Posts By: Rashika

Monday, January 15, 2018

A Short Guide To Teas

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First of all, Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. day! Unfortunately we seem to be alive in a time where it feels like all of his work was for naught. I have a lot more feelings in general but today is not for me and I don’t feel like its my place, today of all days to talk about //my// feelings. Anyway, I do hope you’ll take the time to reflect on the work and words of Martin Luther King, Jr on this day.

Today, I am going to be talking about TEA!!! If you know me, you know I LOVE my tea. I constantly joke about getting an IV drip for tea because I run on tea. On a regular day, I consume somewhere between 3-5 cups of tea. Not only do they pair well with books but they also pair really well with (my) moods.

So many serious coffee drinkers always wonder at my tea drinking habits and think I am just doing it for some vibe/aesthetic when really, I couldn’t live without tea. Especially my black tea. I’d cry. In fact, I probably could use a cup of tea right now.

*gets up to go make herself a cup of tea*

*sits back down*

So. Where were we? Yes. Tea. The thing that makes my world go round. I mean I am going somewhere with this and I thought I’d put together a little guide on teas based on my research and own experience.

Rashika’s Short Guide to Tea: What Tea To Drink When…

You need to wake up?

Black teas or matcha teas are the way to go. Matcha teas are made from crushed tea leaves which means that even though matcha teas are technically green teas, they have a much higher content than your run-of-the-mill stuff. Also the taste is different from a typical green tea.

Here is the thing though, not all black teas have the same amount of caffeine. Irish Breakfast Tea, in my experience has the most caffeine and English Breakfast is the best tasting.

You are sick?

I suggest having a nice citrus-y tea to clear out your sinuses. Maybe even a ginger or turmeric based tea because both those things also have healing properties.

You are anxious? Stressed? Sleep deprived?

Chamomile is the answer to all your problems. Not only does it help you feel better, but it can also help if you have an upset tummy.

You are bloated? Have cramps?

Mint is the way to go. It has natural anti-inflammatory properties that make it perfect for cramps and probably for other pain/swelling in your body!

You need some energy?

Drink a berry based tea or hibiscus tea. The tart flavors will give you the energy and motivation you need to get the job done.

I just made myself a mixed berry tea to help me write this post, for example!

That’s a quick guide to teas from your fav! Here is a nice infographic for those who like having something prettier to look at:

Do you drink tea? What’s your fav? Any tea I should definitely try?

 

‘Stranded in an Airport’ Story I’ve Been Waiting For: The Chaos of Standing Still by Jessica Brody

‘Stranded in an Airport’ Story I’ve Been Waiting For: The Chaos of Standing Still by Jessica Brody

Posted by on 01/12/2018 • 3 Comments

The first discovered Jessica Brody with 52 Reasons to Hate My Father. She immediately had my intention and I really wanted to read everything she wrote but I quickly found out that perhaps everything she wrote wasn’t for me. Which is unfortunate because I really enjoyed her writing style. But then I came The Chaos of Standing Still, a book that demanded my attention.

At 403 pages The Chaos of Standing Still is not a short book but don’t let it fool you. Those 403 pages FLY BY. There are books I’ve read where even 300 pages feel like they are too fucking much but Jessica Brody knows how to pace a story well. In fact she probably deserves an award because there have not been many times in my…

Rashika’s Meet Cute

Rashika’s Meet Cute

Posted by on 01/10/2018 • 3 Comments

Meet Cute is an adorable anthology of stories I felt were personally written for me. I didn’t actually know the book was coming out until like mid-way through last year. That in itself isn’t entirely odd in of itself but like for a book that just screams RASHIKA, clearly, I should have known about it. Shout out to my friend Holly who saw the book at ALA in June and thought of me even when I didn’t know Meet Cute was a book I needed.

I digress though. I don’t really want to review this anthology. I can wholeheartedly say it was worth the read and that I didn’t dislike any of the stories. There were maybe 2-3 that didn’t do much for me but even then, I did not…

Self-Care in 2018

Self-Care in 2018

Posted by on 01/08/2018 • 10 Comments

  New Year, New Me, right? 2017 was a rough year for me, personally and just on a larger political scale. I am really hoping 2017 will at least bring good things on a personal scale or at least won’t try to take me on an intense emotional coaster; however, I am not holding any high hopes for not experiencing high amounts of stress because the world is falling the fuck apart. I am not trying to be pessimistic though, I just know that even if good things happen, I ~will~ be stressed out and so since the year has only barely begun and I haven’t experienced any high amounts of stress yet, I thought I’d do a post centering around what ~I~ plan to do for self-care this…

Sequel Smashers: The One Where Rashika Takes On Sequels

Sequel Smashers: The One Where Rashika Takes On Sequels

Posted by on 01/05/2018 • 6 Comments

I have a problem. It’s called me picking up shiny new series and never reading sequels. It doesn’t matter if the sequel was the most anticipated thing or the least, I DON’T READ THEM. A quick browse through my Goodreads showed I have ~at least~ 100 sequels I have NOT read. This is not even including series where more books come out after the sequel I didn’t read. This year, I have decided enough is enough and decided to fix this problem; especially because I even BOUGHT a lot of my anticipated sequels and never read them. Basically, I seem to have a problem where I buy books I am looking forward to and then never read them? Last year, I focused on reading more backlist books and this year,…

2017 Releases You Shouldn’t Miss Out On

2017 Releases You Shouldn’t Miss Out On

Posted by on 01/04/2018 • 8 Comments

It is NO LONGER 2017 but that doesn’t mean you cannot revisit the past and read some amazing books that came out last year. This list is based on what I’ve read and still isn’t entirely complete because I HAVEN’T READ SO MANY BOOKS that came out last year. I also wanted to narrow it down so as not to dump too many books on your tbr! The following is a list of some of the best books out in 2017 in my opinion. Looking for a book to make that will make you cry, or at the very least, make you FEEL? These books might have something in store for you. Just as an FYI, all of these books involve death.

Saint Death by Marcus Sedwick

What…

BYE BYE 2017, FOREVER AND EVER.

BYE BYE 2017, FOREVER AND EVER.

Posted by on 12/31/2017 • 16 Comments

2017 has been a YEAR, amirite? I’ve been struggling to figure out what I want to do for my last post of the year because I don’t know if I just wanted to talk about the best books I’ve read this year (although I will do some of that!) Instead, I am doing a round up of my year personally and in books!

-Watched Twilight 5 times (I am really trying to make it 6 before the year ends) Update: ITS NOT GONNA HAPPEN

-Graduated 2 terms early from college with latin honors

-Adulted this summer (lived away from home and college, fed myself, paid bills, etc)

-Baked a FUCK TON. It was basically a coping mechanism but hey, I baked a tart for the very first time and am…

12 Books I Need More Than Cake Coming Out in 2018

12 Books I Need More Than Cake Coming Out in 2018

Posted by on 12/26/2017 • 5 Comments

2018 is gonna be a good year for books. Maybe. Hopefully. As long as these books I need more than cake don’t let me down. Otherwise, its gonna be a bad year for books and I am calling quits.

1. Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet 

Who doesn’t want a story about cute meet cutes? I DO. PLEASE GIVE IT TO ME. I WANT IT.

2. My So-Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma

I am here for a Bollywood rom-com in literary form. That is all. I came out of the womb ready for this.

3. Royals by Rachel Hawkins

I’ve read 7/8 of Rachel Hawkin’s books so you bet your ass I am dying to read Royals. You’re lucky you didn’t have to hear me scream when the…