Bibliomancy for Beginners Season 3: Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

Welcome to another episode of the regular season of Bibliomancy for Beginners! Tonight we’re discussing one of Taylor’s picks (ew): a graphic horror novel called Through the Woods by Emily Carroll!

THAT’S RIGHT, THE FIRST GRAPHIC NOVEL WE’VE EVER DONE.

It promises to be FANTASTIC. One, because it’s Taylor’s pick which means I make it my mission to trash him. Two, because the fabulous Casey from The Drunk Librarian (and also our Nostalgia Junkie: Pendragon series and our 13 Days of Misfortune series) will be joining us!

Make sure you join us too!

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Bibliomancy for Beginners Nostalgia Junkie: The Merchant of Death by DJ MacHale

You know that, here at Bibliomancy, we’re all about reading as many books as we possibly can. And we love to do it in series. (Do you remember our 13 Days of Misfortune? I do. With anxiety.) Anyways.

Michaela really wanted to do another throwback series, so she picked one of her childhood favorites: The Pendragon books by DJ MacHale. So we’re doing a book a week until we finish the whole series!

Like I said, this special includes Michaela, me and our lovely dear Casey–who you might remember from 13 Days of Misfortune. The link to the first episode is below, which I–sadly–was not a part of due to reasons I will explain rather shortly. HOWEVER, it is still very much worth watching! I hope to see you next week when we do book 2!

Bibliomancy for Beginners: “Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline

This episode of Bibliomancy for Beginners features some AMAZING things, so you will NOT want to miss it! For one, me and Rachel are in the SAME CAMERA – crazy, right? For two, it features the first time since our 13 Days of Misfortune that we’ve featured a guest reader and reviewer! Time to shake things up!

Ready Player OneIt’s the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place.

Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets. 

And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune — and remarkable power — to whoever can unlock them. 

For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that Halliday’s riddles are based in the pop culture he loved — that of the late twentieth century. And for years, millions have found in this quest another means of escape, retreating into happy, obsessive study of Halliday’s icons. Like many of his contemporaries, Wade is as comfortable debating the finer points of John Hughes’s oeuvre, playing Pac-Man, or reciting Devo lyrics as he is scrounging power to run his OASIS rig. 

And then Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle. 

Suddenly the whole world is watching, and thousands of competitors join the hunt — among them certain powerful players who are willing to commit very real murder to beat Wade to this prize. Now the only way for Wade to survive and preserve everything he knows is to win. But to do so, he may have to leave behind his oh-so-perfect virtual existence and face up to life — and love — in the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape. 

A world at stake. 
A quest for the ultimate prize. 
Are you ready?

Bibliomancy for Beginners’ “13 Days of Misfortune”: Day 13 + Wrap Up

The EndWelcome back to the 13 Days of Misfortune! If you’re new to this, then let me tell you that this post is about a 13 day long marathon event where my book club is tackling one book of A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket a day! If you made it all the way through this special, way to go! I almost didn’t myself.

Tonight’s episode is going to be possibly the best yet. We talk marooning, bird cages and answers (?) in The End and also wrap up our thoughts on the series as a whole!

Miss one? Here’s some back links to our previous episodes…

Day 1: The Bad Beginning

Day 2: The Reptile Room

Day 3: The Wide Window

Day 4: The Miserable Mill

Day 5: The Austere Academy

Day 6: The Ersatz Elevator

Day 7: The Vile Village

Day 8: The Hostile Hospital

Day 9: The Carnivorous Carnival

Day 10: The Slippery Slope

Day 11: The Grim Grotto

Day 12: The Penultimate Peril

Bibliomancy for Beginners’ “13 Days of Misfortune”: Day 12

The Penultimate PerilWelcome back to the 13 Days of Misfortune! If you’re new to this, then let me tell you that this post is about a 13 day long marathon event where my book club is tackling one book of The Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket a day!

Tonight we discuss concierges, injustice and noble people in The Penultimate Peril! Do NOT miss tomorrow when we wrap up this series with a discussion about The End.

Miss one? Here’s some back links to our previous episodes…

Day 1: The Bad Beginning

Day 2: The Reptile Room

Day 3: The Wide Window

Day 4: The Miserable Mill

Day 5: The Austere Academy

Day 6: The Ersatz Elevator

Day 7: The Vile Village

Day 8: The Hostile Hospital

Day 9: The Carnivorous Carnival

Day 10: The Slippery Slope

Day 11: The Grim Grotto

Bibliomancy for Beginners’ “13 Days of Misfortune”: Day 10

The Slippery SlopeWelcome back to the 13 Days of Misfortune! If you’re new to this, then let me tell you that this post is about a 13 day long marathon event where my book club is tackling one book of The Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket a day!

Today I’m actually in attendance for The Slippery Slope! Check back tomorrow for The Grim Grotto!

Miss one? Here’s some back links to our previous episodes…

Day 1: The Bad Beginning

Day 2: The Reptile Room

Day 3: The Wide Window

Day 4: The Miserable Mill

Day 5: The Austere Academy

Day 6: The Ersatz Elevator

Day 7: The Vile Village

Day 8: The Hostile Hospital

Day 9: The Carnivorous Carnival

Bibliomancy for Beginners’ “13 Days of Misfortune”: Day 9

The Carnivorous CarnivalWelcome back to the 13 Days of Misfortune! If you’re new to this, then let me tell you that this post is about a 13 day long marathon event where my book club is tackling one book of The Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket a day!

Today we’re talking lions, freaks and disguises (oh my!) from The Carnivorous Carnival! Don’t miss when we start falling down The Slippery Slope!

Miss one? Here’s some back links to our previous episodes…

Day 1: The Bad Beginning

Day 2: The Reptile Room

Day 3: The Wide Window

Day 4: The Miserable Mill

Day 5: The Austere Academy

Day 6: The Ersatz Elevator

Day 7: The Vile Village

Day 8: The Hostile Hospital