The Sunshine Blogger Award

Many hugs and kisses to Of All the Books in All the Libraries for the nomination!

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RULES:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and ask them 11 new questions
  • List the rules and display the sunshine blogger award logo in your post/or on your blog

 

Let´s see if I can answer Suziey´s questions without blowing it completely. Ready? Ready. Okay, everyone. Time to take a deep breath. This is gonna be fun (fingers crossed)


 

1. Would you rather travel back in time and alter history or go to the future and find out how and when you die and why?

I´d definitely go back in time and change a few things. I´m not one to regret my choices but I would love to go back and reword arguments / try not to hurt people as much as I´ve done. I´m a very proud person and can lash out when stuck in an ugly situation.

 

2. What songs would the soundtrack of your life consist of? 

When I was a teenager I used to say “All by myself” was the complete soundtrack of my life ( yes. I was a dramatic little turd ). Now, I have a colorful list of everything. Each of these songs represents me. My life.

  • Bad Ideas from Alle Farben ( This is my life anthem )
  • The Middle – Jimmy Eat World ( So my life )
  • That´s Not My Name – The Ting Tings ( Because many people call me by nicknames and to this day, have no clue what my name is. The guessing games at parties were and still are always fun. )

 

3. If you woke up tomorrow in somebody else’s body, who would you want to be and what would you do?

Uuhm… * scratching head * Not sure. I´ve never thought about this before. Thinking about it now- I wouldn´t want to go through a body swap. I have enough on my plate as it is- Changing bodies would only bring more problems and I´m too exhausted to deal with new issues. But if a body swap was to take place then I sure as hell hope it´s with someone who has a nice fluffy plush bed.

 

3. When was the last time you binge watched a show and what was it?

I´m currently binge watching Friends.. for the hundredth time. And before that it was Game Of Thrones. Next up- Game of Thrones ( mainly because I think husbutt still doesn´t understand it. HAHAHA )

 

4. What is the best compliment you’ve ever gotten?

From my girls- “You´re the best Mommy.” That´s all I need. Although I´m their only mom they still feel the need to point out that I´m their best. Lol. Like they have much to compare with. 🙂 Still warms my heart. ❤

 

5. Have you met any celebrities before, and if so, who?

Ooooh, probably. But I belong to those people who´re too ignorant to notice a celeb even if he/she were tied to my back.

 

6. What books would you recommend to someone that says they hate reading?

I wouldn´t recommend books to those people. Lol. In fact… I´d do a convo swap, pull someone else ( who´s just walking by ) into the convo and say “Oops. Won´t you look at the time. I gotta head out.” And elegantly make a run for it.

 

7. Which fictional character would be the most boring to meet?

Most of Jane Austen’s Heroes.

 

8. What is your favorite word?

Fuck.

 

9. If you had a boat, what bookish name would you give it? 

Bookish name as in title or character name? A title I´d give my boat would be `The Mighty Storm` which is from The Mighty Storm by Samantha Towle. And a character name for my boat would be Pigeon from `A Beautiful Disaster`by Jamie McGuire

 

10. What would be the title of your autobiography?

Nap Time. Give Me 5 More Minutes. Leave Me Alone. I Survived. Not My Fault. It´s All His Fault. I Wasn´t Paid Enough.

 

11. What is the one question that you absolutely hate being asked?

Omg. This question is made for me! I get asked the same stupid thing every-damn-time by people who I believe are fairly clever but act like total idiots when then ask that ONE question.

“Are you wearing contact lenses?”

Hmm… Would it be wise to wear contact lenses when I wear glasses? Have you seen how thick my glasses are? I mean- I wear them all the damn long time. Night and day. You´ve never seen me without them because if I don´t wear them I couldn´t see you. I´d be talking to a tree instead of you! OH! You´re talking about my eye color? So, gray can´t be natural? Is that what you´re saying?

That´s how the convo inside my head goes. Instead, the convo goes more like this:

Person:  ( squinting eyes and coming close to my face) Are you wearing contact lenses?

Me: ( having the convo above with myself) No. I have these babies on for a real reason. Why?

Person: I don´t know. Your eye color..Is that gray? ( sounding like I just escaped the Zoo )

Me: ( wanting to run away ) Yeah. I know. Sorry. They´re real.

Okay. Don´t get me wrong. It should be flattering when someone asks me if I´m wearing contact lenses. And sometimes it is ( depending on the person, of course ) but most just look at me ( when they´re close enough ) like I´m some abnormal species. It pisses me off. To tell you the truth… My eyes are blue with just a gray-ish shade that have a weird snowflake pattern. That´s all. Not my fault. Go to my mom and complain. She´ll give you a full blown run down on where I got the color from and who MIGHT get it in the future. Meeh. I´m just fed up. Ignore me. Lol.

Thank you, again, Suziey from Of All the Books in All the Libraries ❤

 

Nominees:

The Cozy Pages

Reading Under The Blankie

Caroline Book Belle

Bookish Paige

 

My 11 questions for you!

 

  • Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
  • Complete the sentence: Never have I ever…..
  • What does the perfect weekend look like for you?
  • Do you believe in Zodiac signs? If so, why? If not, why?
  • What turns you on / off? Why?
  • If you could travel by the speed of lightning.. Which place would you visit first?
  • Which do you prefer: A bustling city that never sleeps or a quiet small town in the middle of nowhere? Why?
  • What book made the biggest impact on you?
  • What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
  • Name 3 things you´d do to make someone happy.
  • Have you ever had a book discussion that went terribly wrong?

 

That´s it, hombres! Hope you enjoyed.

Please, do not feel pressured into participating. ❤ I´ll still love you if you don´t.

If you haven´t been tagged but would still like to participate… Y´all have my blessings. ❤

 

 

 

10 Most Breathtaking Book Sculptures & Book Art

If you think you´ve seen ´em all then you´re very wrong.

The internet offers many beautiful book related items but nothing can ever be compared to the book art and book sculptures from the many fabulous book carving and book shaving artists out there.

 

We´ve tackled the 10 Most Amazing Book Sculptures & Book Art before… It´s time to present the 10 Most Breathtaking Book Sculptures & Book Art.

 

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  1. Magical

On closer inspection- This looks like a scene from The Little Match Girl, which makes this  book art even more  beautiful but in a chilling kind of way. A bonus: The added light.

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2. Inside The Book Room

It´s a doll house. No. It´s a study. No. Whatever this awesome work of art is… it´s perfect. Bless the person who took their time to fold, glue and cut all the tiny pieces for the world to see and appreciate.

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3. A Paper Romance

How utterly romantic and hauntingly detailed. The only thing missing would be for the paper figures to fall into each others arms. Stunning.

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4. The Paper Tower With A Rose Garden

And this is where the romantic paper couple would life, if it were up to me. In an enchanted area with paper roses and a paper tower. ❤

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5. Paper Town

This is unbelievable. Like a paper version of one of those spectacular cities that are located on a cliff in romantic Italy.

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6. Peter, Wendy & The Croc

Wow. Just wow.

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7. A Book Invasion

While this isn´t necessarily a book sculpture it´s definitely book art. Sure, anyone can cut out uneven holes in book pages and add a few insects. But… it´s an art to place the insects in the right positions. Easy to copy and still has a great effect!

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8. A Magical Palace

Seriously, who is the person who created this impressive piece of work? And those lights and the gold trimming? I want to give them a hug.

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9. A Royal Paper Dinner

I love this. It´s simple and so cute. The artist even included a chandelier!

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10. DA BOMB, AGAIN.

A have a new appreciation for this artist. The passion is visible. The details are stunning. I really don´t know what else to say other than PERFECT.

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Which book sculpture or book art is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below. Let´s discuss book art! 

 

Hope you have a lovely day,

Much book love,

Morgana ❤ ❤

How To Annoy A Book Blogger: Do A U.S. Only Giveaway

Yes, I´m looking at you, European, Asian, Australian book bloggers… basically any book blogger NOT living in North America. The United States of America.

Or as I like to call them ( including myself )…

The unfortunate suckers who don´t live in the land of endless book possibilities.

 

Do you see where I´m going with this? You don´t?  Let me help you out because I´m DYING to get this out there.

Everyone is aware of this but it´s not been bitched about enough ( or, loud enough ). Hardly anyone has taken a stand and spoken up to the injustice that´s been done to us common foot folk outside the U.S.

Bookish GIVEAWAYS for U.S. Only.

Maybe you need a little more help understanding what exactly the problem here is.

Authors and publishers and whoever else belongs to the upper book industry tend to offer wonderful book – ish gifts to win…. and immediately reject millions of bloggers / readers by adding a nice little line at the end of each published GIVEAWAY post.

 

“This GIVEAWAY is only open for the U.S.”

“U.S.A only.”

“Not international.”

 

What this means is: Authors ( mostly self published ) like to give away printed copies of their books or book related swag to someone who participates in a social media post. Just like that! Just add a gif / say how your day´s been going / post a pic from your pet / say how much you love the author and BAM! You have a pretty good chance at winning a signed copy.

How nice. Actually, that´s very generous of these people. I mean.. We ( the people who read and blog about those books ) are truly grateful for authors who like to show their appreciation by letting someone win a signed copy of their book.

And guess what? There are quite a few of us book people. Hundreds, even thousands of book people ( fans and book bloggers alike ) are spread across the world living on different continents…

So you can guess how many people get excited when they spot a GIVEAWAY on social media? Many.

 

But still…. 90% of us bookish people get rejected right away, before even having the chance to win ANYTHING because we don´t live in the U.S.

That´s cute. It´s almost the same as dangling a carrot  in front of a donkey just to get it to react.

And, react, we do! 

I must say, though.. this isn´t a case of racism. It´s a financial matter ( or so I´ve been told ). I´ve also been told that not all authors like the drive to the post office ( which hardly makes sense ). For whatever reasons authors keep their book GIVEAWAYS within their own country.

Let´s do a recap on how international book bloggers / fans / readers feel after seeing a non – international GIVEAWAY.

Readers / Book Bloggers / Fans Feelings

 

  • Sad
  • Hurt
  • Frustrated
  • Indifferent ( which should be a good thing for the author )
  • Pissed off
  • Annoyed
( not all GIVEAWAY participants react the same. But they all feel the same )

 

And everyone just sits back and either sighs, throws a fit within their own 4 walls or contacts fellow bloggers who don´t live in the U.S and complain. Hardly anyone complains out loud. Maybe if someone would speak up and say something… Maybe things would change for us international people?


Or, maybe not. The chances of an author sitting at home / work reconsidering their whole GIVEAWAY system probably won´t happen. Ever.

Because most american authors are starving artists, right? They want to earn money and not spend  extra on someone living outside their own country. They´re not alone. U.K. authors ( incl. every other author in the world ) are starving artists, too. Guess what? Readers are poor little boogers, as well. So are book bloggers.

Quit gasping in shock! I haven´t mentioned anything that isn´t the truth.

Authors, HOLD YOUR BREATH! I´m not finished. Don´t get that pitch fork just yet because I´m going to lay out some shocking truths that might leave a few of you stunned beyond means. Don´t worry. I´m not going to do a PowerPoint presentation ( although I´ve been known to give killer presentations ). No. I´m just going to dish out some facts that might have you rethinking your whole U.S. ONLY giveaway strategy.

 

In case you´ve forgotten- North America is the 4th largest continent located in the Western Hemisphere. ( excluding Canada, here, because most authors don´t include a country within their own continent into their GIVEAWAYS)

North America is 1 of 7 continents and, therefore, does not take up even close to half of the world´s population ( in country, continent nor in population size if you take away Canada).

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Ergo: There are more people outside the U.S than in the United States of America. There may be many american book bloggers but there are just as many ( if not more ) book bloggers world-wide.

So, why do many american self-published authors post U.S. ONLY GIVEAWAYS when it comes to gifting bookish material and printed books? Could it be because the american market is much greater than any other in the world? Are the american book bloggers / fans / readers more worthy? Or, no… wait. My bad. It´s because shipping is expensive.

Yes. I understand. Shipping costs can be a bitch. So, I guess the matter is settled then. Case closed. I will never question the U.S. ONLY vs. International ever again.

NOTHING IS SETTLED!

 

Time for simple math:

1 author publishes 5 books. 1 book costs around 10 euros / USD / British Pound ( just to name a few ).

5 x 10 = 50 euros / USD / BP

1 fan / book blogger spends 50 smackers for someone´s work ( and that work has usually been edited by the friendly internet neighbor )

Multiply that by 3.000 ( random number of readers ) and the author has made “some” money. Maybe not enough to retire from but enough to purchase whatever they´ve been wanting for some time.

 (Not going into specifics there because I truly do not know how authors handle their earnings. Certainly not by doing international giveaways, though )

 

So, where is the problem, again? Aah, yes. I forgot. Some self-published american authors can´t open their GIVEAWAYS internationally because of brutal, life crippling shipping costs.

But they don´t say a word about us world-wide readers / fans / book bloggers who spend all their hard-earned money on some of those authors books. Yeah, that makes sense. Not.

It doesn´t make sense. None. Null. Nil. Zero.

If you think about it… the whole U.S. ONLY thing doesn´t make any sense. Why exclude others? For what reason?

Would it also be wrong of me to mention that quite a few big book blogs with a rather large following are from Europe? Even the smaller blogs with little following are worth the time of day because they have fans / followers others don´t. Isn´t the whole point of a giveaway to make someone happy and possibly have that happy person spread the book word?

 

 

Hey, pssst! Guess what? Global means more people. Global means that books can travel far. Maybe a book blogger from some long forgotten village in France has an uncanny marketing skill and can spread the word like no other?

Once upon a time I was a member of a really well-known fan page from a well – known author ( this is a true story. Listen carefully. Or, read carefully )

I was in this group. Guidelines were for shit ( basically, no one was allowed to do anything besides gush over the awesome author ) and only a selected few were allowed to run the same page. Anyway….

Every Friday, the group had a GIVEAWAY theme going where authors / fans were able to give away books and what – not. And naturally, ebook giveaways were international and signed print copies…weren´t ( shipping, remember? ). Every Friday I watched the same people get excited or frustrated… Until I had enough.
I couldn´t take the misery anymore. “U.S. Only. Not international…” So, I posted my own giveaway on the page.

“I´m giving away 3 new printed copies from X author. Winner will be randomly picked. OPEN INTERNATIONALLY.”

I even added that I find it a crying shame that most fans were purposefully excluded. I was contacted by the group admins ( not the author herself. She was obviously too busy being fabulous ) and was asked NOT to do something like that again as it was disrespectful towards the other authors who were doing U.S. Only giveaways.

 

Good God. Really? Seriously? Where was I disrespectful? Because I gave away books to the unfortunate majority outside the U.S?

Hey! I could have said “Europe Only“. But I didn´t. What I did was-

I picked someone from Canada ( Canadians liked to be left out, as well ), from the Netherlands and from Thailand.

I spent money… All in the name of making someone happy. A once in a lifetime thing for me.

And before you think: “Oh look at her. Bla bla bla…” No. Stop pointing fingers at me.

I had a moment. I was pissed because I would have liked to have had the opportunity to take part in one of those U.S. Only giveaways. But because I live in Europe and shipping puts major holes american author´s wallets… I was forced watch others win book swag, printed copies, etc.

So, I´ve made it my mission to pick a social media group and give away 3 paperbacks once a year.

For me, authors use that excuse and us readers are expected to accept that without another thought.

Me? I would accept the excuse if I didn´t know better.

So, again…. WHY U.S. Only giveaways?

Have authors forgotten that in order to gain something you have to invest? Because that´s a thing. A real thing. It´s all about give and take. It´s about sharing and caring. It´s not about me me me and my country because shipping is outrageous. That´s just selfish on so many levels. Might as well change your name to Gollum.

 

 

We´re all in this business to make people happy ( ok. some of you are in the business to make money. That´s okay. I´m not judging ).

I´m not here to tell people what they need to do or how they could improve themselves. Everyone should be able to know for themselves what´s right and wrong.

It just saddens me to no end that people are being purposefully left out for the sake of saving a buck or 5.

 

Because readers and book bloggers are loyal fans. It´s rewarding when an author receives positive feedback from readers just as it is rewarding for us readers when we discover a great book. It´s a hippy – dippy world with rainbows and glitter until some author does a U.S. Only giveaway.

And for me ( and probably for others as well ) it´s double painful when we ( international readers / book bloggers ) bust our asses off with promos and mentions, shares and likes, etc and THEN read that we can´t participate in a signed copy giveaway because the author doesn´t agree with shipping costs.

( and don´t get me started with publishers!)

It´s unfair. It´s mean. It´s just shitty. But above all…. this needs to change! Not just for me but for the rest of the bookiverse.


NOTE: I have nothing against american authors, american book bloggers, or americans in general. I´m one myself living abroad. ALSO, I did NOT point my finger at anyone specifically nor did I mention any names. If you´re an author and you feel guilty then it´s up to you to make some changes. I also made a point of using words like ” some, many, most ” to not offend every american self published author. I´m fully aware that not all american writers do U.S. Only giveaways.


 

What are your thoughts on the subject? Have you tried entering author giveaways before? Have you given up on author giveaways? Let´s chat!


 

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My Instagram Truth

Let´s talk about Instagram again. About my latest features and the difficulties I had with each pic and about my personal struggles as a Bookstagrammer.

I´m slowly reaching my 2 year mark on being a Bookstagrammer. And as I´ve mentioned before- Taking pics, using filters, adding captions and finding time isn´t always a walk in the park. In fact- I struggle quite often with Instagram.

Here´s a tiny list of things I struggle with as a Bookstagrammer.

 

Problem #1 – Time

Time is my biggest enemy. There´s never enough time to get stuff done. While I´m already struggling with keeping a schedule outside my schedule I can´t find time to maintain a Insta-routine. And using an app for Instagram… Another app? I already use too many apps. Don´t need or want another one.

 

Problem #2- Engaging people 

I can´t, not even if my life depended on it, type up anything interesting that would engage a person into having a convo. This is somewhat of a problem for me because I do love to chat but can´t seem to get a few lines up that would help get a convo started. Weird, right? A total lack of talent in that department.

 

Problem #3 – Filters

Those blasted filters. Those blasted edits on each filter. The problem here is- When there are too many options I can´t seem to find something to use. That´s information overload for me. I´m so indecisive. It takes so long for me to settle on a filter. Sure, there are those lucky pics I take that don´t need a filter but the rest? Brutal.

 

Problem #4 – Insecurities

Yes, I have my moments of weakness, too. What no one really knows… I have insecurities when it comes to Instagram. While this is a personal struggle I do believe I´m not the only one suffering from the pic pressure. It´s totally unnecessary, I know, but it still happens. It´s the algorithm. It´s my lack of commitment because of the algorithm. It´s because there are so many little turds younger bloggers who spent half their lives on Instagram because they have nothing else to do. I start questioning everything, even myself.

Is it because I´m older? Am I not hip enough? Maybe I care too much?  Maybe I don´t care enough? I´m telling you… the struggle is real and it´s not pretty.

 

See? Working Instagram isn´t as easy as it seems ( for me ). It´s fun, most of the time but not always easy.

Nevertheless- Here are my recent Instagram features, including a small description on how the pics were made.

 

1.The Quick Set Up

Believe it or not- This pic was one of the easier ones to take for me. The candle, book, book box, the letter B and the mug were already on the diningroom table. This pic took less than 5 minutes and I only used 1 filter. YAY, for me.

 

 

2. The Disaster Shot

It seems like the more I work on my pics the messier they get. This happens when you have an idea and can´t make it happen. A book, a mug and my laptop. 2 Photoshop programs weren´t able to turn this into something presentable. 30 minutes.

 

 

3. Action Pic

I can´t really take credit for this pic. It was the husbutt who took this shot. I love reading outside. And when the in-laws are on vacation I can scoot out of my hiding place and enjoy reading without interruptions. This time, the baby followed me and we both read in utter silence ❤ I used 1 filter for this shot then uploaded it on Instagram. 2 minutes, tops. My favorite Insta pic.

 

 

4. The Polished Issue

I just made myself a hot chocolate when the idea for a Mug Monday shot hit me. No one would believe me when I´d say that it took me almost an hour to get this pic done. Yupp. Not kidding. First, the book was too large. Second- the mug, as much as I love it, was a pain in the ass to take a pic of. So glossy. No matter what angle I tried I kept seeing my own reflection in the mug. No bueno! Took ages and 3 filters to get this beauty Internet ready.

 

 

5. Stolen Goods

Book mail arrived and I came up with the brilliant idea to do a book feature. All I needed was sand and some seashells. Preparations for this feature took a little longer than I had planned but the pic itself took less than 2 minutes to take. I sent the girls to the playground with a ziplock bag and told them to steal sand and then steal the seashells from Grandma´s garden. Voila! The things you can accomplish with stolen goods. I used 2 filters for this baby.

 

Do you have troubles with filters / captions / taking pics for Instagram? Do you even use the app? Am I the only one winging Instagram? Let´s chat! ❤

 

I hope you enjoyed my little desperate moment of sharing my hardships with Instagram pics.

Sending lots of book love to each and every one of you!

Morgana ❤ ❤

 

 

 

August Reading List

 

It´s unbelievable! We´re already 8 months into 2018.

Happy August! The summer is slowly ( very slowly ) coming to an end and soon it´ll be my second favorite time of year. Autumn! That´s what I keep telling myself to keep my spirits up. I can´t take this heat any longer.

 

 

Since I´ve been exceptionally good at keeping up with my monthly reading list announcements ( Insert sarcasm ) I thought I´d give it ANOTHER go and see what happens. Maybe I´ll find time this month to reach my reading goal. Or, maybe I´ll invest in an AC before I do anything else. Let´s see what the future brings.

Prepare yourselves, dear Padawans… August´s reading list might knock you over just like it did with me when I created it.

 

 

August Reading List

 

 

Hush, Hush ( Hush, Hush #1 ) – Becca Fitzpatrick

 

Hush Hush

 

I´m light years too late, I know. But I saw this in a bookstore on vacation and it sounded better than any other book I had in my arms. And the angel on the cover looks like he´s in pain. Not that I get off on that but I do sense that there´s some sort of battle in the paranormal romance novel. That, or… He´s plucking his own feathers because he´s heartbroken. I´ll find out soon enough, won´t I? NOTE: Spoilers  Thoughts on this book are very much welcomed in the comments below.

 

 

We, The Drowned – Carsten Jensen

We the drowned

A book recommendation from the lovely Aurora Librialis. I love the cover. I love the synopsis. The whole package looks like one big fat adventurous page turner, something I´m in desperate need of. Can´t wait to get this one started!

 

 

All Your Perfects – Colleen Hoover

All your perfects

I can´t have a reading list that doesn´t at least include one romance novel, right? I was a little hesitant about this one. I´m a fan of Colleen Hoover´s older works. Her newer novels ( basically anything published after Maybe Someday ) weren´t for me. When I heard about `All Your Perfects`I wasn´t doing cartwheels but after reading the synopsis I decided to give another Co-Ho book a try. I´m a sucker for troubled marriage romances. Let´s hope this won´t be as disappointing as the previous books were ( for me!!).

 

 

The Surface Breaks – Louise O´Neill

The Surface Breaks

The cover is something gorgeous! And, HELLO! Mermaids! What more can I want? What more can I say? Nothing, because I haven´t finished it, yet. I like reading this one while enjoying a foot spa outside (NOTE:  I call my pool a foot spa ).

 

My lovies, that´s it for this month. I may, or may not, add a few books from my dusty TBR list and include a few reads from Netgalley. Let´s see how that´ll work, if at all.

 

What are you reading this month? Share your titles and authors and feel free to pressure me into reading one of the books you´ve already read and loved!

 

Much book love,

Morgana ❤