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.

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.

Cosy Reading Night setup

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.

A-Z Book Survey

This book tag is pretty straight forward. There’s a list of questions connected to each letter of the alphabet. This tag was created by Perpetual Page-Turner  I found it on Book Tag Index.

  • Author you’ve read the most books from:

    According to Goodreads, my most read authors are Laurell K. Hamilton and Karen Chance.  I’ve read 28 individual books by Laurel K. Hamilton and I’ve reread Karen Chance enough for it to be the same number. I wouldn’t call Hamilton my favourite author, she’s my most read simply because she has more books to read. I really did love her earlier books though.

Guilty Pleasures (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #1)Circus of the Damned (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #3)A Kiss of Shadows (Merry Gentry, #1)Obsidian Butterfly (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #9)A Lick of Frost (Merry Gentry, #6)Incubus Dreams (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #12)

  • Best Sequel Ever:

    Hmmm, I tend to read series with 5+ books out so nearly everything I read is a sequel… ok, I’m going to go with Changes by Jim Butcher which is the 12th book in The Dresden Files. It blew my mind and totally revived the series which by book 12 was getting a bit predictable. Total game changer.



  • Currently Reading:

    Slightly ashamed to say I have 7 books on my currently reading shelf at the moment (I had 10 last week so I’m getting somewhere). I have two non-fiction books that I tend to pick up and read a bit of whenever the mood strikes, Women Who Run With the Wolves and Old Ways, Old Secrets: Pagan Ireland. I have two library books, an audio book, The Beachcomber and an e-book, The Essex Serpent. Then I have an e-book from Scribd, Dreams of a Dark Warrior and an audio book, The Many Sins of Lord Cameron. And finally, I’m reading a paperback of Dark Witch. I’m 20%-70% through each of these.

Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman ArchetypeOld Ways, Old Secrets: Pagan Ireland: Myth * Landscape * TraditionThe BeachcomberThe Essex SerpentDreams of a Dark Warrior (Immortals After Dark #11)The Many Sins of Lord Cameron (MacKenzies & McBrides, #3)Dark Witch (The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy, #1)

  • Drink of Choice While Reading:

    Water. I’m pretty much always drinking water. I’ll have the occasional cup of tea in the evening and at the weekend I might have wine. I love having a glass of wine while reading.

  • E-reader or Physical Book?

    I read mainly ebooks simply because it’s way more convenient and I can have a whole series on my reader ready to go and bring them all with me. Also with the reader, I don’t need to have a light on in bed when reading and torment my husband. I do love physical books as well though. If there’s a book I really really love I tend to buy a physical copy of it as well.

  • Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:

    I tend to go for the nerdy guy so in high school I probably would have gone for Simon from The Mortal Instruments.

  • Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:

    Fool Moon (Dresden Files #2) by Jim Butcher. I read the first book and loved it but for some reason, I wasn’t feeling this one. Then someone suggested I give the audio book a go and I fell in freakin’ love!! I was still pretty new to audio books (I’d listened to 2 previously) and wasn’t sure how I felt about the medium but I said I’d give it a whirl (mostly because James Marsters was narrating). I listened to the audio of every book after that and loved them all.


  • Hidden Gem Book:

    Hmmm, I guess this means a book that I loved but not many people have read… Ok, I’m going to go with Falling for a Dancer by Deirdre Purcell. It has only 217 ratings on Goodreads but you’ve probably heard of her if you’re Irish. This is an old favourite of mine, I read it first as a teenager and I’ve read 3 times now. I’ve been feeling another reread coming on for a while now…the only thing stopping me is trying to catch up on series and challenges.


  • Important Moment in your Reading Life:

    When I was little my mother gave me a book called Rosie’s Gift by Ann Carroll. It was the first book that got me really excited about reading. It’s about a young girl with the ability to time travel to a house in the 1870’s. I can’t remember what happened in it now but I know I loved it and read it more than once. I actually think it’s still at home in the attic…


  • Just Finished:

    Demon from the Dark (Immortals After Dark #10) by Kresley Cole. Loved it!! Out of the 16 books I’ve read by Cole, I have yet to dislike a single one. I just gobble up her books.


  • Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:

    I’m not really into YA though I’ve read a good few… Usually, if I see a book is YA I put it down straight away. The recurring themes in YA annoy me. I would definitely baulk at a scientific book, though. If there are maths, I’m running!

  • Longest Book You’ve Read:

    Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix at 870 pages. I have two books on my TBR now that are over 1000 pages, I keep putting them off… that’s freakin’ long!

  • Major book hangover because of:

    Probably my worst book hangover was after Reap the Wind by Karen Chance because I binged the whole series including Dorina’s books all in order and then it ended with a cliffhanger!!!! She tends to end her books with cliffhangers so I was expecting it but still! I had to wait over a year for the next book! Anyway, after I finished I couldn’t read anything for a whole day.

  • Number of Bookcases You Own:

    Just the one…well we have four but three of them have been moved to the kitchen cause we have very little storage in there. I tend to read ebooks more so don’t need much space for paperbacks. I also give away my paperbacks unless I fall in love with the book.

  • One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:

    Ok, I already mentioned two books I’ve read multiple times, next would be the Harry Potter series. I’ve read the whole series (mostly) twice and the first few books maybe three times. The Deathly Hallows I have only read once because I was an emotional wreck after that book.

  • Preferred Place To Read:

    The couch or the bed. Weirdly I tend to fall asleep reading on the couch but get more awake reading in bed…

  • Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:

    I took a peep at my liked quotes on Goodreads for this, I have over 300 quotes saved! Here’s one from the list that I think suits this question, “I refuse to answer that question on the grounds that I do not know the answer” – Douglas Adams

  • Reading Regret:

    I can’t think of any regrets regarding reading… Well, I wish I’d gotten more active on Goodreads earlier. Being active in groups on that site really propelled my reading.

  • Series You Started And Need To Finish(all books are out in series):

    Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost. I have three books to go and I’m done.

Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress, #1)One Foot in the Grave (Night Huntress, #2)At Grave's End (Night Huntress, #3)Destined for an Early Grave (Night Huntress, #4)This Side of the Grave (Night Huntress, #5)

  • Three of your All-Time Favourite Books:

    I’m a series reader so I’m going to name series. Cassie Palmer by Karen Chance, Immortals After Dark by Kresley Cole, The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher.

  • Unapologetic Fangirl For:

    Karen Chance and Kresley Cole.

  • Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:

    The next book in the Cassie Palmer series whenever it will be (I hope not too long).

  • Worst Bookish Habit:

    Reading too many books at once.

  • X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:

    The 27th book on my to-read shelf is Song of Scarabaeus by Sara Casey


  • Your latest book purchase:

    The last book I bought was Old Ways, Old Secrets: Pagan Ireland by Jo Kerrigan.


  • ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late): 

    Dreams of a Dark Warrior (Immortals After Dark #11) by Kresley Cole which I’m reading at the moment. Stayed by until 4am reading it.


And that’s it for that tag. If you want to do it too, consider yourself tagged!

Slayer Challenge

This challenge is hosted on My Vampire Book Obsession

In every generation, there is a chosen one. She alone will stand against the vampires, the demons, and the forces of darkness. She is the slayer. 

Time to slay some beasties! This challenge is all about increasing your creatures “body count”.
First, pick the creatures/species/whatevs you want to read about. Second, choose how many books you want to read. You can choose how many you want to read for each one or just see how many you can slay.
Your chosen prey doesn’t have to be the focus of the book you read, just featured in the story somewhere e.g. There are zombies in The Iron Duke but they’re not the main beastie in the book.

Choose Your Prey (you can pick multiple or just one)
♱Other Shapeshifter
♱Witches/Wizards/Other Magic User
♱Other – (dragons, reapers, banshee, unicorns, selkie, mermaids, etc.)

Choose Your Body Count 
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Buffy: 50 Books
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Spike: 35 Books
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Willow: 15 Books
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Giles: 10 Books

One year

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My books….

☠ The Darkest Passion 27/1/17

☠ Carmilla 1/1/17
☠ Claimed By Shadow 6/1/17
☠ Raphael 8/1/17
☠ Halfway to the Grave 13/1/17
☠ Refugee 22/1/17
☠ Jabril 16/2/17
☠ Into the Darkness 29/4/17

☠ Shiver 5/1/17
☠ Before Midnight 8/1/17
☠ Side Jobs: Stories From the Dresden Files 18/1/17
☠ Kitty and the Midnight Hour 29/1/17
☠ Alpha and Omega 14/4/17

♱Other Shapeshifter
☠ A Questionable Client 15/2/17
☠ The Harlequin 21/2/17
☠ Prey 3/3/17
☠ Shift 24/4/17

♱Witches/Wizards/Other Magic User
☠ Small Favor 2/1/17
☠ The House at Cobb End 4/1/17
☠ Shitty Beer 6/1/17
☠ Turn Coat 10/1/17
☠ Spider’s Bite 11/1/17
☠ Web of Lies 6/2/17
☠ Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone 22/2/17
☠ Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 3/3/17
☠ Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 9/4/17
☠ Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 12/4/17
☠ Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 10/5/17

☠ Slade House 25/4/17

☠ Changes 16/1/17
☠ Grizzly 31/1/17
☠ Cold Days31/1/17
☠ Darkfever 1/2/17
☠ Buying Trouble 4/4/17
☠ Thorn Queen 9/4/17
☠ Wintersong 6/4/17

☠ Skin Game 12/2/17

☠ Dark Desires After Dusk 2/1/17
☠ Kiss of a Demon King 5/4/17

☠ Ghost Story 20/1/17
☠ Embrace the Night 22/2/17
☠ Macbeth 23/3/17
☠ Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency 9/5/17

☠ Can You Survive the Zombie Apocalypse? 10/2/17
☠ Ten Little Zombies: A Love Story 1/4/17

♱Other – (dragons, reapers, banshee, unicorns, selkie, mermaids, etc.)
☠ Depravity 15/1/17
☠ Deceit 16/1/17
☠ Devastation 17/1/17
☠ Here There Be Monsters 23/1/17
☠ First Grave on the Right 28/2/17

Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu Small Favour (The Dresden Files, #10) by Jim Butcher Dark Desires After Dusk (Immortals After Dark, #6) by Kresley Cole The House at Cobb End (Cassandra Palmer, #5.1) by Karen Chance Shiver (I Lupi di Mercy Falls, #1) by Maggie Stiefvater Shitty Beer by Karen Chance Claimed By Shadow (Cassie Palmer, #2) by Karen Chance Raphael (Vampires in America, #1) by D.B. Reynolds Before Midnight (Blood Prince, #1) by Jennifer Blackstream Turn Coat (The Dresden Files, #11) by Jim Butcher Spider's Bite (Elemental Assassin, #1) by Jennifer Estep Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress, #1) by Jeaniene FrostDepravity (Beastly Tales, #1) by M.J. Haag Deceit (Beastly Tales, #2) by M.J. Haag Changes (The Dresden Files, #12)  by Jim Butcher Devastation (Beastly Tales, #3) by M.J. Haag Side Jobs Stories From the Dresden Files (The Dresden Files, #12.5) by Jim Butcher Ghost Story (The Dresden Files, #13) by Jim Butcher Refugee (The Captive, #3) by Erica Stevens Here There Be Monsters (Iron Seas, #0.5) by Meljean Brook The Darkest Passion (Lords of the Underworld #5) by Gena Showalter Kitty and the Midnight Hour (Kitty Norville, #1) by Carrie Vaughn Cold Days (The Dresden Files, #14) by Jim ButcherGrizzly (The Realms, #1) by Bonnie Bliss Darkfever (Fever, #1) by Karen Marie Moning Spinnentanz (Elemental Assassin, #2) by Jennifer Estep Can You Survive the Zombie Apocalypse? by Max Brallier Skin Game (The Dresden Files, #15) by Jim Butcher A Questionable Client (Kate Daniels, #0.5) by Ilona Andrews Jabril (Vampires in America, #2) by D.B. Reynolds The Harlequin (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #15) by Laurell K. Hamilton Embrace the Night (Cassie Palmer, #3) by Karen Chance Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1) by J.K. Rowling First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson, #1) by Darynda JonesHarry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2) by J.K. Rowling Prey (Shifters, #4) by Rachel Vincent Macbeth  by William Shakespeare Ten Little Zombies A Love Story by Andy Rash Buying Trouble (Dorina Basarab, #1.1) by Karen Chance Kiss of a Demon King (Immortals After Dark, #7) by Kresley Cole Wintersong (Wintersong, #1) by S. Jae-Jones Thorn Queen (Dark Swan, #2) by Richelle Mead Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3) by J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4) by J.K. Rowling Alpha and Omega (Alpha & Omega, #0.5) by Patricia Briggs Shift (Shifters, #5) by Rachel VincentSlade House by David Mitchell Into the Darkness (Darkness, #1) by K.F. Breene Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (Dirk Gently #1) by Douglas Adams Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5) by J.K. Rowling

July Wrap Up

Books Read

Shifter Made (Shifters Unbound, #0.5)MicroThe CorinthianRoyal Passion (Royal, #2)Rachel's Holiday (Walsh Family, #2)Written in Red (The Others, #1)Pleasure of a Dark Prince (Immortals After Dark #9)The 100 (The 100, #1)Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6)Murder of Crows (The Others, #2)Making It Up As I Go AlongVision in Silver (The Others, #3)Marked in Flesh (The Others, #4)Venom (Elemental Assassin, #3)The Rift Walker (Vampire Empire, #2)I Know Why the Caged Bird SingsEtched in Bone (The Others, #5)Playing for Keeps (Neighbor from Hell, #1)


The Corinthian

The Corinthian by Georgette Heyer ★★★★☆

My second Heyer book I enjoyed almost as much as the first and far more than my third (I think my third was The Convenient Marriage which I DNF’d because the MC drove me crazy). The Corinthian follows Penelope and Sir Richard fleeing London in an attempt to escape unwanted marriages Getting tangled up in a robbery, a murder, and star-crossed lovers on the way.

It was a very enjoyable, light -hearted story.

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Written in Red

Written in Red by Anne Bishop ★★★★★

Oh, my god, this was amazing!! I read the first book for a reading challenge and quickly gobbled up the rest of the books in the series. I ordered the next two before I had finished this one and the two after those before finishing the second book!

Written in Red is the first book in Bishop’s The Others series. Set in an alternate America called Thasia, where humans and paranormal beings, known as the Terra Indigene, exist side by side (mostly…). The Others rule the realm but some humans aren’t too happy about that and cause all kinds of trouble with dire consequences. We mainly follow Meg Corbyn and Simon Wolfgard along with the other residents of the Lakeside Courtyard. Meg is a blood prophet on the run from those who imprisoned her and kept her as property for the sale of prophecies. She finds her way to the Lakeside Courtyard where Simon hires her as their Human Liason. The Others are intrigued by Meg and decide to protect her but by doing so they take on a lot more than they could ever have realised.

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Pleasure of a Dark Prince

Pleasure of a Dark Prince by Kresley Cole ★★★★☆

Another fantastic book from Cole’s Immortals After Dark series. Pleasure of a Dark Prince is the 9th book in the series but backtracks to the second book giving us a story that was hinted at in A Hunger Like No Other. What I love about Cole’s writing is how she writes tension and keeps you wanting to read more and more. Every single time I start one of her books it is impossible for me to stop!!

Pleasure of a Dark Prince follows Lykae Garreth MacRieve (hello book boyfriend!!) and Valkyrie Lucia the Huntress on the search for an ancient weapon in the hopes of ultimately destroying a god.

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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou ★★★★☆

My first book by Angelou and it won’t be my last. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings chronicles Angelou’s youth from the time she and her brother were sent to live with their grandmother and uncle in Southern USA. It encapsulates some beautiful, frightening, liberating and loving moments of life.

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Well that’s it for July. It was a very good reading month. I enjoyed almost everything I read, even the ones I didn’t mention in my highlights.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on any of these books.