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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_

August Cosy Reading

August Cosy Reading The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter Elaine Howlin Literary Blog

Another Cosy Reading Night has come to a close. Although this time it was a Cosy Reading Afternoon but night sounds better. Cosy Reading Night is a seasonal readathon hosted by Lauren and the Books. August Cosy Reading took place on Thursday 23rd from 1pm – 4pm.

My goal was to read an hour each of three different books which I didn’t manage to do because some guys showed up to look at my pipes and that’s not a euphemism! Watch my vlog of the readathon below or on my YouTube channel.

Do check out Lauren’s channel, she is one of my favourite YouTubers and is just such a lovely bubbly person. The next Cosy Reading Night is scheduled for October which is awesome. I think I’ll have to dress up and read some creepy books.

Books mentioned:

Shadowed Souls

Shadowed Souls edited by Jim Butcher

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The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter

The Lighthouse Keepers Daughter by Hazel Gaynor

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Cosy Reading Night August TBR

Cosy Reading Night is a seasonal 3-hour readathon hosted by Lauren and the Books. This quarters Cosy Reading Night is taking place on Aug 23rd from 1300hrs-1600hrs BST so it’s really cosy reading afternoon this time.

My plan is to read an hour each of three books. If the weather is good I’ll read in my gazebo in the garden and if not the couch.

Shadowed Souls – an anthology so I’ll probably read a single story from that.

Shadow’s Seduction – my next read in the Immortal’s After Dark series.

The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter – a book I received from HarperCollins recently.

My Reading List

Shadowed SoulsShadow's Seduction (Immortals After Dark, #17; The Dacians, #2)The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter

Shadowed SoulsShadowed Souls edited by Jim Butcher

In this dark and gritty collection—featuring short stories from Jim Butcher, Seanan McGuire, Kevin J. Anderson, and Rob Thurman—nothing is as simple as black and white, light and dark, good and evil..

Unfortunately, that’s exactly what makes it so easy to cross the line.

In #1 New York Times bestselling author Jim Butcher’s Cold Case, Molly Carpenter—Harry Dresden’s apprentice-turned-Winter Lady—must collect a tribute from a remote Fae colony and discovers that even if you’re a good girl, sometimes you have to be bad…

New York Times bestselling author Seanan McGuire’s Sleepover finds half-succubus Elsie Harrington kidnapped by a group of desperate teenage boys. Not for anything “weird.” They just need her to rescue a little girl from the boogeyman. No biggie.

In New York Times bestselling Kevin J. Anderson’s Eye of Newt, Zombie P.I. Dan Shamble’s latest client is a panicky lizard missing an eye who thinks someone wants him dead. But the truth is that someone only wants him for a very special dinner…

And New York Times bestselling author Rob Thurman’sinfernally heroic Caliban Leandros takes a trip down memory lane as he deals wih some overdue—and nightmarish—vengeance involving some quite nasty Impossible Monsters.

ALSO INCLUDES STORIES BY

Tanya Huff * Kat Richardson * Jim C. Hines * Anton Strout * Lucy A. Snyder * Kristine Kathryn Rusch * Erik Scott de Bie *

The Lighthouse Keeper's DaughterThe Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter by Hazel Gaynor

From The New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Came Home comes a historical novel inspired by true events, and the extraordinary female lighthouse keepers of the past two hundred years.

They call me a heroine, but I am not deserving of such accolades. I am just an ordinary young woman who did her duty.”

1838: Northumberland, England. Longstone Lighthouse on the Farne Islands has been Grace Darling’s home for all of her twenty-two years. When she and her father rescue shipwreck survivors in a furious storm, Grace becomes celebrated throughout England, the subject of poems, ballads, and plays. But far more precious than her unsought fame is the friendship that develops between Grace and a visiting artist. Just as George Emmerson captures Grace with his brushes, she in turn captures his heart.

1938: Newport, Rhode Island. Nineteen-years-old and pregnant, Matilda Emmerson has been sent away from Ireland in disgrace. She is to stay with Harriet, a reclusive relative and assistant lighthouse keeper, until her baby is born. A discarded, half-finished portrait opens a window into Matilda’s family history. As a deadly hurricane approaches, two women, living a century apart, will be linked forever by their instinctive acts of courage and love.

Shadow's Seduction (Immortals After Dark, #17; The Dacians, #2)Shadow’s Seduction by Kresley Cole

In this scorching Immortals After Dark/Dacian novel, #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole brings together a wicked vampire prince used to getting everything he desires and a demon warrior who always felt like an outcast.

A night of debauchery . . . 
Prince Mirceo Daciano and his new friend, Caspion the Tracker, comb the streets of Dacia, drunkenly seeking out pleasures of the flesh. In what should have been a typical night, they coax a bevy of nymphs to bed. To impress their females, the demon and the vampire kiss on a dare.

Changes them forever . . . 
Once they finally break away from their soul-searing kiss, they find themselves alone—and shaken. Had they imagined their explosive chemistry? Obstacles—ranging from a death sentence to exile in a war-torn dimension—threaten to destroy their lives . . . and the vulnerable promise in that one kiss.

How long can they resist the fire that blazes between them?
Even if Mirceo can accept Caspion as his fated mate, the seductive vampire still must convince the stubborn demon that their bond is forever. And any royal Dacian union must receive the blessing of King Lothaire, an unpredictable and savage killer…

As always, this is subject to change on the actual day cause I am terrible at sticking to TBR’s.

Summer Cosy Reading Night

Cosy Reading Night is a seasonal readathon created by one of my absolute favourite BookTubers, Lauren And The Books. It was Summer Cosy Reading Night on Saturday 19/8/17

I read for several hours every night so it’s always cosy reading night in my house but I decided to take part in the fun for this one.


My Summer Cosy Reading Night

I set myself up on the couch in the sitting room with a glass of really nice red wine and a modest bowl of crisps.

Cosy Reading Night setup

Himself was watching football or some other shite so I had to put on my headphones to block it out (not that I minded). I listened to a Guardians of the Galaxy playlist on Spotify for about an hour and then switched to YouTube because I could skip through songs there (Not giving you €10 a month just to skip songs Spotify!!) Also, the video for Guardians of the Galaxy Inferno is amazing and you must watch it for the happy feelings.

Since the readathon is 3 hours long I planned to read 3 books giving them each an hour. Didn’t work out that way though because I got bored very quickly reading one of them and kept singing along to the awesome music.

I read The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry for the first hour. This is literary fiction which I’m very picky with but this one really caught my attention. Set in 1890’s England, it follows Cora Seaborne and Will Ransome, a recent widow and the vicar of the Essex villages she moves to. They meet and become entangled in rumours that a local myth, the Essex Serpent, has begun roaming the marshes once more.

The Essex Serpent

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I’ve heard so many great things about this book that I really want to love it but so far it’s a bit meh. It’s very character-focused and beautifully written but I can’t really get a feel for it. The whole cast could get hit my a meteor now and I wouldn’t care. I’m still only beginning the book though, so I’m sure it will improve.

Next, I read The Darkest Lie (Lords of the Underworld #6) by Gena Showalter which is full of action and excitement. This series is about a group of ancient warriors cursed to house the demons that resided within Pandora’s Box. Each demon embodies a particular sin or torment such as Wrath, Death, Lies, and Nightmare. Each book in the series centres on a different member of the group but has a continuing storyline throughout. This one focuses on Gideon, cursed to hold the demon Lies and unable to speak a single truth without feeling horrible pain. He’s one of my favourite characters from the series, I’ve really been looking forward to his book!!

The Darkest Lie

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My next book was Dark Witch by Nora Roberts. I was torn between reading that and Old Ways, Old Secrets by Jo Kerrigan and in the end picked up Dark Witch cause I’m almost half way through it.

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There’s something about books set in Ireland and/or with Irish characters but not written by an Irish person that really annoys me… They usually get things so close to accurate but miss the mark somehow. I thought Nora Roberts would be on point because she seems to really love Ireland and come here regularly…. Maybe it’s because they write everything from a foreign perspective which makes it seem foreign to me… Anyway, I didn’t last long with this. I got distracted by social media and a Bat Dad video compilation that I laughed my ass off to.


So that was my Summer Cosy Reading Night, I would absolutely love to hear how your night went if you took part too or if you read any of these books. I’d love to hear peoples opinions on The Essex Serpent and Dark Witch especially.