Weekly Tea Time for the Soul #1 – A Gloom of Witches & Messy Love Stories

Posted September 2, 2018 by Amber in Weekly Tea Time for My Soul / 6 Comments


Good morning, mes chers.  Happy Sunday!  How is everyone today?

It’s a lovely late summer morning here – the weather outside pleasant enough that I can open the sliding screen door to the deck and let a little bit of fresh air in.  My husband’s still a-bed (I’m an early riser – he’ll be up in a few hours) and Lady Elizabeth is impatiently waiting for her breakfast.

Sometimes, I wonder if the cats only love us for their food.  Then they spend the day cuddling, and I don’t wonder anymore.

Has everyone had a good week?  I’ve been busy – it’s been a constant stream of overtime this week – but Friday slowed down.  That’s the wonderful predictability of holiday weekends – so many people take off early to their adventures that the workflow dips and we have a blessed moment to breathe.  It’s a beautiful thing.



This week, Matt and I finished Children of Blood and Bone.  It’s my second time reading it this year – I liked it enough that I wanted to share it with Matt as soon as we finished the Dark Tower series – and I still think it’s a really excellent book!  Amari and Zelie as a pair are wonderful to follow.  I’m looking forward to Children of Virtue and Vengeance next year!

I also power-read through Love and Other Carnivorous Plants yesterday and… I really wanted to love it.  I did!  It’s actually a book I’ve been looking forward to, but it didn’t pan out… anyway, there will be more in the review in a couple weeks.

Finally, Matt and I are moving back into the Artemis Fowl series, so I did a quick re-read of Artemis Fowl Friday to catch up.  Matt’s read the first book, but got stuck on the second.  Since I love the series, we’re going to listen through it in the car on our commute.  Now we’re in the same place and honestly?  I forgot how short this book is!  The review will be up in a week or so.

My current reads are:

  • The Witching Hour by Anne Rice
  • Ink, Iron, and Glass by Gwendolyn Clare
  • The Arctic Incident by Eoin Colfer

I am so close to being done with The Witching Hour.  I now completely remember why I didn’t love this when I read it in high school.  I’m actually forcing my way through it just so I can make an intelligent argument about how this book doesn’t work, especially in a modern setting.  I’m listening to it as I type, and I only have about four hour left.  I hope that my salty review is also intelligently written.  This book is so long and so boring and definitely not for me.  Respect to those who adore it… I like Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles but not her Mayfair Witches.  More on that later this month!



I’m so sorry to you beautiful people – I haven’t done a lot of blog hopping this week.  It’s honestly been a struggle to comment back this week.  It’s been all work all the time and I’ve been sneaking in replies at odd moments… like when I’m stuck at a traffic light or while my computer is booting up.  Yeah, it’s been that kind of week.

But here are a few posts I stumbled across this weekend that I really liked!

My Writing Routine: How It Sets Me Up for Productive Writing Sessions / Caffeine and Writing Dreams – Madeleine’s blog is a new discovery to me.  She’s a reader and a writer, but her blog leans more towards her writing sessions.  This post is a bit more personal because she want to show her mindset before she goes into a writing session.  I found it very insightful!

4 Reasons why The Poppy War is the Best Fantasy of 2018 / The Book Satchel – As you guys know, I really enjoyed The Poppy War when I read it last month.  Resh’s review lays it all out very well… and I agree with her!  If you need more reasons why you should add The Poppy War to your TBR, check out her review!

Ways To Keep Learning Long After You Leave School / Perpetual Page Turner – I relate so much to this post.  If I could have stayed in college for free, forever, and survived as a Functioning Human In Society… I would have.  I love learning.  There’s a lot of things that she does that I do as well… a great list. 🙂


August Wrap UpThe quintessential monthly review!  Including all my book highlights for the month and a little of what’s going on in my life.

Empathy-Building Reads For Young AdultsThis week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic was a school-related one.  I wanted to do “books every high school should add to their curriculum” but then I looked at my picks and realized how controversial most of them were… and how most school would probably never add them.

Ignite the Stars by Maura MilanI read this book back in April, but since it comes out this week, I held off on posting the review on the blog ’til now.  Unfortunately, I didn’t love it, but I think a lot of other people will!

August Scribbler UnboxingI don’t do many unboxings anymore, but I haven’t seen many out there for Scribbler.  I really like this box because it’s meant for readers and writers and have been with them since Day One… I just had to share.

My Not-So-Famous Vlogging LifeThis week’s Book Blogger Hop theme was about vlogs – watching and starring in them.  If the title hasn’t clued you in enough… I’m definitely not a vlogger!


I’m linking up to this week’s Sunday Post!  The Sunday post is hosted by Kimberly at Caffeinated Reviewer.  It’s a great place to gather and talk about our weeks in books, blogging, and life in general.  Check out this week’s linkup for more in the blogging world!


How was your week?

What are you reading?

What are some of your favorite blog posts from the last week?

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6 responses to “Weekly Tea Time for the Soul #1 – A Gloom of Witches & Messy Love Stories

  1. I love long holiday weekends- we definitely need more of them. 🙂 And sorry to hear Love & Other Carnivorous Plants was disappointing- I remember seeing that one and thinking it sounded interesting, so that’s good to know.

    Have a great Labor Day!

    • Amber

      My real issue with it was the protagonist – I never really felt like we were allowed in her head. BUT THAT SAID – Love and Other Carnivorous Plants is getting good reviews on Goodreads, so if you think it’s something you would like, please don’t let me dissuade you! 😁

  2. I wish my work would slow down for the holidays too. I took some time off though for my sister-in-law’s wedding. Had a blast at the wedding, and I’m looking forward to the new week.

    • Amber

      Oh good – I’m glad you took some time off! Yeah we’re lucky to slow down – my previous job wasn’t like that at all! Perks of working in finance, I suppose, is that we serve a lot of people with the means to travel for holidays, so they are usually on the road instead of in the office the Friday before a long weekend.

      I’m glad to hear that the wedding was a smashing success! Congrats to your SIL!