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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

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‣ 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 BOOK THAT YOU FEEL YOU NEED TO READ BECAUSE EVERYONE TALKS ABOUT IT

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.

📚 A BOOK THAT’S REALLY LONG

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.

📚 A BOOK YOU’VE OWNED/HAD ON YOUR TBR FOR TOO LONG

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.

📚 A BOOK THAT IS ‘REQUIRED’ READING
(EG, SCHOOL TEXT, REALLY POPULAR CLASSIC – SOMETHING YOU FEEL OBLIGATED TO READ!)

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.

📚 A BOOK THAT INTIMIDATES YOU

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.

📚 A BOOK THAT YOU THINK MIGHT BE SLOW

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.

📚 A BOOK YOU NEED TO BE IN THE RIGHT MOOD FOR

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.

📚 A BOOK YOU’RE UNSURE IF YOU WILL LIKE

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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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.

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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.

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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?

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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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