Mug Monday & Reading Log

Mug Feature:    Beige with mint dots

Book Topic:    Reading Log / Journals

 

Hello, my dear ( nearly forgotten ) Mug Monday friends. It´s so great to be able to welcome you back to my quirky world of mugs and random book topics.

The problem with being away for so long is- You have to wiggle your way back into the routine you slipped out of. You know, catching up… and shit.

But (!!!) during my time away from my precious Mug Monday I did spend time actually using my mugs. Even used real tea. Yes, tea. Not hot chocolate this time. Shocking- isn´t it?

 

 

I had to lay low with the milk this time because my body, the stomach bug ( kindly brought home from our local elementary school ) and milk don´t agree with each other.

Don´t worry. I plan to spare you the gory details on what went down ( or out ).

 

 

So, yes… Tea. From peppermint tea to ginger tea, I drank so much that I now feel healthy.

This unwelcome and highly annoying body situation provided so much time for me to give my beloved neglected amazon shopping cart some love. I went book shopping. What did I buy? Well, it wasn´t books, I can tell ya that much.

March´s book shopping spree turned into a journal shopping marathon. Because I don´t have enough journals as it is. Of course, I need more. And I feel no shame by admitting it.

 

 

So, we have a Mug Monday feature AND 2 little journal moments going on. Behold!

 

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 NOTE: Mug used for short term decoration purposes. ( ain´t nothin´in dat mug )

 

I´m loving this SO MUCH that I´m afraid to touch it. I mean- It´s white and cute and pretty…. * sigh *  I´m obsessed with disliking Mondays and I don´t drink coffee, but that´s not the point. I´ve never had a white journal before!

Then I bought another reading log, or book log… or whatever you like to call it. The thing you use to keep track of the books you´ve read. That thing.

A little before New Years I bought my very first reading log, hoping it would bring some organized system in to my reading. And it worked! Well… sort of. I was on a great path of success until I spilled coke all over it and ruined it. So, I bought another one. the exact same one.

Voila!

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Center – Reading log, Upper left – Great book 

 

 

Simple in the design and easy to maintain. It has all the bits a reader would need to make notes for possible reviews. All that for little money ( $ 5.50, 4.99 euros )

 

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Kindly turn a blind eye on the right page. Thank you. 

 

  • Page / book count  ( Told you I´ve been slacking )
  • Title, Author,Publisher, Pub-date, Page count, Book format, review, quotes,
  • Nice nifty side bar for adding additional info
  • Has room for 100 books

Perfect for my personal reading notes ( and shopping lists from the looks of book #7 )

Now, do I think reading logs are a must have for readers / book bloggers? No. This is what I like to categorize as bookish “knick- knacks”. A reading log is fun to have, great if you need it but not a necessity.

I like it and think I´ll be able to stick with the book protocol.

 

Do you use a reading log? How you do keep track of your reading? Let me know in the comments below! 

 

 

I guess that´s it for today, my dear bookish Padawans. It´s time for me to get back to my new tea drinking habit.

I wish each and every one of you a wonderful Monday.

Feel hugged and loved,

 

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The Art Of Surviving As A Book Blogger

And authors think they have a hard time. * snorts * Try asking some book bloggers how difficult they have it sometimes and I bet you´ll get a mile long list of things that have made their lives harder.

At some point, every book blogger is confronted with profession related difficulties. Whether it´s from simple human interaction or due to an occasional schedule hiccup… We struggle.

Kind of weird considering this book blogging business is “just” a hobby for the majority of us. A hobby that doesn´t pay ( much, if at all ). There are book bloggers that are actually making some bucks but the rest of us? We´re riding this train for fun.

 

So, where does the surviving part come in to all this? I´m glad you asked. Have a seat and a drink while I just unroll my trusty scroll. In all honesty though- How book bloggers survive completely depends on the book blogger. I cannot speak for everyone. Although, I might be able to speak for the majority of the book blogging community.



 

we survive 1

This might sound a little dramatic but there is no other way to describe what happens after we finish a book. It´s like being forced in to an open field where all sorts of emotions start to run lose. A book can evoke strong feelings from a reader and these feelings can leave invisible scars. Say you´ve read a beautiful book and it leaves you in a book funk. You´re ruined and can´t find the strength to touch another book. Or let´s say you´ve read the shittiest book EVER and feel like ranting about it. But hey, either way, you survive.

 

 

 

We survive 2

These questionable authors… Oh, how I´d love for them to all meet on a remote Island so they can have a go at each other instead of us having to deal with their unbelievable crap. You might not have had contact with a questionable author, but some of us blogging folk have. And it ain´t fun. Sometimes they´re picky, arrogant and so full of themselves. They can be demanding and exhausting. These authors are able to make book blogging less fun. Because questionable authors are down right rude. Hey, you want something from me? Be nice. Do you like my review but would like for me to rewrite it for whatever reason? Then write your own review.

Some things these questionable authors do often leave me speechless. Which isn´t easy to accomplish. But, hey… we always have the option to remove ourselves from the face of the earth and let them try finding someone else they can use if things don´t go as planned.

 

 

 

we survive 3

We might think we´re not in the limelight but sometimes we are. Aside from comments and the occasional like on our posts we have no way to track down who actually took their time to read our work. But we do find out when our posts are shared and analysed online. We also have friends who have friends who again, have friends. Word spreads fast and we eventually find out who´s been working the gossip mill. We all might be spread throughout the world but we´re still just a click away from one another. The internet has eyes, people. Never forget that.

 

 

 

we survive 4

Every book blogger can become a target for the angry fan mob. All it takes is a 3 star book review for their all time favorite book. There´s no point in hiding. These fanatics will find you  even if it´s the last thing they do. And when they find you, you have two options.

Option #1    Stand your ground and call up your inner William Wallace to defend your review.

 

Option #2     Run.

 

A combination of the two is also not a bad choice. First fight back then run away and hide. I´ve heard it works for some.

The important part is, though: We survive the angry literary fan base mob.

 

 

 

we survive 5

It´s quite an intimidating moment when a book blogger gives you ( wanted or unwanted ) feedback on your post. For most of the time the feedback us book bloggers receive is great. Words of encouragement are given, positive statements are left in the comments of our posts. But sometimes we publish things that strangely provoke other bloggers.

Here are a few totally random examples:

  • including pictures of animals ( it´s impolite )
  • using foul language  ( it´s fucking crude )
  • not having the right kind of empathy  ( it´s unacceptable and a crying shame )
  • not thinking in general  ( that´s what they think )

For whatever reason these book bloggers feel it´s their sole duty to lecture other book bloggers on book blogger etiquette ( as if there was such a thing ).

The self declared Lord Commanders of the Book Watch ( if you will ) are often more opinionated than any entertainment critic, dead or alive.  Yes, the idea of trying to give someone a lecture on how to go about things for a hobby that doesn´t require ANY type of qualification is ludicrous. Yet, it still happens to book bloggers.

And every time it happens we survive.

 

 

 

we survive 6

This sounds harmless, right? Well, it depends. We´re a busy bunch with having to juggle reading, writing reviews, reading ARCs, maintaining social contacts, working social media, etc etc. Blogging can get overwhelming. If we´re not super careful we can get carried away with adding new books and accepting cover reveal posts ( blog tours in general ). For some of us- Our biggest enemy is time and the fact that we´re constantly trying. Trying to squeeze in another post. Trying to do an author a favor. Trying to get those reviews up. One could say we try too hard. Because we don´t always succeed. Even with a packed schedule and the promise we made to include a cover reveal post for X author, we sometimes fail. This is because we´re only human. We fuck up. And we survive.

Of course there are well organized book bloggers who keep a well organized schedule. I´m not one of those. Are you?

 

 

 

we survive 7

This is not a book blogger´s fault. It´s the book that kept us up all night we should blame. “Just one more page / chapter.” and before we know it we hear birds announcing the ass crack of dawn. Some of us are able to survive on 2 hours of sleep. Some of us flip the clock off and start a new book ( because why the hell not? We technically have a good hour to spare before we hit the shower ). For reasonable people this is an unacceptable act that compares to idiocy but for us book people… We were able to get that page / chapter and so much more in, so we won at life.

The day might feel a little torturous for us but hey…. we´ll surive. We always do. There´s always the weekend to catch up on sleep, right?

 

 

 

we survive 8

With all the hard work book bloggers pour in to their hobby they don´t nearly receive the recognition they deserve. It doesn´t matter how big or small the book blog is or how well known they are –  the one thing that´s important is always missing.

Even if us book blogging folk love our hobby there´s no ignoring the position we are in.

We´re the middle men in this book universe, sandwiched between publishers / authors and the consumer. Money is always flowing around us, just not close enough for us to have our share. The publisher / author wants to make money and the comsumer spends money that travels over our heads and straight towards the publisher / author. For some strange reason money is not an option for the hard workers who read and recommend day and night.

But other things are. Book bloggers might not bathe in cash but they´re sometimes showered with books or other book related items as a token of appreciation for the love, sweat and energy given.

Just as important is the lack of verbal recognition. This doesn´t apply to every single person because some people actually share posts from fellow bloggers and even authors do a quick shout out for a book blogger. Which is wonderful. But it´s like a drop on a hot stone. More authors need to help spread the word. Sometimes book blogging feels like a one way street. More publishers should go out of their way and mention book bloggers in public more. This might not feed a book blogger but it´s balm for their souls to see their work has been noticed by the people who´re indirectly making money off them.


With all that book bloggers experience it´s safe to say, no matter what we´re confronted with, we always survive. How do we do it? Sadly enough, not many of us aren´t able to deal with these things and end up quitting book blogging. As for the rest who remain: we ignore, we drink cocktails or have late night snacks to digest it all. Or, we just read and more foward.

 

Is there something you would like to add to this list? Do you agree with these points? Let´s chat ❤

 


 

Thank you so much for taking your time to read The Art Of Surviving As A Book Blogger.

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Thank The Books It´s Friday

I´m going to skip all pleasantries and head straight for the Thank Fuck squirrel.

 

squirrel fuck

 

You´ll never guess what a week I´ve had. Seriously. Especially yesterday. Jesus Christ on a popsicle…. Remember my last post? Well, it caused quite a stir.

 

 

I guess I struck a chord with my discussion post. Apparently, fake coffee and a somewhat neutral opinion can do that.

 

 

 

Oh! * waves hands enthusiastically * Guess what? I started reading again.

 

 

I thought I´d never find my reading mojo again. But it´s back and I´m more than thrilled about it. So thrilled that I started 2 books. You know, sometimes I truly believe I can´t be helped anymore. Instead of concentrating on 1 book I dive right in to 2.

 

 

But, I´m reading again and that´s the only thing that matters. Now I´m concentrating on `The Kiss Thief` by L.J. Shen.

 

The Kiss Thief

 

You know I love me some great cover image. I thought this was just one beautiful piece of princessy pretty. The lace, the crown, the filters…. Now that I´ve had a closer look at the actual print version I can´t say I´m rooting for the cover as much anymore. There appears to be an antique filter over the image and now everything looks too overdone. Or am I imagining things? Help a book babe out!

 

 

 

 

See what I mean? My print copy ( right pic ) is a little more blurred and yellowish.

Needless to say – I decided to continue `The Kiss Thief` and hope to all that´s pink and fluffy it´s worth the money I spent.

 

The other book I started is a dearly beloved hyped read I´ve been avoiding for years! All I´m going to say is that it´s by Sarah J. Maas and I´m terrified.

 

I also spent some time questioning what went wrong with my ability to be a parent. Because when an angry parent calls you and tells you what their kid heard my daughter say at the playground is not always great.

“Your daughter told my daughter that her dad, your HUSBAND, said that only great songs have the word fuck in them.”

 

 

You know, you sort of try to learn from the mistakes you made with your first kid. I guess husbutt didn´t get the memo.

And I did what any respectable parent would do in that situation.

I told the parent that their kid must have misheard my kid. Speaking with missing front teeth can be adventurous then proceeded to give both husbutt and my youngest death glares.

 

 

From now on  husbutt can deal with angry parents. I have officially retired. I tried my best and decided that the universe needs more cocktails.

 

So, that´s it for this week. Angry comments, angry parents, and a book I truly hope will knock the wind out of my sails because I need that positive blow.


 

How has your week been? What are your plans for the weekend? 

 

Hope you all have a safe and wonderful time.

Much love,

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Thank The Books It´s Friday

Yes, it´s my favorite day of the week, dear bookish Padawans. And what a week it´s been. I was amused, shocked, stunned… I´m glad I survived.

Let´s all greet Mr. T. F. Squirrel before we proceed.

squirrel fuck

Very happy to see you, too T. F. Squirrel.

I swear, this week has been super taxing. I finally found a cure for this hellish flu. The key is to pump yourself with vitamin C. I had a minor skin break out from all the oranges and lemons I ate the past week. But hey, I don´t feel like dying in the a.m. anymore, so that´s a plus, right?

Then there was my apocalyptic B-day on Wednesday. Not only did I call my family in the States ( to thank them for the Valentine´s – Birthday cards ) to remind them for the x-th time that my birthday ISN`T on Valentines day, I also had to let the 37 sink in. Meeh, I did that over cheese cake so it wasn´t that bad. My daughters asked how old I am now- And because I know both are worse than the newspaper with their gossip I told them I just turned 30. Word has spead already. #VillageLife

 

 

Speaking of Valentine´s Day- Am I the only one happy it´s over? Seriously, all the pink hearts and flowers and love declarations…. Do we need a special day for all that?

 

Let´s dive in to the book world now!

 

tula

 

Evil tongues claim there are people accusing others for cheating on Instagram. Okay, fine. I´m the evil tongue who has been spying on certain online personalities and has noticed there´s a small “fake coffee” war going on. And it´s quite a vicious one, too. I swear, someone always has to share their shit fit about some petty issue and act like a victim. And here I thought this book community was a full on hugger place.

 

 

But do not fear, friends ( and all you fake coffee victims )… I have a post about that scheduled for the upcoming week. Who´s excited? I`M EXCITED!

 

I still haven´t been able to read this week. Trust me- I had such a hard time acting like I wasn´t home on Wednesday. I spent all my energy on my hiding skills. Now I have no excuse as to why I haven´t read. This will be my last excuse.

 

Okay, bookish Padawans…

It´s time to bid you all farewell. I hope you enjoyed the Friday gossip ( even if there was a little ).

Until next week.

Shower the world with book love, y´all! ❤

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Mug Monday & Romance Rant

Welcome to another wonderful Mug Monday, everyone! I trust all, if not most of you have navigated your way into 2019 safely? If not, don´t worry. I haven´t recovered myself.

I feel like I haven´t slept in ages. In fact- I haven´t. It all started the January 1st.

Pink eye, sinus infection, the flu, repeat. 2019 has started very cruel but you know what? It´ll all pass… Not like the romance genre.

I made a tragic discovery while I was sofa bound.

Romance is a dying genre.

 

 

How I´ve come to this conclusion? Because every romance I´ve managed to read since mid – December has been a floppy, luke warm 3 star read. Most of the romance reads I´ve read in 2018 hardly lived up to my romance standards. What does this tell us? That romance writers are either not working their magic, or they´re in a romance funk themselves, or they´ve written off romances.

This isn NOT a good sign. It´s only January and I´m already bitching. We´ve all got 11 more months ahead of us. I don´t want to nag for 11 more months.

Let´s see if the stack of new books can make me fall in love with the romance genre again ( stack of mystery romance purchases to be revealed ), Fingers crossed.

False optimism.

Now, as for the rest of my apocalyptic Monday… I´ve started my new reading log. Oh yes- This bitch is going double weird this time. Journals aren´t enough. I am now the proud owner of a journal where I can keep track of ALL my 2019 reads. Space for 100 books should be enough for 2019, right? I sure hope so.

 

Oh, I nearly forgot! Mug Monday wouldn´t be Mug Monday without a mug pic. A wonderful Christmas gift from my younger brother. ❤ I´m not so sure about the bestie part ( as I´m sure he´d rather die of shame than call me his bestie ). We are close enough where I can be considered a sidekick , though. *  sigh  *

mug monday sis

 

I guess that´s it for today, my dear bookish padawans. I shall now retire back to the sofa and hope that I´ll survive January…. somehow.

 

Feel hugged,

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