Mug Monday & My Week

Hello and welcome to another beautiful Monday! I hope y´all are doing great.

Today I´m gonna give you a quick rundown on how my bookish and non-bookish week has been. But first… Let´s do a little mug feature.

 

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Yupp. You´ve seen this mug before. I´ve featured this probably half a dozen times by now. With good reason, though. It, weirdly enough, color matches quite a few of my books. Which I find absolutely satisfying ( I´m a weirdo when it comes to colors ). The books, on the other hand, are unread treasures I decided to pull out from my bookshelf and dust off. * sigh * Let´s move on before this post becomes another TBR list rant, or worse… a TBR sob fest. I´m looking forward to reading these, though. Maybe now that I´ve removed the thick layer of dust… Maybe if I keep them on the coffee table I´ll feel compelled to read them ( That clearly didn´t work out. They´re already back in the shelves. ).

 

On to the non-bookish news:

Last week husbutt and I celebrated our 19th anniversary. Not our wedding anni ( that´s in March ) but the day we officially started dating. Hmm, I mean- The day I declared him my boyfriend. The weird part: He was the last to know. The whole village knew before he did. I fondly remember him calling me while I was at work, asking if we were dating because a friend of mine told him he was excited for us. I told him we were most definitely dating ( because you don´t kiss me without a reason ). He didn´t say much after that. I like to think his silence meant he was excited about having a long relationship with the unknown love of his life. Now, 19 years later, I know there can´t be any other guy who can love me more. If you ask him he´ll say he sensed that I was desperate and went along with everything and now it´s just too expensive to file for a divorce. Couple goals, y´all!

 

 

I won´t bother you with the rest of my non-bookish week. T´was uneventful, unless you´d like to read about my failures as a mom. That´s a whole other can I don´t think many are prepared to have opened.

 

Now, for the bookish stuff:

My blog changes are in the works. With any luck, I´ll be able to do a smooth and swift blog change by the end of the month/beginning of December.

Much to my regret, I haven´t been able to read much. Three books so far. But hey… I´m slowly getting back on track.

What I did manage to do was get rid of all the author swag I had laying around the house. I had countless buttons and stickers and bracelets and whatnot… All gone. After having read a post by Jess @Fiction No Chaser it dawned on me that I have a stupid amount of bookish swag I don´t use. Jess´ post Why Are We Obsessed With Book Boxes? gave me that final push and also gave inspiration for a new blog post: What I´d Like To See More In Book Subscription Boxes, which will possibly be uploaded this month. ( Thank you, Jess ❤ )

Speaking of blog posts- I might not have been busy reading ( I´m still ashamed ) but I was able to type up a few blog posts that felt awesome to write. This is definitely linked to the book blog changes I´ve been doing. My aim for the future is to be transparent in all bookish areas and to talk about anything book related I deem worthy of uploading. While I´m 100% positive I´ll be stepping on some people´s feet I can´t say I give a hoot anymore. Fun shouldn´t be held back by opinions.

Due to the pre-written blog posts I was able to pre-schedule more posts. From the looks of it, I won´t need to work much on the blog until after New Year.

 

 

That´s a wrap! I have nothing left to share. My main goal today was to not bore the living Hell out of you. My apologies if that didn´t work.

 

I hope each and every one of you have a wonderful Monday.

No matter where you are or what you´re doing… Feel hugged. Feel the bookish love.

 

Morgana

 

 

 

 

 

Sunshine Blogger Award

A huge shoutout goes to Jonny @Jaunts & Haunts for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award! I´m sending you loads of virtual chocolate and giving you many hugs for even thinking of me in the first place.

 

 

If you haven´t already make sure to shower Jonny with lots of love because he deserves every ounce of it.

 

What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive and inspiring while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.

 

The Rules:

– Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog.

– Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.

– Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.

– List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award in your post/or on your blog

 

#1   What was the last book you strongly disliked?

Oooh, that would be `You` by Caroline Kepnes. It was one of those books I completely forgot I bought but then spotted it again, got excited, had high hopes, then ended up being so disappointed that I had to call my mom.

 

You

 

 

#2   How does your star rating system work for your reviews (if you use one)?

I use a 5-star rating system for my reviews that´s hopefully easy to understand.

5 stars: The best book existing.

4 stars: T´was great.

3 stars: Could´ve been better / Could´ve been worse.

2 stars: Nope.

1 star:  Nope nope nope nope.

 

#3   What are your favorite pizza toppings?

I´d say pizza with extra cheese and sausage. Or pizza with prosciutto and thick chunks of shaved parmesan. I would actually kill for a pizza right now.

 

#4  Would you rather read a great plot with mediocre characters, or a boring plot with amazing characters?

Since I would end up giving either a lower rating I´d say neither.

 

#5   How many books are you currently reading, and which one is your favorite so far?

I can´t read more than one book at a time. I get confused really quick.

 

#6   What was the last book review you posted?

The last review I posted was for Book Review: How The States Got Their Shapes – Mark Stein

How the states got their shape

 

Not necessarily a genre I typically review but.. a book is a book, right? And this one was worth writing a review for.

 

#7   Do you prefer MG, YA, NA, or adult books?

YA, NA, and adult books have ( more or less ) always been my go-to genres. Nowadays I´m not really feeling any YA love so I´ll go with NA and adult books.

 

#8   Is there a popular author you’re NOT interested in reading anything by? (Elaborate if you’re comfortable doing so!)

I´m going to team up with Jonny on this one. J.K. Rowling. I have yet to read one of her books. I just can´t be bothered. The world she created is probably great but it doesn´t interest me… like, at all. I did try to watch the movies, though. Paid good money to fall asleep 3 times in a row at the movie theater.

And Cassandra Claire. Although, I think she´d fall into the “popular author I´m not interested in reading anything anymore” category.

 

#9   What marginalized rep would you most strongly like to see more of in books?

Again- I´m with Jonny. I´d really love to see more LGBT characters in books.

 

#10  Do you listen to music while reading?

Aaaaaaah! No. * hides face * I suck at multitasking. I can do one or the other but never both. But when I take blog breaks I tend to listen to music. Does that count?

 

#11  Do you prefer book twitter or bookstagram?

 

Bookstagram + Me

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Twitter + Me

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I´ll go with Twitter. Lol.

 

That´s about it, my dear bookish Padawans. I hope I didn´t bore you too much.

I Nominate:

Everyone. I´m terrible at nominating anyone in particular. Besides- Doesn´t everyone deserve a Sunshine Blogger Award?

And because I´m so original *snorts loud* I´m going to copy Jonny´s Questions. Don´t forget to tag me so I can see your awesome answers ❤

 

  1. What was the last book you strongly disliked?
  2. How does your star rating system work for your reviews (if you use one)?
  3. What are your favorite pizza toppings?
  4. Would you rather read a great plot with mediocre characters or a boring plot with amazing characters?
  5. How many books are you currently reading, and which one is your favorite so far?
  6. What was the last book review you posted?
  7. Do you prefer MG, YA, NA, or adult books?
  8. Is there a popular author you’re NOT interested in reading anything by? (Elaborate if you’re comfortable doing so!)
  9. What marginalized rep would you most strongly like to see more of in books?
  10. Do you listen to music while reading?
  11. Do you prefer book twitter or bookstagram?

 

 

 

My Kindle and I

Once upon a time… no.

There once was a book… no.

Oh, screw it. Let´s talk about my Kindle.

 

Kindles- The small hand held electronic device for reading books. Since it´s first release in 2007 the book world has never been the same.  Gone are the days of having to carry physical books around. I mean- what a pain in the ass that used to be, right? Pfft. Thank all that´s pink and fluffy we don´t have bricks in our purses anymore.

 

Kindles – A blessing for the book-loving community

 

It´s true- Kindles are a God-given gift. There are so many advantages of having a Kindle ( or any e-book reader ) that it would be insane not to have one. And depending on which generation you have ( there are 7 Kindle generations, so far ) you can either do more than just read or keep it simple!

Yeah, well… I have a Kindle. A Kindle Paperwhite 2 ( 2013 ). I remember being one of those people who refused to join the Kindle hype so I never had one until the ( back then ) new Paperwhite was released. What had me sold was the promise of being able to read in broad daylight and that the screen felt like paper.

I even sold my Asus Nexus 7 tablet because I really REALLY wanted the Kindle Paperwhite. Not that my Nexus was terrible. It wasn´t. I think ( correct me if I´m wrong ) the Nexus 7 was one of the best tablets on the market back in 2013. It was okay but I´m not much of a tablet user so I had no need for it.

 

 

But the Paperwhite? Gurl, those features!

 

So, where were we? Aah, yes. Kindles. Fast forward 6 years – Judging by the number of books I have on my kindle ( 149 e-books ) I can say that I haven´t had much use of it. The damn thing is barely touched!

As it is with everything else in life – There´s a reason for my 149 e-books…

 

I don´t like e-books. I dislike my Kindle Paperwhite even more.

 

Blasphemy! How does one not like being able to carry around a mini library? Think of e-book prices! Think of how easy authors can send ARCs! And what about the 1-click feature?!

Yes yes. But all those advantages are worthless when this happens.

 

Kindle charging
My enemy

 

 

I need to charge my Kindle. While this is a first-world issue it´s still something that bothers me. Having to charge a device in order to read. So, ANOTHER thing I need to hook up with a cable.  * sigh *

This isn´t all, though. What aggravates me the most is when my Kindle notifies me that I don´t have much time left to read.

 

Kindle battery
It´s dying.

 

 

Your battery is running low…  * sigh * This gives me exactly 20 more minutes to read then its lights out for whatever book I´m invested in. This, for me, isn´t life quality.

 

I know this is all my fault. If I were a little more enthusiastic about e-books and/or my Kindle Paperwhite I´d probably treat this whole matter with a little more care. Perhaps thinking about plugging the damn thing in would help? Pfft.

Even if Kindles ( e-book readers ) are great I can´t seem to see the beauty in ´em.

E-books might be a great alternative for physical books but they´re not practical for me. If I want to read I´ll take a book out of my bookshelf or go to my local bookshop. Or, I´ll order one online. I´m a patient woman. I can wait until bookmail arrives. ARCs aren´t an issue for me because I don´t accept them anymore. And the 1-click? That, for me, is a great way to lose a full overview of my finances. 8.99 Euros here, 5.99 Euros there. Before I know it I can´t buy groceries for the next 15 days.

Also, what I´ve come to learn is how fast e-books land on my TBR list. It´s a trap. Because e-book prices are often lower you just pile on, thinking you´ll read that book… eventually. This hardly happens because some of us like to get distracted by shiny objects ( other books ).

And then charging the Kindle. Yes, I´m not a fan. I´ve spent years forcing myself to pick up my Kindle and read one of the many unread treasures only to realize my battery is it a sleazy 18%. I don´t have to charge a physical book.

I think, for me, being able to carry a mini library around is great but not practical. When I´m out and about I don´t read. When I´m on vacation I tend to buy physical books and see those as vacation souvenirs. “I got this book while I was in… ” They´re memories as well as entertainment.

And last but not least- The fab features? * sigh * They´re not so fab. Sure, I can read out in the sun but I can do that with a book, too.

So, yeah. My Kindle and I… We have a rather restricted relationship. It´s there. It collects dust. It pisses me off sometimes. It hates me. I hate it. That´s about it.

The only (!!!) thing I absolutely LOVE about Kindles: They don´t take up any space at all.

 

 

There ya have it. My My Kindle And I story.


 

What about you? Are you pro e-book reader or against e-book readers? Which Kindle generation do you have? Do you have more e-books or more physical books? Let me know in the comments below. I´d love to know your thoughts. ❤


 

That´s it for today, folks. Thank you for reading. I hope you enjoyed.

Many warm bookish hugs,

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Books, Baths & Boobs – Recreating Bookstagram Images: Part 7

Hello and welcome to Part 7 of Books, Baths & Boobs, the one place where Bookstagram recreations happen.

After having lots of ups and downs with this experiment I´m happy to finally approach a much loved and copied Bookstagram theme called Books & Flowers/Plants.

Or, as I like to call it- Find whatever you have in your/your neighbor’s garden and pair it with a book.

I guess you can say this theme belongs to Books & Deco/Props because flowers and plants are, in a way, just more props when it comes to Book features. For me, though, I see this in a separate category because of how simple these features are.

Just a book and some outdoor green.

 

If you´ve spent enough time scrolling through Bookstagram you´ll find there are plenty of books with plants or blossoms. Take a look at this beauty by Bookstagrammer @bluestockingbookshelf

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What a stunner. It´s hard to believe that so little can look so beautiful. Just a touch of nature with a book and coffee… That´s basically all you need. It´s why I chose to recreate this image. It´s idiot-proof. I need idiot-proof after all the other Bookstagram recreations I´ve done.

Voila!

 

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Ha! Would you believe me if I said this is the first Bookstagram copy I´m actually proud of? It´s not a great 1:1 copy but I truly like how my over-filtered image turned out.

 

How I Recreated @bluestockingbookshelf ´s Bookstagram Image

 

#1  You probably have everything at home… If you´re not me. *g*  The cup & saucer issue popped up again but I dealt with that the only way I could: By using a bowl. The image is a high angle shot so I´m assuming no one will tell right away if I´m using a bowl. The smaller mug belongs to my youngest ( I needed something to fit into the bowl ),  coke as a coffee substitute, a Hardcover book, and a white shirt. Why the white shirt? I´ll show you.

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I´m more of a rustic furniture person. With the years I´ve learned to invest in sturdy stuff that´ll possibly out-live me. IKEA can do a lot ( especially for my books ) but not out-live me. To recreate the original Bookstagram image I needed something light. Speaking of light: You get the best lighting outdoors.

 

 

#2   It´s only a matter of placement. Easy enough, right? Just smooth out the white shirt on the table, cut the ivy to the right size, open the book, fill the cup with coke and you´re good to go!

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#3   Play with filters. Obviously, the shot didn´t turn out picture-perfect. I had to work a little with some filters. I used 2 filters, played with the contrast button and brightened everything up.

 

#4  It´s quick. I think I didn´t spend more than 2 minutes taking the shot. I stood on a chair after setting everything and took two shots. The set up took maybe 5 minutes. The only thing that took some time was cutting the ivy.

 

My Conclusion

 

Finally, a Bookstagram theme that´s user-friendly. I´d definitely recommend this type of feature to anyone who isn’t blessed with endless decorating skills. This Bookstagram feature is also inexpensive, should anyone want to recreate this theme. Effortless and stunning. I couldn´t be more happy with the results.

 


 

What do you think? Did I hit the mark or did I shoot way past it with my copy? Have you done this type of feature before? Let me know in the comments below. ❤

 


 

 

Thank you for reading. I hope you enjoyed.

Many warm bookish hugs,

XO´s

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Books, Baths & Boobs – Recreating Bookstagram Images: Part 5

It´s Bookish Art time! 

 

This is what I love about Bookstagram –  The creativity. How someone can use something simple as a book and turn it into a piece of art.

The Bookstagrammers who specialize in this niche are true artists. From optical illusions to simple shape creations… You can literally feel the love oozing out of each feature.

My “Let´s recreate Bookstagram images” experiment has gotten exciting because this time I´ll not be using props. The only objects required are books.

The image I chose to recreate is from Bookstagrammer  @booksbyfran

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This is cool. It might not be everyone´s favorite shape but you have to admit that this looks pretty neat. Even her toenails match with the books. I could definitely pull that off, too. Well, the toenail color but not the book colors. This is why I decided to recreate this image but add a little twist to the mix. My weapons of choice?

Socks. ( because I was too lazy to paint my toenails after having removed the previous polish ) and black books.

And this is what came out. Am I satisfied? You bet!

 

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So, I didn´t use blue books. Possibly because I don´t have 29 blue books. I have 29 black books, though. Works just as great.

As for how I managed to set up my books in a heart shape… Was it hard / easy? Let´s get into the details.

 

How I Recreated @booksbyfran´s Bookstagram Feature


#1  Find 29 books. Which wasn´t hard. I have enough physical books scattered all around the house. The only problem was finding 29 same / similar in color books. Most of my books have black covers.

 

#2   Have patience. If you don´t then find a way to become patient because this book set up comes close to a game of tumbling dominoes.

 

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It was no surprise that my books didn´t stand straight like actual domino stones. They´re paperbacks – Bendable. I had to be patient and creative about this whole process.

 

#3   Work fast. As soon as the books stood in place I included my feet and took some shots. I didn´t care if they came out good or not. I didn´t have enough time to dwell on angles and lights. The books kept threatening to fall. If it hadn´t been for my feet they would have fallen over. This recreation didn´t take longer than 20 minutes.

 

#4   No filters needed. The only thing I needed to do was crop and shift the image in place.

 

My Conclusion

 

This was the first Bookstagram recreation that was actually fun. A little nerve-wracking but still enjoyable.  I think I wasn´t able to get frustrated because I knew the end result would be so satisfying.

“Omg! A heart shape made with books! I DID THAT! “

It´s the little things in life that bring us joy.

Would I recommend trying this type of Bookstagram feature out? Definitely. Unless you flip out easily- Then you might look for something less challenging.


 

What are your thoughts? Was this copy a success or a failure? Let me know in the comments below. I´d love to chat. ❤

 


 

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post. I hope you enjoyed.

 

XO´s,

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