Mug Monday & Book Recommendation Talk

Hi and welcome to Mug Monday! The place where I love to feature my Mug of the Day and current read.

My current read is `The Birthday List` by Devney Perry. A book recommendation from a fellow book blogger.

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Book recommendations come in many MANY forms these days. I´m a fan of the classic face to face book talk but will definitely settle for the good old review reading. Instagram book recommendations are my least favorite because I often have to hunt a book description down after seeing a cover to my liking.

 

Now, I´ve slightly given up on book recommendations from friends and blog buddies. Not because the recommendations are crappy. Not at all.

The whole problem is, book recommendations and I have a love hate relationship.

Because let´s face it – When someone recommends a book they loved then there´s a 50 % chance of actually hating that very same book. Some recommendations are pushy. They´re the in – your – face – type. You let someone talk you into reading a book because THEY loved it so much. Then you read. Then you finish the book and wonder why you´re even friends with that person.

And then things become awkward.

You have to give your thoughts on the book to the same person who recommended the book in the first place.

If you´re like me ( which I truly hope you´re not because I´m extraordinarily weird ) then you won´t have any problems voicing your real thoughts to the people you love ( and to those you don´t love )

“I love you, Marlene. But promise me you´ll never recommend a book to me again.”

And my friend always replies with a..

“Pfft. You have no idea what a good book is.”

Touché.

It´s because books are a matter of taste. My friend´s taste differs from mine by a long shot. Always does.

On the other hand, though, I LOVE when someone recommends a book. I love it when the recommendation is made in a not so obvious way. Kind of like an unspoken “You have to read this.”  I love to listen to the passion and see the excitement in someone´s face when they talk about a book.

“The characters! You´ve never met such intense figures… And what they go through! Girl, you´re in for a ride with those.” 

It´s a one-sided conversation I fully enjoy. I just sit and listen like some kid hearing about Santa for the first time.

 

That´s exactly what happened with `The Birthday List` recommendation. I had time to appreciate the thoughts that were given regarding the book. I had time to see the appeal. I was allowed to become curious.

That where I think the main problem lies with book recommendations ( for me ).

It´s not just a matter of taste when it comes to book recommendations. It´s a matter of how the recommendation is delivered.

A pushy book recommendation doesn´t really give you time. It´s a “READ THIS NOW!” situation. Words like LOVE, AWESOME, FANTASTIC, BRILLIANT, LIFE CHANGING are thrown into a convo and you hardly have time to process everything because the only things that stuck were the words “READ” and “NOW”. You READ IMMEDIATELY and realize in the end that the book was okay but not as LIFE CHANGING as it was set out to be by your friend.

When the recommendation is subtle but at the same time passionate then you have air to breathe and time to appreciate the love coming from the other person.

Does this make any sense? * scratching head *

So, now you know about my book recommendation love / hate relationship.

What did we learn today? That my friends don´t have taste and neither do I.

Thank you for joining in on Mug Monday & Book Recommendation Talk.

I hope you enjoyed this post.

Much love,

Morgana xoxo

 

 

Mug Monday & My Blogging Workplace

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Mynthe – IbLaursen, Dove blue, short

Bookish Topic

My Blogging Workplace vs. Another Book Blogger´s Workplace

 

NOTE: Private ramblings ahead. But don´t worry. 70% of this post is bookish related.

 

Happy Mug Monday!

It´s been an exceptionally tough Easter week.

Thanks to a sneaky flu I wasn´t able to reach my monthly reading goal. I wasn´t able to do anything besides vegetate on the sofa and watch my husband ( who had a minor snowboard accident last weekend ) give the term “Man in pain” a new definition. I´ve recovered from my flu AND his hourly updates on how death TRULY feels. His world view has changed after the doctor told him he´d survive.

I was scrolling through Instagram and half heartedly listening to my husband moan about how having a whiplash is more painful than childbirth ( because he´s given birth himself SO many times before * face palm *) when something caught my attention. Someone bookstagrammer uploaded a picture of their book blogging workplace.

And for the first time ever, I felt a tad bit intimidated. By an Instagram picture of a book blogger´s desk!

But that intimidating feeling lasted for all but 3 seconds. Then I remembered how full of horse kadoodle some Bookstagram pictures are.

Still, it was hard to ignore how beautiful the desk looked. I´m telling you – That woman had style. Her desk was even decorated with a vase filled with lush flowers!

FLOWERS! I can´t even keep flowers alive for more than 2 hours and that blogger had a whole bouquet of bright-colored, probably wonderful smelling, floral perfection right next to her books and laptop. And the rest of her desk looked so, bright and chirpy. Clean, even. The whole picture looked…organized and friendly. The picture also screamed `fake`.

And yet, knowing full well how most Bookstagrammers work, I took one look at my desk and immediately felt like it was plunged into an episode of the popular 80´s animated Tv series Rainbow Brite. With that book blogger´s desk being Rainbow Brite and my desk…. being Murky.

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Why? You´ll see in a moment.

I actually had a good laugh when I mentally compared the perfect book blogger´s desk to mine.

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That´s it.  My book blogging workplace. All nice and dull. Very gray. Not a flower in sight. But I have a nice clock that doesn´t work. That´s kind of spiffy, right?

I´m a huge fan of “Less is more”. The more knicknacks you have the more you have to dust clean. So, for me, it´s natural my book blogging space looks plain. I call it being practical.

What you see in the picture is actually everything I need to book blog.

  • Books / Kindle ( you never know when you want a quick re-read )
  • A small calendar ( To keep track of all the important book stuff )
  • My laptop ( My pride and joy )
  • A notebooklet ( For scribbling down blog post ideas )
  • My hot chocolate ( ❤ )
  • Pens / pencils / Highlighters ( Because carving notes into the table with a knife was yesterday )
  • Wristwatch + rings  ( I can´t type while wearing jewelry / accessories )

 

See? I don´t really need much.  Just a few things.

On busy nights I have a hard time seeing the table because it´s covered with chocolate wrapping paper and at least 3 empty mugs and a few coke bottles and more books. I´ll be sure to grace the world with evidence of an intense book blogging night… soon.

No one ever said book blogging involved having a super clean desk at all times.

 

 

Let me get back to the incredible bookstagrammer´s desk.

It truly was a sight to behold and I could bite myself for not screenshotting the pic to show you.

White desk, bright light, pink wallpaper, yada yada yada. It was so perfect. Perfectly annoying.

I´ve had a small discussion with Danielle ( Books, Vertigo & Tea ) about prefering imperfect protagonists over perfect ones. The same applies for Bookstagram pictures on Instagram.

The more perfect pictures are the less I feel the need to like, share or gush over. I´d rather encourage people who aren´t out to be perfect.

This is not a case of envy or resentment. It´s a case of wanting to feel a person´s reality in a picture. My reality is – I´m a dark-ish, Emily Strange, sometimes slob who likes to keep it simple and realistic.

PS:  the floor was covered with crumbs. And my laptop screen? Let´s not start on that one. I´m happy I can see anything I´m working on.

Thank you for reading this post. I hope you enjoyed the little tidbit of my unorganized book blogging workplace.

 

Hope you all have a wonderful week! Don´t forget to share the book – ❤

Much Love,

Morgana

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mug Monday & Book Besties Talk

Bookish Topic

Book Besties

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Mynthe, Gray – IbLaursen

 

Happy Monday!

May I present – My book bestie, Mirjam.

You know that moment when you finish a great book and you literally have no one around you to talk to about the amazing book? Yeah, well… I don´t have that someone. No one in my inner or outer social circle tends to be a fan of what I like to read. Not even my book bestie.

But that´s what book besties are for, right? I thought that´s what book besties did. Talk about the books they love.

In my / our case… we don´t gush over books we love ( well, we do. But you don´t necessarily want to be apart of those Whatsapp conversations or late night, on the sofa chats ). No. Our book bestie friendship is on a different level.

We talk book business. And we put authors under our imaginary magnifying glass and discuss every tiny little detail.

That´s us.

You´re probably thinking, “That´s odd. Book besties should have something in common.”

 

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And you´re right. We should. We do. We just don´t like the same genres.

While I´m more of a full-blown Romance worshipper, Mirjam is more for Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Thrillers ( who occasionally reads romances and YA / NA).

While I´ll spend days / weeks swooning over Jesse Ward from the This Man trilogy and suffering from terrible book hangovers, Mirjam will chew your ear off with Harry Potter and will give you a Powerpoint presentation on Game of Thrones that will leave you speechless.

Our tastes couldn´t be more apart from another but we have one thing we do agree on:

Books.

That´s right. It´s not the genre that get´s us going. It´s the anatomy of a book. It´s the author, the writing style, the quality of a cover / print. It´s a story idea, book fans, reviews and so much more!

We don´t need to love the same books to be book besties.

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We talk about our latest book purchases. How we load our basket on Amazon and get the shock of our lives when we see the amount and then we sort that basket out with a tear in our eyes.  We discuss poor dialogues and editing issues.

Kindle Unlimited is also a favorite topic of ours.

We´ve even gone so far and thought of doing a podcast for books because we have so much to say!

That (!) is what a book bestie is.

Having someone to talk books. Talking about every stinking detail regarding books. We don´t always agree on everything but we do with most bookish topics.

She´s my partner in crime in all other areas in life. She´s my quirky friend who lives down the road. She´s my book bestie and bff material….

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… who has a healthy love for tea.

As it usually is with friends, our outer bookish interests go their seperate ways, too.

Tea. Mirjam is a tea drinker. Not just any kind of tea drinker. I´ve never met a person who knows their tea like she does. I find people who know how to remember which temperature is used for what sort of tea and how long to let a tea sit really fascinating ( because I lack that sort of interest and patience). I only drink tea when I´m dying of some Hell sent flu, or when Mirjam invites me to drink black tea ( that nearly killed me ).

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I, hereby, dedicate this Mug Monday to my book bestie and bestie in all other areas.

Here´s to you. ❤

I hope you enjoyed today´s Mug Monday.

Don´t forget to share the book love!

xxx

 

 

 

Mug Monday: Me, My Mug & Bookshelf Ramblings

Happy Mug Monday! Today I´d like to share a simple yet calming picture I did the other day. Books in blue, topped off with my everyday mug and my Ikea blanket that looks rougher than it actually is.

We all have those mugs we constantly use. It´s the one we always look for when wanting to drink something hot. A go – to mug, if you prefer. That mug in the picture is my one and only mug. I´ve had it for years. You can say that I´m slightly attached to it.

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As for the books- I´ve been rearranging my books ever since I moved into my own apartment. I treated my books as I do my clothes. Whites to whites. Blacks to blacks. And everything else that´s multi – colored goes on the awkward shelf ( Yes. I have one of those. It´s where I keep every book that has a busy cover or is so colorful that I can´t bare to look at it. Lol. Don´t judge. I already know I´m weird.).

It wasn´t until recently when I realized that I had just as many blue books than I do black ones. An idea was born:

Why not rearrange my books in a way that would pep my livingroom a little? Rearrange my books so my girls can think mommy is the coolest person alive?

My grande idea was to sort out the covers by using the rainbow system.

I´ve seen so many Instagram posts with bookshelves full of books sorted out by color ( First red then orange.. followed by yellow, green, blue, purple You get the picture ). How hard could it be to copy that idea even for my own pleasure? It didn´t look hard.

I could do it. I COULD DO IT! * shouting from a mountain top *

No. I couldn´t do it. * hanging head in defeat *

Needless to say –  My idea didn´t work out as planned. BECAUSE (!!!!) I hate to see series and trilogies separated. That drives me completely bonkers! I can´t have all Black Dagger Brotherhood books spread out like a willing chicken.

And the book size issue. Don´t get me started on that.

The end result of my glorious idea? I went back to my old system. Within seconds I felt more at ease. Such a shame. If only all books came in the same size…. life would be so much more easier.

I´ll just stick to taking a certain color out once a week and stare at the books for a while before putting them back. ( I´m sure that´s considered a bookish problem. Bookish problem #458)

 

Blue Book Feature

Kings Cage – Victoria Aveyard

Take Me Home – Nancy Herkness

Reveiling Ghosts – Jeannine Allison

Black Swan Affair – K. L. Kreig

Between Here And The Horizon – Callie Hart

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Greengate , Blue

I hope you all enjoy your Monday ( even if there´s little left of it). Stay safe and take care.

Morgana xoxo

 

Mug Monday & Collective Book Feature

Happy Monday and Happy Mug Day!

Today´s feature is for some of my favorite romances!

This Is Love – Caroline Nolan

Breaking Gravity – Autumn Grey

The Butterfly Project – Emma Scott

Into The Deep – Samantha Young

Archer´s Voice – Mia Sheridan

All topped off by a mug that´s probably just as old as I am! A small treasure I found at a garage sale years ago.

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Sadly enough- I hardly have energy to share any book related nonsense from my neck of the woods. I´m currently suffering from a mild cold and am doing my best to keep it mild and not let it turn into the flu from Hell ( like the last time..which was before Christmas). But I will say that each featured book in the image above is worth a read. Heart tugging romances!

I hope you all enjoy your day!

 

Much Love,

Morgana

xoxo