Mug Monday

Hello and welcome back to another glorious Mug Monday. 

Yeah, it´s Monday again. And what have I got to share with you? Well, besides half a box of Kleenex and a bunch of used tissues… I have nothing to share. No book news, nothing interesting about myself or what I´ve discovered…. Nothing.

What I do have is the flu. How utterly crappy is that, huh?  Just as the weather is improving I have to catch the flu.

This is why I´ve decided to just lay back and chill for a few days. In other words- I´m on a short book blogger break.

But do not fear…. Scheduled posts will work their magic while I´m coughing the life out of me.

Until then, I will grace you with probably the most pathetic Mug Monday feature ever.

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This isn´t me at my worst, trust me. As long as I can read I´m not dying. But I´m pretty close to dying because I´m drinking peppermint tea with fresh pressed lemon juice.

Now, if you´ll excuse me… It´s time to dive into Devney Perry´s `Tattered`. Let´s see what this baby can do for my health ( the book, not the tea. I really don´t know why I´m drinking tea. Never helped me before. Why should it help now? )

Until then, my dear bookish Padawans…. Stay strong. Enjoy the weather. Read some awesome books.

PS- In case of an emergency ( book related or not ) just Whatsapp me, PN me on FB or Twitter.

Buh-bye!

 

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 & Scheduled Posts Talk

Mug

Snoopy. A gift from the husbutt

 

Bookish Subject

Scheduled Posts

 


 

Happy Mug Monday! Today is all about Scheduled posts!

Ever wondered how book blogging would be if we´d schedule posts weeks ahead?

Let me tell you something….

I´m one of those bloggers who´s not only excellent at winging book blogging, I´m also a notorious panic post uploader. What´s a panic post uploader, you ask?

 

Panic post

 

 

That´s me. Always sitting here thinking “Oh, I have a Mug Monday post in a few.” and then giving myself a small heart attack because in a few turns out to be should have been posted an hour ago.

 

Weeks ago, while sweating like a group of nuns at a cucumber farm, I thought about my whole uploading system. My conclusion: My uploading system is shit.

 

 

I needed a new plan. I needed to find a way to be more organized.

So, the question is: How do I become more organized and balanced? How can I optimize my upload system for myself? With 4 uploads a week I should be able to make things more easy.

And it was when the first sweat beads dropped from my eyelids when the idea hit me.

What if I were to start scheduling posts? But not like, for 1-3 days ahead of time. More like, 3-4 weeks! Sounds lovely and too good to be true. Definitely worth a shot, though.

For whatever reasons, I was never good at scheduling posts. But now… Now I´m scheduling the life out of me and enjoying every minute of it.

How do I do it? How is it possible to schedule so far ahead? Easy.

Some of you may have noticed… I have ( as many other book bloggers have as well ) a themed post system where I pick certain days of the week and publish certain topics on the chosen days. For example:

 

Monday: Mug Monday & Book Talk

Tuesday: Reviews

Wednesday: Something fun / to discuss

Thurday: Something to discuss / something fun

 

(Posts for certain days can vary, depending on my private schedule.)

 

Not too complicated, right? In a month, I can upload 4 Mug Monday topics, 4 book reviews, 4 fun posts and 4 discussion posts. That´s truly not much and totally manageable. AND (!!!) I´m not overwhelming my followers with blog posts.

Add that up and I have 16 posts a month. For me, that´s more than enough.

Right now, I´m on a lazy break until September!

I bet you´re asking yourself what I´m doing now that I have created so much time for myself?

Well….. Aside from taking my sweet precious time working on more blog posts I´ve returned to a few long forgotten hobbies of mine.

  • Watching Johnny Depp clips on Youtube ( because I´m obsessed )
  • Replying to comments on time
  • Reading
  • Continuing my DIY projects
  • Watching TV
  • Talking to the husbutt ( which has shocked him on a few occasions. Poor guy just stared at me when I asked what movie we wanted to watch together )

 

The moral of this post? It’s AWESOME to schedule posts. A.W.E.S.O.M.E. Scheduled posts make life so much easier.

 

And before I forget about this week´s Mug Monday again…. Here´s another favorite of mine. My Snoopy mug ❤ If I were a cartoon I´d definitely be Snoopy. I´d even go so far and say that he´s my comic spirit animal.

mug monday snoop

And behind the mug is me… watching Johnny Depp clips on Youtube * squeak *.  Why? Because I can. 🙂 ❤

 

Do you schedule your posts ahead of time or you do just randomly upload your posts? Let´s talk!

 

That was it for this week. I hope you all enjoyed Mug Monday & Scheduled Post Talk.

 

Share the book love!

Warm hugs,

Morgana ❤

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mug Monday & Book Talk

Mug Feature

Rustic used look, dark blue

Book Talk Topic

Educational Books

 

Hi and welcome back to another Mug Monday!

While the book blog universe has been a little quiet I decided to use the slow days to catch up on other books I love. Educational books. History & Science books, if you like.

Yeah. I´m secretly a nerd. SURPRISE!

 

Well, I´m not a classic nerd. I´m not one of those Hipster nerds, either. I´m just a normal 36 year old who loves to wear sweats and hates her bra who ALSO happens to have a great appreciation for knowledge.

So, it´s not all about romance for me. Reading Contemporary romances is just a nice escape from reality. I consider fiction as my “fun” reads.

Reading History and Science books… Well, that´s my passion. I can spend hours studying the past and learning about the many things that have shaped our lives today. I can sit on one spot until my ass becomes numb reading psychology, chemistry and biology books. I want to know what makes people tick, what made people tick and how the world functioned hundreds and thousands of years ago.

Mug Monday Blue

 

Does that make me a nerd? Not really. Just shows I love to read. ❤

As of now, I´m reading a wonderful book about books that changed history. Funnily enough, that´s also the title of the book. `Books That Changed History` by Kathryn Hennessy.

A brilliant read that gives insight on many of the wonderful editions that molded and formed the world as we know it. I´m in book love!

Without any hesitation I´d recommend this book to anyone who´s interested in history.

Now, let´s get back to the nerding bit.

It truly is something fabulous when you´re hungry for knowledge. But there´s also a downside to loving history and science. When you read as many educational reads ( I´ll just call my fav´s that because I´m too lazy to type out history & science ) you also know things. Many things. Can you guess what I´m referring to?

I´m a avid reader and a conversation killer.

Believe it or not ( Okay, fine. Believe it. Lol ) I´m the worst person at any family gatherings and other parties. A buzz kill. Husbutt even told me once that I´m like the music DJs play when it´s time to close a club.

And he´s right. But I can´t help myself! It´s an obsession I don´t want to control. If I´m not reading romances I´m reading educational books. And if I´m not reading at all then that only means I´m occupied with the kids, being a wife to someone who´s afraid of tall grass, and working in a lab. The only thing left is the History channel.

So, yes. Reading history and science books is wonderful but also less cool because you know many MANY things lots of people aren´t interested in. Husbutt tries to act interested but fails. The kids ask a question and then interrupt me mid answer with some other random question. My own mother hangs up on me when I start talking about how the british monarchy lost it´s power. ( Well, I did that on purpose because I was busy. I knew my mom would hang up on me. lol. Best tactic ever! )

It´s a curse to know things. It´s also a blessing because… I know things. Lol.

So, there you have it. I love history & science more than I love romance. ❤

What about you? Is there anything you enjoy reading besides the usual? What genre do you love that no one knows of?

Let´s chat! ( Don´t worry, I won´t bore you with anything I know. Lol )

 

 

Mug Monday & New Books Talk

Mug Feature                                                                                                                                             IKEA – Black Mug

Book Topic & Book Feature                                                                                                                New Books & Belle by Cameron Dokey

 

Happy Mug Monday!

 

So, what has this little book blogger been up to since her last Mug Monday post? Ha! I´ve been procrastinating. Alright. Fine. If you want to know the truth- I´ve been physically lazy and mentally working overtime.

Ever since my short break I´ve had time to think. Of course, I´ve read a few books, too, but that´s secondary at the moment.

I´ve noticed a shift in my reading tastes. I´m not sure if this has something to do with the lack of good romances being published or if it´s just a phase. I cannot stomach another sappy love story.

Don´t get me wrong. I still love the romance genre. I also still make a beeline towards the women’s fiction aisle in a bookstore and I still search for new romance titles online in hopes for finding something good ( See? I´ve even lowered my book standards ).  But do I find anything worth reading? Not at the moment. It´s as if authors are bored with the genre and just publish romances for the heck of it. That´s probably not true. But give a girl a break. Book hunting is exhausting at the moment. Especially when it´s scorching 35°C ( 95°F ) outside.

 

So, this means a few things. I could:

a) Continue to tackle the TBR list

b) Wait for a miracle to happen

c) Move on

d) Visit Netgalley

e) Go on another creative break

f) Do garden work

g) Contact friends I promised I´d call… 2 months ago

 

I contacted the friends- I´m forgiven. I don´t need ANOTHER creative break. Garden work is the greatest punishment ever. My TBR list can kindly go to hell.  I cannot foresee any miracles happening soon so that leaves me with Netgalley.

Netgalley. It´s been a while since I last stepped foot on Book Catalogue Land. Well, it´s been exactly 14 hours ( before that, 3 years ). Since romance isn´t feeding my needs I decided to check out what´s available on Netgalley.

I was successful. Greedy and successful. SO MANY BOOKS. So many non romances. And now, I have loads of Netgalley reads, a giant TBR list and the books I got while on vacation.

 

Sometimes I really do believe I have fruit missing from my fruit bowl.

 

Well, at least I have books to read, right? My worries for the romance genre are currently put to rest for the time being. I´ll be occupied with mermaids and pirates, kingdoms and witches now.

 

Speaking of new books and reading… I just finished this beauty ( pun intended ).

belle

`Belle` ( A retelling of Beauty and the Beast ) by author Cameron Dokey. Did I love, like, enjoy or hate it? Well, I´ll tell you that I fell in love with the cover. The rest of my thoughts will be available in the upcoming review.

The mug is nothing special. Just your typical IKEA mug that probably won´t last long ( they never do in my house ). The cold chocolate milk topped with whipped cream was divine, though.

 

That´s it for this week, lovies. Now you know I´ve dug my own grave and will now endure a massive and glorious reading marathon.

Hope you enjoy your Monday!

Don´t forget to share the book ❤

Warm hugs,

Morgana <3<3