I like my books, colorful. My food, delicious and my tea served hot.
I would apologize for being gone but the world feels like it has been ending and I have not felt like writing if we are being completely honest. Also blog post take me forever to write and I am an impatient person. But I have decided to revamp this blog and get back to writing. I need the practice, I do miss writing even if folk don’t be reading my shyte, and the realest reason I paid for a year membership and we are going to milk these 48 dollars for all its worth.
So some updates:
I have read 41 books so far this year.
I have gained an obsession with Beverly Jenkins a romance author. So much so that I have read 8 of her books in the past month and half.
I am going to be hosting a social media poetry event that I am super excited for. So stay tuned for some prompts, photo challenges, and book challenges. I am bursting at the seams for this project to come to light.
I got sponsored to promote a book!
My follower count on all platforms have gotten higher. If you want to see some of my author content you are more than welcome to hop on over on Twitter, Instagram, and tiktok.
I am part of the tour for Mirror Season by Anna-Marie McLemore. So keep an eye out in April for my mood board and review.
These are some of the things that I have been up to these past couple of months. I look forward to coming back and fulfilling the writing emoji on my Ig blog.
I have been an avid tea drinker since 2015 after my stint at Teavana. I drink at least 3-5 cups of tea a day. A younger me would be astounded. I hated hot drinks growing up but like most things that I have hated growing up in my life, I have grown to love a hot cup of tea.
While procrastinating this morning I came up with the idea of matching some of my favorite teas to the books I have read and am currently reading.
Please enjoy some quality tea and books content!
Black Cask Bourbon Tea has been one of my favorite black teas the past couple of month. Harney & Sons Black Cask Bourbon Tea and The Black Gods Drum go perfectly together. Though I have never been to New Orleans (It’s on my go-to destinations list) I feel like this tea gives me Steam Punk New Orleans Vibes.
I rarely go for sweet teas but I can be swayed with a quality mint combination this next tea Pomegranate Mojito green tea would be spectacularly paired with a sweet graphic novel. Zesttea is supposed to be a highly caffeinated tea brand and anything that helps me stay away from coffee is pretty good in my book.
French Super Blue Lavender while may be a turnoff for some because of its similarity to lavender fragrance is in fact a turn on just like my soft king Vaughn from Harbor by Rebahka Weatherspoon tickles my fancy. I love me a calming yet strong smelling herbal tea. Who doesn’t want to feel like they are surrounded by a field of lavender? Who doesn’t want to be surrounded by a lovely and handsome Vaughn?
Thorn by Intisar Khanani had a dream like quality to it that had me transfixed and in love with the writing style. My goose girl was more than capable and reliable young girl than what she was given credit for by her family. Pomergranate Oolong is a favorite because it has a soft yet sweet flavor and is my go to when I am having stomach cramps. These two compliment each other really well.
Lapsang Souchong is one of the weirdest teas in existence. It tastes like ashes and wood fire. That being said I love it. It is only right that is is paired with our horrifying yet loving Rin from The Dragon Republic by R.f Kuang. If you know, you know.
This pairing was a little bit more difficult because I could not think of what would go perfectly with The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste. It is a book about Caribbean folklore, family and friendship. I loved the description of their island so much it made me feel like I was on an island while reading it. Also her delicious oranges and fruit made me want to go back home to Puerto Rico and pick some fruit from la finca. This book would go perfectly with a honey citrus tea.
Peppermint tea while not caffeinated can wake you up on smell alone. This strong scented tea goes perfectly with Rage becomes Her by Soraya Chemaly. You need a tea that will wake you the fuck up like Rage Becomes Her will wake you up.
When the romance is SPICY your tea should be too. I don’t create the rules I just enforce them. This next pairing is a homemade Chai with a very spicy romance. I enjoyed making it as much as I enjoyed reading Go Deep by Rilzy Adams. A friends to lovers novelette that has you squirming in your chair.
BONUS CHAI RECIPE
5 Black peppercorns
6 Cardamom pods
3 Anise stars
1/2 inch- 2 inches of ginger
1-2 cinnamon sticks
Brown sugar however much you want
AND SMASH SMASH SMASH
Boil some of your favorite milk I like oat or coconut
add spices and black tea if you want it caffeinated
let it steep for 5 minutes and then strain it into your favorite mug
I believe books should be accessible to everyone, and I personally love the creation and spread of eBooks. The expansion of technology has allowed for the transformation of reading and purchasing books. There are so many applications that have made books available with the stroke of a couple keys. We must use it to our advantage.
For many, physical copies of books are not affordable. While eBooks can cost about the same as a physical copy when the book debuts, they are largely much more economical.
How do you find these economical eBooks?!
This is where you have to do some work.
SUBSCRIBE TO PUBLISHERS
If you subscribe to publishers, they will send you specials and promotions when specific eBooks go on sale. Every couple of days or weeks, they send emails about eBooks that have been discounted.
If you create an account with either of them and answer a couple questions about the kind of books you like to read, they will curate a list of eBooks for you at affordable prices, which makes my sale-loving heart burst in song. BookBub and FreeBooksy also offer FREE eBooks in that curated list. Who doesn’t love getting things for free??
LOCAL LIBRARIES ARE INCREDIBLE
If you live in the United States, you know (hopefully you know) that we have a pretty fantastic library system. One of the cool things that you can do is use your library card to access your library’s eBook collection through Overdrive or the more aesthetically pleasing Libby. I think libraries are one of the most essential free resources that the United States has to offer, and we should take advantage of it. If you don’t have a library card, you can create an account for your local library and get a temporary one over the computer. If you live in DMV, here are your respective links:
I am a subscription loving hoe, and I have to add my favorite eBook subscriptions to this post.
Scribd is an OG eBook subscription site that has been around for ages. Now that I can pay for it out of my own pockets, I am never without it. It is only $8.99 a month and has thousands of eBooks and audiobooks readily available. I prefer this to Audible for audiobooks because it is 10x more affordable. If you are an avid reader and read about 2-3 books a month, it basically pays for itself.
Kindle Unlimited, though attached to Amazon (a hellfire company), is still a great way to access to some quality eBooks. It has dramatically improved since its inception and has all kinds of eBooks available. This subscription is only $9.99 a month, which, depending on the number of books you read, can be economical.
Technology has changed the way we read, and while I am sure some problems have arisen with reading on tablets and on our phones, I see the democratization of reading as a good thing. Everyone should have access to books and should be able to have them readily available. I will always be a proponent of that.