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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

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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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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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Belletrist

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.

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Shameless Self Promotion

I know I know, self-promotion is annoying but I gotta do it!

If you follow me on Instagram you may have noticed I’m into photography. I have been for a good few years and I have thousands of photos just sitting on my hard drive eagerly anticipating the day I put them to use! Well, that day has come!! Last night I set up a Zazzle shop to sell some (very few up at the moment) as posters. Zazzle is running a 50% sale on posters at the moment so now is the time to buy, people!!

I will be adding more bookish stuff soon as well. I love bookish merch but find it hard to get something that suits my taste. So I guess I gotta make some!!

Here are a few examples of what I’m selling. Click on a picture to view it on Zazzle ❤

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Rainy Street Light with Quote

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If you check out my store, thank you so so much. It really means a lot to me. If you buy something then you are the most amazing person in the world and I love you!!

 

100 Romance Books You Must Read Before You Die

I came across this romance books website today, XOXO After Dark, and they have a very interesting list of 100 Romance Books You Must Read Before You Die. I’m very sad to say I’ve only read about 3 books from the list… my excuse is that I tend to read series… There are a good few books that are on my TBR mentioned though. It’s a sign I must read them soon!!

Anywho, check out the list and let me know how many books you’ve read from it.

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Book Cover Cocktails

Happy Friday!!!! You deserve a drink after the week you’ve had. How about a cocktail?….. I absolutely love cocktails and recently bought a real pretty cocktail shaker so it’s time to shake it up! I thought it would be fun to pick out some cocktails based on book covers (I may have a skewed idea of what fun is…). I picked some favourite books and matched cocktails based on colours and the booze I prefer to drink.

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Serpentine

Ingredients

  • Half measure green creme de menthe
  • Cracked ice
  • Lime peel curl or twist
  • Chilled Champagne
  • 1tsp lime zest, to decorate

Method

Pour the creme de menthe into the bottom of a flute with the ice and the curl of lime peel. Top up with champagne and dress with the lime zest.

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Martini

Ingredients

  • 3 measures gin
  • 1 tsp dry vermouth
  • Cracked ice
  • Green cocktail olive to decorate

Method

Pour the gin and vermouth over the ice in a mixing glass and stir well to mix. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and dress with the cocktail olive.

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Kamikaze

Ingredients

  • 1 measure vodka
  • 1 measure triple sec
  • Half measure fresh lime juice
  • Half measure fresh lemon juice
  • Ice
  • Dry white wine, chilled
  • Slices of cucumber and lime

Method

Shake the vodka, triple sec, lime and lemon juice over the ice. Strain into a chilled glass and top with the wine. Decorate with the slices of cucumber and lime.

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Long Island Iced Tea

Ingredients

  • 2 measures vodka
  • 1 measure gin
  • 1 measure white tequila
  • 1 measure white rum
  • Half measure white creme de menthe
  • 2 measures lime juice
  • 1 tsp sugar syrup
  • Cracked ice
  • Cola
  • Lime wedge

Method

Shake the first seven ingredients vigorously over the ice. Strain into an ice-filled tall glass and top with cola. Decorate with the lime wedge.

Recipes from Cocktails

My favourite cocktails are Long Island Iced Teas and Espresso Martinis. So delicious! What’s yours?

Swashbuckling Romances

Oh, the thrill of the high seas (we’ll ignore the scurvy bit). Ya gotta love a bit of cheesy romance every now and then, there’s no shame in it. Even Marge chills out with a good swashbuckling adventure once and awhile. The romance genre gets looked down at a lot and this subgenre even more so but who cares what people think as long as it’s fun, right?! Here are some of my top picks from the genre.

Master of Seduction (Sea Wolves, #1) Master of Seduction – Kinley MacGregor

♦Enemies to Lovers ♦Pirates ♦Historical

I love that cover so much!!! It’s so cheesy!! (Kinley MacGregor is a pseudonym for Sherrilyn Kenyon so Dark Hunter fans this might be the one for you.) I expected this book to be a bit of a cheese fest with heaving bosoms and the like but it was much sweeter than that. It’s more like a romantic comedy on the high seas (which is a bit cheesy I guess). Jack and Lorelei set a wager that she can make him fall in love with her before he can get her into the sack. You can imagine the little cat and mouse games that follow. It’s a very entertaining and fun read. One thing that annoys me is that Jack actually walks around calling himself The Master of Seduction…..calm down lad! ★★★☆☆

The Iron Duke (Iron Seas, #1) The Iron Duke – Meljean Brook

♦Steampunk ♦Kick Ass Heroine ♦Suspense

Oh man, I love this book! Since it’s first in a steampunk series there is a good bit of world building but it doesn’t hinder the flow of the story. Mina and Rhys are some of the strongest characters I’ve ever read in a romance. And the story? Such an adventure! And there are zombies but they’re not super gross. Mina is an inspector assigned to a case involving a dead body dropped from the sky onto Rhys’s property. Together they unravel a conspiracy threatening the lives of everyone in England. ★★★★★

The Captain of All Pleasures (Sutherland Brothers, #1) The Captain of All Pleasures – Kresley Cole

♦Enemies to lovers ♦Historical ♦Suspense

This is Cole’s debut novel but it still shows signs of the style she writes with in Immortals After Dark. This book is quite the adventure as well. Derek is taking part in a ship race while holding Nicole prisoner after he believes she attempted to sabotage his ship in the hopes of winning the race herself. Adventure (and lurve) ensue. ★★★★★

 The Price of Pleasure – Kresley Cole

♦Historical ♦Adventure ♦Tortured Hero/Heroine

Sometimes I feel like I might be pushing Kresley Cole on you guys…..but she is awesome so you should really read her books!!! Seriously, my favourite romance author. Anyway, this book is the follow up to The Captain of All Pleasures but you don’t need to read it to enjoy this one. Here we follow Derek’s brother Grant as he seeks out and rescues Victoria whose family was stranded on a desert island years before (I think it was like 7 years). Grant was the stoic responsible brother who finds his restraints tested around Victoria. ★★★★☆

Happy Beltane

It’s the first day of summer woohoo!!! The sun is even shining today if you can believe it after the miserable weather we’ve had all bank holiday weekend. It’s even a whopping 12°c!

Beltane is an ancient Celtic festival celebrating purification and transition with FIRE!!! Bonfires are lit, May bushes decorated, and feasts attended by some anyway. Personally, I don’t celebrate it, though I LOVED May bushes when I was little and I think I’ll start celebrating it because fire and ribbons are a great combination.

I think nowadays the day is more often celebrated by Wiccans in a way similar to the English and German May Pole style.

I was in Bavaria a few years ago for the May Pole celebration. It was a much bigger affair than I expected. There was even a bouncy castle, lads. You know it’s serious then.


Since it’s a witchy day I decided to share a witchy book.

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The Occult, Witchcraft, and Magic: An Illustrated History by Christopher Dell

The curious history of magic and the powers of the occult, witchcraft, ritual, and the imagination, from their earliest appearances to modern times

From the days of the earliest Paleolithic cave rituals, magic has gripped the imagination. Magic and magicians appear in early Babylonian texts, the Bible, Judaism, and Islam. Secret words, spells, and incantations lie at the heart of nearly every mythological tradition. But for every genuine magus there is an impostor.

During the Middle Ages, religion, science, and magic were difficult to set apart. The Middle Ages also saw the pursuit of alchemy―the magical transformation of base materials―which led to a fascination with the occult, Freemasonry, and Rosicrucianism.

The turn of the twentieth century witnessed a return to earlier magical traditions, and today, magic means many things: contemporary Wicca is practiced widely as a modern pagan religion in Europe and the US; “magic” also stretches to include the nonspiritual, rapid-fire sleight of hand performed by slick stage magicians who fill vast arenas.

The Occult, Witchcraft and Magic is packed with authoritative text and a huge and inspired selection of images, some chosen from unusual sources, including some of the best-known representations of magic and the occult from around the world spanning ancient to modern times.

400+ illustrations, 300+ in color – amazon.com


Take a peek at some of the illustrations in this super snazzy video I made.

It’s a very interesting book, though, I haven’t read the full thing yet. I usually pick it up and read whatever section interests me at that moment.

My favourite section so far is the one on Enlightenment Magic, when the world is in that tenuous stage between magic and science.

It’s great for looking up themes and historical figures from paranormal novels I’ve read as well.

Get the book on Book Depository