Thursday Tea is a lovely meme hosted by Anastasia at Birdbrain(ed) Book Blog.Â I first found it through the wonderful Beth Fish Reads.Â Here’s how it works: Tell us what tea you are drinking (and if you like it). And then tell us what book are you reading (and if you like it). Finally, tell us if they go together.
Fortnum and Mason’s Christmas Blend: first, I should mention that we did get this as…a Christmas gift.Â But, I’ve kept the tin sealed, and the tea seems to be doing fine.Â It’s a lovely black tea with orange peel and various other flavourings.Â I only tend to drink it when I need a strong pick-me-up, though, as it *feels* quite caffeinated!
The book: Finger-Lickin Fifteen by Janet Evanovich
This book is the most recent in the Stephanie Plum series.Â Although it’s definitely full of pranks and hijinks that will be familiar to readers of the series, there are still a number of laugh out loud bits, and Stephanie is still the last person you would ever want to loan your car.Â Although it doesn’t have the depth that the thirteenth in the series did (and even Stephanie feels she is spinning her wheels a bit), it was still a fun, cheerful read and definitely felt appropriate for the summer! Even the British, intermittently rainy, summer.
Do they go together?
Ummm, well, Stephanie is most emphatically not a Fortnum and Mason’s sort of girl, but they both served to brighten up my day.
What are you drinking and reading this week?
March was a bit distracted, reading-wise, by the purchase of Fallout 3 for our Xbox 360.Â At one point, I was reading Her Majesty’s Dragon on my iPhone anytime the screen had to load, so I did do my best.
I’d have to admit the highlight of the month was the re-issue of the Chandler.Â Oh, my, how I coveted that book when I saw the covers.Â I coveted all of them, actually, but I was ecstatic when the very cool bookgeeks let me know that I could get my hands on one of them to review. And I was even happier that it was The Big Sleep–one of my favourite Chandlers. The book did not disappoint, and you can see my review here at the bookgeeks site.
After the Chandler, I read the Doctorow, the Dragon, the Pratt, and Assassin’s Apprentice all on Stanza on the iPhone. It was a mixed experience.Â I really enjoyed how convenient it was. My husband really enjoyed falling asleep without the gentle flipping of pages.Â I also liked the chance to check out new authors (I took heavy advantage of the various free and promotional libraries attached to Stanza).Â In the end, though, the experience still has a ways to go. Oddly enough, one of my biggest frustrations (besides the tiny page size) was that I couldn’t tell where I was in the book.Â Apparently, I have been using the physical text as a secondary reference–I liked to know when the end is approaching.Â I actually got a little anxious at points because I couldn’t tell where in the plot/book I was.Â It was an interesting realization.
And then, last weekend, our bookcases (all four of them) arrived. And I finally got to shelve all of my books. As 1000+ books won’t all fit nicely, I had to get creative and the doubling of some of the shelves created some entertaining new categories.Â There was the “oh no, I like this cover, it can’t be hidden” category, and the “I read this so often that it needs to be in front” category (which ended up covering thirty odd books). As it is, I am incredibly happy that all of my books now have a place–and that they are all divided by subject. Sometimes, I walk by and just run my fingers along the spines to say hello.
It’s not Dewey, but it will do.
If only because I have had to dredge my few CSS and HTML skills back from the beyond where they had hoped to fade into obscurity and attempt to use them again.Â Luckily, I had learned from previous experience to always, always, always have a clean copy of whatever I was working on so that when I, inevitably, really messed things up, I could at least start over. I even started getting into it and assigning version numbers to pages I had edited, so as not to lose all of the work each time I made a mistake at the very end.