How Many Books Fit In A Small Hardshell Suitcase?

Remember all my little reminder posts about me going to the RARE´19 London book signing? Well, I thought it was time to organize a suitcase. To my utter shame, I don´t own a medium or small suitcase. When I travel, it´s usually with a duffle bag, backpack or a larger sports bag ( I apparently like to carry shit ).

As I was complaining to my bestie about having to buy a suitcase for my 24 hour London trip ( that´s right. I´m flying in Saturday morning and flying back out Sunday morning ) she mentioned I could use hers.

 

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The signing isn´t due for another few weeks. I didn´t need to get the suitcase right away. But I kind of did. I´m at an author signing event with 150 authors. There´s a high possibility I´m coming home with books. So, I need to plan things out.

 

How many books am I able to fit into a small hard-shell suitcase?

 

First, let´s look at the suitcase I´ll be traveling with. The idea is to fly in with a nearly empty suitcase and fly back with hopefully something that doesn´t weigh more than 20-ish kilos.  The object at hand:

 

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The size looks fairly decent, right? And it´s pink. It´ll be easy to spot at the luggage belt.  It was time to start my experiment. Sloppy Book Tetris:

 

OPTION #1

 

 

10 semi-large books ( and a hoodie ). 400-500+ page books with a few 280-page books thrown in.  To say I was surprised would be an understatement. Hell, I thought I wouldn´t be able to fit any inside. Not bad. Not bad, at all. ( excuse my purse in the background )

 

OPTION #2 

 

 

15  230+ page novels ( and a hoodie ) fit in the small hard-shell suitcase  ( excuse the remote control in the right pic ).

 

And the best part? I still have a little room for 1-3 books with either option! I think I got this book luggage down.

So, to answer the question in the title- 10 large paperbacks and 15 thinner novels ( give or take a few ) fit in a small-sized hard-shell suitcase. That, and a hoodie AND a small vanity bag I stole from my daughter ( because I don´t have one of those, either ).

In case anyone has questions about packing a suitcase for a book signing… Just ask me. I feel like a damn pro now.

That´s it for today, my dear book-loving people. I hope this was somewhat helpful and less boring. We´ll talk about this again when it´s due day and I´m in full panic mode.

 

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Mug Monday & Book Blogging Insight

HAPPY MUG MONDAY!

 

It´s the start of a new week, people!

The other day, as I was going through my kitchen cabinets to find a new mug to feature, it suddenly dawned on me that I had run out of ideas. Not mugs. I can´t complain about the number of mugs I have. I´m talking about ideas for a mug feature.

 

 

What a gruesome few minutes I lived through. Never again, I tell you. Luckily, there´s no right or wrong way to do a mug feature. Just because I don´t have an idea doesn´t mean I can´t come up with a new one.  A feature is a feature. And along with this feature, I thought of including a little snippet of my book blogging reality.

 

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Me, myself and my trusty mug.

 

I like to be transparent about book blogging. Every once in a while I´ll spill some book blogger Tea and have some fun but… As much as I like to reveal things for the greater good I do believe it would be better to step aside from discussion posts and reviews to share my book blogging reality with you.

There, in the picture above, is me. Me, a mug and my laptop.  Not so fancy, huh? I bet some of you thought a book blogger would look different or be in a more inviting setting. I heard a hundred pillows and a string of twinkling lights shining dimly in broad daylight helps to round up the image of a typical book blogger. I hate to disappoint you but… my book blogging reality looks a lot different and… pretty sober.

I blog at my dining room table and sit on a wooden IKEA chair. I´m 2 meters away from the comfortable pillow fort and 6 meters away from my bookshelves. My glasses are covered with fingerprints and my t-shirt… That belongs to the husbutt and it has one humongous hole under the arm. There´s not an ounce of glamour when it comes to my book blogging reality. 

My laptop- I know many book bloggers blog on their tablets and/or phones. That doesn´t work for me. 1) I don´t own a tablet  2) I blog at night and use a Sony Vaio. Honestly- It does what it has to do.

This might sound weird but I try to keep myself from hanging onto any electronic devices during the day ( the keyword is: try ). I don´t want to divide my attention between reality and my virtual existence so I reduce my blog time by only blogging at night.

As to how I blog- Weeell, let´s say I like to blog nice and slow. Listen, I´m not in a hurry. Despite popular belief, we all have all the time in the world. It all depends on one’s mindset and priorities.

 

 

So, that´s about it. My blogging reality. Not so special or spiffy but it suits my purpose. Ratty clothes at the dining room table and books. Go me.

Did we learn anything today? Of course! That´s it´s okay to be a lazy slob and book blog. * hides face *

I´ve also just discovered that husbutt´s shirt has a large hole under each arm. I guess lifting both arms is out of the question now. * sigh *

 

What is your book blogging reality? 

 

Thank you for reading this week´s Mug Monday post. I hope you enjoyed.

Lots of love,

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Mug Monday Without A Mug

Greetings, my lovely bookish Padawans. Welcome back to yet another glorious Mug Monday.

As you might have guessed from the title of this post, there won´t be a mug feature today. Why? Because I seriously can´t be bothered.

The reason for this is – The excruciating high temperatures and unwanted sweating.

 

 

I kid you not- I´ve reduced my movements to a minimum and I still have sweat on my eyelids. Is this normal? For countries without air conditioning – sure. With temps reaching close to 35 degrees I feel like I´m being prepared for my future trip to Hell.

A little useless fun fact about myself: I don´t like to sweat. You´re welcome.

As for bookish news: There aren´t any. No reading updates or anything else I can offer you. Just an update on my current water intake. 3 liters a day, including the occasional glass of ginger ale or coke. I´ll still humor you, though, with a glass I prefer to use when not drinking hot chocolate.

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Here´s another fun fact: I´m not only an avid coke drinker I also collect coca – cola drinking glasses. Yup, I´m one of those people. My obsession started when I was a teenager and it has stuck with me ever since. From pink to purple to red and gold… I have ´em all. And today I´m using the turquoise glass.

If you´re curious to know what´s hanging on the wall in the background… I can explain.

It´s a mega-sized post – it / sticky label for my youngest daughter, Lillian. Since she´s having difficulties with maths ( and the teachers can´t seem to find time or energy in their busy schedules to help my kid ) I´ve taken matters in my own hands. What you see is a small portion of what´s actually hanging on almost every wall of my house. From metric units to small multiplication, double-digit addition, and subtraction and estimations- things she has to know at age 8, it´s hanging on my walls. So, what we´re doing at home is, aside from the regular homework ( which she has difficulty understanding without the basic knowledge ) we´re teaching her the basics starting from the very bottom.  She´s the type of person who learns visually best, meaning: She has to see to understand or else she´ll have a hard time. It´s not a disability. It´s just a struggle.

For example: Telling her 1 meter is 100 cm won´t stick. Showing her what 1 meter is and how that can be converted into 100 cm by giving her examples / finding 1-meter objects will give her a sense of the measurement.

A bug can be a cm. A car is measured in meters. Distance in km. The table is likely 1 meter high. The door frame most likely 2 meters tall, etc. If you line up 100 bugs you have a meter. So, yeah… That´s that. Now you´ve got a small take on what life is like for a book blogger offline. Add all the school meetings, school fests ( and the elementary school my kid goes to loves to throw parties for everything ) you can say we´re a busy bunch. Why am I doing this when there are teachers who are capable of teaching my kid? Well, with today´s teaching speed it´s hard for some children to keep up. Mine can´t keep up.

Okay, I´m going to stop right here before I bore you any further.

I guess that´s it for today. It´s time to step away from the heater I call laptop and take another refreshing shower.

Until next week ❤

Enjoy your Monday. Feel hugged. Share the book love!

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Thank The Books It´s Friday

Hola, bookish family.

Guess what? It´s Friday…

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Thank fuck, indeed. It´s been a busy one, I can tell ya that much. Reading. Thinking. Blogging. It´s no wonder I´m in desperate need of all those cocktails I pictured myself drinking throughout the week.

But nonetheless- I had a great time roaming the internet and reading all sorts of book-related blog posts ( more about that next week ).

Since it´s Friday I thought we´d cast all the negative shit from the book community aside and shift our focus on what´s really important: Enjoying a few days off.

My grand plan is: To have no plans for the weekend. Maybe I´ll do a little reading, relaxing and let my paper white skin fry in the June heat or maybe I´ll do none of that and just sit outside and listen to my neighbors threaten each other with the cops again.

 

 

As long as I have a cocktail to slurp then I don´t really care.

 

As for my reading options…

I´m going to play a round of `Eenie, Meenie, Miney, mo` with a stack of unread books. Hopefully, that´ll help me pick my next read ( because flipping a coin wasn´t creative enough for me ). I have 3 romances and 3 fantasies waiting for my attention.

 

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Has anyone already read any of these? Are they any good? Make sure to drop me a line in the comments. I´d love to know what your thoughts are ( if you´ve read these, of course ).

Speaking of books. Remember my ramblings on book covers? Weeeell, I finally gave myself that much needed last kick and came up with a concept and even put it into action. Yay for me! One that hopefully works. What exactly my new concept is will be revealed next Thursday, so stay tuned folks. ❤  ( a little tip: One look at my blog menu will tell you everything )

I guess that´s pretty much it for this week. Lots of everything and nothing has happened. The usual, I´d say. And with that, I´ll leave you and wish you all a wonderful few days off.


 

Before I leave:

What are your plans for the weekend? Do you have anything special planned? Or will it be another wonderful time doing absolutely nothing? Let me know so I can envy you.

 


 

Stay safe. Have a blast. Feel hugged.

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Happy May!

Happy May, y´all!

Boy, time flies when you´re having fun. Not that I´ve had any, mind you. I´ve actually had a very exhausting April. But, I´m not here to point out all the negatives I´ve been through ( although I´m tempted to give you all a big ass rant ) I´ve decided to focus on the positives and throw some negative bits in the mix.

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For those of you who are wondering why I haven´t been online much… Well, I haven´t had much to share. And I´m a firm believer in not posting for the sake of posting. I do have quite a lot of material for my blog but haven´t really gotten a chance to work on things much. Mug Mondays, Thank he Books It´s Fridays, Reviews, Discussion posts… It´s all in the works.

So, what positive has April brought us? Let´s start with my all time favorite Sunday filler- Game of Thrones season 8.

Who´s happy the show is back? I´m happy the show is back. Every body part of me is stupidly excited the show is back. The wait has been too long. My desperation level has met its new high. The good news- I now know I´m capable of not forgetting a date for 1,5 years. The bad news- I´m suffering something terrible after the third episode. Good Laaawd, am I a mess now. Another thing that pains me is – We ain´t got much left of Jon Snow and his ridiculously gorgeous half ponytail.

 

YAASSS, baby! Show us dat bun and swing dat sword!

I have read so many theories, so many predictions on how the story will end and I can´t say I´m happy with any of it. I´m a happily ever after type of person. It´s been said the ending of GoT will be bittersweet. I can´t cope.

Just as I can´t cope with the third episode. Good Laaawd, that one did a number on me.

 

 

I´m glad we discussed this. It´s time to move on to the next topic. Booktube.

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Do you remember ( I´m sure you don´t but I still ask you to humor me ) when I announced wanting to join the Booktube community? Yeah. That went downhill pretty quick. Turns out, I´m not cut out to be a Booktuber. Or, I´m still not sure about the whole thing. I tried sitting in front of a camera and fiddled with the lightings and did a million adjustments…  I´ve watched videos from experts on how to get everything right only to realize that Booktube and I aren´t a good match. I´m not as young as I used to be and refuse to bend myself for the sake of getting views. One booktuber´s advice was:

“Always stay positive. No one wants to listen to a rant. And don´t forget to smile.” 

And I sat here with my wanna – be psychologist hat on thinking “That shit ain´t healthy.”

I can´t stay positive even if my life depended on it. I am positive but also a realist which can come across as negative. The world has become thirsty for permanent positivity. And smiling? Me? I have a permanent resting bitch face. To force a smile for 5 minutes straight would hurt. And I would look stupid.

 

 

So, I let myself get discouraged by some constant positive practitioner. Meeh, I´ll live. I might warm back up to the Booktube idea again sometime in the future, though. You never know.

Now for some much needed book talk.

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Looks like 2019 is my reading year. Romance authors are throwing romance novels out left and right and I´m here buying everything that sounds remotely good. I´ve also gotten in the mood to buy some older romance classics. And since books don´t have expiration dates, every older published book will feel like it´s new.

 

 

I´ve also recently gotten back in to historical romances, as well. One re-read on the loo has made me fall in love with puffy cotton candy colored dresses and sexually driven dukes again.

There ya have it.

I´m afraid that´s it for this week, my dear bookish Padawans. Prepare yourselves for an onslaught of reviews and other wonderful book topics.

Wishing you all the best. Share the book love.

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