Wrap Up: December 2020

This December, Caitlyn read 35 books, Cossette read 28 books, and Mary read 9 books.  Overall, it’s been a good reading month, and a pretty good reading year for us here at teatimelit! Despite everything going on in the world right now, we hope 2020 treated you well, and we’re wishing you a wonderful 2021, filled with lots of joy and good books. 

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Introducing: teatimereads

In Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Alice asks “And what is the use of a book, without pictures or conversations?” Over the years, we’ve come to find out there’s a lot of use in books, regardless of whether they consist of pictures or not. While teatimelit is only two months old, we’ve found a lot of joy in writing formal blog posts with recommendations and thoughts of our own, as well as making friends in the book blogging community and other bookish communities. 

In our earliest group chat days, the three of us would each take turns picking and choosing a book for the group to read and discuss each month. It’s always been a lovely thing, messaging each other our thoughts over a nice cup of tea. Through that book club, we’ve gotten to read books that we wouldn’t have heard about or read on our own, including books that have come to mean a lot to us. In reflecting on our bookish adventures, we decided to revamp our love for our book club, and expand it to be an official thing!

We’re very happy to announce that we’ve decided to create a book club for teatimelit named teatimereads, where we’ll select a diverse read to read each month & discuss it together! We’re incredibly excited for our new adventure, and to see what all the tea party attendees will choose for our first book! If you’d like to join us down the rabbit hole, just click on this link!

Blog Tag: Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award

What is the award all about? 

Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award is a non-official Award to the bloggers as a reward of wonderful work on their blogs. It’s just as important because it really reflects the good impact we can have on other people’s lives. It is important for the inspiration towards the success journey of our fellow bloggers and especially newbie’s to become the future Stars.

Major thank you to thefictionaljournal for tagging us! You can see view their post here.

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Discussion: Leading an Antiracist Book Club

Real talk: race and discrimination is nothing new. What’s new is that people are having more open conversations about it than they have previously. This year especially there have been many posts with reference links to books, articles, films, documentaries and podcasts,all focused on the topic of race. A common phrase being thrown around is “to educate yourself” and we should, especially if it’s not something that we face daily. We should educate ourselves on things that others face, but sometimes doing so can be difficult especially when doing it alone. I personally am someone who likes to process out loud and likes to do so with others, which is why starting an Antiracist Book Club has been so beneficial for me.

While I am not an expert, nor do I have all the answers, there are many things that I have learned about running an Antiracist Book Club and I wanted to share those tips in the hopes that they encourage others to do the same!

In this post, I’ll discuss things that I have found successful as well as some book recommendations to help you start your own Antiracist Book Club.

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ARC Review: Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco

Thank you to Netgalley & James Patterson Books for providing me with this eARC! 

Two sisters.

One brutal murder.

A quest for vengeance that will unleash Hell itself…

And an intoxicating romance.

Emilia and her twin sister Vittoria are streghe – witches who live secretly among humans, avoiding notice and persecution. One night, Vittoria misses dinner service at the family’s renowned Sicilian restaurant. Emilia soon finds the body of her beloved twin…desecrated beyond belief. Devastated, Emilia sets out to find her sister’s killer and to seek vengeance at any cost – even if it means using dark magic that’s been long forbidden.

Then Emilia meets Wrath, one of the Wicked-princes of Hell she has been warned against in tales since she was a child. Wrath claims to be on Emilia’s side, tasked by his master with solving the series of women’s murders on the island. But when it comes to the Wicked, nothing is as it seems.

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Review: I Hope You’re Listening by Tom Ryan

Hi, all! It’s Caitlyn here! October has begun, and with that means it’s the beginning of All Hallows Reads! If you’re anything like me, you also think that Fall is the perfect time to curl up with a hot cup of tea and a good mystery/thriller, so I’m kicking off the season with a review of the newly released I Hope You’re Listening by Tom Ryan.

In her small town, seventeen-year-old Delia “Dee” Skinner is known as the girl who wasn’t taken. Ten years ago, she witnessed the abduction of her best friend, Sibby. And though she told the police everything she remembered, it wasn’t enough. Sibby was never seen again. At night, Dee deals with her guilt by becoming someone else: the Seeker, the voice behind the popular true-crime podcast Radio Silent, which features missing persons cases and works with online sleuths to solve them. Nobody knows Dee’s the Seeker, and she plans to keep it that way. When another little girl goes missing, and the case is linked to Sibby’s disappearance, Dee has a chance to get answers, with the help of her virtual detectives and the intriguing new girl at school. But how much is she willing to reveal about herself in order to uncover the truth? Dee’s about to find out what’s really at stake in unraveling the mystery of the little girls who vanished.*

*Summary copied from Goodreads

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Spotlight: Ties that Tether by Jane Igharo

One of Betches’ 7 Books by Black Authors You Need to Read This Summer

One of Elite Daily’s Books Featuring Interracial Relationships You Should Read In 2020

One of Marie Claire’s 2020 Books You Should Add to Your Reading List

When a Nigerian woman falls for a man she knows will break her mother’s heart, she must choose between love and her family.

At twelve years old, Azere promised her dying father she would marry a Nigerian man and preserve her culture, even after immigrating to Canada. Her mother has been vigilant about helping—well forcing—her to stay within the Nigerian dating pool ever since. But when another match-made-by-mom goes wrong, Azere ends up at a bar, enjoying the company and later sharing the bed of Rafael Castellano, a man who is tall, handsome, and…white.

When their one-night stand unexpectedly evolves into something serious, Azere is caught between her feelings for Rafael and the compulsive need to please her mother. Soon, Azere can’t help wondering if loving Rafael makes her any less of a Nigerian. Can she be with him without compromising her identity? The answer will either cause Azere to be audacious and fight for her happiness or continue as the compliant daughter.

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