The Late Late Last Friday Updates

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I will bypass the usual platitudes. A girl was not feeling like blogging the past month but today here I am with an incredibly late new blog post. In my defense I did have it drafted that Friday but I got carried away with other things.

October was such a great reading month. I read a total of 24 books. It was A SHOCK, A SUPRISE, A DELIGHT to me too!! We can thank the lovely Novella gods for getting me much closer to my reading goal. I am now at 96 books for the year. I honestly didn’t think I would be meeting my reading goal this year but this month has propelled me much closer to my goal which is 100 books for 2020.

October was also a month of new reading discoveries. I am now an expert Audiobook listener, and as of yesterday a big fan of this app Hoopla that allows me to get even more books for FREE. Y’all know I am a sucker for books that cost free dollars. Hoopla is an app that you can connect your library card too and read books on for free. Its a different data base than your libraries. The only “down side” is that if your libraries checkout limit is 5 books than so is your hoopla limit.

I am upset at who ever thought they could keep this app from me.

But forward and onward lets get to this update because its gonna be a long one.

WRAP UP:

(I am not entirely sure which books are missing from this list)

I track my reading through an app called the “Reading List” the pictures I screenshotted came from that app. I didn’t want to find the individual pictures because that would take to much time and space on my computer. I have found that it is the best app for simple tracking. Its user friendly and you can create different reading lists. It could use an update when it comes to the way its formatted but my favorite thing about it is how easy it is to add books and move them around.

Onto the books:

BOOKSAMOUNT
Ebooks10
Audiobooks12
Physical Books2

Favorite books of the Month:

Hench by Natalie Zina Walschots- I don’t think you all know how much I love an anti hero. This book was so fun to read and listen too. The entire time I was like this would be a perfect movie or even tv show.

The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells (Read the first four in the series)- I listened to the first four novellas on Scribd and enjoyed every minute of it. Its really funny and filled with of fighting and space travel.

Miss Meteor by Tehlor Kay Mejia and Anna-Marie McLemore- I read this for a panel that I was apart of and when I tell you I was blown away I am not lying. Miss Meteor was one of my favorite YA’s of the year point period blank.

The Haunting of Tram Car by P.Djeli Clark- I will read anything P.Djeli Clark writes. This book is set in the same world as a Dead Djinn in Cairo and all know is I could read about this world a million times over. He writes such amazing characters.

Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland- I was not expecting to like this book as much as I did. Its a genre bending book that tackles immigration and racism. There was not one moment that I knew where this book was going.

CURRENT READS:

As always I have multiple books lined up, no matter how many times I say I am going to tone it down, I never do. The e-book selection grows and grows sale after sale. Even though I am sure my impulse e-book purchase control wont lower itself. I have decided that I wont consider it a current read unless I have actively read more than 5 chapters. So as of right now I am only currently reading 4 books.

  1. [ ] That Kind Of Guy by Talia Hibbert
  2. [ ] Heartbeat Braves by Pamela Sanderson
  3. [ ] everyone’s a aliebn when ur a aliebn too by jenny sun
  4. [ ] Queen of Swords and Silence by Carrow Brown

MUSIC:

Its astounding that I do not have that many songs or playlists on this list. I think I traded out music for Audiobooks this month. All I have been really listening to are my favorite playlists and oldies. I haven’t been in the mood for new music which is weird. Listened to some Salsa, some Funk Brasileiro.

TEA:

I have been drinking my usual tea but I did do a refill and buy from a new to me brand brand Ivy’s Tea Co. it is a Black Women owned tea company. Unfortunately they don’t have many caffeinated teas but their herbals are on point.

Blow by Ivy Tea Co (picture taken from their site) This a really fun and light flavored tea. It turns blue because of the Butterfly Pea Flower and turns a purplish color when you add a lemon.

Breathe (picture from the site) is a spicy tea with ginger, marshmallow, stinging nettle, and elder flower. Its the perfect tea for early mornings and fall nights. Will put some hair on your chest for sure.

FOOD:

October was a month of first. I got a temporary subscription box to Hello Fresh that was actually pretty good. I was able to cook recipes that I had never tried before.

I made Korean Bulgogi, Spinach and Ricotta Chicken Ravioli, and a couple dishes I cant remember the name of. I would recommend this subscriptions to people who live a lone or couples it was definitely not made with families in mind.

Matching my teas to the books I have read.

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

10 cloves

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