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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.

Article Elaine Howlin Book Blog

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.

Harry Potter Books by J.K. Rowling Elaine Howlin Literature Blog

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?

Falling For A Dancer by Deirdre Purcell TowerHouse Dublin MacMillan publishers

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 Inside Look Tag

It’s another tag video! This one is by Jamie @ALittleSliceofJamie

I mentioned the Children’s Books Not Safe For Kids post in the video. Here’s the link if you want to check it out.


The Questions

WHERE DO YOU TYPICALLY WRITE YOUR BLOG POSTS?

HOW LONG DOES IT GENERALLY TAKE YOU TO WRITE A BOOK REVIEW?

WHEN DID YOU START YOUR BOOK BLOG?

WHAT IS THE WORST THING ABOUT HAVING A BOOK BLOG IN YOUR OPINION?

WHAT IS THE BEST THING ABOUT HAVING A BOOK BLOG IN YOUR OPINION?

WHAT BLOG POST HAVE YOU HAD THE MOST FUN WRITING SO FAR?

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE TYPE OF BLOG POST TO WRITE?

WHEN DO YOU TYPICALLY WRITE? DO YOU REVIEW EVERY BOOK YOU READ?

HOW DO YOU WRITE YOUR BOOK REVIEWS? WITH A CUP OF COFFEE OR TEA? WITH NETFLIX? CUDDLED WITH YOUR FUR BABY?

WHEN DO YOU WRITE YOUR BOOK REVIEWS? RIGHT AFTER FINISHING THE BOOK? TWO WEEKS AFTER FINISHING THE BOOK?

HOW OFTEN DO YOU POST?


How I Choose My Books Tag

 

It’s book tag time again!

Find a book on your shelves or e-reader with a blue cover. What made you want to pick up this book?

Dracula

Think of a book you didn’t expect to enjoy, but did. Why did you want to read it in the first place?

The Lesser Dead

Stand in front of your bookshelf with your eyes closed and pick a book at random. How did you discover this book?

Milk and Honey

Pick a book that someone personally recommended to you. What did you think of it?

The Others

Pick a book that you discovered through YouTube/book blogs. Did it live up to the hype?

We Should All Be Feminists

Find a book on your shelves or e-reader with a one-word title. What drew you to this book?

Alice

What book did you discover through a film/TV adaptation?

Far From The Madding Crowd

Think of your all-time favourite book(s). When did you read these and why did you pick them up in the first place?

Harry Potter


Source: https://commahangover.com/2017/08/22/how-i-choose-my-books-tag/

Don’t know who actually wrote it… sorry!

I tag everyone who reads this post!!

The End of the Year Book Tag

I wasn’t tagged by anyone for this (as far I know…) but I came across it on A Redhead’s Rambling.

Merry Christmas and Happy new year book blog

First of all, I want to say Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all!! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and that your new years will be wonderful as well.

On to the questions…


Are there any books you’ve started this year that you need to finish?

Sadly there are several books I need to finish from this year. Some I’m not pushed about but others I really do want to finish. Women Who Run With the Wolves I started reading in March (yes March!). The way this book is written is ideal for picking up and putting down, reading a little bit whenever you feel like. The next book I need to finish is Old Ways Old Secrets: Pagan Ireland which can be read in a similar way. Both are very interesting books and I am really enjoying them I just don’t feel any urgency to finish them.

Old Ways Old Secrets Pagan Ireland book blog bookstagram photography

Do you have an autumnal/winter book to transition into the end of the year?

I have a few books picked out to transition into the new year and spring. My Cosy Winter Reading list has all of them. I think I’m most excited to read Once Upon a Christmas Eve by Elizabeth Hoyt and Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding.

Cosy Winter Reading TBR bookstagram book blog photography

Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?

The books I’m waiting for are due for release in 2018. I read my 2017 releases which were admittedly few since I tend to read series and I’m behind on most of them. I’m waiting for The Dresden Files #16 and The Others #6. Two fantastic urban fantasy series, I highly recommend both of them.

What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?

Before the end of December, I really want to read the two Christmas books I picked out on my Cosy Winter Reading List and Bridget Jones’s Diary. I’m not sure I’ll manage to read Bridget Jones before the end of the year but definitely the Christmas ones.

Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favourite book of the year?

No, I don’t so…. Mostly because the year is just over and I only have time for the short Christmas books I have picked out. I’m not really expecting to be blown away by either of those but I’m sure they will be enjoyable.

Have you already started making reading plans for 2018?

My only plan for 2018 is to read 100 books. So far this year I’ve read 150 (check out my Goodreads Challenge here) which is amazing but I want to set a smaller goal for next year. I want to spend a bit more time on other things not just reading.


As always if you want to do this tag too then go ahead 🙂

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Anything But Books Tag

So these tag things are pretty popular with blogging/vlogging communities but this will only be my 2nd. I haven’t been tagged by anyone but I’m doing it anyway!! I read it (most recently) on the orangutan librarian. I have no idea who started it, sorry.

1. NAME A CARTOON THAT YOU LOVE

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ANYTHING DISNEY!!! Also Family Guy and sometimes the Simpsons but they’ve done every possible storyline so it’s gotten a bit meh now.

2. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE SONG RIGHT NOW?

I’m really into the Weeknd at the moment. I’m not a big music fan (anymore) I just listen to whatever suits my mood at the time, usually a playlist on YouTube or Spotify so I hardly ever know who the artists are or the names of the songs.

3. WHAT COULD YOU DO FOR HOURS THAT ISN’T READING?

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Netflix!!! Gimme an interesting TV show and I’m gone.

4. WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU LOVE TO DO THAT YOUR FOLLOWERS WOULD BE SURPRISED BY?

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I’m a big old introvert but I love going to parties.

5. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE UNNECESSARILY SPECIFIC THING TO LEARN ABOUT?

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Pagan history and mythology of Ireland. It’s just so interesting. I’m fascinated with the Tuatha De Dannan.

6. WHAT IS SOMETHING UNUSUAL THAT YOU KNOW HOW TO DO?

Open a jar with a screwdriver… A great trick for anyone with weak arms like me.

7. NAME SOMETHING YOU MADE IN THE LAST YEAR AND SHOW US IF YOU CAN

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The most recent things I made are macrame dreamcatcher bookmarks. I’m only getting into the macrame thing, so far I’ve made those guys and a large dream catcher. It’s a pretty fun craft. I like making them while listening to an audiobook.

8. WHAT IS YOUR MOST RECENT PERSONAL PROJECT?

I started a writing journal last week. Writing is freakin’ hard!!! And I’m including blogging in that. It’s harder than people realise, I think. I need lots and lots of practice. I read Bird by Bird last week and she mentioned writing everything you know about school lunches and childhood memories so that’s where I’ve started. I pick a topic and write all my memories on it.

9. TELL US SOMETHING THAT YOU THINK ABOUT OFTEN?

Expenses. I hate bills. Let’s not get into it…

10. GIVE US SOMETHING THAT IS YOUR FAVORITE, BUT MAKE IT ODDLY SPECIFIC

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That’s a weird question… I don’t know how to be oddly specific about something… My favourite feeling in the whole world is when it gets to evening time and you no longer have to wear a bra. My god, it feels so good to take that damn thing off!!

11. SAY THE FIRST THING THAT POPS INTO YOUR HEAD

Lollipop.

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I know I’m meant to tag people but I’m not going to. Instead, I’m going to tell you to do the tag if you want to. Consider yourself tagged.

Also, I just found this blog Book Tag Index How handy is that??!!