Category: Book Tags

My Life in Books Tag

Hi everyone 🙂 it’s tag time. I’m not going to tag anyone directly. If you want to do the tag then please do. I found it on Talk Less Read More.

Article Elaine Howlin Book Blog

1. Pick a book for each of your initials… EH

Embrace the Night (Cassandra Palmer, #3)Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress, #1)

E – Embrace the Night by Karen Chance

Recently named the world’s chief clairvoyant, Cassandra Palmer still has a thorn in her side. As long as Cassie and a certain master vampire – the sizzling-hot Mircea – are magically bound to each other, her life will never be her own …

The spell that binds them can only be broken with an incantation found in the Codex Merlini, an ancient grimoire. The Codex’s location has been lost in the present day, so Cassie will have to seek it out in the only place it can still be found – the past.

But Cassie soon realizes the Codex has been lost for a reason. The book is rumored to contain dangerous spells, and retrieving it may help Cassie to deal with Mircea, but it could also endanger the world…

H – Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father – the one responsible for ruining her mother’s life. Then she’s captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unholy partnership.

In exchange for finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. She’s amazed she doesn’t end up as his dinner – are there actually good vampires? Pretty soon Bones will have her convinced that being half-dead doesn’t have to be all bad. But before she can enjoy her newfound status as kick-ass demon hunter, Cat and Bones are pursued by a group of killers. Now Cat will have to choose a side . . . and Bones is turning out to be as tempting as any man with a heartbeat.

2. Count your age along your bookshelf, what is it?

A Girl is a Half-formed Thing by Eimear McBride Elaine Howlin Literature Blog

A Girl is a Half-formed Thing by Eimear McBride

Eimear McBride’s debut tells, with astonishing insight and in brutal detail, the story of a young woman’s relationship with her brother, and the long shadow cast by his childhood brain tumour. Not so much a stream of consciousness, as an unconscious railing against a life that makes little sense, and a shocking and intimate insight into the thoughts, feelings and chaotic sexuality of a vulnerable and isolated protagonist. To read A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing is to plunge inside its narrator’s head, experiencing her world first-hand. This isn’t always comfortable – but it is always a revelation.

Touching on everything from family violence to sexuality and the personal struggle to remain intact in times of intense trauma, McBride writes with singular intensity, acute sensitivity and mordant wit. A Girl is a Half-formed Thing is moving, funny – and alarming. It is a book you will never forget.

3. Pick a book set in your city/country.

Old Ways Old Secrets Pagan Ireland by Jo Kerrigan Elaine Howlin Literature Blog

Old Ways Old Secrets Pagan Ireland by Jo Kerrigan

In a land like ours, the old beliefs bring pleasure and wisdom…

Exploring the legends, special places and treasured practices of old, Jo Kerrigan reveals a rich world beneath Ireland’s modern layers.

So many of today’s Irish traditions reach back to our ancient past, to the natural world: climbing to the summit of a mountain at harvest time; circling a revered site three, seven or nine times in a sun-wise direction; hanging offerings on a thorn tree; bringing the ailing and infirm to a sacred well.

Old Ways, Old Secrets shows us how to uncover the wisdom of the past, as fresh as it is ancient.

4. Pick a book that represents a place you’d like to travel to.

Harry Potter Books by J.K. Rowling Elaine Howlin Literature Blog

Hogwarts from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

“Whether you come back by page or by the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.”
― J.K. Rowling

5. Pick a book that’s your favourite colour.

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry Elaine Howlin Literature Blog

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

Set in Victorian London and an Essex village in the 1890’s, and enlivened by the debates on scientific and medical discovery which defined the era, The Essex Serpent has at its heart the story of two extraordinary people who fall for each other, but not in the usual way.

They are Cora Seaborne and Will Ransome. Cora is a well-to-do London widow who moves to the Essex parish of Aldwinter, and Will is the local vicar. They meet as their village is engulfed by rumours that the mythical Essex Serpent, once said to roam the marshes claiming human lives, has returned. Cora, a keen amateur naturalist is enthralled, convinced the beast may be a real undiscovered species. But Will sees his parishioners’ agitation as a moral panic, a deviation from true faith. Although they can agree on absolutely nothing, as the seasons turn around them in this quiet corner of England, they find themselves inexorably drawn together and torn apart.

Told with exquisite grace and intelligence, this novel is most of all a celebration of love, and the many different guises it can take.

6. Which book do you have the fondest memories of?

Falling For A Dancer by Deirdre Purcell TowerHouse Dublin MacMillan publishers

Falling for a Dancer by Deirdre Purcell

If the bus hadn’t broken down that August afternoon on the road between Dublin and Cork, Elizabeth Sullivan would never have met George Gallaher, a travelling actor of infinite charm and fatal weakness. She would not have been forced to marry, nor found herself trapped in an alien landscape.

  • I’ve read this book 3 or 4 times since I was a teenager. There’s no one thing about it that I can say I love. The book as a whole just seems to resonate with me.

7. Which book did you have the most difficulty reading?

Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer

I hated Breaking Dawn so much the entire time I was reading it but I was determined to finish the series.

8. Which book in your TBR pile will give you the biggest accomplishment when you finish it?

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell


Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke

Sophisticated, witty, and ingeniously convincing, Susanna Clarke’s magisterial novel weaves magic into a flawlessly detailed vision of historical England. She has created a world so thoroughly enchanting that eight hundred pages leave readers longing for more.

English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic. They can only write long, dull papers about it, while fairy servants are nothing but a fading memory.

But at Hurtfew Abbey in Yorkshire, the rich, reclusive Mr Norrell has assembled a wonderful library of lost and forgotten books from England’s magical past and regained some of the powers of England’s magicians. He goes to London and raises a beautiful young woman from the dead. Soon he is lending his help to the government in the war against Napoleon Bonaparte, creating ghostly fleets of rain-ships to confuse and alarm the French.

All goes well until a rival magician appears. Jonathan Strange is handsome, charming, and talkative-the very opposite of Mr Norrell. Strange thinks nothing of enduring the rigors of campaigning with Wellington’s army and doing magic on battlefields. Astonished to find another practicing magician, Mr Norrell accepts Strange as a pupil. But it soon becomes clear that their ideas of what English magic ought to be are very different. For Mr Norrell, their power is something to be cautiously controlled, while Jonathan Strange will always be attracted to the wildest, most perilous forms of magic. He becomes fascinated by the ancient, shadowy figure of the Raven King, a child taken by fairies who became king of both England and Faerie, and the most legendary magician of all. Eventually Strange’s heedless pursuit of long-forgotten magic threatens to destroy not only his partnership with Norrell, but everything that he holds dear.

  • At over 1,000 pages long it will definitely be an accomplishment to finish this tome.

Synopsis from Goodreads. Photos from my Instagram @elainehowlin_


Book Blogger Hop

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer’s permission, Coffee Addicted Writer relaunched the meme on February 15, 2013.

Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.

August 24th – 30th – Where do you post your reviews besides your blog? Please list them all so perhaps we can find some new sites. (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)


I post all of my reviews here along with some mini-reviews that I don’t post here because they’re so short.


I joined this site recently and have been adding my latest reviews to it. I’ll update past books soon.


BookLikes is a book blog hosting site. I was a member a few years ago and recently created a new shiny account and have been posting new reviews.


Don’t really review here but I share my reviews on my page and post stories about what I’m reading.


I post some full reviews but mostly small ones and book chats.


When I get a book from there.

When I really want to support an author I post on Google Play, Kobo and Barnes and Noble as well. I would post on Amazon but for some reason, it won’t lwet me.

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20 Questions Book Tag

Another tag since I’ve been away and unable to film or write.

20 Questions Book Tag





















The Book Buying Tag

Hi everyone, It’s time for a tag! I came across this tag on Scriven Books on WordPress I’m not sure who actually wrote the tag. If you know please comment below and I will credit them here.

The Questions

Where do you buy your books from?

Do you ever pre-order a book and if so, do you do this in store or online?

On average, how many books do you buy a month?

Do you use your local library? If so, how many books do you borrow at a time?

What is your opinion on library books?

How do you feel about charity shop / second-hand books?

Do you keep your read and TBR pile together / on the same bookshelf or not?

Do you plan to read all of the books that you own?

What do you do with books that you own that you feel you will never read/did not enjoy?

Have you ever donated books?

Have you ever been on a book buying ban?

Do you feel that you buy too many books?

25 Foodie Questions Tag

I’m visiting my family for the next week or so and scrambled to get some content ready to go up while I’m away. So we have a few tags to enjoy 😉

I both hate and love tags, they make it so easy to create content but because it’s so easy it feels lazy and like the content doesn’t have much value. They have really helped me get used to creating content though. They’re like training wheels. And of course, they do have value, I really enjoy reading the tags that other people post…. so I guess I should just chill out about it!

This is the 25 Foodie Questions tag. Enjoy 🙂

How to make a french toast sandwich or toastie YouTube tutorial video
How to make a French Toastie

What’s your favourite breakfast?

I’m not a big fan of breakfast foods they tend to give me an upset stomach. Usually, I just won’t eat in the morning and then have my lunch around 12.

How do you drink your coffee?

Black with a spoon of sugar. Simple 🙂 When I have coffee out I usually get a cappuccino but lately since it’s been so warm I’ve been having iced mochas which are freaking delicious!

Elaine Howlin bookstagram coffee with Jane Austen vintage

What’s on your favourite sandwich?

I don’t usually eat sandwichs cause bread doesn’t really get along with me but when I do I usually go for an egg salad sandwich.

Soup or Salad?

Soup unless it’s hot out then I’d have a salad.

What’s your favourite cookbook?

Cornucopia cookbook from the restaurant in Dublin. Every recipe I’ve made from it has been delicious and it’s a very informative cookbook. It’s full of little tips about cooking and explains the reasons for doing certain things like sweating veg.

Cornucopia at home The cookbook

No more sweets or no more hearty foods?

I would be perfectly fine with never eating sweets again.

What’s your favourite Cuisine?

Probably Italian. Pizza and pasta are just so easy to make and taste great.

What’s your favourite food movie?

Chef was really good. The only other foodie movie I can think of is Ratatouille which I didn’t really like because I hate rats.

What’s your most guilty pleasure?

I’m going to go with take away pizza. It is so so bad for me but I love it!

What’s your greatest inspiration source?

My cookbooks. I often spend ages looking through them and planning out meals.

Cooking at home or going out for dinner?

I love both! Cooking at home can be more enjoyable cause I actually find the cooking part fun too. The clean up afterwards though is not.

RELATED: How to make Mushroom & Cashew Risotto

High end or low profile?

I’ve never been impressed with the food in somewhere posh. I find they focus so much on meat and display that the veggie options are a bit meh. I do like going for drinks somewhere fancy though.

What’s your favourite restaurant?

I have so many!! I love Amicus, Liberty Grill, Nando’s is good too.

I do my grocery shopping at:

Aldi, Tesco, the English Market, and some health food stores.

The tastiest food I’ve ever eaten was:

I have no idea! Pizza!

Coffee with George Clooney or Heston Blumenthal?

The stuff Heston makes is a bit too strange for me so a straight Nespresso with George Clooney would be grand.

What should not be missing in your kitchen?

I think a blender is very handy.

What is your favourite snack?

Fruit and these little corn things I get from the health food store.

Milk & Honey by Rupi Kaur with Teapot, grapes, peaches, apricot, oat biscuits, espresso bookstagram photo elaine howlin

What’s on your pizza?

Cheese, mushrooms, onions and some herbs. Sometimes chilli peppers.

What food do you really dislike?

Anything with an anise flavour.

What’s your favourite food blog?

I follow YouTube channels more than blogs. I love The Happy Pear, Cheap Lazy Vegan, Avant-Garde Vegan and Bosh. I don’t know why everyone I follow is vegan when I’m not one but there you go.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?

I didn’t mention this is my video below because I forgot about it but I had a savoury pannacotta for dessert in Gran Canaria that tasted like curry. Not that weird but it was surprising.

Pannacotta Anfi del Mar Gran Canaria

What’s on your food bucket list?

There are a bunch of restaurants I want to try in town. Cafe Paradiso is a really lovely looking vegetarian place I need to go to.

I couldn’t live without:

Coffee, prosecco, wine, strawberries and cream… It could really go on and on.