Thank you to publishers Scribner Books and Harper Books for the free books featured in this post.
Anyone in a cool climate they can package up and send my way? Humidity and hot temperatures are no fun but thankfully I’m enjoying some good books and tea this week.
What I finished
The Idiot – There’s a lot of subtly in this book, but overall nothing spectacular happens, just life and those moments of realization you have in the everyday. When I read the last sentence of the book , I realized, I felt like Selin.
“When I got back to school in the fall, I changed my major from linguistics and didn’t take any more classes in the philosophy or psychology of language. They had let me down. I hadn’t learned what I wanted to about how language worked. I hadn’t learned anything at all.”
What I’m reading
Utterly besotted with The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelley. This was a title/cover buy. Fiona and Joe, two best friends with the dream of opening their own shop, which of course is to include tea. Their young and ambitious and both work hard to make their dreams a reality although their families are far from well off. I’ve “mashed” (steeped) plenty of tea since this book has consumed the majority of my reading. Set in East London in the Whitechapel district in 1888, the book opens with a brutal murder, by a man who will become known as Jack the Ripper.
East of Eden continues with Week 3’s discussion over on Instagram. Lee is probably one of my favorite characters ever.
“I could be held back just by being needed. Please try not to need me. That’s the worst bait of all to a lonely man.”
Even though I’ve read this book before, I don’t want to leave Lee in the pages of this book again. I find some comfort in knowing I have one more week to read about him and his interactions with the Trask family.
Steep of the week
☕️The Cup: Ginger Peach |🍃Tea Type : Black | ✉️ From: Elmwood Inn Fine Teas
Since I’ve been drinking a lot of iced tea lately, it was nice to switch things up and steep this one stronger but without ice. I relaxed instantly in my chair and read quite a bit as I sipped this delicious tea and immediately steeped again because I couldn’t wait for a cold brew. The peachy flavor makes a Georgia Peach happy and I’m sure would be an ideal as an iced tea too! Thank you Elmwood Teas for this free sample!
I’ve been thinking about adding this section to the weekly post and thought it might be fun to chat about the books I’ve received in the mail.
For Amazon Prime Day, I pre-ordered Colson Whitehead’s new book, The Nickel Boys. I read The Underground Railroad a few years ago and it was one of my favorite. I’ve been thinking of binge reading his books, but after I savor this new one and reread The Underground Railroad with a buddy.
What’s better than books in the mail? Surprise book mail! I have some great book friends, one sent me Madame Bovary (Gustave Flaubert), while another sent a package with Nightingale Wood (Stella Gibbons), The Rainbow (D.H. Lawrence) and The Toll Gate (Georgette Heyer).
I won this reprinted editon F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Tender is the Night in a Goodreads giveaway. I couldn’t believe it since I’ve entered so many times and thought it was never going to happen. I still haven’t read The Great Gatsby!
I’m also excited about Selected Poems of Edith Wharton as a complement to the Seasons by the Book pick this month of Summer. Thank you to the publisher (Scribner) for an opportunity to read this and share something exciting next month about this book. The Dutch House by Ann Patchet and The Survivors by Adam P. Frankel are in my review book stack for fall (Harper Books).
Are any of these books on your radar?
Hand Rolled Ice Cream – Who says I can’t have my tea and eat it too? This afternoon an adventure to a place that serves hand rolled ice cream proved to be just what I needed to beat the heat.
It looked a lot of liquid and I wasn’t sure what to expect.
Just look at that, who would have thought you could do this with ice cream!
I had the Hawaiian that has a base of Thai tea, Peach and I added two toppings, almonds and coconut. Hubby is full of surprises!