The Importance Of Fairy Tales

This blog post was inspired by another blog post written and published by the lovely Danielle, from Books, Vertigo & Tea. If you haven´t visited her blog already then I highly recommend you do so.


There´s not much more to say after someone else has already said everything there is to say about a certain topic ( read Fairy Tales And Why We Still Need Them As Adults ) so I will keep this blog post long and sweet ( Yes. Long.)….

Fairy tales –  For as long as I can remember I´ve loved the incredible classics from the Brothers Grimm or Hans Christian Anderson ( just to name the most famous). I remember my mother reading those classics to me, showing me her own favorites and us, then, discussing the stories. What I didn´t realize, as a child, was how large of an impact those short reading sessions would have on me as an adult.

Now, as a grown – up, and a mother of 2 bright witches, I find myself in the same position as my mother and I once were. Me, reading and my girls listening with wide eyes ( for 2 minutes. Then I´m not cool, again.)

I strive to teach my witches the good, the bad, and everything in between. My job is to not only love and form / mold them into sociable human beings… My job also requires to educate them, using all sorts of helpful resources.

The main resource ( besides the usual “Mommy Knowledge”) are books. There are tons of useful, highly educational books, specifically aimed towards audiences age 3-7. Then there are books aimed towards the next age group. I should know because I feel like I own every children´s book that´s ever been published * hangs head *.

Age category hopping continues until children hit a certain age and find their own taste in books ( should they still enjoy reading as young adults / grown ups).

But fairy tales? For some reason, fairy tales don´t have an age restriction / age recommendation. They never go out of style. They never disappear. They´re never forgotten. Fairy tales are passed down from generation to generation and will most likely stick with a person for ages.

I never realized how much of an impact fairy tales would have on me as a grown up. Sometimes, when I read a story, my mind automatically revisits some of those old fairy tales. Sometimes I spot them in modern YA / NA romances. And, sometimes, I go through a life event that reminds me of one of those powerful tales.

Would you like to know what else I didn´t realize? That my children actually listen to me when I read. Usually, they listen for 2 solid minutes before they start shifting and interrupting me with questions about dinner. How much of an impact fairy tales have had on my kids? Since they don´t tell me flat-out, I didn´t have the slightest clue. Not until I saw it with my own eyes.

It wasn´t until I went shopping with my oldest daughter, Eve ( 10 yrs.) a few weeks ago, when I saw the magic of stories.  Mind you, Eve is a dreamer. Her mind is always somewhere far off and I´ve often wondered how she manages to walk home from School without ending up in the next village by accident.

We were shopping. Everything was great until we were about to cross a bridge. Eve and I spotted an older looking man with a young girl who looked to be the older man´s child. It was painfully evident that they were homeless.

My daughter, the child with her head in the clouds, stopped and stared. Her normal reaction would have been to ask me if I could give them money, which I did, but before that happened she just watched them. Both, father and child, huddled together against the underside of the bridge, the girl blowing warm air in her cupped hands.  And I watched my daughter. I literally saw the wheels in her head turn and would have paid good money for a small look into her mind.

That wasn´t necessary.

Eve said, “Mom? Do you remember `The Little Match Girl`? That girl looks like her.”

Like I said, I thought Eve would ask for money to help but she surprised me first by making the connection to Danish author, Hans Christian Andersen´s devastating fairy tale `The Little Match Girl`.

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A bittersweet mommy moment, for me.

Of course, I was over the moon because my daughter actually listened, but at the same time, I was saddened by the fact that she made the connection after seeing life´s ugly side.

The end of that story? We walked over and gave them money ( because my daughter´s mission in life is to help the one´s in need. A trait I´m grateful she has. A trait I hope she´ll keep.).

My point is- Fairy tales are important because they send out powerful messages. They feed young and older minds with ideas and thoughts that will most likely shift minds ( for the better, I hope).

As a child, my taste was far different from what it is today. When I was younger I would have killed to listen to my mom read the `Town Musicians Of Bremen` or `The Frog Prince`. These days I prefer `The Juniper Tree` and `The Master – Thief`.

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A tad morbid, but I don´t mind. They have strong messages and in my book that counts for a lot.


A good story always has something you can take and walk away with. No matter what kind of an impact a fairy tale has or had on you… if you can remember it, then it has done it´s job well.

Is there a fairy tale that has made an impact on you? I´d love to find out! Let´s discuss the gruesome stories that have changed out insights ( or not ).

Thank you, Danielle, for the inspiration post. ❤





Mug Monday & Bookish Private Life

Bookish Private Life Topic

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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15 Funniest Book Memes You´ll Relate To If Your A Book Lover

15 funniest book memes guaranteed to make you smile, chuckle, giggle or even laugh out loud!

That is – If you´re a book nerd.


  1. When reality guy clashes with book hero.



2. It´s NEVER just a book!!




3.   1 a.m. is like Happy Hour for readers. 




4. Books bring out a readers chocolate side.



5. Everytime. E.V.E.R.Y.T.I.M.E.




6. Some things are just uncalled for.

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7. It´s not the love but the husband´s farts that forces you back to reality.

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8. His farts won´t be missed, either.

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9. Until my dying day. 



10. You tell ´em, Suzy! I got your back on this one.

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11. A book lover´s golden moment. The highlight? A powerpoint presentation.

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12. Some questions are better left unspoken.

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13. Have I mentioned how relaxing reading is?

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14. They never listen.




15. What? Jesus!

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That´s it for now.

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Much Love,

Morgana xx





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


Greengate , Blue

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

Morgana xoxo


Reading List – March 2018

Because working off Febuary´s reading list was so successful I thought I´d go ahead and introduce March´s reading list.

I wish I had more time to include more than just a handful of books for this month. But I think my husband might not appreciate me reading on our 13th wedding anniversay, which is also on St. Patrick´s Day! Also, I think my friends would kick me to the curb if I showed up at their birthday parties with a book.

I´m not even going to try to do that this year. ( Yes. I´ve tried it once. Didn´t go down so well. *g* )

Do I have major plans besides letting my hubby take me to dinner and help my friends become older? Yes! I plan to read 4 books.

It´s going to be a romantic kind of month:



Well, semi romantic. I´ve heard great things about The Silver Cage. It´s supposed to be a tragic read. Have any of you read it yet?

Then There Was You  – Claire Contreras ( romance )

The Silver Cage – Anonymous  ( dark romance, LGBT)

Brighter Than The Sun – Briana Pacheco ( romance )

Forgetting Me, Remembering You – Monica James ( romance)

All 4 are highly anticipated reads and I cannot wait to get my hands on these!


In case you´re wondering what happened to the Febuary books- Do not fear! Reviews are near! Be sure to look out for my Febuary recap to check out my ratings and thoughts.


I bid you all a wonderful weekend! Stay safe and take care.

Much love,

Morgana xoxo