Here are the books I’ve read and the beverages I’ve sipped while reading them over the past few months. A couple of them are continuations of series, and one is a self-help book. The beverages this month happen to be herbal teas, which I imagine I’ll still be drinking until the snow melts in April.
Morning Star by Pierce Brown
If you haven’t read the Red Rising trilogy yet, you’re missing out on some great stuff. Brown does a fantastic job combining space exploration and sci-fi with dystopia and action. And the best part is that the books don’t lose quality the further you get in the series. Morning Star offers more world-building and we get to see what life is like for some of the other colors besides Red and Gold. There is plenty of action and the pace doesn’t slow down for too long a time. Just like the previous two books, this one has several twists. Ofttimes, the reader doesn’t even know what the characters are planning, which adds suspense and mystery. Basically, it’s got a little bit of everything, including romance.
Women & Money: Owning the Power to Control Your Destiny by Suze Orman
I read this book mostly because it was lying around the house and I needed something to read while I waited for my books on hold to arrive at the library. I have seen a few episodes of the Suze Orman Show, and in the book, she reminds us of some of her big dos and don’ts. Given that, there are some points Orman brings up in the book that I don’t think I’ve heard a lot on her show. I thought she had some interesting things to say about managing money and I think they’re good things to ponder over. You probably won’t agree with everything she says (I know I didn’t) but it’s good to see other ways of doing things nonetheless.
The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson
This book started out really slow. It didn’t pick up until about a third of the way through. But once the action got rolling, it was great! Basically, Lisbeth Salander has been connected to three murders and the police believe she is their prime suspect and also a dangerous lunatic. However, Mikael Blomkvist can’t believe that she would murder anyone without a good reason, and knows she isn’t a madman. That starts Blomkvist on his own investigation, along with the fact that one of the murders is connected to Millennium magazine. A mystery man named Zala might be the key to the whole thing, but there are no records of him. The second installment of the Millenium series delves more into Salander’s life and background, and there is plenty of action and mystery once things start going.
Celestial Seasonings Cranberry Vanilla Wonderland Tea
I love when holiday teas come out! This was a flavor I had never seen before, but it sounded good enough so I thought I’d give it a try. It tastes the same as the name, although I might argue there’s more vanilla in it. The box says it’s got cranberry and vanilla flavor along with rooibos, hibiscus, and cinnamon. I wish they had it year-round!
Trader Joe’s Harvest Blend Herbal Tea
When I saw this in the Trader Joe’s Fearless Flyer circular, I knew I needed it. Unfortunately, they were all out the day I went, but they would have more in stock on Friday–Black Friday. Thankfully, Trader Joe’s isn’t insane on Black Friday, so I was able to get some. Taken from the box, it’s “a blend of cinnamon, ginger, hibiscus, chamomile, roasted chicory, orange peel, and apple flavor.” Basically, a steaming hot cup of fall-flavored goodness. I hope they have it next year!