9 Bookish Images That Mirror My Life

Sometimes book memes fit a book lover´s life situation to the T. They feel personal because book people can mostly identify themselves with a quote, a joke, or even simple yet hilarious facts.

While some book memes are truly great they still don´t capture the visual reality of a book lovers life. Words can be powerful but images show that power. Hence the reason for this post.

The other day I found a few images on Pinterest that, more or less, mirror my life as a book lover. I´m sure these images hit close to home for many other book fans but for me they, oddly enough, feel personal. As if someone had taken photographs of me, my life situation and my surroundings.



#1 Reading In Public

There are people who can read in public. There are people who can´t. I had a friend once who told me he could easily snap his full attention to a book no matter where he was or in what situation he was in. Much to my delight, we had/have that in common. I´m one of those people who can block everything out the moment I start reading a book. I´m good at squeezing 1-2 pages in when I have some time off, too. This image reminds me of all the times I sat in an overcrowded train but never feeling people around me. Once my nose is stuck in a book I don´t really see anything else around me.

#2 Reading Barefoot By A Window

This Pinterest gem is not me doing some fancy book-shot for my nonexistent bookstagram following. It could be, though. This is basically me on any given day- Feet propped up near a window, holding a book and balancing a mug in my lap. Why the window? Because the lighting is great and when the sun shines through I can enjoy the warmth ( I´m always freezing ).

#3 Bathroom Reading Sessions

Many parents will be able to relate to this image. I certainly can. I can´t tell you how often I sat on the edge of the bathtub with a book in my hands while one of my daughters sat on the loo. Although the bathroom isn´t an ideal place to read to your kids ( especially while they´re getting business done ) I didn´t really mind that much. They couldn´t read when they were younger and toilet visits were boring * shoulder shrug *. The only thing missing in this image: Cookies. Thankfully, they´re both old enough now to read themselves.

#4 Reading In Bed

It´s as if someone snuck into my bedroom and took a pic of my bedside! This image is so relatable because, I too, have a bed filled with books and magazines. What can I say? I´m a dedicated bed-reader. And God forbid when I´m working on a blog post…. Then we can add journals and notepads into the mix. I´m kind of surprised my husband hasn´t moved into another room yet.

#5 Window Book Shopping

Again, this isn´t me. But it´s someone checking out books from the sidewalk. I am so guilty of doing this. I´m even guilty for doing the exact same pose ( leaning forward to get a better look ). When I see this image I can´t help but smile because I have a few pics of myself doing the same thing. Sometimes you just have to stop to take a look. And with enough will power you can resist going inside and spend 5 hours looking for the perfect read. That was a joke. Of course, this is just the warm-up pose before entering the book store.

#6 The Overloaded Shopping Cart

The book stores in my neck of the woods don´t have shopping carts but if they did mine would definitely look like the one in the image. I wish my book store had shopping carts, though. Would make my life so much easier than having to hold 8 books in my arms before deciding to only buy 2.

#7 The Car Reader

I´m a car reader through and through. I love reading a book on road trips, when driving to the grocery store ( gotta squeeze in those 1-3 pages. And no, I don´t read & drive. I read when hubby drives ) or even when hubby and I are invited to a party… I´ll have a book in my purse and will read until we reach our destination. When I saw this image I remembered all those glorious moments of being able to finish that last chapter.

#8 Surrounded By Books

No, I´ve never been in a room that looks like the one in the image. But I sometimes feel like I am. Especially when I´m in a book store. This goes back to me being able to forget my surroundings when I start reading a book.

#9 Reading Hours

When my girls were in first grade the teachers looked for volunteers to read to the children during recess on rainy days. I wasn´t so hot on being on “reading duty call” but my daughters begged me to sign up. I did and spent a good school year reading to first graders more than once. I have fond memories of those days, especially of one kid who constantly fell asleep ( I probably bored him to death or he just missed nap time ). This picture reminds me so much of that time.


Those were 9 bookish images that mirror my life. But what about you?

Can you relate to any of these images? Let me know in the comments below. I´d love to chat. <3


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

I hope you have a wonderful bookish day,

Much love,

Happy Birthday To Me

” I swear, you´re not going to live to see your 11th/12th-17th Birthday…”

This is a line I´ve heard quite often during my childhood and teenage years.

“Curiosity killed the cat, Gana.”

Another line my parents constantly used. Sometimes they used both lines and sometimes they used them separately. Either way- my life was filled with loveable warnings and empty threats. Because I was that child. And every year on every birthday of mine they wondered how I managed to survive.

 

 

Today, I’m not that child anymore. I’m that woman. ( I´m many more things but that´s another bedtime story for another evening ). To this day, they wonder how I got this far without getting myself killed ( because, I´m that person )

Today marks the day of having survived another year of my life.

 

 

Today’s my 38th birthday.

 

A relatively quiet day since 75% of all my friends ( including some family ) wait until the 14th, yes, Valentine´s Day, to call me and wish me all the best. * sigh * I swear, every phone call I get the next day goes like this:

“Happy Valentine Birthday! May your day be filled with roses, sweets and romance!”

For years I tried reminding everyone that my birthday is the day BEFORE Valentine´s day. I eventually gave up and now I just thank them.

 

I was asked the other day if I feel any different now that I’m in my “advanced” years. Honestly- no. I was already “advanced” with 37 and 35. Being 38 doesn’t change a thing for me. Deep down I’m still the person I was when I turned 22. I have phases where I still feel like 17 then there are days when I feel like I’m 103. Then I saw this on Facebook and had a good chuckle.

 

 

To hell with being “advanced”. I´m a rare first edition!

 

So, what now? Now that I’m ( to quote Lady Olenna ) “old”… What’s the big plan?

First- I’m going to get in the birthday mood. I decided to spend the day wearing my pink bathrobe and munch on cheesecake. Because- I survived 38 birthdays. That alone deserves cheesecake! I’m not much concerned with whatever happens afterward. All I know is that I’ll gracefully wing whatever comes my way.

As far as throwing a birthday party goes…

I’m not having one. Even if I´m a total people person, I´m not that type of human who likes to be the center of attention. It makes me super uncomfortable. I´d much rather throw a party for someone else ( if that makes any sense ).

So… No party this year. Instead, I´ll be doing some soul-soothing with a book and cheesecake.  That´s how I want to spend my special day- with a book and cake…. possibly with a few drinks and then some more.

 

 

What did we learn today? That my parents can´t predict my death. That curiosity didn´t kill the cat. She had a wonderfully lazy, long pampered life. My friends and my Granny have a rough idea when my Birthday is ( at least they get the month right ). I enjoy being the advanced individual and I don´t like to be in the spotlight.

 

I guess that´s it, folks. This old lady needs to get the pink bathrobe on and start her day!

I hope you all have a wonderful Thursday.

Share the love,

 

Thank The Books It´s Friday

Hello and welcome back 

to

Thank The Books It´s Friday!

 

Boy, what a week it´s been, huh? Makes me really want to sit back and drink a whole bottle of wine alone and just think about how peaceful life is… offline. Let´s bring out the Friday squirrel to celebrate the weekend, shall we?

 

 

And while we´re at it, let´s hope no author on Twitter decides to make ungrateful statements for the next… I don´t know… 5 – 20 years? Possibly never again?

I´m sure you´ve seen the recent book Twitter shit-show created by the ( to me very unknown ) author Elizabeth Bear.

 

 

A kind reminder to people who tag authors in book reviews. How thoughtful. How ballsy. How generally rude.

Of course, I disagree on so many levels with this statement. The whole tweet is just a load of bullshit. It´s generalized and targets everyone in the book community. It´s also not specific enough. Are we talking all review posts or just the negative ones? I haven´t learned the art of sniffing out the specifics yet so it would´ve been slightly helpful if the author had been more clear instead of presenting a limited and highly unprofessional tweet.

This tweet caused quite a bit of a stir in the book-Twitter community. Book bloggers, authors, and even readers stepped forward to voice their disapproval. I can´t blame them. The tweet was a virtual slap in the face. Oh, speaking of face slaps… After having followed the thread for some time I spotted something even more disappointing.

 

 

Neil Gaiman, too?! Bitch, that burned.

 

This is, without a doubt, a touchy subject. It shouldn´t be, though. For all I know, the majority of the book blog community isn´t fishing for praises, compliments or even acknowledgment when tagging authors in positive review posts. Tags aren´t meant to cripple authors emotionally or piss them off.

I mean- sure. Authors have the right to voice their opinions. Go ahead and do your worst. But if that means pissing off a huge chunk of the book community then I´d say that´s not the way to win new readers or keep the ones that´ve been loyal ( indirectly waving at you, Neil Gaiman ).

A piece of advice for Elizabeth Bear: Try not to speak for all authors next time. Also-socializing is wonderful but not mandatory. A simple mention in your bio would´ve prevented a whole lot of backlash.

 

 

Uugh. See? A royal shit-show. People, we´re not even halfway through February and there´s already drama. I recently made a bet with a fellow book blogger on when the next literary shit will hit the fan… My bets were on late Spring, early Summer. * sigh *

 

So what else is new?

 

Oh! I´d like to give a loud Fuck you, very much to my daughter´s friend and their mom for giving me and the kids Scarlet fever. I´m on day 4 with a temp of 39°. I feel like I can fry eggs on my skin at this point. To be honest- I never thought adults could catch the Scarlet fever. I was wrong. I was also wrong to think this would pass quickly. As of now, I´m sofa bound with nothing to do but snooze off a few times during the day from being so exhausted and suffering during the night. Yes, dear friend´s mom… I hate you with a passion.

I decided to go online book shopping tomorrow. Deep down I know it´s just frustration shopping but at this point- I don´t give a rats ass.  * purposefully ignoring the stack of unread books next to me *

 

That´s about it for this week, my dear bookish Padawans. I hope you didn´t suffer too much through this minor aggressive post. My apologies. I´m not feeling so hot. I´m actually burning!

 

Before I go: Did you watch the Twitter show? What are your thoughts on the author´s tweet? Should authors make such demands? Let me know in the comments below. I´d love to chat ❤

 

Sending out lots of health and great positive vibes!

Enjoy your weekend.

Much bookish love,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mug Monday & Book Discussion Battles With My Brother

Happy Mug Monday!

I´m sad to say that I´m lacking originality with my mugs lately. Today´s mug feature is just another Ikea mug * hides face in shame * But on a positive note: I still managed to feature a mug! ( gotta always see the positives in a negative situation, right?)

Now that we´ve got the mug feature out of the way, let´s get to the subject of the day:

Book Discussion Battles With My Brother

Do you have siblings? I do. I have 2 brothers ( I´m the middle child ). But I´m only close with one- The youngest. Despite our six-year age gap, we have more in common than either of us have with our older brother. This includes the love for reading ( something my older brother doesn´t have. Hence the reason we think he was found by our parents )

Just recently my brother and I met up for drinks to catch up on life. This quickly turned into Netflix talk and eventually into book talk.

Me: “Dude! Have you seen the Witcher?”
Brother: “Nope. But I read the books and played the game.”
Me: ” But, but… Henry Cavill… ”
Brother: “Henry Cavill isn´t in the books.”

A cold-hearted statement but I ignored it. How anyone can ignore that man´s beauty is beyond me ( I´m a fan * hides face * ) After a loooong discussion about the importance of reading the books before watching a show ( yes, dear brother… I´m aware ) we pushed the Henry Cavill subject to the side and entered our usual book discussion battle.
What is a book discussion battle? It´s where two people ask each other the “Have you read__?” question and begin to discuss. Mind you- this type of conversation with anyone can get heated. Having a book discussion battle with a sibling, though, ( especially between my brother and I ) can get explosive.

Me: “Have you read “The Ruin Of Kings?” ( The Ruin Of Kings- Jenn Lyons )
Mason: “Yes, and it was full of shit.”
Me: * gasps *
Mason: “Your book tastes suck.”
Me: “Says the person who loved The Blade Itself.” ( The Blade Itself – Joe Abercrombie )
Mason: “Yeah, I have taste. That book is a piece of art.”
Me: “You wouldn´t know a piece of book art even if it hit you.”
Mason: “Game Of Thrones was awesome.”
Me: “Game of Thrones isn´t finished yet.”
Mason: “Not this again…”

This is an endless cycle of agreeing and playful insulting. Sometimes we get loud, sometimes we´re rude to each other and sometimes we just end up laughing everything off. Isn’t that what siblings usually do? ( I´d think so. We might be the exception, though ). We always end our discussions by agreeing on what a genius work of art The Lord Of The Rings is ( our favorite books ). Then we start arguing again because I can´t stop myself from reminding him that he still hasn´t read The Silmarillion.
Mason: “YOU SAID I DON`T NEED TO READ THAT ONE!”

Of course, I recall saying no such thing. I´m a book blogger. I don´t necessarily stop people from reading anything. It must have been the wine.

On the plus side– It´s good to know my own brother actually listens to some of my recommendations. Just as I always make mental notes if he recommends anything.

I love to have these one-on-one book discussion battles with my brother. It´s the safest and funniest way to do book talk. There´s no holding back. There are no hard feelings afterward.
Do we always read the same books? No. While I need to be in the mood for certain genres, Mason lives for fantasy. It can take a year before I pick up a book he´s already read. Sometimes we´ll buddy-read a non-fiction but other than that? Most of the time it´s a case of: he´s already read the book I´m thinking about buying. Once every blue moon it´s the other way around.

Back to Henry Cavill:

I haven´t read The Witcher books but I did invest time to take a look at it on Netflix. Jesus Christ and his twelve buddies… I swear those leather pants will be the death of me one day ( and those moves ) I´m not a fan of his “Witcher” voice, though. Couldn´t keep myself from laughing everytime he croaked “fuck”.

I´ll also admit that I had to watch a few Youtube videos on what the Hell The Witcher was about ( even after I watched all 8 episodes ). Only then did I fully understand what was going on. Those surprise time leaps threw me off. Am I alone with this?
What did we learn today? That my brother doesn´t care for Henry Cavill´s killer moves and rolled up sleeves. He doesn´t care for the actor at all. He loved the books and the game, though. He is planning to watch the Netflix version soon. I, on the other hand, care a great deal for Henry ( you can probably tell ). I liked the Netflix version ( it´s the only version I know ). Will probably watch the next season since I know what it´s about.

Dat ass!

Before I leave…

What about you? Do you have siblings? If so, do you share the book love? Have you watched The Witcher? What about Henry Cavill? Are you a fan?

That´s it for today, my dear bookish friends. I hope you enjoyed this post.

Have a wonderful Monday.

Feel book loved,

The Book Blogger I Am

I guess it´s time…

For countless weeks I´ve been yapping about making blog changes. Well, I can proudly announce that I´m one step closer to the blog I want to be. A blog that represents me visually. A blog that supports my purpose as a book blogger much better.

After already making subtle changes I decided it was time to upload my blog header. This was without a doubt the most nerve-wracking part of my apocalyptic blog make-over. Why? Well, I´m showing my face. And I don´t mean I´m using a pic of me with sunglasses or an image of me taken from a 2-kilometer distance. I´m talking about ” Here´s my face.” So, without further ado… Here´s my new book blog header image.

Am I happy with the new header image? Absolutely. Even if I had my doubts in the beginning.

There´s a positive and negative side to revealing one´s face on the internet.

The pros

  • I´m not a complete faceless voice anymore. My followers now know who they´re following.
  • A face gives the opportunity to connect on a different level.

The cons

  • My followers/blog visitors can and will judge my appearance before they judge my blog content.

Even if the pros outweigh the cons, it´s the cons that can make blog life a challenge.

I´ve thought long and hard about putting my face on my blog header. At first, I was advised to do it. My internet guru friends convinced me it was the best approach.

You´re not selling books. You´re selling yourself.“, they said ( sounds a little like prostitution. * sigh * Oh well ). I agree. As a book blogger, it´s my opinion I´m sharing. I´m not a business owner who can advertise and connect my business with objects. It makes sense for a Café to have an image of a cup of coffee in its header. It makes sense for a barber to show scissors & combs/a mirror/products in a header image. That´s somehow a given. The visuals help to drive the point home.
But what about book bloggers? We don´t have much to work with, to begin with. From what I´ve seen, many book bloggers go for typical graphics or ideas. A stack of books, books & a mug, an open book, cartoon self-images… Which is perfectly fine. I´ve never had anything against what fellow book bloggers use for their blog headers. Whatever works, am I right?

That´s my problem- None of the typical images used by others felt right for me. I don´t have a flashy style and I don´t classify as any type. The natural thing to do was to think about who I am and what I can bring to the book blogger table.

That´s when it dawned on me that I have nothing spectacular to offer aside from my opinions. My words are my tools. I work with my tools. So, it made sense to me to include my face in the header image. Keeping things simple is the way to go for me.

The biggest challenge will be having to deal with additional judgments ( should there be any ). It´s one thing when someone judges a book blogger´s opinions. It´s another thing when you give people one more reason to judge something about you.

I´ve heard quite a few bloggers talk about the hate they receive for their appearances. Online hate for the stupidest things is real. Do I want to add more online hate to my plate? 2019 wasn´t the kindest book blog year for me, and that was without my picture. I guess we´ll have to see what happens in 2020.

As uneasy as this topic has made me feel, I don´t feel uncomfortable enough to not upload a header with my face on it. I´m all for giving new things a try. Should this book blog header image bug the crap out of me then I´ll just change it. Nothing is set in stone.

My idea was to use a header that represents me, my book blog and the content I have on my blog. No pink flowers or butterflies, stars, cartoon self-images, coffee mugs, books, or overly wild and/or cool designs could ever do that for me. What you see is who I am. The everyday me. The book lover who´s constantly tired. The 37-year-old book blogger who loves to wear hoodies 24/7 ( comfort is everything, y´all ). The book blogger who´s just your everyday plain Jane with strong opinions.

Me. The book blogger.


That´s it for today, my dear book-loving-tribe. I hope you enjoyed. If not then at least I hope any part of this blog post made sense.

Before I go I´d like to know:

How did you pick your book blog header ( or blog header in general )? What was your thought process behind your choice? Are there blog header images you love/like/dislike? Let me know in the comments below. I´d love to chat ❤


Many bookish hugs,