Weekly Wrap Up + What We Read 1/24/16

Hello again! It is time for Betwixt the Book’s weekly wrap up. Once again, we’re talking about all our context this week, from The Pied Piper Calls to My Life is a Notebook to the YouTube channel. Also per usual, there is some sneak peeks about what’s coming up this next week AND a bonus mini-haul from Gretchen!

Monday:

Tuesday:

Wednesday:

Thursday:

Friday:

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Weekly Wrap Up + What We’re Reading 1/10/16

Hey all! In accordance with our bookish resolutions, Michaela and I will be doing weekly wrap up videos where we talk about what’s gone on in all our bookish spheres. As you know, Betwixt the Books contains my blog, Micheala’s blog, Betwixt the Books videos and our Bibliomancy for Beginners Book Club. That’s a lot! So here’s a quick and easy way to keep track of it all!

Monday: Michaela’s Pop Sugar Reading Challenge TBR Post

Tuesday: Betwixt the Books 2016 Bookish Resolutions

Wednesday: Michaela’s Review of Rat Queens Vol 2; Gretchen’s Worth It Wednesday on The Protector of the Small series by Tamora Pierce

Thursday: Gretchen’s Thesis Thursday Review of Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton

Friday: Michaela’s Book and Movie Review of The Martian

 

2015 Wrap Up Videos!

That’s right, I said videos plural! This is your one stop shop to see EVERYTHING that’s gone on with the Betwixt the Books family this year! I have my own wrap up, of course, but then Michaela and I did one for the Betwixt the Books and Bibliomancy for Beginners Videos, and Michaela also has a wrap up for her blog, The Pied Piper Calls.

Excited? Good, because I am!

As promised, here are some of the links for the video:

Perusing Poetics wrap upWhere I’ve BeenIn Defense of YA * Worth It Wednesdays Intro * Thesis Thursdays Intro

Reviews: The Red Queen * The Wrath and the Dawn * Queen of Shadows * Queen of the Tearling

BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE! Here’s me and Michaela wrapping up our ear in videos!

And last but not least, here is Michaela’s personal wrap up for The Pied Piper Calls!

Bibliomancy for Beginners: “Good Omens” by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

Welcome to tonight’s belated episode of Bibliomancy for Beginners! Tonight we have Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett on tap. This is definitely going to be a good one, so don’t miss out!

Good OmensAccording to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (the world’s only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655, before she exploded), the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just before dinner.

So the armies of Good and Evil are amassing, Atlantis is rising, frogs are falling, tempers are flaring. Everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon—both of whom have lived amongst Earth’s mortals since The Beginning and have grown rather fond of the lifestyle—are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture.

And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist . . .

Four Year Blogoversary Giveaway!

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Wow. Wow wow wowza. I got back in the game just in time for WordPress to congratulate me for FOUR YEARS since beginning to blog. I guess time really does fly when you’re having fun!

I could do one of those recap posts about how great the past four years has been, but that would be boring. Instead, I want to thank all of YOU for making this a great experience. Ergo–giveaway!

And it’s a big one.

And there’s two prizes.

PRIZE ONE:

The Gathering StormThe Unfailing LightThe Morning Star

The Katerina Trilogy by Robin Bridges

The second book in this series, The Unfailing Light, was one of the first ARCs I ever got direct from a publisher. I think this makes it a perfect choice for this blogoversary giveaway!

PRIZE TWO:

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A mystery box of four books!

My only criteria for this giveaway is that I’ve reviewed it on my blog. There will be a few ARCs and a few finished copies. Of what, you ask? Even I’m not sure yet! I’m still picking the best ones!

The only stipulation for this giveaway is that you live in the US. Sorry, but for shipping purposes it must be so. This giveaway goes til the end of May, and there are multiple thing you can do per day so keep stopping by!

Ready to enter?

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Hello Summer, Hello Blogosphere!

Well, well, what do we have here? A blog I haven’t touched since February? Oh man, that’s so sad. Apologies, guys. If I ever said things were crazy before, understand that this semester reached a whole new level. To put it plainly, I loaded up on 21 credits, three jobs and an internship and life just went bonkers the whole way. I was lucky I was getting my school work done, let alone anything else.

But lo and behold, I made it to summer. And lo and behold, I’m revamping the blog. Like the new look? Bibliomancy for Beginners is going to start up again in a week or so, and I’m actually going to be able to read. Back in January, I said that I wanted to play catch up with my have-but-need-to-read list, and I still want to do that. So that’s what I’m going to do.

Bibliomancy for Beginners will be happening every week. That’s for sure. I’m going to try to get back into Top Ten Tuesday and Waiting on Wednesday, at the very least. ARC reviews will be few and fair between, because I have too many that I never read as I promised and that’s just not fair.

It WILL be a truncated summer, because I’m leaving for my semester abroad in early August. But that’s a while away. For now, I’m just going to start reading.

Thanks for sticking around, guys. My plan is to many it worth your while!

So a month and a half later…

arielHere’s me, Gretchen, coming back up for air. Sorry guys, it’s been a while!

I’ll be honest, this break was actually half my choice. All of the sudden life went crazy and I didn’t know what to do about it. This whole year, really, has been a loop-de-loop of epic proportions, and it’s taken me forever to get it back under control. To be honest, it’s not back under control, but at least right now I’m not at college. That’s a little bit of a break, at least.

One thing that I know for sure, though, is that I miss blogging like nobody’s business. This has been a part of my life for so long, I don’t know how to go on without it–and all of you.

Another thing that’s crossed my mind is how absurdly long my have-but-need-to-read list is on Goodreads. If you don’t know whatburied-in-books I mean, that’s a list I have that keeps track of how many books I own that I haven’t yet read. Some are ARCs, some are books I’ve bought. I haven’t even updated the list in a while, and it’s still 100 books long. That’s really scary.

I wasn’t able to keep up with blogging because I overtaxed myself with ARCs and other timed stipulations. Well, no more. Good God, that list is a whole YEAR of reading, if this year’s Goodreads Challenge is anything to go by. A bunch of those are ARCs I requested and received and then never held up my end of the bargain. I hate that. So I’m going to fix it.

I’m going to try to keep up with Top Ten Tuesday and Waiting on Wednesday. I love those memes, and I don’t want to stop doing them. I want to keep vlogging, so Stacking the Shelves may continue to exist in some capacity, even though I plan on need requesting any more ARCs for the time being. Some Bibliomancers and I may be soon bringing you a Series of (Un)fortunate videos. I’m going to talk to Marina and see if she still loves me. To this, I’m going to add in a “Random Reads” post each week.

Random Reads will work like so: Every week, I’m going to plug some numbers into Random.org. These will represent the positions of the 100 or so books on that Goodreads list. Random.org will give me a number. That will be the book that I read that week. Sound good?

I hope so, because this is going to be the only way I defeat this list!

So what’s my first Random Read going to be?

INHUMAN by Kat Falls!

Inhuman

Check back next week for a week full of posts from yours truly! I hope. My fingers are crossed!