Booksipper Bulletin – April Edition

Hello Booksippers!

There were no April showers around here; this month found me in a drought- a reading drought that is.  I have had a lot on my mind and when that happens all I read is fiction fluff. So I curl up with one of these easy reads and a hot cuppa tea and zone out.

This month on Booksipper I added a post about homeschooling to the blog. I plan to do more.  I will share a bit about homeschooling older children and what that looks like at our house.  Check it out if you home school or even if you're just curious.

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 ~ In Readable News ~

 I do not have any new reads to recommend but this title is sure to please: http://bit.ly/tearosebook This book has it all- star crossed love, suspense and a twisting plot that will keep you on the edge of your seat.


~ In Sippable News ~

I discovered a new way to prepare my loose leaf tea. Read all about it here: http://bit.ly/1XzdzCL  It might just become your favorite new way to brew a cuppa.


That is all for April. Thanks for reading and sipping along with me!

~Booksipper Candice

Book Review: The Year of Yes

The cover of this book looked happy and seemed to say- "Yes, you should read me!"
I am glad that I did.


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Not just because I am a fan of Grey's Anatomy- since forever.  You may be saying to yourself- "Wait, what does this book have to do with a TV show?"
Well if the Dance It Out, reference on the cover didn't give it away the I should tell you that the author of this book, Shonda Rhimes is the creator of Grey's Anatomy.

I am glad that I read this book because I think Shonda and I could be friends.  Real friends not just FB friends.

There comes a time when we all need to do the thing(s) that frighten us, that put us on edge. These are the things that will grow us.
Shonda Rhimes does that and lives to tell about it, in a humorous way.
In this book, the author shares the startling moment when she realized she was going through the motions of living; not really living at all. She then decides to do something about it. She starts saying Yes to life.

I enjoyed her autobiography focusing on her year of yes. I found the conversations she has with herself, totally amusing and relatable. It was  comforting to know that there are other introverts who would rather be alone with their thoughts than out at a massive party. 
I liked the tone throughout the book. It is the tone of a friend telling a friend whats been happening in their life.

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Take aways from Year of Yes:

~ "Nothing works until you are ready for it to work."

~ "Its not bragging if you can back it up." – Muhammad Ali

~ You have to read it to get the full effect, but her thoughts on motherhood being called a "job".  She says its not! 
– chapter 6…..Well Said, Shonda!

I am glad that I said Yes to this book.  It was an inspiring and fun autobiography by a super talented woman.
Lets all start living our Year of Yes.

Book Review of Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World

I picked up a copy of Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World by Kristen Welch, because I have been challenged and encouraged by posts on her blog. And because no parent wants to raise a selfish and entitled kid, so I wanted to make sure I was doing the right things.

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Lets talk about the book~  First, the beautiful white cover. I was worried I would have smudgy finger prints or tea stains on it before I made it past the introduction. Somehow I made it cover to white cover with no stains to speak of! I loved the texture-y feel of the book. It is like thick parchment and the gold lettering set it apart from other books on my shelf.

What is inside is even more beautiful. Written in a friendly and conversational manner the author shares her heart and vision for her family. A desire to remove the "is that all" attitude and replace it with gratitude and contentment.
With relatable stories and anecdotes of her family, which she admits is still a work in progress; she explains how serving others takes the focus off oneself and leaves a feeling of joy and gratefulness.

There are tips at the end of each chapter covering the chapters subject.  The suggestions are tailored for toddlers through the teenage years.  The last chapter is set apart for parents.  It is a beautifully written chapter on the relationship you have with your child and is full of encouragement for the journey ahead, which may not always be easy.

Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World was an inspiring parenting read.

Here are quotes from the book I am still pondering.

~Entitlement didn't start with my kids. It began with me. I entitled them because I was entitled.

~We teach gratitude by living it. We are the example.

~I would love for my kids to one day say they are grateful for their lives because their dad and I were grateful in ours.

 

Anne of Green Gables

I have loved and faithfully watched the movie-Anne of Green Gables since my tween years. 
But up until now is that I have never read the book.
Even though I had a copy collecting dust on my bookshelf! 

So, I put my Anne of Green Gables copy in the car to read during my sit and wait time- a chapter here and there. 

Now I know why this book has been a favorite since 1908! 

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 Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery is the charming story about Anne Shirley, an orphan girl who is sent to live with the Cuthberts by mistake.  The serious and no nonsense Marilla Cuthbert and her kindhearted but shy brother Matthew, decide to keep her.
The story follows Anne on her adventures from young girl into her teen years.  There are escapedes at tea parties, Sunday School socials, even at school. Anne is always getting into mishaps.  The story also tells of friendship and the feud between Anne and a boy at school who calls her names. 

I am glad that I finally read Anne of Green Gables. 

I enjoyed laughing at Anne, as she prattles on abut things- she has a lot to say.  I underlined quote after quote quote to be used at opportune moments.

While I don't recommend this title as a boy read, it is wonderful for girls and women!

Set out the tea set and read all about this red haired, freckled girl, Anne Shirley.

My love of this movie and now the book has inspired an- Anne spelled with an "e", Pinterest Board.

 

Outlander

How do people find their favorite books? 
There are countless ways, but here is how I found one of mine.

I was sipping a morning cup of tea and scrolling through Pinterest. 
When I saw an Outlander pin and thought it looked readable, so I decided to put it on hold at the library.

Fast forward through the weekend, there are dishes and chaos everywhere but the book is finished, and I have an Outlander Obsessed pinterest board! 

This book is Amazing! 

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What is also amazing is that it was written in 1991 and it is still attracting readers. 

Here is a sum up of Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.

Claire, an army nurse and lover of botanical herbs is the main character. She is on a second honeymoon with Frank, a professor and obsessed genealogist. They travel to the highlands in Scotland after WWII.

After watching a mysterious spectacle at Craigh Na Dune, Claire returns to the spot to gather a plant she saw there. Finding a magical portal, she travels through time to the 1700's.

Claire uses her skills as a nurse to aid an injured man after she is found in a desperate situation. This man, Jamie, will become the standard you will judge all others against, has secrets and a story of his own and befriends this Sassenach. 

Forced to wed to save Claire from a dangerous madman, their relationship is tested and strengthened and will make you believe in a love that can transcend time.

Go and pick up a copy of Outlander . You will be so glad that you did.
The story is full of good writing, wit, suspense, romance, drama, violence, love, friendship, with a dash of history and herbal wisdom to top it off.

Sip a cup of Oolong Tea (pg. 31 ) and travel through time with Claire to the highlands of Scotland.

This book is a Must Read – then watch the mini-series that Starz has produced. 🙂

 

 

 

The Tea Rose

I found this book by happenstance. It is so hypnotizing that I am going to give it a permanent home on the book shelf!

I have mentioned before that I am a happy fluff, light reading kind of fiction girl.  Well this book proved you should go outside your comfort genre and try something new.

The Tea Rose, by Jennifer Donnelly, is a novel filled with suspense, murder & star crossed love & was quite the page turner!

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This book had me reading until my eyes blurred at night and then reaching for it with my first morning sips of tea.

The setting- East London, not the richy well dressed London, but the hardworking yet close to poverty side in 1888.

Fionna, a hardworking tea packer has a dream. One she shares with life long love Joe. They will leave this place of despair one day and make it on their own.  They save to open up their own shop one day.

Tragedy strikes and Fionna knows she must leave all she has known behind for survivals sake.

I want to tell you more…but that would take away the thrill of reading it yourself!   I will say there is a smattering of language, some gore and sensuality. Nothing that I thought was cringe worthy but everyone has their own levels of tolerance.

The Tea Rose has many twists and turns and will leave you breathless and reading every spare moment you can! 
Get a copy of The Tea Rose: A Novel (The Tea Rose Series) today!!

A favorite line from chapter 24-

~ Fionna found life’s trials easier to bear with a strong cup of tea in hand.

Civil War Wives

This title is from my Annual Book List.
I had heard so much about the men of the Civil War but knew next to nothing of the women and their experiences. This book helped rectify that.

Sitting down with a glass of iced tea to sip, I expected a historical tome, but was pleasantly surprised with its easy reading style & I felt pulled into each woman’s life and experiences.

Civil War Wives tells about the lives and times of Angelina Grimke Weld,  Varina Howell Davis & Julia Dent Grant.

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For Civil War buffs, two of those names are ringing bells already.  V. Davis was the President of the Confederacy’s wife and J. Grant is none other than General and future President Grant’s wife.
These were the two stories that captured me the most.

Both fascinating women with night and day personalities and upbringings. But both would go on to be wife to powerful, influential men at an impactful time in history.
My favorite part & one that I had never heard of in AP History class, is that they met later in life on several occasions after the war had ended.

The book narrates their lives with historical context, snippets of their own words, but reads easily like a memoir.

I plan to read other titles by Carol Berkin in the future.

 

 

Here is a quote I copied from the portion on Varina Howell Davis–

“Oh, how I would like to be free from care for a few days if only to know how it would feel, if I should not have to lose the objects of those cares.  Cares do wear out one’s youth.”

This book is excellent when read while sipping Iced Tea with sprigs of mint. 🙂