Tea and Read With Me

Tea and Read With Me-Jan 12

Happy Tuesday, everyone. Last week , I picked Hideaway, as my read. I managed to get that read and it was quite enjoyable. You can find my review here. I started reading, Breathless with Her and the Testaments this week. I also read Handmaid’s Tale because I wanted to re-read it for the second book. On my list after these are still, The Survivors, Sweet Water, and The Obituary Society.

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Tea

Green tea is a type of tea that is made from Camellia sinensis leaves and buds that have not undergone the same withering and oxidation process used to make oolong teas and black teasGreen tea originated in China, but its production and manufacture has spread to other countries in East Asia.

It boosts metabolism and has antioxidants. I just love the taste and enjoy it after meals. So, let’s drink some green tea and talk about books.

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Read

I’m going to talk about the books that I’m reading this week. First, is The Testaments by Margaret Atwood. Then, I’ll discuss Breathless With Her by Carrie Ann Ryan. You can find both descriptions below. I only took a picture with one because the other is an e-book.

The Testaments

I’ll start with the description:

The Testaments

When the van door slammed on Offred’s future at the end of The Handmaid’s Tale, readers had no way of telling what lay ahead for her–freedom, prison or death.

With The Testaments, the wait is over.

Margaret Atwood’s sequel picks up the story more than fifteen years after Offred stepped into the unknown, with the explosive testaments of three female narrators from Gilead.

In this brilliant sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, acclaimed author Margaret Atwood answers the questions that have tantalized readers for decades.

“Dear Readers: Everything you’ve ever asked me about Gilead and its inner workings is the inspiration for this book. Well, almost everything! The other inspiration is the world we’ve been living in.” –Margaret Atwood

Breathless With Her

Devin Carr likes his life. He likes his job, his family, the outlook for his future. Then he meets her. Erin. As soon as he sees her, drunk and wearing a sequined dress as her world crashes down around her and she fights to put on a brave face, he knows what he’s been missing. Her.

When Erin Taborn finds her high school sweetheart and husband banging the former head cheerleader of their graduating class at their high school reunion, she tells herself she’ll be fine. She just needs to figure out what fine means. There’s only one problem. Devin. She didn’t plan on him. And for someone who thinks they have all their plans in place, that’s a problem.

One she’ll have to find an answer to if this whole friends-with-benefits thing is going to work.
If not, she’ll fail just like with everything else.

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Discussion

The Testaments

Let’s get into it. SPOILERS FROM BOTH BOOKS AND SHOW AHEAD. PROCEED WITH CAUTION.

If you haven’t read Handmaid’s Tale or seen the show, you might not be able to follow along. I will be providing spoilers from Handmaid’s Tale, so if you haven’t read it, you may be lost or not want to continue further into this discussion.

In the Handmaid’s Tale, we get a view at the Republic of Gilead from the point of view of Offred, a handmaid. In the time before, she was married and had a child. Now, she’s forced to live in a commander’s house and each month attempt to get pregnant for him and his wife. While in such a predicament, she is controlled. What she eats, how much she sleeps, where she goes, who she speaks to, what she wears. It’s all part of the Gilead power over her disguised to think she’s being protected.

In the show on Hulu, we see June is the main character representing Offred and she is a strong person who goes through a lot. She’s taken from her life, her child was taken away, and she’s forced into sexual servitude. Aunts run the show, and the commander’s work while the wives places are at home. It’s very intune with the book, however there are some changes.

Changes I pointed out were that Serena walked with a cane because of her arthritis, and in the show, we don’t see that. That could be directors choice, who knows. I didn’t mind the change. There are some other changes but all in all, the show sticks the book quite closely.

SPOILERS FOR THE TESTAMENTS AHEAD…

In The Testaments, it takes place fifteen years after The Handmaid’s Tale, the book. In, The Testaments, it has three points of view. One is from a much older Aunt Lydia near her death, one is from Daisy who we find is someone in disguise, and another is from Agnes.

I can only guess that Atwood decided to use the shows information to proceed with her book. I’m also discouraged to find that in the show, we see June and her comrades trying their hardest to break Gilead and to free the children, including Agnes. This book is proof that Agnes never escapes, which is a shame. I’m deeply saddened by such news.

I have only gotten through the first few chapters and I can’t wait to see what is in store for me next.

Breathless With Her

SPOILERS FOR BREATHLESS WITH HER AHEAD…

I’m halfway through this book by Carrie Ann Ryan. It’s a quick read, but I keep getting distracted.

This book begins with Erin and her husband going to her ten year high school reunion. She’s in a point in her life where she knows she’s happy. She had a great job making cakes, she has a husband, and she owns her home. So, when she finds her husband cheating on her at the reunion, her whole world seems to swirl out of control.

Dressed in eighties gear, she walked into a bar to drown her sorrows. She runs into Devin, a guy who dated her older sister years before. He’s an ear and a shoulder and lends her his couch.

What does annoy me about these stories, are the time jumps. It jumps six months ahead with no warning. I’m not gonna focus on that. At the point where I stopped, Devin asks Erin on a date.

I can guess that this leads to them dating or hooking up. We’ll have to see when I get into the rest of the book.

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If you’ve read The Testament or Breathless With Her, tell me what you liked/disliked about them.

Let’s discuss.

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Library Books

Last week, I told you that I renewed my library card. I checked out The Testament and Fire Blood. I have them until the 28. So, I’ll be reading Fire Blood. That will be in the list of reads I’ve already listed above. I might re-read Frost Blood to get me ready for Fire Blood. If I do, I’ll let you know in next week’s update.

There is my Tea and Read with me Update.

What are you reading this week? Let’s discuss.

Ruth Anne Garcia
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