Category: Books

Beautiful Writing, Cringe-Worthy Plot | Dark Companion by Marta Acosta

Warning: this post contains spoilers. Dark Companion by Marta Acosta is book #2 in my READ ALL THE LIBRARY BOOKS challenge, and like my initial reaction to Sign Language by Amy Ackley, when I pulled Dark Companion from the shelf, I was once again… Continue Reading “Beautiful Writing, Cringe-Worthy Plot | Dark Companion by Marta Acosta”

This is the Book I Didn’t Know I Needed to Read | Sign Language by Amy Ackley

Sign Language by Amy Ackley is the first novel I read that is apart of the Read All the Library Books challenge I set for myself a few weeks ago. It was the novel to set the tone for this process, and the moment… Continue Reading “This is the Book I Didn’t Know I Needed to Read | Sign Language by Amy Ackley”

#NonFictionalFoods | Signs and Seasons: an Astrology Cookbook

If you asked me if I believed in astrology and horoscopes, I’d tell you I was a skeptic. But, I’d also tell you that I kind of embody many of the traits of the Leo– I’m arrogant, I’m stubborn, I’m an idealist, I’m a… Continue Reading “#NonFictionalFoods | Signs and Seasons: an Astrology Cookbook”

This Novel Made Me Feel Squidgy in the Best Possible Way | I Found You by Lisa Jewell

I had a difficult time immersing myself in I Found You by Lisa Jewell, and I’m not entirely sure why. This novel had many characteristic that I appreciate. It was atmospheric. The writing was beautiful. It involved a mystery that I desperately wanted to solve.… Continue Reading “This Novel Made Me Feel Squidgy in the Best Possible Way | I Found You by Lisa Jewell”

I Am Going to Read Every Book in the YA Section of My Library.

In March, I had an absurd idea. I decided I should attempt to read every book available in the young adult section of my local library from A to Z. That is to say, I intend to read the books in the order they… Continue Reading “I Am Going to Read Every Book in the YA Section of My Library.”

That One Time I Reviewed a Short Story Collection |By the Wayside by Anne Leigh Parrish

I like short stories. I really do, although I don’t feature them often on Books & Tea. I have admiration for them because I think short stories require writers to have a certain talent that novel-writing doesn’t. Characterization, scene selection, and word choice become… Continue Reading “That One Time I Reviewed a Short Story Collection |By the Wayside by Anne Leigh Parrish”

A Historical Whodunnit in the Vaudeville Era|The Illusionist’s Apprentice by Kristy Cambron

The Enemies of Versailles by Sally Christie is such a tough act to follow. Especially if the next book that is picked up is also of the historical fiction variety. How could anything even compare to a book that I’ve anticipated reading for months?… Continue Reading “A Historical Whodunnit in the Vaudeville Era|The Illusionist’s Apprentice by Kristy Cambron”

In Which I Over Share About My Lack of Friends | The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares

Following my recent re-read of Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison, I decided to check out another book from my teenager days– the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares. To be completely honest, I only sort of vaguely remember this… Continue Reading “In Which I Over Share About My Lack of Friends | The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares”

I Had Good Reason to Feel Nervous About Starting This Book | Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris

About a month after publishing a blog post about how I was nervous to start reading Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse #1) by Charlaine Harris, a reader pointed out that a fair amount of time had passed and I still hadn’t written a review… Continue Reading “I Had Good Reason to Feel Nervous About Starting This Book | Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris”

Saving the Best for Last | The Enemies of Versailles by Sally Christie

Pardon me. I’m just feeling a bit emotional right now. I’ve officially finished the Mistresses of Versailles series by Sally Christie. Now when book bloggers write discussion posts about series, I can brag that I’ve read THREE series from start to finish and then… Continue Reading “Saving the Best for Last | The Enemies of Versailles by Sally Christie”