50 Days Until RARE ´19 London

Only 50 days left until RARE ´19 London!

 

Hard to imagine that in only 1200 hours I´ll be hopping from one author table to another with my two trusty book chicks.

The last time I posted a milestone post was when we hit the 100 days mark. There, Brina @Brina And The Books and I talked about our unicorn authors and who else we´re looking forward to meeting at the author signing.

This time my book bestie and I teamed up again to reveal our preparations for the event.

 

It´s been kind of a back and forth with this author signing event for me. The first thing I had to secure were tickets- The rest will be a piece of cake. A piece of triple fudge cake with extra chocolate sprinkles.

So what have I been doing to prepare for this event?

Normally, I´m the type of person who has all the time in the world until no more time is left. Then I run around like a headless chicken and panic. This time is different, though. I´m going in P.R.E.P.A.R.E.D. Because I´d like, for once, for things to happen smoothly. I don´t want to encounter any bumps along the way. My grand plan? A Check List.

 

 

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Tickets for the event: 

Flight:  

Hotel: 

Get my hair done:

List for Unicorn authors:

 

 

Those are my essentials. My must-haves or else why bother. The tickets were the first thing we purchased. Then we went ahead and marked all the authors we´re dying to see ( the list is real, y´all ). Since I travel a lot I always have power banks in a bag so there won´t be a problem with that. Comfy shoes are a MUST HAVE. a) I´m in London. I´ll be putting some miles behind me. b) I´ll probably be standing most of the time at the event.

Then there´s the issue with my hair. Does anyone remember what Madonna looked like back in the ’80s? Yeah. That´s what I have. I´ve been married to my flat iron ( or straightener ) since I stopped ironing my hair with a clothes iron.

 

 

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Nope. 

 

 

Money has been an issue ever since the tickets were bought. How many books do I want to buy? How many can I afford? How many books can fit in my suitcase? Do I need 2 suitcases or a suitcase and carry-on? An extra duffle bag? This is why I decided I won´t buy more than 10 books at the event. 1 book costs about 10 smackers. Ten is a good limit, I think. Besides- I just can´t carry more than 10 books, including my own luggage, around with me.

The flight: In preparation for my flight I had to think long and hard about what I wanted. I´m flying in from Germany. That´s a 1.5-hour flight. To fly in early on Friday or late? I have no flipping clue. All I know is that I have to get my butt in gear or else I won´t be able to get a flight at all.

Don´t get me started with a hotel room. I have yet to book a place to stay at.

 

 

My inner 20-year-old is having a field day knowing I´ll be without my kids and husband for a few days! * sigh * It´s been so long since I had a moment for myself. So, the RARE weekend will be a whole other experience on so many levels for me.

From what´s been posted in RARE´s social media groups some authors are offering pre-order books for the event. I´ve decided against this for a few reasons:

 

  1. Sometimes books don´t arrive with the authors and that can lead to an author not having books to sell/to have the pre-ordered books with them. I´ve seen this happen.
  2. I like the unknown. I´m that type who likes to talk to an author and ask them questions

 

I need a romance with relatable characters. Preferably characters that are close to 30 years old. Do you have that? You don´t? Then pick a book you´re most proud of and I´ll buy it.” ( of course, I only do this with authors I´m not well acquainted with) This isn´t just about wanting to read books and have those books signed. I´m at RARE to support authors as well.

A little chat gives me and the author the opportunity ( in 5 minutes) for book talk and maybe the casual small talk. I tried this at the Berlin ´17 signing and it worked beautifully.

I also won´t be taking any books to the event to have signed because… Well, it wouldn´t make sense for me.

To sum this up- I´m going into this signing half prepared, wearing sweats and sneakers, sporting fashionable era-appropriate hair to see my favorite authors and meet one ones. What an impression I´ll make, huh?

To see what my book babe Brina@Brina And The Books has done to prepare for RARE London ´19 just click here. I promise she´s much better at this preparation thing than I am ( because I´m like a total loser with these things )

 

Okay, I guess that´s it for now. Until next time, my dear bookish Padawans.

Sending you much love,

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Book Review: The Lady´s Book Of Manners

This advice showing how to become a perfect lady was originally published in London in the 1890s.

 


 

My Thoughts 2

 

`The Lady´s Book Of Manners` is a book I picked up during my last London vacation. Found stuffed behind other books in a gift shop was this gem on how to become a perfect lady.

I saw it. I had to have it. Because I´m a sucker for all things outdated – Especially outdated women´s etiquette. I mean- I have books on the history of underclothes… Why shouldn´t I want to include this treasure to my already weird collection of things I really don´t need but still need, right? It only makes sense ( for me ).

So, what did I think? What was my first and final thought regarding this inspiring and outdated educational hardcover booklet?

I admit- The cover had me howling with laughter.

 

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Oki-Doki.

 

 

Everything on the cover is a nice promise on what a reader will get inside the book.

I don´t have any complaints. I was fascinated by the ridiculous guidelines women followed back in the 1890s. I found many points crack – up – worthy. For example:

  • How to pronounce words properly
  • choosing quality paper for writing letters
  • How to pick a husband
  • How to mask mistakes

A lot of points are covered in the 125 pages.

Basically, this guide has proven that I (!!) would have probably been tarred and feathered, then tied to a stake and burned to death because there is not a perfect lady bone in my body. * sigh * Oh well.

Nonetheless, I had a blast diving into the old school of etiquette. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who has a soft spot for vintage etiquette books.

 

Since this isn´t a fiction novel I will skip the four-point analysis and head straight to my rating.

I´m giving this outrageously hilarious and educational read 4 out of 5 stars.

4 stars


 

Note: This book was purchased in the Tower of London gift shop.

150 Days Until RARE ´19 London

Only 150 days left! Hard to imagine the book signing event is practically around the corner.

To celebrate the event I´ve teamed up with my book babe, Sabrina @Brina and the Books ( who´ll also be my partner in crime at the signing ) for a little milestone countdown. On day 150, 100, 50 and day 0 we´ll be giving you insight on our RARE expectations, our unicorn authors and of course a sneak peek in the life of preparing for a book signing event happening in a different country. To sum it all up – Sabrina and I decided to reveal juicy details on day 0.

 

 

Today we´re here to celebrate the 150 days left until RARE ´19 London, Romance Author event. Why not start with our expectations? Our hopes and wishes for the event?

 

Fortunately for me, this isn´t my first RARE book signing event. I´ve had the pleasure of visiting a few in the past. I wouldn´t necessarily call myself a RARE expert but I do think I have a pretty good idea what to expect.

 

Authors and books. 

 

That´s what any book signing event is about, right? To go and see authors and have books signed. In a nutshell, yes. But these RARE signings function a little different. This isn´t just a get in – get out affair. RARE signings go a little deeper than that.

 

It´s all about having a good time.

 

If there´s one thing I´ve always experienced during my RARE visits, then it was definitely fun. Having a fun time with authors and having a great time mingling with like-minded people. RARE has never been a simple meet & move on. The promise of 150 authors for this year´s event sounds like a sure guarantee that the signing will be explosive! A bomb of a dream for a romance book blogger.RARE I´m going to unicorns

So, what exactly are my hopes for RARE ´19? I don´t have any for the event itself. Aside from meeting my favorite authors and discovering new authors I´m pretty sure there won´t be much new for me to expect ( unless the orga – team offers a Magic Mike show and a triple chocolate welcoming cake. One can always dream ). My hopes are aimed towards having a fantastic time with my friend, Sabrina.

A useless fun fact: Sabrina and I both live in Germany ( and not too far from each other, either ) and we´ll be meeting for the first time in person in London. How sad is that, huh? I can´t seem to get my booty in the car and visit her but here I am booking flights to meet my friend… in a differently country ( the shame is real, y´all ).

Also, while spending time with my favorite fellow book blogger and friend I´ll also be enjoying the event with my bestie Lindsey.

 

 

What I also expect is to be financially ruined for a few weeks afterwards. Books aren´t cheap, guys. I see a very dark and penniless future ahead. Not sure how I should feel about that.

 

My face while thinking about how poor I´ll be

 

Of course, I expect to walk out of the event with a shit load of books and more swag than I can handle. It´ll be a blast! Spending time with my loved ones and lusting over books will be awesome. Because that´s what respectable adult bookworms do.

 

 

That´s it for the 150 day mark, my lovely bookish Padawans. I hope you enjoyed.

Be sure to check out what my book babe, Sabrina @Brina and the Books Rare ´19 London expectations are. ♥ This will be Sabrina´s first RARE event and she´s definitely got some exciting things to say. 

Before I go I would like to know:

 

♥ Have you visited a RARE signing? Would you like to visit RARE? Have you been to other book signings? What was your experience? Let´s chat. ♥

 

Wishing you all the best.

Much book love,

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I´m Back!

People, I´m back! Back from where? Ha, London, baby.

Yes, London. I was brave enough to take the family to one of the world´s busiest and crowded cities. Was it worth it? For me, it always is. I love London and could never tire of visiting the place. Everytime I go there I always make sure to see something new. Something I haven´t seen during my last London visit. I´ve been to London many times before but there´s one thing I´ve never done: The whole sightseeing / tourist attraction shibaz. Kind of weird, considering I´m often there. The truth is- I´m not a fan of tourist attractions and try to avoid them. Large crowds and having a death grip on my purse isn´t really my idea of chilling.

Well, this time was different. We not only took the kids with us, we decided to do the full blown tourist trip. You parents out there must be questioning my sanity. Trust me- Husbutt and I did question our sanity. But what can we say? We´re idiots. Because we figured if we can survive Frankfurt a.M. with the kids then we can definitely survive London. ( for those who aren´t familiar with Frankfurt, Germany… You definitely have your death shirt on when you´re in Frankfurt )

I won´t kid you- Our 5 day tourist route was a challenge. Tower Bridge, London Eye, Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park, a boat ride on the river Thames… Eve is 12 years old and Lillian is 8. Challenging ages for parents. One doesn´t want to do jack shit and the other? Well, you have to keep a close eye on the firecracker or else she´ll start a revolution with an army of pigeons.

 

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The “no pictures!” emo pre teen

 

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Lillian recruiting pigeons

 

My favorite convo from our stay was about the squirrel we saw crawling up a tree.

“That´s so cool. I´ve never seen a squirrel in the wilderness.” ( said my genius 12 yr old )

The look on husbutt´s face said exactly what I was thinking. “She´ll hopefully marry rich one day.”

Aside from the everyday life with kids we had a wonderful time. My highlight? Meeting with my bestie and her family.  I don´t get to see her often but I try as often as I can to fly over and have a few hours with her. That woman is a gem and I´m grateful I have someone like her in my life. If only we lived closer…

 

 

Now, I bet you´re wondering if I got any book shopping done, right? Well, I was given a time limit in the bookstore. Can you imagine?

 

 

Book shopping under that type of pressure is horrible. Three very angry people were giving me death glares from outside the store while I was looking for books. Not cool. I ended up buying two books, though. A small victory yet still not acceptable. That´s okay though. I´m flying over again in September.

So, that´s about it. My girls have seen London. Husbutt swore he won´t do the tourist thing in London again and I think my legs are made of steel now ( from walking SO MUCH ).

Good food. Great people. Meet up with the bestie…. I couldn´t have asked for a better vacation.

With that being said- I´m back and ready to get back to the book blogging mill. It´s been over a week and I have loads of catching up to do.

Oh and, before I forget…. To all a Happy belated Easter! ( I´m so terrible with holidays )

See ya soon, my dear bookish Padawans ❤

Much love,

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Thank The Books It´s Friday

People. PEOPLE! You will not believe what a week I´ve had. More the reason to welcome Mr. Thank Fuck squirrel.

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It´s friday. A day to sit back and relax. Or in my case- sit back and make plans.

Yes. Aside from the virtual book blog drama that has decided to involve me without me knowing I took it upon myself to book a spontaneous mini vacation. 4 days London, baby! I just have 1 more week to go before Easter break for the kids begins and we´re off. I´m taking the family with me. Hubby, kids…. We´re all going and I am SO looking forward to some much needed time off from my surroundings. And the book shopping! Lord have mercy, I´m gonna be in a financial mess when I get home.

If you happen to see a short blonde american with a loud voice in a Waterstones then feel free to approach me. I might scream because I´m super jumpy and a natural chicken shit but that´ll pass. 🙂 I´ll buy you a coffee and make up for it. 🙂

What I´m looking forward to most is meeting up with my bestie Lindsey also known as the award winning author of Hedoschism. It´ll be so good to see her in person again and give her ( and the family ) a huge hug. ❤

As for the book blogging. I´ve mentioned above that my week has been going fairly well until I heard about what´s being said about my blog posts behind my back.

Something as banal as my previous post has evoked strong feelings from some people. I´m not sure I have enough energy to care ( that´s not true. I have a post about that topic already in the works ). Let´s just say that it´s beyond me why anyone would feel offended by my personal experiences. These people must love me to bits for keeping me on their radars or they hate me and have made me their target. Did I mention I´m going on a vacation? I did? Okay, I´ll just remind you again.

So yes. It´s been an eventful week.

As for the bookish part:

I´ve had an equally successful week. But having a look at some other blogs I feel like I´ve achieved nothing at all. The 3 books I´ve managed to read in April are nothing compared to what others have read. I feel major book envy right now. Still, I´m holding in there.

As of late I´ve managed to start and finish ( yes, I know. It´s weird I managed to do both ) the following:

The Silver Swan ( Elite Kings Club #1 ) – Amo Jones

Sparrow – L.J. Shen

Before We Were Strangers – Renée Carlino

Reviews for these gems will be up and about very soon so keep your eyes open.

Thankfully, the month isn´t over yet and I have more than enough time to read some other long forgotten masterpieces that have been collecting dust on my bookshelves.

Let´s completely ignore the ebook collection that´s growing faster than the tomato seeds I just planted.

That´s about it for this week.

Other than spending time checking my travel check lists there will be loads of Netflix while imitating lazy cats. Drum roll for the cat gif parade!

Me on a Friday
Me on Saturday
Me on Sunday

You´re very welcome. So, as you can see, my life is boring.

What are your plans for the weekend? What books will you be reading / finishing? Let me know in the comments below so I can envy you! ❤ Let me be a part of your glorious, eventful life.

Have a safe weekend, everyone. Feel hugged and loved. Share the book love.

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