Mug Monday & My Next Reads

Hello and welcome to another Mug Monday.

For this week´s feature, I thought I´d share my newest Mug addition: Cat mug.

 

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Also known as my recent favorite piece of ceramic. It´s also the most wanted mug in the house at the moment. Why? It´s pink and a cat´s head is on it. I have two girls. You may do the math and imagine the mug war that´s been going on in my house.

 

 

Over a single mug. MY mug. * sigh *

Anyway- Let´s talk about books.

I´m not sure what´s been put in the water lately because romance authors have been releasing books left and right. Everywhere I look I see an author announcing their new releases or throwing publication dates out into the world. Tons of cover reveals are happening as well. Right now, all I´m feeling is a sense of hopelessness because I certainly don´t have the money to buy all the books that are coming out… at the same time. How cruel is that?! For almost a year I´ve been complaining about how quiet it´s become in the romance world and NOW everyone decides to release together.

 

 

In this case, I have no other choice than to read all the unread books I already have on my shelves ( I swear, book bloggers have such a hard life. lol ). In the mug feature you can see ( well no. You probably can´t since my camera refused to cooperate ) a few paperbacks that are just waiting for my attention. Actually- the whole shelf above my mug is filled with unread treasures from my TBR pile. I should be occupied for a while.

 

With all the bookish goodness happening lately, I can probably get to these and ignore every other new release. I just have to stay strong for a hot minute and keep away from the internet.

Fingers crossed I´ll be able to read half of what I aimed for. 11 romances and 1 fantasy novel.

 

That´s it for this week. I hope this Mug Monday wasn´t too snooze-worthy.


 

Tell me: What are your November reads? Have you read any of the books in my November batch? Let me know in the comments below. I´d love to chat. ❤


 

Wishing each and every one of you a wonderful start of the week.

Feel hugged,

Morgana

 

Mug Monday & What I did while I was on my break

Mug Feature:    White porcelain mug with Alice in Wonderland motive: The Cheshire Cat

Book Topic:     What I did during my break


 

Heya! Welcome back to my long lost and nearly forgotten Mug Monday special.

How is everyone this beautiful Monday? I hope well.

As some of you might remember, I was on an apocalyptic book blog break. My time off wasn´t only used to refill my low running book blogging battery. I utilized my time away from my blog to catch up on my other passions. Like- spending time on Sky and Netflix and… to my utter shame… Youtube.

For some reason, I have a new fascination with watching beauty gurus and makeup tutorials. Now, I´m not a person who wears a whole lot of make-up. It´s mascara and blush for me, and that´s only when I leave the house.

Watching beauty gurus, though… It´s oddly satisfying. You get to listen to them talk about God and the world and watch them apply makeup like magicians. I admit- I tried a few things recommended by a booty guru and… well… Let´s say I´ll stick with applying facial masks. Moisturizing my face is a much safer option for me.

As of now my favorite beauty guru is Tati Westbrook.

 

She´s soooo pretty and comes across as a genuine person. And I would kill to have the ability to do my makeup like she does. * sigh *

 

Can we just stop here for a moment so we can appreciate this mug?

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I got this while I was in London in April. T´was a get a free mug if you purchase 30 smackers worth of tea deal. Guess who has lots of tea now * pointing at myself * So loving the orange Cheshire cat. ♥  

I´m going to be honest with you, though… This mug is not firm or sturdy and kind of gives the impression that it´ll break if I put too much tea in it. But the cat looks pretty 🙂

 

On to the next thing I´ve done on my break: Gardening

This might sound a bit boring ( and kind of is so I won´t blame you for skipping this part ) I found out that I don´t have a pitch black thumb. I´m normally the type of person who could kill plants just by being in the same room with them ( hence the reason why I don´t have any inside my house ). For years I´ve been the wicked plant witch. Now? Now it looks like I´m the veggie and fruit fairy.

Right now I have 4 hip high tomato plants, 1 outrageously large zucchini ( courgette ) plant, chives, parsley, mint, carrots, 2 blueberry bushes, 1 raspberry bush, 1 red currants bush, and 3 gigantic bean stocks.

I went from having a ghetto garden to having a miniature food court/ green jungle. Do you want to know how big of a deal this is for me? I have people stopping by and asking me what the hell happened to my garden. I kid you not. And I just stand there and give them a standard answer:

“I think it´s because I don´t go near them.”  I don´t want to take any risks so I admire everything from the window.

 

On to books!

Yes. Books. The one thing that hasn´t brought me any personal joy during my break. Well, I´ve overcome my funk. I´ve come to terms with not being able to read all my untouched reads. I´ve learned that life is about taking one step at a time. That includes reading. I seriously don´t want to end up being overwhelmed again so I´m entering the book world with baby steps.

Right now I´m trying to finish `When Ashes Fall` by author Marni Mann.

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I started this one a while back but had to put it down because…. ( try not to laugh ) I can´t touch the paperback. I´m NOT kidding. I have a problem with touching matt covers. I don´t like how they feel. I have to get out my cotton gloves to be able to touch any book with a matt cover. Since our temps are above 30 degrees I´m not too happy to wear gloves and therefore can´t continue to read any book with a matt cover.

 

 

But do not fear- I´ll finish the book sometime this year. Lol.

 

Okay- That´s a wrap for today. Monday can officially continue to give me hell.

I hope you enjoyed this week´s Mug Monday post. But before I leave…

 

How was your weekend? Did you do anything special? Let me know in the comments below. I´d love to chat. ❤

 

Sending out many hugs and book love. Until next week, my dear bookish Padawans.

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Mug Monday & Netgalley Musings

Mug Monday Feature:  My Monday mug, white

Book Discussion Topic:  Netgalley Pain

 

Hello and welcome back to Mug Monday!

So, a quick recap on what´s been going on since my last Mug Monday post:

Nothing good.

I´m glad we got that over with and can move onto more important topics- Like my mess with Netgalley.

Yes, I´ve fallen victim to the oversized ebook catalogue and I have no one else but myself to blame.

You see, as lovely as Netgalley is in a reader´s moment of helplessness it´s also a curse.

While sofa bound I became bored with Netflix and ended up with the brilliant idea to check Netgalley out and see if they had anything worth my time.

Mind you- This approach is just like going grocery shopping with an empty stomach. Never a wise idea.

As you may know, some Netgalley offers can be requested then approved / declined or can be read immediately. The titles I chose had to be requested, meaning I had to wait for approval from the publishers. Usually, I´m denied 3/4 of all the books I request ( for whatever reason ) and that often leaves me with no Netgalley reads. This is why I hit up at least 5 reads at once, in hopes some publishing house will have pity with me.

Not this time. Funnily enough, the book Gods thought it would be great to approve all of my requested reads. All 5.

And to top this whole fiasco off- The publishers contacted me after a week wanting to know where the feedback was.

This whole thing is my fault. I know that and fully accept my idiocy. This just shows that Netgalley is an unpredicable bitch who´s waiting for the right opportunity to screw a reader over. At least that´s my current feeling on the topic.

Alas…. `Tis time to get back into the reading cave….

But before I go I´ll leave you with this little Mug Monday special I created.

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You´re welcome.

Now, if you´ll excuse me… My very much unloved Kindle is calling my name.

 

QOTD: How do you handle Netgalley? Do you get pressured by publishers for feedback? Do authors contact you inbetween? Let´s chat. ❤

I bid you all a wonderful Monday.

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Mug Monday & Netflix

Heya, and welcome to this week´s Mug Monday.

I´m going to be honest with you guys- January has something against me. I don´t know what it was I did to piss it off but I´m feeling its hate. Remember the nasty flu? Well, as predicted, that passed. And just as I was feeling myself again I decided to “do something fun” with the husbutt and a few friends.

“Let´s go roller skating!” One friend suggested.  And I couldn´t resist. Little did I know how bad of an idea that was.

You see, my brain isn´t on the same page with my body anymore. I can roller skate. It´s one of the few things I kept up with until my mid 20´s. I don´t want to toot my horn here ( okay, maybe I do want to… a little ) but I was one of those who did all types of stunts on wheels. Backwards, forwards, jumps and little dance moves. Yes, I was Queen Skate Glam until the weekend. We went skating. We had fun. The fun lasted until I fell.

In my mind I was still this blooming 20 something year old with a promising professional skating career ( that was the dream ) and now I´m an injured old fart vegetating on the sofa watching Netflix.

On the plus side, though… My right knee has never looked so shiny and purple and symmetrical before. * sigh *

Oh, speaking of Netflix… I finally caved. You see, since I´m sofa bound I can´t really move. The kids blow me air kisses from the other side of the room then they leave. Husbutt thinks it´s funny to make fun me ( I have to admit though- some of his jokes even made me laugh )… I don´t have the right mind set to read so… I decided it was time to join the Netflix world ( because I´ve been avoiding it like the pest ).

Okay, so the real reason was that I wanted to watch The Haunting Of Hill House. And I did. Boy, did I watch it.

I might be a full on, hardcore romance reader but funnily enough, I don´t like watching romance movies / shows. They´re just not for me.  When it comes to movies though, I´m a total movie buff with a love for anything creepy and horror. Weird, I know.

So, that´s what I´ve been doing. Watching anything remotely spooky on Netflix while chilling with a swollen knee. I have to say, though- Netflix feels like it´s a flea market of unorganized shows/movies. Haven´t really worked out the system yet ( because everything shuffles all the time ) but I´m getting there. So far I´ve watched:

  • The Bird Box ( which I didn´t like. I like Sandra Bullock but that one didn´t do it for me. )
  • The Haunting Of Hill House ( brilliant!)
  • Apostle  ( That one was decent )
  • American Horror Story ( I´ve already seen all the AHS but love to rewatch )

See? I´m boring.

With that being thrown out there… I need to get back to doing nothing productive. But before I leave I´ll give you a small TBM (throw back mug ) feature I did a while back ( because right now I can´t really make much effort with mug features ).

My deepest apologies.

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What do you like to watch when you´re not reading? If there is anything you can recommend to watch on Netflix feel free to throw some titles my way! 

Wishing all of you the best of health and a wonderful Monday! Stay safe and feel hugged.

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Mug Monday & The Truth

Hi everyone and welcome back to my apocalyptic Mug Monday special!

I hope you all are enjoying your day so far? If not- Do not fear. Tomorrow is Tuesday. All will be better in a few hours ( or so I keep telling myself ).

I don´t know why I keep wanting to reveal my latest blog news on Mondays. I belong to  those people who should never be approached at the beginning of the week. I´m moody and grumpy and just… bla. This is also usually a no filter day for me, too. Because of my bla mood I tend to act like I´m entitled to have all the chocolate in the world. Because it´s Monday and all. So, why I bother wanting to share news is beyond me. I should pick a Friday for these posts…

Still, I´m just going to go for it and see what happens.

The title says The Truth.  That´s what I´ll give you. I´m at a point in my blogging career where I feel like I´m not feeling to the book world anymore.  And this is not because I´m suffering from the Monday blues or because I think the content I´m publishing isn´t worth it. I´m sure some of you actually enjoy my concept ( I hope that´s the case ).

Reviews, discussion posts, tags…. It´s not like I belong to a selected few who do these things. I´ve already ditched the cover reveals for upcoming releases and have eliminated the book blog tours from my repertoire ( Why? You´ll get to read all about it soon ). I´ve reduced my book blogging to a simple read / review / discuss book related stuff concept.

It´s what I love to do. It´s also what I´ll continue to do.

Remember- No matter what niche in this business you´re working in ( book blogger, promoter, PA, professional reviewer, etc ) this is all supposed to be fun. It´s about getting in touch with like-minded people and sharing thoughts… even make a friend or eight ( or more ).

November has given me so much time to think about book blogging and what my hobby means to me. Does it still excite me? Do I feel like I´m adding to the community? Do I think I can do better / worse? These questions have been bugging the foo foo out of me.

And no matter how often I asked myself those questions, the answers are always the same: Yes. I feel like I´m supposed to be where I´m at. And I definitely feel like I can do better. The problem with excitement is: It´s temporary. I would like much more to feel like I´m doing whatever the hell I want, instead of feeling like I´m getting lost on a road I find exciting. Because I´m holding back. I´m keeping a lid on things for the sake of peace. We never want to offend a fellow book blogger or an author or a publisher, right? We never want to say things that could make people uncomfortable.I hate this feeling. It´s not who I am. It´s not who I want to continue to be.

All this is sounding like I´m about to give up book blogging. I assure you, I´m not. But I do feel like it´s time for a content make – over.

I don´t want to throw reviews at my followers/ friends and call it a day.  I want to be able to share the weird book related stuff I do offline with the book blog community.

I want to sit down and talk about things hardly anyone bothered to mention. Believe it or not- I bitch a lot about these things when I´m not online. I want to talk about book pricing and explain how they´re created. I want to reveal why a paperback ( sporting 250 pages ) by a self published author costs 16 euros ( 14 British Pounds , 18 USD ). I want to expose the wrong doings and highlight the brilliance of the community. And I want to add in personal stuff that surrounds book topics.

I have worked with authors and blogger for close to a decade and there´s always something to tell. I want to see where I can take this book blogging hobby of mine. If this means slightly branching out then… by all means – Let´s do it.

Starting December I will be gifting you with a new concept. How that will look and what it means for everyone who´s been following me… Be patient. You´ll see soon enough.

November still has a few days left. Let´s enjoy what´s left of this month with the old before we reveal the new right away. Still, I advise you to be prepared. * Insert evil laugh *

It wasn´t my intention to bring down the general mood of this post. So, before this gets more depressing I´ll leave you all on a good note and FINALLY reveal my Mug of the week.

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The blinding neon pink mug

See those books? Those are the gems from my TBR pile, waiting to be reviewed. See the mug? * face palm * My daughter asked why I never featured her mug. I had no other choice this time. This hot pink neon blinding mess of a color is far better than the one I have to feature next week ( because daughter #2 thinks I need to show her favorite mug, as well ). Dear bookish Padawans… I advise you to be prepared for the dinosaur horse mug next week.

Okay, lovelies,

I´ve had a blast tonight.

Share the book love and watch out for new features!

Much love,

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