Inside and Out Book Tag

First seen on The Tattooed Book Geek and minutes later again over at Book Reviews / Jack´s Bedtime Reading. Both haven´t tagged anyone specifically but have instead invited anyone who would like to join in on the tag-fun.

Here we are. I decided to add my two cents into the tag-mix.


 

1. Inside flap/Back of the book summaries: Too much info? Or not enough?

Inside flap? The books I buy never have them. It´s book summaries on the back for me. Some have info overload and some lack info.

 

 

2. New book: What form do you want it in? Be honest: Audiobook, E-Book, Paperback, or Hardcover?

Preferably paperback. Hardcover for my bookshelves because they look neat and clean and pretty. I´m generally against E-books and Audiobooks… I tried listening to an Audiobook while driving… and while ironing clothes. I almost drove over a red light and I burnt a hole in my jeans. Audiobooks are a no for me.

 

 

3. Scribble while you read? Do you like to write in your books, take notes, make comments, or do you keep your books clean clean clean?

I´m a little anal when it comes to my books. They need to be in pristine condition at all times. Me writing in them would give me chest pain. So, I´m going for keeping things squeaky clean.

 

 

4. Does it matter to you whether the author is male or female when you’re deciding on a book? What if you’re unsure of the author’s gender?

 

First reaction after reading the questions.

 

Second reaction.

 

Third reaction

 

 

5. Ever read ahead? or have you ever read the last page way before you got there?

I´m so guilty of doing this. Yes, I read ahead, but only if I can´t handle the suspense. I´m that unholy person who sometimes reads the last chapter first. I love spoilers so doing this doesn´t bother me in the slightest.

 

 

6. Organized bookshelves, or Outrageous bookshelves?

Define the word `organized`. If you mean keeping my books on my bookshelves then- No.

 

 

7. Have you ever bought a book based on the cover (alone)?

Yes.

 

8. Take it outside to read, or stay in?

Right at this moment, I´m having a head visual of a football team chanting “Take it out! Take it out!”. * sigh * I prefer to stay in and read. Although, I wouldn´t mind reading outside if it weren´t for my self inviting and Queen of asking 1000 Q´s mother-in-law.

 


 

That´s about it, dear bookish Padawans. I hope you enjoyed. I´m going to join Drew and Jake with their non-tagging philosophy and will not tag anyone in particular. Should you feel inspired to “tag” along then feel free to join in on the fun. Make sure to tag me so I can see what you have in store.

 

Sending out lots of love,

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Mug Monday & Bookish Happiness

Hello everyone and welcome to Mug Monday!

With everything that´s been going down in the book community lately, I think it´s time for a little happiness. Because all us book people need more happiness in our lives.

 

Happiness is a good book

 

`Happiness is a good book.` says Snoopy on one of my favorite Snoopy mugs. And he´s right- Happiness is a good book. But happiness is also many other things.

For me happiness is…

  •  Book blogging. As demanding as book blogging sometimes is- I still everything about it. I´m truly happy when I can share my thoughts, my ideas with others.

 

  • Connecting with others. I love to meet new people. Whether it´s through comments on my posts or on social media… I´m happy when I´m able to find new friends and connect with likeminded people. Communication is a wonderful thing.

 

  • The little bookish things. It doesn´t matter if it´s something as simple as a bookmark or a book sleeve… These things bring me so much joy.

 

  • Bookmail. I´m that person who´s on first name terms with the postman. Because he brings me happiness in a package. Author mail, amazon mail, letters, cards… I LOVE book mail.

 

  • Book related news. This could be a cover reveal for an upcoming release or other author announcements. I´m always happy when someone has something new to share.

 

  • Positive feedback. This is something that brings me immense joy: When someone gives positive feedback on my posts or on someone else´s post. It´s truly something special when a book blogger is able to make someone´s day, week, month.

 

  • Hot chocolate with lots of whipped cream on top and a sprinkle of cinnamon. HEAVENLY!

 

Now to what makes my OCDs sing.  Happiness also is:

  • When the spine of a book doesn´t crack
  • When book cover colors match on my bookshelves
  • When a bookmark matches colors with the book I´m reading

 

What about you? What is Happiness for you? Shower the comments section with what brings you joy ( book-related or not ). ❤

 

Thank you so much for reading this week´s Mug Monday post. I hope you enjoyed. Have a wonderful Monday.

Many warm hugs,

XO´s

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5 ReasonsWhy I Avoid Hyped Books

Hyped books. Something I love to avoid. Which is so sad! I want to read a book that looks and sounds awesome, too. I can´t, though. My inner weirdo won´t let me. When I see a hyped book I immediately roll my eyes. I can´t help myself. It just happens.

Maybe it´s because I´m truly weird. Or perhaps it´s because I´m not a pushy person and hate when others are pushy. Oh, speaking of being pushy…. Ever thought of the definition of a hyped book?

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Hyped books are like flu season. It hits hard. Everyone eventually gets it. Everyone´s talking about it. And with time it doesn´t really leave. It lingers and makes our lives a living hell before it let´s us move on, Then, we wait for the next virus to attack us.

That´s how I see hyped books. Because they´re everywhere. They come from out of nowhere, stay a while then disappear ( reluctantly ). Ha! That´s just wishful thinking on my part. The reality of hyped books looks more like this:

Book magically appears. Book stays on social media for an eternity.

But why is that? What turns a simple published book into a hyped read? Who´s responsible for the hype? HOW CAN WE STOP THIS MADNESS?!

 

 

If I start to over analyze the subject my blood pressure might rise high enough to shoot a hole through my roof. We don´t want that to happen. Instead, let me tell you the 5 Reasons Why I Avoid Hyped Books.

 


 

5 reasons

 

 

  1. Overkill Book Promotion. 

You see a brand new published book. Fab cover. Interesting book description. The stars are aligned. But then you have a few minutes to spare and check out Instagram or any other popular social media platform and before you know it… that brand new book you saw is being shoved down your throat by 3/4 of the world´s book loving population. Everywhere you look that book is THERE. Yeah, no. I´ll pass.

 

2. 8 Million 5 Star Reviews

Hahaha. Nice try, fans of a hyped book / obsessive fans of trendy author. You can´t be trusted. Ever. Because a book is never completely flawless. I understand that while a book may be a 5 star read I also understand that all books, even the best from the best, have parts or scenes that weren´t to someone´s liking, or maybe the writing was slow… I mean- this is just my overall opinion but… no book, not even the 5 star reviews I publish for certain books are without flaws. I just don´t consider some flaws significant enough to mention.

Give me some flaws between the love gushing to work with and I might consider reading a hyped book.

 

3.  Die – Hard Fans

This is actually tied with #1 but it´s still not bad to give these folks a closer inspection. Die – hard fans…Super not trust-worthy. Why? Because all die – hard fans do is promote one and the same book to death. It´s what they do. They can´t move on. And if they do then it´s another round of long-term, annoying book promo. Also, these people don´t allow room for opinions that might differ from theirs.

 

4. When Your Friend Sends A Text

You know a hyped book has reached it´s peek when your book loving friend calls or texts to ask if you already read the latest hit. I live in a village… far far away from any form of city life. People roll the sidewalks away after 6 p.m. I have one bestie in this God forgotten place and when she calls to tell me I HAVE to read `The Fault In Our Stars` by John Green then I can´t. Seeing the book on the internet is one thing. I can avoid the internet. I can´t avoid my friend. An eye roll worthy moment for me whenever this happens ( and it only happens with hyped reads ).

 

5. The Ever Growing Pressure Of Not Having Read A Popular Book

Reading pressure. I don´t like that feeling at all. It´s the same with classic literature. Back in the day I felt awful for being a bookworm and not having read the true literary classics. I felt left out. I felt like I wasn´t worthy enough. Guess what? Screw that and the pressure bestowed upon us readers for not having read a hyped book. “What?! You haven´t read book XYZ yet?!” Yeah. I haven´t. And I probably never will. Thanks to all the wonderful people who´ve secured the book´s life long spotlight. Once I feel pressured I immediately lock down. Then it´s a “Too bad” type of situation.

 

The driving force behind hyped books are the fans. Of course, not all fans from hyped books are scary nutcases obsessive fans. Some book blogs I follow love certain hyped books and that´s totally fine. I understand the need to read a book that looks and sounds good. To  each is their own. Normal fans aren´t the ones shoving hyped books in my face. It´s the ones who can´t seem to let go.

Sadly, these obsessive readers ruin it for others.

Then there´s that overkill marketing from publishers. Sheesh. We get it. The book is good. How about marketing every other book the exact same way? Make it fair for everyone? Balance, maybe?

With that being said- I´m not completely immune. I´ve caved and read hyped books and I sometimes still do. It´s takes years of avoidance and a million discussions with befriended book people to convince me, though. I have to be 100% on board with a hyped book.


What are your thoughts on hyped books? Do you read them or avoid them? Let´s chat.

 

That´s it for today. Stay tuned to find out which hyped books I´ve been successfully avoiding and which I´ve avoided but eventually caved and read. Thank you so much for reading. ❤ Share the book love.


 

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10 Most Amazing Book Sculptures & Book Art

It looks like we´ve long passed the era of using books as a way to gain knowledge and/ or for sheer entertainment.

Because reading isn´t the only thing you can do with books. You can use books to even out a wobbly table, use books as table legs or even build your own Christmas tree out of books. The internet provides countless ideas on what you can use books for.

 

There are no boundaries when it comes to creativity.

 

Book art is a debatable thing in the book world. While the art, per se, is often beyond stunning, many book lovers believe certain book art is just book abuse. Because what book lover would be sane enough to butcher a book? Readers appreciate books. To have and to hold and to let them collect dust on bookshelves. Readers don´t just sit down, fall in love with characters and a story. They don´t just wait until they´ve finished reading and decide to get a scalpel and carve out pages ( or use a sword, in Jeoffry´s case ). That´s just sacrilegious.

 

You don´t hurt books. That´s rule #1 in the book universe. But (!!!) you can be forgiven if you belong to those creative people who create dreams and magic with books and their pages by using a sharp object. ( or if you just use a random newspaper and just add the creation to an open book. That´ll save you, too )

 

Here are the 10 most amazing book sculptures and book art created by insanely talented artists!

 

  1. Release The Magic Wand!

This is great. It looks so simple and easy to copy although it probably is anything but.

book art 1

 

 

2. Butterfly Falls

This is really cute and would look amazing as a wall decoration next to a bookshelf.

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3. Butterfly Book Hive

I can´t decide which is prettier. The butterflies above or this version.

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4. The Wisdom Tree

Won´t you look at the leaves! Such detail and… so tiny. I would have giving myself countless scissor cuts if that were my creation. Love this.

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5. The Tower Rose

I´ve tried creating one of these and failed miserably. My piss poor attempt to create such a beautiful piece of art was nothing to compared to this. Stunning.

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6. I Have No Words

I can´t. I can´t imagine how long this must have taken to create. It´s so chaotic and mesmerizing. I can´t even look away. Whoever created this art is clearly DA BOMB.

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7. Book-to-pus

This brilliantly crafted octopus literally looks like a creature trying to escape. Someone must have left a book open for too long * gg*

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8. Literary Woods

What a gem this one is. The added black background makes this whole scene picture book worthy. The work invested here must have been immense!

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9. The Hidden Bookish Temple

No words needed here. The detail work speaks for itself. Whoever created this must have had lots of love, energy and patience. LOVE.

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10. The Book Wave

Look at this. LOOK AT IT! This book sculpture looks just like the real thing. Even the colors work. I am in love.

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Which book sculpture was your favorite? Have you tried to sculpt something out of a book? 

 

I hope you enjoyed the 10 Most Amazing Book Sculptures & Book Art. Be sure to leave a like or a comment below. Thank you ❤

Much bookish love,

Morgana ❤ ❤

 

 

Mug Monday & Bookmark Talk

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Krasilnikoff; Brightest Star Mug, Pink

Topic Of The Day

Bookmarks

 

Hi and welcome to Mug Monday!

With all life´s chaos dealt with I thought it might be a great idea to sit back, kick my shoes off and just enjoy the fact that I´m existing. To take a week to do absolutely nothing besides stare holes into the air and appreciate the little things in life- Something I really enjoy doing.

The weather has been improving ( that´s a lie. Our weather is a little confused lately. 15°C with rain yesterday and 26 °C and sunny today) and since I´m a person who likes to sit outside and just enjoy my natural growing garden ( the lawn mower is still broken ) I actually took my new lifestyle book out and began reading under the burning sun.

 

While I was enjoying reading about the Danish way to live it suddenly dawned on me that I bought new bookmarks!

Yes. Bookmarks. The things I don´t usually buy because I´m one of those creative people who uses toilet paper and other wonderful objects to mark a place in a book.

Here´s my special list of  12 Things You Can Use As Bookmarks. 

But that´s over. Done with. I´m trying to be more organized now.

And since I can´t find the 1 million bookmarks I already have I started buying new ones. Fancy ones. Practical ones.

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Fine…. They don´t look fancy per se, but they´re fancy compared to 3 layered toiletpaper.

What I love most about my new purchase is: the bookmarks have a rubber band that goes around a book, as well! That band keeps the book closed and prevents the bookmark from falling out ( which has also happened to me a few times )!

An absolute win situation for me.

Here´s to new bookmarks and trying to use them!

 

Much Love,

Morgana xx