Thank The Books It´s Friday

Helloooo * insert sing-song voice*.

Welcome to another magnificent Friday. I hope you all are ready to kick back and relax because… you all deserve it.

I decided that this week´s weekend kick-off is going to be a little different. Sit tight, buckle up, my dear book-loving gang… My beloved followers and avid commenters. I´m about to unload a bunch of sap.

At first, I thought about baking you a cake. But then I remembered how apocalyptic my cake baking skills are ( I can screw up a Betty Crocker cake mix because I´m THAT special ). This is why I bought brownies. So, these are for you. A thank you for sticking around for so long and letting me torture you with some of my odd posts.

brownies

Then I thought of other things that could show my appreciation. Things I would randomly give people who are nothing but kind, funny and supportive- Such as the dedicated bunch who follow me and show me through the comments that my posts aren´t for nothing. Thank YOU!

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But what good are brownies when I´m the only one eating them? I can´t share my brownies with you. What good are flowers when you all aren´t able to accept them properly?

It dawned on me that there´s nothing I could give you as a token of my appreciation for what you´ve given me. Which is sad. The internet and its ability to let us all communicate while we´re all scattered across the world is a blessing. But it does have one major downside – We´re all still worlds apart. This makes it harder for me to invite everyone over for a BBQ or meet for drinks. I´d like to return the love I´ve received in some form but… I can´t. Not really. So, you´ll have to do with a simple Thank You.

I know. That´s nothing special, either. But it´s all I have. Just my fat fingers holding up a sign. * sigh *

Thank you from the bottom of my heart ❤ Your comments made me smile. All your likes don´t go unnoticed and they´re much appreciated. ❤

Drew @The Tattooed Book Geek

Norrie @Reading Under The Blankie

Jonny @Jaunts & Haunts

Jess @No Fiction Chaser

eLPy @Little Face Publications

Inge @The Belgian Reviewer

Tetiana @Unbolt Me

Shannon @Spellbound Librarian

Marie @Marie´s Book Boutique

Christine @Purple Manatees

Davida @The Chocolate Lady´s Book Review Blog

Elizabeth @Lizs Book Buffet

Brina @Brina And The Books

Dini @dinipandareads

Deanna @A Novel Glimpse ( Deanna moved to – A Novel Glimpse )

Pooja @lifesfinewhine

Stefanie @The Magic Of Wor(l)ds

Ami @Luv To Read

Debby @alwaysbooking

Elaine @Elaine Howlin – Literary Blogger

Sara @The Bibliophagist

Jack @Book Reviews/ Jack´s Bedtime Reading

I´m sure I´ve forgotten quite a few avid commenters and blog post likers. I apologize deeply for not having mentioned you. I hope you feel just as included like the rest.

Also…

A huge THANK YOU goes out to all the new Morgana´s Book Box followers. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. If you want to know what this blog is all about I would kindly suggest you click Hello & Welcome instead of visiting the About Me. I haven´t included a read-worthy About Me yet * shamefully hiding face *. Although- I´ll probably update my About Me by the time you all see this, so… You´re welcome to take a look at either. ❤

Puuh. I guess that´s it.

Feel hugged. Feel loved. Know that you’ve made an impact. 💜

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Hello & Welcome

Dear new Followers,

Hello & Welcome to Morgana´s Book Blog!

I thought of quite a few ways on how to show my appreciation for all the follows in the last few days but I wasn´t able to come up with anything overly genius or boujee enough that would show my gratitude. I guess you´ll have to settle with a simple yet meaningful

THANK YOU

Thank you all for the kind support you´ve shown after Beth´s @Books Nest  post on her Twitter. ❤ And THANK YOU, Beth, for taking the time out of your day to share some book blogger love.

Sadly, it would take me ages to thank each and every one who has followed me this week. If you happen to belong to the Twitter bunch then I hope you feel the thanks. If you don´t belong to the Twitter gang then I hope you feel the same appreciation.

I think it would be a good opportunity to introduce myself. I mean- You really have no clue who you´re dealing with so it only makes sense to give a quick run down on what you all have gotten yourselves into. *gg*

Sure, you can read my About Me… But that´s boring ( going to have to update that in the near future…)

Ready? I know I am.

hiMy name is Morgana and I´m…. over 30. No, wait, I´m actually closer to 40 now but who cares about that, right? You´re only as old as you feel. 80% of the day I feel like 130 years old. The other 20%  of my emotional household is still stuck in my mid 20´s.

If you´re wondering about the name… Don´t worry. You´re not the only ones. Yes, I was named after the witch from the King Author legend. Dad was a fan of the movie Excalibur and I had to pay the price for his fan girling over Helen Mirren in the 80´s. Pronounce it the way you want because it´s not possible to butcher it even more than it has been. Makes good for a unique blog name, though. 🙂  ( Plus, I´m a fan as well, so…Dad´s forgiven )

I´m an American living in Germany,  a mom of 2 girls, married, I have a degree in Chemistry, my favorite color is blue, I´m short, an extrovert, my hobby is taking naps and drinking hot chocolate…. I love to go out and meet with friends. Favorite genre to read is romance and sometimes fantasy, and I´m a passionate book blogger. To help you paint a better picture of my life I´ve created a small graphic to help better understand.

 

 

I basically drink too much hot chocolate, nap whenever I can, think a lot, and read ( whenever the girls aren´t around )

As for the book blogging bit- I´m a semi-experienced blogger turned hobby book blogger. Many many moons ago I decided to go pro in the book business but found it too exhausting and demanding. After a minor burnout, I took a much needed 1-year break away from the blogsphere and ended up coming back with a different plan – One that suited my purpose much better. Here I am now, 9 years later with a clean slate working my blog at my own pace.

Speaking of blogging: Here´s what my book blogging life looks like.

 

 

  1. Spying. Because I´m a book ninja looking out for the newest reads, comparing prices, etc.
  2. Getting excited every time I find something during my spy sessions. Most of the time I get excited when I spot a book (s).
  3. Ending up on the sofa with a mug in one hand and a book in the other.

 

Reading is high on my “How to make Morgana happy” list. Review writing isn´t. I don´t know… I´m not very fond of typing up reviews, especially when it´s a review for a less than 3 star read. I do it anyway, though, because I believe it´s necessary. You can´t have the good without the bad, right? As long as everything is done with respect then all is allowed.

My 3 most popular moods during or after reading:

 

Disappointed. Confused. In love. 

 

There´s really no other way to explain myself better.

 

There ya have it. That´s me neatly presented to you with a little over 700 words.

 

If you decide to follow my book blog regularly then you´ll find that I try to balance the normal read & review out with discussion posts and other fun features / themes. I also try to do at least 3 posts during the week and spend the weekends catching up on the blogs I follow.

Since my private life is filled with work, being a mom & wife and LOTS of reading I hardly have enough energy to hang around other social media much. Juggling Twitter, Instagram and my blog is a challenge sometimes so I´ll often just concentrate on my WordPress instead of hanging all over the place. If you do happen to want to hunt me down on Twitter then feel free to hit me up there!

 

OKAY, NOW I AM FINISHED.

Thank you again for the follows. I´m looking forward to reading all the future goodies you´ll be sharing on your blogs.

Feel hugged.

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Mug Monday & Special Thanks

Hello, and welcome to another awful, beastly hot Mug Monday!

 

As you probably already know, I won´t be exhausting you today with snippets from my personal life ( book related or not ). Just…. relax and take a deep breath…. No Powerpoint presentation today.

 

Instead, I thought of taking some time to give some of you some virtual hugs, kisses, chocolates and cake! Why?

 

Because you are awesome!

 

Well, you´re awesome online… So, I guess you´re just as awesome in person.

To all who´ve gone out of their way to read my posts and leave likes and comments…

THANK YOU, from the bottom of my heart ❤

To all the new bloggers who, by some miracle, found me in the never-ending sea of blogs…. THANK YOU. ❤

I can´t begin to show my appreciation for your patience with my nonsense, my misspellings and my sentence structure. I bow before you for not telling me to go straight to hell!

Time for some finger-pointing!

 

I know it isn´t necessarily nice to point fingers at someone but in this case, it´s more than appropriate. One simply cannot say thank you and leave it at that.

( Please forgive me when you belong to this list but aren´t mentioned. I tried reviving all the blog names but WordPress doesn´t like me sometimes…. So, it´s not my fault. I still love you.)

THANK YOU

Suziey @ Of All the Books in All the Libraries

Norrie @ Reading Under The Blankie

Danielle @ Books, Vertigo & Tea

Nina @ The Cozy Pages

Sabrina & Ashley @ 5171 Miles Book Blog
I love reading your comments and discussing topics ( deep or light ) with you. Sending you mucho sunshine, hearts, flowers and drinks. Feel hugged ❤ ❤

THANK YOU AND WELCOME

 

Kerrie @ Carolina Book Belle

Paige @ Bookish Paige

Angelica @ The Book Cover Girl

Sara @ The Bibliophagist

 

Hi, and welcome to whatever it is I´m doing. If you find my blog half as amusing or informative as the mentioned blog babes above then you´ll have a wonderful time here. ❤ Feel free to free your mind, discuss anything you heart desires and… well, let´s just say I´m up for great chats and lovely debates! ❤ ❤

Tags are welcomed. Shares and likes never frowned upon. <3.

I´m SOOO looking forward to dive into the treasures you´ve been posting on your blog and will gladly share fab posts ( not on FB, though. I´ve left that cult. )

For all who I´ve forgotten….

Just give me a nudge in about a month or so as a reminder to thank you as well.

( because you all are dealing with a 30+ year old here. Be kind to the fragile brain )

 

And now…. for the Mug Monday…. Can I have a drum roll, please?

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Very creative, huh? I think I´ve outdone myself with this one ( insert sarcasm ). Not really. It´s just too hot to drink hot chocolate and my brain can´t come up with anything fancy at the moment due to the world living in Satans butt crack.

 

I guess that´s it for this week, my dear Padawan-ish book people!

Again…. THANK YOU. ❤

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Mug Monday & Special Thanks

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A gift

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Blog Appreciation

Happy Mug Monday!

Last week was a week filled with wonderful moments and gruelling challenges. It´s been a week filled with things I´ve learned.

I´ve learned that….

  • I´d rather throw another party for 7 year olds again than for 11 year olds.
  • All 7 year olds are deaf.
  • Sympathy crying is still a thing with 1st graders.
  • Noah ( a birthday guest from my 7-year-old daughter) likes to show his one-eyed snake.
  • My husband can scream like a girl in panic when Noah reaches for his one-eyed snake.
  • My husband can´t handle Noah declaring his love for our 7 year old daughter.
  • Too many helicopter parents in my garden are more stressful than 7 and 11 year olds.
  • I´m the only person who can bake a cake that´s burnt on the outside and raw on the inside… TWICE! ( I suck at baking)
  • Never gift my oldest daughter a book because she will abandon her party guests and hide for almost an hour to read. We found her in her bathroom. ( Nice move, Mirjam)

I survived 2 kids birthday parties. I survived Noah. I can´t speak for my husband, though. All in all… I call that a success.

That was the stressful part.

The wonderful part was when I hopped on to the computer Sunday evening and saw the little surprises left in my notification box on WordPress. Tucked between all the lovely comments and replies was this:

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This. I was totally flashed when I saw this. What a wonderful shout – out from another book blogger! I expected the fan – fiction mob wanting to kill me with their death threats but I didn´t expect anything this heartwarming.

Thank you, Debby  @alwaysbooking 

You´re a doll for taking your time to check out my blog / posts and for wanting to spread the word. These shout – outs don´t happen often so I am grateful for the support and love. ❤ ❤
People! Go and check out Debby´s blog. Her “About Me” is a da bomb!

It then occurred to me that Debby wasn´t the only one supporting me. Other blogs have been doing the same with their comments, retweets, likes and shares lately.

A big fat THANK YOU goes out to:

5171 Miles Book Blog 5171

For some time now, these 2 ladies have been supportive in more than one way. Ashley and Sabrina have wonderful minds and kind hearts and you can feel that kindness and lots of love on their blog. No matter what social media we bump into each other… we have fun. Do check out their AMAZING Instagram feed! ❤

 

Books, Vertigo & Tea books vertigo

Danielle is a power woman on so many levels. Not only does she write fabulous blog posts ( I love her style ), she also leaves so much positivity and encouragement in comments. ❤ Whatever you´re looking for- Danielle has it on her blog. She´s a tea and book enthusiast.  ❤ Go and show this woman some love because she deserves it all. ❤

 

Of All The Books In All The Libraries   

of allSuziey´s blog is what it´s supposed to be. A place for all her thoughts regarding books ( and maybe a non bookish topic ). AND I LOVE THAT about her blog. She´s a wonderful blogger with a sharp mind and great style. Suziey has been nothing but wonderful and supportive and for that I thank her dearly. Follow her! Pronto!

 

TheWebWeaverstheweb

Hands down – This blog is lit. Arachnid Weaver and Spinette Spyder have created something out of this world cool! Love their style. Love their posts. Love everything they put out there. If you´re looking for entertainment and humor then you need to follow this blog immediately. Check out their posts. I´ve sat a few nights crying from laughing so hard.

 

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I just recently discovered this lovely blog and can say that I´m sticking to it like glue now. Nina has a colorful collection of blog content and she´s just such a joy to chat with. I´m looking forward to see what else she has in store for me / everyone else! Now it´s your turn to give this woman some love.

 

As for all the other blogs who have been super supportive –  I haven´t forgotten you. My body and mind haven´t fully recovered from last week´s birthday escapade. I hope I´m forgiven…

Still, before I set off into the land of blissful snores I want to leave an even bigger THANK YOU to the people who have had my back and supported me.

Even the silent ninjas who appreciate from the dark corners of the book world… THANK YOU for… staring / stalking.

It´s time for the Mug Monday presentation.

Are y´all ready? I hope you are. Just don´t get your hopes up because my lack of creativity has suffered a bit ( let´s blame that on Noah a.k.a the One – Eyed – Snake hunter)

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There you have it. The mug is gray and the book, `To Kill A Kingdom` by Alexandra Christo, was just the right book to read after my mentally challenging week. Review will be up this Thursday. ❤

But what I can do is leave my favorite quote from `To Kill A Kingdom`…

“Technically, I’m a murderer, but I like to think that’s one of my better qualities.”

Doesn´t that sound awesome? It does. Sirens, humans, mermaids and…. pirates!

Okay. That´s enough. I need to stop right here before I end up spoiling the whole story.

 

Book bloggers,

I love you. I appreciate you. I think we should marry soon.

 

Yours truly,

Morgana ❤ ❤