The Tea Rose

I found this book by happenstance. It is so hypnotizing that I am going to give it a permanent home on the book shelf!

I have mentioned before that I am a happy fluff, light reading kind of fiction girl.  Well this book proved you should go outside your comfort genre and try something new.

The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly, is a novel filled with suspense, murder & star crossed love & was quite the page turner!
This book had me reading until my eyes blurred at night and then reaching for it with my first morning sips of tea.

The setting- East London, not the richy well dressed London, but the hardworking yet close to poverty side in 1888.

Fionna, a hardworking tea packer has a dream. One she shares with life long love Joe. They will leave this place of despair one day and make it on their own.  They save to open up their own shop one day.

Tragedy strikes and Fionna knows she must leave all she has known behind for survivals sake.

I want to tell you more...but that would take away the thrill of reading it yourself!   I will say there is a smattering of language, some gore and sensuality. Nothing that I thought was cringe worthy but everyone has their own levels of tolerance.

The Tea Rose has many twists and turns and will leave you breathless and reading every spare moment you can! 
Get a copy of this book today!!

A favorite line from chapter 24-

~ Fionna found life's trials easier to bear with a strong cup of tea in hand.


Tea Leaf Beginnings

What is your favorite type of tea?

Is it a Green Tea, Black Tea or perhaps an Oolong? It doesn't matter which kind you sip, it all stems from one plant!

I know- it boggled my mind too! I thought for sure there were dozens of tea plants!

How do so many variations of tea come from one plant?  

Well, I'm not a botanist so my answer is simple.

All tea leaves come from a plant called Camellia sinensis, which is indigenous to China and India. But is grown all over the world. 
I wonder if it could be a house plant?  Hmmm, something to read up on!

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The leaves are harvested and left to oxidize.
It is the level of oxidation that determines what type of tea the leaves will become.  

To produce a black tea, the leaves are fully oxidized and would then deliver a darker brew & higher caffeine content than say a green tea.

This is my simple synopsis of tea leaf beginnings. Really, no matter which leaves you choose to brew, you really can't go wrong!


Summer at Tiffany

Summer is drawing to a close.  But if you have time to fit in one more book of summer time reading, this is a great pick!

Do you remember the best summer of your life?

Grab this book & get ready for a great poolside read!

The setting is New York City, 1945.  A time of Gershwin, Glenn Miller, WWII, and white glove glamor all around. 

Marjorie and her best friend Marty are wholesome gals from Iowa, on a summer trip to the Big Apple.
They search for employment in all the big name department stores with no luck. The girls don't give up and they become pages at Tiffany & Co., the first women ever on the sales floor!

However the girls didn't travel all that way for just work!  There were plenty of fun adventures as they take in all that NYC has to offer.  Including nights primping with Kreml, Jergens and Max Factor before going out on the town with midshipmen.

Sip from a tall glass of lemonade, just like Marjorie and Marty did in chapter 7. :)

This charming story will have you creating Big Band playlists as you travel back in time to 1945.

Favorite Quotes from the book:

~ "Isn't it amazing, no matter how tired you are- music always gives you a lift."

~ "Money may not buy happiness, but it sure takes you shopping."


Civil War Wives

This title is from my Annual Book List.
I had heard so much about the men of the Civil War but knew next to nothing of the women and their experiences. This book helped rectify that.

Sitting down with a glass of iced tea to sip, I expected a historical tome, but was pleasantly surprised with its easy reading style & I felt pulled into each woman's life and experiences.

Civil War Wives tells about the lives and times of Angelina Grimke Weld,  Varina Howell Davis & Julia Dent Grant.

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For Civil War buffs, two of those names are ringing bells already.  V. Davis was the President of the Confederacy's wife and J. Grant is none other than General and future President Grant's wife.
These were the two stories that captured me the most.

Both fascinating women with night and day personalities and upbringings. But both would go on to be wife to powerful, influential men at an impactful time in history.
My favorite part & one that I had never heard of in AP History class, is that they met later in life on several occasions after the war had ended.

The book narrates their lives with historical context, snippets of their own words, but reads easily like a memoir.

I plan to read other titles by Carol Berkin in the future.

 

 

Here is a quote I copied from the portion on Varina Howell Davis--

"Oh, how I would like to be free from care for a few days if only to know how it would feel, if I should not have to lose the objects of those cares.  Cares do wear out one's youth."

This book is excellent when read while sipping Iced Tea with sprigs of mint. :)

 


2015 Book List

A few years back I discovered that I was a --Fiction Snob! ( gasp )
 
I tended to gravitate towards fiction books more than any other genre. 
Which is not a bad thing. Especially when I considered the toddlers, naptime chaos and tantrums I experienced on a daily basis. 
 
I needed the escape fiction gave.
 
But as the "Trio" grew older, I felt ready to have topics or information to ponder and mull over. So I began forming an Annual Book List.
 
The Annual Book List was made up of non fiction, biographies, or topical titles. All choices were relatable to my interests or season of life.
 
I still kept up my fiction addiction, but these lists gave me a measure of accountability.
 
Each month I would select a title from the list & read. 
 
Here is the list I am working on now~



 

Do you make a Book List?


Me & My Book Reading Style

I am a Booksipper. 

I read and drink tea. (a lot )

But what kinds of things do I read?

I am a fiction fanatic! 
I love a good story. A story that draws you in and you can't put down.  I want very little drama and suspense-real life gives me enough of that!

But to keep my mind sharp I began a yearly nonfiction list.  And come to find out, there are all kinds of great nonfiction books too! 

I have read loads of amazing children's books to my kiddos over the years.
Homeschooling has added countless books to our piles.

I read books to learn how to do things.  I have learned so much about essential oils, cooking and homesteading.

Really, I will read just about anything! 
It's all about my mood, and the amount of time I have to settle in with a sippable beverage and my latest read.

 


All things sippable

When I curl up with a book, my sippable beverage of choice is ~ TEA! 

~ Hot or Iced ~ Sweetened or Unsweet ~
~Loose leaf or Bagged ~ Green Tea or Black Tea ~

There is a tea for my every mood & a tea to pair with every book!

Join me as I share my love of all things tea through:

~afternoon teas
~tea parties
~teas I loved
~tea time treats
~histories of tea
~tea time etiquette
~tea shops
~tea pots & tea cups

Really, C.S. Lewis said it best when he said:

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What is your favorite sippable beverage?

 


All things readable

Booksipper holds a special place in my heart. 

There is not much else I'd rather do than curl up with a book & a beverage to sip. 

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Here at Booksipper, I will be sharing my love of all things readable.  Which means what exactly?

I will share~

~books I loved
~articles about reading
~books I didn't make it through
~booklists
~adorable bookstores and libraries
~books I never wanted to end
~books worth rereading
~artfully arranged bookshelves

So really, anything I find endearing as a bookish sort of gal!