15 February 2014

Book Blogger Love-A-Thon

Today is the official start of the 2014 Book Blogger Love-a-thon, hosted by Katelyn and Alexa. It's two days of spreading the love for book blogs and the bloggers behind them! Check out the host's websites for the amazing list of all of the wonderful things that are happening across the book blogosphere!

I'm late to the party, but here's my answers to the set questions. I had a lot of fun answering them and it was much more difficult that I realised! No matter how much I yammer on about books, narrowing it down is harder than it sounds!


How did you come up with your blog name?

It's no secret that I'm tea obsessed. In fact, I'm grossly tea obsessed. I love my tea and I even blend my own when the season's right. I always always have a cup in my hand. Especially when I'm reading. Look out for a few recipes in spring/summer so you can make your own. Basically my tea-obsession and my tea parties lead to me being called Tea Party Princess by my friends. It's a pretty name so why not!

What genre or subject matter do you read and review most on your blog?

Oh, that's a hard one! I guess it's mostly YA and NA of any genre, with a smattering of adult and lots of crime/mystery/thriller thrown in for good measure.

Name the three books you're excited for in 2014!

Finding Jennifer Jones by Anne Cassidy - I even have my hands on it already! Rhubarbs and Circuses by Sally Winter is one I'm looking forward too, it looks so good. And finally Dead Men's Bones by James Oswald, the fourth in the Inspector McLean series.

Where in the world are you blogging from?

I'm blogging from a little village in the North East of England. And I'm not kidding when I tweet that I'm walking across a field to get to the nearest pub.

Tell us - how did you get into blogging in the first place?

I started just blogging everything and anything. But I guess the reviewing started when my school librarian gave me an ARC of Kevin Brooks' Black Rabbit Summer to review. Then I found Goodreads and became addicted! I love the freedom my blog gives me to say what I want and run awesome giveaways and host tours.

Apart from reading, what other hobbies/interests do you have?

More reading? Haha! I guess it's tea drinking, bird watching and walking around National Trust and English Heritage properties. I'm an old soul really.

If you were stuck on a deserted island, which books would you bring with you?

I Capture The Castle by Dodie Smith - it's the best book I've ever read, my favourite from the very first time I read it in high school when I was thirteen. It's the only book I'd need really! Apart from maybe a "How To Survive on a Deserted Island for Dummies".

If you were stuck in some dangerous situation (like a fire, a sinking ship, a war zone), which book boy or girl would you want to come and save you?

Eeek! I have no idea! Uuhhm... Erica Bruce from Valerie Laws' Bruce and Bennett series. She's a kickass gal who can take care of herself. And so freaking strong!

You're at a party with your friends. Suddenly, the DJ changes the song and it's YOUR song - what song would that be?

I guess I'd be something by Birdy or Regina Spektor. Everyone else would groan and mutter "how'd you dance to this?" but I love their music. So beautiful.

What three movies would you love to have your favorite author turn into a book, or vice versa?

Films into books all the way! I'd love to see Martyn Pig by Kevin Brooks, The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson and Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch.


  1. Hi Cora- it's nice to meet you! I love your blog name and it's inspiring me to make a pot of tea in fact :) I'm going to make it black tea since I didn't sleep too well last night.

    I'm looking forward to your tea recipes. Yum!

    I love bird watching too. It seems like a popular pastime for book bloggers!

    Great taste in music- Birdy and Regina Spektor are awesome.

    Happy loveathoning!

  2. I love your blog name! I just got into tea within the past two years so I'm still discovering. Any favorites?

    LOVE Birdy and Regina! That's the type of stuff I typically listen to! I have such good memories with my now husband Will and Regina Spektor. Back in college when we were first dating Begin To Hope had just come out and I HAD to have it. So I bought it and we would always just hang out in his car and talk and listen to music just to get away from people and he listened to like only rap (we are a hilarious pair musically) but he would let me listen to that album over and over in his car...guess he really liked me since he HATED it. PSH I think he totally loved it but didn't want to admit it after awhile.

    1. The Tea Shed is a pretty amazing company which does some pretty amazing blends of tea - plus, it's all packaged in a disposable cup for when you're on the move and they all have gorgeous names.

      Nothing better than sitting with a book with Regina Spektor's entire catalogue playing in the background!

  3. I'm so jealous of where you live! I went on vacation to Alnwick a few years ago and loved it up there. My mother is from Kent, so it was very interesting to see Northern England and the differences between the regions. Would love a pint! :P

    And just because I fail at Blogspot comments and having them link to the right account, here's my blog to help you figure out who I am! :P Playing Jokers

    1. I love Alnwick! Took a weekend break there (I love where I live too much and usually just pick somewhere else in Northumberland to take a break!) and it was lovely. Did you go to the Treehouse Restaurant or the Gardens/Castle?

      And speaking of pints, the mirco-breweries up here are delightful!

  4. I've just started to become obsessed with tea! I prefer vanilla, mint, chocolate flavors, but have a peculiar preference for Lady Grey tea. Also, you mentioned I Capture the Castle, which is a book I've heard a lot about but have yet to read!

  5. Oh, I adore I Capture the Castle! What a cute blog you have. So glad I found it!

  6. I like that your blog includes your love of tea! I bet you love the EpicReads #teatime every week! <3


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