Reading Ghost Stories: A Christmas Tradition

While ghost stories are primarily connected with Halloween, reading ghost stories on Christmas is a tradition that goes back to Victorian times. Of course, there is the famous Christmas ghost story of them all, A Christmas Story by Charles Dickens, but other classic authors, such as Elizabeth Gaskell and Wilkie Collins, would take the time to write a ghostly tale during the Christmas season,. People would gather by the roaring fire and read ghostly tales that would bring a different chill down their spine.

So if you are interested in upkeeping in this unique but joyous tradition but don’t know which ghost stories to start with, here are some ghostly tales that will help ring in the Christmas season in Victorian style:

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Holiday Reads: December 4, 2020

There is no better gift than the gift of reading.

More than ever, we need heartwarming and uplifting stories this year. So similar to what was done in December, visit here every Friday and view some great book recommendations to get a jumpstart on your holiday reading:

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National Tea Day: Books Paired With the Perfect Brew

Today is National Tea Day in the United Kingdom and right now, more than ever, we need to celebrate this soothing beverage, since it is one of the few things that is getting us through this crisis. Continue reading “National Tea Day: Books Paired With the Perfect Brew”

Literary Hugs: 10 Classics That Will Give You The Hug You Need

Are you need of a hug? It may not be the same but why not take a “literary” hug? Reading can provide comfort to anyone, particularly in stressful times. We may not be able to have that human interaction that we yearn for, but there some books that will give you that heartwarming distraction. So if you are looking for that perfect book that will leave you warm all over, here are 10 classics that you should immediately get started on:

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If You Loved Little Women, Then Read These

The movie Little Women is taking audiences by storm. Most of them are now discovering (or rediscovering) the real beauty of this great novel. If you love the book as much as I do and you are looking for more like it, here are some great reading selections that will help you get started:

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Books to Read This Month: December Edition

The end of the year has finally come upon us! It feels like 2019 just started. Let’s end the year with a bang with some great new releases! From highly anticapted sequels to historical romances, you will have your Christmas shopping list complete, for friends and family and for yourself:

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A Year in Books: 2018

And another year of reading passes on by…

2018 turned out to be a great year for books. Not only did I manage to start a book club but I also managed to read books outside my comfort zone, which turned out to be not a bad experience.  Most of the books read this year took me on exciting new adventures while others left me at a dead-end. Unfortunately, I was unable to complete my own reading challenge but that didn’t stop me from not only reaching my reading goal of 70 books, but also reading a diverse collection of books. Overall, my books of 2018 encouraged me to read more and get excited for what my choices will be in 2019. Continue reading “A Year in Books: 2018”

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”