Tea and Milk and All Things Silk

October 21, 2015 books, fun, miscellaneous 12

I’ve been logged out of my own blog, so I figured it’s probably time for a new post. Alyssa created the milk tea tag ages a while ago and – in true Vlora fashion – I decided to do it months later. You’re welcome, creators of tags who would have run their course without me bringing them up once the bandwagon has long derailed, caught fire, and crashed into a mine wall. (Why a mine? Because I was on a 4D motion ride last week and the experience imitated driving through a mine in a wagon, which made me think of Gringotts at the time, but NOW whenever I hear wagon I think of mines. I didn’t say my head makes sense.) (Also, by “derailed, caught fire, and crashed into a mine wall” I mean that it is lovingly remembered and has its own Walk of Fame star.)

Tea: the foundation of your reading life

This one’s easy. I’ve read the Harry Potter books more times than I can count (I mean I probably could count it, because despite what my old math teacher thinks I can actually count all the way up to the double digits, but let’s not go there). They have a special place in my heart; Hogwarts is home; no need to call me Sir, Professor; yadda yadda. I’d show you a picture of my HP books, but some of them don’t have a spine anymore, and we’re working on building up their self-esteem at the moment.

seasonally appropriate Hogwarts gif

Milk: a rich, smooth book

Smooth makes me think of Jace from the Mortal Instruments series, the only tortured, good-looking hero who doesn’t make me want to throw up, because I also happen to find him hilarious. The Shadowhunter world is also pretty rich, despite all the teen drama, so let’s go with that.

“I don’t want to be a man,” said Jace. “I want to be an angst-ridden teenager who can’t confront his own inner demons and takes it out verbally on other people instead.”
“Well,” said Luke, “you’re doing a fantastic job.” (City of Ashes)

At least he owns up to it. And since we’re quoting anyway, have one of my favorites. I think this is when Clary asks Jace what a Latin inscription means.

It means ‘Shadowhunters: Looking Better in Black Than the Widows of our Enemies Since 1234’. (City of Bones)

Sugar: a book you love but is controversial

If we’re talking movies I’d have an immediate answer to this (DOA – Dead or Alive: I love it but literally everyone else hates it), but when it comes to books I’m not that controversial. Ask me which books I hate that other people love next time, THEN we can talk. (Should I bring up Throne of Glass again? Probably not.)

You go, girl.

Ice: a book just for fun

The Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella! I’d throw myself off a cliff if I had to think about clothes that much, but they’re fun to read. I’m struggling with Shopaholic to the Stars though, so I’ve abandoned it for the moment, but I’m sure I’ll get back to it at some point. Also, The Amazing Book Is Not On Fire!

Seriously, shopping should be an Olympic sport.

Silk stocking: a book that’s much better than it sounds

To Kill a Mockingbird is not actually about killing mockingbirds, so if that’s what has been deterring you, there you go. How to Lead a Life of Crime however is about how to lead a life of crime, and you should definitely read it. Finally, Angelfall by Susan Ee is MUCH more gory and banter-heavy than you’d think (that’s a good thing, trust me).

I don’t *think* there was actual dynamite in the book, but I wouldn’t be surprised.

Yinyang: a book with foreign influence

Percy Jackson probably taught me more about Greek mythology than all my history lessons combined, so I’m pretty sure that qualifies. I always take in more information when it’s woven into stories as opposed to when I’m just reading facts. I’m wondering whether my professors would complain if I turned in a short story instead of a term paper…

Pretty sure my professors don’t look like that, but the emotion would probably be the same.

Thanks for tagging me, Alyssa! I just realized I have to tag someone now, so here are my victims vic- oh fine victims:

Jackie @ Books & Tea because she has actual tea reviews, so there’s no escape from this//Kristin @ Simply Bookish Things because she just did the cake book tag and what goes better with cake than tea (don’t say coffee; you know nothing, Jon Snow)//Inge @ Bookshelf Reflections because she’ll probably write something funny if she does it (but no pressure)

What is YOUR book (series) that started it all? And what’s your favorite tea flavor? Do you love fall as much as I do? I doubt it, but feel free to prove me wrong.

12 Responses to “Tea and Milk and All Things Silk”

  1. Alyssa

    My English teacher calls people he forces to answer questions “victimeers”. Just, y’know, FYI. :P

    Thanks so much for doing the tag! Wow, Harry Potter books without a spine? Even I haven’t reached that level of dedication yet. And THE GIFS, though. A+ GIF USE. I think I knew that TKAM wasn’t about mockingbirds, but I flipped through it when I was young and … forgot most of the plot. Whoops. I should really reread it now that I am older and wiser.

    (Wait, you don’t like ToG? I’m debating whether to pick it up — any advice?)
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    • Vlora


      I feel like I’d get along with your English teacher. Clearly he knows where it’s at.

      They’re not all without spines! Just one… or possibly two. Thanks, I’m thinking about putting “professional gif placement” on my CV.

      I liked about 10% of ToG. I think it just really wasn’t what I was expecting TBH. I enjoyed the writing style, but I got really frustrated with the main character and the plot and just basically everything. I think what bothered me most was that it DID have a lot of potential, but the parts that I wanted to see explored were brushed over and others took up ridiculous amounts of the book. I hear the sequels are better, but I never bothered to read on.
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  2. Romi

    I haven’t read the Cassandra Clare books, but I have to say- from what I’ve seen, they have great quotes.
    Ah no, ToG wasn’t for you? Anyhow, I’m totally going to check out the trailer for DOA. DON’T LET ME DOWN NOW, VLORA. Is that gif from it? Or is… that your representation of ToG? I’m confused. It actually speaks to me in a “you must watch it” kind of way, though, so *shrugs*.
    Ah, I love the appreciation for tea. I don’t drink coffee EVER, so the coffee tag that was around a couple months ago wasn’t for me, but this one? TEA IS EVERYTHING. Tea and books and a huge amount of other things, but tea. Tea is good. xx
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    • Vlora


      They DO have great quotes! I went through some of them for this post. Nah, ToG wasn’t really my thing, sadly! I did start to like it towards the end, but not enough to pick up the next book. Yeah, that gif is from the movie, but don’t expect too much haha. It’s based on a video game that oversexualizes women and people criticize that there’s basically no plot, but… I still really like it, oops.

      I’m not a huge coffee drinker either. I don’t HATE it, I just very rarely drink it. I don’t drink a lot of tea over the summer months, but during winter it’s great! I have a very wide tea selection, because I apparently need to have every flavor ever haha
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  3. Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight

    Girl, you know which series started it all for me ;) Well. I guess technically that isn’t completely accurate, because I was in my (late) twenties when I read THG. Because um, it didn’t come out until then ;) SO I guess I would have to say The BabySitters CLub, because holy crap I consumed those like my life depended on it. Not surprisingly, I was obsessed in an unhealthy way ;) This is a fun tag, and I think these people SHOULD be bowing at your feet for reigniting the flames on an old, decrepit tag :D
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    • Vlora


      I’m getting the feeling the answer to every question ever is The Hunger Games with you haha. I don’t know the BabySitters Club – does it involve actual babysitting or is it one of those To Kill a Mockingbird titles because if it does it’s probably not for me. :D Hey, a little obsession can go a long way. It might be the way to hell, but at least we’re going somewhere! IKR? So far no bowing has happened, but the day is young.
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  4. Olivia Roach

    Ooh, I actually really like this tag although I haven’t seen it done anywhere before DD: I would have to agree, Jace is pretty cool and I love his sense of humor ^^ Definitely my kind of good-looking YA guy. I also really like Sophie Kinsella’s writing and humor when it comes to books so those are wonderful for when you want a bit of fun too! Percy Jackson definitely started me off in the Greek mythology area too. I knew nothing before then xD
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