America’s Favorite Book Is…

To Kill A Mockinging Bird by Harper Lee has been voted as America #1 best-loved book.

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My Top Picks for The Great American Read

I have been talking about The Great American Read here on cup of tea with that book, please, ever since its launch. I have encouraged all of you to vote everyday and watch the amazing TV episodes that have aired. But now as voting ends tonight and the grand finale airs in a couple of days, I realized I never told you what my picks are. There were just so many great books to choose from but I think I managed to narrow it down to at least 10: Continue reading “My Top Picks for The Great American Read”

Top 10 Books Leading The Great American Read

With 3.8 million votes cast, The Great American Read is still anyone’s game. But with ONE more week left until the winner is revealed, the time to cast your vote for your favorite.

As the votes are being counted, PBS has given us a sneak peek of the top 10 books that are in the lead:

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Cup of Tea on Perennials Podcast

A couple of months back, I had a great opportunity and a wonderful time being on my friend’s podcast, Perennialsa self-help podcast about what it really means to grow up and the struggles of leading a good life. Continue reading “Cup of Tea on Perennials Podcast”

Top 40 Books in The Great American Read

The Great American Read, the PBS campaign to find America’s favorite book, has just reached a milestone. Today, they are celebrating 2 MILLION VOTES! A lot of people are really active in the search of America’s favorite novel! Continue reading “Top 40 Books in The Great American Read”

10 Books With Great Teachers

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! Whether you are a teacher who needs to regenerate and a reminder of why you are so important or a reader who wants to remember the inspirational teachers that made an impact in their lives, here are ten great books that perfectly portray why teachers deserve a whole week to themselves:

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Platonic Love: Ten Friendships Best Display In Books

February may be considered as the most romantic month of the year. But people tend to fail to recognize the one love that tend to last longer than most romantic relationships: friendship.

Celebrating friendship may not line the pockets of many businesses and retailers, but it is a worthy relationship that should be celebrated. Having meaningful friendships is not only a joy, but a huge benefit to our health. After all, boyfriends and girlfriends come and go, but friends are for life. So since Valentine’s Day is so near, instead of focusing on the most romantic relationships, why not highlight the great friendships literature has given us? No need to be on the edge of your seat for these relationships. These always end with a happy ending: Continue reading “Platonic Love: Ten Friendships Best Display In Books”

Ten Introverts in Literature

As an introvert, I know sometimes I feel like I am the only one in the world who likes to spend time alone or who is just naturally observant about the world around them. Well, we are not alone. Introverts are more prominent more than ever. In fact, they are even depicted in one of our favorite pastimes. So here are some great characters who I believe any introverted reader will feel connected to: Continue reading “Ten Introverts in Literature”

BritBox…An Anglophile’s Dream Come True

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Not only am I a fan of British Literature, I am a huge fan of British TV shows. I always take the chance to watch (or rewatch) any shows that come from across the pond. That’s why I was ecstatic when I found about BritBox, a new streaming venture, created by the BBC and ITV, that consists of a large catalog of TV shows from these networks for US customers. For $6.99 a month, you’ll be able to watch classic episodes like Doctor Who and Fawlty Towers and modern/current episodes like EastEnders and Coronation Street. You will find hours of entertainment with this great streaming service!

And BritBox even has something for book lovers! Their video library consists of great TV shows that were adapted from books. Because honestly, who does a great literary adaptation, other than the British? Here are some great examples:

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Strength in Words: Book Quotes For Women’s History Month

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As Women’s History Month comes to a close, let us remember that the fight for equal rights for women is a daily battle and remembering the great women who made a mark in history is not something that should be done for one day, let alone an entire month. We should never forget the contributions these women make. And what better way to recognize them all year round with inspiring words we hear from amazing women or quotes that demonstrate the importance of women in society.   Maybe your favorite made the list…

“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”

Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

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“Women have served all these centuries as looking glasses possessing the magic and delicious power of reflecting the figure of man at twice its natural size.”
Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own

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