Mar 30

Tea and Talk: My Reading Chair

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Tea and Talk

Tea and Talk: 

My Reading Chair

Confession: I read everywhere. I’d read in the shower if I could, but I haven’t figured out how to make that work. Yet. 

Although I can (and do) read everywhere, I have favorite nooks and crannies where it is my particular pleasure to curl up with a cup of tea and a good book. My bed, of course, and the couch are always contenders, but my favorite place to read is in my yummy chair.

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My yummy chair got its name from its previous owner, who gave it to me when she moved and no longer had room to house it. It probably doesn’t look fancy (my kitty likes to stretch her claws on it), but the yummy chair earns its name, I promise you. For one thing, it’s deep and wide. I can sit cross-legged in it. I can sit sideways, with my legs over one armrest. With a footstool I can stretch out in it. It’s so soft and cushy, even a princess couldn’t feel a pea underneath its cushions.

Now that the weather is warming up again (not that we’ve had much of a winter down here in SoCal), I’m going to miss cozying up in my yummy chair. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy reading outside, too. Last summer we put up a pergola for shade on our deck, so I do have an outdoor reading space. But I’ll miss putting on some warm socks, wrapping up in a cozy blanket and reading and drinking hot tea. Warm weather has its own pleasures (and I’ll probably be writing about them before you know it), but right now I’m enjoying the cool, windy days where nothing is as apropos as hot tea and a good book. What about you?


Do you have a yummy chair/couch/bed? 

Which do you prefer: Cuddling up in winter or sprawling out in summer? 

How important is physical comfort when you read? Can you read anywhere and get lost in a book? 

How important is it to you to have a dedicated reading space?

Grab a cup of tea and let’s talk!



Top Ten Tuesday


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by the The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists over at The Broke and the Bookish. They’d love to share their lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

 Top Ten Things On My Bookish Bucket List

If you stop by, leave a comment! I’ll return the visit!

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Mar 24

Sign Up for the Spring Book Exchange 2.0

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Welcome, Spring!

I know you’re all thrilled to see the return of the book exchanges! I don’t know about you, but during that time between Christmases I really start to feel like I could really use a present. For those who think like me, you’re in luck! Sign ups for the Second Spring Book Exchange begin today! Read on for the details:

The Rules of the Exchange:

      First, here’s a little refresher on how things will work: Each participant will link to at least one wishlist with a collection of titles they’d like to receive from their Santa. Names will be thrown in a virtual hat and drawn so that each person will have a Spring Santa who will give them a book, and a Spring Santee they will give to. Spring Santas will choose titles from their Santee’s wishlist(s). We want to be clear: Everyone who signs up will both give and receive. Sounds like fun? Yeah, we thought so too.
Here are the rules:
  1. You do not have to be a book blogger to participate. Everyone’s welcome!
  2. International participants are welcome, too, anywhere that the Book Depository ships. Please be aware, when you sign up, that you may be assigned an international santee. 
  3. You will need wishlist in order to participate. Where you keep your wishlist–on Goodreads, Amazon, or your blog–is up to you and you will be able to link to two wishlists in the form. If you need help setting up a wishlist, email me and we’ll help you figure it out.
  4. PLEASE NOTE: Spring Santas (SSs–) will chose TWO books from your wishlist for a total of around $18-20. If you want one book for that price, it’s up to you–let your SS know. Also remember that the Book Depository has free shipping. You should not be spending half of your $18-$20 on shipping. This was an issue during a previous exchange, and some people felt they didn’t get a fair exchange.
  5. Pre-ordered items are acceptable ONLY if this is agreed upon by both parties.
  6. You may purchase your books from whatever source you choose, but please do not send used books. Ebooks must be okayed with the santee before purchasing.
  7. Once santas and santees are assigned, addresses will be exchanged between individuals. If you’re not comfortable with this, please do not sign up.
  8. Sign ups begin on March 24, and end on April 7.
  9. After you send the books to your santee, you must fill out the tracking information form I will provide for you.
  10. To join the exchange, you must fill out THIS form. It is also included at the end of this post.

We would highly appreciate it if, after signing up, you would grab the button below and put it in your sidebar. It’s not required, but it would help to spread the word. If you want write up a post announcing your participation, that would be even fawesomer.



Mar 03

Books I Got This Month {6}

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Inspired by the gorgeous Small Review, I’ve decided to start doing monthly (or approximately monthly) “Books I Got This Month” posts. Small usually does “Books I Got This Week” posts, but I am not so ambitious. Once a month is good enough for me. Plus, who doesn’t like an occasional peek into someone else’s shopping bag/mailbox/ereader?

February was a quick, busy month for me, but I still managed to acquire some books. This month I discovered library ebooks. Well, okay, I knew about them before, but I didn’t take advantage much. Until now. This last month I logged on to Overdrive via every single library system of which I’m a member (four, if you were curious) and requested a buncha books.

I bought:



What bookish goodies did you get?



Mar 01

Saturday Swap for March 2014

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In case you haven’t already guessed, Saturday Swap is a meme designed to connect book swappers with other book swappers. Since Spring will begin this month, I’ve decided to clear out my bookshelves in an effort to do a little of that yearly cleaning I’ve heard so much about. Before I share my titles, here’s a rules refresher:

  1. For Bloggers: Make a post on your blog letting everyone know what books you have available for swap. I suggest linking to your wishlist as well (on your blog, Amazon, BD, Goodreads, wherever), for swifter swapping. For Non-Bloggers: Leave a comment listing the books you have available for swap. Include your email in the comment so interested parties can contact you directly.
  2. Grab the button or create your own, but please link back to Ruby’s Reads. All the cool people are doing it.
  3. Once your post is live, enter your info in the linky so everyone can see what you’ve got.
  4. The circumstances surrounding the swaps are up to the individuals. I’m not responsible for lost books. If you’re nervous about swapping with someone you don’t know, I suggest you ask for a delivery confirmation number. HOWEVER: please let me know if someone doesn’t uphold their end of the bargain and I’ll ban them from further swaps.
  5. HAVE FUN!


Since this is a clear-out, I’m offering two-for-one deals on hardcovers and three-for-one on paperbacks and ARCs. Email me if you’re interested in swapping!

Paperbacks and ARCs (3 for 1):

Hardcovers (2 for 1):

My Wishlists:


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