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Top 10 Circulating Books Of June '18 - Columbus Library

Aren't we all always curious to know what everyone else is reading? Plus, it helps us decide which book to read next. My library is super sweet and they gave me the Top 10 checked out books of June'18 in Columbus, Main Library.  Take a look and hope this book helps with your next read :) 


The house on Mango Street / Sandra Cisneros - The House on Mango Street is a 1984 coming-of-age novel by Mexican-American writer Sandra Cisneros. It deals with Esperanza Cordero, a young Latina girl, and her life growing up in Chicago with Chicanos and Puerto Ricans. 

The handmaid's tale / Margaret AtwoodThe novel is set in Gilead, a totalitarian society in what used to be part of the United States.

All quiet on the western front : a novel / Eric RemarqueAll Quiet on the Western Front is a novel by Erich Maria Remarque, a German veteran of World War I. The book describes the German soldiers' extreme physical and mental stress during the war, 

Big little lies / Liane Moriarty  Big Little Lies weaves a darkly comedic tale of murder and mischief in the the coastal Australian town of Pirriwee.

Into the water : a novel / Paula Hawkins - When a single mom and a teen girl are found murdered at the bottom of a river in a small town weeks apart, an ensuing investigation dredges up a complicated local history. 

Darker / E.L. James - Darker: Fifty Shades Darker,  is a 2017 erotic romance by British author, E. L. James. It is the fifth installment in the Fifty Shades novel series.

Sing, unburied, sing : a novel / Jesmyn Ward Sing, Unburied, Sing is a 2017 novel by Jesmyn Ward. It is about a family's dynamics in the fictional town of Bois Sauvage, Mississippi.

Sweetbitter / Stephanie Danler - Newly arrived in New York City, twenty-two-year-old Tess lands a job working front of house at a celebrated downtown restaurant. What follows is her education: in champagne and cocaine, love and lust, dive bars and fine dining rooms, as she learns to navigate the chaotic, enchanting, punishing life she has chosen.

The alchemist / Paulo CoelhoThe Alchemist is a novel by Brazilian author Paulo Coelho which was first published in 1988. Originally written in Portuguese, it became an international bestseller translated into some 70 languages as of 2016. 

Beartown : a novel / Fredrik Backman Fredrik Backman’s latest novel, takes place in a remote, on the skids, small Swedish town whose people are hoping that their junior hockey team might bring them national glory and with it economic revival.


Leonardo da Vinci / Walter Isaacson 

Hillbilly elegy : a memoir of a family and culture in crisis / J.D. Vance

The life-changing magic of tidying up : the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing / Marie Kondo

The power of habit : why we do what we do in life and business / Charles Duhigg

Everything happens for a reason : and other lies I've loved / Kate Bowler

Braving the wilderness : the quest for true belonging and the courage to stand alone / Brene Brown

Astrophysics for people in a hurry / Neil deGrasse Tyson

Between the world and me / Ta-Nehisi Coates

A house of my own : stories from my life / Sandra Cisneros

Thanksgiving Gift Guide: Relish House, Columbus

                  Relish House | Ph (614) 725-3978
                 1287 King Ave, Columbus, OH 43212
                           Hours: Tue-Sat from 11-5 or by appointment
It's that time of the year when you are busy making lists, and if you are like me, then you are making a list of all lists. And, one of the important lists are the gift lists. With Thanksgiving around the corner, I went looking for a one-stop-store for all home decor gifts that would make a great hostess gift.

Here are some of my favorite hostess gifts from this gorgeous boutique, Relish House, right here in Columbus. This boutique just exudes warmth and you can just tell that every little item in the store is hand-picked by the owner, Jennifer Rose.

This gorgeous Juliska salad bowl is so elegant, it's like a work of art. I couldn't stop staring at it. It's just that beautiful.

These custom marble wine stoppers would make a great hostess gift.

How cute are these turkey-shaped dip cups. If this doesn't say Thanksgiving Hostess gift, then I don't know what does.

These sugarfina treats would make for a gorgeous goodie bag for the hostess.

"You can never have too many great serving dishes" ..Was it Martha Stewart who said that? Ok..maybe it was me..but it's true, isn't it?

And there are many, many more beautiful things at Relish House. So, if you are from Columbus and are looking for that perfect hostess gift or a Christmas gift for that stylish person in your life, look no more.

Difference Between High Tea, Afternoon Tea And Cream Tea In Britain

If there's one thing I love more than books, it's tea. Ok..fine..not more than books but definitely as much as books. And my idea of heaven is me cozying up in a library full of books with copious amount of tea. So, it's no surprise that I was more excited about tea when we visited the UK more than anything else. During my research to find the best afternoon teas in the UK, I realized not all afternoon teas are made equal. And that, High tea is not afternoon tea. 

   Thomas Oken Tea Rooms' Cream Tea, Warwick
I have done the research, so you don't have to :) You are welcome?


This tea is what comes to our mind when we think of British tea time. Those delicate finger sandwiches, scones, cakes and other nibbles. That's called afternoon tea. So, if you don't want to come across as a tourist, you wouldn't ask for English High Tea in the afternoon, when you are in London.

So, what is High Tea?

High Tea has all those nibbles and a lot more savoury things like pies, potatoes, vegetables or omelette. Think of it as a meal to keep you from dying of hunger before your actual dinner. High Tea is normally taken around 6. These were mainly for working class in the industrialized Britain, who had to wait for their tea until after work. They were called high tea because they were eaten at a table. And the rich made it more fancy-schmancy and brought in the culture of High Tea.


This is the tea we have come to know and love from Pop Culture that is quintessentially British.  Those delicate finger sandwiches, scones, cakes and other nibbles. And this is served normally around 3 till 5, at most restaurants. These are also called low tea because they were taken in low chairs and sofas as opposed to at a dining table.


This is what I had almost every single day I was in the UK. A) Because it was pretty much available at all times unlike Afternoon teas, that were only served during a specific time. B) It was just the right amount of everything and I wasn't wasting any food.

So, Cream Tea is served with a pot of Tea, scones, clotted cream and jam. And I want to take a moment and describe this deliciousness called clotted cream. It's like this perfect room temperature mix that's like whipped cream and whipped butter. Yum. And a little shout out to the best Cream Tea I had:

Thomas Oken Tea Rooms
20 Castle Street Warwick
CV34 4BP
Tel: 01926 499307

A small, independent local business in Warwick, located right behind the Warwick castle. If you are ever there, please visit the place. It's worth it.
Scones, Clotted Cream and Jam 
I read somewhere that non-britishers confuse afternoon tea with High tea so much so that, some hotels use the term "High Tea' to advertise their Afternoon Tea. Now, we don't want to be one of those tourists, do we? ;)

Movies On Netflix: Wildlike

Wildlike is a 2014 movie about 14-year-old Mackenzie, who is sent to temporarily live with her uncle in Alaska. 

It is difficult to tell initially what's going on in the beginning, but then the story unravels and it is revealed soon why she runs away from home. She finds herself with little money and attaches (stalks) herself  to hiker Rene Bartlett, in the hopes that he will help her reach Seattle. 

The dynamics between the two are endearing. Bartlett, on his way to hike through the Denali National Park , makes it convenient for the cinematographer to show the gorgeous landscape of Alaska (which might want you to take your next vacation there). Some movies skimp on the substance of the story by compensating it with beautiful scenery. But Wildlike does not and it balances the beauty with a solid story beautifully. Not once does it falter in its story-telling. 

The actress who plays Mackenzie (Ella Purnell) is amazing and I hope to see more of her in the future. We sure need 20-year-olds that are actually talented and whose last name is not Kardashian.

This movie is not just a good-enough-for-a-friday-night-movie-on-the-couch, but it's truly a well-written movie and will make you root for the characters. 

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