Tea Tuesday #6: Ramadan, E-books and Poison

Life this week

 

Eid is almost here! It’s the 3 day festival Muslims celebrate after a month of intermittent fasting. People will be visiting family and relatives, going out, gifting money to kids and small presents to adults and offering the Eid prayer together at the mosque. It’s a truly bustling event!

For the past month Muslims have been keeping their fast at dawn and breaking it at dusk each day. We can’t ingest anything, no water either. No smoking, fighting or sex. It’s a month of spiritual reflection and growth. We’re also very much encouraged to give charity.

Beef Biryani
I followed a recipe for Beef Biryani, it tasted a lot like Lamb Gosht Biryani, but still delicious!
Cheese Samosas
Not aesthetic and I forgot to take a shot of it before eating, haha. These are cheese samosas we made ourselves by wrapping our own choice of grated blend of cheese using spring roll sheets and frying it(I over-fried some). You should try it sometime!
Grape juice with ice
It’s not wine. I took this just to show the color of the grape juice ๐Ÿ˜€

What am I reading?

I recently finished the Legacy In Legend bundle, a mythology series, and mostly enjoyed it. You can check out my review of it here.

What I’m reading now:

The Royal Art of Poison

The Royal Art of Poison by Eleanor Herman - Cover

This is one entertaining and gross nonfic read that I’ve found myself enjoying so far. It’s about the proliferated use of poison in the olden days, how people unwittingly killing themselves with it while thinking it was curing them of maladies and case studies of purported murders by poison. After reading this, I am SO glad I do not live in those times. Who knew things were so filthy then??! Here’s a short blurb:

Women wore makeup made with mercury and lead. Men rubbed turds on their bald spots. Physicians prescribed mercury enemas, arsenic skin cream, drinks of lead filings, and potions of human fat and skull, fresh from the executioner. The most gorgeous palaces were little better than filthy latrines. Gazing at gorgeous portraits of centuries past, we donโ€™t see what lies beneath the royal robes and the stench of unwashed bodies; the lice feasting on private parts; and worms nesting in the intestines.

Next on my TBR:

Lost for Words

Lost for Words Cover

Judging from the feedback on my June TBR List almost everyone was attracted to this book! I’ve heard fairly promising stuff on this book, so I’m looking forward to it. If anyone’s interested in buddy-reading this with me, just hop in!

Question of the week

 

Last week, I asked if you guys preferred blogs or booktube and by a large margin, everyone said blogs! I guess booktube fans wouldn’t be here reading my blog in the first place, huh?

This week I’d like to know your opinions on e-books and physical books:

Do you think you read at different speeds for e-books and physical books?

I haven’t tested it out even though I’ve read both kinds. A major point why I jumped on board with book reviewing is because I looked forward to reading physical books, to spend less time on my phone. But publishing companies don’t send out ARCs to reviewers outside USA, Canada, Australia and the UK, is this is a great bummer for me.

Have you ever received ARCs outside of these countries?

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4 thoughts on “Tea Tuesday #6: Ramadan, E-books and Poison

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  1. I knew some of that stuff about Eid but learned things too. It was very interesting. Thank you for sharing.
    I would enjoy reading The Royal Art of Poisoning.
    I still buy paperback books and some I can read but my eyesight isn’t what it once was and I find glasses uncomfortable so I tend to read more on my tablet. The great thing is the ability to adjust text size so that I don’t need glasses. I am not sure which I read faster in all honesty probably about the same. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. I’m so happy you liked it! I agree, the functions on an e-reader are quite convenient. You’re tenacious, nothing will stop you from reading! When I read a paperback I don’t find myself constantly checking how much I’ve got left, unlike with e-books. Not sure why…

      Thank you for your lovely comment!!

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  2. I’m a physical book kind of gal because I love the feel and being able to look at my collection! But, I love e-books for reviewing purposes. I hate writing in books, and even if I wrote in books, it would be harder to find the notes I’d made. I love that in e-books I can flag pages and passages and easily copy and paste quotes that I want to use!

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    1. Aye, you’ve mentioned some good points there! I NEVER like to mark my books aside from signing my name, so e-books do have an advantage there. It’s so convenient for reviews! I’m a physical book person, too, haha ๐Ÿ˜€

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