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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Spring Cleaning Book Tag

It´s the Spring Cleaning Book Tag, y´all!

For some reason, I totally missed out on my real Spring cleaning ( * snorts * not that I´ve ever cared about Spring cleaning before ) But I will keep the virtual tradition up and alive. I´ll even ignore the fact that it´s Summer. 🙂

I was tagged by the awesome @ The WebWeavers I advise you all to head on over there and leave some love because that blog is just brilliant!


RULES

  • Please link back to Daniel @ Page to Page
  • Respond to the scenarios
  • Tag 5 people (or however many you like)

 


Let´s do this!

 

The Tag

 

  • It’s time to make your bed, but you’re going to have some friends over later and want to pick the perfect book to place on your nightstand for them all to see that you’re “reading”. Which book do you choose?

I´d pick my personal romance Bible- Thoughtless by S. C. Stephens. There hasn´t been a book that´s reached the level of intensity this story has. And it´s really on my nightstand. And it won´t leave my nightstand. 

 

 

  • Oh no! The house needs dusting, but you just can’t put that book you’re reading down! What book would you buy on audio just so you could continue the story while cleaning?

None. I really, REALLY don´t like audio books.

 

 

  • Darn it! The ceiling is leaking! Turns out Mass-Market Paperbacks are the best things to soak water up! Which popular book do you use to soak up the water?

I´m not sure about which popular book I´d pick but I´d definitely use my mom´s Little House On The Prairie paperbacks to stop that leak. She tried to force me to read those books. She also tried to shove ABBA down my throat. I couldn´t escape ABBA but I escaped Laura Ingalls.

 

 

  • Bathrooms need a good scrubbing, and your 2007 Cosmos are a little outdated and need replacing. What book do you place in the bathroom for some light reading for when people need to take care of business?

`Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body´s Most Underrated Organ` by Giulia Enders. It´s a light read about how everything is connected to our digestive system. I´ve read it. I bet many would find it enlightening while sitting on the loo.

 

 

  • Family is coming over, but you have no idea what to make for dinner! You read somewhere that tearing up the last chapter of a book whose ending you hated and sprinkling it in a casserole dish makes for the perfect meal! Which book do you choose?

Gone With The Wind. That ending never sat well with me.

 

 

  • Organization is key, right? When it comes time to organize your bookshelf, you realize you have enough room (and money) to get three new books! Which books do you buy?

This one is unfair. My amazon shopping list has at least 35 books I NEED.

 

  • Finally, some peace and quiet! But, before you can relax, you realize you forgot to send your Aunt a thank you gift for the lovely “ADULT LIFE FOR DUMMIES” book she gave you for Christmas (maybe she’s trying to tell you something?). What book do you send to her to show her how much (this is sarcasm) you appreciate her gift?

My Thank You gift for my aunt would be `Learn How To Orgasm` by Betty Dodson. Because, I too, want to tell her something. * wink wink *

 

That´s it for this Spring Cleaning session! Now to the tags…

I´m tagging….

 

Of All The Books In All The Libraries

Books, Vertigo & Tea

Woodie´s Book Addiction

Have fun, ladies! ❤

 

Pros and Cons Of Co – Book Blogging

To be a single book blogger or to co – book blog….

It´s that one question that occupies a book blogger´s mind at least once in their book blogging career, no matter if they´re a single book blogger or not.

Should I blog alone or should I team up with a friend and co – book blog?

 

Unfortunately, I don´t have a simple answer for that question. It completely depends on the book blogger. Either a person is the type to be a co – blogger or they aren´t.

Both are acceptable and both seem to work wonderfully. There are single book bloggers doing all kinds of wonderful work with their blogs and there are book blogs who have 2-4 book bloggers working together, publishing a great mixture of content.

Despite both, the 1 – man – show and dream – teams being wonderful, they each have their downsides. Let´s do a quick breakdown to show the differences between the two by listing the pros and cons for being a single book blogger and for co – book blogging.

Pros for Co – Book Blogging

  • Spend more time with your bestie / friend and books
  • Blog content uploads more frequently ( more reviews, more promo, etc )
  • Include multiple topics to a blog
  • Divide blog activities ( give each book blogger a specific job / role, e.g. 1 concentrates on social media, 1 focuses on managing the site )
  • Networking is easier
  • Save time in many areas

 

Cons for Co – Book Blogging

  • Sharing 1 site
  • Not being in full control
  • Wasting time waiting for feedback
  • Not being aware of all blog activities ( social media, chats, author convos, etc )
  • Spending too much time with your bestie / friend
  • Uploading too much blog content

 

Pros for Single Book Blogging

  • No site sharing
  • Knowing what´s uploaded at all times
  • Freedom to make decisions
  • Not spending too much time with your bestie

 

Cons for Single Book Blogging

  • Networking is slow
  • Working all platforms alone
  • Less blog content
  • Waste time procrastinating

 

To sum this up – It all comes down to what a book blogger prefers. To what works best for a book blogger. Some enjoy having the company of like – minded people ( let´s call them besties for everyone´s sake )  while working on a single site.

There are many positive sides to co – book blogging, especially when there´s a huge goal they want to reach. May that goal be as simple as getting exposure or something as huge as becoming the world´s best book blog… When 2 or more book bloggers put their heads together they can achieve a lot more in a shorter amount of time.

It´s a simple fact that when you regularly upload content and divide blog work then you get more done. More reviews can be uploaded. You get more out of everything. There´s hardly a chance to become overwhelmed ( keyword: hardly )

But there´s one thing co – blogging doesn´t allow and never will: Being able to have full control.

This is where co – blogging might not be the right choice for someone who is a control freak or for someone who loves their independence.

Yes. You have to get back with your co – bloggers when you have an idea that might work for the blog.

No matter what kind of book blog system you work. No matter how tolerant your co – blogger might be. It doesn´t even matter if you say you´re best friends. There´s no way around the bush when it comes to making decisions regarding ANYTHING about the blog. You have to talk about your ideas / plans with your co – blogger. You have to, both, be on board with everything discussed before anything is published. And if not then you have to compromise. While that might not be seen as something negative for some book bloggers… it can become taxing when 2 ( or more ) can´t come to an agreement after a while.

It´s what I would call `restricted creativity`.

Of course, there are book bloggers who co – blog and make it all work.

“We do whatever we want, when we want, how we want… Our only goal is to have fun.”

And that´s perfect. If it works well then everyone co – blogging that way has my full support.

Like I´ve mentioned before – Co – blogging works out beautifully for some people and you can see that love on their blogs.

 

As for the sorry single book bloggers….

 

There might not be many positive sides to book blogging alone but there is one tiny thing that outweighs everything else.

The freedom of creativity.

Single book bloggers don´t have to ask for permission or run their ideas by someone else when it comes to designs, blog posts, social media posts, etc.

Yes. Networking is slow. Actually, it´s slower than slow. No single person can work as much as co – bloggers. Not unless book blogging is a full-time job for them, that is.

Single book bloggers will most likely post 2 reviews a week instead of 4.

And when a single book blogger becomes overwhelmed with blog work  then they know it´s their own fault and no one else´s. They can´t blame the co – blogger because there isn´t one available ( something co – bloggers occasionally do is shove the blame back and forth ).

Of course, all the slow networking and uploads doesn´t mean a single book blogger can´t achieve a lot or reach their goals. They can and actually do it.

Co – blogging with a friend is not always easy, either. It´s all about being able to find a common ground to work on and compromise.

I´ll say it again ( because this can never be said enough )… It all depends on the person who blogs. Co – blogging is wonderful and works for hundreds of bloggers. And being a single book blogger isn´t for everyone, either. Both have their advantages and disadvantages.

Co – book blogging or not – both have nothing to do with having / not having team working skills. Book blogging is a hobby for the majority of us all. You either want to share your hobby or not.

 

As for myself – I´m an ex – co – book blogger who now blogs solo.

While I definitely loved the positive sides from co – blogging I couldn´t help but feel the burden of the negative sides. I loved sharing the blog and dividing the blog work but I absolutely hated it when I had to wait for approval and not having my own voice.

Because when you share a book blog ( or blog in general ) only one voice exists. And that voice is the blog´s voice. There can be 2, 3, 4 or even 5 people sharing a blog…. the strongest voice is the brand itself and not the individuals who run it.

That´s the main reason why I left my first blog after 6 years.

Right now, I can say that being a single book blogger works for me better than co – book blogging. I just love my freedom.

 

What did we learn today?

That no matter what type of book blogger you are, you´re still awesome. You´re a great addition to the book universe whatever you decide to do.

 

Thank you for reading this post. Any feedback on co -book blogging or going solo is much appreciated.

Hope you all have a wonderful day! ❤

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Time For Mugs..

Here´s what I believe to be the perfect way to spend a day- Sitting somewhere comfortable with a hot beverage and a good book, preferably wrapped in a cozy blanket.

Sometimes I even get to enjoy a day or two during the week and play out that perfect moment. It´s kind of like an important ritual for me. A hot chocolate steaming from a mug and holding a book. It´s relaxing. It´s soothing. It´s heaven.

WP MUGS
A few of many….

 

For me- mugs and books go hand in hand. Well, any drink goes well with a good book but I´d always pick a mug over a cocktail/wine glass. Plus, there are more cooler mugs than there are glasses. And mugs are book-related objects. Totally bookish. * grin *

So, with that being said- I want to announce my new blog feature: Mug Monday

Mug Monday´s will be about mugs or anything porcelain that has a handle or can keep my hot chocolate or peppermint tea warm ( because those are the only two warm drinks I go near) including talk of my newest/latest read, book/social media gossip.

My kitchen is filled with mugs of all shapes, colors and sizes that it would be a shame not to include them in my book posts.

 

Happy Wednesday! Hope everyone is doing good? I'm declaring this day of the week my new ☕☆MUG-BOX FEATURE☆ ☕ Why? I'll gladly enlighten you😊😄. Because I have a kitchen full of mugs in all colors, shapes and sizes. Books and mugs go hand in hand, too. I'm always drinking a hot chocolate while reading a book😊🤓.☕📖 I'll let you in on a little private secret: Wednesday is my day off. It's a day where I stay in my pj's and slip into a fluffy hot pink bathrobe and hold a mug while I aimlessly walk around the house with no actual purpose. 😂😂😂 then I stand infront of my bookshelves like I'm in a bookstore, sipping at my hot chocolate. I know I'm weird but you have no idea how AWESOME Wednesday's are for me😂😂😂😂 Here's to those special Wednesday's! Share the mug/book love! . . . . . #wednesday #mug #hotchocolate #booksandhotchocolate #muglove #feature #bookstagram #books #instablog #instablogger #whatshouldireadnext #weird #booklove #cocoaandbooks #myquirks #bibliophile #bookworm #bookninja #whatidrink #lazyday #bookphotography #germany

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I´m looking forward to awesome discussions over drinks and books!

(Note: Instagram Mug Features Wednesday´s. Instagram Mug Features may or may not be included in blog posts.)

Much love,

Morgana xxx