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TOP TEN TUESDAY: Favourite Things to Eat/Drink While Reading

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book meme which was created by The Broke and the Bookish in 2010 and is now hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. Each Tuesday, Jana assigns a topic and posts their top ten list which fits the topic.

The topic for today is Top Ten Favourite Things to Eat/Drink While Reading, so here goes!

I don’t tend to eat or drink that much while reading but it does depend on where I am at the time.

1. A Cup of Tea

My absolute favourite thing to drink while reading is a cup of tea (I know, I know, typical Brit).

2. Toast

This goes hand-in-hand with my cup of tea, but only on days when I’m not at work and have time to read whilst eating breakfast!

3. Water

This is one of the only other things I drink while reading, purely because I drink water almost as much as I drink tea.

4. Pasta Salad

At work, I usually go for lunch at the same time as a bunch of women from other offices within the building. If I know I’m going to be eating lunch alone (e.g. people are on holiday or I’m going for lunch at a different time), then I tend to make pasta salad for my lunch that day, so I can eat with one hand and hold my book/phone (if I’m reading an e-book) in the other hand.

5. Skittles

I used to love Skittles. I don’t love them as much now, but they still make a good snack for while you’re reading!

6. Crisps

Crisps are definitely my weakness snack-wise. While reading, if I am eating something, I prefer it to be something which I can eat one-handed, so I can turn the pages with the other hand without ruining them, so crisps are ideal for this.

7. Strawberries/Grapes/Blueberries/Raspberries

This is like the healthier version of eating crisps while reading. I like all of the above and they’re all the perfect size for snacking on while reading!

8. Haribos

I do try not to eat sweets and I have been pretty successful but sometimes, I do like having some Haribo sweets to eat while reading. My favourites are Tangfastics.

9. Strawberry/Chocolate Milk

This isn’t something I drink regularly but when I do drink it, it’s usually while reading. It always reminds me of the Charlie and Lola series, which I used to love.

10. Biscuits

The ultimate reading snack – especially with a cup of tea! Particular favourites include Jaffa Cakes, Dark Chocolate Digestives and Rich Tea Biscuits.

What are your favourite things to eat or drink when reading?

Elanor 🙂

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Get to know the blogger: 10 facts about me

I’ve had my blog for a little over three years and I’ve never really done a post about me…

So here are 10 (hopefully interesting) facts about me!

1. I’m English (and yes, I love tea).

2. My favourite colour is blue.

3. My Hogwarts house is Hufflepuff.

4. I love cacti and succulents as house plants, but I only have six currently as I seem to have an uncanny ability to kill plants.

5. I have two dogs.

6. I’m a Christian.

7. My current favourite book is The Host by Stephanie Meyer.

8. I was named after the Elanor flower in The Lord of the Rings as my Dad is a massive fan of the series.

9. My favourite childhood author was Enid Blyton and my favourite current author is either Agatha Christie or Cassandra Clare.

10. My fictional birthday twin is Draco Malfoy from J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series.

Extra Note: I created a Twitter account for my book blog yesterday – it’s @teatimereading and I’d love it if you gave me a follow!

Elanor 🙂

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Cinema Sunday: Downton Abbey (2019)

Cinema Sunday is a meme created by Escape 2 Fiction, in which she showcases a review for a movie which she has seen recently.

On Friday, the long-awaited Downton Abbey film was released into cinemas and I was first in line to see it!

That wasn’t even a joke, I went to see it on the day it was released into cinemas.

I’m a massive fan of Downton Abbey and it feels like I’ve been waiting forever for this to come out!

The trailer can be viewed here.

The Plot

The film starts with the news that the King and Queen will be spending a night at Downton Abbey as part of a tour of the country. The rest of the film is then centred on the preparations for the visit and the visit itself.

What I Liked

The best thing was definitely seeing it on the cinema screen!

I loved seeing more of the lives of all the characters after the finale episode (which feels like forever ago).

It felt like the film tied up a few things (not everything) that hadn’t been completely resolved in the final episode and I do think they’ve left it open to do another film, or even just a “special” episode!

The Film Stars…

  • Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley
  • Laura Carmichael as Lady Edith Crawley
  • Hugh Bonneville as Lord Grantham
  • Elizabeth McGovern as Lady Grantham
  • Allen Leech as Tom Branson
  • Maggie Smith as the Dowager Countess of Grantham
  • Matthew Goode as Henry Talbot
  • Harry Hadden-Paton as Bertie Pelham

And so so so many more amazing actors!

Overall Rating

I absolutely loved the film and I want to see it again before it leaves the cinemas!


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Stacking the Shelves (14th September 2019)

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly book meme which is co-hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and Reading Reality, in which you are encouraged to share the books which you are adding to your shelves this week (including books you have bought, borrowed or received as gifts)!

I have tried not to buy or borrow too many books lately as I’m running out of shelf space!

That being said, I did add to my shelves this week…

Books I’ve Bought

This week, I purchased a copy of Crooked House by Agatha Christie. I think I have seen the television adaptation of this book but I’ve never read it, so I’m looking forward to this arriving! I try and buy all my Agatha Christie books second-hand because I like the old covers.

Books I’ve Reserved

After enjoying the Agatha Raisin audiobook I borrowed, I decided to give another a try. I’ve reserved the first Agatha Raisin (Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death) audiobook with my local library but it won’t actually be available for me to borrow until November as it’s on loan!

Books I’ve Borrowed

I borrowed a copy of Agatha Christie’s A Murder Is Announced from my local library. I’m going to see the Middle Ground Theatre Ltd’s production of the play with my best friend and so I want to read the book first! I have seen the TV adaption of this novel (and I love it) so I do know what happens though!

Have you added many books to your shelves this week?

Elanor 🙂

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A Tour Of My Bookshelves: Shelves 0, 1 & 2

I have seen what feels like hundreds of bloggers doing tours of their bookshelves and I’ve always wanted to do one of my own!

Unfortunately (read: fortunately), I have too many shelves to include in one post…unless that post was to be numerous pages long, so I plan to cover two or three shelves per post, over a period of a few weeks.

I don’t have set shelves for my TBR books, they’re mainly just shoved onto any shelf with a gap, so I may have read all the books on a shelf, or I may have only read half of them.

Most of the bookshelf tours I have seen have been on BookTube and the creator usually shows the full shelf and then holds up each book in turn, giving it a star rating if they have read it or stating that it is still on their TBR if they are yet to read it, so I will attempt to follow this example.

In this post, I will give a tour of my shelves 0, 1 and 2. Shelf 0 is the top of my bookcase, which I usually keep framed photos on, but that I currently have a pile of books, which I ccannot find shelf space for, piled on and shelves 1 and 2 are the first and second shelves of my first (of two) bookcases.

Shelf 0

The top of my bookshelf is as shown below:

Most of my books on this “shelf” are on my TBR as they are books which I have bought most recently.

The books on this shelf-that-isn’t-a-shelf that are still on my TBR are:

  • A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
  • Looking For Captain Poldark by Rowan Coleman
  • Heroes of the Coffee Rota by Dave Walker
  • The Exciting World of Churchgoing by Dave Walker
  • Emma and I by Sheila Hocken
  • A Bad Bride’s Tale by Polly Williams
  • Agatha Raisin and the Busy Body by M. C. Beaton
  • A Dog Called Hope by Jason Morgan and Damien Lewis
  • Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott

The books on this shelf/pile that I have read are:

  • The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige – ⭐⭐⭐
  • Nine Perfect Strangers by Lianne Moriarty – ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Shelf 1

My first bookshelf is shown below:

This shelf is my Agatha Christie shelf. I have almost a full shelf of her books as she’s one of my favourite authors (can you tell?) and, as a result of this, I have read most of the books on this shelf.

The books on my first shelf that are still on my TBR are:

  • The Seven Dials Mystery by Agatha Christie
  • Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie
  • Curtain by Agatha Christie

The books on this shelf which I have read are:

  • The Host by Stephanie Meyer – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Mystery in White by J. Jefferson Farjeon – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Miraculous Mysteries by Martin Edwards – ⭐⭐⭐

The following are all by Agatha Christie:

  • The Mysterious Affair at Styles – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • The Murder on the Links – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Peril at End House – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Murder on the Orient Express – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • The ABC Murders – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Death on the Nile – ⭐⭐⭐
  • Five Little Pigs – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • After the Funeral – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Dead Man’s Folly – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Cat Among the Pigeons – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding – ⭐⭐⭐
  • Hallowe’en Party – ⭐⭐⭐
  • The Body in the Library – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • The Moving Finger – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • A Pocket Full Of Rye – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 4:50 From Paddington – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • The Mirror Crack’d From Side to Side – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • A Caribbean Mystery – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Nemesis – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Miss Marple’s Final Cases (x2) – ⭐⭐⭐
  • The Pale Horse – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • The Man in the Brown Suit – ⭐⭐⭐
  • And Then There Were None – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • The Mystery of the Blue Train – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Appointment With Death and other plays – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Sleeping Murder – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Sparkling Cyanide – ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Shelf 2

This is my second bookshelf:

I did begin to try and organise this shelf by having different short series together but it didn’t entirely work out.

My second shelf has the following books which are still on my TBR:

  • Warleggan by Winston Graham
  • The Black Moon by Winston Graham

This shelf also has the following books which I have read:

  • One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • First Class Murder by Robin Stevens – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Rose by Holly Webb – ⭐⭐⭐
  • Rose and the Lost Princess by Holly Webb – ⭐⭐⭐
  • Rose and the Magician’s Mask by Holly Webb – ⭐⭐⭐
  • Rose and the Silver Ghost by Holly Webb – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • The Vintage Teacup Club by Vanessa Greene – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • The Seafront Tearooms by Vanessa Greene – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Ross Poldark by Winston Graham – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Demelza by Winston Graham – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Jeremy Poldark by Winston Graham – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Insurgent by Veronica Roth – ⭐⭐⭐
  • Allegiant by Veronica Roth – ⭐⭐⭐
  • Four by Veronica Roth – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee – ⭐⭐⭐

I still have 7 shelves to feature in my tour so watch this space!

I do also have pieces of paper, framed photographs and other little bits and pieces scattered about on my shelves but I’m trying not to include these in the photos.

Have you read any of these books?

Elanor 🙂

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Reader Problems Book Tag

I’ve seen this tag on a few different blogs and I really like the sound of it, so I’m going to give it a go! I definitely suffer from a number of these reader problems.

I’m not sure who the creator of this tag is, so if anyone does know, please let me know in the comments.

You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?

I could quite easily have this many books on my TBR and I would just do what I alway do when deciding what to read next; just pick whichever book I fancy reading at the time.

You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you put it down or are you committed?

Really, it depends on what I was reading. If it was part of a series, I would try to finish it so I could decide whether or not to read the rest of the series. If it was a standalone, I’d probably just put it to one side to (maybe) go back to later.

The end of the year is coming and you’re behind on your reading challenge. Do you try to catch up? And if so, how?

This actually happened to me last year. I tried to read a few smaller books to catch up but it didn’t work. If I tried to catch up would depend on what I was reading at the time, but I would normally at least attempt to.

The covers of a series you love do not match. How do you cope?

I would still buy them (obviously) but I would complain about it to anyone that would listen: my family, my boyfriend, my friends and on my blog and Bookstagram.

Everyone and their mothers love a book that you do not. Who do you bond with over your shared feelings?

Usually, I would just blog about it but I do sometimes complain about it to my boyfriend or best friend, even if neither of them have read the book.

You’re reading a book in public and you’re about to start crying. How do you deal?

I would have to put the book to one side and do something else to try and distract myself for a while, like put in my earphones and listen to some music, or go and buy a drink and then go back to the book and just try my hardest not to cry.

The sequel to a book you loved just came out but you’ve forgotten a lot of what happens. Are you going to reread it?

This happens to me a lot and I rarely reread the first book before starting the next, I just start reading it and usually remember things as I go along.

You do not want anyone borrow your books. How do you politely say no when someone asks?

I very rarely let anyone borrow my books. I usually just agree but in a very vague manner and never mention it again…

You have picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over this reading slump?

I usually take a break and start watching a new TV series and then go back to reading when I feel like it.

There are so many books coming out that you are dying to read. How many do you end up buying?

I would eventually buy them all, but I would buy the books which were part of a series first and buy the standalones later.

Ater you purchase all of these books that you’ve been dying to read, how long do they sit on your shelves before you get to them?

If they were books in a series, I would probably start them straight away…if not, they would usually sit on my TBR shelf for months until I got around to them.

I would like to nominate following blogs to complete this tag (if you want to):

A Little Haze Book Blog

Nomadic Worlds

Escape 2 Fiction

Happy reading!

Elanor 🙂

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Hardbacks or paperbacks: which is the real winner?

A constant debate I have with myself and others when buying books is do I buy a hardback or a paperback?

Now it has to be said that both formats have their pros and cons, but one question remains: which is the better format?

The Pros of Paperbacks

  • Light & easy to carry around in your bag
  • Usually cheaper than hardbacks
  • Can usually fit more on your shelves as they’re thinner

The Pros of Hardbacks

  • Don’t get damaged as easily (bent corners etc.)
  • The spines don’t get damaged as you read them

The Cons of Paperbacks

  • The corners bend and crease so easily when you’re carrying them around in your bag
  • The spine cracks or creases when you read them

The Cons of Hardbacks

  • They’re usually too heavy to carry around with you
  • They’re usually more expensive than paperbacks
  • They take up more room on your shelves so you can’t fit as many on them

In Conclusion

While hardbacks will always be more durable and last longer than paperbacks, they are usually more expensive, far bigger and obviously a great deal heavier than paperbacks.

Paperbacks have a tendency to damage more easily than hardbacks, but they do tend to be cheaper and are smaller and lighter, making it easier to keep one with you and fit them all on your shelves, therefore, my conclusion is that paperbacks are the better format!

Which format do you think is the best?

Elanor 🙂

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TOP TEN TUESDAY: Books On My TBR I’m Avoiding Reading and Why

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book meme which was created by The Broke and the Bookish in 2010 and is now hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. Each Tuesday, Jana assigns a topic and posts their top ten list which fits the topic.

The topic for today is Top Ten Books On My TBR I’m Avoiding Reading and Why and it turns out I have quite a few, so here goes!

1. Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Illustrated Short Stories by Arthur Conan Doyle

This book seems to have been on my TBR forever (well, since November 2016) and I have to admit, I have been putting off reading it, even though I want to. It’s a massive book and not one I’ll be able to carry around in my bag; plus the size makes it a pretty daunting read.

2. Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie

I actually really want to read this book as I love Agatha Christie’s books, but I want to read it around Christmas. I actually planned to read it last Christmas and just totally forgot that I even owned it until Christmas was over…I’m avoiding reading this one until at least late November.

3. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows

I’ve heard so so so many good things about this book, which was the reason I picked it up in the first place. However, all the good things I’ve heard about it have also made me worry that it won’t live up to all the hype or that I won’t like it, hence why I’ve been avoiding reading it.

4. Agatha Raisin and the Busy Body by M. C. Beaton

This is a book which I only added to my TBR last month and already I’m avoiding reading it! I have a solid reason though – the book is set at Christmastime so I’m saving this to read in December.

5. Christmas Cakes and Mistletoe Nights by Carole Matthews

This is another book I only added to my TBR last month but that I’m already avoiding reading. It’s another Christmas book, so as much as I’m looking forward to reading it (it’s the sequel to a book that I loved), I want to save it for December.

6. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

It feels like I’ve had this book on my TBR forever…

My history teacher at college was obsessed with it, so I bought a copy, fully intending to read it while at college but more than two years later and I still haven’t started reading it. I did start reading it a few years ago, but I couldn’t really get into it, so I’ve been avoiding reading it incase I don’t enjoy it – I’ve just heard so many positive things and I don’t want to be disappointed.

7. A Winter Flame by Milly Johnson

I have enjoyed every Milly Johnson book that I have read, but for personal reasons I keep avoiding reading it. Maybe one day…

8. Curtain by Agatha Christie

This is the final of Agatha Christie’s books featuring Poirot and so I’m a little apprehensive. I know I’ll enjoy the book, but it feels so final with it being Poirot’s last appearance; I am avoiding reading it because of this.

9. Midwinter of the Spirit by Phil Rickman

This book was given to me by a family friend almost three years ago and I’ve been avoiding reading it ever since. It’s about a female vicar who works as an exorcist and I’m just not convinced that I’m going to enjoy it…

10. The Nine Giants by Edward Marston

This is one of the Elizabethan Mystery books, which I liked the sound of when I first picked it up. I did pick this up to read back in February but I couldn’t get into it and didn’t even get past the first chapter. I stuck it back on my TBR and I’ve been avoiding reading it ever since, just in case I don’t like it.

Do you have any/many books on your TBR that you’re avoiding reading?

Elanor 🙂

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Listening To My First Ever Audiobook!

I recently borrowed and listened to my first ever audiobook!

The book I borrowed was Agatha Raisin and the Fairies of Fryfam by M. C. Beaton and was read by Penelope Keith.

Initial Thoughts

I listened to three chapters in the first day – it’s so much more convenient than reading a physical book; I listened to it while ironing and preparing my lunch for work.

At first, I found the narrator slightly irritating, but I did get used to listening to a book rather than reading it sooner than I expected.

Opinions On The Book

I actually quite enjoyed this book. I’ve only read one Agatha Raisin book before and I didn’t really enjoy it but I really enjoyed listening to this one!

The plot was quite interesting and I didn’t manage to correctly guess anything which happened.

Downsides/Cons Of Audiobooks

One negative was that I actually fell asleep while listening to this audiobook and then couldn’t remember which part I had fallen asleep at, so it took a while to find my place again.

A few times, I zoned out while listening and had to skip back to listen to it again because I hadn’t taken in what was happening.

The only other “downside” is that I don’t feel like I can count it as a book that I’ve read, as I haven’t physically read it.

Would I Listen To More?

I think I will definitely be borrowing more audiobooks from my local library (I have one on reserve), but I don’t think I’ll buy any for the same reason I don’t really buy ebooks; I don’t like to buy them when I’m not getting a physical copy.

Audiobooks: Yay or Nay?

I was actually pretty impressed with my first ever audiobook. I don’t think I’ll ever listen to more audiobooks than I read physical books, but it’s nice to have the option.

Overall, I did enjoy listening to an audiobook more than I expected and I plan to listen to more in the future, but I definitely prefer a physical book.

What is your opinion on audiobooks?

Elanor 🙂

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Highlights From My Bookstagram

I’ve mentioned a few times on my blog that I have a Bookstagram account and many of the photos I use in my posts, can be found on my Bookstagram account.

My Bookstagram account is @reading_at_teatime and I created it around the summer of 2015.

I thought it would be fun to create a blog post featuring some of my favourite photos from my Bookstagram, although I have tried to pick those which I haven’t included in posts on here before.

As you can tell, I feature a range of different books on my account. I would love it if you liked it enough to give it a follow!

Do you have a Bookstagram account? Leave your @ below and I’ll check it out!

Elanor 🙂