Author: HowlinBooks

I spend almost all of my time reading. Is there any better way to spend it, really?

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.


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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.


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.


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


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


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


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



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.


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.


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


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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!!



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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??!!


Celebrity Book Clubs

Not so long ago I read a headline about Kim Kardashian and Chrissy Teigen starting a book club and it occurred to me that celebrity book clubs are getting more and more popular. Now, I haven’t seen much about the book club started by those two ladies since it was announced in Feb but here are some other celeb clubs I love and some that might be of interest.


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Our Shared Shelf

Emma Watson created Our Shared Shelf to share the literature she was reading as part of her work for the UN. Originally the group read a different feminist book each month but now read a book every two months to allow all members time to acquire and read it. There are currently over 200,000 members in the group hosted on Goodreads. There are also Facebook and Instagram pages with beautiful content updated daily. The discussions each month are very active and will give readers a lot to think about.

Some books they’ve read:

The Handmaid's TaleWomen Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman ArchetypeThe ArgonautsThe Complete PersepolisHow to Be a WomanThe Color Purple

Between Two Books

This book club began when Florence and the Machine fan, Leah Moloney, commented on a tweet from Florence Welsh suggesting a book club be started reading works recommended by her. The group is fan run and has been going strong for 5 years now. They are most active on Instagram so discussions may not be as in depth but there is a strong sense of camaraderie among the readers. You can find them on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Some of the books they’ve read:

The Lesser BohemiansThe Great GatsbyLast Exit to BrooklynBoneNight Flower: The Life and Art of Vali MyersThe Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

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RW Book Club

Reese Witherspoon’s book club, hosted mainly on Instagram, seems like more a recommendations club than a reading club. Witherspoon describes it as a community for the love of reading on the Instagram page. Since this one is on Instagram as well there’s very little discussion about the books but there is also a fan run Facebook page where people can chat.

Some of the books they’ve read:

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely FineLet's Just Say It Wasn't PrettyThe Alice NetworkThe End of the AffairBig Little LiesWild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

Vaginal Fantasy

By far my favourite and in my opinion the most fun. The club is hosted by Felicia Day, Veronica Belmont, Kiala Kazebee and Bonnie Burton on Goodreads and YouTube. You can also check them out on Tumblr, Twitter, and Facebook. Each month one of the girls picks a romance genre novel usually with a strong female lead then get together on the last Tuesday of the month on a Google Hangout to discuss the book (there’s usually a drop of booze involved). Many members of the group have set up local clubs to meet and discuss the books as well. The group is very active with lots of discussion on the books.

Some of the books they’ve read:

The Falconer (The Falconer, #1)Outlander (Outlander #1)Succubus Blues (Georgina Kincaid, #1)The Iron Duke (Iron Seas, #1)Slave to Sensation (Psy-Changeling #1)Tipping the Velvet

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Emma Roberts book club is a relatively new one. The actress began the club earlier this year. Similar to RW Book Club and Between Two Books in that it’s hosted mainly on Instagram. There’s also a very snazzy Tumblr where readers can sign up for a newsletter. They are quite active and do interviews with the authors of chosen books.

Some of the books they’ve read:

TouchSex and Rage: Advice to Young Ladies Eager for a Good TimeThe Rules Do Not ApplyThis Is Just My Face: Try Not to StareMarlenaModern Lovers


Honourable Mention

I just came across this apparent book club featured on Bookstr, The Lisa Simpson Book Club. It seems to be just a list of all the books she’s been seen reading on the show as opposed to an actual club.

Photos are from each group’s Facebook and Instagram.

August Wrap Up

Another month is over and we’re that bit closer to Halloween (squee!!). I know I’m a weirdo but I’m really happy summer is pretty much done. I do not like warm weather, luckily that’s rarely a problem in Ireland.

This month I managed to read about 9 books. I felt like I read very little but 9 books is actually pretty good. Though, to be fair, two of them were fairly short.

Books Read

Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues (White Trash Zombie, #2)Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage (MacKenzies & McBrides, #2)My Cousin RachelI Am LegendBird By Bird: Some Instructions On Writing And LifeDemon from the Dark (Immortals After Dark #10)Dreams of a Dark Warrior (Immortals After Dark #11)Sex Object: A MemoirThe Jane Austen BBC Radio Drama Collection: Six BBC Radio full-cast dramatisations


Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues

Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues by Diana Rowland ★★★★★

After listening to My Life as a White Trash Zombie from the library, I was in love. Angel is one of my absolute favourite main characters (even if she is a white trash zombie) and a very inventive swearer! The narrator for the series is amazing, she really brings the characters to life. I found myself doing extra housework just so I could keep listening.

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My Cousin Rachel

My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier ★★★★☆

This is only my second book by du Maurier and based on those two alone I would call her a favourite author. She really sucks you into the world of the book and has you on the edge of your seat to find out what will happen to these people.

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I Am Legend

I Am Legend by Richard Matheson ★★☆☆☆

I was pretty disappointed with this. I had seen the Will Smith movie and knew this was very different with more traditional vampires and horror themes so I wasn’t really comparing them. What put me off was Robert Neville’s character. He was fixated on the female vampires in a creepy way, only using them for his experiments and at one point had to tell himself he wasn’t the kind of man to rape one of them. I didn’t give a shit what happened to him after that. It’s a pity because I was really looking forward to reading it and really enjoyed reading the analysis of the book and the three movies that have been made. The idea for the story is great and the ending was really interesting but I did not like the execution.

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Demon from the Dark

Demon from the Dark by Kresley Cole ★★★★★

What can I say? If you’ve ever read a post by me before you know I am in love with this author and especially this series. This is the 10th book in the series and follows the witch, Carrow, as she is sent to lure vampire-demon hybrid, Malkom, into a trap set by a group of Lore hating humans known as The Order. As always I love how Cole writes. There’s just enough action, suspense and romance. I never find myself rushing to read one of her books to “get to the good bits” or find out what happens. I enjoy every moment.

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Sex Object by Jessica Valenti ★★★★☆

Very interesting book that focuses mainly on the everyday sexual objectification of women especially in youth. It chronicles Valenti’s upbringing in New York, her college life in New Orleans and her later marriage and experience with childbirth. It’s something a lot of women will understand and some will find surprising. This is a memoir, Valenti never gets preachy about what she’s talking about nor does she attack men because of the behaviour she’s endured. She just tells you what has happened to her.

This is a memoir, Valenti never gets preachy about what she’s talking about nor does she attack men because of the behaviour she’s endured. She just tells you what has happened to her.

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Jane Austen BBC Dramas

Jane Austen BBC Radio Dramatisations ★★★★★

This was just wonderful. An absolute joy to listen to. If you’re a fan of Jane Austen it’s a must. This dramatisation features six of her novels performed by a full cast featuring Benedict Cumberbatch and David Tenant. The books are Mansfield Park, Northanger Abbey, Sense & Sensibility, Pride & Prejudice, Emma, and Persuasion. My favourite was Northanger Abbey.

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Well that’s it for August. I’m hoping to get to 10 books in September and I’m going pretty good so far. I have two books finished and I’m 60% through my third. It helps that the team challenge has started in my Goodreads group and that got me really excited to read.

September Challenge – Hecate’s Finishing School

Hi all, this month’s reading challenge has a loose back to school theme. I found this pic while browsing back to school photos and decided to go a bit witchy with it.

This challenge is hosted on My Vampire Book Obsession.

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One month from start date

Apprentice ~ 2-5
Witch ~ 5-8

1.Principles of Magic (what is magic and how does it work? the theory of magic)
Read a book with a magic user.

2.Aurae and Energy (what is the aura? dealing with the aura and energy in magic)
Read a book with a colourful cover.

3.Divination, except scrying (what is divination? comparing different forms of divination)
Read a book where someone predicts the future or that you’ve been meaning to read for a long time.

4.Palmistry (the art of reading palms)
Read a book with a hand on the cover.

5.Matrons, Patrons, and Shrines (devoting yourself to one goddess and/or one God, how to keep a shrine)
Read a book with a god or goddess or a very powerful being.

6.Alchemy (transformation studies)
Read a book with a scientist or tagged historical.

7.Ceremonial Magic (the basics of ceremonial magic)
Read a book with a ceremony or ritual or with any letter from “magic” in the title.

8.Candles and Colour Magic (using candles and colour for magic, understanding colour)
Read a book with candles or your favourite colour on the cover.


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Werewolf Frenzy 24 – 27 August

Werewolf Frenzy is a 4-day monthly readathon on My Vampire Book Obsession.

Target: 300 pages

Thursday: Sex Object 50pgs
Friday: Sex Object pg50 – pg130
Saturday: Sex Object pg130 – pg223
Sunday: zilch (2 hours of an audiobook)

Total Pages Read: 223

Wednesday night (the pregame): I have been in such a reading slump the past week I’m hoping this readathon will push be out of it. I’m setting my target kind of low (300 pages) because of the slump and I want to get some writing done over the weekend too. I would like to get at least one whole book read though. Lately, I have been binge watching loads of BookTube videos, I have so many to catch up it’s crazy. I took a bit of a break from it for about two months. I find it can get a bit repetitive, it seems everyone reads the same books and they’re mainly YA which is not my genre. I do love the reading vlogs and I want to try to imitate that style of video with this post. Anywho… it’s 11 pm now so I’m going to bed to read for about an hour I’ll be reading either The Essex Serpent or The Many Sins of Lord Cameron on audio. Both historicals but very different.

Thursday 11:40 am: Spent the morning sweeping, mopping, dusting and washing because my parents are visiting today. They’re only coming for lunch but the house must at least look respectable. Got some groceries for the tea, checked my Goodreads notifications and updated challenge links. No reading yet… I did read a bit last night but that doesn’t count towards the readathon. I read for about half an hour and then snooped on other readathons on Twitter. There’s an account called Readathon News run by Little Book Owl that lists all the readathons on during the year. So, I came across this one, Wonder Week, which begins during Werewolf Frenzy so I figured I might as well join in. This one is geared more towards book bloggers as opposed to vloggers and is based on a bingo sheet. I really love this format as it gives much more choice with books and since I’m a mood reader this really works for me. As Wonder Week is a week long readathon I’ll do a separate post about it. Anyway, my parents will be here in about an hour so I’m going to read for a bit.

7:40 pm: I have gotten absolutely zero reading done. I thought my parents were just staying for lunch but they stayed for lunch and dinner! I’m not complaining, it was lovely to have them especially since they are travelling for a month on Saturday. Also didn’t hurt that they gave me 6 bottles of wine when they arrived!! Instead of reading earlier I decided to de-spiderweb my garden furniture for some reason…. been feeling like I’m covered in bugs all day since.


Friday 9:35 am: Ok so I dropped The Essex Serpent. I read about 6 more pages last night and got so annoyed at the slow pace that I returned it to Borrow Box. I then procrastinated for awhile by filling a picnic basket with all my feminist books then chose one of them to read. So now I’m reading Sex Object by Jessica Valenti. I read 50 pages last night and it’s really good so far.

Sunday 10:17 pm: I got absolutely zero reading done today. Saturday I went into town for a few hours with my husband and then we watched a movie. I managed to get some reading in after that and finished Sex Object.

Today I listened to two hours of an audiobook and have been doing group stuff on Goodreads. We announced teams for our Vampire Wars challenge and there were lots of kinks to sort out. I was also taking photos for my Instagram and editing them which took awhile.

So I didn’t reach my goal (well I did if you count the audiobook) but I’m happy I managed to finish Sex Object. It was a really interesting book I’ll have a review of it in my wrap up for August.

I really enjoyed doing this kind of post, it’s a bit more fun and relaxed than reviewing. If you’d like to see more stuff like this let me know. I’d also love to read more posts like this so if you’ve written one please post a link below 🙂


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.

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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.