Bibliomancy for Beginners Season 4: Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

This is hilariously late, but we actually are getting it done because we just said LET’S DO IT WHO’S READY TO GO and in the space of a half hour we got online. We’re really sorry about how delayed this summer has been, but we promise that it’s just because our lives are falling apart and not because of anything else. Anyways, this promises to be hilarious because we’ve half forgotten the book and I think the book is bad and Michaela and Taylor think it’s good!

The upcoming set of three books are books by authors we’ve already read or series that we’re continuing. If you remember a long time ago, we did an episode on Eugenides’ first book, The Virgin Suicides. Now we’re back for his second book!

Don’t miss our first three episodes of this season:

The Bone Gap by Laura Ruby * Invisible Fault Lines by Kristen-Paige Madonia * A Fierce and Sutble Poison by Samantha Mabry

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From the Notebook: June 2016 Wrap Up

Hey guys! Back this week with my June wrap up, even though it’s a bit later than I wanted. I only read 5 books this month, and only 1 for my PopSugar challenge, BUT I’m 50% of the way there and on track for my 100 book overall Goodreads challenge goal!

Bibliomancy for Beginners Season 4 Episode 3: “A Fierce and Subtle Poison” by Samantha Mabry

ON BACK TO BACK NIGHTS, WE APPEAR! After the rousing success of yesterday’s opening episode of our Nostalgia Junkie season two, we’re back without regular season of Bibliomancy to bring you A Fierce and Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry. This is our final episode in our month of YA picks. If you missed one, the first two episodes were:

Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

Invisible Fault Lines by Kristen-Paige Madonia

Our next episode will begin our month of sequels, starting with Jeffrey Eugenides’ Middlesex. Join us in two weeks for that!

Bibliomancy for Beginners Season 4 Episode 2: Invisible Fault Lines by Kirsten-Paige Madonia

While this may be days late, it is no dollars short. Michaela is hellishly sick, Taylor is so apathetic he doesn’t even want to listen to himself speak and me? I just like to poke the bear. This may be our most dysfunctional episode to date. HOWEVER that means it’s good fun to watch and you should totally do so.

MONDAY we are starting our Nostalgia Junkie series with The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman.

If you missed episode one of this season, check out our hangout on The Bone Gap by Laura Ruby.

Bibliomancy for Beginners Season 4 Episode 1: “Bone Gap” by Laura Ruby

Summer is officially HERE! The fourth season of Bibliomancy for Beginners is off to a great start! We filmed our first of six episodes last night on Bone Gap by Laura Ruby and … well. It was everything we could have hoped for and more! Taylor and I agreed! *gasp* Michaela went to the mat to defend the literary! Taylor blew my mind and then we talked about moose. Seriously. Watch it. This was a damn fine opener.

In TWO WEEKS we will be reading Invisible Fault Lines by Kristen-Paige Madonia. If you want to read along at some point this summer, please see our schedule announcement video for the list of books!

Fingerprints of You Giveaway Winner Announcement!

13043636_1161187183906252_3398243211437360184_nYes, I totally did mention that I was going to review Sarah J. Maas’s new book today. And there were no Thesis Thursday wrap up yesterday. Uh. Guys, it’s finals week. I’m a little busier than I thought I’d be BUT there is only one paper between me and freedom AND I did manage to get around to picking the winner of the Fingerprints of You giveaway:

CONGRATS, KENIA!

This lovely lady will be getting the prize pack of fabulous swag and a signed book from Kristen-Paige Madonia … as soon as I can get around to sending that email out. If you didn’t win, don’t worry! You can still check out the great interview Kristen-Paige let me do and follow those links to buy that book AND Kristen-Paige’s newly released Invisible Fault Lines!

Interview with Kristen-Paige Madonia + Giveaway!

It’s finally here! If you caught my last From the Notebook, where I talk about exactly what I was up to during our hiatus, then you’ve probably been waiting for this for a while. Over the course of the New Voices Literary Festival, I was lucky enough to be able to sit down and interview Kristen-Paige Madonia, author of Fingerprints of You and the upcoming Invisible Fault Lines (to be released May 3). Not only was she gracious enough to talk to me for a while, but she ALSO singed a copy of Fingerprints of You that I am about to give away AND gave me some great swag! Before we get to that, though, allow me to introduce the fabulous Kristen-Paige!

downloadKristen-Paige Madonia is the author of the young adult novels Invisible Fault Lines (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2016) and Fingerprints of You (Simon & Schuster BFYR, 2012). Her short stories have been published in various literary magazines including FiveChapters, the New Orleans Review, the Greensboro Review, and America Fiction: Best Previously Unpublished Stories by Emerging Authors. She has received awards or fellowships from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Vermont Studio Center, the Juniper Summer Writing Institute, VCCA, Hedgebrook, Millay Colony for the Arts, and the Key West Literary Seminar. She was the 2012 D.H. Lawrence Fellow and was awarded the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival Prize in 2010. She holds an MFA in fiction from California State University, Long Beach and currently lives in Charlottesville, Va. She is a member of the University of Nebraska low-residency MFA Writing Program faculty and also teaches creative writing at the University of Virginia, James Madison University, and WriterHouse.

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The interview and giveaway are coming, but first: logistics! This interview took place verbally over the course of 15 minutes. I transcribed it into what you are about to read, editing for general speech tics and creating full sentences–that kind of thing. Initially I thought I was going to edit it into something a bit shorter but … well … Kristen-Paige said too many smart things that I agreed with not to share them all with you! It’s a great read AND there’s a giveaway at the bottom, so here we go!

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