The Art Of Pointing Fingers At Book Bloggers

ATTENTION

It is advised to leave all pitch forks at the doorstep of this blog. Thank you.

 

Maybe the title of this blog post should be “The Art Of Calling People Out On Their Shit” because it truly suits the purpose of this post much better. Or perhaps I should turn this post into a ” How To Start A Bookish Witch Hunt” guide…. Not sure.

Either way- I saw something ( again ) that caught my interest.

I know, I know. Wasn´t it just a few weeks ago when I spotted the last bookish faux pas? It was and it pains me to point out the latest ( and loudest ) tactless acts in this oh so love – sharing book community done by certain online personalities.

 

 

So many people believe us book loving folks are harmless introverts who mind our own business because our noses are constantly stuck in book cracks. We´re all clones of 1970´s librarians. The reality, though, is that we´re just as human as non readers are, and therefore behave like normal everyday people ( unless we´re reading. Then I can´t guarantee what us book people are capable of ). Some of us are genuine and nice and others are just mean shits with too much time on their hands.

 

So, the other day I spotted quite a few posts on how people didn´t quite approve of  Instagrammers “fake coffee”.

 

 

Instagrammers creating fake coffee for pics? Does this mean someone´s trying to sell us all an lie? You mean to tell me, ME, that there ain´t no coffee in those wonderful mug pics I see all the time?

 

 

Well, no, Bitch…. I´m not shook. Not in the slightest. It´s no secret that most Instagram coffee shots don´t have actual coffee in them. Seeing recent posts from quite a few book – people bitch over this matter wasn´t earth shattering. Just simple complaints over the fact that the world is sneaky and corrupt. I can live with that.

But here´s where it gets interesting:

The more complaints I saw the more every complaint sounded like they came from frustrated people. Some even went as far and virtually pointed fingers at certain book bloggers who openly discussed their bookstagram / coffee voodoo. And the more I investigated the more I spotted  hurt people ratting out other people by adding blog links.

 

 

Really? Is this what we´ve reduced ourselves to? ( not including myself here ) Complaining about fake coffee and trying to put others on the spot for doing so?

 

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Soph Is Blogging published a blog post on Bookstagrammers And Their Fake Coffee and even cared enough to reveal her own secrets on how to create great coffee dupes for the ever unforgiving Instagram ( I am mentioning Soph because a link to her blog was posted by one of the many complainants ).

You can tell her post was created to act as a little guide on how to do the fake coffee trick. I don´t know about you but I find this extremely interesting, even as a non coffee drinker. In no way is this a terrible thing. Soph is welcoming others to do the same.

I was always aware of the fact that something wasn´t 100% right with those Insta- coffee pics but I also never cared enough to dig deeper into matter. Because I´m not passionate enough about it but I still find it really cool to find out how coffee dupes are made.

Here´s the thing- Fake coffee is nothing different from the beautiful pimped burgers in Tv commercials. Am I sad about it? No, not really. Soph is more or less offering her pics to her fans / followers, presenting them with something that looks stunning. It´s her creation and she´s spending time getting something up that´s perfect for her.

Now, this doesn´t mean I´m a fan of fake coffee pics. This just means I don´t care enough about them.

I, too, fake some of my Instagram pics and like Soph… I´m not making a secret out of it. Because it should go without saying that most Instagram shots don´t resemble reality. I certainly don´t always have a mug near me when I´m reading. And I sure as hell don´t set my book down and keep it in that position when I´m reading. I don´t even read near the window because my window sills ( as lovely as they are ) don´t allow comfortable seating. My bones would protest after 30 minutes! But my window sill does work wonders for Bookstagram pics. So does the forest in my back yard, and trust me on this one… I do NOT go there for random chapter reads ( mainly due to ticks, boars, foxes, and random creeps. What can I say? I´m careful and shit). Safety is high on my life list so whatever I do with books for Instagram- It´s not what I usually do.

For example: I don´t have chilled walks in the middle of a normally busy road with a book in hand.

 

And this Disney moment here…..

 

 

The butterflies are….wait. We have to brace ourselves for this one…

Okay. Ready? The butterflies are fake.

 

 

My point is- Bookstagram pictures are often staged shots. And that´s okay. Because that´s what Instagram has become- A place to show off creativity. It is not a place where “shallow”  people ( as one complainant kindly stated ) play.

Which brings me to my next point ( and this will not be a popular opinion ) :

I´m for naming this child by its name: People who complain about fake coffee are envious. Or (!!!) they feel like they´ve been cheated on by society. Because I´m positive these complaints don´t come from a place of awe and appreciation.

It´s the same thing with children during art class. There´s always one special booger who will call out on the one artsy kid who dared to cheat the system by taking their wet paint brush and letting it glide over the colored pencil drawing to create a watercolor effect instead of using normal watercolors.

Yes, sometimes bookstagrammers can make other bookstagrammers feel inadequate. But that´s entirely up to the bookstagrammer to see the difference between reality and a lie. Once a person whines about something being “unfair” and “makes their lives difficult” then it´s no one elses problem but theirs. These people have no right to complain over peanuts.

I create “fake” ( although, I´m still having troubles seeing the fake aspect of all this ) because I want to challenge myself. Can I be as creative as…. ? Can I do that too? What if I recreated that Christmas book tree? And I even publish my failures and include the tutorial that led to the failure.

For someone to point their finger at a book blogger  for wanting to be helpful and even share a link to publicly put said book blogger on display ( also hoping to find sympathizers afterwards ) is not the way to go about things in this book community.

No one likes a tattletale, especially when it´s done on the internet. Because that shit can backfire.

 

If you feel I´ve addressed you in particular then I´m sorry I won´t be able to help you. This is a beautiful yet tough love community. Pull those big girl panties up and move on because there are larger issues to tackle in this neck of the woods ( such as self published authors and their sky high book prices ).

 

ATTENTION… again

Hurt bookstagrammers, offended book people and the literary sheriffs are able to collect their pitch forks again. Make sure to direct yourselves in the direction of your usually prefered hangouts to discuss this matter in private. Thank you.  

 

Should you be like me and feel utterly annoyed by this issue ( tbh- it´s bugging the shit out of me ) then feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below. Imma dying to see what your thoughts on fake coffee are and if you think it´s okay to point fingers at others publicly.

And and and * waves hands enthusiastically * IF you´re against fake coffee, and you´re willing to have a civilized conversation about it, then please give us annoyed foot folk some insight on what exactly annoys you about the subject. Any info is greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.

With that being said…. I bid you all a farewell, my dear bookish Padawans. May the literary force be with you.

Much love,

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Mug Monday & Netgalley Musings

Mug Monday Feature:  My Monday mug, white

Book Discussion Topic:  Netgalley Pain

 

Hello and welcome back to Mug Monday!

So, a quick recap on what´s been going on since my last Mug Monday post:

Nothing good.

I´m glad we got that over with and can move onto more important topics- Like my mess with Netgalley.

Yes, I´ve fallen victim to the oversized ebook catalogue and I have no one else but myself to blame.

You see, as lovely as Netgalley is in a reader´s moment of helplessness it´s also a curse.

While sofa bound I became bored with Netflix and ended up with the brilliant idea to check Netgalley out and see if they had anything worth my time.

Mind you- This approach is just like going grocery shopping with an empty stomach. Never a wise idea.

As you may know, some Netgalley offers can be requested then approved / declined or can be read immediately. The titles I chose had to be requested, meaning I had to wait for approval from the publishers. Usually, I´m denied 3/4 of all the books I request ( for whatever reason ) and that often leaves me with no Netgalley reads. This is why I hit up at least 5 reads at once, in hopes some publishing house will have pity with me.

Not this time. Funnily enough, the book Gods thought it would be great to approve all of my requested reads. All 5.

And to top this whole fiasco off- The publishers contacted me after a week wanting to know where the feedback was.

This whole thing is my fault. I know that and fully accept my idiocy. This just shows that Netgalley is an unpredicable bitch who´s waiting for the right opportunity to screw a reader over. At least that´s my current feeling on the topic.

Alas…. `Tis time to get back into the reading cave….

But before I go I´ll leave you with this little Mug Monday special I created.

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You´re welcome.

Now, if you´ll excuse me… My very much unloved Kindle is calling my name.

 

QOTD: How do you handle Netgalley? Do you get pressured by publishers for feedback? Do authors contact you inbetween? Let´s chat. ❤

I bid you all a wonderful Monday.

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Out Of My Comfort Zone Tag

I´m so not sure if this is something that´ll give me a good night´s rest or if it will haunt me because I found the energy to reveal my `fears`.

I can´t even say I´m squirmish or am even pulled out of my comfort zone in general. Most of the time I face challenges with excitement. But when it comes to books I´m uber careful NOT to step too close to the border of my comfort zone. Because books have a weird effect on me sometimes and that leaves me avoiding certain books / genres like the pest.

A huge thank you goes out to Norrie@ Reading Under The Blankie for tagging me to do the Out Of My Comfort Zone tag. Thanks, girl. I shall do my best to feel uncomfortable in this one. ❤

So, how does this work?
You have to pick one genre that you frequently read … and then, you can’t use any books from that genre while answering the questions


#1 A book that is an exception when it comes to genres or elements you don’t typically like

I´m not a fan of Dystopian books. I´ve read my fair share but can´t seem to warm up to the genre unless it has elements I´m drawn to. `Thicker Than Blood`by Madeline Sheehan and Claire C. Riley is an exception, though. Thicker Than Blood is for me more of a survival read than an actual dystopian. And since I´m a huge fan of anything that involves survival ( Zombie apocalypse, out in the wild, etc ) I forgave the fact that Thicker Than Blood is a dystopian. Review here.

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#2 A book you enjoyed from a genre you previously held some stigma against

Medical or health books are an absolute no – go for me. I lean towards being a hypochondriac. Health / medical books are ( next to Google ) my #1 enemy when I have something as simple as a cut that magically appeared on my toe. I´m regularly teased on WhatsApp with gifs and videos for being a hypochondriac. Which is fine. It´s hilarious. But then I caught the husbutt reading `Gut: The Inside Story Of Our Body´s Most Underrated Organ ` by Giulia Enders.

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Here´s the thing: Husbutt never reads. He started his current read 4 years ago and is now on page 44 ( I still have hope ). But he flew through `Gut`within no time and loved it. Said it was totally cool, highly informative and just… interesting. I gave it a go with a I´ll – Hate – This – One attitude and ended up sharing the husbutt´s opinion. `Gut`is hypochondriac approved!

#3 A book you didn’t know was out of your comfort zone until you started reading it

Hands down- `The Claiming Of Sleeping Beauty` by Anne Rice is one of those uncomfortable surprise reads. This piece of work was recommended to me by a friend of a friend who I met at a party who also happened to be a fan of controversial books. He said it was controversial and I, as gullible as I sometimes am, thought I was getting a sweet retelling of Sleeping Beauty. Fuck the sweet retelling. I got a full blown pornographic novel of porn. * falls off sofa from laughter *

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This happened quite a few years before the 50 Shades hype existed. Thanks to The Claiming Of Sleeping Beauty I was properly prepared for the BDSM onslaught we have now in erotica novels.

#4 Pick a friend who motivates you to pick up books you might not normally be interested in—is there a book they convinced you to give a try?

My friends don´t like recommending books to me because they fear I´ll get technical and analyze their recommended books. I´m the person who does the “Everything Wrong With….” when it comes to recommended books. I know. I´m evil. But hey…. It´s a passion. Feed the hungry artist´s mind!

#5 A book that is out of your comfort zone, but you would like to read

`Lolita`by Vladimir Nabokov. I know what the story´s about. I´ve watched the movies  ( and even enjoyed them ) but I´ve never read the book. I admit, it´s a little out of my comfort zone because I NOW have a problem separating reality from fiction. The fact that I have an 11 year old at home is giving me a mind fuck. I´ll have to wait until my daughter is in her 20´s to be ready to read this one.

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#6 A book or genre so outside of your comfort zone that you’ll probably never give a chance

The Holy Bible. I just can´t cope with a book that´s been used, abused and misinterpreted so severely that it´s not even funny anymore. I refuse to read a book that has hardly brought any good for as long as it´s been around. I´m sure it´s a lovely read but since many take everything in this book seriously and often act out these beliefs in a harmful – towards – humanity way I will kindly decline.

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Let´s see what these ladies have to say:

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Thank you for reading. I hope you have an awesome bookish day!

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Bookmas Blogger Spotlight

Oh come, all ye faithful…

Join us in another Bookmas Meet The Book Blogger special!

I´m honored beyond words to be able to introduce you to another fantastic book blog. 

Let´s give a round of applause for  Book Twins Reviews!

 

 

I´ve had the privilege to interview Corina and Tijuana, the beautiful minds who run BTR and I have to say – I have a new appreciation for these book addicts. Corina and Tijuana don´t simply blog about books… They invest so much love in their craft. So much so that it puts me and others to shame * elegantly hiding face *

They´re quick. They´re on point.

They have style ( those Insta pics…. * fan girl moment * )

They´re just awesome.

And here´s the special moment I was granted with the awesomeness that runs the Book Twins Reviews blog.

I hope you enjoy.


 

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Morgana:    Ladies, I want to thank you so much for agreeing to undertake this interview. I know how stuffed your schedules must be with the holidays so close. And with all the December releases… Sheesh. I appreciate you taking the time for this. You´re awesome. Speaking of… How about we find a seat somewhere near a fireplace and make ourselves comfortable?

Corina:    What are we having to drink? Coffee, hot cocoa, tea, wine, shots or maybe cocktails? Whatever it is- I think I have enough in stock to last us a while. What about food? What should our go-to cuisine be for the evening?

Tijuana:    I’ll take a hot chocolate with lots of whip cream anytime, please!!! Especially if we are sitting next to a fireplace. And I’m a huge fan of Smörgåsbords and cheese and fruit platters.

I’m a coffee girl through and through. My favorite is cafe mocha with whipped cream. Yum! Like Corina, I’m a fan of finger foods as well.

 

Morgana:    Then why don´t we just squat down and feast on a Smörgåsborg and drink whatever Corina has in stock? As long as none of us has to move away from the fireplace.

 

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Morgana:    I´ve been following your blog for some time now ( especially your Instagram ) because of two reasons: 1 – I love most of the books you read / review.

2 – I love your blog concept. You send out positive vibes no matter what you feature. Which brings me to my question: Do you review and feature every book you read? Or do you skip a book ( for whatever reason ) and move on to the next?

 

Corina:    Thank you so much!!!

TJ and I talked about what kind of ratings we wanted to feature on our blog. And we came to the conclusion that we wanted to feature the books that we would want other people to read.

Rarely, it happens that a book annoys me so much that I end up reviewing it. At this point I really need to be careful about when I write my review. I made the mistake once and wrote the review right after I finished the book, and wowzer  – that one ended up being more like a rant than a constructive review…

But to answer your question, because I DNF so many books, I stopped reviewing those. There are two reasons why. When I DNF a book I don’t feel like only because I had a bad day or are fighting my way out of a book slump that the book wouldn’t have been loved by others. It shouldn’t suffer only because of my I-had-a-bad-day review. And there are definitely a couple of books in addition to my DNFs that I don’t review. Those are usually the just ok books. Not memorable enough, and I have just nothing to say about them.

Tijuana:    Corina’s answer is spot on! We have frequent discussions about ratings and what to feature on the blog. My belief is that only our favorites should be featured. While I don’t DNF books as frequently as my bestie, I wouldn’t feel comfortable featuring them on the blog. When I started blogging a few years ago, my intentions were to shout about books that I love, not  rant about those I don’t. That’s still, sort of, our motto.

 

Morgana:    Makes total sense. Sadly, I don´t go that route but I do admire you two for not reviewing your DNFs or the books you felt were just “okay” and for only featuring your favorites. I wish I had it in me to move on like that. ❤ 

 

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Morgana:    I think it´s great you review a variety of genres. I found that being a fan of YA, Contemp. Rom.  and Paranormal myself has helped me a great deal with reading slumps. Yupp. I´m a mood reader. Do you pick your next reads as they´re released ( or when you spot them ) or are you a mood reader, as well?

 

Corina:    Oh, I’m totally a mood reader!! But I’m also ruled by new releases. My favorite thing to do is checking the New Release tap on Goodreads. I’m getting really excited when I see what’s coming out next, and for many of those new releases I will drop everything and anything I’m currently reading. But I also agree with you, reading a variety of genres and in my case listening to audiobooks, has kept my slumps in check this year. None of my book funks lasted longer than a week. And I believe that’s mostly because I switch genres, listen to audiobooks in between and reread favorite books if nothing else entices me.

Tijuana:    I’m a hybrid in this scenario. I can definitely be a moody reader, but a lot of my reads are also determined by release scheduling, since the bulk of them are beta reads. Because of that, I like to schedule breaks in my schedule to read only what suits my fancy at the moment. Switching genres or from kindle to audiobooks is also something I love to do.

Morgana:    Would either of you be interested in marrying me? Lol. I´m dead serious. No long lasting reading slumps, scheduled breaks… It feels like we were made for each other! Although, I can´t do audiobooks. They drive me nuts. 

 

REFILLS!

 

Corina:    I’m all for refills. 😀

Tijuana:    I’ll have another☺️

Morgana:    Me too. And it looks like we´re going to have to draw straws or play rock – paper – scissors. I don´t see any of us willing to move to get refills.

 

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Morgana:   Now let´s get down to the nitty gritty: You´ve mentioned in your About Me that you squeeze out as much time as possible to read / always with your nose stuck in a book. I´m imagining you doing all kinds of things just to be able to continue a story you can´t put down. How far would you go to finish an awesome read? Would you hide? Read while cooking / cleaning / being stuck in traffic? Feel no shame, ladies, because I´m constantly hiding from the people who curse themselves my loving family.

 

Corina:     I’ve actually turned into a kind of hermit the last couple years – lol. I often rather stay home than socialize, because of that my weekends are mostly dedicated to reading, bookish browsing and photography. I’ve been known to read in the bathroom. I’ve been doing this since I was a teenager, trying to hide from my mother who wanted me to do homework. Nowadays it’s just a habit. But I definitely read at work, during lunch break, in the car, in a line at a store, post office, airport – actually anywhere and everywhere. Having a kindle has changed my life.

 

Tijuana:    I have absolutely no shame! Yes! I will hide from my husband and kids. That late meeting at the office, could very well be the last couple chapters of a book I can’t put down. I’m also a huge audiobook fan. I listen to books constantly! While I’m driving, cooking, cleaning, having a bath! You name it and I’ve probably tried to do it with earbuds while listening to a favorite book!

I’ve tried Corina’s tactic of hiding in the bathroom, but kids have no boundaries.

 

Corina:    OMG I totally forgot about audiobooks – lol!!! Doing chores, especially laundry and listening to books is the BEST thing EVER!!!

 

Morgana:     Tijuana- I agree. Kids have no boundaries. Mine are old enough to know better and STILL think the bathroom is the livingroom instead of Mommy´s only room she can lock herself in. LOL. Corina-  YES! Bathroom reading was a necessity that´s become a habit ( and sort of still a necessity. It´s not mom anymore who´s bugging. It´s the people who ask a million questions through a keyhole now ). I feel you ladies. Love your answers. I still can´t understand the audiobook love, though. You´ll have to sell that one to me another time. 

 

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Morgana:    You´re really active on social media. You have your blog, a Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram…. Where do you enjoy hanging out the most when you´re book blogging?

 

Corina:    At the moment Instagram is my medium. I love the combination of photography and books. Both of those – photography and reading – have been my most passionate hobbies for years now. Being able to combine them has been a real joy so far. And the bookstagram community has been just amazing.

Tijuana:    Having a partner is key for us. While Cor is primarily on IG, I manage our Facebook presence. That’s really helped us choose a focus we’re most comfortable with. It also allows us to have fun IRL!

Corina:    I agree with TJ. Having a presence on all these social media platforms stretched us too thin, so we chose the platform we love most and share the rest. It really works for us.

 

Morgana:     There´s so much truth about being stretched too thin when it comes to working all social media platforms. It amazes me when I see other bloggers work everything around the clock. I always wondered how they do it but am glad to know there are book bloggers out there who only concentrate on what works best for them. Good job, ladies! ❤ And yes, having a partner is KEY, otherwise you´d over work yourself. 

 

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Morgana:    From one book blogger to another: Can you tell me what turns you on and what turns you off while reading? Is there a particular trope that annoys you / one that you love?

 

Corina:   Lol – I HATE drama!! That’s why I have such a hard time with YA novels. And there is a certain writing that doesn’t work for me. I think TJ calls it flowery, overly descriptive. I’ve also noticed that I don’t care what trope it is as long as the writing is witty, smart and engaging. It’s really all about the writing at this point. But, just to put it out there, I LOVE office and sports romances. Forbidden and jerks do it for me too – lol. Same as enemies to lovers – I love the tension in the air when enemies turn into lovers.

 

Tijuana:    I’m not picky at all! I like so many different genres and tropes. As long as the writing is good and the book was edited well, I’ll read it. Being an English Major, nothing turns me off more than poor editing and grammatical errors.

 

Morgana:    YES! The writing is mandatory. If a book is poorly written / has too many errors then there´s really no use in continuing. A shame, really. Flowery, overly descriptive? Never heard that one before but I do like it  * wink *. BTW- High five on the enemies to lovers trope! So with you on the tension bit. Forbidden is a close runner up! Love those, as well. 

 

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Morgana:    We know you love to book blog. Anyone who spends time on your blog can feel your devotion. But tell me: What is it exactly you love about book blogging?

 

Corina:    Hmm…. I think the idea of being able to talk about books is what makes this entire endeavor of being a book blogger so great. I would be a professional book reader/blogger if possible – lol.

Tijuana:    Reading has always been my passion! But blogging for me is more about the relationships I’ve been privileged enough to nurture. I’ve met so many amazing people over the years. Some of them are now my closest friends. That’s what I love most about this journey.

Corina:    This is so true…. We wouldn’t have found each other, or having this amazing friendship without starting our own blogs and deciding to merge. I’ll be always grateful for having TJ as my partner. Our up to 7 hour long phone calls are proof enough – lol.

Morgana:    7 hour phone calls? * falls off chair * WOW! * composing myself again * You´re absolutely right about the bonding, Tijuana. And I can totally see you both going all professional in this blog business. You´re already professional with blogging on the side. ❤

 

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Morgana:    If I could grant you 3 wishes (book related or not )… What would you wish for and why?

 

Corina:    Having my own library is on the very top of that wishlist. Who doesn’t want a cozy room, filled with books, a fireplace, a big cozy chair and all the time in the world to read? That get’s me right to the next wish – being able to read for a living. Hellooooooo!!! That would be a dream come true for me!!

And of course, all my friends being bookworms would be the icing on the top. But being on bookstagram, having TJ as a blog partner and being part of this amazing book community, having the chance to meet YOU and chat books,  takes care of that.

 

Tijuana:    I’m leery of wishes. Weird I know 😂😂

 

Morgana:    Naaaw ❤ I agree, Corina. And thank you. I´m glad I met you as well 🙂 Tijuana- Then I will gift you a life long vacay on Bora Bora with a hut just for books. 🙂

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Morgana:    Is there something you´d like to see more of in the book blogging community?  Are there things that annoys you about the book blog world?

 

Corina:    I would love to have more bookish meetups. Local or international, anything really. It’s a great feeling to be around bookworms. There is some drama I could do without, but we are all just human, authors and readers included.

Tijuana:    Honestly, no.  I love my circle of blogger friends. They’re like an extension of my family and I enjoy interacting with them daily.

 

Morgana:    Wouldn´t that be great to have more bookish meetups? I´d love for that to happen more often. Drama – Meeh. It´s there. Can´t seem to function with or without it. Lol. Tijuana- I love how you see your blogger friends as extended family.

 

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 Morgana:    As a book blogger, our main purpose is to recommend books ( or not recommend them, depending on the book, or course ). And with all the classics still making their rounds… Do you see some of the modern day books we read and review becoming timeless classics one day? If so, which books do you think will still be around in 100 years from now?

 

Corina:    That’s a good question, and not an easy one to answer. Of course the first book/series that pops into my mind is Harry Potter, I remember reading it 18 years ago, and teenagers 20 years later just start picking it up. I’m actually rereading it the first time since publication. I also hope that books like Wonder by R.J. Palacio and The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas will be read and talked about in 50 or 100 years. I’m pretty sure fantasy books like the kind from Brandon Sanderson (Stromlight Archive) will endure the times. I’m not sure about romance.

Tijuana:    I’m extremely impressed by Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles and Garth Nix’s Abhorsen Series.

Morgana:    I think both of you could be right. I have a gut feeling Wonder and the Lunar Chronicles will still be around in the future ( Although I haven´t read the Lunar Chronicles. I´m just speculating) And Harry P. will, without a doubt, still be around. 

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Morgana:    I´m not going to be THAT cruel person and ask what your favorite book is. So, I´m going to be sneaky and flip the question around so that it doesn´t sound so painful. Lol. Is there a book (s) you can´t imagine not having? Let the name sharing parade begin!

 

Corina:    Lol – well done!!!!

Kate Daniels (by Ilona Andrews) will always be books I can’t live without.

Wait for It and Winnipeg by Mariana Zapata

Scoring Wilder by RS Grey

Fatal series by Marie Force

The Search by Nora Roberts

Like Us series by KB Ritchie

Look the Part by Jewel E Ann

Eyes of Silver, Eyes of Gold by Ellen O’Connell

Captive Prince trilogy by C.S. Pacat

 

Tijuana:    The Abhorsen Trilogy is usually my standard answer. Also, A Separate Peace. My favorite contemporary romance hasn’t released yet, but you’ll HAVE to read it when it does — The Kiss Thief by L.J. Shen

 

Morgana:    OMG! I have my eyes set on The Kiss Thief! I´m just burning to get my hands on that one. January can´t roll on fast enough. I´m writing the rest down. All these titles are gonna make me a poor church mouse * holding back my sob *

 

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Morgana:    What are you reading now and is the book something you can recommend right away?

 

Corina:    Let’s say the last book I read that I would highly recommend is Fatal Invasion (book #13) by Marie Force – I would recommend starting at book ONE. This series reliably gives me 5 star reads every single time.

I also finished Jock Rule by Sara Ney and The Ex Effect by Karla Sorensen – both were very enjoyable and I would recommend them both to anyone that loves sports romances.

Tijuana:    Corina will wring my neck for this, but I’m in the middle of a Kristen Ashley reread.🙈 Rock Chick Redemption! And yes, I highly recommend it. This series is one of my most read and all time favorites!

Corina:    LALA – I’m not hearing this!!!!!!

Morgana:    BUT I NEED TO HEAR WHAT TIJUANA HAS TO RECOMMEND!!!! Continue, dear. I´m all eyes and ears. * writing all titles down* I love Kristen Ashleys books. The rest I´ll have to check out. 

 

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Ladies, our time has come to an end ( Making a pouty face because, we need a little drama for the sake of… drama ). Thank you loads for taking your time to share your thoughts with me / us. It´s been great chatting with you. We definitely need to do this more often.

 

Corina:    Thank you so much for having us!! It was an honor and pleasure to chat with you. And as you now know, I could chat books all day long!!!

 

Morgana: ❤ The pleasure was all mine! We should do this again some time. 🙂 ❤

 

Morgana:    Okay. Who´s gonna put the fire out? Or should we continue behind the scenes and invite some book boyfriends over?  Do we need more drinks? Is this a sleepover? You know what? We have this amazing fireplace and no butler. This sucks.

 

Corina:    Definitely inviting book boyfriends over. Just wish I had a couple on speed dial…… need to get a couple numbers for next time.

Morgana:    Make it happen, chica! I´ll be waiting. * wink *


 

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Bookmas Blogger Spotlight

Hi everyone and welcome to today´s Bookmas Blogger Spotlight!

 

`Tis the season to be jolly.flake

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Today I´d like to give back to the book community for being so supportive. Today is about shining some book blog love on one of my favorite book blogs out there and giving everyone the chance to meet the person who runs that blog via book blogger interview.

 

Let´s give it up for Norrie from Reading Under The Blankie!

 

Norrie is a London based book blogger who spends time reading crime fiction and thrillers and loves science fiction! She also shouldn´t be approached until she´s had her breakfast ( I can relate ). She also mentions on her blog that she´s a coffee drinker, a cat hugger who hates ignorance and can´t function properly below 25 degree Celsius.

 

Why Do I Love Reading Under The Blankie?

Norrie´s book blog is one of those simple, yet powerful blogs. She´s on point, her content is refreshing and her overall attitude is great! Those points play a huge role when it comes to book blogging. Because book blogging is never only about books. It´s about sharing a unique style. Reading Under The Blankie definitely delivers on that account.

Let´s get to know the mastermind behind Reading Under The Blankie!

 


 

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Morgana:  Norrie, thank you loads! I´m so happy to have you here. With the holidays being around the corner I´m sure you´re busy reading and writing reviews, so… I truly appreciate you taking time out of your busy schedule for little ol´ me.

Can I offer you something to drink? Soda, water, coffee? How about snacks? What´s your go – to food & drink on an easy going full on interrogation night? ( as if we do this once a week. Lol )

 

Norrie:  I really want to say coffee, especially caramel flavoured one, but since we are talking about nightly interrogation, I’ll go with sugar free peach ice tea I think. I’m not fussy when it comes to snacks, but my current favourites are cinnamon crisps and toasted mixed nuts. Minus the walnuts… so if you find some stuffed down behind the cushions… They are totally not from me.

Morgana:  Oooh, I could die for cinnamon crisps right now. About the nuts: If the nuts weren´t from you…  then they were from me. I´m actually terrified to look behind the cushions ( Who knows what else is back there )

 

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2. I´ve been following you for some time now and I can say, without a doubt, that you belong to one of my favorite book bloggers, even though we enjoy complete different genres. This just shows that book people don´t necessarily have to like the genres others prefer… It´s, in fact, all about the common appreciation for books that´s important. What are your thoughts ?

 

Norrie:  *melts*

I always like to say that bookish people are very similar and will always find a common ground, regardless of what kind of books we enjoy reading. Any story from any genre has the potential to transport you into wonderful worlds, teach you something, or help you through some tough time. Or you know, they are just great as ice breakers. Like, I’m almost positive I could have a great conversation with a fellow bookworm even if we’ve never spoken before. I’m not someone with great people skills, and can’t do small talk for the life of me, so having a shared interest would definitely put me at ease.

 

Morgana: I hear you loud and clear! Books are fabulous ice breakers! You´re also right about having a great conversation with a stranger fellow bookworm.

 

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3. When I read this line in your About Norrie I couldn´t help myself but laugh out loud. “…would probably not touch a romance with a stick.” Now, I know you love to read a good crime fiction and thriller. But what I want to know is: What would it take for you to read a romance? What would the romance have to have in order for you to enjoy it as much as you enjoy crime fic and thrillers? And don´t say “Nothing.” because that doesn´t count.

 

Norrie:  What would it take? Well, let’s see. Hours upon hours of convincing, some bribery (food usually works), threats to my well being perhaps?

In all fairness, I have read and enjoyed a few books that could possibly fit in this genre, but they all had something else going for them. Liane Moriarty is one of my favourite contemporary authors, and both What Alice Forgot and The Hypnotist’s Love Story focuses on couples and their relationships and I found both of them utterly fascinating. It was not sappy, or overly dramatic. Their love was not the main point of their existence.

I like stories about relationships if they are realistic, have well written characters that do other things apart from falling head over heels for each other on the first page.

 

Morgana: So, I can knock on your door next week and give you all my “normal” romances? YAY! Lol. I completely understand what you´re saying.

 

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4. Oh, speaking of books: What was the worst and best book (- related item) purchase you´ve ever made? And why? ( because we all want to know what Norrie recommends… or doesn´t )

 

Norrie:  Without a question, the best thing I ever bought was my Kindle. I love it. I read way more books ever since I got it. I’m quite the rebel, and don’t like physical copies all that much.

I don’t think I’ve made a particularly bad purchase. Mostly because I don’t mind waiting for book prices to drop, or buy them in the charity shop, so I don’t usually spend more than £1.99 on a book. So, patience padawans! That’s my advice.

 

Morgana: * Heart just stopped * You´re a Kindle advocate? I feel like I should hiss in shock, or something. *gg* Just kidding. Even though my Kindle is my worst enemy I can see the appeal. And only 1.99? What am I doing wrong with my life?

 

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5. Books are often filled with wise quotes and sayings that often help readers in one way or another. Personally, I never spot these quotes but that doesn´t mean you wouldn´t. Is there a wise saying you´ve spotted in a book that´s stuck with you and can you share? Or, was there ever a quote you´ve seen that made you roll your eyes?

 

Norrie:  Oh, I’m an ardent highlighter of quotes. One other reason why I just love reading on Kindle so much. It even shows the lines other people saved.

Beartown is such a goldmine for wise stuff.

Just look at these ones…

  • A great deal is expected of anyone who’s been given a lot.

 

  • And when enough people are quiet for long enough, a handful of voices can give the impression that everyone is screaming.

 

  • Hate can be a deeply stimulating emotion. The world becomes easier to understand and much less terrifying if you divide everything and everyone into friends and enemies, we and they, good and evil. The easiest way to unite a group isn’t through love, because love is hard, It makes demands. Hate is simple. So the first thing that happens in a conflict is that we choose a side, because that’s easier than trying to hold two thoughts in our heads at the same time. The second thing that happens is that we seek out facts that confirm what we want to believe – comforting facts, ones that permit life to go on as normal. The third is that we dehumanize our enemy.

I just want to wrap these words around me like a blankie and live in them.

 

Morgana: And I want to read that book now! The first and second quote you mentioned hold so much truth. I´m going to send the third quote to my book bestie ASAP.

 

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6. Now, let´s get off the book road for a second and see what talents aside from book blogging Norrie has. Tell us- What useless ( yes, useless. Because we all have that one thing we´re good at but not good enough to turn us into millionaires ) talent do you have? I´ll tell you mine if you´re willing to share yours.

 

Norrie:  Oh, I am intrigued!

I can weave my toes together.

I often swear in various accents.

 

Morgana: * giving you a standing ovation *  That toe action is pretty impressive. I´ve tried that but never got further than linking the big toe and index toe ( is that what it´s called?) together. You´re an accent person?! Marry me! That is SO cool!

Okay, here is mine: I can balance the tip of a broom on my middle finger, throw it in the air and catch the tip with my palm again WITHOUT letting the broom touch the ground. Oh, and I can nap like no other.

 

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7. Norrie, you´re a London-based reader and book blogger. You practically live in the book blogger hotspot! I´m feeling all sorts of envy at the moment because of that.  Have you had a chance to meet up with fellow book bloggers / followers for a drink or two?

 

Norrie:  One would think I’m tripping over famous authors on a daily basis and go to secret blogger hangouts, but alas, I’m an introvert and barely even leave my borough. My postcode even…

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the set up, my borough for example has two postcode areas. I live pretty much in the center, and I rarely stray away from it.

That said, I do think it would be fun to actually meet some of the bloggers I only know online. House party, anyone?

Morgana: Oh honey, you´s gotta leave da house! London is swarming with book people just waiting to get in touch 🙂 Did you say house party? Mark your calendar. Imma be in London in April and September 2019. * wink wink *

 

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8.  Describe your book blog using 5 words:

Norrie:  Snarky, Honest, Funny, Cozy, Laid-back

Morgana: SPOT ON!

 

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9.  Us book bloggers seem to spread out and make good use of many ( if not all )  social media sites. You have 4 social media icons on your blog. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Goodreads. Where do you spend most of your time?

 

Norrie:   I want to say I’m quite balanced and don’t spend all that much time on any social media. However every now and then I somehow an hour seem to have gone by after I started browsing Goodreads.

I do spend more time on Facebook when I’m talking to my friends, but I don’t actually brows the feed too much. Nothing to see there, most of the time.

Morgana: I couldn´t agree more with the “nothing to see there, most of the time.” Facebook just isn´t what it used to be. And I can definitely relate with the Goodreads browsing. Heavens… that sh*t´s dangerous. Lol

 

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10.  Norrie, I´m so sad to say that we´ve already hit the end with this interview. I can´t begin to tell you how much I´ve enjoyed this. Please, let´s do this again sometime. Thank you once again for being apart of this December Book Blog special. You´re a star! ❤

 

Norrie:  Well, this was fun! Thanks for having me ❤

Morgana:  Anytime! Hopefully some time again soon! ❤

 

 

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Dear fellow bloggers / friends / family / followers,

I hope you enjoyed getting to know Norrie from Reading Under The Blankie 

Do yourselves a favor and show this awesome book blogger some book love! Be sure to stalk Norrie on all her social media. flake

 

Blog ♥    https://readingundertheblankie.com/

Twitter ♥   https://twitter.com/norrie_reads

Instagram ♥    https://www.instagram.com/readingblankie/

Goodreads ♥  https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/8766392-norrie

 

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