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!

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Betwixt the Books: 30 Seconds to Disagree – “Queen of the Tearling” by Erika Johansen

Surprise! Michaela and I have a new feature coming at you! Since our book tastes are so different, we came up with a quick and dirty way to try to convince each other to read some of our favorite books. I get 30 seconds to tell Michaela why she should read Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen, she gets 30 seconds to tell me why she’s still not on board and then I get 30 more seconds to assuage her fears.

Click on over to Michaela’s blog to watch her try to convince me to read John Dies at the End! (Because we recorded this in October before that Imbibliomancy episode where she actually does make me read it…)

Betwixt the Books: Unpopular Opinions Book Tag

Michaela and I are back with more booktube videos for you! It’s a few more book tags as we get into the swing of things – this one about Unpopular Opinions! Thanks to Kat from Cuddlebuggery for showing me this awesome tag.

This is probably the most emotional and ranty Michaela and I have ever gotten together. It’s a good time!

As the pair to this video, Michaela is posting our Inside Out Tag video on her blog, so don’t miss that!

The questions for this tag are:

1. A Popular Book or series that you didn’t like.
2. A Popular Book or series that every one else seems to hate but you love.
3. A Love Triangle where the main character ended up with the person you did NOT want them to end up with (warn ppl for spoilers) OR an OTP that you don’t like.
4. A popular book Genre that you hardly reach for.
5. A popular or beloved character that you do not like.
6. A popular author that you can’t seem to get into.
7. A popular book trope that you’re tired of seeing. (examples “lost princess”, corrupt ruler, love triangles, etc.)
8. A popular series that you have no interest in reading.
9. The saying goes “The book is always better than the movie”, but what movie or T.V. show adaptation do you prefer more than the book?

Quick message from Michaela: Last week we had issues with audio, this week we have issues with the editor. I finished editing these videos and my editor wouldn’t let me export the edits, so we have this footage for you raw and unfiltered. I hope the awkward pauses weren’t too awkward for you, and we didn’t ramble too much. Some day I will get this filming and editing down to a T I swear.

Bibliomancy for Beginners Nostalgia Junkie: “The Soldiers of Halla” by DJ MacHale + Wrap Up

WE’VE DONE IT. WE’VE MADE IT. TEN BOOKS LATER AND HALLA’S FATE IS ABOUT TO BE DECIDED FOR GOOD.

Ahem. Let me be responsible for a second.

Welcome back all to this special Bibliomancy for Beginners series, Nostalgia Junkie! This ten part special goes book by book through one the favorite childhood series of Head Bibliomancer Michaela from The Pied Piper Calls. Us, with special guest Casey from The Drunk Librarian, have gone week by week through all ten books.

This week we’re talking about the tenth and final book, The Soldiers of Halla. I finally, finally, get to explode with all the rage that I’ve pent up since I finished this series as a kid, Casey talks one last time about Bobby-Jesus and Michaela tries valiantly to defend this series as the best of childhood things.

It’s been a while ride, and we thank you for being a part of it. While we don’t have any plans for a new series yet, be assured that we are talking about it! For now, though, one last time – HOBEY HO!

Previous Episodes:

Ep #1: The Merchant of Death

Ep #2: The Lost City of Faar

Ep #3: The Never War

Ep #4: The Reality Bug

Ep #5: Black Water

Ep #6: Rivers of Zadaa

Ep #7: The Quillian Games

Ep #8: The Pilgrims of Rayne

Ep #9: Raven Rise

Bibliomancy for Beginners Nostalgia Junkie: Raven Rise by DJ MacHale

Welcome back all to this special Bibliomancy for Beginners series, Nostalgia Junkie! This ten part special goes book by book through one the favorite childhood series of Head Bibliomancer Michaela from The Pied Piper Calls. Us, with special guest Casey from The Drunk Librarian, will be going week by week through all ten books.

This week we’re talking about the ninth book, Raven Rise. Don’t miss Casey’s homoerotic reading of some Bobby and Alder scenes, my seductive leaning on the bed and Michaela’s absolute confusion about what is going on. Plus, some book stuff! LET’S GO!

Previous Episodes:

Ep #1: The Merchant of Death

Ep #2: The Lost City of Faar

Ep #3: The Never War

Ep #4: The Reality Bug

Ep #5: Black Water

Ep #6: Rivers of Zadaa

Ep #7: The Quillian Games

Ep #8: The Pilgrims of Rayne

Video: The Booktube Newbie Tag!

Remember when I promised that Michaela from The Pied Piper Calls (and head Bibliomancer) would be doing booktube videos with me? HERE IS PROOF. We finally got around to making our first round of videos, which are both tags to get us into the groove. You can check out our foray into the Bookish Beginnings Tag on Michaela’s blog, and then scroll down to watch the Booktube Newbie Tag entry here.

We apologize for the audio quality! We attempted to go with a certain mic for this video and it went all kinds of wonky, but we’ll have this fixed next time around.

Anyways! Come see why we’ve started this channel, get to know us and watch us laugh at each other!

  1. Why did you start this channel?
  2. What are some fun and unique things you can bring to Booktube?
  3. What are you most excited for about this new channel?
  4. Why do you love reading?
  5. What book or series got you into reading?
  6. Who are your favorite booktubers?
  7. What challenges do you think starting a booktube channel will be the hardest to overcome?
  8. When did you start reading?
  9. Where do you read?
  10. What kind of books do you like to read?

Bibliomancy for Beginners Nostalgia Junkie: “Pilgrims of Rayne” by DJ MacHale

Welcome back all to this special Bibliomancy for Beginners series, Nostalgia Junkie! This ten part special goes book by book through one the favorite childhood series of Head Bibliomancer Michaela from The Pied Piper Calls. Us, with special guest Casey from The Drunk Librarian, will be going week by week through all ten books.

This week we’re talking about the eighth book, Pilgrims of Rayne. In all honesty, Michaela and I couldn’t remember this one from our childhood so this one is going to be a wild ride. Will we remember what happens? Will Casey even enjoy it? FIND OUT NOW!

Previous Episodes:

Ep #1: The Merchant of Death

Ep #2: The Lost City of Faar

Ep #3: The Never War

Ep #4: The Reality Bug

Ep #5: Black Water

Ep #6: Rivers of Zadaa

Ep #7: The Quillian Games

Update: What in the World is Going On Here?

I know, I know, it’s the second Wednesday in a row without a Worth It Wednesdays post. I haven’t run out of worthwhile reads.

Though I’ve been doing my best to keep up with Nostalgia Junkie, the return to school has basically wiped out everything else. For now, anyways.

I’m about to start up a couple of projects very near and dear to my heart, and hopefully you guys will be able to follow them here. One is my thesis. The reading list for this has a list on my Goodreads, and I’m really excited about it. If I get my stuff together, hopefully I’ll find a fun way to incorporate all the books I’m reading for that into this blog.

The second is my senior project for my Creative Writing major. This is my first novel attempt in years–damn you, college!–and it promises to be a wild ride. Again, if I can find a witty way to incorporate that here, I plan to.

Last but CERTAINLY NOT LEAST is a project hopefully coming to you soon from me and my Bibliomancer gang. It has several facets. One is that me and Michaela from The Pied Piper Calls want to start doing some shorter videos to entertain y’all. Second is that me, Michaela, Taylor and maybe even Casey from The Drunk Librarian are thinking of doing one book a month while school is in session. Except sitting around the SAME TABLE and imbibing alcohol. Because we’re 21 and we can do that now.

All this amounts to some more blogging that will hopefully be going on! I know, I’ve promised that before. But this time I’ve got teachers and friends all looking at me to git’r’done so maybe–just maybe–I’ll actually do it. Fingers crossed!

Bibliomancy for Beginners Nostalgia Junkie: “The Quillian Games” by DJ MacHale

Welcome back all to this special Bibliomancy for Beginners series, Nostalgia Junkie! This ten part special goes book by book through one the favorite childhood series of Head Bibliomancer Michaela from The Pied Piper Calls. Us, with special guest Casey from The Drunk Librarian, will be going week by week through all ten books.

This week we’re talking about the seventh book, The Quillian GamesWill this one annoy the shit out of me like it used to? Will Casey even like it? Will Michaela’s “it gets better” mantra ever come to fruition? FIND OUT NOW!

Previous Episodes:

Ep #1: The Merchant of Death

Ep #2: The Lost City of Faar

Ep #3: The Never War

Ep #4: The Reality Bug

Ep #5: Black Water

Ep #6: Rivers of Zadaa

Bibliomancy for Beginners Nostalgia Junkie: “Rivers of Zadaa” by DJ MacHale

Welcome back all to this special Bibliomancy for Beginners series, Nostalgia Junkie! This ten part special goes book by book through one the favorite childhood series of Head Bibliomancer Michaela from The Pied Piper Calls. Us, with special guest Casey from The Drunk Librarian, will be going week by week through all ten books.

This week we’re talking about the sixth book, Rivers of Zadaa. Will Michaela fight Casey and I to the death over our opinions? Will I like this one as much as I did as a kid? Will Casey even like it at all? FIND OUT NOW!

Previous Episodes:

Ep #1: The Merchant of Death

Ep #2: The Lost City of Faar

Ep #3: The Never War

Ep #4: The Reality Bug

Ep #5: Black Water