Mug Monday & Re-read Talk

Hola and welcome to another glorious Monday!

Bah. * wave off * Who am I kidding? Monday´s suck big time and this Monday isn´t any different from any other Monday. Staying positive on the first day of the week is a greater challenge, for me, than being forced to read a book I don´t want to read. And we all know how that can ruin someone´s mood.

It´s not only Monday, though. It´s Mug Monday! I get to share another piece from my wonderful mug collection. In fact- I´ll be showing my newest purchase.

A beige short mug with black stipes. I cannot begin to tell you how much I love my new mug.

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Book: What He Doesn´t Know by Kandi Steiner

 

I´m in mucho love. So much so that I completely forgot where I got it. ( what I can say is that that´s my garden and the grass was ant infested )

Normally, I´d include a book feature from a current – haven´t – read – before read but… I´m in a re-read phase at the moment.

 

Due to a super busy schedule ( Yes. Life decided to show it´s cruel side again ) I can´t find it in me to start a new book and actually try to enjoy it.

So, what does a girl do? A girl re – reads.

Let´s face it… re-reading personal favorites is AWESOME. 

Some books are just so great that they deserve a re-read, a re-re-read and a re-re-re-read. And the best part about re – reads? You re – discover things you´ve forgotten or you suddenly realize things you weren´t aware of after the first reading round.

 

 

At the moment I´m falling in love with Kandi Steiner´s What He Doesn´t Know Duet all over again.

5 minutes here. 10 minutes there. Dramatic scenes after dinner and the heavy emotional stuff before bed. That´s what I call a perfect re – read session!

Of course, I don´t always read bits throughout the day and stamp that off as re – reading. Sometimes I do sit down and actually read from start to finish. Sometimes.

 

My personal favorite re -read book list

We all have that one book / series we always get back to once in a while. Here´s a small list of my all time – always within reach  favorite books I love to re -read ( links incl.)

 

Hands down,… this is my sacred reading list. My go – to books. The loves of my life. The books I keep in my bedroom because I´m afraid someone with breathe on them.

Granted, they´re all a tad older but SO WORTH IT!

 

Ladies and gentlemen….

What are your favorite re-reads? Do you prefer to re-read series or standalones? 

 

Hope you all have a wonderful day!  ❤ ❤

 

 

Mug Monday Instagram Feature

 

 

Instagram – Meet The New Book Box

1 year and 4 months.

Wow. That´s how long my Book Box on Instagram lasted. Pretty inpressive, if you ask me. I thought I´d give up much quicker. But I set a goal and I even reached beyond that goal. Now…

It´s time, though, to slowly send the old book box into retirement and let the new generation take over.

But before I introduce you to the new addition let´s take a moment to appreciate the old one.

book box

Old and beaten but still wonderful. When I started out taking pics with this box it still had 4 removable legs.

Now, the box has one leg missing ( it´s somewhere in the field in the next village ) and 2 legs broke off. The box now has one remaining leg.

I will miss using this box. Not so much the fact that it´s a real pain in the ass to carry it around ( because, it truly was a tad bulky and didn´t fit into any backpack or bag ). No. I´ll miss using this for creativity purposes.

The box will stay a part of my deco in the house.

As for the new kid on the block…

It´s much smaller. Much handier. It fits in all my bags and doesn´t take up half the space in my car trunk.

The box itself is smaller than a large paperback book. But don´t worry. I wasn´t planning on stuffing a book inside the box anyways.

Morgana´s Book Box on Instagram is getting a tiny make over with this little cute baby.

Tadaaaaa!!

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Isn´t it cute?

The little inscript on the lower left corner? IT WAS ALREADY THERE! * faint *

As if some higher power wanted me to put the first book box out of it´s misery. And besides, a million ideas flooded my brain when my eyes caught this little gem. A win / win for me 2x over.

Normally, I dislike replacing stuff with new things ( because if it´s not broke, there´s no need for a replacement). In this case, though… It was kind of necessary.

 

So, there ya have it. Be sure to stay tuned for more, new Instagram features  with and without the new book box.

If you haven´t already then just click here and say hi.

I´d love to chat.

Much love,

Morgana ❤

Instagram Feature: Morgana´s Book Box

So, it´s been a little over a year since I started my Instagram project- Morgana´s Book Box.

During my Insta – year I´ve learned many things about Instagram.

  1. The algorithm is the cause of all evil
  2. Bookstagramming ( Book + Instagram = Bookstagram, Book blogger on Instagram = Bookstagrammer ) is tough

A year ago I had a mission to grace the pic – world with my idea of book promotion.

And in that year I´ve seen alot, met many wonderful people and… well, I´ve basically seen pics. Wonderful pictures, crappy pictures… Pictures that made my nose wrinkle and pictures that had me rolling on the floor, laughing.

Instagram is a fun place to hang out.

My grande plan to make the book world a prettier place slowly died down around September ´17. The idea to present a new kind of book promotion became harder and harder with each week. I gained followers but it seemed like those numbers weren´t really that interested in my content. Or they were but the algorithm made it hard for them to see my features. Either way, it sucked.

Don´t get me wrong- I had ideas. I still have them. It´s just that book blogging doesn´t seem to function over on Instagram. Fun bookish stuff? Absolutely. But actual book blogging? Not so much.

I had a slight feeling that my book box idea was getting old.

As much as I wanted to, I couldn´t stick to one theme. It was time to expand my horizon.

Try out new ways to promote books. Because, that´s what I do, right? I book blog.

Besides, I´m pretty sure no one is interested in the bomb that went off in my kitchen or the unmade bed in my bedroom.

So, here are my new book features, sans book box.

 

  1. Inside a book. I like open book pictures. They look cool no matter what book you use. A huge plus point is the little snippet you give from a featured book.

Hey Bookstagrammers! 🤓how's it going? Have you ever been inspired by a book so much that you felt the need for a tattoo? My inspirational moment came after reading The Book Of Life by @debharkness. Or should I say- I've always had the idea but needed that special spark to seal the deal. I wanted my star sign but Aquarius doesn't have alot of nice symbols. And I wanted something small. Since Aquarius is an air sign- and the alchemical symbol for air looks simple and plain and not obvious or pushy… Voila! Thanks to Diana Bishop for that last push! 😉📖🖤 . . . . . #bookstagram #deborahharkness #thebookoflife #adiscoveryofwitches #dianabishop #witches #tattoo #alchemytattoo #symbol #starsign #aquarius #read #books #ilovebooks #inspriation #bookphotography #libraryofinstagram #bibliophile #zodiac #air #paperback #bookworm #booklover #booksbooksbooks #bookblogger #booksgalore

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2. Indoor Book Box. I´m an outdoor person. Nature provides so much to work with. Indoor pics are cool but not everyday. I feel limited when I´m doing indoor features.

Powerful & emotional. My daughter overheard a discussion I had with my husband over this book and asked the following over dinner, "Are you against people loving each other?" It wasn't the question that made us smile. It was the fact that our child didn't refer to the people as gay. She referred to them as people loving each other. My work as a parent on that department? ✔💪🤜🤛💕 Our mission to raise open minded munchkins is working. 😉 I still answered her, if not a little too proud, "Nope. I have nothing against people loving each other, babe. The story I was telling your dad about was just about people NOT approving of love and destroying that love." ⭐BOOK BOX FEATURE⭐ I highly recommend The Silver Cage by Anonymous. Despite the warnings I think this is something people should grab and settle down with. A book worth reading. A book that'll set all kinds of emotions off. I really think there should be more books like this out there. ⭐REVIEW available! Please Follow the link in the bio and check out my thoughts on the book. I hope you all enjoy your Monday! Don't forget to share the 📖💖 . . . . . #bibliophile #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookish #bookpic #bookphotography #read #mmromance #romance #tragic #novel #anonymous #thesilvercage #bookblogger #booksbooksandmorebooks #bookworm #bookninja #bookworld #allloveisequal #eyeopener #paperback #bookfeature #ilovebooks #instabook #libraryofinstagram #germany

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3. Close Up. A super SUPER close up of a bookish item. When you don´t have a book at your disposal then you dig out your swag.

 

4. Flowers. Another indoor feature. Since it´s freezing cold outside and nothing is blooming I´m stuck with working with fake flowers. Not all too terrible. I quite like the flowers after using 6 filters. 

HAPPY FRIDAY!! I cannot begin to tell you how happy I am that it's Friday. I could and would do cartwheels and dance the twist but I'm afraid I'll break my hips so I'll just sit on the sofa until it's time to get back up… on Monday. 😂😂 Why don't we start the weekend with a BEAUTIFUL book cover? Oh yeah, baby… this is something purdy💓💕💗 Sadly enough- I lack the energy to do a full blown #bookfeature. So, a super quick #shoutout to all romance readers who haven't read 'Prelude' by @audendarauthor yet. 📖📣 Read this. I really think you might enjoy it 😉💕 Now, if you'll excuse me- this spring chicken is going to play dying fish until Monday. Share the 📖💗! And have a wonderful weekend! Much love…. moi. 💗💗 . . . . . #bookish #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookphotography #bookpic #prettybooks #romance #paperback #audendar #bookblog #bloggersofinstagram #bibliophile #bookworm #read #booklove #ilovebooks

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5. Me. Yes. It´s happened. I crossed the book promotion line and posted a pic of myself. It´s book related. Anything book related goes, right? 

 

Anyone following Morgana´s Book Box on Instagram will be seeing more than just book box pictures. It´s time for creativity to take over!

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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.

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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

New Book Box Instagram Features

Instagram- Oh, how I love you!

It´s been almost a year and I can say, without a doubt, that my Instagram project is the best thing that could have happened to me. I´ve met so many great people and have seen so many wonderful book recommendations….. It´s overwhelming in the best way possible! I´ve also learned that not everything has to be about promoting books. It´s also about capturing moments and making memories. I might have used my children once or twice, LOL…. but that, too, was worth it. Before I go all emotional on you guys…. let me show my latest Instagram creations…. Ready? I hope you enjoy. xoxo

Happt Thursday!!! Only one more day and I can do my official dance around the coffee table and celebrate the weekend again! 🤓😉😄 My lazy days will be well spent with reading and decorating the house for Halloween!🎃🕷🕸🦇 Which will be fun because people in my town don't really celebrate Halloween. Our house will be the only spooky looking house 😂 Which reminds me of a story I read a while back… 🎃BOOK BOX FEATURE🎃 for 'Beautiful Darkness' (Caster Chronicles #2) by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl. Say what you want about this story… I think it's cute and so adventurous😄😍 Perfect time of the year for a reread, don't ya think? Okay, instapeople… I gotta get these million + reviews done. Hope you all enjoy your day. Share the 📖💜 . . . . . #autumn #pumpkin #bookstagram #books #ilovecolors #bookfeature #youngadult #fantasy #hardcoverbooks #beautifuldarkness #kamigarcia #bookphotography #germany

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Fall pic 2017.

She's weird, she's quirky, she's my baby. 💜 Caught her smelling my books… again. Life is never boring with that child💜💜 . I saw a post from my fellow ghettostagrammer @fetteredmatriarch and I was so touched by her personal #5piecesofselflove list. Kacy did amazing and I love her for being so brave to self- love.💗💗 . There's a fine line between self love and arrogance but Kacy nailed it. Self love is important for everyone. So, here are my #5piecesofselflove . . 💜 I love that I'm organized. Many have said that I have an OCD but in reality I just enjoy being organized. Makes my life easier. 💜I love my own food. Yupp. I'm a fab cook and can make a mean meal from scratch😉 💜I love that I'm a giver. Whether it's food or clothes or a helping hand… I give and it makes me feel good. 💜I love my "live and let live" mind-set. Having that makes room for the important things that really matter in life. 💜 I love that I'm fierce. I don't shy away from people or problems. I confront them with full force ASAP. Otherwise, I'll get more wrinkles than I already have. So, that's me. A short version of who I am. I wasn't always like this. It took time and alot of learning from mistakes but I got to the point where I truly love myself. I am the person I hope my girls look up to. I am the person I wish my girls will one day become. Because there is nothing in this world that should ever make them feel anything less than they are: kind, caring, curious, smart and full of love. Thank you @fetteredmatriarch for the post and tag😙😙 Should anyone want to add their own 2 cents or would like to participate then feel free to tag me so I can read all your beautiful self love posts 💗💗💗💗 @woodiesreads . . . . . #books #bookblog #booktag #selflove #girls #mybaby #booksmell #weirdkid #bibliophile #bookworld #bookaddict #bookstagram #booknerd #paperback #germany #bookphotography #booksandkids #instabook #instaread #inspriation #lifegoals #bookworm #bookpic #blackandwhite

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This. I love this so much. My youngest daughter, Lillian Elizabeth, smelling books. She does that from time to time and I don´t stop her. Lol. Everyone needs something awkward to do, right?

**Warning** Excuse the post below. Emotions always run wild when talking about this BOOK BOX FEATURE💗. Happy Sunday, everyone! 🤓So, today… it dawned on me that I haven't shared my absolute fav romance with you guys. Okay… ready? BRACE yourselves, my dear friends, because I am going to go all bat-shit crazy over this one. *35 yr old getting ready to act like a loon* 'Thoughless' by @sc_stephens_ 💗 I swear by all that's pink and fluffy… he is THE ONE. *insert Bang Bang song* *imagine my emotional breakdown* BOOK BF GALORE! HE'S GENTLE. HE'S GOT FIRE. HE'S EMOTIONAL. HE'S BEAUTIFUL. HE'S A MUSICIAN. HE'S GOT STYLE. HE'S…. good Lord, PERFECT. 😍😭🙈😔🤓😂😊💗💗😘 And for the story- I think it's brilliantly told. What a mental love triangle! And… besides Outlander… the most reread story EVER! If you haven't already.. you need to check these books out. So much LOVE and PAIN… OKIDOKI, people… hope you all have a lovely day! And don't forget to share the book love! 📚💗 . . . . . #bookfeature #bookaddict #youngadult #romance #ilovebooks #love #lovetriangles #kellankyle #scstephens #heartbreak #paperback #series #books #addictedtoreading #favoritebook #bookphotography #bookpic #bookish #feature #igreads #bookstagram #bloggersofinstagram #instabook #outdoor #fangirl #havingamoment #bookboyfriend #booksbooksbooks #read #recommended

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This pic has made my top 10 list of fav´s.

"Get busy living, or get busy dying". 🖤 One of my fav quotes by Stephen King. Those words were an eye opener 👀 during a time in my life where I felt the pressure of trying to be the perfect mother, perfect wife and perfect everything else. I've heard those words so often in my life but when I truly HEARD them I realized I didn't want to be perfect. I didn't need to be. I like to think that that was the moment I began to live.🖤 Do you have a quote that changed your life, opened your eyes or made any other impact on you? 🖤🖤 . . . . . #wordporn #quotes #words #meaning #lifechanging #openyoureyes #bookstagram #books #paperbacks #bookish #baskets #bookphotography #bookpic #lit #read #igreads #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #igbooks #bibliophile #instalike #instapic #stephenking #notsoperfect #bookrelated #ihavelivedathousandlives #bookworm #bookninja #bookishgirl #question

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Don´t ask. I had a hard time getting those baskets into place. The rest is just exhausting but it was worth the effort.

⭐PARENT FAIL⭐BOOK AWESOMENESS⭐ 😂🙈My oldest daughter ( 10 yrs ) got caught reading her book during class today. I asked her why she wasn't paying attention in school (as she should have) and her answer was; "Mom, you told me you read so you can escape real life without having to go anywhere. That's what I told my teacher. I wanted to escape Math class without having to leave." 🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈 These are the moments I don't know if I should give her a high five or not. #books #booksandchildren #bookishgirl #girl #imintrouble #lordhelpme #awesome #proudmommymoment #read #bookish #thethingskidssay #mommysfootsteps #instapic #bookstagram #parentfail #bookstagram #bookblog #bookblogger #bloggerlove #blog #smartass #truth #school #📚 #bookworm #book #instalike #instablogger #germany

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My favorite. Everything I love in one picture. My two girls and books. ❤