Today I’m really pleased to welcome Danielle from Books, Vertigo & Tea to this spot for Afternoon tea.

Welcome Danielle and thanks for visiting my blog for Afternoon Tea ☕️

Tea or Coffee? Think I can guess the reply.

I think the name says it all, but tea. There is always time for tea.

Favorite Brand?

This changes with my mood and the season, but I generally prefer loose leaf blends. Right now I am enjoying David’s Tea Organic Cream of Earl Grey which I steep with additional lavender in the mornings and in the evenings a chamomile blend containing CBD to help with pain.

Cake?

Always! I adore cake. I love nothing more than a simple baked cheesecake with a hint of lemon. Although some days I can really devour a nice carrot or red velvet cake with a light cream cheese frosting.

One outstanding book from this year?

Red Clocks by Leni Zumas. I have always appreciated the dystopian genre and how it often encourages us to look deeper at humanity. Zumas offers a very subtle but highly effective view into women’s rights, misogynistic politics and the consequences on society that made a lasting impact on me.

How large is your TBR pile?

Too long to admit publicly? Haha, just on Goodreads it is 676 books long. I have really given up on ever trying to complete it and just randomly pluck out books as the mood strikes me.

What are you reading now and next read?

I am currently reading Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown and Fawkes by Nadine Brandes. I think I may start Nyxia Unleashed by Scott Reintgen next, as I cannot wait to follow up with the series.

When were you happiest?

Now. Each day is a blessing and every hurdle means I am still here to face them. I have two beautiful children that constantly remind me that now is the best of times. I love what I am given, even if I do not understand it all.

What is your greatest fear?

Maybe that my children will see me crack. Living with chronic illness is challenging. I spend a lot of time hiding tears and “powering” through. I think it would break my heart to have them see me at my worst and get the false impression that I was unhappy in life. They do not deserve that kind of worry.

Most embarrassing moment?

You know, I am not sure I have one. We are pretty immature at heart and have learned to laugh our way through a lot in life. I cannot recall any moment I felt was truly embarrassing. 

Treasured possession?

Well, my books (if children do not count). My books are my safe haven and escape on all of the days my body simply will not go. Through them, I have explored many worlds and learned countless lessons. I will always cherish them for that.

What’s the worst job you’ve done?

I worked holiday retail once when I was young. It was a nightmare. Hours on end on my feet dealing with the rudest and most aggressive customers I have ever encountered. Never again haha. I hated that job. I tip my hat to retail workers everywhere (particularly during the holidays).

If you go back in time where would you go?

The roaring 20s maybe! So much about the era fascinates me.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

At the risk of sounding cliche, my children. They have grown into their own and hold true to their beliefs and morals while accomplishing so much. I am constantly awed by how driven, spoken and accepting they are. Although being honest, they are as responsible for this as I am.

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?

That is what you make it. We are all given personal challenges, but it is up to us to rise up and face them. We create our own happiness.

Blog Bio

I am Danielle, a self-declared book reviewer with a taste for tea and the inability to walk straight.

I have an insatiable appetite for all things books. I adore bookstores, libraries, and falling asleep while surrounded by my current reads. I prefer to do the latter with tea in hand.

I also happen to live with chronic illness and the lovely lesion currently taking up residence in the left, lower portion of my brain. I suffer a wide variety of symptoms that include insane bouts of vertigo which leave me debilitated for extended periods of time.  Needless to say, while I have always loved books, they have recently become a safe haven for me. When all else fails, I have my books. I love them even more for this. I think I would surely lose what is left of this mind if it were not for the comfort and pleasure of reading.

I also happen to be a huge fan of my kids, cooking, Netflix, anime, and well life in general! I am also 100% anti-adulting when possible, so if you are easily offended, I apologize in advance. But only a little, because life is seriously too short to be serious all of the time. You can expect to see a bit of everything that is me here at Books, Vertigo and Tea. Enjoy!

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Thanks Danielle it was a real pleasure to have you over for Afternoon tea

A very nice tea ensemble window display in a vintage shop in Devon