Swoon Worthy Bookstagrams

I could spend hours scrolling through all the bookish posts on Instagram. I love seeing what people are reading and what they thought about the book. If they’re reading anything I read or want to read and how they’re taking their photos.
There are some Instagrammers who just steal the show with their photos.
Here are some of my all-time favourites.

Nikki in Wanderland

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Cozy Books and Coffee

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4 Cozy Seasons

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Sadie Reads Them All

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Vespertine Volumes

Vespertine Volumes

Rustic Pages

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Honourable mention to Hot Dudes Reading because hot dudes!!

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You can check out my Instagram HowlinBooks1 here.

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September reading wrap-up books read

September Wrap-Up

September was a bit of a shit month. I had a family emergency which took me away for about 11 days. Everything is ok now and on the plus side, I had lots of family time 🙂 But I got very little reading done, pretty much everything here I read at the beginning of September.

Books Read

The Hunger Games (Hunger Games, #1)Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)Hunt the Moon (Cassandra Palmer, #5)Conspiracy Game (GhostWalkers, #4)Ross Poldark (Poldark, #1)


The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins ★★★★☆

I was really surprised by how much I liked this series. I didn’t expect to get as sucked into them as I did. I’m not going to get into what these are about since with the movies and series being so popular I think everyone has an idea of the story. I’ll just say I read all 3 in about 4 days and I saw the movies first and enjoyed them just as much as the books.

Hunt the Moon

Hunt The Moon by Karen Chance ★★★★★

This is a reread, I love this series! This is the 5th book in Karen Chance’s Cassie Palmer series following time-hopping clairvoyant Cassie as she battles gods, demons and over-bearing boyfriends. This one is probably my favourite, there’s a lot of insights into Cassie’s family and my favourite character, Pritkin. There’s also some of the best action scenes in this one and I think Chance manages just the right mix of action and story here.

Ross Poldark

Ross Poldark by Winston Graham ★★★★☆

Ross Poldark has just returned from warring in America to discover his father has died, his love has moved on and his home has gone into ruin at the hands of drunk servants. He has no chance but to start again reopening his family’s mine and attempting to move on. Very good book.

So that was it for September I’ve already read more in October and we’re only 10 days in! I’m visiting my family again this month and I’m determined to get as many books in as possible before I go!

Till next time guys x

Inferno – 6 Month Challenge

This challenge was hosted on My Vampire Book Obsession.

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6 months from your start date

Shade ~ 10-20 books
Hell Spawn ~21-30 books
Demon ~ 31-40 books
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Circle One: Limbo
“Here suffer those who did not sin, yet did not have the required portal of our faith. Their punishment is the denial of Paradise.”
Read a book…
1. where a character takes a journey over water.
2. with a snake/Lamia or sneaky character.
3. where a character is punished/blamed for something they didn’t do.
4. where a character escapes danger.

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Circle Two: Lust
“To this torment are condemned the carnal damned. Those for whom desire conquered reason.”
Read a book…
1. with a lusty character.
2. with a character you lust for.
3. with a tower on the cover.
4. tagged romance.

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Circle Three: Gluttony
“For the ruinous fault of Gluttony, so are these sad souls broken by the rain and the mud.” 
Read a book…
1. by an author you just can’t get enough of.
2. with a physically large character.
3. with food/rain/mud in the story or on the cover.
4. with a title that begins with any letter in “gluttony”.

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Circle Four: Greed
“For the crime of Greed do these souls suffer. Those clerks asquint of mind made no measured spending in life. And by contrast, in these Popes and Cardinals, greed practised its excess.”
Read a book…
1. with a wealthy character.
2. tagged steampunk.
3. from the Wheel of Fortune.
4. with shapeshifters.

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Circle Five: Anger
“See the souls over whom anger prevailed. In the warm bath of the sun they were hateful, down here in the black sludge of the river Styx do they wish they had never been born.”
Read a book…
1. with a temperamental character.
2. with a character that annoys you.
3. with a red cover.
4. with fire magic or there is a fire.

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Circle Six: Heresy
“Here you will find the heretics and followers of every cult and pagan sect, all buried together, burning in eternal fire.”
Read a book…
1. set in a city.
2. with a religious or spiritual character.
3. with a God/demon/angel.
4. tagged historical or time travel.

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Circle Seven: Violence
“In violence, wounds and death are inflicted against one’s neighbours. This ring torments those who murder and plunder. And every soul wrongfully smites another.”
Read a book…
1. with fighting.
2. with a kick-ass chick.
3. with a mythical creature.
4. with a forest or desert in the story.

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Circle Eight: Fraud
“Ten ditches leading down the final circle. Each filled with its own crimes, its own forms of punishment.”
Read a book…
1. where a character tells a lie.
2. where someone steals something.
3. with more than 10 chapters.
4. where someone is killed.

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Circle Nine: Treachery
“The lowest, blackest, and farthest from Heaven. Well, do I know the way.”
Read a book…
1. with a title beginning with any letter in “treachery”.
2. with the number 9 in the page count.
3. that features a hell dimension or underworld.
4. with a dark cover.

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Defeat Lucifer
“I will reclaim my rightful place in Paradise. My path will be paved with the sins of Man, and yours shall be the bedrock of my return. And all that is good shall be gone from the universe forever!”
Read a book…
1. with over 666 ratings.
2. with an evil character.
3. where a character has an argument with a family member.
4. with a man on the cover.

The images and images for this challenge came from the game Dante’s Inferno.

Mid Year Book Freak Out

ok, we’re a good bit past mid year but I liked this one. Created by Chami @ ReadLikeWildfire and Ely @ Earl Grey Books

  • Best book you’ve read so far in 2017?

    This is so hard to answer!!! I’ve read over 120 books this year, how can I pick just one??!!! Ok, I’m going to go with Ride the Storm by Karen Chance because it’s my favourite series and I really loved it. I was going crazy waiting for this book and it was everything I hoped it would be.


  • Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2017?

I’m going to go with Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues by Diana Rowland. It stayed true to the feel of the first book but still managed to broaden the world a lot.


  • New release you haven’t read yet, but want to?

    I have a few on my NetGalley list to get to still. The one I’m most excited to get to is The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman. I really enjoyed Practical Magic so I’m really interested in finding out more about the aunts.


  • Most anticipated release for the second half of the year?

Lake Silence (The Others #6) by Anne Bishop. It’s moving in a new direction now but I’m excited to see where she takes the series.


  • Biggest disappointment?

Oh man, I could name a few here too! Biggest one was definitely I Am Legend by Richard Matheson. I was really excited to read it, expecting a creepy gothic book but it was so boring and not a bit scary. And the main character was a tool.


  • Biggest surprise?

    Written in Red by Anne Bishop. I didn’t know anything about the book before reading it just that friends enjoyed it. Then it was picked for me in a ‘pick it for me’ on Goodreads and I freaking loved it! I was expecting typical urban fantasy fare but there’s so much going on in this series.


  • Favourite new author (debut or new to you)?

I’ve read very few new authors this year. Anne Bishop was new to me but I already mentioned her twice so can’t again! Ok, I’m going to go with D.B. Reynolds. I started her Vampires in America series this year and have really enjoyed the two books that I read. I wish they had better covers though…


  • Newest fictional crush?

Hmm…. I’m not sure I have a new crush. I’m going to go with Spade from First Drop of Crimson by Jeaniene Frost. He’s been in all the previous books in the Night Huntress series but I didn’t care much about him until this book.


  • Newest favourite character?

Hands down, Angel Crawford. She is hilarious.


  • Book that made you cry?

    I don’t recall any of my books making me cry…

  • Book that made you happy?

I wouldn’t exactly say it made me happy but First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones sure made me laugh a lot.


  • Most beautiful book you’ve acquired this year?

The illustrated editions of Philosopher’s Stone and Chamber of Secrets.

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  • What book(s) do you need to read by the end of the year?

Ha! We do not have the time to get into that!

  • Favourite bookish community member?

That’s a tricky one… instead of picking a particular member I’m going to say my favourite strand of the bookish community online is Goodreads. Cause that’s where the readers, books and challenges are.

Blood-Spattered Bingo

Blood-Spattered Bingo is a month-long readathon for October created by Quill’s Corner.


The aim is to complete an entire row of tasks, it can be left, right, up, down, or diagonal. So to complete the challenge you only need to read 5 books in the month which should be pretty doable. The readathon starts October 1st and ends on Halloween 🎃 yay!

Since I’m a mood reader I’m going to pick out a couple of books that I might read for some of the topics. Check out the video for my picks 🙂


Harvest Season

This challenge is hosted on My Vampire Book Obsession.

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October 1st – 31st

Raith ~ 2-3 books
Reaper ~ 4-6 books

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Read a book….
☣ with a personification of death.
☣ with a black/grey/white cover.

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Read a book….
☣ where someone dies.
☣ with a cloak or fabric on the cover.

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Read a book….
☣ with a title that begins with any letter in “Grim Reaper”.
☣ with ghosts or that mentions the afterlife.


My Challenge

☣ with a personification of death. Every Heart a Doorway 5/10/17
☣ with a black/grey/white cover. Bitten 4/10/17
☣ where someone dies. North and South 1/10/17
☣ with a cloak or fabric on the cover. Clean Sweep 2/10/17
☣ with a title that begins with any letter in “Grim Reaper”. Moon Shine 4/10/17
☣ with ghosts or that mentions the afterlife. Down Among the Sticks and Bones 6/10/17

North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell Clean Sweep (Innkeeper Chronicles, #1) by Ilona Andrews Bitten (Women of the Otherworld, #1) by Kelley Armstrong Moon Shine (Takhini Wolves, #4) by Vivian Arend Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children, #1) by Seanan McGuire Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children, #2) by Seanan McGuire