Happy 3rd Birthday!

the office party hard GIF

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!!!

National Book Lovers Day

image

It’s National Book Lovers Day!

It’s our day!

I mean for us book lovers, every day is book lovers day. But it’s nice to have a day set aside just for us.

So while we’re reading our books underneath our favorite tree or snuggled up in bed (with of course a cup of tea), let us take time to read some quotes that show why we all love books so much (not that we need anymore reasons):

“We live for books.” – Umberto Eco

“When the Day of Judgement dawns and people, great and small, come marching in to receive their heavenly rewards, the Almighty will gaze upon the mere bookworms and say to Peter, ‘Look, these need no reward. We have nothing to give them. They have loved reading.’ ” – Virginia Woolf

“Give me a man or woman who has read a thousand books and you give me an interesting companion. Give me a man or woman who has read perhaps three and you give me a very dangerous enemy indeed.” Ann Rice

“Some like to believe it’s the book that chooses the person.” – Carlos Luis Zafron

“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” – Frederick Douglass

“A book, too, can be a star a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe.” – Madeline L’Engle

“That I can read and be happy while I am reading, is a great blessing.” – Anthony Trollope

“There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.” – Joseph Brodsky

“The world was hers for the reading.” – Betty Smith

“Many people, myself among them, feel better at the mere sight of a book.” – Jane Smiley

I can’t remember a time in my life when I didn’t love books. There is no other activity that gives me great pleasure and just makes me feel one with the world. Some might say that I’m a nerd or closed off from the world. But I’m not closed off. In fact, I’m a traveler. I have traveled to so many places and universes that only became possible because of my love of reading.

Happy National Book Lovers Day!

Now back to our regular reading schedule program…

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.

reading

Weekly Tea Discussions Have Their Own Page!

Books_Cups_Grass_Tea_Cup

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!

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

Top Ten Tuesdays

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.

20983362

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

16068905

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.

194378

4. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle

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

19542841

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.

853510

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!

17927395

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.

26025580

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.

229438

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?