Jane Austen July Reading Vlog | Part One

We’re just past the halfway point in the month now so it’s time to check in with how I’ve been doing with Jane Austen July. So far I have finished two novels, Pride and Prejudice and Unequal Affections. LOVED them both and I’ve watched two adaptations, the 2005 movie and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies which was ok…

I also read a comic adaptation by Sicks which was really sweet.

I have very little time for reading this week but I hope to get at least one more book read and I’m leaning towards Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld.

I spotted a few audiobook retellings on Scribd as well which sound very interesting.

Reading Plan
Death Comes to Pemberley

Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James

It is 1803, six years since Elizabeth and Darcy embarked on their life together at Pemberley, Darcy’s magnificent estate. Their peaceful, orderly world seems almost unassailable. Elizabeth has found her footing as the chatelaine of the great house. They have two fine sons, Fitzwilliam and Charles. Elizabeth’s sister Jane and her husband, Bingley, live nearby; her father visits often; there is optimistic talk about the prospects of marriage for Darcy’s sister Georgiana. And preparations are under way for their much-anticipated annual autumn ball.

Then, on the eve of the ball, the patrician idyll is shattered. A coach careens up the drive carrying Lydia, Elizabeth’s disgraced sister, who with her husband, the very dubious Wickham, has been banned from Pemberley. She stumbles out of the carriage, hysterical, shrieking that Wickham has been murdered. With shocking suddenness, Pemberley is plunged into a frightening mystery.

Pride

Pride by Ibi Zoboi

Zuri Benitez has pride. Brooklyn pride, family pride, and pride in her Afro-Latino roots. But pride might not be enough to save her rapidly gentrifying neighborhood from becoming unrecognizable.

When the wealthy Darcy family moves in across the street, Zuri wants nothing to do with their two teenage sons, even as her older sister, Janae, starts to fall for the charming Ainsley. She especially can’t stand the judgmental and arrogant Darius. Yet as Zuri and Darius are forced to find common ground, their initial dislike shifts into an unexpected understanding.

But with four wild sisters pulling her in different directions, cute boy Warren vying for her attention, and college applications hovering on the horizon, Zuri fights to find her place in Bushwick’s changing landscape, or lose it all.

Mary B: An Untold Story of Pride and Prejudice

Mary B by Katherine J. Chen

What is to be done with Mary Bennet? She possesses neither the beauty of her eldest sister, Jane, nor the high-spirited charm of Lizzy. Even compared to her frivolous younger siblings, Kitty and Lydia, Mary knows she is lacking in the ways that matter for single, not-so-well-to-do women in nineteenth-century England who must secure their futures through the finding of a husband. As her sisters wed, one by one, Mary pictures herself growing old, a spinster with no estate to run or children to mind, dependent on the charity of others. At least she has the silent rebellion and secret pleasures of reading and writing to keep her company.

But even her fictional creations are no match for the scandal, tragedy, and romance that eventually visit Mary’s own life. In Mary B, readers are transported beyond the center of the ballroom to discover that wallflowers are sometimes the most intriguing guests at the party. Beneath Mary’s plain appearance and bookish demeanor simmers an inner life brimming with passion, humor, and imagination–and a voice that demands to be heard.

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I have really been enjoying my Pride and Prejudice month, I’m so happy I decided to do the readathon this way! Next year I might focus on another one of her books like this too.

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The Drunk Book Tag

Created by: Pages and Pens and ChelseaDollingReads

Wine Coolers: You’re 16 and you finally managed to sneak one of your mom’s Smirnoff Ices. What is one of your most guilty pleasure reads?

Pretty much anything by Kresley Cole! Pure joy to read.

Beer: You’ve made it to college and are hosting your first kegger! Pick your favorite new adult or college aged book.

I haven’t read much of this genre… I can only think of two books that I’ve read and of them I preferred Voyeur by Fiona Cole.

Tequila: You partied too hard last night and drank a liiittle too much Jose Cuervo. What’s a book that you never want to see again (or, your least favorite book)?

In most cases, if I dislike a book while I’m reading it I tend to just stop reading it and move on with my life. One book I forced myself to read because everyone seems to love it is Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning.

Beer Bong: What’s a book that you read super fast?

All books by Karen Chance

Touch the Dark Embrace the Night Ride the Storm Cassie Palmer Karen Chance Book Spines

SPRING BREAK!!!!: You’ve thrown your inhibitions to the wind and end up having a sexy night you’ll never forget. What is your favorite smutty read?

Pretty much anything by Kresley Cole but especially The Professional.

The Professional by Kresley Cole Elaine Howlin Literary Blog

Screwdriver: What the most twisted (HEH) book you’ve ever read?

Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist is such an unsettling book to read.

Long Island Ice Tea: The melting pot of alcoholic beverages. What is one of your favorite diverse reads?

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a very interesting quick read.

Sex on the Beach: A drink that’s great in theory, but wasn’t exactly all it was cracked up to be. What is a book that just didn’t live up to the hype?

I don’t really read hyped books…. Wintersong by S. Jae Jones was a bit disappointing for me.

Wine: You’ve just gone through a rough break-up, so you park yourself in bed with your favorite bottle of wine, some ice-cream, and a bucket for your tears. Name a book that made you cry out all of your feels.

Falling into You by Jasinda Wilder made me sad cry and Last Christmas in Paris by Heather Webb and Hazel Gaynor made me happy/sad cry.

Last Christmas in Paris by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb

Strip Club: What’s the sexiest naked book?

I don’t really buy hard cover books with dust jackets but my favourite hardcover is my Barnes and Noble edition of Dracula by Bram Stoker.

Dracula by Bram Stoker Elaine Howlin Literary Blog Gothic Reads for Autumn

No Rest for the Wicked by Kresley Cole Review

No Rest for the Wicked (Immortals After Dark, #3)

Title: No Rest for the Wicked

Series: Immortals After Dark #3

Author: Kresley Cole

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Synopsis: In this next installment in the Immortals After Dark SeriesUSA Today Bestselling author Kresley Cole delivers a scorching tale about a forbidding vampire who lives in the shadows and the beautiful assassin who hunts him there. 

A vampire soldier weary of life…

Centuries ago, Sebastian Wroth was turned into a vampire—a nightmare in his mind—against his will. Burdened with hatred and alone for ages, he sees little reason to live. Until an exquisite, fey creature comes to kill him, inadvertently saving him instead.

A valkyrie assassin dispatched to destroy him…

When Kaderin the Cold Hearted lost her two beloved sisters to a vampire attack long ago, a benevolent force deadened her sorrow—accidentally extinguishing all of her emotions. Yet whenever she encounters Sebastian, her feelings—particularly lust—emerge multiplied. For the first time, she’s unable to complete a kill.

Competitors in a legendary hunt…

The prize of the month-long contest is powerful enough to change history, and Kaderin will do anything to win it for her sisters. Wanting only to win her, forever, Sebastian competes as well, taking every opportunity—as they travel to ancient tombs and through catacombs, seeking relics around the world—to use her new feelings to seduce her. But when forced to choose between the vampire she’s falling for and reuniting her family, how can Kaderin live without either?

No Rest for the Wicked by Kresley Cole Immortals After Dark Elaine Howlin Book Blog
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Format: Paperback

Pages/Hours: 356 pages

Ownership: own

My Rating: ★★★★★

Tags: Amazing Race

Themes: Cat & Mouse, Strong Heroine, Beta Male

Review: It would be impossible for me to pick a definite favourite from this series but this one would be a strong contender! I love both main characters and I really love the whole concept of a supernatural amazing race. The back and forth between Kaderin and Sebastian is just swoon-worthy, love it!!

Get the book: Amazon | Book Depository

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

Can’t Wait for July Releases

Sweep of the Blade by Ilona Andrews – July 30th

Maud Demille was a daughter of Innkeepers. She knew that a simple life wasn’t in the cards, but she never anticipated what Fate would throw at her.

Once a wife to a powerful vampire knight, Maud and her daughter, Helen, had been exiled for the sins of her husband to the desolate planet of Karhari. Karhari killed her husband, and Maud had spent a year and a half avenging his debts. But now all the debts are paid. Rescued by her sister Dina, Maud had swore off all things vampire. Except she met Arland, the Marshal of House Krahr. One thing led to another and he asked for her hand in marriage. She declined.

Try as she might, she can’t just walk away from Arland. It doesn’t help that being human is a lot harder for Maud than being a vampire.

To sort it all out, she accepts his invitation to visit his home planet. House Krahr is a powerful vampire House, and Maud knows that a woman who turned down the proposal from its most beloved son wouldn’t get a warm reception. But Maud Demille never shied from a fight and House Krahr may soon discover that there is more to this human woman than they ever thought possible.

Meet Me in Monaco by Hazel Gaynor & Heather Webb – July 23rd

Set in the 1950s against the backdrop of Grace Kelly’s whirlwind romance and glamourous wedding to Prince Rainier of Monaco, New York Times bestselling author Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb take the reader on an evocative sun-drenched journey along the Côte d’Azur in this page-turning novel of passion, fate, and second-chances.

Movie stars and paparazzi flock to Cannes for the glamorous film festival, but Grace Kelly, the biggest star of all, wants only to escape from the flash-bulbs. When struggling perfumer Sophie Duval shelters Miss Kelly in her boutique, fending off a persistent British press photographer, James Henderson, a bond is forged between the two women and sets in motion a chain of events that stretches across thirty years of friendship, love, and tragedy.

James Henderson cannot forget his brief encounter with Sophie Duval. Despite his guilt at being away from his daughter, he takes an assignment to cover the wedding of the century, sailing with Grace Kelly’s wedding party on the SS Constitution from New York. In Monaco, as wedding fever soars and passions and tempers escalate, James and Sophie—like Princess Grace—must ultimately decide what they are prepared to give up for love.

Brave the Tempest by Karen Chance – July 30th

Cassie Palmer, chief seer of the supernatural world, faces her biggest challenge yet–her own allies! Everything’s on the line in the latest thrilling entry in the New York Times bestselling urban fantasy series.

Cassie Palmer has been chief seer of the supernatural world for a little over four months. In that time, she’s battled two gods, fallen in love with two men, and confronted the two sides of her own nature, both god and human. So it’s not surprising that she currently finds herself facing two adversaries, although they have a single purpose: to wipe out the supernatural community’s newest fighting force, leaving it vulnerable to enemies in this world and beyond. 

To prevent catastrophe, the vamps, mages, and demons will have to do the one thing they’ve never managed before and come together as allies. Cassie has the difficult task of keeping the uneasy coalition intact, and of persuading her own two opposing forces, a powerful mage with a secret and a master vampire with a growing obsession, to fight at her side. She just hopes they can do it without tearing each other apart.

The Prenup by Lauren Layne – 11th July

The Prenup is set to be THE romantic comedy hit of the summer! Perfect for fans of Jo Watson, Lindsey Kelk and Sophie Kinsella.

My name is Charlotte Spencer and, ten years ago, I married my brother’s best friend. I haven’t seen him since.

Charlotte Spencer grew up on the blue-blooded Upper East Side of Manhattan but she never wanted the sit-still-look-pretty future her parents dictated for her. Enter Colin Walsh, her brother’s quiet, brooding, man-bun-sporting best friend, and with him a chance to escape.

He’s far from Charlotte’s dream guy as but they need each other for one thing: marriage. One courthouse wedding later, Charlotte’s inheritance is hers to start a business in San Francisco and Irish-born Colin has a Green Card.

Ten years later, Colin drops a bombshell: the terms of their prenup state that before either can file for divorce, they have to live under the same roof for three months.

Suddenly this match made in practicality is about to take on whole new meaning…

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Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

Created by Chami @ ReadLikeWildfire and Ely @ Earl Grey Books

Everyone and their aunt has been doing this tag lately… I might as well do it too 😉

‣ Best book you’ve read so far in 2019?

Oh, my gosh, this was a hard one to answer. I don’t have a definitive favourite book of the year so far so I’m just going to mention one I loved that doesn’t fit into any of the other prompts.

The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter

‣ Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2019?

Brave the Tempest (Cassie Palmer #9) by Karen Chance

‣ New release you haven’t read yet, but want to?

The Bride Test (Kiss Quotient #2) by Helen Hoang released May 7th, 2019.

‣ Most anticipated release for the second half of the year?

From the Grave (Arcana Chronicles #6) By Kresley Cole due for release August 2019 and I really really hope that doesn’t change! I’ve been burned before by release dates changing just a few weeks beforehand.

‣ Biggest disappointment?

Biting Cold (Chicagoland Vampires #6) by Chloe Neil

‣ Biggest surprise?

Real Murders (Aurora Teagarden #1) by Charlaine Harris

‣ Favourite new author (debut or new to you)?

Helen Hoang. It might be a bit presumptuous to choose her for this since I’ve only read The Kiss Quotient but I really loved that book!

The Kiss Quotient is available on Kindle Unlimited

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‣ Newest fictional crush?

I actually had very few new crush potentials to choose from this since a lot of my books were continuations in series. I decided to go with Duane Winston from Truth or Beard (Winston Brothers #1) by Penny Reid.

‣ Newest favourite character?

OK, she’s not really new but she is my favourite so far this year and that is Cassie Palmer from Karen Chance’s Cassie Palmer series.

‣ Book that made you cry?

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling. This was a reread but it still brought a tear to my eye.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is available on Kindle Unlimited

‣ Book that made you happy?

I’m delighted to say most of the books I read made me happy 😄 Truth and Beard by Penny Reid actually had me giggling though.

‣ Most beautiful book you’ve acquired this year?

I haven’t bought any pretty books this year which I will have to rectify before December. I’ve gotten a lot of second-hand paperbacks and none of them will be winning any beauty contests but they’re in good condition.

‣ What book(s) do you need to read by the end of the year?

I really need to make a dent in the pile of books I’ve bought this year and I need to catch up with romanceopoly.

‣ Favourite bookish community member?

This is so hard to answer! There are so many bloggers, BookTubers and Bookstagrammers I love and I’d hate to hurt someones feelings by forgetting to mention them.

Instead why don’t you share your blog, Bookstagram or BookTube in the comments for everyone to check out.

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