Posts Tagged ‘Reading’

February Instagram Photo Challenge!

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

We are so excited about this month’s Instagram Photo Challenge! We’ve never done anything like this before, but we’ve been seeing some great photos posted by fellow book lovers and were inspired to join in.


February Photo Challenge 2017


Though the words on the meme seem quite vague, they are simply meant as inspiration! Take them literally or interpret them however you like. We just ask that they be somewhat book/reading related, if possible.


  1. Content must be your own OR when using someone else’s image, please make it apparent in your caption and credit the artist when possible. Because you know, stealing isn’t cool. Plussss, if you tag someone else and their photo, maybe they’ll be inclined to join us in our challenge! What a great way to grow the group and give a shout out to some awesome pictures.
  2. Aretha said it best folks, “R-E-S-P-E-C-T!” Let’s be respectful of one another in what you post and in your comments. We are hosting this challenge to foster camaraderie, not to tear anyone down or make anyone feel bad. This is a judgment-free zone y’all. So let’s be nice, okay! Also, don’t worry if you think your post isn’t as cool or artsy as someone else’s – you rock in your own right and we wanna see what you’ve got!
  3. Join the party! This is meant to expand our fan engagement and share some book love with a community of awesome peeps. Don’t hesitate to like, comment, and post until your little heart’s content! We want this to be a fun experience for all involved. Even if you can’t post every day for the entire month, just post when you can or when you feel inspired. It’s alllllllll good.

Let's Get Snappin'

Please tag us @inkmonsterbooks and use the hashtag #inkyfebphotos2017. We’ll do our best to respond to all those who post and we really hope to share some of our favorites with you. At the end of the month, we’ll pick some winners at random to send some special prizes too– so post often and post enthusiastically. We’ll be watching!


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TBR 2015!

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

It’s flipping 2015 y’all!! This is the year we finally get hoverboards.

I’m pretty sure we’re also due for flying cars soon…we’re only five years away from 2020 and I always imagined we’d be like the Jetsons by then. Before that, 2015 is looking pretty awesome with upcoming reads and a few long-awaited books are finally releasing. In no particular order, here are my top TBR books of 2015:

1. Winds of Winter. Awwwwww yeah Song of Ice and Fire! We’ve all been waiting YEARS for this.

The Winds of Winter by George R. R. Martin

2. The Shadows. I’ve gotta get my Black Dagger Brotherhood fix, even if this isn’t exactly about the brothers. Ward always has plenty of POVs in the mix, so I’m sure we’ll get a few check-ins with the guys.

The Shadows by J.R. Ward

3. In A World Just Right. Jen Brooks is kinda awesome and you need to put her YA debut on your TBR list, stat.

In A World Just Right by Jen Brooks

4. Deadly Spells. I love the Prospero’s War series, and this one is bound to be the best one yet, if only because Wells rhymes with Spells. Deadly Spells by Jaye Wells! How can you not love that?

Deadly Spells by Jaye Wells

5. The Gift of Power by Tamora Pierce. No cover yet, but I’m including this one anyway, because COLLEGE NUMAIR. Numair was my first book boyfriend and I will read every blessed thing that Pierce writes about him.


image via NatAsplund

What are you looking forward to reading this year?


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Friday Five: Lola’s 5 Fav Series

Friday, November 21st, 2014

A coupla weeks back Aileen tagged me in a 10 favorite novels challenge. I thought about rising to the challenge, but picking my favorites turned into a serious pain in the brainpan. So my natural thought progression was….wellllll, why not cheat?

Instead of my 10 fav books, I’m offering up my 5 favorite series. Nailing down the list was still semi heartbreaking (because Tamora Pierce totally deserves a spot) but I stand behind my choices.

In no particular order:

Dark Lover by J.R. Ward

The Black Dagger Brotherhood Series by J.R. Ward

Ward’s voices just sing to me. That would be enough on its own, but the alpha vamp hotties are the cherry on my froyo.

The Dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey

The Dragonriders of Pern Series by Anne McCaffrey

I’ve spent most of my life wanting to be a dragonrider. Still waiting for an invite to my hatching ceremony (any day now). Honorable mentions to Crystal Singer and The Tower and Hive. I adore Anne McCaffrey.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

Ravenclaw forever.

Natural Born Charmer by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

The Dallas Stars Series by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

More fantastic voice. I love almost everything SEP does, and even though IRL football players aren’t my jam, I’m totalllllly sold. Where do I get mine?

Bitten by Kelley Armstrong

Women of the Otherworld by Kelley Armstrong

Elena + Clay are my fav UF couple of all time.

Greyston Holt

Also, hot guy tax. Greyston Holt as Clayton Danvers (Oh Darlin’).

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It’s the last Friday of August!

Friday, August 30th, 2013


1. This is my last week in LA for the next 11 months. Hopefully London is prepared for the awesomeness that is the Latchams. I’m not sure when I’ll be back before then, but I’m not ruling out a trip back. I’m going to have a new nephew in a few months, and I don’t think Skype will keep me going for long. Right now I’m a big jumbled mess of stress (due to packing/moving), excited (because LONDON!), and sad (goodbyes, even temporary, are hard). A couple of years ago, we did eight months in Albuquerque and one month in Cleveland. We had some of LH’s family and a couple of friends come visit. Which was amazing! Albuquerque was fine, but having those few visitors really made the time go by faster. This move, I have a feeling that the draw will be bigger. At least I’m hoping. Because I’m going to miss both my family and my friends. I heart them bigtime.



2. Packing sucks. Seriously. That’s all I have to say about that.



3. E-Readers might be the best invention ever. Y’all, I have a shitton of books. It’s been confirmed by all who have been to my house. I haul them with me every place I live. However, I cannot haul them not only across the country, but also over an ocean. I’m leaving them behind. (Insert sad face here.) Thank God for e-readers. (I’m of the Kindle variety because that’s what LH got me for my birthday six years ago, but Nook/Kobo/iPad are just as fantastic.) I’ve got almost 700 books on my Kindle, and my e-book library is always growing. I like being able to take it with me wherever I go. It’s never come more handy than now. I’m not so sad about leaving all my books behind. That said, as soon as we move back, those books are coming out of their boxes and being organized on the shelves first thing. Or maybe second thing. (Pro tip: Making your bed should always be first thing when moving into a new place. Trying to find your sheets and make your bed after a long day of moving/unpacking when your body is aching and all you want to do is go to sleep is a special kind of hell.)



4. I’m currently having a book hangover. Yes, I stayed up until after 2AM reading the most awesome book. Yes, I’m having trouble focusing on anything else because I want to go re-read this book ASAP. Also, I want book three in the series RIGHT FREAKING NOW! But pre-orders aren’t up and the author’s website doesn’t say when it will be out. CUE PANIC! I need it. And I need it now! Write faster! Please. 🙂


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5. I’m having a love affair with Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream. I’ll admit it. I have weak nails, y’all. I take my vitamins and drink lots of water and they still break. And a month ago I did something that a person with weak nails should never do—I got gels. Oy vey. This Burt’s Bees stuff is amazing. It’s saving my nails! Huzzah! I’m not sure if I can get it in the UK, so I’m going to have to stop by the CVS and grab a bunch. I keep pausing while writing to rub in more. It’s an addiction, but as addictions go, I feel like this one is fairly innocuous.

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Writing Tip: Read!

Thursday, August 29th, 2013



It might seem odd that my first writing tip is to read, but it’s honestly the best thing you can do to make your writing better. That said, I’m not saying to just willy-nilly read books. You have to actively read them. If you find yourself getting lost in a story and loving it, awesome. That’s a sign of good writing. So enjoy that first read. Then, go back and read it again. And again. Don’t let yourself get totally lost as you read. Instead, constantly ask yourself some questions:


  • How are they showing characterization?
  • Any awesome pieces of dialogue? Why do you like it? What makes it feel real?
  • How are they using description in the novel? What do you like or dislike about it?
  • How is setting being used in the story?
  • How are they pacing the story? When do they break scenes? Chapters?
  • What point of view are they using? Is it distracting? Limiting?
  • How are they using their words efficiently and effectively?

Anything that catches your eye, take note of. Pay attention. Even if—or maybe especially if—you find yourself hating a book, figure out why. What is it about that book that gets on your nerves? If you love a book, what is it about the writing that sucks you in?

Then, when you sit down to write and are wondering how to go about it, take the lessons that you learned from authors that you love. I’m not saying to copy them, but learn from them. One of the greatest tools a writer can have is being well-read.



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