December Book & a Brew! (Blogmas Day Twenty)

Merry Blogmas Day Twenty!

Yesterday I answered the door rather bleary-eyed and bedraggled, to find that my monthly book subscription box had arrived! As a result, the waking-up effect was substantial, and I eagerly opened my box crosslegged on the floor, with a shamelessly childlike joy. In it I found a beautiful hardback by Marie-Helen Bertino, named “2am at The Cat’s Pajamas”, which is a story set on Christmas Eve, about a young jazz singer. To compliment it I received a box of Chai tea, with blends of cardamom, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon and ginger. Both are so very winter warming, and my endeavour is to set aside an hour or two to enjoy them on Christmas Eve once I’ve finished work. Gorgeous!


Until the next day of Blogmas!




October Book and a Brew!

The modern movement of surprising oneself with a subscription box is one that I was previously rather cynical towards. Don’t get me wrong, some of them sound delightful – the literary ones full of all sorts of trinkets and whimsies of the book world – but they all seemed to centre upon the acquisition of stuff, nothing specific. I like a good surprise, but I also like to be in some semblance of a routine, and just, simplicity. So I did some research, and I think I’ve found one that is pretty perfect for me – Book and a Brew.


A mystery box filled with a slightly-off-the-beaten-track hardback book, and a box of tea to enjoy with it, for £12.99 a month. It’s a luxury but one I will hopefully be able to maintain! I received my first box yesterday, a Halloween special. Yes! Naturally I thought a blog unboxing would be necessary. A most bloody unboxing…

As you can see, we have Rawblood by Catriona Ward, an enticing-looking novel based on a bloodline haunted by death, paired with a Blood Orange box of tea by Prince & Sons Tea Co., presented in a rather fetching little box. I tried the tea before I went to bed, and I can’t tell you how calming and delicious it was. The teabags are like little classy pyramids, and I found it fascinating to see the contents of the bag as it brewed and filled my flat with a gorgeous, aromatic, deep orange tang. I will hopefully get stuck into the book shortly, and I’ll return with a review as soon as I can muster myself (it’s been a while.)

I also appreciated the teeny orange bats in the box. That’s an extra I can cope with. Clearly.