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Do you Book Club?

Good morning everyone!

Hope you all had a great weekend and a not so bad Monday.

I’m sure everyone has heard about the Wizarding World Book Club at this stage but in case you haven’t Pottermore is launching an official Harry Potter book club in June. I’m sure there are a bunch of these on Goodreads already but it’s really cool to have an official international one.

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I avoided book clubs for years because I don’t like being told what to read but I always loved the idea of a book club (I’m also a big ol’ introvert and avoid social situations). I was one of those people who joined Goodreads groups, lurked for a little bit and then never returned. Occasionally I would comment in the introductions thread and not a peep after that. Last year I joined a group whose name alone sang to my soul, My Vampire Book Obsession. It was so easy to chat with people and everyone loved the same books as me. I had found my online book family! (and I absolutely love you guys!!) I loved it so much I eventually became a mod and now torment people with reading challenges (you guys love it, don’t try to deny it). Once the books were the right genre I found I didn’t mind being told what to read. I ended up increasing my reading from 2 or 3 books a month to 2 or 3 books a week! (I’m a slow reader so that is a huge increase)

But what about real life book clubs??? I always figured it was a waste of time since there doesn’t seem to be anyone around that reads the same books as me (and I’m a big ol’ introvert). Book clubs seem to focus on literary fiction and bestsellers which I have nothing against and do read just not very often. But I figured, of the ten books I usually read each month making one a book club read isn’t that daunting. So I joined a local book club last month and met some really nice people. The book was something I would never have picked myself but I ended up enjoying it (Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld) and we had a really great chat about books. I guess I shouldn’t have been so narrow-minded about the whole thing. I’m really glad I joined, it was fun and the people there were really friendly.

Goodreads groups allow you to chat every day with people as obsessed with reading as you are and in your genre. But real life book clubs have their benefits too. Like getting an introvert out of her house!


Do you attend a book club or use Goodreads groups?

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Scrappy Little Nobody – Anna Kendrick

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Author: Anna Kendrick
 
Genre: Autobiography
 
Goodreads Rating: 3.98/5
 
 

Synopsis: A collection of humorous autobiographical essays by the Academy Award-nominated actress and star of Up in the Air and Pitch Perfect.

“I’m excited to publish my first book, and because I get uncomfortable when people have high expectations, I’d like to use this opportunity to showcase my ineptitude, pettiness, and the frequency with which I embarrass myself. And while many of my female inspirations who have become authors are incredibly well-educated and accomplished comedy writers, I’m very, very funny on Twitter, according to Buzzfeed and my mom, so I feel like this is a great idea. Quick question: are run-on sentences still frowned upon? Wait, is ending a sentence with a preposition still frowned upon? I mean, upon frowned? Dammit!” —Anna Kendrick

Anna Kendrick’s autobiographical collection of essays amusingly recounts memorable moments throughout her life, from her middle class upbringing in New England to the blockbuster movies that have made her one of Hollywood’s most popular actresses today. Expanding upon the witty and ironic dispatches for which she is known, Anna Kendrick’s essays offer her one-of-a-kind commentary on the absurdities she’s experienced on her way to and from the heart of pop culture.

 
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What I thought about the book: I listened to the audiobook for this one. It was a lot of fun, Anna is very entertaining and easy to listen to. She’s lived a pretty normal life but that doesn’t mean her story is boring. Her wit and character make for a very uplifting read.
 
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My Rating:
4 paws

Angel in Scarlet by Jennifer Wilde

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Title: Angel in Scarlet

 
Author: Jennifer Wilde
 
Genre: Historical Romance
 
Series: n/a
 
Goodreads Rating: 3.97/5
 
 
Synopsis: Jennifer Wilde’s dazzlingly passionate, superbly witty New York Times–bestselling novel about a schoolmaster’s daughter who becomes the toast of late eighteenth-century London and the woman two extraordinary brothers vie to possess

Angela Howard, the spirited daughter of a village schoolmaster, will never forget her first provocative glimpse of Lord Clinton Meredith, the gorgeous, golden heir to magnificent Greystone Hall. But it is Clinton’s illegitimate brother, Hugh Bradford, who claims Angie’s innocence—and her heart. They share one glorious night before violence and tragedy separate them. Her heart shattered, Angie moves to London, where she meets the mercurial, sensual playwright James Lambert . . . and a portrait painter named Gainsborough vows to turn her into a legend.

But through the years of fame and glory and wealth and success beyond her wildest dreams, Angie is haunted by the man she loved and lost—a man who won’t rest until she is his again.

Angel in Scarlet is a winner of the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Best Book Award.

 
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What I thought about the book: I don’t know who wrote the synopsis but they only skimmed some of the details in the book. Hugh and Clinton are cousins, not brothers.
Anyway, I really enjoyed this. There’s so much more to the story than what you get from the synopsis. We’re really following Angie’s life more than her romance with a single man. And she has lived quite a life! Great story, occasionally far-fetched but entertaining and emotional.
 
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My Rating:
5 paws

Harry Potter Read Along

Hi, guys!

I (like a lot of other people) love Harry Potter! It’s been long enough now since I read the books that a lot of the details are no longer fresh in my mind, some things from the movies have replaced my memories of the books as well. So I decided it’s time to do a reread of the entire series and this time include the other books set in the Potterverse as well (like Fantastic Beasts).

I would love to do a series read along with a few people for this. It’s just such a fun story (well, it get’s a bit darker later) and I would love to do chats and Q&A’s on each book. Talk about favourite scenes, characters and how they compare to the movies.

I haven’t decided on a platform yet, it depends on how much interest there is in doing the read along. It will most likely be on either Goodreads or Facebook and I will of course post here as well.

If you would like to join in please comment below and I will update soon with all the details for the read along.

Thanks for reading!

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Time for Tea Challenge

This challenge was in Nothing But Reading Challenges on Goodreads for January. I really enjoyed this challenge. I thought it was so original.

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After all those Christmas and New Year celebrations, there’s nothing like a hot cup of tea to warm you up and help you wind down. Put the kettle on, grab a book and join in this challenge.

Duration 1 to 31 January

Rules
Read a book for each of the steps below. Then if you like, have another cuppa and read some more. You may read the steps in order or out of order or skip steps, it’s up to you.

Step 1 – Boil the water
Read books that are a bit “steamy”, set in a hot climate or make you feel warm inside. Or books where the author’s name or title begins with B, O, I or L.

Step 2 – Choose your tea
Read books with a color on the cover to match the type of tea you choose.
Black – black tea
Green – green tea
White – white tea
Brown – oolong tea
Red – rooibos tea
Orange – herbal tea

Step 3 – Steep the tea
Read books with page counts to indicate how strong you like your tea
Weak – under 150 pages
Medium – 151 to 300 pages
Strong – 301 pages or more

Step 4 – Sweet?
Read books to indicate how sweet you like your tea.
No sugar – Stand alone novel
One spoonful – Book one in a series
Two spoonfuls – Book two in a series
Honey – Book three in a series
Artificial sweetener – Book four in a series

Step 5 – Black or white?
Read books to indicate what else to add to your tea
No milk – General fiction genre
Just a dash – Romance/chick lit genre book
Lots of milk – Young Adult/new adult genre book
Cream – Fantasy/sci fi genre book
Soy milk – Mystery/thriller genre book
Lemon – Non fiction genre book

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description Have a cuppa – 1 to 5 books
description Tea for two – 6 to 10 books
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Level: Tea Party 11 + books

Step 1 – Boil the water
Read books that are a bit “steamy”, set in a hot climate or make you feel warm inside. Or books where the author’s name or title begins with B, O, I or L. Dark Desires After Dusk 2/1/17 Halfway to the Grave 13/1/17 Deceit 15/1/17 The Leopard Prince 18/1/17

Step 2 – Choose your tea
Read books with a color on the cover to match the type of tea you choose.
Black – black tea Raphael 8/1/17 Depravity 16/1/17
Green – green tea
White – white tea
Brown – oolong tea
Red – rooibos tea Carmilla 1/1/17
Orange – herbal tea The Professional 20/1/17

Step 3 – Steep the tea
Read books with page counts to indicate how strong you like your tea
Weak – under 150 pages Shitty Beer 6/1/17
Medium – 151 to 300 pages Before Midnight 8/1/17
Strong – 301 pages or more Changes 16/1/17 Ghost Story 20/1/17

Step 4 – Sweet?
Read books to indicate how sweet you like your tea.
No sugar – Stand alone novel
One spoonful – Book one in a series Spider’s Bite 11/1/17
Two spoonfuls – Book two in a seriesClaimed By Shadow 6/1/17
Honey – Book three in a series Devastation 17/1/17 Refugee 22/1/17
Artificial sweetener – Book four in a series

Step 5 – Black or white?
Read books to indicate what else to add to your tea
No milk – General fiction genre
Just a dash – Romance/chick lit genre book Here There Be Monsters 23/1/17
Lots of milk – Young Adult Shiver 5/1/17
Cream – Fantasy/sci fi genre book Side Jobs: Stories From the Dresden Files 18/1/17
Soy milk – Mystery/thriller genre book Small Favor 2/1/17
Lemon – Non fiction genre book

1st Cup
Boil water, Rooibos tea, Weak, Two Spoons Sugar, Lots of Milk. Dark Desires After Dusk, Carmilla, Shitty Beer, Claimed By Shadow, Shiver.
Dark Desires After Dusk (Immortals After Dark, #6) by Kresley Cole Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu Shitty Beer by Karen Chance Claimed By Shadow (Cassie Palmer, #2) by Karen Chance Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1) by Maggie Stiefvater

2nd Cup
Boil water, Black tea, Medium, One spoonful sugar, Soy milk. Halfway to the Grave, Raphael, Before Midnight, Spider’s Bite, Small Favor
Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress, #1) by Jeaniene Frost Raphael (Vampires in America, #1) by D.B. Reynolds Before Midnight (Blood Prince, #1) by Jennifer Blackstream Spider's Bite (Elemental Assassin, #1) by Jennifer Estep Small Favor (The Dresden Files, #10) by Jim Butcher

3rd Cup
Boil water, Black tea, Strong, Honey, Cream Deceit, Depravity, Changes, Devastation, Side Jobs: Stories From the Dresden Files
Deceit (Beastly Tales, #2) by M.J. Haag Depravity (Beastly Tales, #1) 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

4th Cup
Boil water, Herbal Tea, Strong, Honey, Just a Dash The Leopard Prince, The ProfessionalGhost Story, Refugee, Here There Be Monsters
The Leopard Prince (Princes Trilogy, #2) by Elizabeth Hoyt The Professional (The Game Maker, #1) by Kresley Cole 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

New Year’s Ball Challenge

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Have the night of your dreams with our New Year’s Ball Mini-Challenge.

How it works
This is a reading challenge. Read 2 – 6 books to build your fantasy night. Check the Challenge Guide for rules and tips.

Duration
January 1st – 31st

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Tasks
❅ Pick your Outfit
Read a book with an item of clothing on the cover or with a colour you’d like to wear.
❅Meet your Date
Read a book with your chosen book boyfriend or a romance
❅Pick your Chariot
Read a book with any mode of transportation on the cover or where a character travels (doesn’t have to be a long journey)
❅Have a Glass of Champagne
Read a book with any kind of beverage on the cover or a book you would enjoy reading while having a drink
❅Dance with your Date
Read a book with more than one person on the cover or by a new to you author
❅Kiss your Date at the End of the Night
Read any book you like!
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Earn this Vampire Heart
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I wrote this mini challenge for My Vampire Book Obsession cause we needed a little somethin’ somethin’ for the new year. Only 6 tasks so it was pretty quick.

In our group, you can collect Vampire Hearts for completing challenges and taking part in others ways in the group. You get a tracking thread to keep all the perdy hearts you earn. This is my page if you’re interested in joining in and wanna see what it’s all about.

I’m totally obsessed with reading challenges. I’m taking part in about 30 of them at the moment across Goodreads. I’m not going to start posting every challenge I’m in just the ones I really enjoy.

Here’s my completion post for the challenge.

New Year’s Ball
Jan 1-31

❅ Pick your Outfit
Read a book with a colour you’d like to wear.
Shiver 5/1/17 white
❅Meet your Date
Read a book with a romance.
Raphael 8/1/17
❅Pick your Chariot
Read a book with any mode of transportation on the cover or where a character travels (doesn’t have to be a long journey)
Dark Desires After Dusk 2/1/17
❅Have a Glass of Champagne
Read a book you would enjoy reading while having a drink.
Claimed By Shadow 6/1/17
❅Dance with your Date
Read a book with more than one person on the cover or by a new to you author
Before Midnight 8/1/17
❅Kiss your Date at the End of the Night
Read any book you like!
Carmilla 1/1/17

Books Read
Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1) by Maggie Stiefvater Raphael (Vampires in America, #1) by D.B. Reynolds Dark Desires After Dusk (Immortals After Dark #6) by Kresley Cole Claimed By Shadow (Cassie Palmer, #2) by Karen Chance Before Midnight (Blood Prince, #1) by Jennifer Blackstream Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu