Category: Book Tags

The Pancake Book Tag Mukbang

I love pancakes so I when I came across this tag I had to do it and I had to eat some pancakes while doing it! The Pancake Book Tag created by Blogs of a Bookaholic

Pancakes and a sprinkling of sugar – A Book that has a dusting of beautiful prose/descriptions

The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje

Pancakes and Lemon Drizzle – A Sharp character in wit or temperment

I’m not sure what is meant by sharp but a very witty character is Will from Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare. He’s very quick with a humorous remark.

Pancakes and Chocolate Nutella Drizzle – A Comforting read you could devour again and again

Falling for a Dancer by Deirdre Purcell. I have already read this multiple times and I will read it again and again.

Colin Farrell in Falling for a Dancer

Pancakes and Golden Syrup – A novel that gave you a seriously bad book hangover

Reap the Wind by Karen Chance. Oh, man! I was in a daze after finishing this!

Pancakes, Strawberries and Cream – a book that gave you all the indulgent feels

Classics give me this feeling. Something like North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell. They give me the feeling like I’m settling in for something really good.

North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell Elaine Howlin Literary Blog

Pancakes and Blueberries – A character that seems sharp at first, but actually has hidden depths

Again I’m not sure what is meant by sharp but Pritkin from the Cassie Palmer series by Karen Chance came across quite differently when he was first introduced. He seemed like a simple character but there was a lot more going on with him.


Pancakes and Banana Toffee – a book with a slippery plot that kept you guessing

Arcana Chronicles by Kresley Cole. This whole series has kept me on my toes! There has been a few times where I thought I had things figured out and then WHAM! I have no idea what’s going to happen in the end.

Pancakes and Crispy Bacon – A romantic pairing you weren’t sure you’d like at first but that ended up being the perfect match

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. I didn’t like the pairing at first but I can see they are well suited.

Pancakes and Peanut Butter – a character that makes you recoil

Asking for It by Louise O’Neill. The boys in this book are simply disgusting.

Pancakes with a Bit of Everything – a book with wonderfully diverse characters

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang. Korean characters and characters with autism which is something I have never read about before.

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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

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


‣ 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_

Books I Want to Read But Don’t Want to Read Tag

I found this book tag on Chelle’s Book Ramblings be sure to check out her post too and share the love ❤

I think the main reason my TBR stays as big as it is is that I feel this way about so many books. Something will catch my attention, I’ll want to read it and add it to my pile but then I never actually pick it up despite looking at it and thinking “I must read that soon”. So here are some of those books…

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A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Oh my gosh, the hype around this series and this author in general is unreal! Every time I come across it I think I must read it and I’ve bought the first book but still haven’t gotten around to it.


Kushiel's Dart (Phèdre's Trilogy, #1)

Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey

This book is just over 1000 pages long which is pretty daunting but I’ve heard such good things about it I really want to read it. I keep putting if off because I’m afraid it’s going to take 300 pages for it to really get into the story and that’s pretty much an entire regular length book.


Angels' Blood (Guild Hunter, #1)

Angel’s Blood by Nalini Singh

I have this ebook sitting on my kindle since 2013. I have no reason for not reading it. I like the author and it’s right smack in my genre. I think I’m just so used to saying I’ll read it later that I just keep doing it.


I’m not in school anymore so I’m going to mention a classic

Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

I have no idea why I haven’t read this yet! I love the adaptations of it and I’ve read a few retellings but never the actual book. I feel like I’m so familiar with the story there’s no real reason to read it.


Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke

This book is just over 1000 pages long as well and has an historical and magical setting. I feel like I might struggle to keep up with what’s happening in it.


Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

I feel this way about most classics I just picked Jane Eyre because it’s been on my shelf for awhile now. I think this about classics because I’m often familiar with the plot and I just expect them to be less exciting. I’m almost always corrected by the reading of them though.


Every book

I’m very much a mood reader. I’ve read books and disliked them but loved them on rereads because I wasn’t in the right mood the first time I read them.

I read a few very different genres though as well so my mood decides whether I want romance or horror or whatever.


The Lesser Bohemians

The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride

I’m unsure about this one because the entire book is written as a stream of consciousness. It seems like it will be a bit of a struggle to read at least at the beginning.

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The Nightmare before Christmas Tag


Making Christmas, making Christmas
Is so fine
It’s ours this time
And won’t the children be surprised
It’s ours this time

I found this tag on Motherbucker Blog (such a good name!)


Related image Sally – A book with a character who loves someone so much and actually gets them in the end

Well, a lot of romance books would fit this one. Since it’s Christmas I’m going to go with a Christmas book, An Ex for Christmas by Lauren Layne. This is a really sweet friends to lovers Christmas romance about a girl who is told by a psychic that she has already met the man she will be with forever so she assumes it’s one of her exes. Turns out it’s her best friend who’s madly in love with her!



An Ex for ChristmasShe’s making a list—and checking it twice. But is there a nice guy among all her naughty exes? The New York Times bestselling author of Blurred Lines returns with a charming friends-to-lovers rom-com.

When a psychic tells spunky, superstitious Kelly Byrne that she’s already met her true love, she becomes obsessed with the idea of tracking him down before Christmas. Kelly immediately writes up an “Ex List” and starts contacting old boyfriends to figure out which one is the one. When her college sweetheart rolls into town, Kelly convinces herself that they’re meant to be. The trouble is, sparks are flying with someone she’s never given a chance: her best friend, Mark.

Mark Blakely has watched the guys on Kelly’s list break her heart, and he’s not looking forward to watching them do it all over again. Mark’s always been there for her, but the timing’s never worked out for their relationship to be something more. Now, just as Mark is ready to move on, the sexual tension between them is suddenly off the charts. With Christmas morning around the corner, he just hopes Kelly will wake up and realize that everything she wants has been right in front of her all along.

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Image result for Jack Skellington gifJack – A book with a character who longs for more

I’m not entirely sure how to interpret this one. I’m taking it as someone who feels like there’s something missing from their life so I’m picking Touch the Dark by Karen Chance. This is the first book in Chance’s Cassie Palmer series which is about a clairvoyant young woman who becomes the supernatural world’s chief seer. I picked her for this one because she lost her family at a very young age and ended up alone and on the run from a vampire mob boss. She’s left feeling distanced from human connection and loving relationships and she strives to change this as an adult.


Touch the Dark (Cassandra Palmer, #1)Cassandra Palmer can see the future and communicate with spirits-talents that make her attractive to the dead and the undead. The ghosts of the dead aren’t usually dangerous; they just like to talk…a lot.

The undead are another matter.

Like any sensible girl, Cassie tries to avoid vampires. But when the bloodsucking Mafioso she escaped three years ago finds Cassie again with vengeance on his mind, she’s forced to turn to the vampire Senate for protection.

The undead senators won’t help her for nothing, and Cassie finds herself working with one of their most powerful members, a dangerously seductive master vampire-and the price he demands may be more than Cassie is willing to pay…

Get the book: Amazon | Book Depository

Image result for zero nightmare before christmas gifZero – a book with a loyal sidekick

I could really say Cassie Palmer for this one too cause she has a very loyal ghost sidekick which is the perfect answer for this one but I’ll pick another book. Ok, I’m going with Storm Born by Richelle Mead. This is the first book in Mead’s Dark Swan series which is an urban fantasy series that centres on the fae. The main character, Eugenie Markham, is a powerful shaman working as a mercenary. Her sidekick isn’t exactly loyal but he obeys orders. She has enslaved a demon to do her bidding who swears he will decapitate her the second he’s set free but, hey, he does what he’s told. For now.


Storm Born (Dark Swan #1)Just typical. No love life to speak of for months, then all at once, every horny creature in the Otherworld wants to get in your pants…

Eugenie Markham is a powerful shaman who does a brisk trade banishing spirits and fey who cross into the mortal world. Mercenary, yes, but a girl’s got to eat. Her most recent case, however, is enough to ruin her appetite. Hired to find a teenager who has been taken to the Otherworld, Eugenie comes face to face with a startling prophecy—one that uncovers dark secrets about her past and claims that Eugenie’s first-born will threaten the future of the world as she knows it.

Now Eugenie is a hot target for every ambitious demon and Otherworldy ne’er-do-well, and the ones who don’t want to knock her up want her dead. Eugenie handles a Glock as smoothly as she wields a wand, but she needs some formidable allies for a job like this. She finds them in Dorian, a seductive fairy king with a taste for bondage, and Kiyo, a gorgeous shape-shifter who redefines animal attraction. But with enemies growing bolder and time running out, Eugenie realizes that the greatest danger is yet to come, and it lies in the dark powers that are stirring to life within her…

Get the book: Amazon | Book Depository

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Image result for oogie boogie gifOogie Boogie – A book with a wicked villain

Ok, I was going to pick a demon or some other devilish bad guy for this but I’ve decided to go with Written in Red by Anne Bishop. This is the first book in Bishop’s The Other’s series which follows the mostly preternatural residents of the Lakeside Courtyard. In the world of this series, supernatural creatures are dominant over humans which the humans are not too happy about. This series really shows just how wicked and cruel people can be especially when they’re hungry for power.


Written in Red (The Others, #1)As a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet, Meg Corbyn can see the future when her skin is cut—a gift that feels more like a curse. Meg’s Controller keeps her enslaved so he can have full access to her visions. But when she escapes, the only safe place Meg can hide is at the Lakeside Courtyard—a business district operated by the Others. 

Shape-shifter Simon Wolfgard is reluctant to hire the stranger who inquires about the Human Liaison job. First, he senses she’s keeping a secret, and second, she doesn’t smell like human prey. Yet a stronger instinct propels him to give Meg the job. And when he learns the truth about Meg and that she’s wanted by the government, he’ll have to decide if she’s worth the fight between humans and the Others that will surely follow.

Get the book: Amazon | Book Depository

Image result for nightmare before christmas gifHalloween Town – A book with a weird or creepy theme

Oh, my god, I live by weird and creepy! It took me a while to pick something for this but I settled on The Lesser Dead by Christopher BuehlmanThis book is set in 1970’s New York and follows a group of vampires who live in abandoned subway systems under the city. It’s horror, not urban fantasy and has some of the creepiest vampires I’ve come across. They are vampire children that terrorize the vampires already in the tunnels.


The Lesser DeadThe secret is, vampires are real and I am one.

The secret is, I’m stealing from you what is most truly yours and I’m not sorry—

New York City in 1978 is a dirty, dangerous place to live. And die. Joey Peacock knows this as well as anybody—he has spent the last forty years as an adolescent vampire, perfecting the routine he now enjoys: womanizing in punk clubs and discotheques, feeding by night, and sleeping by day with others of his kind in the macabre labyrinth under the city’s sidewalks.

The subways are his playground and his highway, shuttling him throughout Manhattan to bleed the unsuspecting in the Sheep Meadow of Central Park or in the backseats of Checker cabs, or even those in their own apartments who are too hypnotized by sitcoms to notice him opening their windows. It’s almost too easy.

Until one night he sees them hunting on his beloved subway. The children with the merry eyes. Vampires, like him…or not like him. Whatever they are, whatever their appearance means, the undead in the tunnels of Manhattan are not as safe as they once were.

And neither are the rest of us.

Get the book: Amazon | Book Depository


Related imageChristmas Town – a book that left you feeling all warm and fuzzy inside

This one has to be The Hating Game by Sally Thorne. It gave me all the warm fuzzies! It’s sweet and funny and has such a perfect happily ever after ending. If you’re ever feeling glum, pick it up!


The Hating GameNemesis (n.)
1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome;
2) A person’s undoing;
3) Joshua Templeman.

Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman hate each other. Not dislike. Not begrudgingly tolerate. Hate. And they have no problem displaying their feelings through a series of ritualistic passive aggressive maneuvers as they sit across from each other, executive assistants to co-CEOs of a publishing company. Lucy can’t understand Joshua’s joyless, uptight, meticulous approach to his job. Joshua is clearly baffled by Lucy’s overly bright clothes, quirkiness, and Pollyanna attitude.

Now up for the same promotion, their battle of wills has come to a head and Lucy refuses to back down when their latest game could cost her her dream job…But the tension between Lucy and Joshua has also reached its boiling point, and Lucy is discovering that maybe she doesn’t hate Joshua. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.

Get the book: Amazon | Book Depository

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