Category: Vlogs

May Reading Vlog | Making Seitan & Updating my Reading Journal

In this months vlog I attempt to make seitan following recipes from The Happy Pear and Avante-Garde Vegan, I do some updating in my reading journal and I read Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare.

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Seitan - vegan meat substitute
I follow recipes from The Happy Pear & Avant Garde Vegan to make this seitan

I really thought this would be a disaster but I was very surprised with how it turned out.

Reading Journal 2019
I update my reading journal with my recent reads

I have a full post about making my reading journal for 2019 here. I’m so happy I decided to make one this year and I’m really looking forward to making one for next year. I want to start it right now 🤣

Reading Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
My book for this vlog is Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices #2) by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2)

In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street—and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa’s powers for his own dark ends.

With the help of the handsome, self-destructive Will and the fiercely devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister’s war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal. He blames them for a long-ago tragedy that shattered his life. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors, from the slums of London to an enchanted ballroom where Tessa discovers that the truth of her parentage is more sinister than she had imagined. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for Will, they realize that the Magister himself knows their every move—and that one of their own has betrayed them.

Tessa finds her heart drawn more and more to Jem, but her longing for Will, despite his dark moods, continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will—the wall he has built around himself is crumbling. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa the answers about who she is and what she was born to do?

As their dangerous search for the Magister and the truth leads the friends into peril, Tessa learns that when love and lies are mixed, they can corrupt even the purest heart.

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Chatting about the books in The Folio Society catalogue

The Folio Society has such beautiful editions of some of the best books out there. I would love them all but they are pretty expensive. Maybe if I win the lotto….

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

Autumn Cosy Reading Night Vlog

Cosy Reading Night is a seasonal three-hour readathon hosted by Lauren and the Books. There are no tasks or challenges involved, you just have a nice evening reading and can chat with other people on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #cosyreadingnight.

Autumn Cosy Reading Night took place on Friday, November 2nd from 7 – 10pm.

For my night I planned to read an hour each of an ebook, a paperback and an audiobook. I set up my sitting room nice and cosy with candles and made some nachos. Watch my vlog above to see how my night went 🙂

My Books

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard Elaine Howlin Literary Blog
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Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Graceling meets The Selection in debut novelist Victoria Aveyard’s sweeping tale of seventeen-year-old Mare, a common girl whose once-latent magical power draws her into the dangerous intrigue of the king’s palace. Will her power save her or condemn her?

Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood—those with common, Red blood serve the Silver- blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. Before the king, princes, and all the nobles, she discovers she has an ability of her own.

To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard—a growing Red rebellion—even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction. One wrong move can lead to her death, but in the dangerous game she plays, the only certainty is betrayal.

BelindaBelinda by Maria Edgeworth

The lively comedy of this novel in which a young woman comes of age amid the distractions and temptations of London high society belies the challenges it poses to the conventions of courtship, the dependence of women, and the limitations of domesticity. Contending with the perils and the varied cast of characters of the marriage market, Belinda strides resolutely toward independence. Admired by her contemporary, Jane Austen, and later by Thackeray and Turgenev, Edgeworth tackles issues of gender and race in a manner at once comic and thought-provoking. The 1802 text used in this edition also confronts the difficult and fascinating issues of racism and mixed marriage, which Edgeworth toned down in later editions.

The English PatientThe English Patient by Michael Ondaatje

Haunting and harrowing, as beautiful as it is disturbing, The English Patient tells the story of the entanglement of four damaged lives in an Italian monastery as World War II ends. The exhausted nurse, Hana; the maimed thief, Caravaggio; the wary sapper, Kip: each is haunted by the riddle of the English patient, the nameless burn victim who lies in an upstairs room and whose memories of passion, betrayal, and rescue illuminate this book like flashes of heat lightning. In lyrical prose informed by a poetic consciousness, Michael Ondaatje weaves these characters together, pulls them tight, then unravels the threads with unsettling acumen.

Do You Want to Start a Scandal (Spindle Cove, #5)Do You Want to Start a Scandal by Tessa Dare

On the night of the Parkhurst ball, someone had a scandalous tryst in the library. Was it Lord Canby, with the maid, on the divan? Or Miss Fairchild, with a rake, against the wall? Perhaps the butler did it.

All Charlotte Highwood knows is this: it wasn’t her. But rumors to the contrary are buzzing. Unless she can discover the lovers’ true identity, she’ll be forced to marry Piers Brandon, Lord Granville—the coldest, most arrogantly handsome gentleman she’s ever had the misfortune to embrace. When it comes to emotion, the man hasn’t got a clue.

But as they set about finding the mystery lovers, Piers reveals a few secrets of his own. The oh-so-proper marquess can pick locks, land punches, tease with sly wit . . . and melt a woman’s knees with a single kiss. The only thing he guards more fiercely than Charlotte’s safety is the truth about his dark past.

Their passion is intense. The danger is real. Soon Charlotte’s feeling torn. Will she risk all to prove her innocence? Or surrender it to a man who’s sworn to never love?


Did you join in Cosy Reading Night on Friday? Have you joined in before or will you for the next one?

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

Reading Vlog 4 | June 2018 | Falling For a Dancer & Asking For It Stage Adaption

In this months vlog I chat about going to see the stage adaption of Asking For It by Louise O’Neill, I’m reading Falling For A Dancer by Deirdre Purcell and Reap The Wind by Karen Chance, and I’m watching Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries on Netflix.

Falling For A Dancer by Deirdre Purcell TowerHouse Dublin MacMillan publishers

I set myself a reading goal of 400 pages for the weekend I recorded. Not a huge goal but I’m a slow reader so it is a good bit for me to read.

Reading Vlog 3 | Library Haul, The Virgin & The Gipsy, 1930’s Jazz

Welcome to another vlog video! This weekend the 8th was repealed, I visited the library, made some ice-cream and listened to some vintage jazz.

Books mentioned
The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock  by Imogen Hennes Gowar
The Virgin And The Gipsy And Other Stories The Virgin and The Gipsy & other stories by D.H. Lawrence
The Parasites The Parasites by Daphne du Maurier
Rebecca Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier


Reading Vlog 1 | Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows | Mushroom Risotto

 

Hello people!
Welcome to the first video in my reading vlog series. Today I’m listening to Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal. In my next vlog, I’ll have my thoughts on the book and more.

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