Instagram Feature: Morgana´s Book Box

So, it´s been a little over a year since I started my Instagram project- Morgana´s Book Box.

During my Insta – year I´ve learned many things about Instagram.

  1. The algorithm is the cause of all evil
  2. Bookstagramming ( Book + Instagram = Bookstagram, Book blogger on Instagram = Bookstagrammer ) is tough

A year ago I had a mission to grace the pic – world with my idea of book promotion.

And in that year I´ve seen alot, met many wonderful people and… well, I´ve basically seen pics. Wonderful pictures, crappy pictures… Pictures that made my nose wrinkle and pictures that had me rolling on the floor, laughing.

Instagram is a fun place to hang out.

My grande plan to make the book world a prettier place slowly died down around September ´17. The idea to present a new kind of book promotion became harder and harder with each week. I gained followers but it seemed like those numbers weren´t really that interested in my content. Or they were but the algorithm made it hard for them to see my features. Either way, it sucked.

Don´t get me wrong- I had ideas. I still have them. It´s just that book blogging doesn´t seem to function over on Instagram. Fun bookish stuff? Absolutely. But actual book blogging? Not so much.

I had a slight feeling that my book box idea was getting old.

As much as I wanted to, I couldn´t stick to one theme. It was time to expand my horizon.

Try out new ways to promote books. Because, that´s what I do, right? I book blog.

Besides, I´m pretty sure no one is interested in the bomb that went off in my kitchen or the unmade bed in my bedroom.

So, here are my new book features, sans book box.

 

  1. Inside a book. I like open book pictures. They look cool no matter what book you use. A huge plus point is the little snippet you give from a featured book.

 

2. Indoor Book Box. I´m an outdoor person. Nature provides so much to work with. Indoor pics are cool but not everyday. I feel limited when I´m doing indoor features.

 

3. Close Up. A super SUPER close up of a bookish item. When you don´t have a book at your disposal then you dig out your swag.

 

4. Flowers. Another indoor feature. Since it´s freezing cold outside and nothing is blooming I´m stuck with working with fake flowers. Not all too terrible. I quite like the flowers after using 6 filters. 

 

5. Me. Yes. It´s happened. I crossed the book promotion line and posted a pic of myself. It´s book related. Anything book related goes, right? 

 

Anyone following Morgana´s Book Box on Instagram will be seeing more than just book box pictures. It´s time for creativity to take over!

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My Social Media – Like & Follow

And so it begins…. My social media is not really anything special but it´s a necessity. Not even I can get around my social media. As with authors- Bloggers can´t avoid social media, even if we try. Life without my social media just doesn´t flow as smooth as it should.

Why am I telling you all this? I´ll get to the point in a second….

The job of a book blogger comes close to one of an author´s. We both write and we´re both trying to “sell” a product. With an author it´s all about writing a great story and putting it out on the market for people to read. A book blogger doesn´t really do much differently. We write posts / articles / nonsense ( depending on the content ) and we want to share our published work with the world. Book bloggers “sell” their opinions on books and book related topics. Both need readers. Both depend on readers. Both can´t really survive without readers.

As with books and authors, book bloggers are a matter of taste. You purchase what you find interesting and you follow what you like. It´s as simple as that.

BUT….

Book bloggers depend a little more on social media. Besides the personal blog ( where a blogger keeps everything well-organized and safe) there are other places many readers/followers like to hang out, or hang out instead.

We´ve got the Facebook people, the Tweeters, Instagrammers, Pin-ners, etc. These people like to stick to their neck of the woods and that´s perfectly okay.

Personally, I see my Morgana´s Book Blox like this:

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This is a simplified visual from my point of view on how book blogging works for me.

  • The Blog is the home of my book universe. The place where everything happens. I´m my own boss. I´m the creator and I swing the Power Sword there. My WordPress blog for people who want the details instead of having to read short key points.
  • Social Media ( Facebook & Co.) is not less important than a blog. In fact- Social medias are blogs only in a different format. Personally, I treat social media platforms as the cool aunts of book blogging. They´re apart of the family. You hear from them on occasion and when you see each other you get excited and start feeling all kinds of love. And although you know no one can reach the level of awesomeness your aunt has- you still know there´s no place like home ( your personal blog).
  • Social Gatherings ( Book Signings, Book Events, Book Conventions) are by far the equivalent to Grandma´s new boyfriend. You´re not sure about the new partner. You´re questioning Granny´s sanity but when the time comes you come to accept Granny´s choice and even start liking the new guy. Same with book events. Most book people are introverts. They´re shy. Unless there´s some special author appearing at an event you´ll hardly get a reader to those over-stuffed gatherings. Of course, there are those who unfold completely at book events, like a butterfly spreading it´s wings, but those folks aren´t in the majority. 

 

Back to the point: Social media is, next to the blog, where all the magic for us book bloggers, happens.

It´s all about sharing the book love, book news, latest book findings. If a reader hangs around social media then it´s wise for a book blogger to do the same.

Book bloggers have so much to offer besides reviews. We share our thoughts and sometimes our secrets. We pour our hearts out after we´ve read a phenominal book. We give the ugly and the pretty sides of our world and share everything through our blog and social media.

If you´re a fan of a blog or a blog that has social media then make sure you follow and like. Never forget to comment and interact. Socializing is important for us book bloggers. We´re here to make the lives of book people easier.

I used to believe that pointing out the obvious was rude. Not anymore. Not in 2018. Support is needed everywhere! Be a book blog follower. Be a facebook page liker. Follow a book activist on Twitter. Comment and like reviews on Goodreads. No matter what you do- do it and support the mother blog and it´s cool aunts!

Speaking of- Be sure to follow me on my own social media platforms ( if you haven´t already). Just pop in and give a few clicks and maybe even a hello.

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New Book Box Instagram Features

Instagram- Oh, how I love you!

It´s been almost a year and I can say, without a doubt, that my Instagram project is the best thing that could have happened to me. I´ve met so many great people and have seen so many wonderful book recommendations….. It´s overwhelming in the best way possible! I´ve also learned that not everything has to be about promoting books. It´s also about capturing moments and making memories. I might have used my children once or twice, LOL…. but that, too, was worth it. Before I go all emotional on you guys…. let me show my latest Instagram creations…. Ready? I hope you enjoy. xoxo

Fall pic 2017.

This. I love this so much. My youngest daughter, Lillian Elizabeth, smelling books. She does that from time to time and I don´t stop her. Lol. Everyone needs something awkward to do, right?

This pic has made my top 10 list of fav´s.

Don´t ask. I had a hard time getting those baskets into place. The rest is just exhausting but it was worth the effort.

My favorite. Everything I love in one picture. My two girls and books. ❤

 

 

UnWritten – Chelsea M. Cameron

Book Description

Children’s librarian by day. Romance novelist by night.
British single father.
Someone else is writing this love story…

Blair Walton isn’t your average curvaceous tattooed children’s librarian. She’s also one half of bestselling romance author, Scarlet Rose. Along with her BFF Raine, she spends her nights writing books so steamy, she’s afraid they would shock her Southern conservative grandmother to death . . . if she knew about them. That’s why she and Raine write in secret.

On deadline for their latest book and out of ideas, Raine suggests (demands) that Blair find a guy and “do some research”. Declan Bennet has all the qualifications: He’s British, looks fabulous in a suit, has glorious blue eyes and gets bonus points for being an amazing single dad to his adorable son, Drake. But what starts out as a research project quickly turns into something much more. And Blair’s not the only one with secrets.

My Thoughts

`UnWritten` by author Chelsea M. Cameron was an okay read. If I´m honest- I love the book cover more than I do the story. ( Gotta love to color combo )

It´s strange because this is the type of romance I prefer to read; Simple, smart, smooth. Yet, it wasn´t enough for me to go overboard ( and I´m usually the one who get´s overly excited about a romance).

The characters were all fine. Each very interesting figures but they lacked a certain spark.

The only way I can describe my feelings towards this read is to compare the story to newspaper reading. You know when you sit at the table and flip the paper open and scan the topics? The feeling of not being overly impressed but still kind of interested? You rarely have a moment where you sit there, stunned speechless by a topic but you still continue to read. That´s how reading this book was for me.

Still, `UnWritten` was okay. It tampered my need for the lovey-dovey, if only for a short while.

Maybe it´s just me. Meeh * wave off * Who am I kidding? Of course, it´s me. I wasn´t feeling this story as much as I hoped I would and that´s why I´m sure someone else might. Give it a go and see for yourself. Although- you might want to get the kindle version because the paperback costs $ 15.99. That´s alot of money for 345 pages.
(NOTE- this book was in one of my Bookworm Boxes I ordered. I didn´t pick this book deliberately )

The Cover – 5 stars ( Beautiful. ❤ )

The Story – 3 stars ( It was nice. But nice doesn´t give me a bookhangover. Nice doesn´t make me want to get on my husband´s nerves. Nice just doesn´t cut it.)

The Characters – 3 stars ( Blair and Declan- a nice odd couple. Great pairing but not enough spark.)

My emotional state after finishing this read- Indifferent.

I´m giving `Rewritten`, by Chelsea M. Cameron, 3 out of 5 stars.

If you would still like to give this book a go then click here and begin to read. 🙂

unwritten  This book has also been featured at Morgana´s Book Box on Instagram.

Instagram Project ‘Book Box’ 2 weeks later…

Roughly about 2 weeks ago I started my new Instagram project called ‘Morgana’s Book Box’.

When I began this little project of mine I had no expectations, what so ever. I mean- if all had failed I would have gone on to the next best thing- watching Jamie Oliver’s 15 minute dishes on YouTube. 

I’m now one happy and proud book box momma! 

It’s funny because… I’m actually having fun walking around in the cold ( it’s so freezing cold at the moment). It’s tricky when I smile because my face starts to burn from the minus 10 Celsius outside but it’s still fun! Also- They don’t lie when they say “there’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing.”lol. 

If you haven’t already, go and check out some of the pretty outdoor book pics available on Instagram. Just click here and enjoy.

And if you like…. feel free to follow or leave a comment OR, leave a suggestion in the comments below with which book you’d like to see with the book box. 💙💜💙💜