Share-a-Tea 2019 Reading Challenge


share a tea challengeThis is the first check-in post for the Share-a-Read 2019 Reading Challenge.

The first book I’m reading for this challenge is Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen. This is the second time to read this book; and I’m not finished reading the book in time for the first post. I’m currently on page 150. So, I’m about half-way through the book.
Elinor is my favorite person in the story. I’m amazed at her strength of character! And, I can relate to her in one specific way: her ability to remain calm in spite of highly emotional and difficult people. I wonder, if in at least a small part, Elinor is drawn to Edward Ferrars because he is not “over the top” dramatic in character. He is a person she can remain calm with, and he is a person she can see herself living with, for the rest of her life. Not all women, and men, want a partner who is a Romeo. Instead, a partner who can fully function as a partner in everyway, who can be depended on, who can be a bestfriend, and who can be counted on to remain rational. These qualities lead to a sense of security and peace.

The tea I’ve picked to companion this challenge is Moroccan Mint, green tea, Stash.
Stash Tea on Facebook.
Website for Stash Tea.
The tea is fresh and minty (that’s not too powerful.)


Jane Austen Book Club Challenge 2019

austen rdg challenge 001Jane Austen Book Club Challenge 2019 is a low-key challenge. The challenge runs from January 1 to December 31, 2019.
The link to sign-up is @

I’m signing up to read 3 books:
1. Sense and Sensibility
2. Pride and Prejudice

2019 Reading Challenge, Operation Deepen Faith

OperationDeepenBecky at Operation Actually Read Bible is the host and originator of this challenge. This is the link for the challenge at her blog:

Duration: January – December 2019

This challenge has multiple parts and the ability to take part in as many as you choose.
I’m signing up for:
I. Wonderful Words of Life-Read the Bible. The goal isn’t to read the Bible following a specific plan or by a certain date. The goal is to read the Bible. For some that might mean reading the Bible once a year. For others it might mean reading the Bible over two or three years. What matters is that you incorporate reading the Bible into your life.
IV. Sweet Hour of Prayer-One or more books on prayer or a devotional.
V. Just a Closer Walk With Thee-Read one or more books on Christian living.
VI. How Firm a Foundation-Read one or more theology books.

I. Wonderful Words of Life:

IV. Sweet Hour of Prayer:

V. Just a Closer Walk With Thee:

VI. How Firm a Foundation:


2019 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge


2019 (1)I signed up for the 2019 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge. My goal is to read 10 historical fiction books-Renaissance Reader. The challenge runs from January 1-December 31, 2019.

These are the choices for challenges but I chose the Renaissance @ 10 books.
20th Century Reader – 2 books
Victorian Reader – 5 books
Renaissance Reader – 10 books
Medieval – 15 books
Ancient History – 25 books
Prehistoric – 50+ books

The link for more information is @











2019 Georgian Reading Challenge


Georgian Reading Challenge

The following is copy and pasted from the original sign-up post:

Georgian Reading Challenge
Host: Becky’s Book Reviews (sign up here)
Duration: December 1, 2018 – December 31, 2019
# of books: minimum four

Georgian Era can be defined as either 1714-1830 OR 1744-1837. You may choose how you want to define it in terms of the reading challenge. It covers the reigns of George I, George II, George III, and George IV of England. (If you go with the later definition, it also includes the oh-so-brief reign of William IV.) This includes the REGENCY PERIOD but is more inclusive.

There will be seven check-in posts. February 16, 2019; April 6, 2019; May 18, 2019; July 6, 2019; September 7, 2019; November 2, 2019. December 28, 2019.

IF you love reading AND you happen to love tea…consider joining my Share-a-Tea reading challenge.

“Official” theme song: Born 2 Rule (The Four Georges)

What counts:
Novels, poems, plays, short stories, novellas, letters, diaries, essays, nonfiction published in Great Britain (or its colonies) during the Georgian era.
Nonfiction books published about the Georgian era. Including, of course, biographies on the royal family.
Historical fiction set during the Georgian era.
Books, e-books, audio books.
Movies and television series set during this period–if you review them–can count. But try to keep things balanced.
You may make a list if you want to plan ahead…or read according to your whimsy.


I’m signing up to read 4 in 2019.
The first book I’ll read is Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Published in 1813.
My copy is a beautiful, large, hardcover edition by the Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2010.