Review: Adagio Tea Book Blends

There is nothing like drinking a cup of warm tea while curling up with your favorite book in front of the fire. Especially in the winter time.

Adagio Teas is a unique line of teas that does a number of literary inspired tea blends and pairings. Now I am far from a tea connoisseur but I know that I like chai, black, and orange teas so surely I would be able to find something that I liked on their website.

I was blown away with how many different fan blends they have for book lovers! There are literally over 100,000 blends! This is mostly a site where readers and fans can create their own blends which I love because it allows the fan to create something special an unique.

You can make your own blend with ease as well as find adorable art (or create/upload your own) to go with whatever book you are reading! It’s truly a wonderfully unique way to get involved with your book and share your love with other readers and tea lovers.

So I decided to try a few blends. I selected 10 based on my tea tastes and book tastes and here is the list:

Jon Snow 

Lady Mary 

Pumpkin Potion 

Perfect Pumpkin Pie Chai 

Pumpkin Chai Latte 

Ours is the Fury 

Orange Spice Rooibos 

Mr Darcy 

Dark Prophecies Draft 

Targaryen Spirits 

Now you can find out more about each tea blend and what they contain as far as flavors and teas by clicking on each link above.

I spent about a month showcasing, reviewing, and pairing my tea samples on my Instagram page which was a super fun way to interact with my readers and followers. I got to meet lots of new people and book lovers in a way that I hadn’t thought of before. So be sure to head over to my Instagram page and follow along.

Anyway, the teas arrived super fast and in small little sample tins. The samples were inexpensive and made about 5 cups depending on how strong you like your tea. Fast shipping as well so I didn’t have to wait weeks for it to arrive. The teas smelled super fresh and the samples were in tins so nothing leaked out in the box.

The first one I busted into was the Jon Snow blend. I was really impressed with the balance of the blend. The person who created this one had a vision and it was spot on. It had a little hint of ginger for edge and a kick, but the other ingredients balanced it out making it smooth and memorable.

I won’t go into detail about every single tea I tried because that would take pages. But I feel confident that I leaned a lot about teas in this experiment. There are literally hundreds of blends you can try or create your own. The website is easy to navigate and the teas have a gourmet feel for a fraction of the price. And seriously who can resist a tin with your favorite book character or title on it?

This is such a fun company and I highly encourage anyone who loves tea and books to try them out. Or send a few samples to your relative for holiday gifts! I know I am wording a bunch as stocking stuffers for all my bookish friends and family members!

 

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Read-a-ton 10 years, 10 books

Get ready for a walk down memory lane readers. Nostalgia warning…..

This year I decided on a whim to participate in Dewey’s 24 hour Readathon. I feel like every single year I miss this event and that just makes me sad so this year I decided it was now or never. At the urging of some of my bookish friends, I did sign up.

So far I am 10 hours in and I’ve finished one book and am almost done with another. I hope to finish 3 books but would be happy with 2. I am documenting my pursuits on Instagram and on Twitter so please follow along.

What is the purpose of this post you ask? Well every hour or so, Dewey’s hosts mini challenges which I have actively been participating in throughout the day on my Twitter and Instagram.

This hour is about 10 years, 10 books where we are asked to post our favorite books published during every year the Dewey’s Readathon has been happening. I decided that a post on Twitter or other social media was rather overwhelming so I thought I would post a singular list here.

So here it goes:

2007: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 

2008: Graceling (Graceling #1)

2009: An Echo in the Bone (Outlander #7) 

2010: Mischief of the Mistletoe (Pink Carnation #7)

2011: The Night Circus 

2012: Shadow of Night (All Souls Trilogy) 

2013: Letters from Skye 

2014: The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles, #1)

2015: The Lake House 

2016: A Murder in Time (Kendra Donovan #1) 

2017: The Last Christmas in Paris 

Announcement: Short Break From Aug 2016-Oct 2016

Hello fellow readers and fans!

The prince who was promised is arriving in the next week! For those that didn’t know…….I have a baby coming in Aug and he will be ‘the stallion who mounts the world’!

I plan on taking off a couple of months from blogging/reviewing to celebrate the birth of our new baby.

So from July to the middle of Oct 2016, I will be taking a break and my posts will be minimal as I don’t know how busy I will be with a new baby, I thought it best to limit my reviews for a couple of months.

Now obviously if time allows I will be posting reviews and other things but only as time permits. I have more availability to post things like special features and book blasts so please keep an eye out for those types of posts, but as for reviews, I am scaling back for a couple of months.

I will return the middle of Oct with new fall reviews and reading! I already have a couple of great books on the calendar to review for Oct…..I can’t wait to share with you!

I am still accepting/considering books for review so please feel free to email me your pitches at thelitbitch@me.com and I will continue to respond as time allows but know that my calendar will not be open until Oct. Thank you all! I will be sure to post a picture of ‘the prince who was promised’ on the blog and my social media when he arrives!

Special Feature: Interactive Quiz–A Guide to Literary Britain!

2016 is going to be a big year for book to movie adaptations! And with the amount of big screen adaptions taking place this year, we were wondering if you can tell your Brontë from your Blyton, your Amis from your Austen?

Travelzoo have cherry-picked 11 of the finest, most evocative entries in the canon of British literature for their interactive quiz – Guide to Literary Britain – featuring authors such as Winston Graham, Muriel Spark, Dylan Thomas, C.S. Lewis, Thomas Hardy and many more!

All you’ve got to do is match the tale to the right city or region. For more information on each of the locations including what to see & do, top tips and interesting facts, please see here.

This is a super fun interactive game/quiz that you can play over and over again! Be sure to check it out today!

Review: Mistress of Rome (The Empress of Rome #1) by Kate Quinn

Thea has known nothing but pain for most of her life. Sold as a slave from Judea, the young Jewish girl now lives in Rome and works in the house of a cruel mistress, Lepida.

Lepida’s father is in charge of coordinating the gladiator games in Rome and often Lepida and Thea follow him to watch the carnage of the fighting pits.

While watching a fight, the crowd is captivated by a fighter known only as the Barbarian. Women throw themselves at him and yet he refuses them. When Lepida sends Thea with a note to the Barbarian, Thea and the fearsome fighter begin a tedious friendship which gradually turns to love.

When Lepida finds out, she is blind with jealousy…..what could Thea have that she doesn’t? So she sells Thea as a prostitute. What Lepida can’t know is that Thea will eventually capture the attention of the most powerful man in Rome…..the Emperor.

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