Books & Wine Monday & Being Bookish Productive

 

This self-isolation business…. I think it´s great. The time I´m able to spend on reading is incredible. Book blogging has crawled up the priority ladder. I´m finally able to get shit done since everything else has taken a back seat. I´m actually enjoying my healthy self in my little isolated bubble * knocks on wood 3x *.

So yeah, I´ve been reading.

3 books last week and 2 the week before that. I´m mostly finishing up on duets and trilogies and sneaking in a standalone, which I´m loving. This feels just like the old days when I used to constantly read.

There was a moment of weakness when I thought about picking up a hyped book but then decided against it. As much as I liked the idea of giving a hyped book a chance I just can´t jump over my shadow. Once a hyped book, always a hyped book. I´d rather reread my favorites than cave in and buy an overly praised book.

 Other than that I’ve been working on some book sleeves which I´m excited to feature this week. All I´ll say is: Making a book sleeve was an adventure.

So what else is new? Well, I bleached my hair by myself. Didn´t necessarily turn out the way I would´ve liked it to but okay. I´m at home. It´s not like people will get to admire the multi-shades of yellow. Kind of looks like I have a yellow helmet on my head. * sigh *

Ooooh! I also watched the Tiger King on Netflix. People said it was bad. I think it´s just one sad piece of film work as it doesn´t really focus on the problem at hand- Big cat ownerships. I mean, with all due respect… Does a guy with a mullet who wears glitzy shirts need 150 tigers? Does anyone need a tiger?
What can the human race learn from someone who calls themselves Joe Exotic? Nothing. The Tiger King was a huge miss for me.

I guess that´s it for now. Not much excitement in my neck of the woods but that´s okay. I´m thriving. Living off of books and wine!

I hope you enjoyed this weeks Books & Wine Monday. ❤

Sending out much bookish love,

 

Spam Box Treasures: April ´20

Oh, how I love my Spam Box Treasures. Every spam comment is so full of wisdom and advice. They´re helpful and uplifting ( insert sarcasm ). They´re so comical that I´m actually looking forward to reading them at the end of each month.

And just like every other month, I received spam comments that were just full of shit. These magnificent comments are too good to not share.

Enjoy.

 

 

 

#1 – If you say so, Joe. 

 

 

 

#2 – Eileen, I´m happy for you. But… I have a Samsung.

 

 

 

#3 – Dear Pokemon, I´m allergic to Amoxicillin. 

 

 

#4 – Justin, for a moment there you almost fooled me.

( On a side note: I love this idea. Having a guest blogger is always awesome )

 

 

#5 – However, what about this? What if you pissed up a rope? 

I ain´t saying your comment isn´t solid, but I´m guessing your life is as exciting as that of a dry slice of toast bread.
No fucks given,

Morgana xx

 

 

 

#6 – Naaw ❤ Bless you. 

 

 

 

#7 – What a mix-  Mom, playscoobydoo and anal?

 

 

 

#8 – Sorry DannyCum, I´m married.

 

 

That´s it for April, folks. I hope you found these just as inviting as I did.

Have a wonderful day!

Much bookish love,

 

 

 

 

Mug Monday Turns Into Books & Wine Monday

Hello, my dear book-loving-Padawans!

Today is somewhat special because I´ve decided to make one minor change to my very apocalyptic Monday post feature.

Sprummer has arrived ( Spring + Summer ) which means we´re enjoying April´s unusual but steady 26 Degrees ( 78 °F ). I can´t stomach another hot chocolate, not even if someone paid me. And since I don´t drink coffee or any other bougie café drink I thought I´d jump over to the next best beverages -Soda, water, and/or wine.

I know, I know. Hot chocolate and a book go hand in hand. But so does a glass of wine and a book. Don´t believe me?

 

 

So this is what we´ll be getting a lot of for the next 5-ish months. If this sort of feature is frowned upon then just keep in mind- This isn´t the worst idea I´ve had lately.

Speaking of ideas… Guess who came up with a new book blog addition last week? It was at the ass crack of dawn when I thought about all the short stories I´ve read. The short stories I haven´t reviewed because I had no flipping clue on how to write reviews for them. My reviews are usually just as long as some short stories are.
So, I came up with the Book Review Bar.

 

 

A once a month feature where I give 1-2 liners for a short story, or basically anything with less than 200 pages. Short stories are usually measured by words not by pages, but in my case, I don´t care because whatever is slim enough to get lost between all my other books is a short story for me. So, that´s another thing I´m looking forward to seeing on my blog.

 

As for other bookish news: I´m currently in a “Should I… Should I not…” reading mood. There´s one book I´m dying to read but I´m also petrified of starting it. 797 pages plus an Epilogue. That´s a commitment. I mean, look at the size of this puppy!

 

You wouldn´t believe how often I´ve pushed this one aside. Not only because of its intimidating size but also because it´s from Sarah J. Maas. Experience has taught me that the author’s books are either a total hit or total miss. Fingers crossed that I won´t be too disappointed. Fingers crossed I´ll start this one… soon.

 

That´s it for this week, my wonderful book squad. I hope you enjoyed.

Before I go…

Tell me: Have you read Crescent City by Sarah J. Maas? What are your thoughts on the book? What are your thoughts on wine and books? What have you been up to lately? 

I´m currently suffering from a lack of human contact so feel free to leave a comment below. I´d love to chat ( with anyone other than the people in my house ).

 

Until next week!

Much bookish love,

 

Surviving `Shadowhunters` The Series

The books weren´t enough.

Neither was the movie.

There just had to be a Netflix series made out of the story, as well.

Because the world can´t seem to get enough of Cassandra Clare´s bestselling The Mortal Instruments series.

 

 

I know, I know. I´m late to the Shadowhunters party. There´s no doubt in my mind that I´m the last person in the fantasy romance world to talk about the books, the movie and most importantly ( mainly because it´s today’s topic ) the Netflix series.

Before I start to share my thoughts I´d like to give a quick rundown on how familiar I am with the whole thing:

Books:  Not read. I have been spoiled quite thoroughly, though.

Movie: Fell asleep after 20 minutes.

Netflix: Watched 3 episodes from season 1.

So, yeah. Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments. Was it any good? Was it better than the catastrophic movie? Am I now emotionally moved enough to read the books? 

 

 

I had high hopes, y´all. I thought the Netflix series was going to be decent compared to the previously released catastrophic movie adaptation. Every fan I had talked to said I wouldn´t be disappointed. I really wanted to give the Netflix adaptation a fair go.

I was irritated beyond words after the first few minutes. The characters bugged the hell out of me. The dialogue was terrible. The story ( up until the 3rd episode ) was boring. I´m not sure if this has something to do with the show or the story in general. Or (!!) if I can blame everything on the poor acting skills from the actors ( by God… The acting was horrible )

There was too much badass-ness. Too much sass. Too many hormones floating through the Shadowhunter air. Pushed up boobs and teenage bouncy hair… I can´t. I couldn´t. So, I stopped watching.

Mind you, this is my 2nd Shadowhunters approach. My second try. Is it me or is the whole story doomed? Maybe I´m too old.

 

 

What I do know is that I´m not going to give the story another try. I have a strong feeling that the story can never be what I need it to be. No matter how many Shadowhunter versions someone creates, it can´t be good.

The Netflix series Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments is just a show specifically designed to satisfy the fanbase.

It´s time to move on to other Netflix treasures.

 

Are Book Boxes Worth Buying?

 

A few posts back I wrote a blog post on What I´d Like To See More Of In Book Boxes where I more or less give insight on what book subscription boxes are and why they don´t work for me. I also touched upon the fact that these magical boxes of bookish goods are a little expensive, which will be the main focus in this blog post-

 

Are Book Boxes Worth Buying?

 

Well? Are they? The short answer is- It depends on who´s buying. Personally, I think they´re overpriced, regardless of where you´re ordering from. Domestic orders aren´t as expensive as international orders ( damn those high shipping fees ) but they´re still not so cheap. With the majority of book box subscription providers wanting $29.99 per box, I´d say that´s just a * cough cough * rip off.

 

 

But that´s just my opinion. Of course, what I think isn´t world-shattering.

As I´ve mentioned in my other blog post, I´m not against these book box subscriptions. In a nutshell, the idea is fantastic. You pick & subscribe to a one month/6 month / 12-month book box plan and receive your monthly goods. It´s like seeing a beautiful shining object you can´t resist. The only problem I have is that the items in these boxes aren´t worth the amount they´re being sold for.

Let´s break this down a little to help paint out the picture a little better.

1 Book Box – $29.99 + shipping ( within the U.S. )

Contents of each box can vary but mainly consist of

  • book swag ( bookmarks, pins, magnets, pens, keychains, stickers, buttons, etc )
  • 1 paperback copy
  • samples of tea/cocoa, etc
  • a candle
  • item related to paperback
  • book/genre bound jewelry

Again- these items are usually in book boxes. Oftentimes boxes have fewer knick-knacks or are theme bound ( a fairy box, a bass-ass Heroine themed box, magical box, YA box ). Also, some boxes have mugs, fan art, or stationery sets ( depending on the box ). But for the sake of keeping this simple, we´ll just stick with what I´ve listed above.

So, with knowing this we can start to break down what these items are and where they come from.

  • book swag = often provided by an author
  • paperback = provided by author / publisher
  • jewelry = author/Etsy shop owner
  • candles = Esty shop owners
  • samples of tea & Co. = Etsy, Indie companies

While there is absolutely nothing wrong with these items and the sources they come from… there is something wrong with the calculation. Things just don´t add up.

Swag is basically an advertisement. An author spends money on giveaway items to give away. For free. These items, in turn, travel and therefore bring awareness to their brand/name/book. Not every author says ” If you´d like my swag then it´ll cost you.” ( more about that topic in a future post )

Etsy shop owners who offer their creativity for these book box companies are also investing to make money. They use this outlet as a form of making people aware of their products ( unless they sell their products to book box companies. That´s also a possibility ).

 

 

Now, the most valuable product in these boxes would be the physical book. Let that cost around 12 – 20 smackers ( I´m being generous here ).

Wouldn´t it be easier and cheaper to order a book online? I can buy 2-3 paperback books for the price of one subscription box.

According to my calculations, each book box should cost little to nothing ( since most of the items are author donations and come from smaller business owners ). I´m talking peanuts/buttons/pennies… Sadly, it doesn´t work that way. There is more to this. Because I can´t imagine a company working for free, no matter what they say.

What am I paying for when a book box mainly consists of free stuff? $29.99 would be a tad excessive for a book and shipping, wouldn´t you agree? ´Cause, you know, swag is supposed to be free.

The truth is- You´re paying for the packaging. The box and every little detail that´s printed on it. One should also consider storage ( if one is used ). Common sense tells me that I´m not far off by thinking most of them are actually making some sort of profit out of all this. Why bother otherwise? Once fix costs are covered then there will definitely be some leftover amount.

Now, for shits and giggles- Let´s imagine I´m way off the charts with this topic. Let´s say that book subscription providers spend money on every single item in their boxes. Things still wouldn´t add up. Then the book box they´re selling would be too cheap and therefore, these providers would drown in debt sooner rather than later. So, there has to be a financial gain in order to continue.

I know this is a lot of information to process at once. It´s a little confusing if you don´t lay out everything neatly. Let´s get back to my original question:

Are Book Boxes Worth Buying?

I´d say they aren´t worth the money. You´re basically paying someone to put a sample pack together that so happens to include a book. You´re paying high shipping costs ( especially international people ) to get a box filled with items you could easily get in a store or at an author signing. You´re paying for the book, regardless. Might as well save some money and order the book online or purchase it in a bookstore.

What about limited stuff? Collector items? Sometimes book boxes come with cool objects. I guess one could treat the goodies that come in these packages as collector items. But then again, we´d have to go back to the “what is the value of these items” and all that. Unless an item is a one of a kind / never to be produced again object then chances are – There´s little to no worth, other than emotional value. That´s not nearly worth 30 bucks + shipping for me.

All in all, book boxes aren´t really as worthy as they appear to be. At least not for me.

 

 

Despite my reluctance to see the beauty in all this I still understand why these book boxes are appealing to others. I get it. And I would never disrespect anyone by saying they´re fools for investing their hard-earned money in these magical bookish boxes. To each is their own. ❤ It´s still interesting to lay all the details out and see if I´m getting my money’s worth.

On a kind note: Not every book box company functions the same way. Just the majority. Should you feel you´re getting your money´s worth with the subscription you´ve signed up with then I´m happy for you.

 

What about you? Are you subscribed to a book box? What are your fav/least favorite items? Do you think the book boxes are worth the money? Let me know in the comments below. I´d love to chat. ❤

 

That´s it for now, my dear bookish Padawans. I hope you enjoyed this blog post. Be sure to hit the like button if you did ❤

See ya next time!

Much book – love,