Mug Monday – Impulse Book Purchase

Mug Feature:   The return of the Ikea mug, turquoise

Book Topic: Impulse book purchase


 

Hola and welcome to another wonderful Mug Monday!

October is around the corner, autumn is scratching at our doors… It´s officially time to get all those comfy comforters and fuzzy socks out. For me, it´s that time of year when I can drink my hot chocolate without having people giving me the “isn´t it too hot to drink that?” look.

Leg warmers, oversized sweaters, wool coats and long scarves are a thing now and I´m going to enjoy every minute of my non sweaty life.

Living the autumn dream

And since the weather has improved I decided to take the girls book shopping. Their book wish list already has a decent size so it was time to get a few second installments for my oldest and some new vampire reads for my youngest.

Remember the promise I made to myself a while back about tackling my TBR list before I buy anything new?

I guess that dream didn´t last long.

The girls started collecting their books while mommy decided to just check out the romance section. Worst. Idea. Ever.

I wanted to cry. I wanted to fall on my knees and weep in front of all the beautiful book covers and apologize for making such an idiotic promise ( Oooh, that sounds so dramatic, doesn´t it? Lol )

Anyway- The girls found their treasures. Me? I grabbed a book on the way to the register counter. Just like that. I saw something from the corner of my eye and thought of how convenient it is from the bookstore to torture me on my way out with a great cover.

My eyes did a quick book title scan. `Optimists Die First`. Sounded pretty good to me.

Turns out, I picked a romance! Ha! Who would have thought?!

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I´m now the lucky owner of an impulse purchase.

Not my first impulse purchase. The same situation has happened quite often to me.

It´s pretty risky to blindly pick a book and buy it while on the run. There´s a 50 / 50 % chance of the book being completely shitty. But then again, readers have the same chances with books they´ve heard / read about before purchase.

I like the mystery of not exactly knowing what I´ve bought. Having no expectations what – so – ever is more liberating than having read the synopsis and testimonials before purchase.

 

Fingers crossed that my impulse purchase is also a 5 star read!

 

How about you guys? Are you victims of impulse book shopping or would you rather go the safe route? Let´s chat. 

 

Hope you all have a wonderful Monday. xx

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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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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 ❤

 

 

Book Review- Belle: A Retelling Of Beauty And The Beast by Cameron Dokey

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Belle is convinced she has the wrong name, as she lacks her sisters’ awe-inspiring beauty. So she withdraws from society, devoting her time to wood carving. Secretly, Belle longs to find the fabled Heartwood Tree. If carved by the right hands, the Heartwood will reveal the face of one’s true love. 

During a fierce storm, Belle’s father stumbles upon the mysterious Heartwood — and encounters a terrifying and lonely Beast. Now Belle must carve the Heartwood to save her father, and learn to see not with the eyes of her mind, but with the eyes of her heart.


 

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Charming. Enchanting. Easy for the mind. 

 

It was the beautiful cover that got me interested in this book. That, and the fact that I was on vacation and didn´t really want to read a book with 350+ pages. Instead, I picked this 204 page novel with the stunning cover.

As for the story….

Belle` by author Cameron Dokey is a simple and uncomplicated retelling of `Beauty And The Beast`. There´s nothing heavy or highly emotional about this retell. Belle

I would guess that adding overly dramatic scenes would have demanded more pages… so it´s no surprise that this book wasn´t the full-blown romance we´ve all come to love.

While the story was good ( as one would expect it to be. It´s Belle and the Beast! ) it still differed from the versions we have branded into our brains.

Belle´s life is different. The whole story has been worked on, giving us readers an altered Belle with 2 living parents and kind siblings.

The added family theme was a nice change of wallpaper. The details were ( to a certain point ) perfect. All was okay about this retelling version except for the subtle / not so subtle issues.

I´m a fan of details. In `Belle` I received a well-balanced flow of character development and details, which I fully appreciated. As I enjoyed the great story-build-up I also felt the amount of pages I had left to read. A little spooky when knowing there´s actually SO MUCH MORE to the story. I was a little over 100 pages in to the book and I was still reading about everything except for the Beast.

But I had faith. The book might be only 204 pages thin but there was still enough room to add the Hero. And that´s where I began to be bothered. The Hero is usually introduced after the first few pages, if not, then surely after the second chapter. From the point where Hero and Heroine meet there´s some sort of connection development from there on. In `Belle`there was nothing of the sort.

And when Belle and Beasts golden moment arrived I was slightly disappointed. Because it wasn´t as drawn out as I had thought it would be. It was actually short-lived and questionable, to say the least.

Even the big end scene wasn´t drawn out, as it should have been. In fact- The moment of moments was cut short. Belle and her family received lots of limelight and the Beast received a few pages. Correct me if I´m wrong- Doesn´t it add to the dramatic scene when drama is included? Thoughts on this, anyone?

The author has one thing going for her: Her writing style. It´s simple but romantic. It´s colorful and soft. Actually fitting for fairy tales. I found myself falling for her words and enjoying the way she wields them in her story.

What´s missing is balance and pace. Those two aspects drove me bonkers while reading `Belle`.

This is a complicated review to write because on the one side I experienced wonderful characters and great details. Character development plays a huge role in books as it gives a story life. Crappy characters = crappy story ( no matter if it´s a retelling or not ).

But on the other hand, the imbalance and slow pace – turned – fast pace were confusing and made my reading experience odd.

Would I recommend this book? I would. But only if readers approach this read without expecting anything major.

Would I reread this book? Probably not. I´ll stick with the other versions I´ve read.

 

The Cover – 5 stars ( Stunning )

The Story – 3 stars ( It´s basically Beauty and the Beast fanfic. I appreciated some parts while I didn´t appreciate the technical sides )

The Characters – 4 stars ( I can´t stress this out enough: character development is everything. It´s what a reader gets in this read.)

My emotional state after finishing this read – Meeh.

3 stars

This book is available on Amazon.com

 

Morgana´s Book Box Instagram Book Feature for `Belle` by Cameron Dokey

 

 

Bookish Problem #143

Happy Wednesday!

Something happened Monday. Something rather confusing and a bit scary.

Since I´m currently suffering from a cold I can´t really be bothered to read or do some much-needed book shopping ( as if I hadn´t already done that a few days ago * sigh * )

So, I used my Monday to sort out my bookshelves and the treasures I found there….you won´t believe it.

At first, I stumbled upon a book I absolutely love. `Easy` by author Tammara Webber. It´s an older book but still…. It´s a Young Adult classic I absolutely adore.

After swooning over that book I saw the same book in the same row, just a few paperbacks away.

Confusing? You bet!

I thought I had finally lost my marbles. I mean- having the flu can cause you to see double. I thought I was seeing double. But then I noticed the differences in the books.

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The covers…. they were slightly different. Same book only one with the original cover and the other one with an updated image.

Seriously? I had the same book twice on my bookshelf. How in all that´s pink and fluffy was that even possible? I don´t buy double paperbacks. Not even if I love a book as much as I love `Easy`.

Is this what it´s like when you get old? You become so forgetful and buy stuff double? If that´s case then I´ll stop right here and focus on ebooks only.

This has never happened to me before!

Scary is- I have no clue why I have the same book twice. I remember buying the first paperback. But the second copy? When did that happen? WHEN?!

It´s not signed by the author, so I didn´t get it from a book signing event. The only logical explanation I can come up with is that I lend my original copy to a friend and never got it back so I bought another copy. Since I don´t lend books anymore ( I´m a burnt child ) that can´t be the case, either. This leads me to believe that I´ve finally lost it ( and by “it” I mean my  wits).

Who know´s what´ll happen next. All I know is that I´m not prepared for more surprises like this.