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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?

Howlin Books is becoming Elaine Howlin

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Hi everyone,

As I mentioned in my last chat post, I’m rebranding my blog and the changes will beย happening over the next few days. I’m going from Howlin Books to Elaine Howlin which is simply my name. The reason I’m doing this is that I want to start branching out with my content. I have a keen interest in cooking and crafting and would like to start incorporating those in my posts. I will probably begin by reviewing and trialling books on these topics to ease the transition.

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My YouTube channel will remain Howlin Booksย and continue to focus on literature but I will be launching a second channel that focuses on all of the above topics under Elaine Howlin in the coming weeks.

I’ve been so torn about what to do with my YouTube channel. I would like to keep it book focused but two channels sound like a lot of work to maintain. I may change it to Elaine Howlin Books…..or does that sound way too silly?….

Anyway, expect to see more variety in this blog over the next few weeks and a new design. I’m going for earth tones and a vintage feel in the future.

I hope you enjoy the new content when it comes out ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for your interest in what I’ve been doing so far and if you’re new here, thanks for following!

Chat again soon!

November Wrap-Up

I think this might be the smallest wrap up I’ve ever written. I read four books this month. Four!! Practically nothing!! Sorry, I know four is actually quite a bit to some so I’ll just shut up now and get on with it ๐Ÿ˜‰

Anyway, here are the books I read. A Historical, paranormal, non-fiction, and literary book. Variety is the spice of life after all. All of these books are available on Book Depository, click the title to get it.

VenetiaYou Slay Me (Aisling Grey #1)GritThe Vegetarian


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Venetia by Georgette Heyerย โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜†โ˜†

After I finished this I rated it 5 stars and for the life of me I can’t figure out why. I obviously really enjoyed it but when it came to writing this I couldn’t remember a single thing about it. Even after I read the synopsis again on Goodreads it took me a few seconds to remember reading it. The book follows Venetia and this guy who moves in next door to her. I can’t remember his name but he was a bit of a rogue and Venetia is a renowned beauty. I think the plot was a bit romantic comedy after that.

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You Slay Me by Katie MacAlisterย โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜†โ˜†

I’ve heard great things about this series but this was a bit of a snoozer for me. I found the pacing slow and the plot predictable. The story follows Aisling Grey on her first courier job where she discovers she’s something called a guardian and, hey, dragons exist! Of course, she ends up being an alpha dragon dudes destined mate and so on. Maybe I’m just a bit tired of the PNR genre at the moment but this wasn’t working for me. I’ve been told the series gets better after this book so I will probably give it another go.

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Grit by Angela Duckworthย โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…

By far the best book I read this month and possibly the best self-help book I’ve ever read. If you want to know how to be successful, this is the book for you. It really helps you realise how important it is to put the work in and not give up. And not to use talent as an excuse.

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The Vegetarian by Han Kangย โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜†

I’m not really sure what I expected from this book. The reviews on the cover make it sound kind of dramatic but I found it to be more quietlyย disturbing. It sneaks up on you and gets under your skin. The story revolves around Yeong-hye after her decision to become vegetarian and her descent into mental illness. It’s told from the perspective of the people she has the strongest effect on and the only time we see through her is when she dreams. Very interesting book and one I will definitely reread at some point.

As always I would love suggestions based on my reviews if you have any please comment. Thanks for reading ๐Ÿ™‚


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1k Followers!!

So, I reached 1000 followers here today. I’m so excited, it’s silly! Thank you so much to everyone you follows my blog and a special thank you to the people who actually read my posts. You guys are amazing ๐Ÿ™‚

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I’m thinking of running a competition in honour of the event but haven’t worked out the details yet…. whether to have it on here or Instagram or Facebook and what the prize will be… probably a book or a gift card… I’ll work it all out over a glass of bubbly this evening.

Thanks again everyone!


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