For years my ideal refuge has consisted of tea, a blanket, and a good book.  This is the trinity, my ideal, the combination of things I most long for amidst the bustle of each busy week.  This Monday, here is a round up to celebrate that favorite combination of mine.  It may be a bit of a tease, knowing that I have a full work week ahead, but let’s just consider it motivation instead, shall we?

I’d love to curl up in this super-soft alpaca throw from The Citizenry, and I’d be doubly happy knowing it is fair trade from talented artisans.  This mouse creamer makes me smile so much, and it would be a great companion to my ceramic mugs.  They have an angled top edge, all the better to inhale all those lovely aromas from renowned tea merchants Fornum & Mason.  I’ll use my trusty Bonavita kettle, for the optimal brew temperature every time.

Blush throw  Mouse creamer  Ceramic cup  British tea  Electric kettle

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore is a romp of a read, and a delight for people who love books about books!  Mysterious, amusing, and thought-provoking by turns, I read this in a weekend.

All the Light We Cannot See, “about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II,” is on my list to read soon, and I can’t wait to dive in.  By all accounts a beautiful novel.

The Builders was described to me by a good friend as “part brutal Wild West and part dark-edged fantasy.”  Reading it was delightfully nostalgic, as though the Redwall novels of my childhood had grown up and gotten some extra bite.  Yes, there are talking animals, but this is not a bedtime story.  A thoroughly engaging read.

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