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)

Goodreads

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

LibraryThing

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

BookLikes

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.

Facebook

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

YouTube

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

NetGalley

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

1. HOW MANY BOOKS IS TOO MANY BOOKS IN A SERIES?

2. HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT CLIFFHANGERS?

3. HARDCOPY OR PAPERBACK?

4. FAVOURITE BOOK?

5. LEAST FAVOURITE BOOK?

6. LOVE TRIANGLES, YES OR NO?

7. THE MOST RECENT BOOK YOU JUST COULDN’T FINISH?

8. A BOOK YOU’RE CURRENTLY READING?

9. LAST BOOK YOU RECOMMENDED TO SOMEONE?

10. OLDEST BOOK YOU’VE READ?

11. NEWEST BOOK YOU’VE READ?

12. FAVOURITE AUTHOR?

13. BUYING BOOKS OR BORROWING BOOKS?

14. A BOOK YOU DISLIKE THAT EVERYONE SEEMS TO LIKE?

15. BOOKMARKS OR DOGEARS?

16. A BOOK YOU CAN ALWAYS REREAD?

17. CAN YOU READ WHILE HEARING MUSIC?

18. ONE POV OR MULTIPLE POVS?

19. DO YOU READ A BOOK IN ONE SITTING OR OVER MULTIPLE DAYS?

20. ONE BOOK YOU READ BECAUSE OF THE COVER.

The Book Buying Tag

Hi everyone, It’s time for a tag! I came across this tag on Scriven Books on WordPress https://scrivenbooks.wordpress.com/ 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?

Reader Problems Tag

 

Reader Problems Book Tag

You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?

You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed?

The end of the year is coming and you’re so close, but so far away on your Goodreads reading challenge. Do you try to catch up and how?

The covers of a series you love do.not.match. How do you cope?

You’re reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal?

A sequel of a book you loved just came out, but you’ve forgotten a lot from the prior novel. Will you re-read the book?

You do not want anyone. ANYONE. borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people no when they ask?

You’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump?

There are so many books coming out that you’re dying to read! How many do you actually buy?

After you’ve bought the new books you can’t wait to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf before you get to them?


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