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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My Favorite Hiding Spots To Read

My second biggest issue as a reader. Finding hiding spots to read. Why? You´ll find out below. ❤

“Mommy!?”

“Dad, where´s mom?”

 

Those are the 2 most often asked questions in my house. I could be sitting on the roof and I´d still hear them call me. If it´s not the girls who´re looking for me it´s my husband.

“Honey?”

“Hey, I know you´re home! Your car´s in the driveway!”

 

The funny thing is, though, when I´m within eye-sight no one gives a hoot that I´m there. They only come looking for me when they don´t see or hear me.

But the big question is: Where am I when my family is on mommy/wifey hunt?

The truth? I´m hiding most of the time. Well, not necessarily hiding. I´m just in another room, reading or I´m actually being productive.

Don´t get me wrong… I love my little family to bits. It´s just when I want to shove in a chapter or two… they´re unforgiving.

Mothers face a harsh reality when it comes to reading. The easiest way to enjoy a book would be to read when there´s time. But what if you started reading a book and it turns out to be a proper page turner?

I´m one of those readers who can squeeze in a few pages / chapters no matter what time of day. I can read a page while stirring pasta. I can read a few pages while collecting dirty laundry my family so lovingly dumps all over the house. After 10 years I´ve become a master at reading while doing some housework. But still…

It´s hard to shove in some reading time when everyone´s at home. It´s even harder when the book I´m reading is so freaking awesome I can´t bare to put it down. Bedtime for the girls always feels like it´s light years away.

 

So, I semi hide from my family.

 

As a mom I´ve learned you have to fight for what you want, or be real sneaky about everything. Cookies, chocolate… I even have to hide the TV remote control. I love my little family but cut me some slack- I´m also a person with needs.

My favorite spot to read is, of course, on my comfy 3 seater but that´s usually occupied by 3 sloths named Eve, Lillian and Stefan. When do I read on my sofa? I hardly ever do. And if I do it´s way after my own bedtime because I still have the husbutt who likes to ask many MANY questions when I´m reading.

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That´s officially / unofficially my sofa. The one I get to admire from a distance with a tear in my eye.

 

When my closest friends ask where I read I usually tell them “between the washer and dryer in the basement”. No one really knows how much truth there is to my words. No one but me and the sloths occupying the house. You see, the laundry room in the basement is officially the home of all the spiders in the world- according to my girls. They´ve seen 20 legged beasts wearing Elvis jumpsuits down there. That´s reason enough not to go down to the basement. Personally, if I would see bling bling spiders in my hiding spots I´d burn the house down.

spider panic

One would think the bathroom is a place everyone would avoid but nope. That´s where everyone heads first when they come looking for me. The bathroom is out of the question for quick chapter reads ( at least in my house). What about locking the bathroom door? People, I´ve tried that. A door will not stop the horde from asking questions. Because the door is not sound proof.

 

 

“What are you doing in there? Are you reading? How many pages does your book have left? Is the book good? I have to ask you a quick question. Honey, your left backlight isn´t working.” The bathroom is the new livingroom.

 

 

The Kitchen. To be honest- The kitchen is a room 2 out of 4 family members avoid. The only 2 who are constantly in the kitchen: me and my youngest. The other two think they have to help so they stay out. This is my shining hour because when I position myself in the perfect angle then no one can see me. So, technically, I´m not hiding. My family is just too lazy to walk into the kitchen and look around. They call. I don´t answer. VOILA!  Over the years the kitchen has become my new favorite reading spot!

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The books this wooden stool has seen…. the long hiding sessions this kitchen has witnessed.

 

My bedroom is holy. Like- holier than holy. It´s where I keep my sacred books. It´s the cleanest room and the only place where everything matches ( wallpaper, drapes, furniture, pillows ). Even my books compliment the interior. But I have glass doors. They can see me no matter where I am in the bedroom.

bedroom
The unluckiest room for reading in peace.

 

The only other place where I would be able to find some peace and quiet for a few minutes would be my car. Do I want to hide out in my car in the middle of winter? No book in this world would ever force me to sit in my car and read. I have my limits, too.

Granted- I don´t always hide nor do I always read. At least not 24/7. But when I do find a book worthy enough then I do take semi drastic steps. I often feel like I´m in the minority: A reading mom who struggles to take in a few chapters. But I also think the dark numbers of people reading like myself are high ( that´s what I tell myself so I can sleep better at night).

It´s also hard to hide at social gatherings, e.g. at birthday parties, holiday dinners with the family and at after -work parties. I´ve tried pulling out my phone and give the occasional nod or eye contact as if I were listening to any conversation just to read a few pages from a book…

…. but I got caught. After that, things didn´t go down so well for me. I am officially not allowed to read at parties anymore.

Do I belong in the minority? Am I hiding for nothing? The truth? It doesn´t matter.

As long as readers can make time for themselves, despite whatever circumstances… then all´s good.

So, what did we all learn today? The architect who designed my house didn´t include enough hiding corners. This house isn´t reader friendly.  We also learned that my family loves me so much they can´t stand to let me read for 10 minutes.

 

 

What I´d like to know: Do you need to escape every now and then to read? Do you squeeze in pages / chapters during the day or do you wait until you find lots of time? Tell me your secret! 

 

That´s it for today, my dear bookish Padawans. ❤ I hope you enjoy your day. Don´t forget to share the book love! ❤


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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 ❤

 

 

July Bookish Review

Is it me, or is the year passing by way too fast? I could have sworn yesterday was still June.

 

 

Confusing as Hell when you lose track of time so easily.

Anyway- It´s been a highly uneventful month for me. Besides hiding in a dark house and skillfully avoiding any unnecessary movement, I managed to not sweat while reading. Wanna know my secret? Position 2 fans infront of you ( one for your face and the other for your feet ) and let them run on high speed. You´re welcome.

There´s no guarantee that your hair will ever look the same afterwards, but… We´re here to read without sweating. Not to win any beauty contests.

As for the books I´ve read: Well, I can´t shine with a glorious accomplished reading list.

 

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshawthe wicked deep

All in all- Not a bad read. But also not one of my favorites. I loved certain parts of the story and appreciated the setting but the end didn´t convince me. Review for The Wicked Deep

 

 

 

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

Again, not an all too shabby read. The details were fabulous and the writing was right up my alley. If only the pacing and timing were more balanced then I would have found this retelling fairy tale perfect.  Read my review for Belle here

 

 

On Dublin Street ( On Dublin Street #1 ) by Samantha Young On Dublin Street

A reread I decided I needed because I wasn´t in the mood to start anything new. This romance is what I like to consider a “golden oldie” because it´s… an older read. `On Dublin Street` was published 2012 and I´ve been rereading this book since 2013. The power of great romances! I´ve been a long time fan of the author and inhale almost everything the author publishes. Click here to read my review! ❤

 

 

Running Out Of Air by K. T. Swiftrunning out of air

A Netgalley pick. It´s smart, witty, sassy and complex. While I enjoyed this read I did a few issues with the protagonist. But otherwise, an entertaining read. ( To be reviewed )

 

 

 

Eight Goodbyes by Christine BraeEight Goodbyes

A slightly frustrating read with an even more frustrating Heroine.

My review for `Eight Goodbyes` by Christine Brae can be read here.

 

 

The Birthday List by Devney PerryThe birthday list

A touching romance without the tacky romantic clichés! I loved this book and the author´s writing. Will definitely check this author´s other works out. Check out my review for this fab romance here.

 

 

 

 

Of course, I had a few more books I wanted to read & review but those will have to wait until either the heat disappears or until I find more quality reading time.

So, it´s Buh- bye July! It´s been a lazy treat! Time to welcome August with open arms.

 

Did you have a good or less exciting reading month? What´s your favorite July read? Let´s chat. xx

 

Much book love,

 

Morgana ❤ ❤

 

 

Why You Shouldn´t Feel Bad About A Small Book Collection

This has been something that´s been bothering me for a while now. Enormous bookshelf collections.

You´ve seen the bookshelves from Bookstagrammers and BookTubers. You´ve seen the pretty colorful collections all neatly stacked or organized by color, size, genre, series / standalones.

And you´re sitting at home / work / school wondering: ” How?

Who wouldn´t feel a little book envy after seeing all those amazing bookshelves from book bloggers or avid readers? Uuhm… Not me. I have many questions before any sort of envy can pop up.

What do these people do for work?

How long have they been collecting?

Do they have a social life?

What jobs do they have to be able to afford so many books?

Do theses people know people who know people?

Have they slept with a librarian?

How many publishers have they had dinner and drinks with?

 

SO many books. So many bookshelves.

 

But guess what? There´s no need for book envy. Of course, we´ve all had those             “Aw, I´d like to have something like that one day.” moments. But if you really think about it- Those pictures are just pics from people showing off. Because most don´t just take a pic from a particular bookshelf spot ( as many do ). There are no cool angle shots. Nooo, they give us people a nice view of the whole deal, showing off their impressive book collection. Something like this:

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Picture taken from Pinterest

Lovely, isn´t it? I actually pity the person who owns that. Just the thought of dusting off all those books ( and it looks like it´s close to 400 ) gives me a headache. This is a clear example of showing off the pretty. Which is fine. I show off pretties, too.

 

The amount of books you have does not show any of us how much of a devoted reader you are.

 

I have a feeling that this needs to be stressed out a little more, although I believe many readers share my view.

  • You are not more intelligent if you have a room full of books.
  • You are not worth more or less because of your book collection.
  • You should not feel ashamed for owning 20 books instead of 500.

 

While this isn´t necessarily a case of unrealistic expectations ( because I truly believe all those people ( who upload those kind of pics ) have a room full of books. It´s more of an intimidation issue.

It pains me to hear bookworms say ” My bookshelf isn´t impressive.” That sentence is so wrong on so many levels.  I can hear the sadness and imagine the shame in their words. Okay, fine. So you don´t have 500 books. Neither do I.  Who says you have to? You have books- That´s impressive enough. I know people who don´t own books. ( A shocking reality for us book people. I always imagine books in their homes when I visit.)

Look. I don´t have the money to buy tons of books every month. And to be honest- I don´t have that much time to read. But I am more than proud to own the collection I have.

Isn´t it enough to just own books? What difference does the size of a book collection make? A bookworm is a bookworm, am I right?

The bottom line is: There´s no rule on to how many books you have to own to be a member of the book loving gang.  As long as you find joy in reading. You can have 10, 20, 50, 100 or more books…. you´re still awesome.

Own the fact that your bookshelf is the size of a cooler. Be proud to have 1 bookshelf with all your favorite books.

 

You don´t read for anyone but yourself.

 

So, in celebration of being a happy owner of a micro library… Here is my personal book corner.

private library

One would think that, as a book blogger, I´d have more books. And, you´re right. I do have more. But I´m weird. I have all my golden copies ( that´s what I call my absolute favorite books ) in the bedroom in a drawer ( Yes, I have a book drawer. Stop judging. Lol. As I said- Weird ). I´ve also cleaned out my bookshelves recently ( books I wasn´t too fond of found new homes). But that´s another topic for another time. And and and * waves arms * You should also know that my husband and kids have their book spaces as well.

 

Feel free to add your 2 cents! I´d love to discuss book collection sizes. 

Feel hugged and appreciated.

Morgana ❤ ❤