Did real life keep you away from Brown Books & Green Tea this month? No worries! July has been an absolutely crazy month for me, so I hope you all have been satisfied with quality instead of quantity. Here’s the July Wrap-Up!
Teas I’ve been obsessed with:
Ginger Beer from David’s Tea: I haven’t tried this yet, but I’m so excited! Ginger beer is my favorite beverage– alcoholic or no. I love the harsh bite in the back of my throat when I drink it, so I’m hoping I get a little bit of that in this tea.
Coconut Cream Pie from David’s Tea: This might be way too sweet for me, but since coconut cream pie is up there on my list of desserts, I knew I had to give it a try. A friend of mine bought some, and I stole a bit. I’ll let you know how it tastes!
Oolong Orange Blossom: I mentioned this tea last month, but I used it for the 4th of July to make a great bourbon cocktail! Details were posted up on my Instagram page,
but here they are for those that missed it:
- Under the Udala Trees, by Chinelo Okparanta: I highly recommend this book to people interested in books about the LGBTQ community in less conventional cultural settings.
- 6 Times Nayyirah Waheed Embodied ‘Black Lives Matter’ in Poetry: This started off as a review of Salt., but ended up being so much more. This might be my favorite post on the blog at the moment.
- The Conjoined, by Jen Sookfong Lee: This book reminded me how few mysteries and thrillers I read. I absolutely loved it, and recommend it to people who like thoughtful crime novels.
- Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Books for the Literary Traveler: I rarely do Top Ten Tuesdays anymore, but this one called my name. If you’re itching to travel, but don’t have the budget, here are some books that are set outside of the United States and United Kingdom.
- What got me thinking in July: You know what books I read, but if you’re interested in what I read around the net, here’s your chance. I love compiling these posts every few months!
Diverse Book Blogger Features:
This was an AMAZING month for blogger features– definitely two of my best interviews thus far!
Pro Tip: If you’d like me to do a guest post for your blog, just drop me a message on the ‘Contact’ page! I’m always willing, especially if you give me a few weeks’ notice.
- Barbara and Zora: Reflections on Reading as Tribute @ Pages & Margins: Here, I talk about my Zora Neale Hurston reading goals for August.
- Diversity in Speculative Fiction @ Scifi & Scary: The title is a bit self-explanatory, but I had a blast researching for this piece on diversity issues in the genre. I kept it broad, using speculative fiction versus science fiction or any of the other offshoots.
As you can see, July was a rather low key month here at Brown Books & Green Tea– but there’s a lot on the horizon. August is going to be a great month, because I’m planning a 1 year anniversary relaunch! Then, I’ll be spending the month wading through Zora Neale Hurston’s extensive bibliography, so stay tuned for some great reviews and reflections! Let me know if there are any works I should start with!