Weekly Tea Time October 7 2018

Weekly Tea Time for the Soul #4 – I’m Going Off the Grid

Posted October 7, 2018 by Amber in Weekly Tea Time for My Soul / 13 Comments


Good morning, my beautiful monsters!

How have you all been?  What are you reading this week?  I’ve had a bit of a slow reading week, but I will say that I finished Sky in the Deep – which was totally fantastic!  If you haven’t read it yet, or have been waffling about adding it to your TBR, please consider reading it.  My mini-review is already on Goodreads, and it’ll be up on the blog in a week or so, but in the meanwhile I’ll tell you this much:  flawlessly five stars.

For now, I’m listening to Inkspell by Cornelia Funke.  love the imagination in the Inkheart series, but I always waffle with the writing.  It’s the first of Funke’s books I’ve listened to, rather than read, and I think it’s helping.  Matt and I are moving on to co-read The Opal Deception, which is my favorite Artemis Fowl book, so I’m really excited for that!

I’m also reading Heretics Anonymous, which my brother got me for my birthday.  My initial impression?  So many people I know who are very spiritual would be so offended by this book, so I think I’ll need to do some warnings at the top of my review.  It’s very funny, though, and encompasses some personal stuff for me.  I can’t wait ’til my brother reads it as well, and he and I can discuss it.  We were raised in a strictly religious household and have since found our own paths, so it’s an interesting experience of a book.

So that’s my bookish world, more or less at the moment.  In the rest of the wild world, my co-team lead is back at work and falling right back into things.  As both a co-worker and a friend, I’m happy to have him back!  It’s nice to spread my time a little differently, although there are always new challenges to overcome, so I will have to start addressing them this week.  For today, though, I am trying not to think about that.  I can’t mentally recharge when I’m worrying about work.

Also, it was my birthday yesterday!  I am now 29, which is predictably a lot like 28, and also not 30 yet. HAH.

We didn’t do anything special – grocery shopping, lunch out.  My husband did some of my chores for me, which was the best present I could ask for.  He gets me and embraces my desire to be totally lazy and read books and watch TV shows.  He’s the best. 🙂

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This week on the blog

The Fall Book Tag / Book Tags – I’ve been holding on to this book tag for a year, waiting for autumn to pop up again!  Glad to get it out there to you lovelies.

Book Vs. Movie – The Dark Tower (SPOILERS) – This was such a painful thing for me to write.  I’ve been waiting for a Dark Tower adaptation for years and all we got was this lousy derivative film. Ughhhhhhhh this post is so grumpy.

The Bigfoot Files by Lindsay Eagar / ★★★★★ – This is the second Lindsay Eagar novel I’ve been lucky enough to have an ARC for, and I love it.  Her work lies in the realm kind of between MG and YA, and it’s all really good.

Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel★ 1/2 – Don’t be fooled by that half-star – I can rave about the book for a while.  The story was so interesting and it’s the best audiobook adaptation I’ve ever listened to… and I listed to a lot of audiobooks.

A Brief History of the Horror Genre / Book Blogger Hop – The Book Blogger Hop is in full Halloween swing, which means there’s going to be a few creepy-crawly themed posts this month!  I love giving these little history lessons, so I hope y’all find this one interesting.

The Birthday Book Tag / Book Tags – This one was a given!  It’s a fun, short tag… though I think next year I may do a Birthday Book update and make it a changing, annual thing. 😉

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Spotlight On The Blogosphere

I really though that I was going to jump into this post apologizing for not having much to share, but turns out I did more reading than I thought this week!  There have been a lot of great bookish post in the community, and I’m thrilled to share them with you.

Lets Talk About Art Theft / the words gremlin – Meaghan brings up a really good point that I’m not sure most bloggers consider – reposting fan art.  If this is something you do in your blog posts, or just as a fan, please read this article?  Actually please read it anyway – everything from line drawings to photography encompasses a lot of work, and we all need to be treating their art with respect.

Shattering Stigmas – Mental Illness Book Recommendations / Drizzle & Hurricane Books – For the month of October, Marie and Nyx are opening their blog as a platform for guys posters to talk about books and mental illness.  I think this is awesome and wanted to share the first post by May @ my 1st chapter with some recs from all sorts of different mental health perspectives.

Bringing Reading Out Into the Community / Pages Unbound – A really interesting article by Krysta about making reading a “thing” in public and bringing it back as an activity that children enjoy.  And, believe me, that’s difficult in this modern, high-tech age.

How to Rock #NaNoPrep / Caffeine and Writing Dreams – Y’all, NaNoWriMo is right around the corner, and for a lot of people, this means that October is planning month.  I’m a pantser (meaning I plan very little) but Madeline has some arguments that make even me want to plan better.

The Adventure Book Tag / Literary Weaponry – I had to add this one on the list, because I haven’t seen this book tag before, and how rare is that?  Definitely going on my to-do list, and Amanda’s answers are great.

T5T: Tropes to Love / Laughing Listener – In this week’s Top 5 Tuesday post, Loretta talks about some of the tropes she reads a bunch and adores.  I think we all have things like this, so check out her list and see how many you agree with!

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying up by Marie Kondo | Review / Nut Free Nerd – I love the saltiness of this review.  I have heard nothing but raving, excited reviews about this book, and I love Holly’s candor here.  Sure, there are good pieces of advice, but it sounds like it’s a bit much at time.  Definitely check this one out – reviews rarely make me laugh, and this one did.

Announcement!  The Off The Grid Readathon / Bionic Book Worm – This one is half post recommendation, half “I’m gonna do the thing”.  Shanah’s co-hosting a readathon next weekend encouraging folks to put their phones away and just read.  I’m going to be doing a half-readathon here – Friday evening and all day Saturday (I need one weekend day to blog).  I’m really looking forward to disconnecting from my phone and getting some reading done!  She’ll be running these quarterly, so I think I’ll likely be back for more.

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So that’s that, my loves!

Next Sunday, instead of a WTTFMS, I’ll be posting a readathon wrap-up for the Off The Grid readathon.  If you haven’t swung by my new bookstagram yet, do feel free.  I’m quite proud of it!  I know in the bookstagramming world it’s not an accomplishment, but I bypassed 100 followers and am pleased as punch.  In fact, I’m off to take some more pictures now. 🙂

Have a wonderful week everyone!


What was your favorite part of this week?

Will you be participating in the Off the Grid readathon?

What book have you finished recently and LOVED?

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13 responses to “Weekly Tea Time for the Soul #4 – I’m Going Off the Grid

    • Amber

      Thank you! I actually found it through someone who found it through someone else, so it’s definitely going through the blogosphere… and something I think we all need to be reminded of sometimes. ?

    • Amber

      Haha, well thank you! I don’t always feel young, especially in this community where there’s a lot of teens.

  1. Oh I’m so glad you’re listening to the Inkheart series, I love this series so much and you’re right, the world is incredible <3
    Happy belated birthday again, it sounds like you got yourself a gem of a husband there ahah, that's so great 🙂
    Thank you so, so, so much for sharing my post, I'm so happy you enjoyed it <3 <3
    Have an amazing week!! xx

    • Amber

      Thank you for hosting the series! I’m really excited to see how it all goes. I’m always interested in good mental health rep, and I feel like there’s still a pretty heavy stigma. ???

  2. Glad you liked Sky in the Deep! It was fun. And Heretics Anonymous sounds very interesting, and thought provoking too!

    Happy birthday!

    • Amber

      It’s super interesting, but it’s also the sort of book that has me thinking because I’m afraid of offending a lot of people when I review it… ? Religion is a tricky subject.

  3. This off the grid readathon sounds absolutely exciting. Usually during readathons you always focus not only on the reading but also updating your progress online, and seeing how everyone else is doing. This sounds like something I’m gonna learn a lot out of.

    • Amber

      I’m super pumped to join in! I don’t mind the social aspects of readathons, but I like that this one is super focused on reading and being unplugged. I also like that they’re running quarterly. 🙂 Hoping to bust through a couple books without the distraction of social media!

  4. First of, I love your blog and your writing style! I regret not finding you earlier! I am glad that you read a 5 star rating book! It always makes the week better. Good luck for the readathon! I will check it out too and try to do it. Oh and congratulations on 100 followers ❤️

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    • Amber

      Aw, thank you so much!!! You’re right – a good book really does brighten up the week. I hope you decide to join in the readathon – it’s a pretty loose one with the only rule being “get off your phone” so you can read whatever you want. 🙂 <3 Welcome to my blog!