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.
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 Things On My Bookish Bucket List
- Visit the Lake District. I heard so much about this magical area of England from Jane Austen that I feel my life won’t be complete until I do. (Above)
- Read all of Georgette Heyer’s short stories. Pistols for Two, which is the only published collection of Heyer’s short stories, is a treasured comfort reread for me. I’d love to be able to read the rest of this delightful author’s oeuvre.
- Visit Prince Edward Island. Okay, this is part bookish and part the movie, but all Anne of Green Gables. Have you seen how gorgeous that place is?
- Read A Glove Shop in Vienna and Other Stories by Eva Ibbotson. As a major Eva Ibbotson fan (and especially now that she’s passed on), I’m determined to read this hard-to-find collection of her short stories!
- Speaking of Eva Ibbotson–I have to visit Vienna!
- Move to Paris, fall in love and eat lots of chocolate made for me by a handsome Frenchman. technically have wanted to do this before I read Laura Florand’s Amour et Chocolat series, but I’m still counting it!
- Meet Laura Florand. I’d like to pick that lady’s brain! I want to know all about living in France, where to get the best chocolate…and just generally bask in her superior French knowledge.
- Write a book of my own. I’ve been incredibly unmotivated to write in the last couple of years, but when I read a book that hits me just right, it always makes me want to start writing again. It’s one of my goals for 2014. I’m gonna do it!
If you stop by, leave a comment! I’ll return the visit!
The Rules of the Exchange:
- You do not have to be a book blogger to participate. Everyone’s welcome!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Pre-ordered items are acceptable ONLY if this is agreed upon by both parties.
- 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.
- Once santas and santees are assigned, addresses will be exchanged between individuals. If you’re not comfortable with this, please do not sign up.
- Sign ups begin on March 24, and end on April 7.
- After you send the books to your santee, you must fill out the tracking information form I will provide for you.
- To join the exchange, you must fill out THIS form. It is also included at the end of this post.
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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.
- The Liberator by Victoria Scott–Since I loved The Collector, I really shouldn’t have waited to buy this one. Since I got an Amazon gift card for Christmas, I went for the plunge.
- Black Dog by Rachel Neumeier–I’ve heard Rachel Neumeier’s name, or at least seen it–around the blogosphere, but I’ve never read anything by her. However, she’s apparently a fan of Laura Florand and when I heard that, it tipped the edges in this book’s favor.
- The Splendor Falls and Spirit and Dust by Rosemary Clement-Moore–Since I thought that Texas Gothic was a lot of fun when I read it, I’ve been looking forward to the follow-up, Spirit and Dust. Which in turn made me want to read The Splendor Falls. Which is, so far, awesome.
- Night School by CJ Daugherty–The English boarding school setting seems like it would make this book a slam-dunk. Nope. Here be proof that ticking the boxes isn’t necessarily a recipe for success.
- The Kingdom by Amanda Stevens–I recently reread the first Graveyard Queen book, The Restorer, in a read-along with Small. I thought she’d enjoy the Southern Gothic flavor of the series. Turns out I was right that she’d like it, but Amanda Stevens got Charleston complete wrong. Ah, well, we’re continuing with our reread anyway. Book two is going well, in case you were wondering.
What bookish goodies did you get?
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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:
- 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.
- Grab the button or create your own, but please link back to Ruby’s Reads. All the cool people are doing it.
- Once your post is live, enter your info in the linky so everyone can see what you’ve got.
- 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.
- 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):
- Relic by Heather Terrell
- The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepard
- Unbreakable by Elizabeth Norris
- Outpost by Anne Aguirre
- Waterfall and Cascade by Lisa Tawn Bergerin
- Matched by Allie Condie
- Tumble and Fall by Alexandra Coutts
- Nightspell by Leah Cypess
- Lilly of the Nile by Stephanie Dray
Touch of Frost, Kiss of Frost, Dark Frost and Crimson Frost by Jennifer Estep
- Once Dead, Twice Shy by Kim Harrison
- Deviant by Helen Fitzgerald
- Mojo by Tim Thorpe
- The Carrier of the Mark by Fallon
- Tris and Izzie by Harrison
- Rush by Iverson
- Magesterium by Hirsch
- Replica by Jenna Black
- Fury by Elizabeth Miles
- Entice by Jessica Shirvington
- Daybreak, Midnight and Nightfall by Ellen Connor
- Crusade and Damned by Holder and Viguie
Forbidden by James and James
- Above by Bobet
- Hearts at Stake, Blood Feud and Out for Blood by Alyxandra Harvey
- Origin by Khoury
- Legend by Lu
- Wake by McMann
Skylark by Spooner
- Elemental by White
Beautiful Lies by Warman
- League of Strays by
- Olivia Twisted by Barnes
Allegiance by Kluver
- Tempest by Cross
Spellbound by Shultz
- Loop by Lawson
- Venom by Paul
- Falling Kingdoms by Rhodes
- Fathomless by Pearce
- Awakened and Destined by Cast
- Pushing the Limits and Dare You To by Katie McGarry
- City of Bones and City of Ashes by Clare
Hardcovers (2 for 1):
- Hanging by a Thread by Sophie Littlefield
- Insurgent by Veronica Roth
- Possession by JR Ward
- Revealed by Cast
- The Shattering by Healey
- Falling for Hamlet by Ray
- Blessed by Hurley
- Solstice by Hoover
Cinders and Sapphires by Rasheed
- The Book of Blood and Shadow by Wasserman
- The Immortal Rules by Kagawa
- Nerve by Ryan
Mind Games by White
- City of Glass, The Clockwork Angel and The Clockwork Prince by Clare
- Luminous by Metcalf
- All You Never Wanted by Griffin
- Crossed by Condie
- Unleashed by Holder and Viguie