Booktubeathon 2017 TBR

In which I make a TBR for a challenge I love but probably won’t have time to do anything with because work-life balance is not a thing and I’m trying to get back into reading teen fiction which may or may not work.

Depression + Anxiety = Re-Reading

So, today’s From the Notebook segment is a bit of real talk. It’s about one of my coping mechanisms for when I’m depressed and anxious, but why this doesn’t exactly mean that I’ll be reviewing a lot of stuff until I get some down time to myself. I also talk about some of my TV obsessions, though I will admit that by the time I got around to making this post, I finished Covert Affairs. Whoops? Enjoy, and hope y’all are doing well and happy.

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!

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.

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Friday:

Worth It Wednesday: “A Daughter of Smoke and Bone” by Laini Taylor

Worth It Wednesdays is a weekly post where I feature my favorite YA titles. Find out more about it here!

dsb_final_6_1Title: A Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Author: Laini Taylor

Goodreads Description: Around the world, black hand prints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”, she speaks many languages – not all of them human – and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

Why it’s worth it: I’ll admit that I’ve had a wild relationship with these books, but–at the end of the day–I still think that this series is really worth it. For one, when Imbibliomancy did this (my pick, of course), Taylor and Michaela actually didn’t hate it. In fact, Taylor even liked my idea of reading the second one this summer.

I have a lot of issues with this blurb, because I don’t think that it adequately represents the content of this book. One, Laini Taylor is a beautiful writer who crafts prose on a whole other level that your stereotypical young adult fiction. Two, while this novel involves a star-crossed romance, it’s the kind of romance that understand that there are things more important than their “will they, won’t they” back and forth.

This became popular around the time that angels were all the rage, but this world is so much more than that. It’s one of the more unique angelic-based fantasy systems I’ve ever read. Really, every fantastical creature in this book was interesting and unique to me in a way a lot of fantasy settings aren’t.

This series has some weird ups and downs, with the second one being the strongest. I felt like the third one was a bit too bogged down by new information and characters, but it was still a fitting end to the series that was interesting if nothing else. Still very worth it, I promise!

Read it if you’re looking for: strong female characters, angels, fantasy, strong prose, strong world building, interesting characters, unique setting, romance, magic, action, adventure, humor

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!