Why I Don´t Join Book Blog Tours Anymore

Book blog tours- You either love them or you dislike them. Either you participate in one or you don´t.

 

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There are many ways for an author to successfully promote their book but none are as effective as a virtual book blog tour. I´d even say it´s THE MOST idiot proof way to get a reader´s attention. So many people hang around social media- Why not take advantage of that?

 

 

While I do believe book blog tours are a nice additional marketing tool for authors I can´t say I´m too impressed with how a book blog tour usually pans out for book bloggers. Sure, we can receive new followers along the way and might be able to form a bond with an author.  But if you take a long hard look at book blog tours you can tell that many MANY things are a little fishy. Things that stink to high heaven.

 

 

As it often is- One simply cannot speak for all book blog tours. But one can definitely speak for the majority of ´em ( in my case- I can speak for the tours for romance, YA, erotica, women´s fiction genres ).

You see – There are rules for a book blog tour. Rules I often never agreed with because most of them made no sense to me. As a book blogger who treats this whole thing as a hobby ( and who knows what can be gained in the business ) I never felt at home with all the restrictions and rules that were set out. Now, I dont´disagree with rules. In some areas in life rules are very much needed. But none of the hobbies I actively live out during the day have rules. Why should a book blog tour have them? Why should book blogging in general have rules?

Alas, the rules of book blog tours were what made me whisper “fuck this shit. I need a drink.” to my laptop.

 

 

Rule #1     

Don´t Forward The ARC 

I know there are some airheads who think it´s acceptable to receive an ARC and then pass it on to their friends / family / fellow bloggers. These people need to be reminded what an ARC is and how to handle them. I´m not mad about this rule. I´m just annoyed that it still has to be mentioned. Bloggers should KNOW by now how harmful it is for an author if their book gets passed around. This annoys me. But not as much as the way some authors & book promo people go about this whole ARC business.

Look, I get it. By clicking the box on the Google doc form I agree to not forward the ARC to a third party. But what´s stopping the next book blogger from doing it anyways, you know? This is not me condoning piracy or anything. All I´m saying is that there are some tec savvy bastards out there. By agreeing to not do so by clicking a check box is not preventing this from happening. Use an anti theft ebook software, secure your files by restricting certain actions, send a pdf then delete it after it´s been read. There are ways to make life hard for someone who wants to share an ARC.

My advice for authors offering ARCs would be: Create a check box option that says-

 

“I understand that this ARC is protected by ____ and cannot be forwarded to a third party.”

 

That is something I will take seriously. It´s a statement that the book has been protected and can´t be shared. Voila!

Regardless of my feelings towards this check box clicking agreement, I have never and would never forward an ARC. Because I don´t have time for this shit. Read / review / move the fuck on.

 

 

 

Rule #2   

Promote The Book. Not Your Review.

 

Pretty simple, right? You sign up and request to review the book that´s  being promoted. Then you write a review and promote the book. Wrong. Quite often your opinion will be sorted out before you even manage to write a review for the damn book.

 

“Please contact us if you feel you aren´t able to rate this book with 3 or more stars. We will make sure to give you a new assignment.”

 

In other words- My opinion is only wanted when it´s dripping with praises. Gottcha. Wait, what?!

I´m seeing this issue with a black and white mindset. There´s a high demand for reviews in the book world. And authors need reviews in order to get sales going. So, when an author kindly provides me with an ARC for their book in exchange for a review, and I type up a 2 star review because that´s how I felt about said ARC… it´s not wanted?! Well, screw that!  Authors aren´t allowed to be picky. Of course, I understand the dynamics of book promotions and that you can´t necessarily promote a book with a 2 star review. The whole idea of a book blog tour is to promote an author and their book, right? But what if I told you that a 2 star review isn´t necessarily harmful? This is something many need to wrap their heads around. 1 star, 2 stars, 3 stars…. They´re generalized subjective opinions. It may be an opinion no one else will share.

A book blogger is then asked to not publish the review during the tour. Okay. So, basically, the author has saved themselves from a lesser review…. for the time being. Because they´re not interested in your opinion. They´re interested in praises and future sales. They´re interested in rainbows and unicorns.

I used to hate this so much. Most of the time I was able to give good book ratings for blog tour books. But when I did stumble upon a 2 star read, and I was asked to swap my assignment for something less “harmful for the author” I stepped away from the tour then waited until the tour was over and published my 2 star review for that same book days later.

My point is: Authors and book promo sites can´t avoid a book receiving a less than stellar rating. It´ll happen on way or another. Seeing a book blog tour with shining reviews looks unrealistic.

“Promote the book, not your opinion.” Yes, yes. My bad for misunderstanding that this is a shower the author / the book with praises tour instead of a book blog tour. How unthoughtful of me.

 

 

 

Rule #3   

Publish Your Post On Time. Preferably At An Impossible Time.

There´s a brilliant way to get on a book promo site´s shitlist- Not posting your scheduled post on time.

Whether it´s because you´ve posted too early or because you´ve posted way too late ( or not at all because you´re a ditz that has a memory of a goldfish )… You will most likely not win any plus points on this subject. Unless you´ve been sitting at your Mimaw´s death bed, you´re other excuses might not be accepted. Because there´s always the pre – scheduling option.

Yes, that small button that allows you to pre schedule a blog tour post can make your life so easy. But not all book bloggers schedule ahead. Why? Because a book spotlight isn´t a life or death situation for many bloggers. And why is that? Because many of us treat this as our hobby. Some book bloggers can´t give their hobby the attention it needs.

Still, book promo sites and authors demand to see posts go up at a certain time. For whatever reason, it doesn´t make sense.

I belonged to the people who pre scheduled blog posts. But on a few occasions, I slipped. Simply forgot about a blog tour because of a rough week at work, or having to deal with real life issues. Sometimes I forgot about a blog tour because friends dropped my unannounced with cheese and a bottle of rosé.

And because of the few times I slipped I received shit from the other end.

 

“You will be removed from our A – List. “

“I asked for all posts to go up at 7 EST.”

 

( insert appalled tone ) Yes, and I deeply apologize for holding my daughter´s hair back last night while she hung over the toilet screaming “I´m dying” as she puked the life out of her tiny body. Next time I´ll just call the babysitter. Would that put me back on your A – List?

My point is:  I understand how important a book blog tour is for an author AND book promo people. I´m aware how much authors pay for marketing geniuses to promote their work. I understand the need to make dreams come true.  What I don´t accept is how egotistical people are.  This is my hobby. We had an agreement. I clearly wasn´t able to meet the standards. This is not the end of the world. This can be fixed.  I´m not getting paid for any of this. Shit happens and when you have kids shit happens more often than not. Why this is not accepted is beyond me.

Mind you- This isn´t always the case. Some promo sites are forgiving and understanding when reality demands our attention. But many others aren´t forgiving. And I´ve simply had enough of this.

 

 

 

Rule #4   

The More Participants, The Better

 

Yes, yes. * waves off * We know. The more people who partake in a book blog tour the better. Because this means when many book blogger post about a book the further the book will travel. And that means more exposure. A total win for an author! They´re getting their money´s worth and maybe earning a buck or two. It´s their dream to see their book make it´s rounds, collecting feedback from all corners.

 

 

There´s a small yet crucial problem with this. And it has all to do with the package an author picks. Say an author wants exposure for their book. They want have a book blog tour done but only pick the simple book spotlight package. This book package offers a small feature for the book including an even smaller book info slip with social media & purchase links. Not a terrible choice but when this option is offered and 150 book bloggers sign up for this option there´s a huge chance people will be seeing this post for longer than expected. This works in favor for the author, sure. But it´s annoying, especially when these 150 book bloggers follow each other. And the problem with this is: We see the same post over and over again without having the option do see anything else that might spark our / a followers interest about that book. And worse? When the publication date is months away. Doing a book tour for a new release months before it hits the market isn´t the wisest choice. People tend to forget shit or become less interested when they know the book release is in 3 months.

But hey, at least people got to see the book, right?

This has bugged me for a long time. You get a book shoved down your throat months before it even releases.

 

 

 

Rule #5   

Don´t Expect A Thank You

I admit, this was what drove me to swear off book blog tours- The lack of recognition. The fact that book blog tours are sometimes ungrateful for a book blogger. I really don´t know how often I need to repeat this, but… Book bloggers are hard working minions who will bend over backwards for an author.  A simple Thank You has never killed anyone. I am not aware of any deaths of authors after they´ve expressed their gratitude towards a book blogger. In my opinion, the least an author could do is:

  • Visit the book bloggers blog and leave a comment
  • Follow the book bloggers blog
  • Thank them privately or publicly

I´ve witnessed authors who boldly claimed it wasn´t their job to thank a book blogger. It should be the book promo people who need to send out the thank you emails, simply because these people have been paid to do the job. To be honest- Almost all book promo people are well-mannered and thank all the book bloggers who participated in their tours. Book bloggers acknowledge that but wouldn´t it be nicer is the authors themselves took 5 minutes out of their busy, creative schedules to contact the bloggers personally?

It´s not about showering a book blogger with love. A book blog tour is about putting the author in a bright light, making them stand out so people will recognize them / their book. A book blog tour isn´t about a book blogger. We´re just needed to help. Without book bloggers, there are no book blog tours.

Every book blogger I know is starving for recognition and are often satisfied with a simple Thank You. How hard is it to say two words? It´s not and many authors who don´t get in touch with the people who promoted their books should be ashamed of themselves.

Many might not care about this. But I care. We´re living in a world where kindness is being taken for granted.

 

“They´re book bloggers. That´s what they do.” 

 

Yes, but there´s more to it than just click click, publish.

Many authors / publishers won´t bother with a thank you. A few make it a point to thank the invisible helpers.

 


 

I guess you can say book blog tours have pissed me off. That´s not entirely true. I once believed book blog tours were a brilliant way for authors to receive recognition. Now, after having seen so much go down with blog tours, I can say I´m not interested in this part of the business anymore. Because a writer isn´t the only person who exists. the 20 – 150 book bloggers promoting the author exist as well.

I write reviews under my own terms. I publish posts when I decide. I promote when the time is right for me.

As for the benefits of receiving early ARCs… The euphoria stage has passed and I´ve become a patient woman. I don´t have to read a book months before release. I have time.


 

What do you think about book blog tours? Do you participate in them? Do you enjoy being a part of a virtual book tour? Let´s chat ❤

 


 

Thank you so much for reading this post. I hope you enjoyed and that you were able to see my reasons for removing myself from book tours. ( if not, that´s fine. You´re forgiven )

Much love,

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8 Reasons Why I´m Saying Good-Bye To Instagram

Post Inspired By:  Jason Journals


 

Take a pic. Take more than one pic. Spend 5 minutes – 1 hour getting the right angle and chasing after the right lighting.

Use no filters. Use all filters. Spend even more time trying to get the picture perfect shot to present to your friends, family, followers, fellow bloggers and authors. Because you want to show your latest creation. And before you know it you´ve spent the better half of your afternoon for one pic.

Does this sound familiar? It probably does.

I´m talking about Instagram. The app that has brought me joy, and at the same time, has made my life miserable. For an unreasonable time I´ve been thinking about just throwing the towel and deleting Instagram. It wasn´t until I stumbled upon Jason´s   @ Jason Journals own post about deleting his Instagram account that helped me make me next move. Because I was an unhappy Instagrammer / Bookstagrammer.

Those who follow me on Instagram already know I´ve used the app for blog purposes only. I think I posted a private pic or two, but that was it. Every pic of mine was dedicated to books, reading books and… promoting books. Because that´s what a book blogger does, right?

Yes, well… I´ve learned there are a few ways to utilize Instagram as a book blogger.

 

  •  Using The App As A Branch Blog

Many book bloggers will have their main blog and use other social media platforms as a way of promoting themselves / their main blog. A branch blog can also be seen as an extension blog. This will gain new followers who don´t necessarily want to visit a main blog.

 

  •    Using The App As Their Main Blog

There are quite a few book bloggers who´ve decided against the traditional way of blogging via blog and just picked a social media to get their thoughts / opinions across.

 

  •   Using The App Because It Belongs To Blogger Etiquette

Because what type of blogger are you if your face isn´t plastered all over the place?

 

  •   Using The App For The Fun Of It

These bloggers just want to share their latest reads and connect with others.

 

This is all great and dandy. There is absolutely nothing wrong with whatever a bookstagrammer does. Promote a book / an author… Show off your current read… Have fun and go wild with your creativity.  Me? I think I´ve had enough.

 

I definitely used Instagram as a branch blog and because I thought I´d dabble in a little fun in between all the review writing and discussion posts. Don´t get me wrong, I did have fun. Sadly enough I spent the majority of my time being more frustrated and feeling let down than anything else. Why? I´m glad you asked.


 

#1   Being A Bookstagrammer Is Time Consuming

It is. A simple fact no one can deny. Time will never be on anyones side if they have smaller children, have a job and a social life. It´s about priorities and mine prevent me from spending loads of time editing pictures and coming up with decent captions. I just feel like I´m wasting my time.

 

 

#2    The Ads

This is something I truly don´t care for, yet 2/3 of my feed is littered with ads. I have to literally click the search box and type in a certain bookstagrammers name in order to see what they´ve posted. Everything else is about make-up, hair products, and hotel recommendations. I looked up make-up once in my life and Instagram thinks I need a shit load of war paint to brighten my day. No. I don´t want to see a make-up ad. I want to see what people posted.

 

 

 

#3   Creativity Drowns On Instagram

This is the saddest part of being a bookstagrammer. There are countless blogs uploading one brilliant feature after another and what happens? They drown. Their work drowns. If you don´t hashtag the shit out of your pics and tag the right people then you might get seen by 40 others if you´re lucky. This has nothing to do with the creativity or the ability to engage a following. This has everything to do with the app itself. Sure, Instagram is user friendly and has cool features. But what are those things worth when you drown before you even have a chance?

 

 

#4    The Algorithm

Another thing I don´t care for. It´s a little frustrating when I know my friend, who lives two streets down, just uploaded a pic of her dog and I see it two days later. Not to forget my own posts. Since I blog books on Instagram the whole purpose of my blogging on Instragram is to reach an audience. That can´t happen if I slip down the Insta – feed chain. I´ve heard one bookstagrammer say there´s a way to beat the algorithm. I honest to God do not want to invest my time with this anymore than I already have.

 

 

#5    Competition

I´m competitve but in a positive way. A little competition in the book blog world has never bothered me because I see my fellow book bloggers as creative people with unique styles. I can´t reach their waters and they can´t reach mine. But bookstagrammers are becoming vicious beasts. Since Instagram is about showing off creativity, many book bloggers are desperate and will do all sorts of things to get noticed, for example: Taking an idea without giving credit to the original source.

 

 

#6    Seeing Repetitive Content

It´s truly a great feeling once you´ve found “your book”. The one story that has emotionally touched you in more than one way. I get it. I´ve been there before, myself, and can understand the urge to want to tell the whole world about the awesome book you´ve read. But there´s a fine line between recommending a book and forcefully shoving it down someone´s throat. This happens in form of a bookstagrammer uploading a million features for one book, probably until the next book in that series is published which can take up to a few months.

I. Can´t. Take. It. Anymore.

It bores me shitless to see 1 book 800 times. I also get annoyed when I see 500 candle features.

 

 

#7    My Age

I´m not sure what the average age for Instagram is but I´m pretty sure I´m far from it. Age has never been a problem for me. But sometimes an age gap can be annoying. I´ve been in a few Instagram book groups where I was the oldest. THE oldest, bordering on granny age with my 37 in a group of 16-18 year olds. All´s fine until they find out my age.

“Omg, I never knew!”    Yes, I never knew I´d get this far, either. Yet, here I am.

“Wow, that´s an impressive age.”    I think 90 is an impressive age. Not 37.

“That is OLD.”   Yes, in your world I already have one foot in my grave.

“You´r generation is known for not having the right kind of empathy.” And with 16 you´ve suddenly become an expert on generation traits and empathy levels?

“Omg, you have kids?!”    Yes, and I´m still alive. Who´d have thought?

These remarks don´t come from a negative place. I know these younger bloggers can´t really wrap their heads around being a 37 year old. I´m not offended by this. Quite the opposite.  But it does get annoying after a while.

Age becomes a problem if you make it one. I don´t make it one. Others often unintentionally do. I don´t appreciate this happening on an app that´s supposed to be fun.

 

 

#8    Finding Something To Say

I consider myself a wordy person. I have an average vocabulary. But I cannot come up with a caption to include with my pictures. Why? No clue. It´s like my brain does an automatic shut down. And because I struggle with a caption I thought I´d just upload a pic and be done with it. I received a PM on Instagram from someone kindly reminding me I had to include a caption. * sigh *

 

 

#9    Unwanted Tips From Bookstagrammers

This is the only point that pisses me off- The constant tips from fellow bloggers. Tips I never asked for in the  first place.

I received quite a few free of charge tips on how to clean up my pictures and how to gain followers.

Look, 1) I never asked.   2) I never said I disliked my pics. I actually like what I upload.    3) I never complained about not having a large following.

“You have to include yourself in the follow trains.”

“You´re not promoting the right books.” 

“You´re using the wrong filters.” 

And I´m sitting here thinking about what gave these people the impression that I need help when I never asked for help. Why? WHY?

 



 

To sum this up: Using Instagram for book blogging purposes is not an option for me anymore. It was fun. It was creative. But I´ve lost interest because of feeling pressured and frustrated. Now I feel lighter knowing I have one less social media to tackle.

It´s time to bid the app a farewell. But before I go off and delete my account I´d like to share my favorite features from my 3 year Instagram journey. Y´all ready?

 


 

 

Do you use Instagram? Do you still have an account? How are you holding up? Let´s chat ❤


 

Thank you for reading. I hope you have a wonderful day.

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My Most Viewed Posts 2018

So, I had an idea. Granted, it´s nothing outrageous but I thought it would be interesting to review my own blog. To see what worked really well and what didn´t, ergo: which posts received the most views in 2018.

I´m not normally interested in numbers and stats. I work with numbers all day so I´m not too keen on checking more out in my spare time.

I will say though that I was a little surprised when I reviewed my own blog the other day. Shocked, even. From all the posts I´ve posted last year the ones I thought weren´t worth it generated the most views. And then I realized that my blog had gone through a phase where reviews were more popular than discission posts and the other way around.

I´m not sure if this has something to do with specific books or authors, or if it has something to do with the right targeting, using the correct keywords, but it was definitely something to think about.

If I´d sit down and take my time to analyse everything ( which I won´t because I don´t have any nerves left ) I might get behind the actual reason as to why certain posts gained a nice amount of views and why others haven´t.

So, without further ado here are my most viewed posts in 2018.

 

 

most viewed discussion

♥     Hot Book Topic – Faleena Hopkins Trademark Escapade

♥     What Does A Book Blogger Do?

♥     The Importance Of Reading Breaks

♥     Religion In Romance Novels

The one topic I never thought would get attention was the Faleena Hopkins post. Dear pink fluff, that one sky rocketed and showed me numbers I haven´t seen in years. For some reason, I wasn´t too late for that gossip and thought I´d try to write a post about it. If only I were better at the gossip game….

The next surprise was the What Does A Book Blogger Do post. I never thought anyone would be interested in finding out what it is us common foot folk do. I guess I thought wrong.

And then the Religion In Romance Novels post. This one is very tricky as it didn´t generate lots of views on the day I posted it but it is the post with the highest views in 2018. To be honest- I wasn´t sure in the first place if I was doing myself a favor by posting an article on religion in romance novels. I don´t believe in God and was afraid of the backlash from religious fanatics. In hindsight, I´m glad I took that risk, though.

most viewed fun

 

♥     15 Funniest Book Memes You´ll Relate To If Your A Book Lover

♥     Book Cover Trends: Part 1 ( Romance & Historical)

♥     Book Cover Trends: Part Two (Paranormal, Fantasy & Horror)

♥     10 Funny But Painfully True Book Memes

♥     10 Funny / Not So Funny Author Memes

 

These posts were extremely fun but so exhausting to create. I bow before all the hotshots who do these posts all the time because I couldn´t. Not even for all the glorious views they´ve generated. I have a few more book cover trends posts I want to upload this year but the rest? I need to be in a good mood to create another 10 funny…. .

 

 

 

most viewed reviews

♥     Book Review: On Dublin Street by Samantha Young

♥     Book Review: The Silver Cage – Anonymous

♥     Book Review- The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

♥     Book Review: What He Doesn´t Know – Kandi Steiner

♥     Book Review: What He Always Knew – Kandi Steiner

 

Reviews are a universe of their own. Sometimes you generate views with a popular book and sometimes you don´t. Sometimes an older book gets all the spotlight. That´s just the way it is. Many things have to be taken in consideration when it comes to romance reviews.

1) Romance is not the most popular genre ( it´s children´s fiction and fantasy, for those of you who wanted to know ). Statistics show that women´s fiction doesn´t sell as well as YA fiction, historical fiction and mystery / thrillers do. I´m not surprised and can live with this.

2) Views vary with the type of publishing. I´ve had more views for a world wide bestseller than I have had with the majority of my books from self published authors.

3) Timing is everything. From what I´ve noticed, the timing plays a crucial role when it comes to reviews. If I wanted for my blog to achieve something then I should be glued to my laptop screen minutes before release day or for any new reveals. This generates views. Strike while the iron is hot. But since I´m a lousy book release spy I end up reading and reviewing new releases much later and that generates less views ( for me ).

 

 

 

most popular months

♥     July, August, November 

And here I thought people would be on vacation and doing… vacation things instead of reading posts during the summer. I was wrong. November doesn´t surprise me, though.

 

 

total posts posted

♥     178

Not bad considering how much I slacked. That´s roughly a post every other day.

 

All in all I can´t say 2018 wasn´t successful. And looking at how well some posts did I do think I have a better picture on what type of content works wonders for my blog and which don´t.

 

Have you reviewed your blog? Do you check your stats regularly? Let´s chat ❤

 

Thank you for reading. I hope you all have a wonderful day.

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Hello & Welcome

Dear new Followers,

Hello & Welcome to Morgana´s Book Blog!

I thought of quite a few ways on how to show my appreciation for all the follows in the last few days but I wasn´t able to come up with anything overly genius or boujee enough that would show my gratitude. I guess you´ll have to settle with a simple yet meaningful

THANK YOU

Thank you all for the kind support you´ve shown after Beth´s @Books Nest  post on her Twitter. ❤ And THANK YOU, Beth, for taking the time out of your day to share some book blogger love.

Sadly, it would take me ages to thank each and every one who has followed me this week. If you happen to belong to the Twitter bunch then I hope you feel the thanks. If you don´t belong to the Twitter gang then I hope you feel the same appreciation.

I think it would be a good opportunity to introduce myself. I mean- You really have no clue who you´re dealing with so it only makes sense to give a quick run down on what you all have gotten yourselves into. *gg*

Sure, you can read my About Me… But that´s boring ( going to have to update that in the near future…)

Ready? I know I am.

hiMy name is Morgana and I´m…. over 30. No, wait, I´m actually closer to 40 now but who cares about that, right? You´re only as old as you feel. 80% of the day I feel like 130 years old. The other 20%  of my emotional household is still stuck in my mid 20´s.

If you´re wondering about the name… Don´t worry. You´re not the only ones. Yes, I was named after the witch from the King Author legend. Dad was a fan of the movie Excalibur and I had to pay the price for his fan girling over Helen Mirren in the 80´s. Pronounce it the way you want because it´s not possible to butcher it even more than it has been. Makes good for a unique blog name, though. 🙂  ( Plus, I´m a fan as well, so…Dad´s forgiven )

I´m an american living in Germany,  a mom of 2 girls, married, I have a degree in Chemistry, my favorite color is blue, I´m short, extrovert, my hobby is taking naps and drinking hot chocolate…. I love to go out and meet with friends, favorite genre to read is romance and sometimes fantasy, and I´m a passionate book blogger. To help you paint a better picture of my life I´ve created a small graphic to help better understand.

 

I basically drink too much hot chocolate, nap whenever I can, think a lot, and read ( whenever the girls aren´t around )

As for the book blogging bit- I´m a semi experienced blogger turned hobby book blogger. Many many moons ago I decided to go pro in the book business but found it too exhausting and demanding. After a minor burnout I took a much needed 1 year break away from the blogsphere and ended up coming back with a different plan – One that suited my purpose much better. Here I am now, 9 years later with a clean slate working my blog at my own pace.

Speaking of blogging: Here´s what my book blogging life looks like.

 

  1. Spying. Because I´m a book ninja looking out for the newest reads, comparing prices, etc.
  2. Getting excited everytime I find something during my spy sessions. Most of the time I get excited when I spot a book (s).
  3. Ending up on the sofa with a mug in one hand and a book in the other.

 

Reading is high on my “How to make Morgana happy” list. Review writing isn´t. I don´t know… I´m not very fond of typing up reviews, especially when it´s a review for a less than 3 star read. I do it anyways, though, because I believe it´s necessary. You can´t have the good without the bad, right? As long as everything is done with respect then all is allowed.

My 3 most popular moods during or after reading:

Disappointed. Confused. In love. 

 

There´s really no other way to explain myself better.

 

There ya have it. That´s me neatly presented to you with a little over 700 words.

 

If you decide to follow my book blog regularly then you´ll find that I try to balance the normal read & review out with discussion posts and other fun features / themes. I also try to do at least 3 posts during the week and spend the weekends catching up on the blogs I follow.

Since my private life is filled with work, being a mom & wife and LOTS of reading I hardly have enough energy to hang around other social media much. Juggling Twitter, Instagram and my blog is a challenge sometimes so I´ll often just concentrate on my WordPress instead of hanging all over the place. If you do happen to want to hunt me down on Twitter or Instagram then feel free to hit me up there!

 

OKAY, NOW I AM FINISHED.

Thank you again for the follows. I´m looking forward to reading all the future goodies you´ll be sharing on your blogs.

Feel hugged.

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Bookmas Blogger Spotlight

It´s beginning to look a lot like Christmas another

Bookmas Blogger Spotlight!

 

Hello, friends, family, followers and people who´ve never been here before! Welcome to another fabulous Meet The Book Blogger feature!

 

Today´s feature is for a book blogger I deeply admire. She´s as badass as a book blogger can get. She has sass and just the right attitude for this line of work. I´m talking about Nada from Early Bookish Birds.

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This fine lady works Instagram like no other with her creativity and her blog posts range from informative to fun. Based in Egypt ( how cool is that?!) she´s a hard working bookworm on a mission to spread the book – word!

Let´s get to know the power woman behind Early Bookish Birds a little better! Ready?



 

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Morgana:   Nada! My girl! Thank you so much for wanting to partake in this interview! I´m floored you found the time in your busy schedule ( because us book bloggers are busy babes this time of year ). Totally appreciate this. Why don´t we have a seat and order some food? What will you have? I read in your Goodreads Bio that you love to eat. Girl, I can see us turning this interview into a foodie exchange rather than book talk.

 

 

Nada:   Heyyy Morgana!

God it feels so good to do this with you, I’m genuinely happy that I got to know you , girl. And actually doing something together!  I have never done this before, So I’m super excited to do this!

Food you say? Oh I will have a cheese burger and texas chilli fries, please. But I gotta warn ya, it may get messy.

 

Morgana:    Hello, burgers and fries! My personal comfort food. Messy? Honey, it ain´t a burger if you / your plate stays clean. But wait- Are we talking about the homemade kind of McDonalds burgers?

 

 

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Morgana:    What I love most about your posts is that they´re so down to earth. Everytime I read one of your posts I immediately feel at home. You make book blogging seem effortless. How do you do it?

 

Nada:   Thank you for saying that, girl. I’m gonna blush or smth.

Well I do like to relate to things, whether if it was a book, a post, a pic or even a meme. So that’s what  I do when I write. I feel like if I managed to get one person to relate to my scrambled thoughts, I`d make it through. So I write about something that crossed my mind while reading or something I struggle with, being a bookworm and all.

 

Morgana:    I can totally relate. Sometime you just see something you can relate to and feel inspired and then you find likeminded people who can also relate… That´s something to push you forward. ❤

 

 

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Morgana:    You recently published My Not So Called 2018 Reads #1 post.  You mentioned something I think is really important: “A book should never be judged by it´s publication date.” I couldn´t agree more. What inspired you to write this post?

 

Nada:   The fuss of new releases. It’s getting rather annoying.

There’re so many new releases out there, and while, yes it’s nice that there’s always someone out there publishing their book, there are still beautiful books on our shelves that we got 5 years ago. Why do I have to keep reading new releases to get attention? I wanna read what catches my attention, whenever it was published.

 

Morgana:    Preach! I wholeheartedly agree! 

 

 

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Morgana:    What advice can you give someone who wants to start their own book blog?

 

Nada:    I’d say, start blogging right now. If you got an idea start your blog right now, right this second. It’s never too late to do so. And keep in mind that there’s always someone out there who’s interested in reading your thoughts, they are precious  ;). And when you do so, start reading loads of blog posts until you can find your own style and zone.

And when it get messy, cause it will get messy, remember that you have a reader. That your stats aren’t always right, and that you started this blog for yourself, so you keep going for her.

 

Morgana:     YES! Start now because if you don´t then you might end up never going it. Word, chica!

 

 

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Morgana:    Speaking of book blogs: Is there a book blog you look up to / a book blog you see as a role model? If so, do share who it is and why.

 

 

Nada:    Role Model? Wow that’s a big word for me. I don’t really have Role models, I’m my Own Role Model, I do always try to be a better version of myself.

But I do love getting inspirations from fellow book bloggers, and always, always giving them credit!

I adore how creative Cher can get at her Blog https://lacesandbooksblog.wordpress.com She writes amazingly unique and new book talks

And Trang at https://bookidote.com Her reviews are always so fun to read, and she features the best quality of books.

 

Morgana:    Going to check these ladies out ASAP! 

 

 

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Morgana:     From all the social media accounts where us book bloggers share our content… Which do you prefer?

 

Nada:    Well this is tricky, I started social media books lovin on Instagram, having a bookstagram was everything for me at some point, and it still is, when Instagram algorithm is kicking me in the butt. Photography is a passion of mine, and bookstagram introduced me to it.

But Having my Own blog? Talking and ranting about books, writing small poems ? This is one the finest feelings to me, I wouldn’t trade it with anything.

 

Morgana:   Personally, Instagram is my enemy. Can´t figure it out. Lol. But what you said about the blog… giving you a virtual high five! You summed that up pretty well. 

 

 

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Morgana:    Now, let´s get real for a moment and talk about the nitty gritty: You receive awesome feedback on your posts. Has there ever been someone who´s challenged you / your content?

 

Nada:    Haters comments? No I haven’t experienced anything like this online.

 

Morgana:    That´s awesome! ❤ Just continue doing what you´re doing and I see a positive blogging future ahead for you.

 

 

 

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Morgana:    Most people believe that all us book people do is stay indoors and read. Can you give us insight on what life outside Early Bookish Birds looks like? And don´t hold back!

 

Nada:    You Got me laughing, love, I literally just had a friend making fun of me, that I’d rather stay home and read than go out and get wild.

It may be just a little bit true? When I go out with someone, I like to get deep, small talks and pleasantry are what I loath. So if  going out means being with a squad that makes small talks and doesn’t have an interesting mindset; I´d very much prefer staying at home.

But I do go out, when i feel appreciated 😉

 

Morgana:    I hear ya. I´m not a friend of small talk, either. It´s just impersonal.

 

 

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Morgana:    Here´s something fun: If you could go back in time and talk to anyone famous, who would it be?

 

 

Nada:    Id talk to Frank Sinatra.

I´d loovvvee to hear him live, This man voice can get me through anything!

 

Morgana:    Great choice! That man had an amazing voice.

 

 

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Morgana:    Chici, it´s time to wrap this baby up. Thank you so much for making this happen. You´re a bookish doll! ❤  I hope we can do this again soon!

 

Nada:    I can’t thank you enough for hosting me, Morgana. This has been a great pleasure, having this talk with you and just getting to know you!

May your day  be filled with pages and free books, hehe.

 

Morgana:    That´s so sweet of you. ❤ The pleasure was all mine! May your day be filled with the same ( and so much more ).  

 



 

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