Hello, my name is Jackie, and welcome to By Golly, Ollie! (formally known as Books & Tea). I have been blogging here for nearly a decade, though recently this site has endured several name changes and facelifts. I have attempted to repurpose this space several times, but I keep going back to my roots, which is writing about books and tea– even if those books are mostly picture books these days. Below, you will find my latest blog posts, my latest TeaTube videos, and a handful of tea and book recommendations. And of course, thank you for stopping by!

Latest Blog Posts

Armchair Travel And Rooibos Cinnamon Apple from Adagio Teas

Love it or hate it, 2020 has been a year of armchair travel. When everyone was stuck at home due to shelter-in-place orders, many turned to sharing old vacation photos as a way to feel a little less cooped up. I have managed to…

Five July Favorites

I feel like the month of July flew by faster than any other month so far. But, that’s sort of how it happens, right? As the end of the year approaches, days and weeks and months just sort of slip by faster and faster…

Oh My Darjeeling

I am unkempt hair and peanut butter jeans. Crayon scribbles on the walls and desk and couch. Teetering piles of work and dishes that still need to be put away. Oversteeped breakfast blends tamed with honey and milk are much better suited for me….

Alone Time and Yan Shan Mu Dan

Alone time is fleeting these days. I have been trying to find the time to write about a tea I tasted last Sunday morning, and I finally found it on a Thursday night after everyone else went to bed. I penned this post by…

I Failed Adagio’s communiTEA

While re-organizing my tea cabinet last week, I discovered a bag of communiTEA teas from Adagio Teas. It was dated the week of March 8th through March 14th, and each single-serving packet within was still sealed shut. I remembered I kept putting it aside…

Since I Never Formally Introduced My Gaiwan…

The second was when I discovered Adagio Teas, which would have been circa 2012. They made better tea more accessible and less intimidating when I was ready to step out of the grocery store aisles. And clearly, my love and sentimental attachment to the…


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New on Teatube

Hi Tea Folk! I’m excited to release another brainchild series of mine that I’ve been dwelling on since the beginning of the year– TeaTubers as Cups of Tea. This series is basically an open love letter to all of the amazing TeaTubers who inspire me to create alongside them. I will be pairing them with a tea that I think captures their spirit and basically fangirl about how awesome they are. My first video HAD to be dedicated to the Tea Leaf Project because without Steph and the Tea Leaf Project, I can confidently say this channel would not exist.

Let me know if you agree with my Tea/TeaTuber pairing! Or, if you think Steph is a different blend, tell me about it in the comment!

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