Weekly Vlog 3 |My Favourite Decorative Books

We celebrate himself’s birthday and I make another trip to Kilkenny this week where my plans completely fall apart so I showcase my favourite decorative books from my collection.


September Content Planner Calendar Template

I’m definitely a planner when it comes to my content. One of the things I like to do each month is look up what holidays or events are coming up for ideas, jot them down on a calendar and keep that over my desk.

Even if I don’t do something directly related to what’s going on that month it really helps me come up with content ideas and planning on a calendar keeps me consistent.

You can save the image here or get the PDF version below.

September 2019 Content Planning Calendar

PDF Version


September Days of Note

From Holiday Insights

  • Baby Safety Month
  • Chicken Month
  • Better Breakfast Month
  • Classical Music Month
  • Fall Hat Month
  • Hispanic Heritage Month
  • Honey Month
  • International Square Dancing Month
  • Little League Month
  • National Blueberry Popsicle Month
  • National Courtesy Month
  • National Piano Month
  • Self Improvement Month
  • National Sewing Month


1 Emma M. Nutt Day, the first woman telephone operator
1 National Cherry Popover Day
2 Labor Day First Monday of month
2 VJ Day, WWII
3 Skyscraper Day
4 Newspaper Carrier Day
5 Be Late for Something Day
5 Cheese Pizza Day
6 Fight Procrastination Day
6 Read a Book Day
7 National Salami Day
7 Neither Rain nor Snow Day
8 Grandparent’s Day – first Sunday after Labor Day
8 International Literacy Day
8 National Date Nut Bread Day – or December 22!?
8 National Pet Memorial Day -second Sunday in September
8 Pardon Day
9 Teddy Bear Day
10 Sewing Machine Day
10 Swap Ideas Day
11 911 Remembrance
11 Make Your Bed Day
11 No News is Good News Day
12 Chocolate Milk Shake Day
12 National Video Games Day – also see Video Games Day in July
13 Defy Superstition Day
13 Fortune Cookie Day
13 Blame Someone Else Day – first Friday the 13th of the year.
13 Chinese Moon Festival – date varies
13 Friday the 13th
13 National Peanut Day
13 Positive Thinking Day
13 Uncle Sam Day – his image was first used in 1813
14 International Crab Fest Day
14 National Cream-Filled Donut Day
15 Make a Hat Day
15 Felt Hat Day – On this day, men traditionally put away their felt hats.
15 National Women’s Friendship Day – third Sunday in September
15 Wife Appreciation Day – third Sunday in September
16 American Legion Day
16 Collect Rocks Day
16 Step Family Day
16 Mayflower Day
16 Mexican Independence Day
16 National Play Doh Day
16 Working Parents Day
17 Citizenship Day
17 Constitution Day
17 National Apple Dumpling Day
18 National Cheeseburger Day
19 International Talk Like A Pirate Day
19 National Butterscotch Pudding Day
20 National Pepperoni Pizza Day
20 National Punch Day
21 International Peace Day
21 International Red Panda Bear Day – Third Saturday in September
21 Miniature Golf Day
21 Oktoberfest begins in Germany – date varies
21 World Gratitude Day
22 Business Women’s Day
22 Elephant Appreciation Day
22 Hobbit Day
23 Autumn Equinox – Fall begins! – date varies
23 Checkers Day
23 Dog in Politics Day
24 National Cherries Jubilee Day
25 National Comic Book Day
26 Johnny Appleseed Day
27 Crush a Can Day
27 Native American Day – fourth Friday of the month
28 Ask a Stupid Question Day (one of my favorite days)
28 International Rabbit Day – Fourth Saturday in September
28 National Good Neighbor Day – Always September 28, previously the 4th Sunday in month
28 Natinal Hunting and Fishing Day – Fourth Saturday in September
28 National Public Lands Day
29 Confucius Day – Try your luck. Get a Fortune Cookie.
29 Rosh Hashanah – begins at sundown, date varies
30 National Mud Pack Day

Graphics from freepik.com

August Book Haul | Second Hand Historical Books

TheBookShop.ie has a sale on at the moment so of course I had to buy a bunch of books. I got 18 books in total mostly historical fiction but a few contemporary and urban fantasy as well.

Some Highlights

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare Review

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1)

Title: Clockwork Angel

Series: The Infernal Devices #1

Author: Cassandra Clare

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy


Magic is dangerous — but love is more dangerous still 

When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London’s Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Friendless and hunted, Tessa seeks refuge with the Shadowhunters, a band of warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons. Drawn ever deeper into their world, she finds herself fascinated by — and torn between — two best friends and quickly realizes that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.

Clockwork Angel The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare Elaine Howlin Book Blog

Format: Paperback

Pages/Hours: 482 pages

Ownership: Own

My Rating: ★★★★☆

Tags: Historical, Steampunk

Themes: Love Triangle


“One must always be careful of books,” said Tessa, “and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.”

Review: I enjoyed this way more than I expected to! Will did remind me of Jace from The Mortal Instruments a bit though. I think it was the sassy attitude they seem to share.

Bringing the paranormal elements of the Shadowhunter world to the Victorian era was a very interesting idea. However, the language of the characters didn’t quite match up on occasion leading me to forget the era and the role of women is a bit different too. I understand the reasoning behind it and it is refreshing to read something with a Victorian flare and a contemporary mindset but it pushes the series more into the steampunk genre than historical.

If you’re a fan of The Mortal Instruments then you’ll be familiar with how the Shadowhunters world works but I think The Infernal Devices brings many new elements to it. It gives a much better understanding of how the status quo works and how it influences it’s members.

Tessa is one of the best characters to be introduced into the world with a heartache to rival Clary’s and the friendship between Will and Jem is unlike any I’ve read before.

“Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry.”

Get the book: Amazon | Book Depository

Read a Preview of Clockwork Angel below

Synopsis and book cover from Goodreads. Photos from my Instagram @elainehowlin_

N.E.W.T.’s Reading Vlog Part 1

Reading vlog for the first half of the N.E.W.T.’s Magical Readathon. I’m a little ashamed of my reading here. To be honest, I can barely call it a reading vlog I do so little reading! I do get up to some other fun stuff during the month though and I did manage to finish one novel.

Books Read