February 21, 2016 • Cee • Events

Hosted by Alexa of Alexa Loves Books, Cee of The Novel HermitHazel of Stay Bookish, & Mel of The Daily ProphecyLove-A-Thon is an event—a lovefest—that is dedicated to spreading positivity and love. It’s time dedicated to visiting other bloggers/Instagrammers/BookTubers, leaving a comment or two, making new friends and fostering positivity among the members of our amazing community.

Dear Love-A-Thon participants,

We cordially invite you to join your favorite people to have tea and sandwiches and pastries in this Love-A-Thon fest. Joining your tea party will be a fictional character, a book blogger OR BookTuber OR Bookstagrammer, and an author of your choosing.

Paint the scene for us—who’s invited, where is this tea party taking place, what’s on the menu, and what you will be talking about.

For me, I have invited:

  • Severin Unck, the illustrious and out of this world renowned documentary filmmaker from Radiance,
  • Aentee, the Vietnamese-Kiwi blogger of Read At Midnight with “mediocre” talents in graphic-making, &
  • Mackenzi Lee, the talented wordsmith who speaks about lots of awesome historical ladies and is author of This Monstrous Thing, a love letter to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

The venue: Claridge’s! What better place than to pop up over to London for a classic afternoon tea? (Every list of “best tea places” I’ve encountered has Claridge’s on it.)

The menu:

A selection of loose leaf teas and herbal infusions:

  • a choice of 24 teas from all over the world (Black Tea like Rare Earl Grey, Second Flush Muscatel Darjeeling, Cloud Tea, Hand-rolled Ceylon; Green Tea like White Monkey Paw Green Tea or Steamed Green; or White Tea like White Silver Tip or Malawi Antler)
  • a delicious array of finger sandwiches (like one with Parmesan sable, Quicke’s cheddar, apple & walnut or English cucumber, buttermilk and chamomile on white bread)
  • freshly baked raisin and apple scones with Marco Polo jelly and Cornish Clotted cream
  • a selection of sweet pastries (like a Vanilla custard, ginger and pistachio jaconde, rhubarb jelly; or a Dulcey chocolate choux; Coffee sable, Maldon sea salt caramel)

The topic: The wonders of Space and the mysterious things you find deep in the Universe when you least expect it, and as well as the many awesome historical ladies throughout time.

Severin will regale us tales about her travels in space like the dusty red plains of Sino-Russian Mars and the water world of Venus giant mysterious creatures living in the sea, as well as the many glamorous people who orbits her world. Mackenzi will captivated you with stories about fabulous historical ladies who proved time and time again that they are frickin’ awesome and everybody should know all about them—like The Mirabel sisters and Mary Anning, the fossil girl of Lyme Regis. Aentee will sing us odes of all the books she wants to push on me, which I believe is everything especially Catherynne M. Valente, and all the space + Australian awesomeness she has read. And me, the esteemed host, will just sit in awe at all these wonderful ladies joining me for tea and talk excitedly about the beauty of Space (*ahem* Firefly) + all the fascinating historical ladies who had their issues but their background is rich with juicy history.

We’ll drink tea and munch on finger sandwiches, and have a grand ole time.

If you want to be entered in the giveaway for this challenge, you have to link up here at The Novel Hermit! (If you’re not awake yet, don’t fret! The linky will be open until the event officially ends on February 22, so add yours any time before then.)

prize pack consists of:

Boldly Bookish swag
Truthwitch poster + pin
Stone Field by Christy Lenzi (ARC)
Where You’ll Find Me by Natasha Friend (ARC)

prize pack consists of:

Am I Normal Yet? tote bag
Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne
Unlovely by Celeste Conway
Half in Love with Death by Emily Ross
Underwater by Marisa Reichardt (ARC)

Would you like to join my tea party? Who would you invite to your tea party? What would be the topic of discussion? 


8 Responses to “2016 LOVE-A-THON · An Invitation to Tea”

  1. Alice says:

    You pictured such a great tea party!! I’d definitely participate :)

  2. Ohh, you’re guests are so lucky. They have so many tea to choose. I bet you’d have a great time! :)

  3. Alexa S. says:

    I hope you know that I’m totally crashing this tea party, and I’m not going to apologize for that! I love that you chose to go to Claridge’s, and I really like the company you invited along too :D

  4. This sounds like a delightful tea, Cee! I appreciate your wide selection of teas and those finger sandwiches sound delectable!

  5. Elle says:

    I don’t know who any of your guests are, but the location, menu, and conversation are all divine. Count me in!

  6. Space and mysterious things sound like an awesome topic, Cee!! I’m not a tea person myself but I ‘ll try any from your selection! BTW you had me at scones and pastries! I will be crashing your little tea party soon!

  7. *bursts into the tea party*
    I love how you described all the different teas!

  8. Jaz says:

    Ooooh I don’t know who your people are except for the awesome Aentee but dayummm that sounds like a very deep and philosophical discussion (space discussions always end up philosophical for me) over some DELICIOUS tea. Your sandwich descriptions have me drooling and I literally just finished dinner.

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