Join In The Fun! Join In The August 2018 Tea Party!

“What better way to suggest friendliness – and to create it – than with a cup of tea?” -J. Grayson Luttrell

Aloha, charming WordPressers!

I’m delighted to announce you that The Little Mermaid is hosting her second monthly tea party on her website. What? A tea party? On WordPress? When? How? For whom? Alright..alright…take it easy. I’m coming on to your questions.

Classically, a ‘tea party’ makes one think of superiorly elegant and elaborate affairs of the Victorian times. It also conjures up images of fluffy scones, flavoursome muffins, Devonshire Cream and dainty sandwiches served on fine silver or deluxe bone china. Still, the elemental part of a tea party remains the affable exchange of dialogue among the invitees. Almost indistinguishably, the tea party that I am organizing is an online social event hosted in honour of bloggers, that is US! Blogging is most enjoyable when it is done interactively. The tea party, therefore, is an ideal occasion for socialising and making, as well as maintaining the acquaintance of those in the blogosphere. It is a chance to truly relax and to take some time to recharge one’s batteries by engaging in a light-hearted conversation, to be with friends and simply delight in each other’s company.

While the first tea party was open-ended, subsequent ones will be topical.

This month’s theme is:


Feel free to talk about anything related to books: What types of books do you like? What’s the last book you read? What’s your favorite book? What book is overrated? What book has impacted your life the most? Are there any books you would earnestly recommend we read?

The August 2018 tea party begins today and will close on the 31st. Make sure that you share a blog post round to the subject as a comment and allure bloggers to read you. As for newcomers out there-grab the golden opportunity to let your freak flag fly by sharing your first post with a huge gathering. Aren’t you excited?

Now that you’re in, it is noteworthy to mention that along with tea and cups, tea parties bring to the table certain etiquettes in the bargain that must be followed to make it more respectful and all the more interesting. Not only does this process make the tea party an entertaining one for everyone involved, it also makes coordination a lot easier.

So, let’s check out the guidelines below.

-Etiquette Number 1- Introduce yourself.

Introduce yourself, your blog or even your latest post to the community in such a way that it encourages others to converse with you. Avoid posting just a link as a comment which looks rude and spammy. Be polite.

-Etiquette Number 2- Mix and mingle.

Tea is a communal experience and there it requires that you meet and greet at least some of the other wonderful people in attendance. Participate by actively reading others’ comments and visiting their links/sites.

-Etiquette Number 3- Share & reblog the most recent tea party.

The purpose of the event is to create a platform where everyone benefits from real diversity of thought; and for that we need to find people who genuinely hold different views and invite them into the conversation. So, please spread the word in the blogosphere through reblogs.

It’s a sure thing that the tea party ritual punctuates our day with precious, refreshing pauses. Perhaps that is the true gift of a teatime celebration: it fills our cups with joy, warmth and friendship. May the echo of the teacup’s message be heard not only at special functions, but anytime friends come together, both in the virtual world and in reality.

With love,

The Little Mermaid

Author: The Little Mermaid

My soul is an enthralling mystery, delicately concocted with some chaos and a little glee.

232 thoughts on “Join In The Fun! Join In The August 2018 Tea Party!”

    1. Loved the posts, the photos, the philosophy, etc. Everything drew me in to want to read more. Such a good journey!!!

      1. Hi The Little Mermaid, I have never met anyone from Mauritius, much less learned of its wonderful and colorful history and all the magical things about it. Thank you so much for sharing that.
        You are clearly a very highly articulate and intelligent woman from what I can tell of your writing. You have the talent to express yourself really well. Honestly, I was somewhat overwhelmed. Besides being clearly a writer and wonderful blogger, I would love to know the other things you do in your life. There is a lot of depth in your writing overall.
        I hope you don’t mind if I comment on one thing that did not work too well for me. After being taken so high in the journey to your amazing country, the very next post was about people on Facebook. It just didn’t feel right where it was located. Perhaps if you were able to move it down from such positive and artful writing, it would be ok, but it sort of took some of the joy and beauty out of what I had just read.
        I think that I have noted in one of my posts perhaps that I am 76, so have lived long before computers. I remember working on the mainframes that took up whole rooms so many years ago, and all the things that went with them, and I remember real telephones, and real typewriters , carbon copies, and whiteout. Communications were so much different, not only technically, but emotionally too. We wrote letters then, and I am sure many people today would laugh at how old-fashioned this seems, but letter writing was somewhat of an art. And there was an anticipation to getting a letter. When I read how beautiful you wrote on the blog, I was reminded very much of the joy of writing letters. You didn’t just text someone a bunch of letters that are supposed to represent words, and there was some true depth of meaning.
        When I knew that computers were becoming a reality in our everyday lives, I thought of how it might change the nature of our communications. What I thought in the beginning was that because people would not see each other directly and hence could not read anything into body language since it would not be visible, the nature of communications would be more intellectual and less emotional. And perhaps in this, there would not be so many differences in how people related to each other. It is obvious that I was wrong, and I will admit also that I agree very much with some of the things you did not like about Facebook such as people using false identifies to correspond with others, and people being crude and sometimes ridiculous beyond belief online.
        But I also think that whole new worlds of communication have been opened up. While this is a blog, and so not exactly the same thing, when I think of what a miracle it is to be able to communicate with a woman who lives halfway around the world, and to even find her posts to begin with, I feel a sense of joy and wonder. Without this communication, which also happens to an extent on Facebook, my would would not have been so able to grow and in a way that is so much more interactive and magical than reading a book (and no offense to the writers out there – I am one too).
        So there are things on Facebook just as there with cell phones, that I too dislike very much. I don’t like others who don’t know me at all making judgements about who I am as a human being, and I definitely don’t like males who totally ignore the fact that I have mad it very clear that I have a significant other making inappropriate comments.
        But I love nature and animals, and I love reading about different cultures, and seeing art that I might not otherwise have an opportunity to see. And I love learning about causes and cultures of the world, and being able to research whatever subject is of interest or crucial for me to learn at any time. When I was younger, only the privileged few could go to a university and get a degree, but today with the advent of the Internet and sites such as Facebook, a person can learn most anything he or she desires to learn and in depth. So I think that there are two aspects to something like Facebook. I was able to learn about how difficult it was for physically challenged artists to get exposure for their work in an affordable and realistic way, and because of that, I started a small but successful nonprofit that I ran for more than 10 years to provide assistance for such artists and teach them professional development. Most folks don’t realize how difficult it is for severely challenged people to be able to get out and around as most of us do.
        I hope providing a different view of social media such as Facebook is helpful. I do appreciate and understand your views as well. Thank you most kindly. It is a genuine pleasure to know you.

        1. Beautiful mermaid, it’s the first time that I’m visiting your blog but I must say I’m smitten by your personality, confidence, charm and grace. No wonder they call you the WordPress Goddess. You write eloquently. Thanks for sharing your passion for writing with us.
          God bless you.

        2. Hello Anne, thank you ever so much for taking time out of your personal time to provide a useful feedback on my writings. I truly appreciate your effort.

          I follow what you said concerning the article on Facebook, and I understand how it was quite difficult, not only for you but for a few other readers as well, to blend it with my more creative pursuits. I acknowledge that my realistic ‘rantings’ where I’m a little unrestrained in the use of an informal tone get fewer views and likes than when I post romantic poems, idealized notions of life and beautifully-written quotes on my blog. Now, you must be thinking if this is so, then why do I do it? Well, I do it out of choice. As an aspirant skilled blogger, I enjoy experimenting with different forms of writing styles. I do not narrow down the options to focus on one compartmentalized piece of literary genre. It’s very liberating as a blogger and as an individual to be able to express oneself creatively by breaking the stereotype. This is the kind of freedom I would want my readers to give me on this platform; because this is the kind of freedom I give to myself each time I blog.

          I salute your initiative to help physically challenged people to dare to dream. I’m certain that you have done, and are still doing a fabulous job at it. People like you are my role models in life.

          It was a pleasure to interact with you, dear Anne. Words cannot describe how grateful I am for your blessings and support.

          Lots of love and hugs across the miles for you X

          1. You are a very inspirational person for your creativity and super personality and I am thrilled to know you too. I just started a new blog yesterday and so my new blog address is I will be posting a lot of interesting things on it – love of art and life, joy of creativity in writing and lots of other areas, and some philosophy, psychology, etc. Please feel free to put your blog on there too. I am new to and right now I just have the free version, but will likely get a paid version once I get it going and make sure how it works. I had and I used to like it very much for its flexibility, but now I have found it very difficult to work with, and also the site I had was not as positive in tone, and I want to change that for everyone concerned.
            Thanks, and do list your site if that is possible on mine. I know lots of folks will enjoy yours who might not be on it now. Peace and blessings, Anne

        3. Isn’t it strange how life is sometimes? One minute I met you and learned all about Mauritius from you and then just recently I saw something about issues with sea life on a reef there? Could have been National Geographic, Atlas Obscura, or one of the many free subscriptions I get. I apologize for not remembering, but I do remember that it was not very long, but very interesting. I am so glad you introduced us to this part of the world.

    2. Wow, you are an impressive writer Mermaid. I certainly aspire to write like that. I’m Mzwakhe, from South Africa.I like blogging about poetry and other works of nonfiction. I
      have to admit though that I don’t blog very often. But this will change. Here’s a link to my blog:https://mzwakhewrites.
      I look forward to learning more about other bloggers here.
      Thank you.

      1. Oops, I tried your site even with and could not get through to it. Check the name and how it is written. I took the extra space out too. Keep writing. It is the best way to build skills.

    1. I was unable to log onto your blogger or facebook accounts. I am sure it is interesting though. Thank you.

      1. Hi Darnell, I am happy to meet you. I think you could do an interesting blog, and they are a good tool for selling your writing too. I will be interested to read what type of books or other type of writing you enjoy doing. Life is short no matter how long we live, so if you are wanting to write more, there is no time like the present. When you get your blog going, put me on the list to get it. I hope you have a really wonderful week. Peace and many blessings, Anne Copeland My blog is, but I am hoping when I finish redoing a book I want to get into paperback this month to redo it, likely on My book that I am working on is Pumpkin, Pumpkin: Folklore, History, Planting Care and Good Eating. This is its third edition. I am on Facebook too.

    1. Hi from Anne. If you have a blog, will you please send me the blog address so that I can view it? My e-mail is, and blog is, and I will hopefully get to redoing it on and in different format, etc. one of these days when I finish the redoing of my pumpkin cookbook. I mentioned it in one of the posts above. It is in its 3rd edition, so not doing too bad, but I want to have it available in paperback (it has previously been Ebook only).

      Regarding love, I read a wonderful quote by Jo Coudert, an old-time movie star who wrote lots of good quotes. This one is from her book, Advice from a Failure: “Of all the people you will know in a lifetime, you are the only one you will never leave nor lose. To the question of your life, you are the only answer. To the problems of your life, you are the only solution.” I loved the book, for though the title sounds depressing, it is definitely not.

      It has been very nice to meet you and you do seem like an interesting person. Thank you kindly. Anne Copeland

        1. I really love it. Wonderful stuff and I look forward to returning to it again. It is really fun to be able to sit at my desk and to travel the world and have all kinds of adventures that I might not otherwise get to have. Thank you so much for sharing your world.

    1. I enjoyed learning a bit about you. I loved your quote and also I love the black and white photography and would so much enjoy reading more about it. I hope you will put me on your list to get the name of your blog. My e-mail is My soon to be changed blog is Thank you kindly. Anne Copeland

      1. Hi Anne Copeland,greetings from India.Thank you so much for the feedback and encouragement.I am blessed.I wanted to follow but your site is not opening up.Any reason ? I am not sure,but I keep trying..I shall post my blog details to the e mail you provided.thanks a ton.

    1. Thank you so much for the lovely tea party. I enjoyed meeting all of the people who responded to the blog, though a number of them did not post a blog site, but I hope if they have them, they will ultimately make them available. I wrote them anyway. I really enjoyed the idea of this. Anne Copeland

  1. I have been looking forward to the August tea-party after seeing the July one quite late in the month. This is a fabulous idea. Thank you Little Mermaid!

    I have a site called Crushed Caramel (Learner at Love)…there is a story there…all about how Caramel was crushed. However, the vast majority of my posts are lighthearted, fun, sometimes, musical, definitely joyful…they are all about living and loving life.
    Since this is a tea-party, I thought I would include a link to one of my few weepie-sad posts, called “Would You Like A Cup Of Tea?”…it is one of a small handful of posts explaining what it was that crushed Caramel.

    I am just getting to work, but will be home this evening and will have look through all the other posts and comments from other bloggers.

    As this month’s theme is books…I am going to put forward my favourite Jane Austin book “Persuasion”…I love the character and personality of Anne Elliot. I would love to hear of any other fans of Jane Austin all about your favourite female characters.

    Look forward to reading everyone’s comments.

        1. Although I’d like to assume I’m well-read, one author I’ve never had the pleasure of reading is, shockingly, Jane Austen. My friends back from my college days were her biggest fans and I remember feeling awkwardly disengaged when they started talking about her books only to end the conversation after one whole hour straight. I was a Shakespearean during those days. Haha!

          But I’m currently reading two books: The age of Innocence by Edith Wharton and The Republic, Book 3 by Plato which I hope to finish by next week. I’ll start with one of Jane’s novels then. Humm..Persuasion? Why not?

          Thank you everyone for your active involvement in the Tea Party and making it a success.

          Love and big hugs X

          1. I can only recommend Jane Austin….her books are my first choice when I need to read something light-hearted. I love her characters.

            I have read Edith Wharton’s The Age Of Innocence…I did love it, but goodness my heart was torn. I hope you enjoy it.

            Your tea-party is a fabulous idea and it’s been great to find some new bloggers with beautiful sites. Well done Little Mermaid!

          2. Coincidentally I’m just in rehearsals for an opera based on Jane Austin’s Mansfield Park, I hadn’t read her books until now but I’ve enjoyed immersing myself in this time period. I love your tea party idea 💡
            Best wishes Charlotte

            1. Aw how lovely, dear Charlotte. You’re an immensely talented woman and I’m sure you did justice to Jane Austen’s wonderful novel.

              Thanks for the visit. Have a beautiful Sunday!

              Hugs and kisses X

    1. It was good to get to know you. When I read your first post about Caramel, I thought she was really in love with love, and/or perhaps a young girl’s crush, but luckily I read more of your work and it is more interesting for me. I guess we all have things we enjoy on the blogs of others, and I suspect mine might seem quite dry by comparison. Anyway, I did enjoy getting to browse on your blog. Thank you kindly.

      1. Thank you Anne, that is very kind.
        I have a mix of posts, but because the event that crushed Caramel is all a bit depressing….I make sure there are many light-hearted happier posts about how life.

        1. Yes, that is very good to do, especially since that is the first thing most folks will likely read. Although I am a senior, I have recently encountered a number of real-life cases that remind me so much of Caramel. Life certainly is different when we are younger and “think” we know about love, and then we are older, and we look at love from a very different viewpoint. So you did a very good job of capturing what I have experienced with a lot of younger folks, and that seems a very difficult thing to do. Good job overall.

        2. Well, it is a stage in life I am sure most of us went through when we were younger and we first encountered the topic of love. It was not a bad thing as I think back on it, but definitely not one that was realistic. But that too is a good thing. We get to imagine it the way WE think it should be.

    2. Hi, Crushedcaramel. I read through your story about how Caramel was crushed and was intrigued by the situation of the roommates.
      You described the day to day details equally well along with the discomfort and confusion of escalating emotions. I hope this wasn’t a personal experience! Because no one really would want to go through that, would they? I believe I read part I and there’s a part II which I’m looking forward to returning to. Thanks for sharing!

      1. Thank you for your lovely comment.
        It is all based on a very real personal experience. I try to tell as much of the story without relating any details about those involved because it is not my intention to cause any harm to anyone.
        There is a lot more to come…I just find I have to allow space between the posts that are a bit more emotional. So I am trying to make sure that my site is full of joyful posts.

        1. You did a great job. I believe when I was younger, I could relate to Crushed Caramel, who seemed to be in love with the idea of love, but not necessarily a realistic view, and that is not intended as a negative. When I was younger like that, I thought that any special attention from a man seemed to mean that he was in love with me, but how little I knew then. Today at my advanced age, but young mind still, I DO understand love, and know that it is none of those things I thought it was. It’s is kind of like loving (really loving) a baby. Yes, it is cute or beautiful and looks like something soft and cuddly, but at night when it gets you up at 2:30 AM because it needs nourishment in its tiny and fast-growing body, or when it poops in its diaper or spits up all over your nice clean shirt or dress, that is when you really learn how to love and what love really is. But this is how we all grow and learn, and I think you did a good job of capturing a time in life when love is all about what you would love for it to be. Some folks never seem to grow out of this stage, and some end their own lives when others can’t fit their images of what it “should be.” I have had two very good friends who did this, and I am so sad for them because they had so much potential as creative people if they had lived on.

          1. How very sad to hear about your friends. That is very tragic.

            The protagonist of the Crushed Caramel site was fairly young I guess, but in her thirties. There are lots of small posts that build a picture of what happened, but essentially posts in THE STORM IN A TEA-CUP SERIES are about one week of personal drama the young woman faced. However this was a situation that lasted for a few years. Sadly it culminated in her not being to face going home one evening because of the severe hostility that had developed. On that night the protagonist was the victim of a serious crime which left her with life altering injuries. Although she had the chance to “injure” her celebrity flatmate, the protagonist has sought to protect him and support him.
            There are many more posts to come of course which will explain things in more detail to build a clearer picture.
            The site is not really about love especially, although it features at times, it is about someone who has been bullied for an extended period and then been the victim of a brutal crime…and about how she is overcoming the challenged these incidents caused for her. The site is rife with lighthearted and cheerful posts as the protagonist rebuilds her life and does not allow negative experiences to mar her enjoyment of life.

            1. That is wonderful because it is something that does happen to a lot of young women and I am sure young men too. The one young woman I knew fell in “love” with a well-known musical entertainer with a band, and those young men performed all over. She would spend every cent she had to get to the concerts, and spent so much of that part of her life believing that he loved her back in turn, even though he was a married man (happily too) and he did not even know she existed. In the end, she became so frustrated with life not being what she wanted it to be she ended her own life.

              Sometimes young women (and she too was actually past her 30’s) like this become involved with infamous people like Charles Manson, or the fellow in Southern California who went around raping, torturing, and killing of young women in their own homes, often breaking in during the middle of the night. He got caught and during his trial several younger women came to his trial, and one of them ended up marrying him. It makes me wonder what gets crossed up in their minds. It could certainly be a good topic for another book if one has not been written already.

  2. Hello. What a lovely idea and setting. I will have the Scottish Breakfast tea if you please. This being my first virtual tea party, I’m just a little confused. We pop in and out throughout the month? Or do we just get one pot of tea? My blog is set for August and I don’t like to post more than once a week. My subscribers (I use MailChimp) signed up for that. I do have occasional guest posts, but they follow my guidelines. So I won’t be reblogging. I can share to FB or G+ or Twitter. Reblogging is a new idea to me; I’m really curious how that works with maintaining a blogging brand. Anyone? And yes, I’d like a bit of honey please. No cream.

    1. Janet, I’ve not heard tell of Scottish Breakfast tea, only English Breakfast and Irish Breakfast teas from Twinings. Is it sold only in the British Isles? I must look for it, perhaps on Google.
      ~ Jo

      1. I’m in the US and I can find it on any large food store that has a decent tea selection. Same brand — Twinings. It’s considerably stronger than IBT. Perhaps an acquired taste. With a bit of honey, it’s superb.
        Nice to meet you, Jo.

          1. Hi Janet, I appreciate your esteemed presence at the August 2018 Tea Party. Of course, you can pop in and out during the whole month to read comments left by other bloggers, and even to converse with them mainly about books.

            Have fun darling.

            Hugs and kisses X

    2. Hi Janet, This relates to the reblogging. It is a form of sharing, and much the way sometimes articles from one newspapers appear in others too, but they still belong to the person who wrote the original. You won’t have anything happen with your blog. It is just a great way to get more exposure if you are looking for that. You always own your own blog and no matter where it appears, it is like a copyrighted piece; people can share it, but it will be always credited to your name and the name of your blog. Anyone who takes credit for your writing or your blog could be committing a serious copyright issue. But we never need to go there with reblogging. I know a lot of authors like to do this because it gathers for them brand new audiences they might otherwise reach. Are you from Scotland, or do you live there now?Are you a writer or??? Curious minds would like to know.

  3. I LOVE this SO much! What a great idea! I love tea parties! They are so much fun and a great way to get all dolled up.

    My site is called Ankhoryou and is a lifestyle, fashion, travel, and self love blog, with a healthy dose of sea glass and coffee (tea sometimes makes an appearance…I love a good chai, or green tea 🙂

    Since it was his birthday yesterday, it is only right to say Harry Potter. (Happy Birthday Harry!) Those books are so engaging and even years later I can reread them and not only still be entertained but pick up on something I had missed the last ten reads. All the characters are so relatable. I go through phases with who my favorite characters are, but I have to say Snape and Sirius are up there 🙂 ❤

    1. I love the lay-out of your blog. I am still feel like a bit of a newbie to blogging (just over three months) and have a basic theme with widgets and menus that have been fine so far. But yours is so attractive and appealing. An encouragement to play around with themes and see if I can see if I can find ways to present my posts more appealingly.

      1. The Harry Potter books may be some of the most brilliant written for children, but beloved by many ages. I know I have read the books and seen the movies over and over again, always getting something new out of it. First of all, I admire the author greatly, for she was very poor when she began to write, and virtually a nobody on the writing scene. Secondly, I love the way she combined elements of mythology and history in her books, so children love the stories and are getting educated at the same time. And third, I love the fact that she empowered young people in these stories against bullies, demons and just plain evil people or characters. And I LOVE that people of most ages have enjoyed the books and the movies that followed so much. I LOVED seeing the children of all ages lined up to get their books when they first came out. To find books that get children reading is a wonderful thing for all children, and something that is not easily accomplished these days. And the characters seem so real too! You can’t help loving or hating them.

        I loved the Lord of the Rings stories too, pretty much for the same reasons, though I am not sure as many children came to reading through those books. But they certainly inspired many games, and also they inspired a lot of miniature garden scenes and tiny houses that were built based on imagination. Who wouldn’t love to live in one of those little charming villages? Takes me back to the days of working communes, where everyone brought their skills and abilities to work to keep the communes viable and wonderful! Ah, those days! Yes, I guess I am an old hippy or gypsy at heart!!!

  4. A Tea Party! Such a great idea!

    I do prefer unsweetened iced tea if available! ; )

    Good morning to all my fellow bloggers out there. My blog is called Patriotwarrior and was established years ago as an independent political blog. I guess I have mellowed some over the years and it has since morphed into an author’s blog, especially with the release of my novel, Serpents Underfoot. I try to provide a variety of interesting posts such as book reviews, writing tips, flash fiction, etc, as well as to promote my book. I love historical fiction, military history, action and adventure, and history in general, so there are strong threads of this throughout my posts.

    Lately, I have also been posting a series of Adirondack Bear Tales based on family stories from camping in the Adirondack Park in Upstate New York. I grew up spending all my summers at Raquette Lake in the Adirondack State Park and black bears were plentiful. Interactions were frequent and, thankfully, mostly humorous with all parties unscathed.

    Anyway, thank you for hosting this Tea Party! My blog, for anyone who is interested, can be found at

  5. Hi, My name is Vickie and I have a blog at I am a retired school teacher and love to review books and meditate on Scripture. I hope that many other will join your tea party. Such a fun idea!

  6. My greetings to all partygoers and to our charming, gracious, welcoming hostess. What a truly magnificent, imaginative idea you have come up with! Since I do tend to get overly wrapped up in my blogging, you have my heartfelt, mega thanks for inviting me to your break the ice, let’s all be friends and have fun, get-together.

    A little bit about myself? Well, I’ve been blogging for a dozen years… nearly 2 1/2 of those 12 @WordPress. Via my prose, poetry and musical BlogCasts, I make my heartfelt pleas for a more loving, caring, civil, equality embracing global society. Our very survival depends upon our successfully promoting better human understanding, empowering honest even handed governance and establishing shrewd environmental stewardship. While all of that does sound a bit heavy… on a happier note… I do lighten up especially within my musical posts.

    In lieu of linking to any of my blog faves, I’ll invite all to click onto my avatar. After all, what really counts, here, is how you feel about my posts.

  7. As I am currently hosting an event on my own blog that has a different host each month, I won’t be joining the tea party this August. But I promise I will be joining in next month as, like I said I absolutely love this idea (and don’t want to give a rushed response to it as that wouldn’t be fair 😊).

  8. Thank you for sharing! I am also having a blog party! I would love for you to participate August 3 it’s a great way to drop your link on my blog post and share yourself with the world and get to know other bloggers❤️

  9. Hello, Little Mermaid. I enjoy seeing your work and comments out and about on WordPress! I’m in the South, so I might like some sun tea if you have it. 🙂
    I’m Nora Edinger and I write JOY Journal, a quirky mix of recipes and thoughts about faith, fun and life in general. When I’m not blogging, I am a free-lance journalist who also writes Christian chick lit books sold through Amazon.
    My own books are light, humorous romances, but I tend to read non-fiction, thrillers or any kind of story set in a different place. Recently, I read a science thriller (of the “Jurassic Park” type) called “The Curiosity” by Stephen P. Kiernan. It was fantastic, a gripping story about the “resurrection” of a man who was flash frozen during an Arctic expedition in 1906. The personal story is great, but it’s also a critical look at both modern culture and the sanctity of life and death. I found it by accident on a book cart at the library. What a nice surprise.
    Thanks again for hostessing! Hope to blog a bit about this on Friday and revisit whenever I can.

    1. Hi Nora,
      Just had a look at one of your posts about a bossy boots dog. Your site looks lovely.
      I have never heard of sun tea – what kind of teas is it? Could you tell us about it please?

    2. Hi Nora, ‘The Curiosity’ sounds wonderful to read! I’ll give it a try. I’ll be glad if you post the link to the books you have authored for us to have a look.

      Thank you for your participation in the event. Let’s keep the ball rolling, shall we?😊

  10. Greetings! Benjamin Woolridge here from the blog El Paso POV and I came here for the scones. Just kidding. I’m happy to be here though.

  11. Thank you again for inviting me! I love tea parties, so this experience on WordPress should be delightful. I am Jo in central Washington state, an independent journalist now that I’ve retired from print media. I write a weekly blog, Invitation to the Garden, about garden cultivation, garden history, garden tours, landscape design, herbs, perennials, roses, Southern culture and cuisine, and occasionally a travel piece. Currently, I am chasing butterflies — specifically swallowtails and monarchs — as featured during most of July. This week’s post will address the need for planting milkweed. Look for it this coming Friday, August 3rd.

    Summer for me means summer book, specially what we call “beach reads” because they’re usually set on a beach. Lately, I’ve been soaking up Beatriz Williams’s novels set somewhere along the Eastern Seaboard, from Long Island down to south Florida. My current book is SUMMER WIVES.

    While conducting research on the Monarch butterfly in early July, I happened to find THE BUTTERFLY’S DAUGHTER by Mary Alice Monroe, another favorite author of beach reads. This one, however, is set in the Midwest and follows the protagonist to Central Mexico where the monarchs hibernate over the winters.

    I highly recommend both these authors for your summer (well, August) reading lists.

    By the way, I’ve been drinking Earl Grey tea every morning, with a little cream, no sugar. It’s based on bergamot. Now, there’s another blog post topic to consider! In the meantime, look for me at

  12. I’m Dracul Van Helsing (which is and has been my blogger name ever since I first started an on-line vampire novel blog at a long defunct blogging site called Journalspace way back in 2004 and have been at several blogging sites since and now WordPress).

    On the subject of books, the first series of books I was enamoured with as a child were Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories.

    I got hooked when I first read a children’s book edition of The Hound of The Baskervilles back when I was 7.

    And on the subject of Sherlock Holmes and tea parties, Dr. Watson walks through the door of their shared apartment and asks Sherlock, “I say Holmes, care to join me in a cup of tea ☕️?”.

    To which Holmes replies, “Do you really think there’s room for both of us?”.

    And Watson answers, “By Jove, that’s positivity smashing.”

    Just then a giant tea cup which a new London proprietor is intending to put on the sign of his new London establishment Ye Olde Tea Shoppe is thrown off the horse carriage carrying it and comes crashing through the window of 221B Baker Street.

    As Holmes and Watson wind up in the giant tea cup, the world’s greatest consulting detective remarks, “Well Watson, I deduce we have found a tea cup big enough for the both of us.”

    And on the subject of Sherlock Holmes’, the detective’s lesser known and quite literally immortal and eternally young twin sister Sherrielock Holmes is a character in my on-line vampire novel which can be found at:

  13. Hi,

    How wonderful! Another tea party – with a bookish theme 🙂
    I have a post about my recommended history audiobooks and I’ve recently finished re-listening to The Strangest Family about the family of King George III. It’s a mammoth read but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I goes from the early days of the Georgian reigns in the eighteenth century and into the nineteenth century.

    1. Just checked out your site. I like it! Your bookshelf post left me nostalgic for not-so-long-ago previous life when I had room for walls and walls of books. We recently downsized and I had to give all of them away. I only have one tiny bookshelf now. I was at a used bookstore yesterday and I had to make myself WALK AWAY so I wouldn’t buy (rebuy) numerous copies of things I just gave away. It was like finding a lost child and then walking away. 😉

  14. Lifting my tea cup. What a great idea. I’m not blogging this year about particular interests but focusing my thoughts on excellent picture books. Each review, so far, I hope helps an other sell books and helps me polish my own manuscripts.
    So, yes, I read lots of picture books. See recent reviews at http://pammmiller. com
    A favorite comes to mind, not like most published this year: Kathleen Pelley’s Magnus Maximus the Marvelous Measurer. The lyrical writing, detailed illustrations, and deep thought do not escape the child you’ll read to. In fact, the child will probably want your tape measure or ruler to measure a few things.

  15. What a great idea!
    My site is not as exciting as others as it currently only has three posts however it will feature a mixture of about myself, my hobbies and living with my disabilities. I hope you get the chance to visit it. As for tea I’m British so I just enjoy a cup of PG tips nothing fancy I know haha! My favourite book is Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen 😊 xx Site:

    1. How could you go wrong with the great P&P? Perfect choice for a favourite.
      I am also really fond of Persuasion…mainly because I read it before I knew anything about Jane Austin so I honestly had no idea how it would end!

  16. Please allow me to answer the questions above while I sip some tea :)… I nearly completed the entire “Fear Street Series” from R.L. Stein when I was in middle school. Then, my grandmother gave me a nicer collection of books, so I decided to switch things up entirely by reading the “Love Comes Softly” Series from Janette Oke. During my 20’s I read some self help books from Joyce Meyer, Joel Olsteen, Keith Harrell and more. My latest book was Origin by Dan Brown. My favorite book is the Bible, followed by my devotionals. I have not come across any overrated books because luckily I have enjoyed them all. Given the time in my life when I read the Janet Oke series I would have to say that those books influenced/impacted me the most. I would highly recommend this series to any young girls trying to find their way in this world. BTW… thank you for bringing back these great memories. Now… I need to search for this collection and read them again! 🙂

  17. Your invitation is very timely again for me, Little Mermaid!
    I just uploaded on iTune volume #8 of the Math-Art series that I have been working on last month @
    Ebook publishing is quite a challenge – but well worth the effort considering how many people you can share your work with! And talking about books, which one is my preferred one in the series? They’re all my babies! Each as a unique quality making it special to my heart. Not for me to decide, I love them all!
    By the way, if anyone at your friendly gathering is interested, I’ll be glad to send you a free copy of your choosing. All I need is a Gmail address, & I’ll forward you the link to the download page.
    My email is jconstant (at)
    In the meantime, I’ll be enjoying my virtual tea with you guys before going back to the next chapter of the series.
    Best to all,

  18. I have been reading style books, like Elements of Style and Sin and Syntax. Dry. But insightful. I have also been reading old (1950s) John D MacDonald novels because of his precision with words and trying to discover just how he does certain things. He can have several fully developed know who they are characters in two paragraphs. absolutely no waste and perfect verbs and adjectives. So. As a kid I read all my Dad’s mystery and western pulp paperbacks, Brit classics from the 12th century on, all the poetry I could get my hands on. From anywhere. Italians, Brits, Americans, Latins. Poetry was mesmerizing. As were the pulp fairy fairy tales. Hard times, wars fought, revolutions started, girls rescued. Lunch with a friend, since everyone else is being shameless?

  19. Good afternoon, All. My name is Anne Copeland, and I am a nonfiction writer (but do not despair), presently, but have some fiction stories I have written but not published for children. One is Tenshoes and the Skittyfoot, and my stories have a morale in them usually. Because I have worked with special needs children, youth and adults for many years, I understand what it is to be different from everyone else, and so this is a story about a little funky red-headed boy who comes to visit the creatures who live in the meadow, and the creatures want him to rescue the ten orphan shoes who live in the dump. I have to do special art to fit my vision of that, and although I am an artist too, not sure I can do what I envision. The other one is That Dog, Liver, and again, there is a morale to it, and it is for slightly older children, but I want to know all about all of you too, so I will save that one for another time.

    I LOVE tea parties. I guess I am either British in my heritage or I just love make believe. I did go to one that was very fun, and it was at a quilt store. We all wore dress-up clothes and HATS!!! Yes, hats! And we got quilted things (I think potholders) shaped like teapots. I love dress-up and imagination.

    I am so happy to meet all of you and explore your sites. Yes, I do have a blog, but I have not mastered the new blogger (the old one was pretty good) and so I almost don’t want to list it here. I have not kept it up because I am trying to find another one where I can change the photos behind the header frequently, and have a layout as I imagine, which it no longer easy to do with blogger. But there we are. So the old site is, but please forgive that I have not kept it up. I really want a more positive (content as well as visual) site.

    Oh yes, I am 76 and I do love fiction. One of my favorite writers was Victor Hugo back in the day. I am not sure today. I read a couple of contemporary mysteries by Don Massenzio (hope I spelled it right) and I would love to be able to read more. I have read books on spirituality and many art-related books. I guess I would read much of what comes my way now when I have time and energy to read. I will be visiting with all of you now. Thank you for including me in this great event. Peace and many blessings, Anne Copeland

  20. Can someone visit my blog and give me some suggestions on how to attract readers? I wrote my blog one year ago, but there are only 15followers. Do I need to write more often or change my topic? My blog site , thank you all !

    1. Hi Irene….I just had a look at your site and loved your post on learning Chinese. I lived in Liverpool for many years and met a lot of Chinese students…i speak a very little Mandarin and can read basic pin-yin so I really enjoyed your helpful tips.
      You asked about attracting readers…well, this is a great way for a start.
      I would recommend getting involved in as many word prompts and picture prompts as possible. The post I published today was linked to the prompts four different and very popular bloggers host. Lots of other bloggers “ping-back” to these prompts, meaning that what we publish is kind of advertised on these other sites. Those who use them check out the work from the other bloggers – it has created a supportive community of bloggers who encourage each other.
      You have a brilliant site…hope you are using “tags” and other WordPress features so that search engines will direct internet users to your site.
      I am no expert, I have been blogging for just over three months but I have found that there are some very helpful and supportive fellow bloggers out there who will promote your site.
      For example…with your permission, I would be very happy to mention your post on learning Chinese and include a link so that anyone who reads my post on my own attempts to speak Chinese (which are mildy hilarious) can then directly access your post? Does this make sense?
      If you want an example…look at this post I published recently, where I created a link to another bloggers post:

        1. I will do so Irene….I already have a draft about my time in Liverpool with Chinese students…so give me a few days to polish it up before I publish it, and I will make sure it includes the link straight to your site.

            1. Hey Irene…I have not forgotten you.
              My post about speaking Chinese is almost ready…I am going to publish it at the weekend….because that is always when I have the most readers (usually twice as many as mid-week).

              1. Thank you Caramel, you are so nice people. I was free just then, and I viewed some of your posts to see which article I can link to my blog. I may also need some days to publish my article. Just take your time.

              2. Most of us receive more readers over the weekend, I think. That’s why I’ve timed my posts accordingly, publishing late Thursday for Friday/Saturday readers. In fact, I’m one of your “weekend readers,” too!

        2. Hi Irene.
          My name is Darnell. I like your site. If looking to attract more followers, continue posting each week. Constant publishing keeps your blog visible. I would search out other blogs with Chinese culture. Read their work and comment! Your blog has everything Chinese so explore food blogs and share recipes. Photoblogs would be a nice place for cultural exchange. Good Luck! Oh, my book I’ve brought to the party is “The Loneliest Girl In The Universe” by Lauren James. I will review it Friday, on my blog. Stop by and say hello sometime.

    1. Thank you so much for appreciating my work and providing a feedback. It means the world to me.

      I hope you enjoy the August 2018 Tea Party along with other bloggers.

      Hugs and kisses X

  21. LOVE this idea! I’m a long time reader and writer but just started blogging. Still not always sure what I’m doing. But right now I’m drinking coffee and thinking about this month’s topic, my first true love, BOOKS! Life is calling this weekend but I’ve got a thought brewing — ha ha get it–brewing 😉 for a post next week. Meanwhile I’ll be visiting some of y’all. Please stop by and read some of my stuff if you’d like. Thanks.

  22. Sun tea is made in a glass carafe or large jar in the sunshine. It’s basically a speeded-up version of cold brew. We like to combine 4 bags of real tea (black or green) with 2-3 bags of something herbal (mint, berry, chai or whatever we’re in the mood for). Sometimes, I throw in fresh herbs. Then, you basically set the lot out in the sunshine and let nature do the work. After an hour or so, depending on the temperature (hotter air means faster brewing), bring the tea inside, discard the bags and refrigerate until cold. You get the taste of homemade iced tea without the time at the stove. The herbal/real tea combo often makes sugar unnecessary. 🙂

  23. A very good way to bring bloggers by making an imaginary Tea party.
    Regarding the books which you have suggested, my choice goes first to JAMES HADLEY CHASE ( of course old timer and present day generation may not like) next being Jean Bruce: His famous book which i went through was ‘HOT LINE) NEXT is Agatha Christie.’THE GUILTY ARE AFRAID’ ( i have read half- a- dozen times and still feel like reading again. May be others may not heed to my request, but at least THE LITTLE MERMAID ‘ can at least try once.
    Regarding my blog i would like to invite people to see my posts: under the title”REVELOTIONS ACROSS MINDS.

  24. Hello everyone. I popped in last month, but who doesn’t like a party when talking books. I’ve just turned 60, and blog half on the outdoor adventures my wife and I have, while the other half of my blogging I’ve called “Thoughts From The Wilderness” which is my slant of life, living, and all that entails as seen through observations from outdoors. Ths last book I read is called “The Many Deaths of Tom Thomson – Separating Fact from Fiction” by Gregory Klages. For people who don’t know, Tom Thomson is Canada’s most celebrated painter. He died a mysterious death in July 1917 at Canoe Lake in Algonquin Park in northern Ontario. Much fiction and lore surrounding his death have developed over the past century; murder; suicide; accidental drowning to name a few.

    Thomson’s style and paintings help develop a Canadian identity for us in Canada, but as well how others around the world see us. Tom Thomson is a Canadian cultural icon.

    You can check out my blog at

    I love a good tea-party as much as I love a good book. I recently posted a blog On Books and Reading about my childhood favorites, see link above. I have a link on my home page called Book of The Day which is currently profiling Elin Hilderbrand’s latest release – The Perfect Couple – it’s the perfect beach read. For those unfamiliar with her books, they are always set on Nantucket but this one has a murder mystery for an added twist. I started a lifestyle blog called a year ago, and post on anything and everything. This summer I have done a lot of garden posts, (with lots of pretty pictures), one about The Simply White Dinner and am currently working on a summer playlist.

  26. Hello everyone! Im taking a break working on my next post to say Hi.
    My name is Darnell. I love to write micro fiction on different genres. I found a way to spice up my favorite tea. Come take a look. The book I brought to the party is The Loneliest Girl in the Universe, by Lauren James. – Oh its good! More about that later. For now , have a look at Writing Block, and have some tea.

    1. I love tea parties and books. I live in Southern California and we have a little free library outside our house! I’ve just finished a wonderful book set in the 1920s called TIFFANY BLUES by M. J. Rose. It’s a fictional story of a young painter who goes to study art at Louis Comfort Tiffany (of the famed Tiffany stained glass) Laurelton Estate. Highly recommend!

  27. Hello everyone, I am in Australia and at the moment it’s chilly here The tea party is a great idea and I think Id like a Chai Latte. I’m Sonia and I have been blogging for about eighteen months. My journey to blogging began when I joined a writing group, that led to me going university in my fifties. It was a transformative experience for me, giving me the confidence to express my opinions and to believe that I had something worth saying. Encouraged, I continued to attend a writing group. I also coordinated a reading group for eleven years which I gave up reluctantly to focus on my writing.
    My lifelong ambition is to write and publish a book. Writers need readers like fish need water and one of the ways to connect was to start a blog. The beauty of blogging is finding like-minded people, ones who share your interests. I have forged real friendships with ‘friends I have never met’, in the USA, New Zealand and Wales.
    My blog covers aspects of writing and writing advice, the books I have read each month (usually six to eight) creativity, opinions and my cats. Please come and visit and say hello!

  28. Some of my favorite books include:
    + Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
    + White Oleander by Janet Fitch
    + The Secret History by Donna Tartt
    + The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
    + What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami

  29. Science fiction (not fantasy), crime fiction, the classics, children’s literature, YA.. I’ve worked my way through all the genres and now I’m finding myself downloading old favourites to reread. It’s amazing how many have dated, given today’s political climate and how many have stood up to the test of time. For me it’s about comfort reading. (Less calories.)
    Except for an article I’ve submitted recently, I’m writing less and reading more. Six years of blogging have come to a temporary halt. But as I don’t want to be totally out of the blogging loop, I’ve made a captain’s call to visit and comment.
    Going to drop in on you bloggers before the month is out. 💋

    1. I gave up on Fantasy when series just went on and on. I also enjoy reading crime nothing too gruesome and women’s’ mainstream fiction. As for children’s books my favourite is Anen of Green Gables

  30. Hi there everyone I’m Simon and I’m from the UK. I’m big on the Sci-Fi and fantasy genre’s if anything for pure escapism. Thank you Mermaid for organising the tea party. I’ve picked up some English black tea, white with sugar and have a slice of Victoria sponge.
    This is a post on a book I read earlier in the year and for anyone SciFi or even mystery inclined it’s a god read:
    It’s called 329 years awake and it’s by Ellie Maloney.
    I hope to see you guys around for a few weeks. 🙂

  31. The Little Mermaid, thanks so much for hosting this fantastic tea party. The tea selection is superb, and the food is divine, especially the scones…my favorites! I write mostly inspirational women’s fiction and Christian fiction, and sometimes humor/satire, all of which are still going through the revision and editing processes. I love books by Jodi Picoult in contemporary women’s fiction, because she writes about topics that make you think. House Rules was amazing. Another contemporary writer of women’s fiction I like is Rachel Joyce. Her book, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry was refreshing, charming, moving, and lovely. I also like classics by Mary Shelley, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Somerset Maugham. Maugham’s Of Human Bondage is fabulous.

    I’m not sure how the whole social interaction is to go in here, but I’m hoping to get to know many of you here on Mermaid’s wonderful blog. Thanks again!

  32. Teaparty Two – Books. This is very much fun, and I think for me, at least, has been a really great learning experience. First of all, when I visit the blogs of others of you, I see what works for me and what might not (and I mean that in the best of ways), perhaps not because of the way any of you have addressed what you love, but perhaps because I see some major differences, often age-related and/or life experiences. That is not necessarily a personal difference, but I am sure just as you would not likely find my site interesting because it deals with the issues that many physically challenged people (and I am including people with emotional and/or developmental challenges) face daily and what that means in their lives, and perhaps how to change it. It is not always pleasant, and I am about to redo the site because of that, and because I want to try to focus on things that will have a truly positive effect on the lives of others.

    And I think as number two, the idea of how to bring more people to your blog site without having to do artificial things. And it helps us to read things that without this very comfortable opening, many of us would perhaps never read.

    As for books I enjoy, there are quite a few types I love. I am an artist in mixed media, fiber arts, urban art, and what I consider interactive art, so I love to read about those things. Secondly, I love to read anything that is spiritual without being “preachy,” or “condemning.” And I love to unravel history’s mysteries; my two degrees are in archaeology and criminal justice, with coursework online in forensics as well, and I have had experience in all those fields, so books that involve any of those things interest me as well. I love historical fiction, and stories of true life adventures. And I LOVE children’s books and books about animals and cooking, and reading about different forms of science.

    The way we all love to read such different topics interests me greatly because it helps us to connect more. So thank you one and all with sharing with me too. It has definitely opened up my own universe. Peace and many blessings to one and all, Anne Copeland, (in process of being redone in a more positive frame on eventually. Currently finishing or refinishing the formatting and editing on my pumpkin cookbook with folkore, history, growing hints, etc. and this is the 3rd edition and hopefully will come out in paperback. Thank you.

  33. Hello everyone. I’d like a cup of English Breakfast tea with a little milk and sugar please. 😊
    My name is Laurie and I have a mostly-book-reviews blog, I read a wide range of genres, from mystery to contemporary fiction, sweet romance to true crime, historical fiction to thrillers. I post reviews for just about every book I’ve read. I have met so many wonderful people through blogging, and have learned so much from fellow bloggers.
    I have quite a few favorite authors: Kristen Higgins, Kate Hewitt, Charlie Donlea, HY Hanna, and Libby Klein are a few of my latest. A few books I highly recommend are The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini; Don’t Believe It by Charlie Donlea; Now That You Mention It by Kristen Higgins. A book that greatly impacted me was The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, and also, Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin. Forgive me but I think the following books are overrated: To Kill A Mockingbird (please don’t kill me, I know just about everyone loves this book), and The Great Gatsby.
    I love reading and never leave home without a book. I find reading to be a sweet and necessary diversion from the stresses and anxieties of life. Thanks so much for allowing me to appear here today. 😊

      1. Hi Darnell!! Thx so much for stopping by, the compliment and for the follow. 💕 I am almost finished with Baby Teeth. 😫 I’m reading 4 books at once at the m

      2. Sorry….I’m parked in my car and hit reply prematurely by mistake. 🤦🏽‍♀️
        I’m reading four books at once and when I do that it takes longer to finish them. Stay tuned for my Baby Teeth review.
        As I mentioned, I’m out now but I will look up your blog later on tonight.
        It’s nice to meet you. 😊

    1. Hi from Anne. So glad to meet you. I agree about The Great Gatsby; it reminded me of some pieces during a time in movies such as Cat on Hot Tin Roof, or Picnic, A River Runs Through It, etc. To Kill a Mockingbird is something different and rather bold for its time to address the racial issue. The movie, of course was helped by the actor Gregory Peck (please tell me I got the name right) who played the main part of the attorney and his children. Someone recently wrote a book about that once again or perhaps it is a movie. I can’t quite remember and I apologize for that, but I do remember reading about it and how it looked at the story from a different perspective and as I recall, it was not necessarily favorable.

      1. Hi Anne. I never saw the movie. Since I didn’t love the book (To Kill A Mockingbird), I never bothered to watch it. But perhaps I should. I think you got the actor right.
        Are you talking about Go Set a Watchman, Harper Lee’s book before she wrote TKAM?

  34. Thank you so much for the invite, Little Mermaid. I have my tea plain, and get my sugar fix from the scones. Delicious!

    I’m Jo, from ‘cross the pond. Specifically, Cleveland, Ohio, home of LeBron James, the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame, wonderful people, and excellent nosh.

    My site is . Because I don’t generally post daily, and my theme centers around making the most of daily living, with lots of photos, some illustrations, recipes, gardening, health, exercise, and travel ideas, I think of the blog as akin to a traditional print magazine.

    I’ve enjoyed reading the suggestions of other commenters here. Anne Copeland’s book likes and interests very much match mine. I read a lot of different books, and still love the ones I did as a child, and ones that were my own kids’ favorites. Picture books rule! Some of our favorites have been: Too Many Pumpkins, by Linda White and Megan Lloyd, Georgie, by Robert Bright, and Miss Rumphius, by Barbara Cooney.

    The best contemporary books I’ve recently read are The Nightingale, by Kristen Hannah, Tinkers, by Paul Harding, Three Day Road, by Joseph Boyden, and Dietland, by Sarai Walker. These books are very different, yet kept me interested to the end.

    I still think classics are best in terms of lasting impact. No one tops Jane Austen for wit and dignity. Edith Wharton is the champion of feminism, capturing the plight of women in society in the 1900’s. Her tragedies, including House of Mirth and Ethan Frome, are stories that changed me.

    Now that my soliloquy is ended, I’d love to read more book reviews and visit all of these blogs.

    1. I am Jo, also, and across the pond and the country in Washington state, a tea drinker with milk. Today I got my sugar fix from a slice of lovely peach pie enclosed within a buttery puff pastry crust. And I read all of Kristen Hannah’s books as they come out; THE NIGHTINGALE is one of the types of historical novels I most enjoy, in fact. THE GREAT ALONE sort of spooked me yet kept me hooked to the end.

      During the summers, I most enjoy “beach reads,” from lighter titles by Mary Alice Monroe to more absorbing books by Beatriz Williams. Before those, my husband and I both were deeply into nonfiction books by John McCain and Madeleine Albright and others. We’re quite concerned about the state of our beloved country and pray a lot, but I try to focus on only the “good stuff” I find on WordPress and Women of Grace. Oh, and The Enchanted Home and Hello Lovely, favorite daily posts in email.

      After only one year this month, I am enjoying my “new job” as an independent journalist. My own blog at focuses on garden design and history and includes tidbits from my Southern background, as well as occasional culinary features. The most recent posts address the plight of diminishing monarch butterflies and how we can help bring them back. One way is planting milkweed. You can read all about that in this week’s post, “Seeds in Silk.”

      1. Hi, Jo!
        I’ve yet to read The Great Alone, but that’s one on my list. I, too, am concerned about our country’s direction. I find the younger generation inspirational, and they give me hope that we will get back on the right track. I’ve not heard of Beatriz Williams. I will have to check that author out. It’s good to have some lighter reading sometimes! Thank you for the recommendations.

    2. That is so much fun to share your reading, and I appreciated your referral to books I have loved too. I almost cringe to admit it, but I LOVED The Nancy Drew Stories! Can you believe that those folks who ban books from the general public wanted to ban these as being “poor literature?” Well, I will say that Nancy Drew, for her time, was an empowered young lady! I had a best friend (thank heavens I had at least one) in my youth, and she and I used to re-enact those mysteries, sometimes changing the ends of the stories. We also re-enacted the Prince Valiant cartoons in the Sunday newspaper. Oh those were the days when we used our imaginations in our play so much, lacking all the games and other things to take up their time that children have today. Can you imagine having to play using just your imagination??? WOW! Ah, I do so miss those days in some ways.

  35. Good morning,my name is Patrick. I decided to pop over and read your blog and see you are having a tea party featuring “books”. While my cheetah Paladin review and I review films mostly,I am a avid reader and will drop a rare review once in a while. Such as the case with my reviewing a book of poetry from Patrick Scott Barnes which you can find here It’s review #183. I also re-blog a review series from The Tell Tale Mind of a comic book that I collected as a teen.
    As too what I’m currently reading,I just started reading the “Game of Thrones” and also a history book about the calvary of the Confederate Army in the Civil War as I’m a military buff. I hope to meet some of you through this delightful tea party.

  36. Hello Little Mermaid,
    I’m Pam. I hang out at The Inner Circle quite often and that is how I found out about your tea party. Thank you for the invitation. I’m a movie buff and I love to read. I review and analize books and cinema and I also post orginal exposés. The name of my site is a bit
    misleading–yes, I love thrillers, but I have an affinity for just about anything that is associated with mystery, suspense and noir. I also like true crime and historical novels. I’m more of a film snob than I am a book snob–but I like my airplane reads to have a literary quaility to them.
    One of the best books I’ve read of late is The Nazi and the Psychiatrist by Jack El-Hai. It is a true crime/WW II historical about the psychiatrist who “profiled” and analyised Hermann Goring before the Nuremberg war crimes trials. I learned of this fascinating book on I highly recommend the site and the book. I will include this link to a literary novel that (if I had to classify it I would call it a historical/crime/noir) I reviewed a few months ago. Enjoy.

    1. I enjoy these types of books also. I used to read a lot more of them, but since I have been writing my own books (nonfiction), I have not had the time to read that I once did. But I am always studying some new subject too. I got a second degree, this one in Criminal Justice, and I also studied Forensics online and graduated when I was 74 in 2016. My first degree is in Archaeology, and that was in the 70’s, so I guess that tells you something about how much I love so solve mysteries. How does it happen that as we grow older, we seem to have less time to do a lot less than we did when we were younger? I am trying to remember the names of some I have read and liked, and I know that many years ago, I think in the 1980’s, I loved to read John D. McDonald. One of the things I enjoyed about his writing was the way he could take unseemingly related people and events and then skillfully tie them all together. Thank you so much for sharing. You may have reopened some doors for me.

      1. Thank you for the John D. McDonald suggestion. I will check him out. I’m always on the look out for “the right” thriller, et cetera. Consequently I buy a lot paperbacks, read about thirty or forty pages and abandon them. I can’t abide trite writing. Obviously I don’t mind a tried and true template but I must have inspired prose. Right now I am reading The Outsider by Stephen King. I don’t read a lot of King, but the few I have read I’ve enjoyed. I am a stickler for dialogue and that is his deficit, in my opinion, but he is a master of plot and twists. His imagination is surgically sharp.

  37. Hello Fellow Bloggers,
    My name is Rakkelle and I’m a brand new blogger, only 5 weeks in. This tea party is so exciting. I’m very glad I happened on this post. Yaay!
    My favorite book of all time is a literature classic, “To Kill a Mockingbird”. I noticed someone in the comments identified it as an overrated book; and that’s okay we all have different tastes.
    I first read “To Kill a Mockingbird” in high school and have re-read several times over the years. It was the first book I ever read that dealt with race relations.
    I’m a big Stephen King, John Grisham (the earlier years) and Jodi Picoult fan. I think Shakespeare is overrated, I simply don’t care for the language at all. Sorry!
    I’m currently reading “Red Notice” by Bill Browder and I think it’s fantastic.
    However, the book that had the biggest impact on my life is “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie. Does self help books count in this tea party?
    Thanks to all who took the time to read my comment, please stop by my site and share in my anecdotal stories at And please leave me some love when you do. ❤💖

  38. Hey, tea folks! Checking back in from my Christian chick lit blog. Currently reading a book called “Tide,” a non-fiction work looking at some of the most dramatic tides in the world. Not for everyone, I know, but quite interesting. Also reading Jan Karon’s most recent release (2017). She’s a modern-day Mark Twain. Some of the funniest writing I’ve seen lately is on the tubes of Old Spice deodorant. I’m serious. Brilliant advertising writing. Short. Clever. Targeted at its audience in a way that’s inspired. 🙂

  39. Oh, I love that you’re bringing so many people together:). That’s what this whole blog swim is really about, right? My blog is And the topic of books is one near and dear to my heart. So, I’ll get to work on a post! And, will have to check out everyone else’s posts . . . thanks for being such a great hostess. Pinkies up:).

  40. Hi! I’m Stacey, and I found the Little Mermaid through some other blog- ‘Yeah, Another Blogger’. I went into her information and….the rest is history. The communal tea party blog idea really IS a great idea to pull bloggers together and share. It’ll take a while, but I intend to put a dent in the mountain of reading material here! I wish I had more time!
    I was told to start a blog when my book came out a few years ago, and at that time, I had JUST switched from a flip phone to an iphone and I was not even on Facebook. So I’ve started from rock bottom with this social media stuff and, a few years later, I’ve made a few inroads, but not many. I think I’m mostly blogging out into empty space. But thanks, Little Mermaid, for your heartfelt invitation to rub electronic elbows!
    I can’t think of any *serious* books right now that I think were overrated, but on the *less serious* level (and I’m not judging; my own book is a paranormal comedy with not a serious bone in its body) my stepson gave me Harry Potter for Christmas once and I could NOT for the life of me get into it at all. I feel like if I was doing stand-up right now, people would be throwing rotten food at my face and cursing me out! 🙂
    But here’s my review of A Maggot, a book with a fascinating premise (in my opinion) and one of my more favorite reviews for anyone who’s interested (there’s pictures!)
    I look forward to taking another leisurely swim through here soon.
    Nice to meet you!

  41. This is a fantastic idea. Much respect and admiration to you for doing this!

    Hello Everyone, I’m Ben Harley. Poetry, Philosophy, and Self Development are my current games.

    There are so many books that I’d LOVE to list here. However for the sake of brevity I’d love to recommend these two books, as they have added tremendous value to my life, and I hope they will do so with some of you also.

    – ‘The Way of the Superior Man’ by David Deida. A modern classic on positive masculinity and spiritual sexuality. In a world largely vapid of positive male mentors for men, especially in the realm of sexuality, this book serves as an invaluable kick in the backside while also providing priceless guidance and support in regards to problems that many men do not even realise they are facing.

    – ‘Siddartha’ by Herman Hesse. No book as of yet has effected me emotionally as much as this book has. By Herman Hesse, this book based on historical fact chronicles the life of Gutama Siddhartha as he seeks spiritual enlightnement through various different and extreme ways of life. The prose are beautiful, the characters and intimate and truthful, and the plot is an adventure that is heartfelt and painful in the best sense. If is attentive and open minded, then they will learn a lot from this book.

    My latest post is called ‘Getting out of a Rut!’ I’ve spent a lot of my life in a rut, and I’d invite anyone who is feeling as if they are stuck to give it a read. I hope you can take something away from it. Here’s a link:

    Just in case you were interested, here’s some of my poetry:

    Lovely to get in on the Tea Party, will have a look through your blogs. Cheers to you all.
    Also… Drop me a line, would love to meet some of you!


  42. PS: My full link is actually:
    The other one was truncated and only displayed one review.
    PPS: To Anne above who started the comments in this thread: I feel you, especially when you talk about going from “mainframes” that took up an entire room to what we have today. Even though everything’s *smaller* physically, they’re a thousand times more complicated! It made me think of when I started in closed captioning, how we had all day to caption a 20-minute show, then handed in a floppy disc when we were done. Today a 20-minute show will be the first thing I have to do of many, and the process of actually captioning the show and then exporting final files has become, in my mind at least, very similar to the rudimentary steps of operating the Space Shuttle!
    On the positive side, this kind of thing, talking to y ‘all in here, would never have been a reality back then.
    So….take the bitter with the sweet. Eh?

  43. Hello. I am simply mad as a hatter…about tea parties. My name is Rich Allan and I am an author of two books, “Drafted” a look at the comic adventures of Eli Jones drafted into the US Army during Vietnam and “Identity Check” a political thriller about Scott and his zany girlfriend, Jessie, who after his mother is murdered, embark on a dangerous quest to find his true father. My blog is and I write about books, travel (50 countries/50 States), photography, music, and acting. My favorite authors are Michael Creighton, John Grisham, and Mark Twain. Come to visit and share a cup of tea. I have about 1350 followers.

  44. My name is Dorothy Minor,, and I blog as the Book Whisperer on my site. Your tea party idea is a good one for connecting people. I just finished The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman for a book club that I joined recently. Other recent books include The Girl With Seven Names by Hyeonseo Lee, a moving memoir about Lee’s escape from North Korea, A Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns by Archie Bongiovanni and Tristan Jimerson, a useful guide to non-gender specific pronouns, and The Seven Rules of Elvira Carr by Frances Maynard, a good story about a character’s growth and learning. Another fascinating read is The Color of Bee Larkham’s Murder by Sarah J. Harris.

    1. Hello, Dorothy ~ I’ve always liked Alice Hoffman’s books but I’ve not come across this one, The Museum of Extraordinary Things. My book club sometimes offers titles that I know or have in my personal library. Usually, the moderator chooses unfamiliar or even just published books, such as Amanda Coplin’s novel, The Orchardist, slow moving but so compelling that I had to read it twice before our monthly gathering. I highly recommend it. Right now, I’m re-reading THE BIG HOUSE by George Howe Colt, a lengthy “beach read” memoir set on Cape Cod. Love it!

  45. Goodness gracious! Half way through August already! I’m drinking cold-brew coffee from Starbuck, with a little cream poured over ice cubes, and reading George Howe Colt’s wonderful summer memoir, THE BIG HOUSE: A Century in the Life of an American Summer Home. It’s a slow read, relaxing for a summer afternoon, set on Cape Cod where the author enjoyed 40 summers since childhood. Now, with sibling scattered across the country, the time has come to decide what to do about this aging relic too big for managing the expense of hanging on to this symbol of a vanishing lifestyle of the WASP upper classes of Brahmin Boston.

    The story readily resonates with me although I grew up on a country estate in the Deep South, with only occasional day trips down to the beach on the Florida Gulf Coast. Aunts and uncles and various cousins flocked to our place, usually my Daddy’s people — not Boston Brahmin folks but descended from the old Southern aristocracy, if there was such a thing. Instead of yacht races, we cousins chased fireflies at dusk, although we did play plenty of lawn croquet. Like young Colt, I listened to the old folks tell stories and recite the family genealogy from memory.

    We had a summerhouse, too, a rather large octagonal screened gazebo under massive oak trees. My parents’ friends in town drove out on Sunday afternoons in those days long before air conditioning. Mother served iced tea (Lipton’s, in those post-War days) and my grandmother’s almond pound cake. Daddy discussed law and politics. My sister and I picked blackberries in wild brambles growing just beyond the summer house. In Decembers, for the pleasure of drivers on the highway past our place, Daddy assembled a wood skeleton Christmas tree and attached lights, controlled by a switch at the main house; it was the most perfect tree ever, albeit man-made, and drew compliments from neighbors passing by.

    Did y ‘all have access to a summer house, whether on the beach or in the country? Tell us about it.

  46. matcha w/chocolate hemp milk for me. 😀

    i always wanted to read infinite jest. there was this philosophy of law teacher who was a big fan of dfw, and… idk, i assumed it might have something interesting to say about the then-modern society we lived in just before he passed, maybe an aspect of life that i may have overlooked on my path to individual nirvana.

    here’s to the chill moments like tea time ☕️

  47. Hi WordPress!
    My name is Readinglov3r, and I recently started a blog. You can enjoy it right… here!
    I think that this tea party thing is a great idea, and the book theme, totally my thing!!
    As I am new to the blogging community, I love things like this were you can share ideas and thoughts, while meeting new people. Originally, my blog was created as part of an assignment, but it has totally grown on me!!!!
    I am a read-a-holic, in fact, it takes 20 minutes to drag me AWAY from my books! I’m sitting at the computer right now, and just thinking, “What should I do? There are too many fabulous books that I have read recently…” etc.
    One of my favourite authors though has to be Jackie French. Her style of writing and just the way she conveys her stories and characters in great depth is just inspiring! If you haven’t checked out her books, definitely look at her books, they are so worth your time!
    Personally, I am a fan of books set in the Holocaust, although when some people her that, they are like “Wow, isn’t that a little heavy?” but I find it fascinating and awe-inspiring that some people had the strength and will of mind to go through such a horrible time. Recently, I have read two books set in the Holocaust: ‘The Wrong Boy’- Suzy Zail and ‘The Earth is Singing’- Vanessa Curtis. Both books are awesome and beautifully written, they both made me cry- but in a good way!
    If any of you out there in the WordPress community wish to share a Holocaust book with me, that would be awesome, I love to read new books!
    -Readinglov3r xx

  48. Oh good Lord! This is sooooo wonderful and sweet!!! Cheers!!! I may be back to participate…running right now, but You just gifted me the biggest smile. Thank You!!! 🙂

  49. How lovely to be invited to a tea party! It has been so long. I will wear a hat I think while typing my response in celebration. You can connect with me at
    I love reading and writing.
    Little Mermaid I am so happy that I came across your writings and this party. I have found many other bloggers that are intriguing – thank you for bringing us together. The sun is shining today and it is not too hot. The bunnies have been out running around playing with the birds.
    Happy day to everyone!

  50. Hi I thought id say a quick hello and join the Tea Party this August. I look forward to exploring your interesting site and acles or sites other Tea partiers have left links for, when time allows. I have a blog I have written a few things for. My own writing tends to be at the top of the post that includes the title choice, and then further down is the pasting of the article that caught my eye either in its entirety, or just snippets, with links. Although I haven’t had time or inclination to make any new posts lately though. But there are certain burning topics I should get a few posts done for , but for now because of time constrainsts its easier for me to quickly read, research, and email certain people sharing info that way. Recent topics for example are the possibility of making our own GcMAF rich yogurt kefir type drink at home which supercharges the immune system and the is a human protein actually and the drug companies etc cannot patent GcMAF and its something that is very important.
    Another recent topic of burning interest is my rediscovering Dr Jack Kruse and his amazing Facebook posts, after several years not following him. This is explosive stuff especially for people living in places like Canada, or England where I am, though this is of importance for the whole world.
    5G awareness, and methods of protecting ourelves from the coming wave of sickness because of the 5G rollour, is another burning topic. There are othrs too. Such as a way using cheap off the shelf materials to make our own free energy devices to run our own homes. So I will get round to this sometime when I can.
    Anyway I look forward to exploring your pleasant interesting Little Mermaid blog. Here is one example of my writing and a post from my blog, although theres a wide range of subject matter

  51. Unfortuntely for reasons I don’t understand, recently WordPress doesn’t notify me anymore via emails with new comments on the thread or replies. Even when I click the notify boxes. This has just happened in the last week. And I don’t know how to fix it.

  52. Hi! I’m Yosef. I’m new to the whole blogging world and have only been blogging for a couple months. I hope to have a bunch of interaction on my blog as that is the aspect of blogging that I really enjoy. As my blog is so new, its tone is still evolving. My writing style is also evolving. I’m not eloquent and often have problems conveying my ideas, but I hope that by blog is enjoyable, and that my writing will improve.
    My blog is, at its core, about my most favorite book of all. Wait for it… its the Bible. The Bible!? Yes. The Bible. You ask why perhaps? The Bible is full of stories of real people and their problems and failures and overcomings; life philosophy; beautiful poetry; wars and battles; futuristic sounding scenarios; and it reveals both God’s heart and mind. Of course, one has to remove a good deal of the religious baggage one may have grown up with to really enjoy it, but that is what my blog is about. Understanding and enjoying the Bible as it is, without traditional interpretations put on to it. My blog is also about people being able to share their ideas about God, Yeshua (Jesus’ Hebrew name), and the Bible, no matter what those ideas may be. At least that is the direction I am trying to take the blog in.
    Perhaps my love for the Bible and its variety spawned my general love of reading. The most important criteria I apply before deciding to read a book is not the subject matter, but how well it is written. Whether or not the language flows and how well it paints a picture. That said, I’ve enjoyed books from many different genres. Granted, being an electronics engineer, I used to gravitate towards science fiction, but it is rare that I find really well written books in that genre any more. (They are there – I just haven’t found them).
    One of the recent books I really enjoyed is called, “The Grammar of God” by Aviya Kushner. The book is not, by any means, a religious book. The author relates her own life and relationship to the Bible, in light of her and her families knowledge of ancient Hebrew and its intricacies (her parents were linguists). It was a great read, well written, enjoyable and thought provoking.
    I’ve checked out a couple of the other bloggers joining in the tea party. Enjoyable!
    Oh, and before I forget, my blog is at:
    Shalom (peace to you)!
    – Yosef

  53. Just saw this one. G’day mates! I am rue202 from the Great Down Under. I really love to write fictional stories and basically decided it would be better to post my stories up on a blog for free so people could start reading them. Right now, I have been just writing and posting a totalitarian trilogy called ‘Zion’. The books are ‘Zion’; ‘Zion: The Rebellion’; and ‘Zion: War of Thrones’. I will post other stories like conspiracy stories, etc., on there once I’m finished the trilogy. Hope you enjoy reading them. Here’s the link:
    If I sound like a spam, it was unintentional.

  54. The type of books I like are action-adventure, spy, mystery, detective, conspiracy, suspense, disaster, family, comedy, romance. I honestly cannot say which book is my favourite as I have several. Books I would recommend would be:
    ‘The Eye of God’ by James Rollins
    ‘The Maze Runner’ trilogy by James Dashner
    ‘The Hunger Games’ trilogy by Suzanne Collins
    ‘Conspiracy 365’ by Gabrielle Lord
    ‘The Ranger’s Apprentice’ novels by John Flanagan (think I spelt his surname correctly).
    The Bible (actually, that would be the most important one to read).
    The Trump Prophecies by Mark Taylor and someone else. (another important one to read).
    Last book I read:
    “Maze Runner: The Death Cure’ by James Dashner. Tense and exciting end to the Maze runner trilogy.

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