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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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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

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Rustic Pages

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Honourable mention to Hot Dudes Reading because hot dudes!!

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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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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.

My Super Late June Wrap Up

Better late than never right?….

Books Read

Shadowland (Cassandra Palmer, #4.2) Updating Pritkin (Cassandra Palmer, #5.5) The Force of Wind (Elemental Mysteries, #3) Milk and Honey Sputnik Sweetheart First Drop of Crimson (Night Huntress World, #1) Ride the Storm (Cassandra Palmer, #8) Lover Avenged (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #7) Feral Sins (The Phoenix Pack, #1) Faro's Daughter My Life as a White Trash Zombie (White Trash Zombie, #1)


Ride the Storm

Ride the Storm by Karen Chance ★★★★★

The 8th book in Chance’s Cassie Palmer series sees several long running story lines come to a head (at last!). I had been waiting with bated breath for some of these and was not disappointed with the outcome.

The series follows Cassie Palmer, a clairvoyant time-traveling disaster magnet (love her!!), on her adventures ( or misadventures…) as the supernatural community’s new leading clairvoyant, The Pythia. Cassie isn’t your usual urban fantasy leading lady, she’s much more of an “every-woman” than a “warrior-woman” thrust into strenuous situations she isn’t prepared for. And, heck, we’ve all been there!! Cassie handles it all though and comes back swinging.

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Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur ★★★★☆

I gave this 4 stars but 3.5 would be more accurate. A lot of the poems really resonated with me but I disliked the formatting and it occasionally seemed more like whining from a young woman’s diary than observations on life.

A lot of poetry seems to be written in this format now, all lower case and just a few sentences… it doesn’t seem like poetry to me but who the heck am I to judge!

Some parts I loved some I found frustrating but I guess the point of poetry is to make you feel something which it certainly did.

The Force of Wind

The Force of the Wind by Elizabeth Hunter ★★★★★

The 3rd book in Hunter’s Elemental Mysteries series is a slow burner for the most part and then explodes into a rousing inferno. Three anticipated story lines come to a head with varying outcomes.

The Elemental Mysteries follows Giovanni Vecchio and Beatrice De Novo as they unravel the secrets behind Beatrice’s missing father, Giovanni’s long lost library, his iniquitous son and how these things may be connected.

Oh and Gio is a vampire with fire elemental abilities.

First Drop of Crimson

First Drop of Crimson by Jeaniene Frost ★★★★★

Now I know everyone seems to LOVE Cat and Bones from Frost’s Nighthuntress series but I gotta say I preferred this spin-off novel way more. I don’t know what it is about those two but I just don’t like them all that much… Cat and Bones are not the main characters in this book but I would recommend following the authors suggested reading order. There are some definite spoilers for Nighthuntress if you’re reading it.

This one follows two friends of Cat and Bones as they battle a shape-shifting demon. Much more paranormal romance focused than the other series as well. A very fun read, I gobbled it up.

Sputnik Sweetheart

Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami ★★★★★

This one really surprised me. I had never read anything by Murakami and only listened to this because it was part of Scribd selects last month. I didn’t really know what to expect from the author or the story (I was flying totally blind) but it grabbed me and sucked me in like a whirlpool. The story follows a disquieting love triangle (not the annoying YA kind) between K, Sumire and Miu. The relationships the three characters have really highlight human emotion, the need for connection, friendship and desire.

Lover Avenged

Lover Avenged by J.R. Ward ★★★★★

Took me ages to get into this book and damn near got whiplash from all the POV’s. Freaking loved it in the end though. This is the 7th book in Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series. The romance plot for this one centres on Rehvenge but the book follows most of the main characters. The story is very exciting and the lessers are finally starting to look like a serious threat and interesting enemy.

Faro's Daughter

Faro’s Daughter by Georgette Heyer ★★★★★

Despite Heyer being considered the mother of Historical Romance by many, I had never heard of her. I had spotted the audio book on Scribd selects a few times but never gave it much of a glance until last month. I couldn’t sleep and this was free and short, I figured ‘what the hey?!’. I ended up loving the story. It reminded me a bit of Elizabeth Hoyt’s or Kresley Cole’s historical romances with a sassy strong willed heroine and a roguish hero engaging in an intriguing têteà-tête. 

My Life as a White Trash Zombie

My Life as a White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland ★★★★★

First of all, how cool is that cover?! About as cool as this freaking book!! Such a fun story that may seem familiar if you’ve watched iZombie but only as far as both protagonists are blond females who happen to be zombies and work in the morgue. Another similarity is that the zombies seem to remain intelligent and fresh as long as they continue to eat brains. But White Trash Zombie was so much fun!! I listened to the audio book of this and the narrator was amazing, I highly recommend the audio.

The story follows Angel Crawford after she wakes up in the ER after an apparent overdose with no idea what’s going on, a new job and delivery of mystery milkshakes. Her “life” takes some mad turns and then a serial killer shows up to keep things interesting. Brilliant story, I ordered the next book before I even finished this one.

So that’s it for June. I didn’t read too much last month (I’ve already read more this month) but it was a good month. I really enjoyed almost all of the books I read.

Now I’m off to do dishes, make dinner and listen to my audiobook. Laters!

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