Weekly Wrap Up + What We Read 2/14/16

Happy Valentine’s Day, if that’s a thing you’re celebrating. I have the most beautiful date of all–the lovely Michaela. Here’s this week’s wrap up PLUS a giveaway announcement if you missed that! Also, at the end there is an announcement about the Betwixt the Books Discussion that you can JOIN IN ON next Tuesday, all about DNFing books!

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Giveaway Announcement! Win a Contemporary YA Prize Pack!

In many of our videos, Michaela and I have been hinting at doing a giveaway soon. SURPRISE! In honor of our very first joint review–and Michaela’s new job at Barnes and Noble, which is allowing her to host this giveaway–we’re giving away a prize pack of three contemporary novels!

If you missed it, me and Michaela’s first joint review was of John Green’s Paper Towns. In that vein, Michaela is graciously providing for this beautiful set of books:

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That’s:

This giveaway ends March 5th and is US only. Sorry!

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Re-Review: “The Falconer” by Elizabeth May

The Falconer (American)The Falconer (Falconer #1) by Elizabeth May

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Heiress. Debutant. Murderer. A new generation of heroines has arrived.

Edinburgh, Scotland, 1844

Lady Aileana Kameron, the only daughter of the Marquess of Douglas, was destined for a life carefully planned around Edinburgh’s social events – right up until a faery killed her mother.

Now it’s the 1844 winter season and Aileana slaughters faeries in secret, in between the endless round of parties, tea and balls. Armed with modified percussion pistols and explosives, she sheds her aristocratic facade every night to go hunting. She’s determined to track down the faery who murdered her mother, and to destroy any who prey on humans in the city’s many dark alleyways.

But the balance between high society and her private war is a delicate one, and as the fae infiltrate the ballroom and Aileana’s father returns home, she has decisions to make. How much is she willing to lose – and just how far will Aileana go for revenge?

Three and a half stars

A long, long time ago (okay, back in 2014), Bibliomancy for Beginners did a hangout on Elizabeth May’s The Falconer. To say that Michaela–and especially Taylor–didn’t like it would be an understatement. I remember enjoying it, even if I didn’t love-love it. But, once the camera started going and we all started chatting, something about what I had loved got lost. Don’t get me wrong, that’s a HILARIOUS hangout and you should totally watch it. But almost two years later I have realized something important: I don’t think I was fair.

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Thesis Thursday: I need your help!

hqdefaultAlright guys, this is a shot in the dark but: do any of you have any insight into YA book cover design and trends, marketing and/or publicity? Do you know anyone who does? Do you know someone who might have a kind of clue? I NEED YOU.

Here’s the deal: Chapter 2 of my thesis deals with tropism in YA book covers. (Remember year of the “girl in dress” or “half girl face”?) I’m trying to make a case as to why this happens with such frightening sameness in YA books. Chapter 3 deals with ways that digital marketing and publishing has effected the book industry, in particularly in YA.

I have searched my school’s sources, but the actual DATA behind these sciences is eludingfrantic-checking me. I’m not a marketing person. I don’t know how graphic design and marketing science works. But there has to be some of kind report on this stuff out there somewhere because there is a reason all these covers look the same and someone is keeping tight track of all these digital marketing trends. Someone. Somewhere.

Literally anything that you think would be useful would be helpful at this point. I’m in a research hole so deep, I’ve forgotten what sunlight looks like.

Comment away! Email away! Tweet away! Facebook away! …please?

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#imbibliomancy: Drunk Book Club with “Queen of the Tearling” by Erika Johansen

GUESS WHAT TIME IT IS AGAIN! You may have guessed, it’s Imbibliomancy time! If you don’t know, this is a spin off of our regular Bibliomancy for Beginners series except us 21 year old college students imbibe ourselves and try to discuss like intelligent people anyways.

Today, not only are we talking about the fabulous Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen (it’s my pick), but also TAYLOR’S GIRLFRIEND is our guest-mancer for this episode! As per usual during my pick, I yell at Taylor quite a lot but also we have a really good discussion so watch for some fabulous laughter and bookish discussion!

#readyourowndamnbooks TBR and Haul

Michaela and I have dedicated ourselves to the 2016 #readyourowndamnbooks challenge, which–if you can’t guess–is about actually hunkering down and reading all the books that you own but haven’t read yet. Sadly, Michaela and I have a BUNCH of such books. Good for you, though, because it allowed us to do this video and tell you about the top 5 books on each of our lists! (Also, as a bonus, you get a sneak peek into some upcoming Bibliomancy for Beginners and Imbibliomancy episodes!)

From the Notebook: Top 10 Series I NEED to Finish!

So, last week’s video was made of some rather unpopular opinions, as I discussed the Top 10 series I would never finish. On the heels of that, I boomeranged back the other way this week with a MUCH more positive (but no less expressive) video about the top 10 series I could have finished … but haven’t. Ergo, I need to get on finishing these series RIGHT THE HELL NOW. Ahem. Anyways, enjoy!

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