Mug Monday & Late 2020 Resolutions

Happy Mug Monday!

It´s already the second Monday of the new year and boy, it´s something uneventful. I don´t want to bash on everyone’s Monday vibes. It´s just that things haven´t been as exciting for me lately.

As you might remember, I was gone for a while ( depending on how much of a dedicated follower you are to have noticed ). It looks like I disappeared into thin air without further notice. Which I did.

I´m going to flat out blame life for my lack of blogging.

Since I´m back on track, I have some things I need to get done. Catching up on the usual book blog stuff is one of those things. That´s something that´ll probably take up the majority of January.

Oh! Short interruption! The mug!

The `Love Yourself` mug. ( I´ll have you know that this mug can take nearly 400 ml ( that´s roughly around 1 1/2 cups ) of whatever. That´s a lot of hot chocolate, coffee or tea. I underestimated the size ) Back to the topic:

Then there are my 2020 resolutions. Yes, I decided to load my plate with self promises that I may or may not be able to keep.

A good ( and realistic ) 2020 resolution of mine is to be satisfied and content with life. That´s a goal I can definitely accomplish.

As for book blogging… I have a few new goals I think would improve my overall book blogging existence.

  1. Just flat out tell idiots to go to the place where the sun doesn´t shine or just ignore them ( depending on the idiot, of course ). I know, this doesn´t seem like the kindest way to deal with online hate. But, if you´ve tried everything else and still can´t seem to reason with idiots then there´s always the direct approach. Works in real life, so… This approach shouldn´t fail me here.
  2. Be more focused on my own book blog happiness. If I put all my energy into posts I think people would want to see rather than investing my all in the stuff that makes me happy then I´m book blogging for others and not myself. This is still a hobby I´m supposed to enjoy.
  3. Talk more about the book universe. Ha! If you think there isn´t much to tell then you´re wrong. I have a whole Google doc form filled with all sorts of book-related stuff. The main goal here is to make people aware of these unbelievable situations and to highlight the good and maybe have a good laugh in between. Yes, there are fantastic things happening all around us. We need more bookish goodness in our book-loaded lives.

That´s it. Nothing more, nothing less. I´m giving myself more book blogger freedom.

I wish I could come up with more genius ways to make 2020 an unforgettable year but I can´t think of anything else. 2019 wasn´t so terrible so I guess I´ll just continue as were only with a few adjustments.

What about you? Do you have any 2020 resolutions? Any goals ( other than the reading challenge ) you´d like to achieve? Let me know in the comments below. I´d love to chat ❤

That´s it for this week, dear bookish Padawans.

I hope you enjoyed this blog post.

Hope to see ya soon ❤

Much book love,

Books, Baths & Boobs – Recreating Bookstagram Images: Part 8

Alas! We´ve come to the end of Books, Baths & Boobs. Today I´ll reveal my final Bookstagram recreation. I thought I´d save the best for last, you know? To show the most controversial theme of all Bookstagram themes:

 

Books & Boobs.

 

I bet you´ve been wondering where the boobs part in the title fits into my series.  Surely, Bookstagrammers wouldn´t… Or would they?

I´m here to tell you they do. And I´ve recreated one of these Books & Boobs features. Why? Because I can. Because I wanted to.

Contrary to popular belief – Bookstagram is not reduced to books only. As you´ve seen from all my other Bookstagram recreations.. Bookstagram is about creativity. There are no rules to creativity. Use the tools you have in order to create beautiful Bookstagram content.

 

Some Bookstagrammers feature books.

Some Bookstagrammers want to talk about books. 

 

The Bookstagram feature below belongs to the Bookstagram blogging styles that want to stop someone from scrolling further and get them interested enough to want to read their book-related captions. I´m perfectly fine with that.

I chose a Bookstagram image from Bookstagrammer @odm87 to recreate.

 

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This. Is. Beautiful. odm87 has an insta-feed to die for. She has a lovely mix of book features alongside stunning images of herself WITH books. Her captions are book-related and engaging. This is creativity. I always love when this Bookstagrammer uploads a new image.

I guess it´s time to reveal my copy, huh?  I guess it´s fair to say that whatever I do, however hard I try… I won´t ever come close to the original Bookstagram image from @odm87.  I can´t reach that woman´s waters. Doesn´t mean I can´t have fun trying, though, right?

 

 

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If I had to categorize my copy I´d say it belongs on the `decent` shelf. I don´t have long light blonde hair ( at the moment ) and… I´m not as blessed in the chest department as the Bookstagrammer is… but then again… I´m not blessed with photography skills or decorating skills, either.

 

How Did I Recreate odm87´s Bookstagram Image?

 

#1   You don´t need much. Just yourself, a bra ( that would help ) and a book. Maybe someone to help with the shot ( you need two hands to hold the book in place ). I started out with the help of my husband but eventually, I removed him from his photographer’s job and set up a stool on my bed then propped my phone on it and let the self-timer do its magic.

 

#2   Filters are your friend. Cropping is your best friend. The image itself wasn´t difficult and neither was photoshopping everything in place. In fact- you´re more occupied with working on the image than taking it. I think I spent a total of 30 minutes with this feature. 

 

My Conclusion

 

Personally, I liked this recreation. It was super easy and fun. I totally get the appeal of this theme. I understand why some Bookstagrammers take this bookish route. You don´t have to be a fan of these types of images but you can definitely appreciate their beauty. I´d encourage any Bookstagrammer to try this Books & Boobs theme out ( should there be interest ). Most Bookstagrammers chat about the featured book and throw in how their day was while this type of feature allows a Bookstagrammer to talk about almost anything bookish. You can approach a controversial topic, pick a tagline from your favorite book and talk about that, you can ask book-related questions or even throw in a poem you saw and discuss the meaning/beauty of that. A huge bonus is that this book and boob thing could be an ego booster ( should anyone compliment on nice legs, nice cleavage, a beautiful back ).

 

Would I use my copy as an actual Bookstagram feature? Maybe. Lol.

 

It´s come to my attention that quite a few people don´t approve of this Bookstagram content because ( and I quote ) “They have nothing to do with books.” even if a book is included. I´m glad I´m here to clear up this nonsense because every Bookstagram feature is about a book or a book-related topic.

 

NOTE: If you´re a Bookstagrammer and would like to do this type of feature for your Bookstagram feed but are hesitant because of your body… Let me tell you something:

Screw it. No one´s perfect. I´m 37 years old and my body has survived 2 pregnancies. My glamour days have long passed. Didn´t stop me, though.

 

On Kind Note: If you´re a Bookstagrammer who doesn´t approve of this type of feature: No one´s stopping you from looking away.

 

That´s it, people. This was my last Bookstagram Recreation gig. I may, or may not feel moved to do another round sometime in the future. Possibly after I´ve recovered from doing these.

 


What do you think? Is this a recreation done right or is this a copy gone wrong? What are your thoughts on Books & Boob features? Let me know in the comments below. I´d love to chat. ❤


 

 

Thank you so much for following this experiment. I hope you enjoyed.

 

XO´s

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Books, Baths & Boobs- Recreating Bookstagram Images: Part 2

Bookstagram

Book & Bubble Bath

 

Original Instagram image posted by:  @pebblesinlove

 

Hellooo and welcome back to my epic experiment Books, Baths & Boobs, where I attempt to recreated well-loved Bookstagram features.

Today I´d like to chat about reading in the tub. Raise your hand if you´re one of those people who love to soak yourself in a bath filled with bubbles! I´m one of those people. In fact- Taking a long, much needed hot bath with bubbles and having something to read is a luxury of mine. Mainly because it´s the only time ( and place ) where I can find some peace. Where´s Mommy? In the tub and unavailable for the next 1-1.5 hours.

I love reading in the tub. I love picking a book ( could be a new release or a reread ) and to walk those few joyful steps towards the bathroom. I´ll grab a bottle of wine on my way and lock the door behind me. THAT is what I call a perfect evening. If you´re asking where the candles are in all this: I´m not a fan of candles.

For some time other book bloggers have been questioning the necessity and authenticity of these Book & Bubble Bath images done by countless Bookstagrammers. For me, I don´t see why these shouldn´t be done. All this is about creativity. Unfortunately- this type of bookish creativity is often misunderstood or not welcomed.  Me? I think whatever works for you will be accepted and will work for others as well.

Just recently I spotted this really pretty gem by Instagrammer pebblesinlove.

 

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Isn´t that pretty? And doesn´t the image just scream “Read in the tub, woman!”? First of all, I like that the image is in color. I have no idea how many or if any filters were used for this book-bath feature. Do I care? Nope. It´s a great shot. A shot I thought I´d recreate. How hard can this little book and leg peeping recreation be? I read in the tub all the time. Surely, I´d be able to get this done within minutes.

Here´s a list of THINGS I USED

 

  • 3 different shampoos ( for the extra bubbles and because I ran out of bubble bath )
  • 1 paperback ( Call It What You Want by Brigid Kemmerer )
  • My phone

 

My Recreated Feature

 

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I have mixed feelings. Nothing went as planned. What I thought would be a piece of cake ended up being a 1-hour literal pain in my ass. Either I´m too short or my bathtub is too long because I wasn´t able to work relaxed. What looks so effortless was actually hard as hell. I slipped a few times and yelled “I`M ABOUT TO GO UNDER!” to no one in particular.

 

My ” I`M ABOUT TO GO UNDER!” shot. 

( I have 17 of these panic pictures )

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Slippery Bookstagram Business

 

 

And then there´s the issue with my less than presentable ghost-white skin. Thank the books for those three filters because without them you´d all be blind by now from white skin. I actually had to lighten up the bubbles and over filter my skin or else all you would´ve seen is white and a book. Then the troubles with the wet hand.

The book hand was dry. The phone hand wasn´t. I had to put my phone down every few seconds to rearrange the bubbles because they kept floating away. If your phone isn´t waterproof then you might want to ask someone to help with the shot.

 

My conclusion

It´s clear that the only problem I had was with the recreation. After this little stunt, I took a few other Book & Bath shots and those took me less than a minute to finish. It´s not easy to recreate someone else´s work. Personally, I´d classify the Book & Bubble Bath experiment as decent. Not a full success and not a complete failure.

 

Would I recommend taking Book & Bubble Bath shots for Instagram? Sure, why not? If done correctly ( not like I did ) then they can be a lot of fun.

Would I do this feature again? I bow before anyone who does these features but I think I´ll stick to reading in the tub from now on. While it was great to try this out, it was also a little difficult.

 

NOTE: No books were harmed or sacrificed for this experiment. All pages are intact and still in immaculate condition.

 

What do ya think? Was the recreation a hit or miss? Have you done a Book & Bath Instagram feature yourself? Tell me your secrets ❤

 


 

Thank you for reading this post. I hope you enjoyed. 

XO´s

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Books, Baths & Boobs – Recreating Bookstagram Images: Part 1

Bookstagram

A community of clever minds who specialize in visual book creativity.

Welcome to Books, Baths & Boobs- The place where I´ll be recreating Bookstagram images from Bookstagrammers I follow. Or, in other words:

“Hey, look what I´ve always wanted to recreate. I finally found some time so here I am. Yippie!”

Today´s the start of my new bookish experiment and I thought it would be best to start with something that´s been done a million times over by countless Bookstagrammers- Books & Coffee features.

And because this popular Bookstagram theme has been copied so often I thought I´d also give it a try. I mean- It doesn´t look too difficult. What can go wrong? It´s just a coffee and a book. Well, all this sounds simple but for me, it won´t be easy.

  1. I´ve never done a coffee & book pic before
  2. I live in a coffee-free household.

I would have to pick an image that´s not too difficult to begin with. Something simple. Something I won´t spend all day fussing over.

I´ve chosen a Bookstagram image from Instagram user:  openasabookworm

 

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( NOTE: If you ever get the chance then please pop over and give that woman some love because she has AMAZING book features. I envy this bookstagram talent )

Looks fairly simple, right? Five same sized mugs and books. As I said- A walk in the park.

Now, for the great recreation reveal.

Tadaaaaa!

 

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What do ya think? Is this a recreation well done, or is this a piss poor copy of the original?

But what about the whole process? Was this as simple as I thought it would be? It would be best to give you a rundown on how this image came to be. Because I assure you, there´s more to it than meets the eye.

 

How It Was Done

 

#1 – Preparation is key. I needed 5 books. The featured paperbacks are from P.C. Cast´s `Goddess Summoning`series. The 5 mugs all needed to be the same size as they are in the original image. Since I wasn´t about to go out and buy coffee I decided to go the fake coffee route. Coke, balsamico, water, milk… Whatever liquid´s dark enough.

 

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#2 – Become the mad-fake-coffee-doctor. I admit, this was the fun part of this whole experiment. I got to mix balsamic dressing with water and milk. 

 

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Which was a bit nasty, to be honest. The smell of balsamic dressing with milk wasn´t pleasant. And the end result wasn´t too great, either. I don´t recommend doing this.

 

 

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This, I can totally recommend. Using Coca-Cola was a much better idea. A little messier but hey… This is fake coffee science. It´s not supposed to be clean. After I added milk I was sort of satisfied with the coffee illusion result.

 

#3 – Getting the right angle is also key. Look, I´m short. I have to use chairs and stools to reach stuff. I also had to use chairs to get the right angle for this recreation shot.

 

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My Conclusion

 

Fuck the walk in the park. All this was too much work for a simple book feature. I spent nearly 2 hours mixing the fake coffee, carefully dragging 5 full mugs to my living room and rearranging the mugs, lining them up with the books. I had a near-death experience while standing on my chairs. And all while sweating my ass off in this unholy 34-degree heat. At this point I don´t even care if I succeeded or not. I just don´t want to ever do this again. THAT is how fed up I am.

Book & Coffee Bookstagram images are pretty to look at and I´m in awe of anyone who goes to these lengths to create these pictures. I sure hope these Bookstagrammers continue to create these amazing Book & Coffee features because I sure as hell won´t. I can´t and am not willing to invest that much time for one image.

 

Oh! I almost forgot!

Before I leave I think it would be best to mention that, despite this being a wasteful experiment, not all had gone to waste. Some of the Coke survived and was put to good use. The balsamic dressing and milk didn´t.

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What are your thoughts? Have you done a Books & Coffee Bookstagram image before? If so, how did you do it? Did you use real coffee or fake coffee? Let me know in the comments below. I´d love to chat. ❤

 


 

Thank you for visiting my apocalyptic blog post series on how to recreate Bookstagram images: Part 1. I hope you enjoyed.

 

Sending lots of bookish love,

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Mug Monday & Blog News

Monday.

The day where I get to share my weekend thoughts.

If I were you I´d feel all kinds of blessed right now because this week´s Monday post is, for once, book and blog related.

I´m feeling strong book blog vibes, people. So much so that I´ve been coming up with content ideas for my blog. Of course, these ideas were inspired by chats with fellow book bloggers ( from the brainstorming committee on Twitter ) and having read some book blog posts. This week I´ve got something special planned for my blog.

But first… the mug feature. You´re welcome.

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Take a good look at that face because you´ll be seeing it in my new feature…

Books, Baths & a bit of Boob – Recreating Bookstagram Images

I bet you´re wondering what that´s all about, huh? Well, it´s basically what the title says: Recreating Bookstargram Images. Recreating the most iconic Bookstagram features that´ve been done over the years. Bookstagram features I haven´t done myself but am dying to try out.

I´m the type of person that likes challenges. If I put my mind to something I´d like to see it happen one way or another. It doesn´t matter if I fail or succeed… At least I gave whatever a shot, right? So, in a way- This has been long overdue for me. Ever since Coffee-gate happened ( where people became unnecessarily offended by fake coffee in Instagram features ) I´ve been wanting to try out the fake coffee thing. Now, I´m willing to go further with other popular Bookstagram images.

  • Books & Coffee
  • Books & Bubble Bath
  • Book & Outdoor 
  • Books & Bed
  • Bookish Art 
  • Book & Deco/Props
  • Book & Flowers/Plants
  • Books & Boobs

How is this going to work? I´m glad you ask.

From Tuesday – Tuesday I´ll feature a Bookstagram image from a Bookstagrammer I follow and recreate their feature the best I can. Also, I´ll document each step to show how easy/difficult each feature process is. You´ll either see me succeed or fail miserably. Either way- This will be a fun experiment. One I´m really looking forward to.

On a kind note: I think it´s only fair to give you a tiny heads-up on what´s to come. There will be some skin showing, but nothing dramatic. I assure you that this is harmless. Should you not want to see any skin with books but would still like to see the recreations then you can easily pop in on the days that are NOT marked red.

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The whole idea is to show how wonderful creativity is. You don´t have to be a fan of these Bookstagram images but you can maybe find it in your bookish heart to appreciate the love invested in each feature.

So, with that being said… It´s time to bid you all a farewell for now. It´s late and I´m close to passing out.

Feel hugged.

Mucho fake chocolate cake for everyone.

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