Mug Monday & Bookish Private Life

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My daughter´s dream career.

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Disney´s Baby Princesses Mug- Purchased in Paris


Happy Mug Monday!

It feels like I haven´t done one of these since…. Okay. I can´t remember. Let´s forget about that.

My topic of the week is something I´ve been wanting to share for a while but with my girls around ( and me falling asleep right when Mommy Time starts ) it´s hard to share bookish stories about my private life.

It´s probably known by now that I have 2 girls. Eve, my 10-year-old day dreamer… And Lillian, my 6-year-old firecracker. They don´t kid you when they say you´ll never have two of the same kind ( and by “they” I´m referring to the neighbors, my mother, mother in-law and every other woman who had kids and even the one´s who don´t have kids ).

For a while now, my babies are living out the phase of making plans for their future.

“I wanna be a dancer / a singer / a firefighter / a vet. I wanna pick flowers for a living!”

Most of the time those bold statements are followed by these questions:

“Do I have to see blood when I become a vet? Can I be one without having to deal with blood? Do I have to dance in front of an audience, or can I just dance at home?”

Innocent questions asked by innocent minds and all those dream jobs and questions come from my youngest, Lillian. Eve has only had one dream job she´s been wanting to do ever since the job picking phase in my house started.

She wants to become a writer.

“Mommy, what do I have to do to become a writer?”

She´s 10, so she can deal with the truth, right?

The first thing I wanted to say was, “Are you sure?!” but decided I didn´t want to make her doubt her choice of profession.

“Baby, being a writer is hard work. It´s not as easy as you think it is.” Is what I say to her, instead. And it´s true. Being a writer isn´t easy. Not that I´ve experienced that at first hand…. I haven´t. I´m not an author. But thanks to the blogging years I have under my belt I´ve seen enough struggling authors to last me a lifetime.

“What´s not easy about being an author? I have tons of ideas, Mom.” And I see the determination in her eyes. She wants to become a writer and she isn´t going to allow me to crush that dream for her. She has yet to comprehend that I´m not crushing any dreams… I´m helping her understand the hardships of being a writer.

“It´s not only about ideas, babe. If you have the ideas then collect them. Add to those ideas. Write them all down. You can even use my laptop to write. Make sticky notes and plaster your room with them. Take a notepad to school with you, incase you think of something fabulous to write about. Just never let that idea disappear.  But, what good are ideas if you have no one who reads them?”

I think this is a point a lot of authors can relate to. Not my child, though. For her, it´s more than enough if me, my husband, both Grandma´s and a few school friends read her stories. And that´s more than fine. In fact- If that´s the route she believes she should take then she has my full support.

Have I mentioned how determined Eve is? Ever since our little discussion she´s been writing like a mad – child. Every night she presents a new chapter of her latest “Moonlight Wolf” short story and wants me to edit the chapters for her at night.

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Right side- My daughter´s chapters, waiting for edits.

Am I proud? Definitely! She wants to be a writer. If that´s her dream job then I´m the last person to object. Who am I to argue with someone over their dreams, right?

Now, to the mug…. Dear Heavens above! Last year we thought a Family Trip to Paris would be a great idea. All 4 of us, driving down to the city of love. The girls made HUGE plans. All they wanted to see was the Eiffel Tower and the rest?… They didn´t care much for whatever else Paris had to offer. Hubby and I have visited Paris many times before so we had a good idea on what we could do with the girls and how to make their city vacation a great experience.

We had it all planned out. We made charts and reservations. We bought tickets to all major tourist attractions to avoid standing hours in line. We were prepared. 4 days in Paris and we were determined to exhaust our girls and fill their minds with beauty and history. ( That´s a parent´s dream. If you ask my kids what they remember of our Paris vacation they´ll just say they had to walk a lot )

We were not prepared for the Disney store on the Champs Elysees.

Let´s just say we spent over 2 hours in there and spent more money than I planned to ever spend in a Disney store for Disney stuff.

Thankfully, I was able to buy myself a mug. A self-pity purchase, on my part. A note to all parents: Never take your children in a Disney store. You´ll never get them out. Not even the Eiffel Tower will get them to leave.


That´s it for today. I hope you enjoyed my little private bookish blog post.

Until next time!


Much love,

Morgana ❤

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Book Review: Glitter ( Glitter #1)- Aprilynne Pike

About The Book

Outside the palace of Versailles, it’s modern day. Inside, the people dress, eat, and act like it’s the eighteenth century—with the added bonus of technology to make court life lavish, privileged, and frivolous. The palace has every indulgence, but for one pretty young thing, it’s about to become a very beautiful prison.

When Danica witnesses an act of murder by the young king, her mother makes a cruel power play . . . blackmailing the king into making Dani his queen. When she turns eighteen, Dani will marry the most ruthless and dangerous man of the court. She has six months to escape her terrifying destiny. Six months to raise enough money to disappear into the real world beyond the palace gates.

Her ticket out? Glitter. A drug so powerful that a tiny pinch mixed into a pot of rouge or lip gloss can make the wearer hopelessly addicted. Addicted to a drug Dani can sell for more money than she ever dreamed.

But in Versailles, secrets are impossible to keep. And the most dangerous secret—falling for a drug dealer outside the palace walls—is one risk she has to take.

My Thoughts

The book cover for `Glitter` ( Glitter #1) by Aprilynne Pike, is beautiful to look at. The synopsis sounds really interesting.Glitter

I had a feeling I would be reading an out – of – my – comfort – zone novel so I dove into the book with no expectations at all. I wanted to be as open-minded as possible.

I enjoyed the first few chapters but then my interest from before wavered. The story became… dull, and in the end I had more question marks floating above my head than ever before.

But the main question had nothing to do with the story, per se. I had more of a tough time categorizing this special read into a specific genre. How do I recommend a book when I can´t even define the genre?

Technically, `Glitter` isn´t fantasy nor is it dystopian. It´s not historical, either. It´s not entirely Sci-fi but it´s futuristic with a dash of everything wrapped up in a young adult fancy package.

It sounds interesting but it´s hard to digest.

Politics and court intrigue set in the future where people dress in the late French Baroque fashion.

The writing was great but the story itself? Not my cup of tea. If I can´t relate to a character or fully understand and accept their trail of thoughts and / or justify their actions then a story doesn´t hold much worth for me.

The main character, Danica, wasn´t what I would call an interesting figure. There were so many things wrong with her. When you hit a point where you dislike a main character then it´s double hard to enjoy a story, no matter how good it is.

I´m going to be smart and say that the odd genre of this book and I weren´t a good match.

Would I recommend this book? Yeah. I can see others liking this type of read. It´s mash – up of Marie Antoinette and Breaking Bad.

Would I re-read this book? Probably not.

The Cover – 5 stars ( Stunning. Love the colors. A total eye catcher.)

The Story – 2 stars ( It wasn´t for me, although I tried. Too futuristic for my taste.)

The Characters – 2 stars ( Not likable.)

My emotional state after finishing this book – Indifferent.

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Book Genres – Mug Monday

Book  –  `Play On` by Samantha Young

MugLove Mug, Pink 

TopicBook Genres


It´s no secret that I´m a full blown romance reader. It´s my prefered book genre. Although I pretty much welcome any book genre I tend to lean more towards the lovey-dovey stuff.


Good question. Certainly not because I´m a hopeless romantic myelf. I´m far from it, actually. When confronted with romance in reality I usually don´t see it happen.

When my husband and I first dated he invited me to his place and made a heart shaped pizza for me. To this day ( 17 years later!! ), my husband hasn´t forgiven me for not noticing the heart and the effort he put into that romantic moment. And to this day- I didn´t see a heart shaped pizza. All I saw was food. Who can blame me for overlooking the romantic aspect of that moment!

Being a non – romantic person doesn´t mean I´m entirely immune to romance. I definitely recognize the full on love in books. I can spot a romantic scene in a novel from a mile away. I can smell romance before I open a romance book.

But what is it with romance novels? WHat´s the appeal? Is it really wise to want to suffer through a fictional character´s pain after a devasting breakup?

I have no idea. All I know, as a reader in the heat of the moment, is that it´s exciting. I´d even go so far and say reading about heartache and heartbreak is… fun. It´s all about the feels, am I right? Oh, THE F.E.E.L.S!

Maybe that´s the reason why I´m a not so romantic person. All these romance novels I´m reading exhaust me and drain me of every ounce of emotion. Who knows.

Speaking of romances…. Today´s Monday Mug & Book Feature is for a romance.

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`Play On` by Samantha Young is one of those full on romances with the typical emotional rollercoaster ride ( review )

It´s a cute read. It´s deep. It has quite a few ” Da hell..?” moments. It´s a Drama 2.0 read.

With a romance like that I can´t have a cup of hot chocolate without my love mug.

Yupp. You read that correctly. I have a love mug. It´s extra large and pink. What´s not to like love about it? And it matches the cover.

As for the other book genres… Here´s a rundown on what book genres I tend to grab after when the mood strikes me:


Believe it or not- I do love me some other worldly fiction. I like reading about bodies that don´t really exsist, exsisting in worlds as non exsistant as the creatures themselves. If a romance is included then you probably won´t hear me complain.


Same as with paranormal.



Nothing beats a good horror book, especially when it´s graphic detail. These types of stories make me turn on every light in house and sleep with a baseball bat under my pillow. I do love me some horror.

Mystery / Thriller

Yes and no. I usually don´t fancy mysteries or thrillers because I can´t handle the uber-suspense. If there´s a little from both added to a horror or a romance then I´m fine.

Action & Adventure

Anything that keeps my heart rate in the high digits is welcomed ( besides thrillers).

Science Fiction

The only genre, besides religion, that doesn´t do anything for me.


As an adult and a mother I see the importance of this genre. It´s all about feeling little minds.


I´m over 30. It goes without saying that goodle is my best friend and my worst enemy when it comes to health issues. Having a book on health won´t help my cause.


Self help? In my opinion- there are too many self help books for all kinds of issues people may suffer from. Too many people giving advice that probably doesn´t work for the mass.


Religion/ Spirituality/ Prayer Books

Without wanting to start a war ( because the world has suffered from enough of those religion-based wars already) I´m going to say 3 simple words: I´m not religious. Religion has made enough people do crazy stuff ( still does). Books on religion don´t tickle me the slightest.



I´m a history buff. A sucker for history. I probably have just as many history books on my shelves as romance novels.


Poetry is tricky for me. One the one hand I love reading poetry. On the other hand I can find certain pieces extremely frustrating.


I have a few on my shelves and would like to have more if they weren´t so expensive ( because history books are expensive too. I have to set my priorities somehow).



I love science. I love science books. Sadly enough, I don´t own that many.



Not really a fan of comics, to be honest, but I will flip through one of my husbands comics once in a while.


Cookbooks hold just as much value as a history book does for me.


There you have it. My likes and dislikes from the book genre world.

Is there a genre you prefer to read or even write? What is your absolute favorite genre?

Let me know in the comments below.

I hope you enjoyed Mug Monday!

Much love.

Morgana xoxo



Title:  Play On

Author: Samantha Young       Play On

Publication Date: Sept. 12th 2017

Genre:  Romance

Favorite Quote:  “If you’re to be mine I need all of you to be mine, because all of me is yours.”


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My Social Media – Like & Follow

And so it begins…. My social media is not really anything special but it´s a necessity. Not even I can get around my social media. As with authors- Bloggers can´t avoid social media, even if we try. Life without my social media just doesn´t flow as smooth as it should.

Why am I telling you all this? I´ll get to the point in a second….

The job of a book blogger comes close to one of an author´s. We both write and we´re both trying to “sell” a product. With an author it´s all about writing a great story and putting it out on the market for people to read. A book blogger doesn´t really do much differently. We write posts / articles / nonsense ( depending on the content ) and we want to share our published work with the world. Book bloggers “sell” their opinions on books and book related topics. Both need readers. Both depend on readers. Both can´t really survive without readers.

As with books and authors, book bloggers are a matter of taste. You purchase what you find interesting and you follow what you like. It´s as simple as that.


Book bloggers depend a little more on social media. Besides the personal blog ( where a blogger keeps everything well-organized and safe) there are other places many readers/followers like to hang out, or hang out instead.

We´ve got the Facebook people, the Tweeters, Instagrammers, Pin-ners, etc. These people like to stick to their neck of the woods and that´s perfectly okay.

Personally, I see my Morgana´s Book Blox like this:


This is a simplified visual from my point of view on how book blogging works for me.

  • The Blog is the home of my book universe. The place where everything happens. I´m my own boss. I´m the creator and I swing the Power Sword there. My WordPress blog for people who want the details instead of having to read short key points.
  • Social Media ( Facebook & Co.) is not less important than a blog. In fact- Social medias are blogs only in a different format. Personally, I treat social media platforms as the cool aunts of book blogging. They´re apart of the family. You hear from them on occasion and when you see each other you get excited and start feeling all kinds of love. And although you know no one can reach the level of awesomeness your aunt has- you still know there´s no place like home ( your personal blog).
  • Social Gatherings ( Book Signings, Book Events, Book Conventions) are by far the equivalent to Grandma´s new boyfriend. You´re not sure about the new partner. You´re questioning Granny´s sanity but when the time comes you come to accept Granny´s choice and even start liking the new guy. Same with book events. Most book people are introverts. They´re shy. Unless there´s some special author appearing at an event you´ll hardly get a reader to those over-stuffed gatherings. Of course, there are those who unfold completely at book events, like a butterfly spreading it´s wings, but those folks aren´t in the majority. 


Back to the point: Social media is, next to the blog, where all the magic for us book bloggers, happens.

It´s all about sharing the book love, book news, latest book findings. If a reader hangs around social media then it´s wise for a book blogger to do the same.

Book bloggers have so much to offer besides reviews. We share our thoughts and sometimes our secrets. We pour our hearts out after we´ve read a phenominal book. We give the ugly and the pretty sides of our world and share everything through our blog and social media.

If you´re a fan of a blog or a blog that has social media then make sure you follow and like. Never forget to comment and interact. Socializing is important for us book bloggers. We´re here to make the lives of book people easier.

I used to believe that pointing out the obvious was rude. Not anymore. Not in 2018. Support is needed everywhere! Be a book blog follower. Be a facebook page liker. Follow a book activist on Twitter. Comment and like reviews on Goodreads. No matter what you do- do it and support the mother blog and it´s cool aunts!

Speaking of- Be sure to follow me on my own social media platforms ( if you haven´t already). Just pop in and give a few clicks and maybe even a hello.

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Authors and Social Media

Author´s and social media – One can´t really live without the other.

When an author starts out the first thing they need is to become a public figure. And what better way to become a name ( with or without a face) than on social media? There is no better way because, believe it or not… Social media is where half of the magic happens. Social media is, also, where an unimaginable amount of people spend a lot of their time.

And when an author is great at mingling with the common foot folk then social media is a blessing.

But have you ever stopped to think for a second about what exactly happens behind the scene´s? Does an author have to use all social media available for exposure? What does an author have to do in order to become known? Question after question….

The ugly truth is- Author´s cannot avoid social media. It´s nearly impossible. If they do try to avoid any social platform then there´s a high chance no one besides family and friends will ever get to read an author´s work.

Here are a few of the many places where author´s can hang out:







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There isn´t really an end to the profitable social media list. With time, each social media site will celebrate their highs and suffer from lows but that still doesn´t change the fact that they´re still necessary. Author´s need to be where the crowd is, right?

But, where, exactly, is the crowd?

I don´t have an aswer for that question. Rumor has it that it completely depends on the genre. Some say it´s better for a paranormal author to spend all their free time on Facebook, and others say Twitter is the place to be for romance writers.

Many authors swear on Instagram being fully Fantasy, Young Adult/New Adult…..

But that´s just absurd because

  1. There hasn´t been an actual study done on the topic.
  2. Social Media platforms are not bound to genres / books. They´re for everyone.

No one and nothing can support that rumor because it´s different for everyone. Every author, every reader has their own thoughts on what works where.

There´s no true formula on which social platform´s the best.

There are a few author superheroes that make us believe they have it all figured out, though. Maybe they do know a few tricks on how to work social platforms. Maybe they develop 8 arms when the moon hits it´s peak. ( Okay, okay. That was unnecessary. But I often can´t help what pops into my mind.)

Unless an author has a wonderful team of minions who´re willing to help, there´s no way an author is able to be everywhere, at the same time. Aside from the miracle worker authors- I´ve noticed not all authors use every platform available. They use what works for them the most.

Some authors focus on Facebook and Twitter. Some work the Instagram, Tumblr and Pinterest mill.

Some even go through the efforts over at Youtube and upload book trailers, reading sessions, etc. Writers have become creative in alot of ways and it´s often really cool to witness.

My verdict on what social media is the best for authors is:

Everywhere! Meaning: Every platform is a good place for a writer because it doesn´t depend on where the most people are- It depends on which platform an author feels most comfortable with.

If Facebook works for an author- great.

Twitter? Sure!

Instagram? I´m on board with that.

The key isn´t to chase after the crowd. Author´s aren´t door to door salesmen. The key is getting the crowd´s attention.

Which brings me to my next point:

When a writer has their prefered social media platform where they´ve already grown roots.. It´s not wise to think all the work is done. Especially when the love gushing over a certain book has died down ( a painful fact author´s have to come to terms with ).

When the hype is gone, the fan base will cool down. Only a selected few hardcore book activists will stay. What then? Is it time for an author to move on and write something new? Perhaps it´s a better idea to stick with one book and find other ways to promote it? Maybe find more hardcore book activists?

This is where social media can be an author´s best friend.



Every platform is filled with book lovers from all corners of the book world. But what a few aren´t aware of is that Facebook and Co. are also filled with book clubs, book / author groups that offer wonderful extra´s for author´s and readers. Book people like to hide in groups where they can share their latest reads with fellow readers.

Let´s say the hype for an author´s book has died down. Comments slow down. Likes vanish. All the people who have been super supportive have disappeared into thin air. ( Don´t believe it doesn´t happen. It does. Every. Damn. Time. ) It´s a crucial moment. Even devastating because an author depends on likes, follows, shares, etc. Once the interaction slows or stops it can make authors doubt themselves and their abilities.

When that happens it´s time to take the next step. It doesn´t matter which step. It´s the action that matters. Preferably immediately.  If an author doesn´t take matters into their own hands then no one else will.

No matter how many blogs support a writer with posts and graphic quotes or honorable mentions…. Blogs and fans don´t own the author´s work, therefore, their hands are tied.

Of course, there are author´s who depend on blogs and fans to do all the dirty work promotion but that´s a different bedtime story for another night.

Author´s who want exposure and want their names to stay in people´s minds need to stay in the picture.

You cannot imagine how often I´ve seen certain books on social media. Sometimes it´s annoying when I see the same book over and over again ( especially after I´ve read it ) But that´s not the point. It´s the fact that the book is still around… even a year after publication date. Why is that?

Because author´s use their tools. They don´t fully rely on others to get the job done. They´re always on the look-out for new groups and games they can participate in so they can introduce their book to new readers. They collide with other authors.

They make it look like they never sleep.

It all ALWAYS boils down to the same point. Work the self-marketing mill as if it were your religion.

Social media is a warped place but it CAN be very useful for authors if they use their platforms well.

Get to know your social platforms. Learn to use them.


NOTE: This doesn´t just apply to authors. This article can be very helpful for book bloggers as well.