My week in books and tea 2.16.19

Welcome to this week’s installment (just a few days late)! I feel like I had a pretty good week, finished up a few reviews and I shared my thoughts on a tea subscription box I received. Check it out here.

What I finished reading this week

I Owe You One
by Sophie Kinsella

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review. I needed an easy filler book this week but this one was filled…with eye rolls and was *almost* a DNF. Fixie, yes that’s the main character’s name (her real name is Fawn) feels impelled to fix things for others. That should have been my first clue. A character name Fixie. Strike 1.

She has some self esteem issues and is infatuated with a guy she’s known her whole life who happens to be a selfish jerk. Strike 2. More eye rolling especially after their hook up relationship, very clichΓ©. Strike 3.

I Owe You One + Melted Chocolate Black Tea

Now You See Her
by James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge

I can’t rate this book, it was a sensational mess, a series of overdone coincidences. It’s been a while since I’ve read James Patterson but this one made me want to throw everyone of them on my shelf in the trash. The audio was quick because a friend wanted to buddy read something “lighter” we both could get from our library at the same time. And OMG, the “suspense” music? More eye rolling as I’m ready to forget how bad this book was.

The Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man
by James Weldon Johnson

Finally a book with no eye rolling! This one from my shelf has been waiting patiently for a few years for me to read. Johnson’s fictional account of an unnamed narrator, a black man who’s fair enough to “pass” whom relates how he found out he was a black one day at school as a boy, his gradual and fast growing pride of being a man of color, and later his decision to make a difference for the people of his race. Until he didn’t. I enjoyed this book because sometimes the decisions a person makes aren’t always for the reasons we think. Food for thought for Black History Month.

The Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man + Blackened Heart Tea

A Tree Grows In Brooklyn
by Betty Smith

Francie Nolan is now one of my favorite characters. I wanted to keep with the buddy read schedule but after those 2 eye rolling books this week, I really needed a good book. There is so much I feel like I can relate to her about but I’ll tell you more later. Getting to know Francie and her family, her love for reading and writing coupled with her strong determination not to give up in the face of hardship. This book is one I’m sure I’ll read again.

What I have been drinking

β˜• The Cup: Jasmine Rose | πŸƒ Tea Type: White Tea | βœ‰ From: ZenTea Tea House

This fragrant, delicate and delicious tea has a delightful subtle taste of Jasmine and rose. Perfect tea for any time of day but one of my favorite teas for the evening.

Who said the second steep is better than the first? That would be me. Yes, steep this twice (even three times) and have a flavor competition with your palate deciding which steep you like best.

β˜• The Cup: Rooibos Chai | πŸƒ Tea Type: Rooibos (Herbal) | βœ‰ From: Harney & Sons Tea

Caffeine free chai inspired blend? Yes please. This is a good tea especially if you are caffeine sensitive (or not). Enjoy this red bush blend with some spices that please the palate. One of my favorite ways to punch this tea up is by adding a stick of cinnamon.

What I’m Currently Reading

Roots by Alex Haley – Week 2 of buddy reading this with Melanie @ Grab the Lapels, Ch 21-40. Click through to the chapters to follow our discussion. Kunta receives his manhood training and when he returns home we find him and his family getting accustomed to the changes in their familial relationship as he matures, facing adolescence, taking on more responsibility. Kunta becomes more introspective, observes a village council session and although I knew it would happen, Kunta is kidnapped and captured by slave traders and the toubob.

Roots + Rooibos Chai

What I’m planning to read

I need something to help me cope with the heavy reading of Roots. I am glad I’m reading the book but this week’s reading has taken a toil on my emotions. Here are some potential reads for this week:

  • Annie John by Jamaica Kincaid
  • Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
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    12 thoughts on “My week in books and tea 2.16.19

      1. Thanks Laila. After a busy long weekend I didn’t get to read much outside of Roots so hopefully I can start Anne soon. I’ve never read it and I know so many people love her and the series.

        Glad the eye-rolling books were fun to read about too. I’m glad I included them. I like to understand people’s feelings about books because we all won’t like or enjoy the same thing.

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    1. Your description of The Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man reminds me a little of Passing by Nella Larsen. It’s a fantastic book written in the 1920s about a black woman living in Harlem and the turn her life takes when she meets an old friend who was light-skinned enough to pass as a white woman.

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      1. Yes! I read that last year and reviewed it here on the blog. It was very good although a few people mentioned her other book Quicksand, have you read that?

        I have a few other books on passing (one nonfiction) I hope to read soon!

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        1. Don’t worry about I completely understand! I don’t even have a copy of it myself although I might pick it up at the library unless I run across a copy at one of my second hand bookstores. πŸ˜†

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    2. I think I took the wrong direction and am reading three heavy books right now. *sigh* Not only is Roots heavy, but I’m reading Writing My Wrongs, a memoir by former inmate Shaka Senghor, and Magic’s Pawn…..which I’ve read before, but I forgot that everyone dies and suffers, like, right away. Fortunately, I’m still reading Night of the Living Trekkies to my husband, and that one’s funny (though also lots of death).


      1. Let me assure you I didn’t mean we should read it soon. πŸ˜‰ Let’s allow ourselves some time to process what we are taking in. Roots is very heavy right now and I’m considering a children’s classic after I finish this week’s reading to help me step into another mental reading space for a few moments

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