Bibliomancy for Beginners Season 4: Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

Hey there guys! We’re back with another one of our follow up themed episodes for season 4. This is a follow up on our Imbibliomancy episode on Daughter of Smoke and Bone, which we all liked. I was hopeful we would all like this but, as usual, there are some split opinions. MOSTLY FROM TAYLOR BECAUSE HE HAS NO TASTE. Anyways. Here we go!

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Weekly Wrap Up + What We Read 5/15/16

We are aware that this wrap up is late! Between Michaela’s car troubles and my senior week/graduation, this are the things that happen. Bear with us, friends, because once I graduate on Sunday there will be one less opportunity for disasters. Which will be replaced by my going back to work fulltime, but it’s okay. We’ll all be okay.

Sunday:

Monday:

Tuesday:

Wednesday:

Friday:

From the Notebook: Top 5 Disappointing Books of 2015

As promised in my bookish resolutions video, so begins the From the Notebook feature on this blog! This week I’m talking about my most disappointing books from 2015, since I didn’t do a lot of reviewing this year!

Links for posts mentioned in the video:

Seeker Review * Poison Review * Ember in the Ashes book club episode * Daughter of Smoke and Bone Imbibliomancy episode

#imbibliomancy: Drunk Book Club with “John Dies at the End” by David Wong

You guys know that Taylor and I fight a lot about books, right? Well STRAP IN AND HOLD ON TIGHT because this Drunk Book Club was probably the most heated we’ve been in a really long time. But hang on. Let me explain the concept first.

The Bibliomancer team promised you more book club this semester, and we meant it. This time, with a very special bonus: all of the core team (since we’re all over 21!) came to this book club pretty tipsy–and we’re in the same room! With our English major love of pretentious discussion of literature, we figured that it really couldn’t get anymore hilarious than if we added alcohol to the mix.

As I said, this episode (2 of 3) is about John Dies at the End by David Wong. It’s Michaela’s pick, since she had to reschedule the gigantic postmodern opus that she had originally wanted to do. School has been hard on us all. But it was a good switch, because OH MY GOD THIS EPISODE. I start it off being pretty imbibed, having come from the biggest football game of Ithaca’s season (yes, laugh about a big football game for a D3 school) and it just goes from there. Taylor and Michaela really like it and I hate it (shocking, I know) and Taylor and I end up going at it pretty seriously. For the ENTIRE EPISODE. It’s entertaining, I promise.

If you missed our first episode on Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone, CATCH UP. All three of us actually liked that one, but the entire thing turns into us giggling like maniacal school children and dropping the mic into pizza and that sort of thing.

Our last episode, coming in December, will be Taylor’s pick: The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro.

Anyways, here’s the video!

#imbibliomancy: Drunk Book Club with “Daughter of Smoke and Bone” by Laini Taylor

The Bibliomancer team promised you more book club this semester, and we meant it. This time, with a very special bonus: all of the core team (since we’re all over 21!) came to this book club pretty tipsy–and we’re in the same room! With our English major love of pretentious discussion of literature, we figured that it really couldn’t get anymore hilarious than if we added alcohol to the mix.

We were correct.

Daughter of Smoke and BoneCome watch and/or listen to our discussion of Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone, which was my pick and MICHAELA AND TAYLOR BOTH LIKED IT. (If you’ve watched any of my pick videos before, you know that this is harder than pulling teeth [book plot pun intended].) That said, there is no end to the hilarity, whether we’re playing with Michaela’s hats, the mic is falling into the pizza, or we’re just generally … imbibed. There is also a GREAT discussion of the book somehow. CHECK IT OUT!

Below that video I’m adding our pregame test stream, if you’re bored. It’s us just hanging out and eating pizza, but it’s also hilarious.

Keeping you aware, November’s pick is Micheala’s–One Rainy Day in May by Mark Z. Danielewski–and December’s pick is Taylor’s–The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro.

Top Ten Books That Will Be In My Beach Bag This Summer

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish!

Hahaha, oh boy this list could be a long one. Hahaha. Hooey. Okay. Let’s try and keep this to ten, shall we?

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Waiting On Wednesday: Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor

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Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine!

Dreams of Gods and Monsters

Title: Dreams of Gods and Monsters

Author: Laini Taylor

ETA: April 1st, 2014

Note: That’s not the actual cover, just a placeholder, but you can bet the cover will look awesome, given the precedents.

Summary from Goodreads By way of a staggering deception, Karou has taken control of the chimaera rebellion and is intent on steering its course away from dead-end vengeance. The future rests on her, if there can even be a future for the chimaera in war-ravaged Eretz.
Common enemy, common cause.

When Jael’s brutal seraph army trespasses into the human world, the unthinkable becomes essential, and Karou and Akiva must ally their enemy armies against the threat. It is a twisted version of their long-ago dream, and they begin to hope that it might forge a way forward for their people.

And, perhaps, for themselves. Toward a new way of living, and maybe even love.

But there are bigger threats than Jael in the offing. A vicious queen is hunting Akiva, and, in the skies of Eretz … something is happening. Massive stains are spreading like bruises from horizon to horizon; the great winged stormhunters are gathering as if summoned, ceaselessly circling, and a deep sense of wrong pervades the world.

What power can bruise the sky?

From the streets of Rome to the caves of the Kirin and beyond, humans, chimaera and seraphim will fight, strive, love, and die in an epic theater that transcends good and evil, right and wrong, friend and enemy. 

At the very barriers of space and time, what do gods and monsters dream of? And does anything else matter?

Why I’m Waiting: I really enjoyed the first two books in the series.  There are some problems–there are always problems, right?–but I love how Karou is not defined by her relationship to Akiva.  She’s a veritable badass all by herself, resurrecting the dead and pulling off SUPER-TRICKY SPOILERY THINGS in the name of peace and sanity.  Actually I can’t tell you many of the reasons why I love these books, but the prose is pretty awesome, the descriptions and worldbuilding are cool, the author skillfully avoids most of the things I hate in YA romance, so I’m very curious to see where the next book goes.

–Marina