Welcome to the Tea Party: My Fantasy Guest List

A while back, michellecole at the Tipsy Geekette wrote about her ultimate tea party invite list; that is, if she could invite any person to a tea party, who would it be?

It got me thinking about who I would invite to such a party. My list is a bit more modest than hers—I make no claims to “the most amazing tea party in the history of tea parties”—but I think that it could at least be a good time for all involved. So here is who I would invite to a time-travelling tea party that includes folks from the last 200 years:

The first person to pop into my head was the lovely and talented Audrey Hepburn.

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A dancer during World War II, she smuggled intelligence across Nazi lines for the French Resistance, and then went on to have an impressive career in film. She could sing, dance, and act, and she was an amazing humanitarian; I’m pretty sure she could keep the conversation going.

 

Then I thought I’d love to sit down to tea with Jane Austen.

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She was the author of some of my favourite books (I adore Persuasion), and her wit and cutting remarks would surely liven things up!

 

Next on my list is James Baldwin.
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I recently finished reading Go Tell It on the Mountain, and loved it!

 

I would absolutely love the chance to spend some time with Janelle Monae; her music inspires me. And have you seen the music video for Electric Lady? I couldn’t stop watching it when it dropped! ♥

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With a loving heart and quirky sense of humour, she would get along with the other attendees and bring her own special spin to things.

 

One of my favourite authors growing up was Tamora Pierce. I loved her complex female heroes, her casual inclusion of LGBTQ characters, and the rich, varied fantasy settings.

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 I’m sure she would bring compelling conversation and a welcoming, supportive air to the party.

 

My other favourite childhood author was Sir Terry Pratchett. Upon graduating to the grown-up books, I picked out his The Light Fantastic based on cover art alone, and I’ve never regretted it.

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With his quirky, fun sense of humour, Sir Terry would surely keep us all laughing, and his casual badassery would be a great conversation starter. (How many other authors—or knights, for that matter—have crafted themselves a sword out of a meteorite?)

 

And, last but certainly not least, I would love to invite President Barack Obama.

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I feel like he would be a great, down-to-earth addition, who could talk politics and also kick back and discuss literature and family.

 

Bonus: here‘s the video for Electric Lady; watch it. Seriously, do it.

If you could invite anyone to a tea party, who would it be?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Authors Whose Books I Collect

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is the top ten authors who I own the most books by.

In order:

  • 27 books by Tamora Pierce — I love Tammy’s works. I still faithfully collect each new book that she writes, and I am planning to buy the one or two I’m missing when I’ve cash again. Her Tortall books especially were amazing to me, featuring half main characters of colour, fat characters, queer characters, and all of them very human and lovable.
  • 22 books by Neil Gaiman — Though I disagree with plenty of his actions as a person, and some of the artistic choices he has made are problematic, I still rather enjoy his writing. This count includes the comics of his that I have.
  • 18 books by Sir Terry Pratchett — The Light Fantastic was the first fantasy novel I read from the adult section at the library, and I’ve adored Sir Terry ever since.
  • 16 books by Anne Rice — I collected as many of her books as I could when I was ten, and never got rid of the bulk of them, even though they’re a bit crap.
  • 15 books by Mercedes Lackey — She has a book trilogy that centres around the first queer character I ever read about. If only he didn’t continuously fall prey to the “tragic gay” trope…
  • 12 books by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle — I have 3 copies of the collected Sherlock Holmes, and then individual volumes of all the novels and the story collections. (I also have several books about ACD and Holmes, and several pastiches.) I’m taking an English class about Victorian detective lit and the Holmes stories. Suffice to say, I really like Sherlock Holmes.
  • 10 books by Roger Zelazny — As with Anne Rice, I spent a year around age 10 hunting down used copies of the Chronicles of Amber, which was out of print at the time. Unlike Anne Rice, I’m still pretty fiercely devoted to this series, and have actually read and re-read all of the books.
  • 10 books by Robert Jordan — I stopped reading the Wheel of Time at book 3, but kept collecting them so I could finish the series when it was complete. Still need the last few.
  • 8 books by Diane Duane — I really enjoyed the first book of her Young Wizards series, So You Want to be a Wizard, and continued on as books came out. I’m a little behind–I’m missing one of the books, and I haven’t been reading the spin off series, but I still love these books.
  • 8 books by Michelle West — I stumbled across Michelle West’s Sun Sword series when I was 14 or so, and I love it. It definitely fits the general high fantasy trope of having real world countries with the labels taken off, but the magic and demons and cultures are a lot of fun. I also have two of the House War books.

This generally does not count the digital files I have, just physical books, or The Dresden Files would be up here because I have the first 13 books on my Kindle. So, yeah, these are a (small) selection of the books on my shelves, and generally include most of my favourite authors.