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Reading Challenge 2017

It’s that great time of year where we make our reading list and challenge ourselves to read more than we did last year. In 2016, I read 42 books! I read 12 more compared to 2015 so I improved a bit. This year, however, I am going to try to be a little more ambitious: I challenge myself to read a 100 books! By trying to change the outlook of this year, reading more books is a definite must and I think setting this goal will help do that.

So here is my reading list for this year. I only put 30 books but as the months go by, more books we’ll be added.

Want to try doing a reading challenge yourself? Why not try these various reading challenges to start off the New Year right?

Book Riot’s 2017 Read Harder Challenge

2017 POPSUGAR  Reading Challenge

Back to the Classics Challenge, hosted by Books and Chocolate

2017 Diverse Reads Book Challenge, hosted by Mishma of Chasing Faerytales and Shelly of Read.Sleep.Repeat

I also found this interesting article of a young woman choosing to read (and listen) only old things in 2017 and I thought I should share with all of you.

Why I’m Only Listening To And Reading Old Things In 2017

Happy reading!

Top Ten Tuesdays: Best Read Books of 2016

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish. This week’s post is:

Top Ten Best Books Of 2016 (you choose — best books overall of what you read regardless of pub date, of a particular genre, 2016 debuts, 2016 releases, etc).

Well, this is it! 2016 felt like it went on forever. This has been draining year on most of us but if the year showed us anything is that we need to read a lot more. So that is what I did this year and plan to do a lot more of it next year.

I read a total of 42 books this year. Here are the top ten I highly enjoyed this year:

178518851. I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb

There are not enough words in the English language to describe how magnificent this biography was. I discovered so much about the Muslim culture and came out with a better understanding of it. Malala is great inspiration for young girls and her empowering words will give strength for many generations to come. I advise everyone to read this, especially if you loss hope on the uncertainty of what is to come in the coming year.

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2. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

This book was a roller coaster ride with unexpected twists every which way you turn. The time travel was just an added bonus. Can’t wait for the next installment Wayfarer

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3. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

A fun novel not only about fanfiction and writing, but about taking new chances and overcoming your fears. It has all the fun and the silliness you can want in a book.One of the few YA books I highly enjoyed this year.

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4. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle

A great mystery! You can read my full review of it here.

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5. More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

I was definitely touched and heartbroken after reading this amazing novel.I am in awe in how powerful and moving this novel was. And although it was important, acceptance of being gay, it was more than that. It was acceptance of being yourself. A fact all teenagers fight for in their ever-changing lives. This maybe controversial to some but it is definitely a must read.

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6. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

I did not see the ending coming! After reading this I want to read every mystery book by her. She really is the Queen of Mystery!

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7. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

A fun, sexy action-packed fantasy. I thought I would be bored with this series but I have not been disappointed yet. Much better than the first one!

8. Ms. Marvel Series: Vol. 3-5 by G. Willow Wilson

I rarely read comic books. But this is the one series that I automatically pick up when a new one arrives. Although she maybe a superhero with powers, Kamala Khan is the epitome of the everyday girl. She is a shining example of how awesome diverse characters can be in comic books.

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9. The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

A creepy, chilling story that makes you take second look at the people around you. You can read my full review of this short story here.

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10. The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe

Long, but beautifully written. The Mysteries of Udolpho is not your ordinary gothic novel. This gets you involved you into the plot (gradually) and also requires you to think. If you want to read this, set aside a couple of months to get through it.

Honorable Mentions:(Good, but just din’t quite make the cut)

All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

The Rose & the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverts by Susan Cain

The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie

What are the best you books read this year?

On Vacation

Hi, all!

I’ll be on vacation from tomorrow July 30 to August 14. I’ll have very little or no internet access for these two weeks, so that means you’ll see very little updates coming from me. I’ve scheduled my “Quote of the Day” for the next two weeks so don’t fret, you’ll continue to get your daily dose of “bookish”quotes. But, that means there’ll be:

  • No Weekly Tea Discussions (except for this week. I’m going to try to finish it but I can’t make any promises)
  • No Bestsellers List
  • No “Top Ten Tuesdays” (except for one. I am going to schedule the post for a particular topic I want to do)

If you haven’t recently looked at my book review policy, I am not accepting any book review requests until September 1. If you send me an email to review a book after that date, you won’t receive a response until I get back.

No vacation will be complete without any books so of course I’m bringing enough books to keep myself entertained. So expect a boatload of book reviews when I get back!

Happy reading!