Author: HowlinBooks

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

This or That book tag

Created by  Tea and Paperbacks


Reading on the couch or on the bed?

The couch because when I read in bed I find it difficult to stop and I end up staying up way too late. Also, the couch is close to the fireplace *snug*.

Male main character or female main character?

I very rarely read books with a male protagonist. I don’t do this on purpose I just seem to gravitate towards books with a female lead.

Sweet snacks or salty snacks when reading?

Salty. Gimme a bag of crisps or a bowl of nachos and I’m happy.

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Trilogies or quartets?

I tend to read series with 6+ books. I do like trilogies though. I like how everything gets wrapped up nicely.

First person POV or third person POV?

I prefer first-person. I find it more immersive.

Reading at night or in the morning?

Night. If I started reading in the morning I would read for the entire day and get nothing done.

Libraries or bookstores?

Both. I love buying pretty books or a book that I know I will want to have forever and the library is great when funds are low.

Books that make you laugh or books that make you cry?

I much prefer to laugh.

Black book covers or white book covers?

I like books that have a simple black cover. I think they’re very striking.

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Character driven or plot driven stories?

I prefer character driven for the most part but read plot driven every now and then.

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Weekend Readathon

This weekend readathon (Werewolf Frenzy) is hosted on My Vampire Book Obsession during the last or 2nd last weekend each month.

It’s a pretty simple readathon, there are no tasks, you just set a page count goal. It runs from Thursday to Sunday so it’s not technically a weekend readathon but close enough.


Goal: 400 pages

100 pages per day should be pretty doable… I say that now but I almost never manage to reach my goal during these. I’m hoping to finish at least one book from start to finish… or I might throw that plan out the window and read a few pages of several books.

 

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Day 1 Thursday

I read a whopping 36 pages today… Yeah, 100 pages a day is totally doable… I’m reading Biting Cold by Chloe Neil which is the 6th book in the Chicagoland Vampires series. I ended up spending most of the day learning how to use Adobe Premiere Pro and editing some video clips for Instagram stories. I watched a video from my favourite YouTube videographer/photographer, Peter McKinnon, in which he featured a friend of his that does really cool Instagram Stories and I wanted to give it a go. If you’re into photography or video I highly recommend his channel, I’ve learned so much from him.

Check out my (weak) attempt here. I’m learning but have a long way to go still.

Day 2 Friday

I read nothing, NOTHING!! But I was sick so it’s understandable…right? I slept in later than usual, done some housework, went for a walk, and got some groceries. When I got home I was feeling really shitty so I wrapped up in a blanket, lit the fire and binged Warehouse 13.

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Day 3 Saturday

Again I didn’t read anything! What is wrong with me?! I was feeling better so we went into town which was a lot of fun. We got Fast Al’s pizza, went to some nerdy shops and to see Thor Ragnarok. Thor was awesome, it was very like Guardians of the Galaxy a lot of humour and space stuff.

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Day 4 Sunday

No reading again. I have no excuse today. I parked my butt on the couch and watched loads more Warehouse 13. I seem to have swapped readathon for TVathon….. I did spend a lot of time checking out other blogs here on WordPress but that’s the only kinda good thing I did.


 

So, I failed terribly at this readathon, 36 pages out 400 is pretty bad… But, hey, there’s always next month.

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Autumn Tag

I came across this tag on A Readhead’s Rambling.


What signifies the start of Autumn for you?

The second September hits, it’s Autumn for me. I don’t care if it’s still warm I want Autumn!!!

What is your favourite Fall scent?

Wood-fire. There’s nothing as relaxing as lounging by the fire with a book and a cuppa.

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What is your favourite Autumn colour?

Burnt orange. I absolutely love driving down a tree-lined road during Autumn to see all the orange, red, and yellow leaves.

What is your favourite Autumn drink?

Coffee. I don’t go for those seasonal coffees that come out. They tend to be very milky and sweet. An americano or cappuccino for me, thanks.

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What TV show, new or old, are you looking forward to this Fall?

Halloween has passed now but I always look forward to watching scary movies and the family Halloween movies like Hocus Pocus.

What is your favourite Autumn fashion trend?

Dresses with boots and anything with a jumper. My absolutely favourite way to dress.

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What is your favourite Autumn activity?

Reading by the fire. There doesn’t need to be wine but it does make it more enjoyable 😉

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Are you a bigger fan of Thanksgiving or Halloween?

Halloween. We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving here.

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1k Followers!!

So, I reached 1000 followers here today. I’m so excited, it’s silly! Thank you so much to everyone you follows my blog and a special thank you to the people who actually read my posts. You guys are amazing 🙂

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I’m thinking of running a competition in honour of the event but haven’t worked out the details yet…. whether to have it on here or Instagram or Facebook and what the prize will be… probably a book or a gift card… I’ll work it all out over a glass of bubbly this evening.

Thanks again everyone!


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October Wrap-Up

October was a very bad month. There was a death in my family and that’s all I’m going to say about it here.

So, I was away for most of last month but I did read a good bit at the beginning of October.

Books Read

North and SouthClean Sweep (Innkeeper Chronicles, #1)Bitten (Women of the Otherworld, #1)Moon Shine (Takhini Wolves, #4)Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children, #1)Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children, #2)StardustFeralLothaire (Immortals After Dark #12)Frenchman's CreekFables, Vol. 11: War and PiecesToil and Trouble (Jolie Wilkins, #2)The Queen of the TearlingSylvester, or the Wicked Uncle

Highlights

North and South

North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell ★★★★☆

Written in the 19th century and follows Margaret Hale after she moves with her family from a tranquil life in the south of England to turbulent life in the North. There she becomes entangled in the lives of the middle and lower classes of the masters and the workers. Gaskell uses Hale’s relationships to explore societal issues during the industrial revolution using Hale’s romance with one of the masters for progression. It’s basically Pride and Prejudice set during the industrial revolution (though I think I prefer Mr Thornton to Mr Darcy shh don’t tell anyone…).

I was inspired to read this after watching the mini-series on Netflix (about 5 times). I fell in love with the characters and the social economic themes and grew to love them even more with the book.

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Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews ★★★★★

I had no idea this was science fiction before I read it. I fully expected an urban fantasy about witches but it’s definitely science fiction. There are some elements of urban fantasy but with strong leanings towards sci-fi. If I had known it was sci-fi I probably wouldn’t have read it but I’m glad I did. I really shouldn’t doubt Ilona Andrews, they know how to tell a story!!

The story follows Dina Demille who is an Innkeeper which is a guardian of a kind of way station to travellers from other worlds. Her Inn is neutral ground and she is not meant to get involved but breaks the rules when the people in her neighbourhood are in danger from alien monster dog things.

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Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire ★★★★★

I read Every Heart a Doorway this month as well which was very good but Down Among the Sticks and Bones was great. I kept thinking of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children when reading Every Heart a Doorway though they are only similar in the sense that they’re both set in a boarding school run by a strange woman. Every Heart a Doorway is about children who have returned from adventures in other worlds like Narnia and are having trouble adjusting to being back. Down Among the Sticks and Bones follows two of the characters from the first book while they were in their magical world. It’s set before Every Heart a Doorway but I wouldn’t recommend reading it first. I listened to an audiobook which was read by the author and her narration was fantastic.

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Lothaire by Kresley Cole ★★★★★

I really wish I could be a fly on the wall when Kresley Cole is writing. I want to know how she writes such captivating stories. Every time I read one, even if I think I’m not in the mood for one of her books, as soon as I start I cannot stop until I finish the book.

This is the 12th book in the Immortals After Dark series and follows Lothaire (of course). It also introduces a group of vampires that were hinted at once or twice in previous books. Lothaire has been mentioned a lot in previous books so I was excited for this and it didn’t disappoint.

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Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne du Maurier ★★★☆☆

An enjoyable story but not her best in my opinion. I found it to be predictable so I got a bit bored but I admired the main character for her strength of will.

The story follows Lady Dona St. Columb who has abandoned London society and seeks refuge in the country. There she encounters a French pirate, falls in love with him and craves adventure with him. He is eventually caught and she must decide whether to risk her family and save him or return to the boring life she led before.

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Toil and Trouble by H.P. Mallory ★★★★☆

The 2nd book in Mallory’s Jolie Wilkins series picks up where the last one left off and is just as enjoyable. The only thing that annoys me in this is the love triangle. I don’t mind love triangles in stories as long as they make sense but here it felt like Sinjin wanted her just for sake of there being a complication in her relationship with Rand.

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That’s it for October. What did you read last month?

My First Week of NaNoWriMo

Day 1 – Wednesday

The first day and I didn’t actually get any writing done. What I did do was sketch out my ideas – the setting, the main characters, what’s going to happen first.

Day 2- Thursday

I did some writing today. About 300 words I think… not much but at least I’m writing.

Day 3 – Friday

Wrote some more. Got up to about 1000 words. Watched the WordNerds Virtual Write-In on YouTube which I think helped motivate me a lot.

Day 4 – Saturday

Nada. Spent the day in town with my husband. We went to the cinema to see Murder on the Orient Express which was good but I expected better.

Day 5 – Sunday

Again nada… No excuse today, I was just lazy. Stayed in my pyjamas and watched TV with himself.

Day 6 – Monday

Today was good. I wrote around 2000 words and watched two of the virtual write-ins from Saturday. I ended up getting a headache midday though then again during the night.

Day 7 – Tuesday

I was wrecked today but managed to get to 4283 words which I’m happy with. I had intended writing more but I ended up binging Stranger Things 2 and then I had book club.


I’m kind of struggling with motivation at the moment so I decided to take a look at what people are talking about on the NaNo page on Reddit and found this video of Neil Gaiman.

I was starting to feel really frustrated with myself and finding it really difficult to want to keep typing but that video really helped.

Good luck to everyone else doing NaNo!!

Blood-Spattered Bingo Wrap-up

Line – Mind-Bending, Werewolf ✓, Free Space ✓, Graphic Novel ✓, Aliens ✓

Clean Sweep (Innkeeper Chronicles, #1) Alien – Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews

I’m amazed I got this one and with the very first book I read! To be fair I had no idea there were aliens in it. I thought it was going to be straightforward urban fantasy but it turned out to have a lot of science fiction in it.

Bitten (Women of the Otherworld, #1) Werewolf – Bitten by Kelley Armstrong

This is a reread I done just to finish the bonus task for the Vampire Wars challenge. We needed a book with a red cover and I’ve been wanting to reread this for a while now.

Lothaire (Immortals After Dark #12) Free Space – Lothaire by Kresley Cole

Great addition to the series.

Fables, Vol. 11: War and Pieces Graphic Novel – Fables vol.11

Finally getting shit sorted with the big bad.

Hemlock Grove Mind-Bending – Hemlock Grove

I never got to finish this book. There was a death in my family so I didn’t do any reading during that time.