Goal for the year: 80 books Current books read: 25 Pages read: 11,044 Am I behind on my Goodreads goal? Yes. Am I really behind on it? Yes. But I’m still going to keep trying! In the meantime, these are the books I have completed this year so far. January This… View Post
Goal for the year: 80 books Current books read: 5 Pages read: 2974 This year is the year! The year I read 80 books! Last year, I read more than I ever have before in the space of a year, with a total of 70. I’m feeling so excited and ready… View Post
Since around 2010, I have been diligently signing myself up for the annual Goodreads reading challenge. This challenge involves choosing a number of books you think you can get through in a year and then trying to complete that many. In the past I’ve either completed it or fallen just… View Post
Recently I got married to my wonderful husband. It was amazing and incredible, and I plan to write about it soon. We had so many great vendors and people who helped us have the most amazing day. We got married in New Zealand, and then jetted off to Europe for… View Post
I just recently read and enjoyed Dan Brown’s latest book, Origin. I noticed that a couple of times I had a bit of awkward guilt when I told people that I enjoy Dan Brown. But after a while, I thought: Why? Why do I care? I’m just going to go… View Post
About 6 months ago a colleague told me about a book club her and her friends and just started. It got me thinking; I’ve never been in a book club, but I’ve always wanted to be a part of one. So why not create one already? I worked in a… View Post
When I originally started this blog many, many years ago, the title was slightly different. It was The Joy of Books and Tea. Which was nice and all, but also a very long name! Especially as I didn’t self host then and was using blogger, so the url was thejoyofbooksandtea.blogspot.com. … View Post
As someone who has been a tea drinker since a relatively young age, I never really thought too much about the specific vessel from which I personally drank my tea. But there have always been people around me, who need to have their tea in specific cups/mugs. – My… View Post
Over the last year, I’ve been trying really hard to try and have less milk in my tea (and coffee for that matter). But it’s actually really hard. As someone who grew up drinking milky tea and coffee, both with sugar, it took me many years to wean myself off of sugar alone. Milk, however, seems to be even harder. Mostly because it really does change the whole taste of the drink. While sugar obviously just adds sweetness to a tea or coffee, milk alters the whole flavour of a tea or coffee. … View Post
I am really, really enjoying this series. I feel like Marcia Clark is in a really great rhythm with them, and they’ve been getting steadily better. I can’t wait to read any others she writes!
While each book in the series has an individual crime that takes place, and they technically could be read as a stand alone, I think it’s to one’s benefit that these books be read in order. … View Post
A few months ago I watched The People Vs OJ Simpson and it was incredible. Seriously, amazing! I was around 4 when the OJ Simpson trial was on, thus I have no memory of it. So for me, the show was incredibly fascinating as I had basically no idea what was going to happen. Boy, was I in for a shock! I was told not to Google anything, as I notoriously spoil things for myself regularly – without meaning to! And this made all the difference. I was in for shock after shock.… View Post
The plan for me most years is to try and read around 52 books. I’ve yet to fully make it, but often come quite close, generally around the 45-48 mark. Once I made it to 50, which was painfully close.
This year, however, I know several people attempting to make 52, which has given me added desire to try and make it as well.… View Post
This year has been a bit of a weird one, with good and not-so-good things happening. This has definitely had an impact on my reading, especially during those not-so-great times. I find that I just don’t enjoy reading when I’m sad, as either I don’t want to read a great book and risk having memories of sad things impacting it forever onwards. Or, I’ll read some average/bad books and I won’t enjoy them, which doesn’t help my mood.… View Post
My reading for 2016 started pretty well. I read six books that I really enjoyed, the last two of which were some of the best books I’ve ever read – but more on those in my favourites of 2016 list!
However, these were then immediately followed by a bunch of meh books. And every year, there’s sadly always going to be some books I read that I don’t enjoy or am let down by.… View Post
I’d been wanting to read one of Fiona McIntosh’s historical fiction novels for such a long time, and I finally got around to it! I listened to the audiobook of this, and I have to say:
This was pretty hilariously bad.
Entertaining, sure. And McIntosh has also certainly done her research on the time period; the actual setting was really fun and interesting to read about. But basically, this was just an historical romance novel dressed up to look classier. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love a good historical romance. … View Post
Set in present time and in the near future, Station Eleven looks at the outbreak of a deadly virus that is so contagious, the majority of the population is wiped out very quickly. Only a handful of people survive due to circumstance and the book crosses over between some of the survivors in the new post-Apocalyptic-type world, and people just before the virus outbreak, throwing in some even earlier character background stories. … View Post
Books, Tea, Glee has undergone another radical change. This one seems to be working for me so far, so that’s awesome.
Firstly, I have a new theme from pipdig. Pipdig are seriously the best. They have the best website for browsing and choosing blog templates, include all sorts of cool stuff in these templates such as being able to edit your layout from a phone and tablet perspetive, and have a seriously amazing, extensive list of pages to help with a number of queries. I trawled through these several times and always found the answer I was looking for. … View Post
Ready Player One was such an amazing and exciting novel, and so different from anything I’ve come across before.
Set in 2044, the novel set the scene in a future that is, disturbingly, not too hard to imagine – as we consumed more and more, the effect we had on the planet, its resources and each other became harder for everyone to cope with. Poverty now runs rife in North America as the rich became richer and the poor became poorer. People tried to pack up their belonging and drive their families elsewhere – anywhere – but as petrol became unaffordable, cars and other vehicles were abandoned on highways. As others were no longer able to afford their mortgages, they moved their families into camper vans in trailer parks. This became more and more common, but involved caravan parks running out of space to house everyone, so the concept of stacking the caravan son top of one another came about and it is in these communities, now found everywhere and known as ‘the stacks’, that we meet Wade Watts.… View Post
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl was such an unusual and hilarious book. Told from the main character, Greg Gaines’ perspective, we are given an insight into Greg’s life at high school right from the time he learns that a girl he went to Hebrew School with when he… View Post
I really, really loved this. It’s been a while since I had a book that I just wanted to power though (it was almost painful having to stop to do normal like things like, sleep eat, work, when all I wanted to be doing was reading!) – but this one… View Post