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.


 

interview


 

 

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.

 

flake

 

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. ❤ 

 

flake

 

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.

 

flake

 

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. 

 

flake

 

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. 

 

flake

 

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. 

 

flake

 

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. ❤

 

flake

 

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. 🙂

flake

 

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.

 

flake

 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. 

flake

 

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 *

 

flake

 

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. 

 

flake

 

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 *


 

Thank you so much for taking your time to get to know Corina and Tijuana from Book Twins Reviews! Please make sure to show these hard working ladies some book love by stalking them on their social media! Leave them a comment, a like and be sure to follow!

 

Blog ♦ Twitter ♦ Facebook ♦ Instagram ♦ Pinterest 

Goodreads (Corina) ♦ Goodreads (Tijuana)

 

 

 

Don´t forget to leave a comment and hit that star button if you liked this post! 

Have a wonderful day filled with books and… books. 

Yours truly,

Banner name

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Book Blogger´s Wardrobe ( incl. Mug Monday)


17th banner

 

To wear sweats or to not wear sweats… I guarantee you no book blogger has ever asked themselves such a devious question. In fact – I´m sure the wardrobe issue has never popped up at all because… Us common foot folk don´t need to think about what to wear or break our heads over matching socks, makeup, great hair and what not. What for?

 

We Have Freedom Of Clothing And Appearance!

 

Sounds just as fantastic as it actually is, to be honest. There´s no catch. No “but”…. We have the ability to do as we please within our own four walls at any given time. It´s our special. Our way of unintentionally protesting against society´s restricted dress codes. We have the power to do whatever the hell we want!

Uncombed hair? No problem.

Food stains on a shirt? Who cares!

Favorite ratty sweats with a huge hole near the crotch area? Think of air circulation ( because we have to see things from a positive POV ).

 

A book blogger´s dress code is simply the finest. 

 

Now, before I go all fashion show on y´all´s asses I figured it would be kind of me to give a little shout out to the folks who aren´t into the timeless ratty home wear trend. It´s completely understandable if people care about their appearances when they´re home… alone… with having no one but themselves to appreciate their cozy glam chic. I feel you, hombres.

Just remember… I´m here should you ever consider coming to the dark and fun side of home fashion.

 

A small foreword before the tiny prêt à porter begins:

Contrary to popular belief, I do dress appropriate when leaving the house. In fact, I go the whole nine yards with my outfit and make sure colors, shoes, belts, purses and jewelry match. My hair is made and my half non existent makeup is immaculate ( one simply can´t do much damage with mascara, blush and highlighter ) In short: I´m polished for my standards. But at home? Dear heaven´s above- I´m someone completely different. And I love it. I embrace it. If I could I´d forever dress in husbutts sweats and fling a bathrobe on. But I can´t. I have shit to do like go to parent / teacher meetings and do adult stuff like work, mingle at other people´s places because I´d have no friends if I didn´t….

 

But it´s not always about wearing rags and faded shirts with holes under the armpits. Us book bloggers have quite a few options to choose from when it comes to working “books”. Okay, we don´t really but I can at least name a handful of different home styles. There´s something for every type of person!

 


 

  • Homeless – chic:  Clothes don´t match. Clothes have holes of all sizes in the weirdest places. Dirty. No makeup. Not giving two fucks what the world thinks.

 

  • Gamer – chic:   What started out as normal lounge wear turns into a mess. Shirt tucked in at one side, messy hair, dark circles from staring at the computer for hours. Possible unintentional food stains from poor aiming or not paying attention or simply from wiping greasy fingers on shirt / pants.

 

  • Cozy – chic:   Finding something cute to wear that gives off the feeling of “actually lounging”. Everything is neat and fixed. Think of matching sweater and sweats with matching socks and even a matching hair band. Or take the term literally and feel cozy in whatever doesn´t look like shit on you.

 

  • Glam – chic:  Lounge home wear has bling. Make up is set and not a hair is out of place. You look like you just came off of the book blogger fashion runway.

 

  • Wanna – be Homeless look but it turns into a boho lounge style – chic:   Worn by people who were born with a fashion sense and can´t seem to turn it off, not even when they “try” to look homeless.

 

Personally, I can do homeless, gamer and cozy without much effort ( because none of these require much effort! Ha! * slaps thigh with glee * Glam and boho – lounge chic don´t work for me at home because I sometimes work those looks when I leave the house ( AND I FEEL NO SHAME IN ADMITTING THAT!) I also don´t mind saying that jeans are the devil.

me mug
My Kindle shines brighter than yours.

 

If you want some TEA though, I´m going to say that all this depends on everyone´s personal preference. Not all book bloggers look like homeless people and not all book bloggers are dressed in business attire. There´s a gray area with lots of wiggle room for creativity.

If you ask me ( and I hope you do ) my personal go – to outfit consists of whatever I find. If I find clean sweater- great! If I so happened to come across a bathrobe – fantastic! As long as I don´t have to wear a bra then I´m a happy camper. Because bra´s restrict creativity (!!) and we can´t have that happening.

 

 

Tell me: What type of chic do you consider yourself to be? What´s your go – to lounge wear?

 

Thank you loads for reading. I hope you enjoyed. Have a wonderful day and don´t forget to share the book love,

Banner name

 

 

On The 13th Day Of Bookmas ( Revealing My Blogger Notes incl. Pics )

The 13th Day Of Bookmas and I´m going to do some major personal note revealing. This is probably going to be the most intimate post you´ll ever get to see from me. Why?

Because you´ll get to see:

  • my * cough cough * shitty handwriting
  • my questionable ideas 
  • the weird blog stuff I plan

And of course, I´ll take it all a step further and reveal a side project I´ve been working on with my oldest daughter ( Don´t worry, it´s book related ).

Take a seat, bookish Padawans. It´s going to get juicy. Fingers crossed that you won´t fall off your chairs out of sheer boredom.

PLEASE NOTE that this post is 100% personal. Meaning this isn´t educational or even meant to be helpful ( although I wouldn´t mind if you do seem to feel moved to use whatever tricks / ideas / tips I reveal. Y´all have my blessings)

But before I grace you with my weird shit  creativity… I´d like to say that none of what´s revealed is in any way a guide or a template for proper book blogging. We all know there´s no right or wrong way to go about this business / hobby of ours. What works for me might not work for others and all that shibaz.
As a seasoned book blogger I´ve learned that keeping a schedule is key to a less chaotic blogger life. With all the books us book bloggers purchase, read and review – We can easily get lost in the paper jungle and end up not being able to tell the difference between up and down. In the beginning of my blogger career I started out with Google calendar. But I ended up hating it so I began going the traditional, old school route by using pen and paper to make notes or keep up with new releases and all that.

 

I´m a pen to paper type of woman and prefer journals over making notes on my phone, etc.. I cannot begin to tell you how many journals I have ( basically because I like to ignore the journal mountain I have growing in my trusty pseudo office ). I use journals to write down all kinds of book blog – ish stuff. Whether it´s for scribbling down new releases, author names, my own ideas… I always reach for a journal.

 

As of now, I´m constantly using these babies.

journals
A journal for everything! 

My Trusty Blogger Journals

 

Work That Shit journal: This is where I write down the authors I want to look up and where I try to shift and mold the post ideas I come up with during the day. Let´s take the Bookmas theme I´ve got going at the moment. It´s in this journal… everything all mapped out.

journal notes xmas
Don´t worry if you see your name / blog name

 

Blogs To Follow journal: This might be strange to some but I do make notes of book blogs I want to not only follow but also keep track of. Here´s some ugly facts: I don´t scroll through the WordPress Reader. Not because I´m not interested… It´s more because I hardly have time between work, the kids and maintaining a household. By the time I go online I´ve missed too much and really don´t want to spend 4 hours scrolling the Reader. I know- It´s an ass move towards the blogs who follow me but I really can´t invest more time than I already am investing. NOTE: This is for WordPress blogs only.

 

Create A Dream journal: Or in other words: My junk journal. This is where I keep literally all kinds of shit. Instagram ideas, blog post ideas, hashtags, book event layouts, spy dates, Skype sessions with authors, bloggers and close friends who so happen to be involved in the book world… It´s all in here and it´s ONE HUGE UNORGANIZED MESS.

journal notes hashtag

Yes. Believe it or not- I have 2 1/2 pages full of hashtags. This started during the time when I thought I could beat the algorithm on Instagram by using the right hashtags. I gave up shortly after because this became exhausting as hell. I also have a page dedicated to Twitter hashtags and Fb hashtags ( because my old ass had to learn the hard way that a hashtag isn´t always the right hashtag )

I also used to keep track of various social media book blog groups / book pages / Streetteams, etc. by writing down the groups I followed ( to save time ). Now I don´t work bookish stuff on FB anymore.

journal blogs to follow

 

Ideas journal: This is a place to think. Write down what works for my blog and what hasn´t worked and what I think could work but still have to think through. This is also the a journal I use to keep track of book costs. I, unfortunately, don´t have money growing in my garden so I like to make lists of the books I buy and keep a tight lid on booksih shopping lists. I also use this journal for my mother – daughter book projects.

journal-notes-eve-and-mommy.jpg
Comparing prices for swag 

Aah, yes. The mother – daughter project I mentioned earlier. In the pic above you can ( barely ) see pricings from various online print services. Eve and I have a side project called The Book Owls where we do book charity. That´s right. I don´t just book blog.

The Book Owls is an organization that helps less fortunate children havebetter access to books.

The idea for this happened when I was with the girls book shopping. Eve caught wind of a mother explaining to her kid that she didn´t have money to buy her kid a book. To my utter shock, my kid walked to the kid and told him “Don´t worry. My mommy can buy you the book.” And that´s what I ended up doing. I also gave my daughter a gentle speech on how she can´t do that without consulting me first. If she had asked I would´ve said no. But she unintentionally put me on the spot. After that I thought long and hard about how to give kids easy access to books.

Trust me- This wasn´t easy and it took me quite a few journals to come up with a solid plan on how to approach this idea. Fast forward a year….

Eve and I are organizing book flea markets for children´s books ( ages 0 – 12 ) where children can sell their own used books for no more than 2 euros per book. The pic above shows the prices for swag we give the young sellers at the end of the book flea market ( including promo posters, etc ). This is a great way to spread the book love with the younger folk. And of course, all this is non-profit.

We also collect used, in good condition, children´s books in the village we live in and bring these to orphanages, hospitals, and to other children organizations.

Right now, the babe and I are working on a book treasure hunt for our young village members. We bought 2 books ( for each gender ), wrapped them in red and blue gift wrap and will announce in the village FB group that we´ll be hiding these books on one of 3 playgrounds. The first children who find the books can keep them.  All they have to do is create a post in the village FB group to let us know that they´ve been found.
If you don´t see a blog post from me from time to time for a few days then I´m actually working on our mother – daughter charity project.

Phew! That was personal. But hey- I promised insight. Now you know I´m desperately trying to buy my way into heaven.

Just kidding. There is no heaven. Let´s take a step away from the charity stuff and move back to the book blog reveals. I have more pics of notes in my trusty journals.

You may have fun now.

journal prepare 1
My apocalyptic book signing event preparation. I feel no shame!

 

journal prepare
No comment.

 

And then there is this gem. Yes. I´m a crazy organized bitch who likes to neatly put anything bookish in a folder.   I have 9 years worth of book paper shit.

This folder holds book signing tickets ( or anything book signing related ), author letters and cards ( yes, I get the occasional thank you and Christmas card ) and of course, my favorite swag. Behold!

journal rare
Oh, yeah. I´m going to RARE, baby. 
journal letter
I live for these notes. ❤

 

journal mon
Because Street team members deserve an actual letter ( and swag )

In the last picture on the left side you can even see a postcard from my first blog, The Divas Book Blog. This I used to send out to authors, signing events and other blogs as a means of self promotion. BTW- That system works wonders.

 

So there ya have it. I´m stripped bare. You know my organized / half organized – half messy / less organized notes. You now know how I actually work my blog. Wait. That´s not true. You haven´t seen my Google Drive yet. Blog notes are worse there.

 

Will any of this help you? I doubt it. That doesn´t mean I wouldn´t find it cool if someone were able to take something valuable away from this post. Even if it´s to NEVER copy my approach to book blogging…. ❤

Now that you know me I think we can get married now. Who´s first? Lol

 

As always… I´m looking forward to reading your thoughts in the comment box below. Feel free to ask questions if you have any. Are you shocked? Stunned beyond words? Or do you keep notes as well? How do you stay organized? Let´s chat. ❤ ❤ 

 

Thank you so much for finding interest in this post. Feel hugged if you enjoyed reading about my book blogger notes.

 

Banner name

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.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

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?



 

interview

 

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?

 

 

flake

 

 

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. ❤

 

 

flake

 

 

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! 

 

 

flake

 

 

 

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!

 

 

flake

 

 

 

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! 

 

 

flake

 

 

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. 

 

 

flake

 

 

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.

 

 

 

flake

 

 

 

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.

 

 

flake

 

 

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.

 

 

flake

 

 

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 ).  

 



 

Be sure to follow Nada on her social media!

Stalk away and send her some bookish love!

 

early bookish

 

Early Bookish Books blog  ♥ Instagram    Twitter    Goodreads    

 

On The 11th Day Of Bookmas ( Favorite Reading Snacks )

On The 11th Day Of Bookmas, my true love begged for me… To munch on all the good stuff I can eat with one hand without having to take my eyes away from a book page!

 

Yes, it´s time to tackle the food issue while reading.  Us readers are so good at getting lost in a great book. So good that we tend to neglect our basic needs sometimes ( not including bathroom breaks because we can take books with us to the loo ).

We completely forget our surroundings when invested in a story and sometimes some of us realize we´re hungry when it´s way past dinner time or close to midnight.

I´m one of those people who can ignore the signals my stomach gives off. But not for long. Sometimes my hunger get´s the best of me and I end up with a cheese plate and classify that as “dinner” when I want to finish a book. And sometimes, I just get the munchies and want a simple snack to round-up my nearly perfect reading session. Snacking allows us readers to keep our greedy eyes glued to the pages we hold.

But what foods are considered to be reading foods? Which foods are best suited for reading?

Over the years I´ve developed the talent of blind snacking. I bet you´re asking yourselves what´s so special about eating blind? To be honest – It´s an art. I kid you not.

Try eating a bowl of cereal with milk while reading a book. It´s hard, but not impossible. Or try a spoon full of chili con carne. It took me years to master the craft of eating without messing up a book I was reading. I can do it but do I think it´s necessary? No.

Categorize this under “The Stupid Shit People Do” if you like. I see snacking during reading as a supreme class of awesomeness.

 

What foods are actually great for reading?

 

From my own personal experiences I can say any dry foods are perfect for snacking. When reading some people want to keep it less messy and they want a way to have easy access without having to take their eyes away from their book.

  • Bird food ( pre peeled seeds, nuts, croutons, Pretzels. Mainly stuff you´d choke on without a drink afterwards )
  • Rabbit food ( crudités: raw veggies without dip )

 

And second runner-up are your everyday snack foods.

  • Cheese ( bite size )
  • Crackers / Cookies 
  • Potato Chips / Crisps
  • Sweets / Candy / Chocolate

 

But what if you´re hungry and aren´t so keen on munching a whole bag of potato chips? This is where you start to be more creative with your food choices.

  • Pastries / cake ( because you can shake off the crumbs )
  • Breakfast cereal without milk ( It´s like bird food )
  • Waffles / Pancakes with powdered sugar ( because that too can be removed with a swipe of a hand )
  • Fruits 

 

And then there´s the option of going all hard – core snacking. NOTE: These foods aren´t really suitable to snack on during a reading session. But hey, if you´re hungry you gotta eat, amirite? And you have to make the best of any situation.

  • Dips ( The MESS! )
  • Left over Chili Con Carne ( Too crumbly and leaves stains )
  • Salads ( Rabbit food with dressing. Doesn´t work for me )
  • Spaghetti ( How I wish this would work for me )
  • Soup ( I haven´t met a living soul who´s tried to eat soup while reading )

 

I bet you´re wondering who in their right mind would try to eat Spaghetti while reading. Well…. I tried.

 

We cannot leave out the beverages!

As with snacking, drinking can also be a small adventure when you refuse to put your book down. Why? Because with beverages, there´s more at stake! For one, your pages  ( or half the book )could get wet. Wet pages get wavy when they´re dry. And second- If you´re drinking something with sugar in it ans spill some of the drink on your book it´ll be a sticky mess and you can then kiss that scene you were reading good – bye ( because they´ll be stuck together for life ). The best and safest way to go about this would be by using a simple straw. But who has straws near by all the time? I don´t. But I have a few tricks that can be useful when it comes to drinks and reading.

  • Carbonated drinks are the devil. Although I´m a “sparkly water” person I do not drink carbonated water when reading. The bubbles get in my nose and I end up sneezing. Plus it´s dangerous to open a soda / water bottle when your S.O. danced the Cha-Cha with it minutes before he gave you the bottle. Not only will you be soaking wet, your book will drown too ( and probably everything else within a 20 centimeters radius ) 
  • Hot drinks are brilliant, especially when they´re hotter than f**k. If you can´t take a good sip because of the extreme hot temperature then you can´t make a mess, right? 
  • Drinking wine while reading is like playing russian roulette. It can go well. It can go etremely well until you´ve had one too many glasses and end up slightly tipsy. Then it´s a game of “will I… will I not..?” 

 

So you see… Almost every food can be considered as reading food. And not many drinks are actually cut out for blind reading sessions. And of course, all this is just not important if you´re one of those people who can put a book aside for a few seconds to actually see what you´re eating / drinking. I don´t belong to that fortunate group.

Unfortunately, I´m one of those people who just can´t stop reading and refuses to take a break to eat.

My personal go – to foods are:

  • Pistachios
  • Brownies
  • cheese cake / cream cheese cake pastries
  • Cheese balls
  • Nutella sandwich

And my go – to drinks are Coke and hot chocolate with cream. Those work the best for me.

Tell me:

What are your favorite foods to snack on when you´re reading? Or, do you even snack between pages? Share away!  I´d love to find out what your Food & Read ritual is. ❤

 

Thank you for reading ❤ I hope you enjoyed. ❤

Banner name