Tea Time and Books Worth Reading {Lipton Tea K-Cups Keurig Giveaway}

It’s cold, so I’m drinking tea and reading books, plus a fun Lipton K-Cup and Keurig Platinum Plus Brewer Giveaway for you provided by Lipton (opinions and drivel to follow is my own)!

Once the cold hits, I pull out my fingerless gloves. They quickly become a part of my work uniform, their knit wool attempting – often in vain – to hold some miniscule bit of warmth next to my skin. My legs tucked under me, keeping all extremities close to the core to conserve heat.

On the desk in front of me you’ll find notebooks open to lists and schedules and pens stacked in a hand-thrown bowl my sister made in college. My sadly scratched glasses sit atop a pile of mail, business cards stand at attention. A mason jar with a stainless steel straw occupies the far right corner, filled with water from the day before. Directly in front of me is a 13-year-old mug filled with tea, still hot enough that steam escapes from the surface, wisps reaching upward to the ceiling. Except when that mug is filled with coffee or it is located on my lap while I sit on the couch clutching a book.

I like warm drinks, and I tend to vacillate between tea and coffee as my keep-me-warm beverage of choice with wild abandon. No matter the beverage of choice or locale, I find they are increasingly necessary during the winter months as I work and read and read for work.

Spurred largely by Kristen from Dine & Dish and her Connect Through Reading posts, I decided I should own up to my bookworm moniker and share what I’m currently reading on my couch and in bed when I should be sleeping.

What I’m Reading:

Tea Time and Worthy Reads Keurig Giveaway
I have a very large area of my heart that is occupied by Joan Didion, and this year I’ve taken to rereading a few of her books. They serve as a good reprieve from life, as well as being intellectually stimulating. I am always mesmerized by her voice, and I find myself rereading specific passages and marking quotes along the way. I’m currently making my way through Slouching Towards Bethlehem one more time. I like it because it is broken down in easily digestible essays, which makes it prime for airplane reading or nightly bedtime stories read to myself.

If you haven’t read Didion before, I suggest you do so. Play It as It Lays for a novel, the above title for a collection of essays, and The Year of Magical Thinking for grief and loss. Then you can attack the rest of her work, of which there are many volumes to choose from.
Tea Time and Worthy Reads Keurig Giveaway
I knew within the first page of Blood, Bones, and Butter that I would enjoy the book thoroughly. This isn’t necessarily because I have a direct interest in the workings of a professional kitchen or the education one gets in the catering business, but because Gabrielle Hamilton’s descriptions of her childhood home hooked me instantly. It is ever apparent that she knows her way around a sentence, and that is reason enough for me to see this book to its end.

I’ve been taking a Coursera class because…well, really because I would like to go back to school, but seeing as how I have four children eating up my time and resources, I’m taking classes online instead to expand my brain and keep it lithe and functioning. I try to alternate between food-related courses and lit courses for my continuing education.

Presently that means I’m reading a lot of fantasy and science fiction as I work through my literature course syllabus. This week’s reading includes quite a bit of H.G. Wells, including The Island of Dr. Moreau and The Invisible Man. I was telling Ole that my first experience with Dr. Moreau was the film version back in 1996, which was around the same time I read A Streetcar Named Desire in my high school English class and subsequently viewed the film. Both films star Marlon Brando, and the takeaway from the entire thing for me was that he had not aged well. I’m working on taking away a bit more this time around.

Up Next: I’m trying to decide between Night Film by Marisha Pessl and A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash to keep me company while I sip tea and hunker down for the chill this week promises to bring.

A Giveaway:

Lucky for me and those like me who can’t choose between coffee and tea, Lipton is now offering K-Cups, which means your Keurig Brewer has become a teapot, too. This is brilliant for those of us who can’t seem to decide one or the other, allowing us the flexibility to be indecisive and even encouraging it.

Lipton’s K-Cups:

  • Indulge: Black tea with hints of vanilla and caramel
  • Refresh: Southern-style sweet tea
  • Soothe: Green tea with citrus and mint
  • Delight: Assam tea with spices

I’m pleased to be giving away a Keurig and a few sets of K-Cups for you to try, courtesy of Lipton.

Tea Time and Worthy Reads Keurig Giveaway
Disclosure: This is a sponsored giveaway on behalf of Lipton Tea. All opinions, tea and coffee love, books read, and ideas expressed are my own.


  1. Sarah H.P. says:

    I’m definitely a tea person! I have at least two cups a day!

  2. COFFEE!!!

  3. Love tea

  4. Thank you for the giveaway.

  5. I am so torn between the two! I would have to say tea only because this season makes it sooo satisfying 🙂 Thanks!

  6. I love them both but tend to drink more tea in the cold Chicago winters.

  7. Hi!
    I enjoy both coffee and tea, but I drink more tea than coffee. A hot cup of tea sure warms up those cold Chicago winter nights.

  8. Love tea and coffee

  9. I like coffee and I am reading 12 years a slave.

  10. I like them both.

  11. I like both however I am a much bigger coffee drinker than anything else.

  12. I am a lover of tea, mostly iced but this is a great Giveaway…thanks for the chance to win!!!!

  13. I am a cappuccino girl but will throw in tea occasionally for variety

  14. I enjoy both!

  15. I wake up with a morning cup of coffee, but I drink tea all day long to keep warm!

  16. I drink coffee in the morning and tea in the afternoon. I just finished reading “A Dog’s Purpose”.

  17. I drink coffee in the morning but after dinner I like a cup of tea now that it’s cold outside.

  18. I prefer tea. Last good book I read was The Book Thief.

  19. Sheila Villanueva says:

    I like coffee for cold days, iced tea for warm days.

  20. Gina Florencia says:

    I love caffee and tea but lately, I’ve been drinking more tea!!! So yay!
    I’m reading Divine devotion of the sacred heart.
    Thanks …Gina F.

  21. I am definitely a coffee person! But I do love the occassional cup of tea in the afternoon!

  22. I love coffee and tea equally…which gives me the freedom to pair my book and hot cup of ____ creatively.

  23. Marnely Rodriguez-Murray says:

    I love coffee all through the day and tea before bed. I’m really into YA series and reading The Star Dwellers series, I’m on the book called Ice Country. SO good!

    • I haven’t tried The Dwellers. I read quite a bit of YA, so I’ll check it out. I recently finished Sarah Maas’ Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight and Rachel Hartman’s Seraphina, both fantasy. I’m trying to stay in the fantasy and science fiction realm since that’s what I’m studying at the moment.

  24. Heather Slater says:

    I drink both tea (plain) and coffee (black) every day.

  25. I drink mostly tea!

  26. I adore Irish tea! Would love to try one of the keurig teas. That would be so cool to win! 🙂

  27. Amanda Hoffman says:

    coffee 🙂

  28. Joella Chudy says:


  29. Trish Decker says:

    Love tea!

  30. I love both! I am reading the latest Beverly Lewis novel, The Secret Keeper.

  31. jacqueline says:

    i love tea and coffee, it would be so nice to win!

  32. I love both tea and coffee! I just read Allegiant by Veronica Roth.

  33. I drink coffee in the morning, and tea in the afternoon and evening!

  34. heidi defaut says:

    I drink coffee in the morning and tea in the afternoon, sometimes with a shot of honey whiskey- very good for the cold. I am reading Rolling Stone:The First Twenty Years and Miss Peregrine”s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.I usually have at least 2 books going at the same time.

    • I’m excited for the second Miss Peregrine book, which is set to come out in January. Completely unrelated, I think Ransom Riggs is the best name.

  35. Ashley McRea says:

    Coffee! Especially in the winter.

  36. Loved talking to you at Minnesota State University, Mankato! Can’t wait to start making some desserts! Hope I win!

  37. Coffee is my main drink but I like trying new flavors of tea.

  38. I’m a coffee girl all the way. Right now I’m reading One Second After. So good!

  39. I love coffee and tea!

  40. Cassandra Eastman says:

    I love both depending on my mood! Coffee with cream and sugar, or Sweet Iced Tea in the afternoon…

  41. I’m both a tea and coffee girl. But I try to stay away from the coffee, too much makes me aggressive!

  42. I drink coffee in the morning and tea at night. I just finished The Keepers of the House by Shirley Ann Grau and really enjoyed it. Thanks for the chance to win!

    • I’ll have to check it out. That was on an extended reading list for one of my college lit classes that I never got to. Thanks for the reminder!

  43. My grandmother loves coffee. If I won this would go to her.

  44. I love to start my day with coffee and then move on to tea (iced in the summer and HOT in the winter)

  45. I love tea, but recently started liking coffee too,

  46. I like both tea and coffee, but I like coffee just a little bit more. Thanks!

  47. I’m a tea drinker all the way :+)

  48. Love tea! I think my favorite is jasmine, though lemon is a close second. I also like the blended kinds from the specialty tea shops! Also just finished the third book in a series, which was awesome and the whole series was good, amusingly enough, about tea 🙂 The last one is the Wild Rose, but the other two are the Tea Rose and Winter Rose.

  49. Kimberly Russell says:

    I do ICE for both my tea and coffee!

  50. I like both tea and coffee and drink both regularly.

  51. I like both. Coffee is a must in the morning, while tea is my afternoon drink of choice.

  52. Hi! I like both!

  53. Oh I really love both but my favorite is the sweet tea! The Southern Style Sweet Tea sounds so good!

  54. I like to drink coffee and tea daily, yum 😀

  55. I drink both coffee and tea almost every day.

  56. I like coffee better, I have it every morning.

  57. Belladatura says:

    I drink tea daily (both iced and hot).

  58. I prefer tea, but enjoy a cup of coffee now and then.

  59. I love tea!

  60. I prefer tea. Thanks for the chance! 🙂

  61. robyn donnelly says:

    I like drinking tea hot or cold.

  62. Linda Petteys says:

    I love both coffee and tea and drink several cups throughout the day. I am not however much of a reader but I do have a book that is sitting by me waiting to be read – it is The Howling Heart by April Bostic.

  63. My husband likes coffee
    thanks for the giveaway

  64. Earl grey all the way!

  65. Ann Russell says:

    AM Coffee and hot tea the rest of the day

  66. I love hot tea in a cup with cream and I also love coffee too, Have a wonderful day

  67. i drink both tea and coffee. i drink coffee to start my day and then i switch over to tea.

  68. like both, but coffee in the morning

  69. Jerry Hathaway says:

    I like green tea.

  70. Kat Emerick says:

    I do both.. coffee in the morning and tea throughout the day.

  71. Michelle DeCroo says:

    I have to have my coffee to start my day I also love green tea!

  72. I’ll have coffee in the morning and tea during the day.

  73. I prefer tea, but drink coffee occasionally. Right now I’m reading “Si-Cology 1” by Si Robertson. 🙂

  74. Marguerite Funk says:

    I like both. Tea mostly.


  76. Toni Wooten says:

    I like coffee the best. I drink it even before bed. It’s my favorite beverage.

  77. Jennifer Speed says:

    I like both but I prefer tea

  78. I like them both–depemds on the mood I am in.
    Right now I am having Chai.

  79. Love both! Great giveaway and reading list – thanks! 🙂

  80. Cheryl Abdelnour says:

    I love flavored coffees. Pumpkin Spice is a good one.

  81. Patty wright says:

    Both. I just finished the best thriller book ever titled New Year Island.

  82. Lilia Kharabora says:

    Used to be tea all the way and now these days.. Coffee and cream. Mmmm

  83. Sally Stanbrough says:

    I love tea!

  84. I love coffee. Sorry, haven’t read any good books lately. About the only things I read any more are my Maxum and Field and Stream Magazines with the occasional newspaper.

  85. I drink more tea than coffee .

  86. I love my coffee fix in the mornings, and tea on cold evenings.

  87. I drink tea more then coffee

  88. Adriana Gonzalez says:

    I drink tea more than coffee. and i read a book recently titled Atlantis and 2012 by Frank Joseph

  89. My favorite is hot tea on a very cold day 🙂

  90. I like coffee and tea coffee being my favorite.

  91. Janice Santillo says:

    I like both, but hazelnut coffee is my favorite.

  92. Jeanette Jackson says:

    I am a coffee drinker.

  93. Hi – I love Tea AND Coffee

  94. I prefer coffee but I do like iced tea, too.

  95. courtney hennagir says:

    I have to have my coffee in the morning and a cup of earl grey at night.

  96. Thomas Murphy says:

    I like coffee.

  97. I am definitely a coffee drinker!

  98. DeAnna Keller says:

    I like coffee in the am and sweet tea the rest of the day

  99. I like tea year round and coffee during the cool/cold seasons.

  100. richelle bowers says:

    we’re big coffee drinkers here. we drink it all day

  101. i drink 2 cups of coffee and then 2 cups of green tea!

  102. Herbal tea – especially peppermint and hot cinnamon from Barney and Sons.

  103. If I won, I would probably drink tea. thanks for this chance to win! connie danielson

  104. I like both coffee and teas

  105. Coffee is my fav!

  106. Lesa Moats says:

    coffee with cream…

  107. I like both tea and coffee! 🙂

  108. I like tea in the evenings and coffee in the mornings. I have been reading but nothing earth shattering.

  109. I like both coffee and tea.

  110. I actually drink a lot of tea because I love it but I love a good cup of yummy coffee too.

  111. I drink both coffee and tea.

  112. LOVE TEA!! I think I drink about 4-5 cups a day

  113. Brigid OHara Koshko says:

    I love coffee especially in the morning, but I love tea when I am really cold or if I am not feeling well.

  114. I love coffee,flavored is my favorite! I, also, drink Green Tea off and on.

  115. I’m a huge coffee fan …… Been wanting a Keurig for ever !!

  116. Coffee for me. Most recent read is Hunger Games.

  117. I’m a tea drinker

  118. Kathy Flaherty says:

    I love Tea any time of year!

  119. Adriana Gonzalez says:

    I like to drink tea more.

  120. Kathy Downey says:

    I drink both coffee and tea. I work in a coffee house….It’s hard not to to have a cup everyday.

  121. Cheryl Johnson says:

    Coffee and try new teas

  122. We have a weekly church group at our home. It will be nice to make sweet tea as needed instead of making a whole pitcher that won’t get finished.

  123. Coffee is my favorite hot beverage but there are times I drink tea. I love the convenience of a Keurig.

  124. Tom Bellamy says:

    I prefer tea.

  125. Kathleen Hollinrake says:

    Keurig is convenient & tailored to individual taste.

  126. Alex Roach says:

    I’m a tea person!

  127. Leah Lucas says:

    I drink both. I drink coffee in the morning and I have a pot of tea after dinner

  128. Amy Pullifrone says:

    i like both. thanks for the giveaway/

  129. Laura Lanza says:

    I like coffee and would love to win this!

  130. Daryl Downs says:

    I like both coffee and tea

  131. get that warm feeling with every cup

  132. Shirley Smith says:

    I love Coffee during the day and Tea in the evening and at night.

  133. I literally cannot function in the morning without coffee and I drink tea in the evening.

  134. I drink both coffee and tea. I have been listening to Gone with the Wind on my Kindle while I work. I have also been reading Stroke for Dummies.

  135. Karen Lynch says:

    Hi, I love tea espcially when reading, which right now is clockwork prince by Cassandra Clare, Catcher in the Rye, reading with teen since I didn’t while I was in school

    • My daughter loves Cassandra Clare. She hasn’t reached the Clockwork timeline yet, though. We also haven’t reached Catcher for her yet. This year Night by Elie Wiesel is on her reading list, so I figured I would read that with her when the time came, too.

  136. I love coffee, but drink tea too. I recently read “Angels 101” by Doreen Virtue and hey, how ya doing. I hope your Holidays are Merry Ones.

  137. Pamela Gurganus says:

    Hi! I love coffee! And I’m currently reading The Hunger Games series.

  138. I love tea and coffee

  139. I LOVE both, just depends on the mood

  140. I love both coffee and tea! I usually drink coffee in the day and tea at night 🙂

  141. like tea, but i love coffee…

  142. Paula VanBuskirk says:

    I like both coffee and tea

  143. I love iced tea & coffee. I recently read a very appropriate book: “First We Have Coffee” by Margaret Jensen

  144. Lorina Padgett says:

    I like Tea and my husband loves coffee.

  145. Michael Bringer says:

    I just can’t say no to coffee.

  146. Ahh, would love some coffee…

  147. One milk tea in the morning and strong milk coffee in the afternoon

  148. Jaime Brown says:

    I like both coffee and tea, but my favorite is tea:) I haven’t read much in the last while, but the last book I read was “Riding in Cars With Boys” it was a great true story about getting pregnant early and how she gets through it. Thank you:)

  149. Victor Galbraith says:

    I drink tea and hot chockolate

  150. Love my coffee!

  151. Cathie Husen says:

    Coffee and tea – I love both.

  152. Beth Gijlstra says:

    I love coffee and I really enjoy some teas. It all depends on the mood I’m in. I also like hot chocolate and hot cider.

  153. Coffee is usually my favorite beverage, but if I’m having tea, it has to be Moroccan Mint Tea. 😉

  154. I really enjoy a nice cup of french vanilla coffee first thing in the morning!

  155. I start my day with coffee but love decaf herbal tea at night! I just finished the wards of faerie by terry brooks

  156. Kimberly Owens says:

    I definitely enjoy a nice cup of hot tea. 🙂

  157. I love a cup of tea…

  158. I am one of those people who enjoy both coffee and tea. I like my coffee in the morning and tea in the evening.

  159. I like both!
    I’m reading “Love Does” by Bob Goff.

  160. I love coffee and tea!

  161. Adriana Gonzalez says:


  162. Jeanette Jackson says:

    I love coffee.

  163. April Booker says:


  164. I love both coffee and tea–so much better than soda!

  165. Tea for me, please. I’m currently reading Billy Crystal’s, “Still Foolin’ ‘Em” and think you might enjoy one I just had, “Mastering the Art of French Eating.” Neither are core-shakers but both are entertaining.

  166. Tea! Not a coffe drinker though. I love all kinds of tea too!!!!!
    I’m reading the 5th Harry Potter book. Yup! That’s what I’m reading right now.

  167. Lacey Burd says:

    I actually love both coffee and tea! I like them hot, cold, frozen, you name it lol…

  168. I like hot coffee and cold tea.

  169. Nataly Carbonell says:

    I love both coffee and tea!

  170. I love both!

  171. I love both, but if I had to choose just one, my favorite would be tea.

  172. I love both tea and coffee but I try to keep from drinking too much of either

  173. maleficent m says:

    i was just drinking tea and reading the false prince.

  174. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    I drink coffee and tea!

  175. I drink tea and hot chocolate

  176. Love my cup of tea and just finished reading The Hobbit.

  177. I do not drink coffee, ever. But I love my tea. My favorite is Tazo’s passion. I also like orange and tangerine teas. And black teas. And mint teas. I like a lot of teas, actually.

  178. Christina Strapp says:

    I like both, but drink tea more.

  179. Thomas Murphy says:

    I love coffee!

  180. Grace Hwang says:

    I drink tea more than coffee!

  181. I need my coffee in the morning to get me going!

  182. Michelle Hwang says:

    I love coffee more.

  183. Ji Hea Hwang says:

    I love tea!!

  184. Michael Lambert says:

    I drink mostly coffee, but do like tea.

  185. Jenna Parsons says:

    I drink tea every day all day, but my hubby loves coffee.

  186. Shirley Smith says:

    Oolong Tea

  187. LOVE MY COFFEE…….

  188. I like coffee best.

  189. I like tea

  190. lattes and cappucinos for me

  191. James Hwang says:

    I love tea!

  192. I love tea and coffee. I prefer coffee over tea though if I had to choose.

  193. I Love Coffe but I drink tea also.

  194. Mark Williams says:

    love to win

  195. Absolutely love coffee and LOVE keurigs! They are awesome!

  196. Marguerite Funk says:

    I like tea.

  197. Julie Lynn Bickham says:

    I like coffee in the morning and tea in the afternoon.

  198. Jerry Lafferty says:

    Hi! I like coffee, no tea for me!

  199. I love iced tea.

  200. I like tea

  201. Melissa Liddell says:

    Been getting back into coffee lately, but I love tea and coffee both! I’d use this to drink green tea 1-2 times a day! 😀

  202. iced tea

  203. Jill Edwards says:

    I like tea better than regular coffee but, I like iced coffee better than tea. lol

  204. Patty wright says:


  205. Nichol Tone says:

    I love tea

  206. Hello,

    I like coffee. I’ve read the online Huffington Post to find out who is in the headlines and what is going on around the USA and world. Thank you for hosting the giveaway — I hope to win the coffee maker!

  207. coffee please

  208. I like both coffee and tea!

  209. Sarah Taylor says:

    I prefer cream and sugar with some coffee added to it.

  210. I drink my coffee with cream and sugar, but I drink iced tea all day long!

  211. Donnie Johnson says:

    I drink a lot of coffee, I need a new brewing system, mine is getting pretty old.

  212. I drink coffee all day long, yum!

  213. totaly ? ? ? hot tea ty

  214. I love variety of teas and coffee

  215. I am a coffee addict!

  216. Joyce Broome says:

    tea don’t drink coffee

  217. I have started drinking tea rather than coffee and really enjoy it. I never thought I would.

  218. Estella Caradine says:

    Iced tea, don’t drink or like coffee

  219. Hi, I like tea my other half coffee, this would be great 🙂

  220. David Hall says:

    I much prefer tea over coffee, hot or cold, I drink it all the time.

  221. Kelley Galyen says:

    I prefer coffee.

  222. Linda Szymoniak says:

    I’ve never been a big coffee drinker, but I’m a sucker for hot chai latte, and fresh-brewed hot and iced tea. I really would like a Keurig brewer, but just don’t have the budget for one right now. Keeping fingers crossed that I win one – eventually.

  223. I drink tea all day, love it.

  224. chris hoey says:

    hi, mostly coffee but sometimes coffee then hot tea

  225. Laurel Lowrey says:


    Love coffee, never have enough time to read, especially now, could really use a coffee maker!


  226. Hanadia Roby says:


  227. I just reread John Donne’s holy sonnets while drinking black coffee.

  228. Kimberly Owens says:

    I’m definitely a lady who loves her tea. Hot or cold it doesn’t matter.

  229. Hot tea – green tea in the morning and chamomile at night.

  230. Israel Goldshmid says:


  231. Lynne Cahill says:

    I started with coffee and mpved to tea in the afternoon.

  232. Lorina Padgett says:

    I like iced tea and my husband likes coffee.

  233. Just love coffee.

  234. Thomas Murphy says:

    Hi, Thanks for the giveaway!

  235. I Love my coffee

  236. Coffee!!! Would love to win!

  237. Philip Lawrence says:


  238. I also love hot apple cider on a cold fall morning. Heard I can get kcups for this also.

  239. Hi! I love Coffee!! Tea is good, but coffee is my love. I am currently reading One Door Away From Heaven by Dean Koontz. Thank you for your book recommendations!

  240. I prefer tea over coffee.

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  241. I love coffee and drink it two three times a day but I also really enjoy a good cup of tea. Problem is my husband like me drinks a lot of coffee but unlike me, he doesn’t really ever drink tea. So when I get in a tea mood and don’t want as much coffee, we always have leftover coffee that goes to waste. We are in need of a keurig. Perfect amount of coffee or tea and nothing wasted!

  242. When and where will the winner be announced?

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