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Poetry Recommendations

Hello readers!

I read Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur recently and couldn’t help but notice how different it is to all the poetry I read in school. That poetry I found difficult to understand but Milk and Honey I understood easily. I’m a little unsure of my feelings towards the formatting and content but I would love to read more contemporary poetry to see how it compares.

So what contemporary poetry do you recommend?


November Reading Challenge – Thanksgiving

This challenge is hosted on My Vampire Book Obsession.

Thanksgiving Dinner

November 1st-30th

Hungry ~ 2-3 books
Starving ~ 4-6 books

Read a book where a character has a drink (vampires feeding counts) or has a liquid on the cover.

Read a book under 200 pages or that isn’t too complex (A Brief History of Time would be a complex book).

Main Course
Read a book while eating or by an author you enjoy or have been meaning to read.

Read a book with a cover you think is delicious (has a colour you like or an attractive person on it, etc.) or listen to an audiobook.

Read a book tagged ‘romance’, ‘fantasy, or ‘paranormal’ or one that has a dark cover.

After Dinner Mint
Read any book you like 🙂

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.