Mug Monday – Mug Gifts

Welcome, my dear Padawans, to another wonderful Mug Monday!

I´m not going to start on how wonderful it is to be back because even I can´t stand to waste another moment moping over the flu from Hell and telling you how boring it was to do nothing but chill. Life was boring- Now it´s not. Let´s get on with it, shall we?

Guess what this chici´s been doing while getting back on track? YES!

I´ve managed to get some reading done. Some much-needed and much welcomed reading!

And it felt good to be able to dive into a story again. What I read, you ask? Well, I managed to finished `Church.` by Stylo Fantome… That one practically killed me. I almost DNF´ed the book around 30%. I pulled through, though, and finished the damn book. ( review will follow shortly ).

Then I spotted an unfinished read from a few weeks back. `Tattered`by Devney Perry. I think I found myself a new favorite author. One I´ll be stalking at the RARE London 2019 book signing event in September.

And in my moments of silent reading the husbutt came home with a little gift for me. I admit… I always feel anxious when he says the words “Honey, I got something for you.” because he´s the type of guy who gifts me a screwdriver and claims it´s specially made for women ( insert the loudest sigh known to mankind ).

But this time… it wasn´t another screwdriver. He did the unexpected and…

…bought me a mug.

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A SNOOPY MUG! Be still, my beating heart!

A snoopy mug with the letter M on it! * faint *

Can I love this man any more than I already do? I guess so. * gg *

So, it said on the package that the M stands for magic. To me, the M stands for so much more. It stands for….

  • My blog
  • My name
  • The Mmmm sound I make when drinking hot chocolate
  • More books
  • More book love

For my kids the M stands for Mommy ( obviously ). For the husbutt… the M stands for More death glares ( because he obviously hasn´t seen enough of mine ).

I don´t really care about all of that, though. I got a snoopy mug with the letter M. And it´s in purple. So much positivity from a simple gift… ❤

Now the only thing missing is: a 5 star read! People, I´m desperate for a mind-blowing story! Let´s hope I manage to find one in the next days / weeks. Finger´s crossed.

 

Unless some of you have some AWESOME, TOTALLY MIND BLOWING, OFF THE CHARTS FANTASTIC 5 star book recommendations for me that you can name from the top of your hat…. If so, feel free to leave a list!

 

Okay, lovelies… It´s time to wrap this up and cuddle with a thick comforter on the sofa and read my next highly anticipated read from my apocalyptic TBR pile.

But before I go…. I was serious about the book recommendations. Lol.

Tell me about the last book that completely blew your mind. I´m dying to know!

 

Until next time…

Mucho love

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Mug Monday & Book Talk

Mug Feature

Rustic used look, dark blue

Book Talk Topic

Educational Books

 

Hi and welcome back to another Mug Monday!

While the book blog universe has been a little quiet I decided to use the slow days to catch up on other books I love. Educational books. History & Science books, if you like.

Yeah. I´m secretly a nerd. SURPRISE!

 

Well, I´m not a classic nerd. I´m not one of those Hipster nerds, either. I´m just a normal 36 year old who loves to wear sweats and hates her bra who ALSO happens to have a great appreciation for knowledge.

So, it´s not all about romance for me. Reading Contemporary romances is just a nice escape from reality. I consider fiction as my “fun” reads.

Reading History and Science books… Well, that´s my passion. I can spend hours studying the past and learning about the many things that have shaped our lives today. I can sit on one spot until my ass becomes numb reading psychology, chemistry and biology books. I want to know what makes people tick, what made people tick and how the world functioned hundreds and thousands of years ago.

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Does that make me a nerd? Not really. Just shows I love to read. ❤

As of now, I´m reading a wonderful book about books that changed history. Funnily enough, that´s also the title of the book. `Books That Changed History` by Kathryn Hennessy.

A brilliant read that gives insight on many of the wonderful editions that molded and formed the world as we know it. I´m in book love!

Without any hesitation I´d recommend this book to anyone who´s interested in history.

Now, let´s get back to the nerding bit.

It truly is something fabulous when you´re hungry for knowledge. But there´s also a downside to loving history and science. When you read as many educational reads ( I´ll just call my fav´s that because I´m too lazy to type out history & science ) you also know things. Many things. Can you guess what I´m referring to?

I´m a avid reader and a conversation killer.

Believe it or not ( Okay, fine. Believe it. Lol ) I´m the worst person at any family gatherings and other parties. A buzz kill. Husbutt even told me once that I´m like the music DJs play when it´s time to close a club.

And he´s right. But I can´t help myself! It´s an obsession I don´t want to control. If I´m not reading romances I´m reading educational books. And if I´m not reading at all then that only means I´m occupied with the kids, being a wife to someone who´s afraid of tall grass, and working in a lab. The only thing left is the History channel.

So, yes. Reading history and science books is wonderful but also less cool because you know many MANY things lots of people aren´t interested in. Husbutt tries to act interested but fails. The kids ask a question and then interrupt me mid answer with some other random question. My own mother hangs up on me when I start talking about how the british monarchy lost it´s power. ( Well, I did that on purpose because I was busy. I knew my mom would hang up on me. lol. Best tactic ever! )

It´s a curse to know things. It´s also a blessing because… I know things. Lol.

So, there you have it. I love history & science more than I love romance. ❤

What about you? Is there anything you enjoy reading besides the usual? What genre do you love that no one knows of?

Let´s chat! ( Don´t worry, I won´t bore you with anything I know. Lol )

 

 

Mug Monday & Special Thanks

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A gift

Bookish Topic

Blog Appreciation

Happy Mug Monday!

Last week was a week filled with wonderful moments and gruelling challenges. It´s been a week filled with things I´ve learned.

I´ve learned that….

  • I´d rather throw another party for 7 year olds again than for 11 year olds.
  • All 7 year olds are deaf.
  • Sympathy crying is still a thing with 1st graders.
  • Noah ( a birthday guest from my 7-year-old daughter) likes to show his one-eyed snake.
  • My husband can scream like a girl in panic when Noah reaches for his one-eyed snake.
  • My husband can´t handle Noah declaring his love for our 7 year old daughter.
  • Too many helicopter parents in my garden are more stressful than 7 and 11 year olds.
  • I´m the only person who can bake a cake that´s burnt on the outside and raw on the inside… TWICE! ( I suck at baking)
  • Never gift my oldest daughter a book because she will abandon her party guests and hide for almost an hour to read. We found her in her bathroom. ( Nice move, Mirjam)

I survived 2 kids birthday parties. I survived Noah. I can´t speak for my husband, though. All in all… I call that a success.

That was the stressful part.

The wonderful part was when I hopped on to the computer Sunday evening and saw the little surprises left in my notification box on WordPress. Tucked between all the lovely comments and replies was this:

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This. I was totally flashed when I saw this. What a wonderful shout – out from another book blogger! I expected the fan – fiction mob wanting to kill me with their death threats but I didn´t expect anything this heartwarming.

Thank you, Debby  @alwaysbooking 

You´re a doll for taking your time to check out my blog / posts and for wanting to spread the word. These shout – outs don´t happen often so I am grateful for the support and love. ❤ ❤
People! Go and check out Debby´s blog. Her “About Me” is a da bomb!

It then occurred to me that Debby wasn´t the only one supporting me. Other blogs have been doing the same with their comments, retweets, likes and shares lately.

A big fat THANK YOU goes out to:

5171 Miles Book Blog 5171

For some time now, these 2 ladies have been supportive in more than one way. Ashley and Sabrina have wonderful minds and kind hearts and you can feel that kindness and lots of love on their blog. No matter what social media we bump into each other… we have fun. Do check out their AMAZING Instagram feed! ❤

 

Books, Vertigo & Tea books vertigo

Danielle is a power woman on so many levels. Not only does she write fabulous blog posts ( I love her style ), she also leaves so much positivity and encouragement in comments. ❤ Whatever you´re looking for- Danielle has it on her blog. She´s a tea and book enthusiast.  ❤ Go and show this woman some love because she deserves it all. ❤

 

Of All The Books In All The Libraries   

of allSuziey´s blog is what it´s supposed to be. A place for all her thoughts regarding books ( and maybe a non bookish topic ). AND I LOVE THAT about her blog. She´s a wonderful blogger with a sharp mind and great style. Suziey has been nothing but wonderful and supportive and for that I thank her dearly. Follow her! Pronto!

 

TheWebWeaverstheweb

Hands down – This blog is lit. Arachnid Weaver and Spinette Spyder have created something out of this world cool! Love their style. Love their posts. Love everything they put out there. If you´re looking for entertainment and humor then you need to follow this blog immediately. Check out their posts. I´ve sat a few nights crying from laughing so hard.

 

The Cozy Pagescozy pagres

I just recently discovered this lovely blog and can say that I´m sticking to it like glue now. Nina has a colorful collection of blog content and she´s just such a joy to chat with. I´m looking forward to see what else she has in store for me / everyone else! Now it´s your turn to give this woman some love.

 

As for all the other blogs who have been super supportive –  I haven´t forgotten you. My body and mind haven´t fully recovered from last week´s birthday escapade. I hope I´m forgiven…

Still, before I set off into the land of blissful snores I want to leave an even bigger THANK YOU to the people who have had my back and supported me.

Even the silent ninjas who appreciate from the dark corners of the book world… THANK YOU for… staring / stalking.

It´s time for the Mug Monday presentation.

Are y´all ready? I hope you are. Just don´t get your hopes up because my lack of creativity has suffered a bit ( let´s blame that on Noah a.k.a the One – Eyed – Snake hunter)

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There you have it. The mug is gray and the book, `To Kill A Kingdom` by Alexandra Christo, was just the right book to read after my mentally challenging week. Review will be up this Thursday. ❤

But what I can do is leave my favorite quote from `To Kill A Kingdom`…

“Technically, I’m a murderer, but I like to think that’s one of my better qualities.”

Doesn´t that sound awesome? It does. Sirens, humans, mermaids and…. pirates!

Okay. That´s enough. I need to stop right here before I end up spoiling the whole story.

 

Book bloggers,

I love you. I appreciate you. I think we should marry soon.

 

Yours truly,

Morgana ❤ ❤

 

 

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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