Last year,Last year what I thought was a completely do-able reading challenge with one book a month, each month outside my normal mono-focus on the mystery genre. I actually got going in January by reading a book made into a movie, The Giver, which I liked. I noted it on goodreads.com Then I lost the will to persevere. I did read a lot, a whole lot, of books but they were either in my favorite category or something that captured my fancy. In this respect, it was a great year. I refuse to feel like a failure, after all, I am reading and enjoying stories.
This year, 2017, I found several reading challenges that sound do-able. The first one I’m going to write about is run by Becky from Becky’s Book Reviews and is called the Share-a-Tea Reading challenge. The rules are few and simple: drink tea, read books, and share. No minimums or standards to achieve. I think I’ve already achieved two of the three.
I’ve already read three books, although the first one was started at the end of 2016. They are:
- Brownies and Broomsticks by Bailey Cates, a really cute cozy mystery about a young woman, a baker, who moves to Georgia to help her aunt and uncle run their bakery. This first in a series tells us of her discoveries: she’s from a long line of hereditary hedge witches; and there’s a dead body.
- I also read The Taking of Libbie, SD by David Handler. The next in a series about a former cop who is now a millionaire. He is kidnapped by bounty hunters due to a mistaken identity. Once the identity problem is resolved, he investigates. I adore this series.
- And then I read the marvelous The Great Reckoning by Louise Penny, one of my favorite authors. She writes so lyrically about the human condition and the effects of history, corruption, art, literature on people’s thoughts, actions, and their souls.
And the teas I drank, to name a few, since I drink tea all day long! My fitness program incorporates at least a gallon of liquid a day, which for me is mostly tea.I was on vacation…
- Mate Chai by Citizen Tea
- Double Chocolate Mate by The Republic of Tea
- Matevana by Teavana, which they don’t make any more, to my great sorrow. Fortunately I discovered Citizen Tea!
- and probably others, I can’t think of. I drink iced tea most of the day, though it’s just decaffeinated made from a mix (see I didn’t even apologize for that incredible gaffe in front of aficionados). As always, I bravely live my life out-loud whether I intend to or not.
May your day and days be filled with refreshing beverages of all types and stories that delight you!