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Hello Hello! How are you?

I’m back with another different post today, one I’ve been so excited about for a little while! You may already know but I’m part of a book club on Goodreads called Coffee Break Book Club where were vote for the books we will read and end up reading some great books every month! We also do loads of challenges and those are great fun! I would really recommend you joining this group if you are looking for a book club setting without you know, having to go find one that you can go to physically, it’s a group full of some wonderful people and we have loads of fun each month discussing our reads!

I actually found this group last year when I came across the O.W.L.s Magical Readathon hosted by Gintare from Book Roast, but it was already May so I had missed the O.W.L.s. I went on a Harry Potter challenge search, and I stumbled upon this group, where the owner, Carrie, was hosting a yearlong Harry Potter challenge with similar prompts and challenges, so I immediately started it and loved it. I only managed to read a few books before this challenge sadly had to close because the owner didn’t have enough time to keep updating everything, so that challenge was cancelled and we just kept doing the normal book club picks.

A few months ago, Leelynn, another member of the group, reached out to me and asked me if I would like to become a moderator and I immediately said yes! In this group, I look after the drafting of the monthly Newsletters and making sure that the book pick discussions are running smoothly. So, when I’m getting the Newsletter ready, I look up everything that’s going on in the group, and one of those things is challenges. Tina, another moderator in the group, is in charge of the challenges and she told me about this new challenge I could add to the Newsletter.

The 2020 Tea Time Challenge is running from the 1st of April to the 30th of September, so there’s lots of time to accomplish it at whatever level you decide. I really love challenges like this one, where we have loads of different prompts and we can fit a tonne of different books into them. I hadn’t done a challenge in this group since the Harry Potter one was stopped, so I decided to give it a go!

There are four levels that you can participate in the challenge with: Tea for One, where you have to read between 1 and 5 books; Tea for Two, where you have to read between 6 and 10 books; Tea Party, where you have to read between 11 and 20 books; and finally, High Tea, where you have to read between 21 and 30 books to complete the challenge. You all know that I’m really ambitious, so I’m sure it’s not surprising that I went for the High Tea level! Keep reading for the prompts for this challenge and the books I’ve chosen to complete them with!

PROMPTS AND TBR

For this challenge, we have “tasks” to accomplish and depending on which level you choose, you can do as many or as little tasks as you wish. I haven’t added all the tasks to this list because I only wanted to list the ones that I’m aiming to complete, but the full list revolves around having tea! It’s a really great idea and it’s a good way to read, complete challenges and keep our minds off what is currently happening in the world.

I’m going to update this post when I read books, and those that I finish will be marked with a green tick (✔️), so look out for new updates now and again! These are the tasks that I chose to try to complete and the books I chose to read for each prompt!

TASKS

  • It’s time to make a cup of tea! Spell out tea

T – The Third Sun by Victoria J. Price ✔️

E – Eragon by Christopher Paolini

A – And the Ocean Was Our Sky by Patrick Ness ✔️

  • Boil the water

90°C – Read a book with the letters of ‘hot’ in the title: The Glass Hotel by Emily St John Mandel

There were two other prompts for this task, but I couldn’t find a book for them, and I decided that I really only wanted to read books that I either have here in Scotland or back at home in France, or ones that I can find easily and quite cheap! The point of this challenge is not to have to buy books to complete it but to tackle the TBR. I think that I only have to buy 6 books on this list to actually achieve all 30 prompts, so that’s not too bad actually!

  • Choose your tea cup

Read a book tagged by the genre of the tea cup you choose

Young Adult: Half-Bad by Sally Green

Steampunk: Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld / A Matter of Temperance by Ichabod Temperance

Paranormal: Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness ✔️

  • Choose your tea

Read a book where the cover matches the tea

Black – Black cover: The Summoned Ones by Darryl A. Woods ✔️

Green – Green cover: Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo / Five Little Pigs by Agatha Christie

White – White cover: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Herbal – Yellow cover: Our Stop by Laura Jane Williams

Fruit – Pink cover: The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana

Oolong – Brown cover: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes / His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle / Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Rooibos – Red cover: This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

  • Is it loose leaf or in a tea bag?

Loose Leaf – Read a book with a male MC: Lost Boy by Christina Henry

Tea bag – Read a book with a female MC: The Girl in Red by Christina Henry

  • Steep the tea

Medium – 101 to 300 pages: The Fall of Jack Edgerton by Robert C. Lee

Strong – 301+ pages: The Fever Code by James Dashner

  • Add your sweetener

No sugar – Standalone: The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

Sugar – 1st in series: The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Honey – 2nd in series: The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

Lemon – 3rd in series: The Death Cure by James Dashner

Artificial sweetener – 4th in series: The Kill Order by James Dashner

  •  Add your milk

No milk – Under 1,000 ratings: Beyond the Moon by Catherine Taylor

Lots of milk – 2,001 – 3,000 ratings: Rebel Mechanics by Shanna Swendson

Mostly milk – 3,001+ ratings: The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

  • Choose your snack

Read a book with one of the items below on the cover

Cookie: Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke

Cake: Strawberry Shortcake Murder by Joanne Fluke

Cupcake: Blueberry Muffin Murder by Joanne Fluke

No snack/food on the cover: Heartstopper Volume 2 by Alice Oseman ✔️

S️o, those are all the prompts/tasks/books I’m going to be trying to read and complete from now, until the end of September! I already finished reading Heartsopper this weekend and I’ve only got another 29 to go, aha.

That’s all for now, I hope you enjoyed this new challenge, and I really hope to see some more of you in the Goodreads Book Club, we’d love having you as part of our little reading family! See you soon, stay safe,

Ellie xx

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4 Comments

    1. I know, I was so excited when I saw this challenge and I knew I needed to give it a god, hopefully I can get so many books off my TBR this way!

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