An excited hello to everyone! It’s nice to be back this week for books and tea! Admittedly there will be more talk about tea than books since the last few weeks have been busy but incredibly wonderful. Having friends in town meant a lot of activities outside of reading and the blog, but that’s perfectly okay.
Having friends in town also meant getting together with friends here at home so it was like a big family reunion. A lot of hugs and love, laughter and joy. I wouldn’t trade our time together for anything. Remember, the crafTEA project from a few weeks ago? Friends give the gift of tea so I shared a lot of tea and had some tea time with my friends. No, I didn’t have a full on tea party, but I’m working on some ideas for summer tea time.
I’m looking forward to the long weekend to relax and catch up on my reading. I’ll tell you about a few weekend shenanigans and some ideas I steeped up since I didn’t read much.
What I’m reading
The Count of Monte Cristo for #monteinmay19 readalong. I’m just a bit behind for the second discussion happening this weekend. I read a few chapters on Thursday and was a wee bit confused about Franz and Albert. I read a chapter summary online and figured out they are related to a few of the characters Dantès is looking for as he seeks (plans) revenge on those who unjustly wronged him in the past.
I’ll visit young Sandy in Not Without Laughter by Langston Hughes, because I’m curious about what’s going to happen to him and his aunt Harriet. Because she was in trouble and not allowed to go out, she’s babysitting Sandy, but when her boyfriend shows up to take her out when her mother is called away to help a sick neighbor, she drags Sandy out with her. It’s early the the next morning by the time they return home. Aunt Hager (her mother), is sleeping on the porch with a bundle of switches. Let’s just say, I think she’s gonna get it.
I’m excited about a new book, The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins. Thank you to publisher Harper Books for the free review copy. My plans include immersing myself in these books with a large pitcher of cold brewed tea.
What I have been drinking
☕️ The Cup: | 🍃 Tea Type: White Tea | ✉️ From: Korea
A friend went to Korea and brought me back some tea. This tea was in the shape of a small compressed cake form (I should have taken a picture – so sorry) but after several steeps it gets better. An earthy flavor was quite a surprise, since I tend to find that flavor profile in puerh and oolong. Tasting something new every day almost. I love the tea experience.
Tea & Books: This is the view of tea with a friend one evening. She came over and we enjoyed tea and easy, comfortable conversation. We talked for hours about all sorts of stuff and remembered why we are such good friends. She enjoys tea and is a lover of books so we have a lot in common. Would you laugh if I told you we talked about some of our childhood memories centered around reading? One of which included being reprimanded by our mothers to put our books down because we always had our noses (faces) stuck in one. But when others would praise our mothers for having smart daughters, they would beam with pride? We also had fond memories of Reader’s Digest. My grandmother subscribed to Reader’s Digest and I remember reading a lot of interesting things in them. What kid reads them? My friend read them too! My grandmother ordered this book I’ve kept for years because I can’t give it away. When I showed it to my friend, that sparked anothet conversation and we spent a lot of time looking through this book, Atlas of America. I think my grandmother got it for me when I graduated from high school. My friend said it would be fun to see how things compare from this book to now!
I also have an anthology called Great Short Stories of the World from Reader’s Digest that I’m thinking of spending time with because there are several authors I’ve read but didn’t realize they had short stories too! I miss Readers Digest and think I might need to start reading them again.
In Food: I love Vietnamese food. I could easily eat it everyday, well, just about everyday. So when a couple friends suggested we have lunch today, I couldn’t have been more thrilled when they suggested Vietnamese. This vermicelli dish with fresh juliened veggies and grilled pork was tasty.
Making Plans: Is it too early to prepare for the year 2020? When I see it in print or say it out loud, I can’t help but think of the TV show, lol. But really, I’ve been bullet journaling for the last few years and I love it. The flexibility, the way it helps me keep myself organized. There is nothing like pen to paper for me and I have readily welcomed the analog method back into my life. While I was at TJMaxx, I can hardly pass the journal and stationery section without flipping through a few of them. When I saw this preprinted planner, I thought to myself, it’s gorgeous and affordable, and I believe will fit my needs for the coming year. I’m still trying to decide if I’ll get a bullet journal for the coming year and make it exclusively about journaling and memories.