About the Blogger

Hello, my name is Jackie. I’m a thirty-something mother of a rambunctious toddler from a small town in Michigan. When I’m not toddler-wrangling, I’m often seeking refuge from life’s most chaotic moments in a cup of hot tea. I also love getting lost in stories—both in books and virtually. I enjoy speculative fiction the most, and I am especially eager to read fantasy novels and horror novels. When I’m feeling especially indulgent (usually after everyone in the house has gone to sleep), I like to dive into video games and explore the sprawling worlds in Fallout, Elder Scrolls, Dragon Age, and Mass Effect.

About the Blog

By Golly, Ollie!, formally known as Books & Tea, started as a mostly-YA book blog back in 2011. It was a little niche I carved out for myself post-college as a way to get back into reading. (All of those college textbooks burned me out!) These days, the the luxury to sit down and read seems non-existent, but I do enjoy an audiobook when cleaning the house. So, Books & Tea has evolved into By Golly, Ollie!, a lifestyle blog that features some of my favorite things: books, tea, and geekery.

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Good Reads

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12 replies to About
  1. Can I please just say: I LOVE THE FACT THAT YOU DO TEA REVIEWS. Seriously, I’m so impressed by that. I’m more of a coffee girl, but I’m getting into tea as well, since one of my friends is slightly obsessed with it and keeps giving it to me for birthdays/Christmas/every single occasion in between. (Like, way to be subtle, right? 😉 ) Hm… perhaps I should hook you guys up…


    1. Thank you!

      I’m still a bit of a coffee gal too. Especially since my town has a coffee company that sells packages of coffee beans that have been roasted in the store THAT DAY. So good. But one Christmas (about 8 years ago), I just out of the blue asked for a tea pot. And that was that.


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