Reading Slumps

Hey guys,

I haven’t written an actual blog post in ages for this blog! You know not even remember me. I will go ahead and introduce myself to be safe. My name is Emmie and I run Tea With Mermaids. I am here to talk about reading slumps because for the past few months since the new year I have been in one.

Reading slumps really suck because they make the most appealing books the least appealing whenever you aren’t in the mood. I have picked up plenty of books over the past few months. Nothing has really stuck for me which is really trying to bring me down. I am hoping reading some Nancy Drew will kick me out of this slump. Here are some of my tips for how to get out of reading slumps

  • Read a book from your favorite series whether it’s a reread or not! This is what I am currently doing with Nancy Drew! I am reading a book from a new series in hopes that will cure me.
  • Read shorter books like poetry, short stories, graphic novels, and etc.
  • Ask for recommendations from your friends or the internet! You never know their book recommendation might end up kicking you out of the slump.
  • Listen to audio books!

It’s okay if you are in a reading slump! Don’t let other people make you feel bad because you haven’t picked up a book in nearly three months or a year. It happens to all of us! Do you guys have any book recommendations for reading slumps?

Mini Update: Rebranding?

Hey guys! I know it’s been a while since I have posted anything on this blog. I realized that I don’t want my blog to only focus on books. I want something much more interactive. This blog will still focus on books so fear not the bookish content isn’t going away. I am just going to try and integrate more than just bookish content. I hope you all are okay with that!

Beat The Backlist 2018

I told you guys I was coming back to the blogging universe after the first of the year. I’m starting it off with a short but sweet blog post. I am planning on taking part in the beat the backlist challenge for this year. I was split between Popsugar’s reading challenge and this one for a bit. I noticed that all of my friends were doing this one so I figured I would hop on the bandwagon. You can find out more information about what Beat the Backlist is here because they explain it way better than I can.

My Goals
  • I want to read at least 15 books off of my physical TBR pile since most of my TBR pile consists of books released in 2017 and back.
  • Post reviews for each book that I read throughout the year
  • Have fun reading a different variety of books!

Are you guys taking part in Beat the Backlist? What are your reading goals or tbr for the challenge?

Update: Break & Life Stuff

Hey! I am going to keep this super brief because I’m sure you guys are wondering where I have been. I have been going through a lot the past month with school, some real life stuff, and etc so blogging hasn’t been a priority. I have been having really bad panic attacks as well so I just haven’t been in the right mind set. I plan to start blogging again consistently starting January 1st so please stay tuned so see my epic return!

Book of the Month : November

img_0270 Okay so I am very excited because I finally received my BOTM box. My good friend Heather @ Bookandwords recommended the book subscription service to me…back in April? May? and she still enjoys the service. I decided to finally give the book subscription a shot this month because I liked the options.

I decided to go with Bonfire by Krysten Ritter since it has been on my wishlist for ages. I got really excited when I heard that the queen herself was going to write a book. This book is everything I would expect from a woman like Krysten. It has suspense, drama, and intrigue. I hope to get to this book soon so a review will be up within the next week or two. I am buddy reading it with a friend of mine so I would like to finish it by the weekend.

Overall, I am really pleased with Book of the Month club. Their packaging was super cute, the book was wrapped up nicely, and it shipped pretty quickly. If you are interested in joining I have a referral code of sorts that you can use!  Did you guys get anything from BOTM club this month or in the past? Did you enjoy the books?

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman Review

30809689Whoa what can I say? I’m addicted to mythology based books. You might have noticed through my various mentions of Percy Jackson. I was beyond excited to see that Neil Gaiman was writing a mythology book.  I picked this book up as an audio book simply because Neil Gaiman narrated it. This is the first time I have ever really enjoyed an audio book. I felt intrigued as I listened along to the tales. It felt like I was right there as he told the stories. I could imagine Thor, Odin, Loki, and the multiple giants.

I really enjoyed the story. I think it brings to life characters that we are sort of familiar with. I definitely think this is a good book for people who are new to mythology. It’s very easy to understand, the tales are fantastic, and every story connects in a way.

Overall, I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys mythology or interested in learning more about it. Norse Mythology is very interesting and easy to understand. The audio book is superb. I also recommend that.

“The Norse myths are the myths of a chilly place, with long, long winter nights and endless summer days, myths of a people who did not entirely trust or even like their gods, although they respected and feared them.” 

Rating: 4.5/5 | Read: November 1 – 5

Additional Information:

Goodreads Link

Pages: 299

Genre: Fantasy


Introducing an instant classic—master storyteller Neil Gaiman presents a dazzling version of the great Norse myths.

Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales. In Norse Mythology, Gaiman fashions primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds; delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants; and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people. Gaiman stays true to the myths while vividly reincarnating Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin’s son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki, the son of a giant, a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator. From Gaiman’s deft and witty prose emerges the gods with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to dupe others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions, making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again.