It´s Time To Tackle The TBR List

A book lover has 3 enemies.

  1. Time
  2. Money
  3.  The blasted TBR List

While some of you might see only 2 out of the 3 as a true problem.. I consider all 3 points a pain in my spring chicken bum.

Time is always working against me. There´s never enough money at the right moment for the newest release / newly discovered book. And that good for nothing, ever-growing TBR list keeps getting longer by the day / week / month.

 

The Struggle is real.

It´s like a vicious cycle that never ends.

If I do, by some miracle, have money for books, then I usually don´t have time to read.

The end result: I buy the books I want and they land on the TBR pile. And since I avoid ebooks I literally have a pile of unread paperbacks, neatly stacked somewhere safe, with the false promise that I´ll one day read those books. ( I have more unread ebooks but since I´m avoiding my Kindle… those may never meet my eyes )

book stack pile

It´s the same crap every month.

But it´s time to break the never-ending cycle. It´s time to be the breaker of TBR lists.

I am so done. Fed up. Tired of looking at all the pretty paperbacks and thinking I´ll get to those one day.

The brutal truth is- I bought all those books for a reason. TO READ THEM. At some point in my life, they all sounded awesome. Why I haven´t read them?

Because something always got in my way. New releases, social life, the latest fb gossip, a hot bubble bath session, dinner… There was always something that kept me from diving into the books on my dusty TBR list.

Not anymore.

My grande idea: To tackle the TBR list.

Now, hold on a minute.

I know there´s no way I will EVER be able to get rid of the mile long TBR list. I´m doomed for life. All book lovers are. Even the occasional readers who have miniature TBR lists are doomed. There´s no escaping. We´ll all die with a TBR list one day. ( What an awful thought. Bah. )

But wouldn´t it be fab if our lists weren´t a mile long?

Think of all the money we could save if we touched the books we already possess instead of buying new ones or accepting new advanced reader copies!

 

So, the idea of tackling the TBR list is there. Now on to the next step.

 

How Does One Tackle The TBR List?

I can´t speak for others but my idea looks like this:

  • Avoid social media
  • Avoid bookstores
  • Avoid Amazon

And while avoiding the internet altogether I´ll do the unthinkable.

  • Pick a book from my TBR pile and start reading.
  • Pick another book after I´ve finished the last.
  • Pick another one until the TBR list looks somewhat presentable.

Sounds pretty simple, right? Well, it is simple in theory but it won´t be an easy task. I can already smell the sweet scent of failure in my near future. That doesn´t mean I can´t try, right? RIGHT?

 

So, let´s raise our drinks ( Mugs, cups, flutes, bottles ) and make a toast!

HERE`S TO TRIMMING THE EVIL TBR LIST!

How long is your TBR list and have you ever attempted to downsize it? If you have then tell me your secrets! I´m dying to know how you did the unthinkable.

If this post has inspired you to tackle your own TBR list then feel free to join in on the fun! Shared pain is half the pain! Let´s create a miracle together. If not then I´ll be sure to give you updates on how I´m suffering from not buying the awesome new releases. But be warned- I´ll be moaning and nagging a lot while reducing the TBR list.

I hope everyone has a great day!

 

Many hugs,

Morgana ❤ ❤

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reading List- Febuary 2018

Alas! My Febuary reading list.

With Febuary being my second most busy month I´ve decided to keep my reading list a little smaller than I usually would.

But then again- Febuary is my birth month and I can´t NOT treat myself with just 2 books. Either go big or go home, right? Yes, I´m absolutely right.

Here´s my reading list for Febuary 2018!

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1. A Shadow Bright And Burning – Jessica Cluess  ( Fantasy/YA )

2. Forgetting You, Forgetting Me – Monica James   ( Romance )

3. Glitter – Aprilynne Pike   ( YA, Fantasy, Dystopia)

4. The One – John Marrs   (Thriller)

5. A Crack In Everything – L. H. Cosway   (Romance)

6. Prelude – Auden Dar   ( Romance )

What a chaotic mix of books! Some were recommendations from friends, others I found while snooping around on social media.

I can´t wait to start these and share my thoughts on each of them. Let´s hope  none of these end up on my dreadful TBR list.

Much love,

Morgana xoxo

 

 

 

 

 

Mug Feature & Book Talk & Private Ramblings

Mug –Ikea

Book – Dangerous To Know & Love by Jane Harvey-Berrick

 

I´m a person who´s mind runs a million miles per hour. I´m not much of a multitasker but I can think of many odd things all at once. I´ve been told it´s an Aquarius trait. Not that I would know. I don´t pay attention to star signs, zodiac readings or whatever else they´re called. I know my mind runs off while I´m doing stuff. A fact I can live with.

Monday and Wednesday´s are my days off. The girls are at my mom´s enjoying their beloved Grandma-time so that leaves me with nothing to do. Literally. With the house clean, laundry done and lunch cooked I have all the time in the world ( 4 hours to myself feel like an endless amount of time) to do the things I enjoy most. 

Call me weird but… I like doing nothing. We live in a fast living world where everyone´s running from A to B all the time. There´s hardly any room during our busy lives to properly relax. Unless we make time. That´s what I do. I make a point out of doing nothing sometimes. Why? It´s important for the mind and body. 

In my case, I like to read and drink hot chocolate during my relax time. I like to aimlessly walk around the house in my hot pink bathrobe and just appreciate the silence. I´ll sometimes look out the kitchen window and watch my neighbors chat on the street, I´ll watch others pass by my house with their dogs.. I swear, there´s nothing better than having enough time to appreciate the little things in life. 

While sipping my hot cocoa I took an extra few minutes to admire the color of the mug. Speaking of mugs- An Ikea purchase ( because I can never walk out of that place without something from the Dining department). Was the color turquoise? Blue? Teal? Then I thought of how great it would be if a book cover had that same color. The search for the matching book cover began.

It took me a full hour of rummaging to find what I was looking for. Voila!

WP Mug Turquoise
Book- Dangerous To Know & Love by Jane Harvey-Berrick

Okay, fine. Black, white and gray dominate the cover but there is a color splash of teal.

One of my all time favorite romances. And it´s an older one, too. Not one of those new romances where the Hero is some rich hot-shot who owns half a city and whisks a middle class 20-year-old off her feet with outrageous sex. 

No. This is a simple, relatable romance. It´s emotional. I love it. `Dangerous To Know & Love` is one of those stories where you feel the character´s pain and just want to do everything to jump right in and help out. I remember I felt like a peeping Tom while reading Lisanne and Daniel´s story.  They had a slow-moving relationship with relatable up´s and down´s.  I didn´t really suffer from any emotional trauma after reading this book but I do remember feeling so utterly satisfied and excited. 

There aren´t many books I cherish. I have a handful of books I call my romance Bible. This book definitely belongs to those. 

Two hot cocoa´s later I realized I was rereading the book. Something I wasn´t planning on doing because I have more than enough books on my oversized TBR list. Books that are anxiously waiting for some attention. 

I guess swooning over Daniel and Lisanne´s lovestory was more important. I have time, right? My TBR list isn´t going anywhere. A quick reread and another hot cocoa can never hurt… Especially not me. 🙂

I hope you enjoyed Mug Monday. Until next week….

Much Love,

Morgana xx

Book Info

Title: Dangerous To Know & Love  Dangerous to Know and Love

Author: Jane Harvey-Berrick

Publication Date: May 17th 2013

Genre: New Adult, Romance

Favorite Quote (s): “I don´t want to be defined by this.”

“I´m so fucking happy you´re here,” he whispered. “It makes it hurt less.”

Purchase Links: Amazon.comAmazon.co.ukAmazon.de

 

TBR Book Lists

You know what a TBR list is. And if not… be prepared to be enlightened.

TBR, in a nutshell, means To Be Read. TBR is often used when discussing books, bookshelves and / or lists.

When people talk about their TBR lists they´re basically talking about an imaginary and /or a physical list that´s 5 miles long with books that they´d either like to buy, or have already purchased but haven´t found the time to read those books.

Personally, I  have a few lists. Some on my phone, some on sticky notes ( which I always manage to lose ), a couple scattered in notebooks and of course, my Amazon wish list. Unlike others… I haven´t bought a book that´s been added to my TBR list. Why? Mainly because I know myself like no other. I´d buy the book and never read it. Because, that´s what usually happens with books that land in a TBR list.

Not that I wouldn´t want to read the books that go on one of my many lists. I just forget about them completely.

When you recommend a book to someone and they say, “I´ll add it to my TBR list.”, you can bet everything you own( house, car, cat, horse) on the fact that that someone already has a 5 mile long list full of untouched books. And the book you recommended will most likely disappear in the sea of book titles for only God knows how long.

Now- an outsider, a person who isn´t madly in love with reading would come up with a simple solution and recommend working off a TBR list before adding more to it. Technically- a brilliant idea. Practically- an impossible mission to accomplish.

In order to sit down and actually read every book on a TBR list a reader would need an enormous amount of discipline. That´s hardly possible when hundreds  thousands of books are out there, waiting to be read! There´s a lot of truth behind the words:

so many books so little time

“So many books, so little time.” If we were realistic for a moment- we´re not going to live forever. It won´t ever be possible to work off a TBR list because readers always add more books to it.  It´s a neverending cycle. It´s evil. It´s unforgiving. Even if we don´t live long enough to read all the books we want to read- our TBR lists will keep on living. ( see how evil a TBR list is?? )

I gave up on my TBR list (s) a long time ago. I saw no point in working them off because of one reason: My brain is like a siev. I can´t help it. I don´t want to want to work the list off because it´s exhausting.

Nowadays, if I see a book that interests me, I´ll buy the paperback and avoid adding to any list in the first place. I still have my lists, though. Somewhere…..  And out of pure habit I´still say “Cool, I´ll add it to my blasted TBR list.” See? Evil.

The best possible solution is to avoid making a list in the first place. I know that. Other readers know that. But can we help ourselves? Can we prevent our greedy selves from adding a book to our neverending lists? Of course, NOT. It´s a disease. We can´t be helped.

The struggle is real. Amazon is not a book lover´s friend. 1-clicking is the devil.

Instagram Book Box Feature

 

My Husband Loves His Bookloving Wife ( Me)

As a booklover I´m always trying to find things.

  • the right position to read ( and that can take a while )
  • the right blanket
  • bookmarks
  • the right food to munch on ( blind eating while reading is FAB!)
  • peace and quiet ( Yeah, that never happens )
  • the right light ( !!! )

Finding the right lighting can be a * cough cough * pain in the ass. I don´t want to read with flood lights, nor do I want to read with dimmed lights ( That´s a real eye-ruiner)

For the last 3 days I´ve been chained to the sofa, suffering from the aftermath of Chinese food. Sad, isn´t it? I love chinese food yet apparently, I can´t stomach it anymore ( or that new place I had dinner at wanted to give me food poisoning ). Despite my suffering I´ve found something positive about not being able to fully function. I CAN READ all day and night! Awesome, right? ( Talk about catching up on the mile long TBR list ) Yeah well, it was awesome until it was dark. That´s when the flood light / dim light / finding the right position came in. Tonight I complained for the first time about not being able to read a book with proper light.

That´s when my husband stood up and ran out of the livingroom. Mind you- my husband hardly moves that fast, especially when he´s already gotten comfy in front of the TV. When he came back he held out a device infront of me with a smile on his face.

It took me a while to realize what he was holding. Then it hit me and I loved him so much I was willing to marry him all over again. A HEADLIGHT!!! He gave me his headlight from work!! Omg…. Like…Oh. My. God! I´m in love!

This beats any table lamp!

stupidme See? How f*****g awesome is this?! stupidme2

I can see what I read! This proves that love still exists even after being married for 15 years!

BEST HUSBAND EVER! ❤