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Chit Chat: Blog Rebranding | Florida Trip

Hi everyone!

My husband and I are in Florida for the next 10 days. As you read this I am probably running around Disney World like a child hopped up on too much sugar. I have been so excited about this trip mostly because of the Harry Potter attractions in Universal. We’re also spending a few days in Jacksonville. My husband is a big fan of American football and his team is the Jaguars so he’s established a few friendships there over Twitter.

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We’re also going to to see Infinity Wars while there. I am so freaking excited to watch that freaking movie!!!!!!! Every time I watch the trailer I swear I get goosebumps!

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In blog-related news, I am going to be rebranding this blog, my YouTube and social media accounts over the next few weeks. All that’s happening is that I am changing the name Howlin Books to my actual name Elaine Howlin. I’m doing this because I want to branch out more with the type of content I post. I want to include more posts relating to food, cookbooks, and crafting. Essentially the blog will become more of a hobbyist page than specifically about books.

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That’s all the news I have for now. I hope you’ve all had a wonderful weekend and thank you for reading 🙂

Talk soon, everyone!!

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Do you Book Club?

Good morning everyone!

Hope you all had a great weekend and a not so bad Monday.

I’m sure everyone has heard about the Wizarding World Book Club at this stage but in case you haven’t Pottermore is launching an official Harry Potter book club in June. I’m sure there are a bunch of these on Goodreads already but it’s really cool to have an official international one.

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I avoided book clubs for years because I don’t like being told what to read but I always loved the idea of a book club (I’m also a big ol’ introvert and avoid social situations). I was one of those people who joined Goodreads groups, lurked for a little bit and then never returned. Occasionally I would comment in the introductions thread and not a peep after that. Last year I joined a group whose name alone sang to my soul, My Vampire Book Obsession. It was so easy to chat with people and everyone loved the same books as me. I had found my online book family! (and I absolutely love you guys!!) I loved it so much I eventually became a mod and now torment people with reading challenges (you guys love it, don’t try to deny it). Once the books were the right genre I found I didn’t mind being told what to read. I ended up increasing my reading from 2 or 3 books a month to 2 or 3 books a week! (I’m a slow reader so that is a huge increase)

But what about real life book clubs??? I always figured it was a waste of time since there doesn’t seem to be anyone around that reads the same books as me (and I’m a big ol’ introvert). Book clubs seem to focus on literary fiction and bestsellers which I have nothing against and do read just not very often. But I figured, of the ten books I usually read each month making one a book club read isn’t that daunting. So I joined a local book club last month and met some really nice people. The book was something I would never have picked myself but I ended up enjoying it (Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld) and we had a really great chat about books. I guess I shouldn’t have been so narrow-minded about the whole thing. I’m really glad I joined, it was fun and the people there were really friendly.

Goodreads groups allow you to chat every day with people as obsessed with reading as you are and in your genre. But real life book clubs have their benefits too. Like getting an introvert out of her house!

Do you attend a book club or use Goodreads groups?

Books are boring?

Good morning, everyone!

I’m a little late with this one today, I had to go out and get milk for my coffee. Can’t write without coffee!!! I’m not feeling well today so I’m going to spend the day reading. I love that state of being unwell where you can enjoy reading for hours and not feel guilty about it. Bliss!

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It’s World Book Festival here this week. There are workshops, speaking events, and kiddie events going on. It sounds like loads of fun but looking through the brochure I didn’t find too much to interest me.

There seems to be a focus on literary fiction (which I’ve noticed tends to be the focus a lot in Ireland). I enjoy the odd literary fiction book but it’s not what I read the most. There is a talk on Folklore and Exploration that looks interesting. (For more info on the Book Festival go here.)


I don’t understand the focus on literary fiction here. Ireland is known for magic and myths, why does so much of our popular literature seem so depressing and serious?

Several people have told me they don’t read books because they’re boring! Books are so far from boring! Is it because all the books they hear about look serious and moody or is it because the last book they read was required reading for school (which may take a lot of the fun out)? Maybe they think there’s no point because anything good will be made into a movie?

It was mentioned to me recently as well that audiobooks don’t count as reading because reading is meant to be work. This really surprised me. Reading has never felt like work to me (except maybe in school). Reading is so much fun! When I think back on books I’ve read and listened to, I can’t differentiate between the two because it all ends up the same inside my head. My memories of the stories are visual, not textual (Please tell me I’m not the only nutter like this).

So what do you think? Have you noticed this trend towards promoting mainly literary fiction? Do you know people who think reading is boring? How do you find out about books you enjoy?

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Morning Coffee Chit Chat

“As long as there was coffee in the world, how bad could things be?”
Cassandra Clare, City of Ashes

Good morning!

How are we all doing today? Morning Coffee is a new feature I’m working on. I’m not sure yet what I want it to be….. It’s kind of a chatty life update type of thing…

So, this morning I’m listening to Our Sexual History podcast from headstuff.org. Our Sexual History is a really interesting podcast exploring the sexual history of Ireland hosted by Shawna Scott owner of SexSiopa.ie. She discusses topics such as Witches & Saints, History of Syphilis, and Sex Laws. Give it a listen, it’s great. I’m listening to the episode on Sex Laws this morning.

We’re on day 20 of this stupid bus strike. I haven’t been in town since then. I’m getting pretty sick of Wilton… I know I could get a taxi into town but that just seems wasteful when pretty much the same stuff is around here. I really miss Fitzgerald’s Park though and the English Market. We’ve had some nice weather and a trip to the park with a little bag of olives from the English Market would have been really nice. It’s shaping up to be a nice day today too. Time for another walk around the housing estate…


I’m totally stuck in a rut book wise. I want to read some urban fantasy but I don’t want to read a ‘catch the killer’ story. I’m kind of at a loss of what to read!!! Midnight’s Daughter is about Dorina searching for her missing roommate so I might read that. It’s next on my reread anyway. I’m also reading The Great Gatsby and listening to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. I’m liking Stephen Fry’s narration but he’s not so good with female voices. That’s ok though, most male narrators aren’t. I think they always come off sounding like they’re whining…. The guy that narrated Christine Feehan’s Ghostwalker series had a really deep voice and each time he narrated one of the women it was so hard to listen to.

Himself has nerd club this evening so I’m going to watch TV! (I never watch TV) I’m going to watch a few episode of Miranda on Netflix. I discovered this show yesterday on Netflix (I’d heard of it before but never watched it), it is so funny!!! I love it!


So that’s it for my first Morning Coffee Chit Chat. I didn’t really have a plan for this post just that I wanted to have a little chat about what’s going on mostly with entertainment stuff.

Do you know any urban fantasy books that aren’t about catching a killer? Have you watched Miranda? What podcasts do you listen to?