Roll out the welcome mat

Welcome, bookbugs and tea-tipplers. Welcome to my new site – Words and Leaves. I hope you’ll take a look around.

Over the next few weeks, there’ll be a guest blog from author Heidi Catherine, as well as reviews of some wonderful books like The Portable Veblen, Hope Farm and Six Bedrooms. I’ll also be recounting my expedition to the Melbourne Tea Festival and chatting with the wonderful tea merchants I met there.

Join me?

I’d be grateful if you could leave a comment and let me know what you think!

This is a site about books and about tea, and how we should read more books and drink more tea. Sometimes, it's hard to know what books to read and what tea to drink. This is where I can help out.


  1. I like your new site Weezelle. It works well on a tablet. I like your menu options, and in the side bar I like your currently reading and drinking widgets. I’m excited already to read what you think about The Portable Veblen. Jen and Book Worm on the Reader’s Room both gave it middling reviews. I’m intrigued by it. Two of my favourite books of recent years were Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead and The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messed. I get a similar vibe from the blurb for this book.

    I’m going to have a think about how I can incorporate something similar to your currently reading, but maybe more of a coming soon. I want something that pushes me to read from my TBR pile!

    Also, I’d like to try that chai tea. I got a really good masala chai from The Tea Shop in Covent Garden not too long ago. Full of cardamom pods, cloves, pepper and ginger. Yum! Today I’m drinking a Ceylon orange pekoe from Whittard’s. It’s my favourite tea.

    Oh, and thank you for blog rolling me!

    • Oh, autocorrect! I spotted cloves turning into Clive’s. I didn’t spot Messud turning into Messed!

      That’s Claire’s surname. Messud. Not Messed. *sigh*

      • Thanks Jan. As always, your comments are so welcome. There’s still some technical glitches of my own making, but there always is, isn’t there. I’m proud to have you in my blogroll – I think you do excellent reviews.
        As I sneak preview for The Portable Veblen – I really liked it…. I read a blogger review of it a while back and it caught my attention. I just need to remember who it was to give her due credit.
        Thanks for those book tips as well. Now they’re in these comments I can refer back to them.

  2. Your new site looks great! I like the visual format (lots of images) and I’m with Jan: the ‘currently reading’ and ‘drinking’ sidebar widgets are great. Are you enjoying The Portable Veblen, by the way? I read it a couple of months ago and thought it was very fun!

    • Thanks grace! Yes, loved The Portable Veblen. I felt like I was in the hands of a very capable story teller. Did you review it by any chance? Would love to read it.

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