Dear Friends, Family & Followers

Dearest friends, family & followers ( old and new ),

May Christmas fill your home with joy, your heart with love, and your life with laughter. Create special memories with your family or loved ones.

Oh, who am I kidding? It´s the season of eating until you pop! Now go and stuff yourselves with lush dinners and amazing desserts.

Wherever you are, whatever your plans… Feel loved and hugged.

Merry Christmas.

Much love,

Bookmas Blogger Spotlight

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

 

`Tis the season to be jolly.flake

flake`Tis the season to love. `Tis the season of giving.

 

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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On The Third Day Of Bookmas… ( Mug Monday)

Morgana´s Book Box December Bookmas Special

On the 3rd day of Bookmas….

With Christmas scooting closer each day I decided to gift you all with something different. Something more fun! What the flippin´ foo foo am I talking about? Ha. You´d be surprised how often I ask myself that everyday.

It´s time to give back to the book community. For all the love and support I´ve received I´d like to put my own selfish needs to rant about books aside and focus on giving life and other´s my undivided attention. How? Be prepared, padawans ❤ It´s going to get juicy and rather deep ( WHY does that sound like I´m preparing for a kink fest instead of a Christmas special? )

So, with that being said I´d like to start this Bookmas special with something simple.

Let´s talk about some personal fun facts…

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The Gift Of Giving

I might as well confess right now that I´m a giver. So much so that it´s almost crippling. I´m the type of person who would give a stranger my last shirt if that meant I could help. I´ve been told many times that this is a wonderful trait to have. For me – It´s not always wonderful. I don´t have the helper syndrome but I feel a strong urge to help people in need. I´m not out to make everyone happy. I just can´t see people suffer, especially children. So, I give. This is often linked to being something religious. I assure you- In my case it is NOT religious because I´m an atheist. You don´t have to be religious to give. You can give or help others without having someone beat the word of God into you.

Don´t worry, I won´t bore you with a list of things I do to help the community I live in. I won´t make you yawn by telling you what I do to help humanity and to tell you what charities I donate to. If I´m honest- It wouldn´t sit well with me if I told you about all the things I do. Because giving isn´t an achievement I´m proud of. And trust me- I LOVE to toot my own horn when I´ve achieved a goal. Giving is not a goal for me, though. It´s an act of kindness towards humanity. I don´t need or want a pat on the back for giving.

But, I´m a picky giver, too. I´m not blind and randomly throw money and gifts at strangers. ( Whoever does that must either have a heart of gold or is insane or shits money in their backyard ). No. I´m pretty selective when I give. This might sound harsh, but it´s the truth. If I don´t like you or you piss me off you won´t be worth the time of my day on any occasion ( birthdays and Christmas included ).

Speaking of Christmas…

Don´t fall off your chair or choke on your drink when I tell you that I´m not a Christmas person. The meaning of the holiday has been long forgotten and hardly anyone celebrates Christmas how it´s meant to be celebrated anymore. It´s a money making holiday. Nothing more, nothing less for me. I still respect and admire those who LOVE Christmas, though. It´s always lovely to see how much love and effort people put into decorations and the whole shibaz.

Don´t get me wrong – I have a tree ( it´s a fake one ) and I hang up a few lights around the house but that´s about it. I don´t go the whole 9 yards and turn my house into a Christmas wonderland. But I do use the holiday to my advantages. It´s the season to give… and boy, do I give.

The ones who profit greatly from my unhealthy urge are my children. If my finances would allow it, I’d buy them EVERYTHING they´ve ever asked for. And if I had the power I´d grant them all their wishes without batting an eyelash. Not only would this ruin me but it would also be pedagogically irresponsible. So, I don´t go overboard.

This year the husbutt and I decided to start gifting the kids gift cards and a few smaller gifts. I´m not totally sold on the gift cards bit but I´m on board with the smaller gifts.

This is my playground. I can shop. I´m good at shopping ( maybe too good at it, but what the hell, right? )

And I started shopping. The first Christmas gifts are already wrapped and hidden in the basement.

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I couldn´t resist getting the girls their very own Snoopy mugs. L for Lillian and E for Eve. And what a coincidence it was that those mugs were only available in my favorite bookstore!

2 mugs and 2 new books. How can I look away from books when I´m in a bookstore? I can´t. I caved and took two new gems with me on my way out. `Give The Dark My Love` and `Roar`. ( The Black Swan Affair was in my purse, along with bookmarks I bought a few months ago. I wondered where those bookmarks were )

And the best part? There´s more to come. More smaller gifts to give and more opportunities to give to others.

As for the Christmas holidays: I´m not a huge fan but I´m a fan of the giving part.

For me- The gift of giving is something special. Whether it´s in form of Christmas gifts or by giving someone a chance to get by another day without worrying- I light up like a Christmas tree throughout the whole year when I give.

Now it´s your turn:

Are you a Christmas person? What do you do to make someone´s day? I´d love to read your thoughts! ❤

Thank you so much for reading. xx

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