Penelope Bloom Replied To My Blog Post

It´s a rare moment when authors read your blog posts.

As a book blogger, you don´t really expect it to happen. Because it doesn´t happen to the insignificant micro bloggers ( Yupp, I just called myself a micro blogger ). Not every author goes out of their way to read what´s been written about them ( or their books ) online.

Lucky for me, though, Penelope Bloom googled herself for * cough cough * purely professional reasons ( which is awesome, if you ask me ) and spotted my blog post regarding the book covers for her Objects Of Attraction series.

Without having read the books I took it upon myself to write about them and break down why I believe the covers are actually great ( feel free to read that blog post here )

So, you can imagine how floored I was when I received a comment from Penelope Bloom.

I´m grateful for every comment left on my blog. Having a direct response from an author I talked about…

And because of this, I went out to buy `His Banana ( Objects Of Attraction #1 ).

Yes, this is me and my newly purchased `His Banana` copy. Yes, I bought the book because the author left me a wonderful and in-depth comment. It was great. It was sweet. I appreciated the reach out. I already had this beauty on my “books to read in 2020” list so I´m happy the author took some time off to respond, involuntarily helping me ignore my TBR pile so I can read her rom-com.

Penelope Bloom,
If you read this I would like to say THANK YOU. Please, keep commenting under posts written about you and your books. It´s a small act that makes a book blogger´s day/week/month. ❤
Much bookish love and many virtual hugs,
May the bananas be blessed * cough cough *

And this, my dear book – loving – friends, is another reason why I book blog.

I guess that´s all for today. I hope you enjoyed. Feel free to stalk Penelope Bloom online and leave her some much needed author love on social media ( links below ).

Until next time,

Mucho book love,

`His Banana` Book #1

`Her Cherry` Book #2

`His Treat` Book #3

`His Package ` Book #4

`Her Secret ` Book #5

`Her Bush ` Book #6

Anyone But Rich ( Anyone But… #1 )

Anyone But Cade ( Anyone But… #2 )

Anyone But Nick to be released soon!

The Golden Pecker

Ruthless Love

Go ahead and stalk Penelope Bloom!

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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,

Book Charity For Children Gone Weird

 

Today I´d like to dabble into something hardly anyone knows but something that I feel very strongly about- Book charity.

Just recently, something happened that got me in such a mood.

As none of you know, my daughters and I give secondhand and new books to children around the Christmas holidays. Sometimes we pick a random family from the village we live in or we pack boxes and bring them to children´s hospitals, orphanages, schools or Kindergartens.

I make an announcement in a few village Facebook groups asking for people to dump their unwanted children´s books at my doorstep ( to which many gladly do ) and I take a few days off to sort them out by age groups before making small bundles and driving them to their new homes.

The most crucial part of all this is reassuring the families ( who´ve donated books ) that their hand-me-downs truly reach their destinations. So, every step is documented via pictures and journals. I even invite the families over to see how we prepare the goods ( which they often decline ) and even encourage them to accompany me when I make deliveries. Some families don´t bother with the evidence anymore because I´ve won their trust. Others… Sometimes I don´t know why I even bother anymore.

While quite a few trust me, many families don´t and really want to know where their books go. Not that big of a deal. I´ll give you all the information I have. I create little info folders where every step is documented, even my private costs ( a copy of my driver logbook). I figured these people want to see if I´m just looking for a way to sack the books for myself, which I´m not. All this is 100% non-profitable. I´m actually spending money rather than making any off of this. So, the more information I provide the better. This year, for the very first time, I found out that one particular family didn´t care about the donation process. They only had one worry.

 

“Which kids are getting my books?”

 

I admit- This is a question I wasn´t prepared for. Which kids? Well… kids. The small people who look so vibrant and full of energy. The ones who scratch their asses with toys as they put curses on adults ( a little description of my own kids ). I replied with my standard answer: “Kids who need them.”

 

“That´s not what I asked. I want to know what type of children are receiving my books.”

 

At this point, I hadn´t the slightest clue what they wanted to hear. Or, my mind simply refused to acknowledge the hidden message behind their words. But don´t worry. I caught up eventually.

 

“You´re not giving my books to foreigners, are you?”

 

And there we had it. The old racist topic. In all honesty- I´m not interested in having this discussion with anyone, ever. I´m a foreigner in this country, too. All I want is to give children in need a chance at having great books. Before I acted out of tact I pulled my “be nice” card. “I can assure you, all books will go to children living in this country if that´s what you´re asking.”  The power of careful wording.

My reply was enough to pacify them. They graciously handed their used children´s books over and left, but not without telling me they wanted a full report on which `children ` received their used books. I was a little dishearted after having had such an encounter. A case of wine was what I needed to dull the pain in my chest.

My husband and I had a long chat about this afterward. He said I should´ve told them to shove their books up their asses. Trust me, I was close but I couldn´t. I thought misleading them would give me more satisfaction. The truth is- It didn´t. I´m still fuming at the unfairness of the situation. So, people don´t want a foreign kid to have their used books but every other kid in need is allowed? A child is a child. Last I checked, books aren´t racist.

This year I planned to donate two boxes to a Safe House for women and their children who´ve fled their abusive homes. I don´t know if there are foreigners there or not. There probably are. Do I care? Not one bit. To be honest- I don´t always have the pleasure of seeing children unpack the boxes. Most of the time the boxes are taken and brought to an extra room due to security reasons. Which is okay.

But sometimes I´m able to see kids unpack a box and when I do there´s nothing more heartwarming than being able to see their smiles.

Book charity for children is a wonderful thing. It helps the community. It gives children a chance at reading the latest release or a popular book if their families can´t afford them. I´m not feeding the world but I´m giving what I can and that is a good book.

Now that a few more days have passed I still can´t say I´m over this issue. It´s still dishearting. This one encounter feels like a setback in so many ways. I´m questioning everything.

Could I have handled the situation better? Should I have refused their books? Americans aren´t popular over here at the moment so if I had acted as I had originally wanted and said the things that needed to be said – What would´ve been the outcome? Worst case scenario: My kids could become targets. I don´t want that. Not over books.

Is all this book charity worth it if I have to deal with these people? Do I want to put up with this? Oddly enough, I do. Not because of the parents but because of the children receiving these books.

I´m a firm believer that everyone should have easy access to books.

 

Sorry for the long rant. I´m just saddened by all this. Let´s hope I won´t have to deal with these people next year.

 

Thank you for reading my blog post. I really appreciate the time you just invested.

 

Hope you all have a wonderful day.

Morgana

 

 

 

 

 

My Book Blogger Deal Breakers

Be kind.

Be respectful.

Be humble. Be fun. Be yourself because no one else can. The sky´s the limit. Book blogging is just a small area in a niche that´s overwhelmingly large so make the most of it. I preach this. What I also preach is that every opinion matters. You have something to say? Go for it.

What´s the worst a book blogger can do, am I right? Worst case scenario: A book blogger will hunt you down and beat you with a hardcover.

Turns out that wouldn´t be the worst thing a book blogger could do. The reality is- Book bloggers have a sneaky, quite dangerous power and their weapons are opinions and words.

Words sting and once said, can’t be taken back. People don´t forget words because they´re our form of communication and our brains register negativity better than anything else. But what the hell am I talking about?! Book bloggers are wonderful humans. Some just forget to be respectful and kind and humble. Some haven´t the slightest clue when to distance themselves from the internet. All they know is that they have an opinion and couldn´t care less if their opinion is nasty or inappropriate. Because it´s okay to share your thoughts. * face palm *

Absolutely mind-boggling for me. I was once told that an Aquarius is a humanitarian. I´m an Aquarius. They supposedly have a deep sense of justice and fairness. They don´t do petty shit. Normally, I don´t believe in zodiac signs but I have to say- Those traits fit my bill. Many things become deal breakers for me because I can´t stand injustice. Being petty is for me the lowest of all lows. For me- disrespect within the book blog community is a deal-breaker. Some things can be forgiven but other things- Things some book bloggers do or say are unacceptable.

You may have your opinion but think before you act as you never know what kind of impact your opinion will have on others and yourself. Trust me when I say I hate to unfollow a book blogger. But I will if shit hits the fan.

Alas! My top book blogger deal breakers. The things that make me remove myself from other book blogger maps.


#1 Deal Breaker

LGBT Hate. “I don´t like to read M/M or F/F romances.” It´s not nice to see this line in a book blog post in 2019 but it happens. Fine, don´t like a M/M romance. What´s worse, though, is when someone gives a 2K word explanation. “I´d wish authors would stop trying to shove gays down my throat. I´d wish people would stop wanting me to accept homosexuality. I belong to a minority but I am not afraid to share my opinion. Authors need to include LGBT in their warning labels.”
Jesus Christ. We got the picture.

Whether this is your opinion or not- Does this need to be shared? This says a lot about a person. In no way, shape or form do I want to be associated with people who hate on others for their sexual orientation. Although I´m all for speaking your mind freely, I can´t stomach this unnecessary hate towards human beings. To ask for LGBT warning labels is going too far in this time and age. Mention this little tidbit in the synopsis but not as a warning label. This is a huge deal-breaker for me.

#2 Deal Breaker

Publicly shaming others. I´m for giving every friendship a fair chance. I even give second chances when there´s a hiccup. But when things start to go downhill then you´ll see dust clouds where I once stood. I remember having a friendly convo about sex in romance novels with a befriended book blogger and in between she told me I was being unfaithful to my husband because I was “lusting” after fictional characters. * sigh * At first I thought this was a joke. I quickly found out the book blogger wasn´t joking because she mentioned in quite a few blog posts that I´m a shining example of why you shouldn´t read any romance novels with sex scenes as they lead to adultery. And adultery is a sin. * hangs head * Because adultery starts with a fantasy.

The book blogger had a few screws missing because who in their right mind would accuse someone of cheating when all they did was admire a well-written scene IN A BOOK?! Try to prevent that wildfire from spreading. Impossible. In the end, I had to live with the fact that missing-screws-lady and her dedicated following believed I was a sinner. This was a deal-breaker for me. I immediately cut off all ties and even avoided bloggers who followed that one book blogger. Don´t point your judgemental finger at me.

To this day, I check to see if a book blogger I want to follow follows missing-screws-lady.

#3 Deal Breaker

Queen Bee Book Bloggers. These are the book bloggers who like to set up their own etiquette and force it upon others. I was once involved in a conversation with a fellow book blogger about the importance of Queen Bees in the book blog community. “Someone has to call the shots.” This book blogger thought very highly of herself because she mentioned that she was the Queen Bee of all book blogger interactions and rules.

I´m not a bee. Neither are you. The book blog community isn´t a bee colony and book bloggers aren´t workers or drones. This is what I told her before I unfriended and unfollowed her.

Sadly, there are many book bloggers out there who think someone died just to leave them in charge. This is the type of book blogger I just know I won´t meet eye to eye with, despite our mutual love for books. Hierarchy doesn´t exist in the book blog community. Should you give the impression that you believe you have any kind of authority in this branch then you won´t gain me as a follower. And if I´ve been following you you can bet your ass I´m going to unfollow. I don´t like bossy people.

#4 Deal Breaker

Social Justice Book Blogger Warriors. Yeah, these folks won´t ever win any plus points from me. Ever heard of “No two persons ever read the same book.” ? Let´s say SJBBW and I read book X- A romance filled with fluff, hearts, and rainbows. I´ll bet my house and car on the fact that SJBBWs will hate the Hero and Heroine because the Hero is a “typical” guy and the Heroine doesn´t have that golden backbone a woman needs these days. Even if the MCs are portrayed as equals… it´s not enough. The Heroine has to be superior in order for SJBBWs to accept a romance. “It´s 2019. Authors need to stop hanging onto traditional relationships where the male lead is dominant.” * sigh *

What do these people expect when reading a stink normal romance? Want a badass Heroine? Go write your own damn book if you´re so God damn unhappy.

It´s pointless to start any discussion with SJBBWs because no matter how often you tell them traditional relationships in romances aren´t outdated and that they´re perfectly fine ( even IRL )… they´ll always find something to nag about. It´s a book. Get over it. Now, kindly fuck off. I will most definitely unfollow SJBBWs because their hate for the male population is too bogus.

#5 Deal Breaker

Sensitive Book Bloggers. These book bloggers are easy to spot as they´re the ones who´re constantly offended by minor actions. They´re also very unhappy and seem to have a hard time finding the beauty in many things. They feel the book world is against them. They create drama and attract drama. Thankfully, I don´t have to unfollow these book bloggers because I usually don´t follow them in the first place.

Now, don´t worry. Despite my enormous dislike of certain book bloggers, I still follow quite a few book blogs. Mainly the people who treat me with the same amount of respect I give. Because at the end of each day, it all comes down to acceptance, respect, and kindness ( along with interesting blog content ).

I´m also aware that I might come across as someone who´s super judgemental. I won´t deny that I question actions and ideas. If I´ve been treated with disrespect or have seen others being discriminated for no good reason I´ll react and handle the way I feel is best. If that means I´m judgemental then so be it.

You can have opinions and dislikes. Just offer these things without being a dick.


What are your deal breakers? Do you have any? Let me know what they are ( if you have any ) in the comments below. I´d love to chat. ❤


Thank you for reading this blog post. I totally appreciate it. Hope you enjoyed.

Have a wonderful day.

Much bookish love,

Morgana

My `Final Destination` Moment

Hello, my dear bookish Padawans!

Today won´t be anything book related, folks. My deepest apologies. But, I do have a good reason for that.

I also would like to apologize for all the comments that I haven´t replied to lately. There´s a reason for that, too. Hell, there´s a good reason as to why I haven´t been doing much of anything on WordPress ( or elsewhere ). I wasn´t allowed to use my laptop. Not with one eye.

A few days back, I had my very first Final Destination moment. Kind of like a near-death experience where I had more luck than anything else. This almost cost me my eye. Almost.

This scene gets me every time.

Unlike in the movie, though, I came out of this ugly situation alive.
What happened? Have a seat while I share the scary details.

I was in my kitchen, peacefully enjoying a brownie when a moth-like object came flying at me and hit my glasses. The next thing I know I was covering my eye, screaming because something was in my eye.

Fun fact: I wear glasses. Also, I have super sensitive eyes. I can´t even talk about eyes without tearing up. I´m every Optometrists’ worst nightmare just as they are my worst nightmare. I suffer from Scotomaphobia: The irrational fear of blindness.

My screaming made my husband drop the wallpaper he was trying to stick to the bare walls and rush to me. After he pried my hand away from my eye he said the worst thing anyone can ever say to someone who´s panicking: “Holy shit.” Yeah, you don´t want to hear someone say that when you don´t know what´s happened yourself. My calm and collected husband decided to panic with me.
Needless to say: He pulled my glasses off my face and began cursing. I saw my glasses and wanted to vomit. Then he cursed some more, looked behind me and saw what hit me. It wasn´t a moth. It was a broken piece of a razor from a carpet knife. It was time to enter full-on panic mode.


What happened? We´re renovating our hallway. A carpet knife my husband used to cut the wallpaper around the door frame was on a nearby ladder. It somehow slipped off, fell on the floor with the tip of the blade stuck in the laminate floor, the blade broke in three pieces and one piece flew across the hall and into the kitchen where I was stood, munching on my brownie and hit my glasses. The glass cracked and sent little shards into my eyeball ( Insert the creepy Final Destination moment )

I spent three hours in the eye clinic. During those three hours, I had to watch how they plucked glass bits from my eye and go through a rough procedure of having my eyelid folded upward twice (!!) to remove glass dust. All without numbing. All without being knocked out. I could name a million other things that are more fun to experience.

After that, I was patched up, given some meds and told not to strain my eyes for the next few weeks. Read and book blog? That had to wait.

I was also told that I basically did everything right- I wore glasses. Personally, I don´t want to think about what would´ve happened if I hadn´t worn my glasses, even if the doctor was all too willing to share some worst-case scenarios.

On the car ride home I told my husband that his first attempt at murder sucked. The poor guy sported a nice shade of green after that.

Since my accident people have been greeting me with pirate slang. My kids were disappointed I didn´t get a black eye-patch.
Now to the recovery bit: I, thankfully, still have my eyesight. My vision is a little bruised but I can manage with the slightly annoying cornea scar.

So, that´s my Final Destination moment. * sigh * That’s why I wasn´t able to spend much time on WordPress. What did we learn from all this? Keep your glasses on at all times, even when eating brownies. Don´t leave a carpet knife on a ladder. You never know when Death wants to collect you.

I now have this nagging need to lock myself in a padded cell to protect myself from getting back on Death´s wish-list.

Thankfully, I´m back on track and can slowly start straining my eyes again. Reading, book blogging and whatever else I´ve neglected.

That´s about it for today.

I hope you weren´t too grossed out.

Sending everyone lots of bookish love,

Take care,