Book Madness Round 5! #BookMadness17

When I thought last round’s votes were close, I had no idea what was coming for this round. It seriously switched every time I looked at the poll. So, even though these are the four characters that have made it on to this round, all of the characters in Round 4 gave it their all. I can’t believe it’s almost time for the last round! After Round 5 voting closes on March 26 at 11:59pm Central Time, we will be one step closer to crowning the winning character! Don’t forget to enter the GIVEAWAY for some awesome swag this week!

Our giveaway includes an ARC of THE DUKE OF BANNERMAN PREP by Katie A. Nelson, swag from THE LAST TO DIE by Kelly Garrett, a signed copy of LESSONS IN FALLING by Diana Gallagher, and an ARC of EVEN THE DARKEST STARS by Heather Fawcett.

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Congrats to our winners from last round, Mor for winning the One of Us is Lying ARC, Courtney Haas for winning the A Dash of Dragon ARC, Delaney for winning the ARC of SPEAK EASY SPEAK LOVE,  and TheresaJSnyder for winning the swag from THE DISAPPEARANCES.

Hermione Granger from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

 

Inej from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (Book Princess Reviews)

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Lila Bard from A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab (Kath_Reads)

Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

 

 

 

Book Madness Round 4! #BookMadness17

Hello friends! I can’t believe we have made it to the Elite 8 of Book Madness! One thing’s for sure- you are a passionate group of character-loving humans and I am so glad to be a part of this community. Now, who will make it on to the Final 4?! It’s up to you! Voting closes on March 20 at 11:59 pm Central Time. Don’t forget to enter the GIVEAWAY for some awesome prizes!

The giveaways for this week include an ARC of ONE OF US IS LYING by Karen M. McManus, an ARC of SPEAK EASY, SPEAK LOVE by McKelle George, an ARC of A DASH OF DRAGON by Heidi Lang and Kati Bartkowski, and swag from THE DISAPPEARANCES by Emily Bain Murphy.

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Congrats to last week’s giveaway winners, Jessica G (starfire820) for winning an ARC of WELCOME TO THE SLIPSTREAM,  Amy Janjgava for winning an  ARC of THE TRAGICALLY TRUE ADVENTURES OF KIT DONOVAN, Suzanne Cattanes for winning the swag from POST-HIGH SCHOOL REALITY QUEST, and GraceMaczei for winning the ARC of THE BLACK WITCH!

VOTE BELOW!

Fred & George Weasley from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling: (The Writing Duo)

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Hermione Granger from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

 

Inej from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (Book Princess Reviews)

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Kaz from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (Shy Corner of Bookland)

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Lila Bard from A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab (Kath_Reads)

Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

Newt Scamander from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling:

Nina from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (Adventures of a Book Junkie)

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Book Madness Round 3! #BookMadness17

LOOKING FOR ROUND 4 VOTING? It’s right here.

Hello everyone! I can’t believe we are down to the Sweet 16 of characters. It was honestly SO close up until the end, the last few spots were changing around by the hour. But, as the clock struck 11:59 last night, the 16 chosen ones are below. For Round 3, you have until March 15 at 11:59 pm Central Standard Time to vote. Don’t forget to enter the GIVEAWAY for being a loyal voter through all of these rounds! There are some big ones today, including…

An ARC of THE BLACK WITCH by Laurie Forest, an ARC of WELCOME TO THE SLIPSTREAM by Natalka Burian, an ARC of  THE TRAGICALLY TRUE ADVENTURES OF KIT DONOVAN by Patricia Bailey, and swag from POST-HIGH SCHOOL REALITY QUEST by Meg Eden.

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Congratulations to our giveaway winners from last week, Bella K, who won the ARC of FOLLOW ME BACK, Brittany G Reads who won the ARC of CHEESUS WAS HERE, and Tania Elizabeth who won the ARC of WESLEY JAMES RUINED MY LIFE!

Aelin from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (Books, Cats, and Coffee)

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Blue Sargent from the Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater (Blank Slaters)

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Cath from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell:

Feyre from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas:

Fred & George Weasley from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling: (The Writing Duo)

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Hermione Granger from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

Iko from the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer (Angelic Reader)

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Inej from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (Book Princess Reviews)

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Kaz from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (Shy Corner of Bookland)

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Lila Bard from A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab (Kath_Reads)

Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

Newt Scamander from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling:

Nina from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (Adventures of a Book Junkie)

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Rhysand from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Ronan Lynch from The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater (Bri’s Book Blog)

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Tessa Gray from the Infernal Devices Series by Cassandra Clare (That Book Gal)

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Book Madness Round 2! #BookMadness17

LOOKING FOR ROUND 4 VOTING? It’s right here.

Wow! What an amazing turnout for Round 1 of Book Madness! This community is amazing, and I am truly honored to host this event to celebrate all of our favorite fictional characters. The competition was tough to move on to Round 2, especially in the last few hours, but take a look to see which of your favorites stayed, and which were sadly bumped out. Even if your character got bumped this round, stick around and play! Anyone can enter to win the GIVEAWAYS no matter if you’re a participant or voter. Voting for Round 2 ends on March 10th at 11:59 pm CST.

The giveaways for this round include an ARC of WESLEY JAMES RUINED MY LIFE by Jennifer Honeybourn, an ARC of CHEESUS WAS HERE by J.C. Davis, and an ARC of FOLLOW ME BACK by A.V. Geiger.

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Congratulations to the Round 1 giveaway winners, Frankie Brazelton who won the Brooding YA Hero swag pack, KayleighWynne Didion who won the WAIT FOR ME swag pack, and Megan from Ocean Full of Book for winning the signed copy of SOULMATED.

VOTE BELOW and check out all of the characters who made it to Round 2!

Aelin from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (Books, Cats, and Coffee)

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Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables L.M. Montgomery (Mostly YA Lit)

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Blue Sargent from the Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater (Blank Slaters)

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Cath from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell:

Catherine from Heartless by Marissa Meyer (The Shy Books)

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Charlie from The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Steven Chbosky

Feyre from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas:

Finn from Traveler by L.E. Delano (Across the Bookiverse)

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Fred & George Weasley from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling: (The Writing Duo)

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Hermione Granger from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

Iko from the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer (Angelic Reader)

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Inej from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (Book Princess Reviews)

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Kady Grant from Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Karou from Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor (Geronimo Reads)

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Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (Kourtni Reads)

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Kaz from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (Shy Corner of Bookland)

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Kestrel from The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski (A Myriad Of Books)

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Legolas from Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien (The Nocturnal Fey)

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Lila Bard from A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab (Kath_Reads)

Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

Mare Barrow from Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (Forever Bound by Books)

Matilda from Matilda by Roald Dahl (The Literary Llama)

Newt Scamander from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling:

Nina from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (Adventures of a Book Junkie)

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Rhysand from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Ronan Lynch from The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater (Bri’s Book Blog)

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Rose Hathaway from Vampire Academy by Richelle Meade (The Nerdgirl Review)

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Sansa Stark from Game of Thrones by George R. Martin

Sherlock from Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

Tessa Gray from the Infernal Devices Series by Cassandra Clare (That Book Gal)

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Vin from the Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson:

Wylan from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (Tamaraniac)

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Welcome to #BookMadness17!

LOOKING FOR ROUND 4 VOTING? It’s right here. 

The time has finally come to start this year’s BOOK MADNESS! All of our participating bloggers have chosen incredible characters that you all know and love. Now, it’s time to get them to the next round. Voting for Round 1 of Book Madness will close on March 5 at 11:59 pm CST. You can vote for up to 5 characters per round. On the evening on March 6th, I will make a blog post and video to announce who has made it into Round 2.

By voting you’re eligible to be entered for PRIZES! This week’s giveaways include a swag pack from the hilarious Brooding YA Hero account (which is being turned into a book!!) run by Carrie Ann DiRisio, a tote bag full of WAIT FOR ME swag from Caroline Leech, and a signed copy of SOULMATED from author Shaila Patel (US only). Come back for each round of voting for some new awesome giveaways each time!

Enter the giveaway here:  Giveaway is closed.

Be sure to check out everyone’s blog posts, videos, or Instagram photos below! I love all of your passion for fictional characters.

Aelin from the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas (Books, Cats, and Coffee)

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Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables L.M. Montgomery (Mostly YA Lit)

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Blue Sargent from the Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater (Blank Slaters)

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Cath from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell:

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Charleston Smith from Hell on Heels by Anne Jolin (Living Within Fiction)

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Charlie from The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Steven Chbosky

Clark McCallister from The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson (Legenbooksdary)

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Daemon Black from the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout:

Emi from Everything Leads to You by Nina Lacour

Feyre from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas:

Finn from Traveler by L.E. Delano (Across the Bookiverse)

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Fred & George Weasley from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling: (The Writing Duo)

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Hermione Granger from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

Iko from the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer (Angelic Reader)

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Inej from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (Book Princess Reviews)

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Jerry Renault from The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier:

Jest from Heartless by Marissa Meyer:

Kady Grant from Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Katy from the Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Karou from Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor (Geronimo Reads)

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Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (Kourtni Reads)

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Kaz from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (Shy Corner of Bookland)

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Kestrel from The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski (A Myriad Of Books)

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Legolas from Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien (The Nocturnal Fey)

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Lila Bard from A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab (Kath_Reads)

Lily Bloom from It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover (The Graduated Bookworm)

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Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

Lysandra from Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas:

Mare Barrow from Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (Forever Bound by Books)

Matilda from Matilda by Roald Dahl (The Literary Llama)

Maya from The Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi (Lia’s Bookish Obsession)

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Miel from When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie Mclemore

Newt Scamander from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling:

Nimona from Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Nina from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (Adventures of a Book Junkie)

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Rhysand from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Ronan Lynch from The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater (Bri’s Book Blog)

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Rose Hathaway from Vampire Academy by Richelle Meade (The Nerdgirl Review)

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Ruby Daly from The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken (Twirling Pages)

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Sansa Stark from Game of Thrones by George R. Martin

Scarlett from Caraval by Stephanie Garber (Rants and Raves of a Bibliophile)

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Sherlock from Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

Steris from the Mistborn Series by Brandon Sanderson:

TenSoon from the Mistborn Series by Brandon Sanderson:

Tessa Gray from the Infernal Devices Series by Cassandra Clare (That Book Gal)

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Thomas Cresswell from Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco (Haunted By Books)

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Tris Prior from the Divergent series by Veronica Roth (Bibliophile Soprano)

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Vin from the Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson:

Wylan from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (Tamaraniac)

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Yotsuba from Yotsuba by Kiyohiko Azuma:

 

 

Book Madness is BACK! #BookMadness17

I loved hosting Book Madness so much in 2016 that I decided to make it bigger and better than ever in 2017 bringing in BookTubers, Bookstagramers, and Book Bloggers in on the fun! I’m SO close to having 64 bloggers signed up to participate and that honestly blows my mind. This community is epic awesome and I’m so glad to be a part of it.

In a nutshell, Book Madness 2017 is a chance for participating bloggers to gush about their favorite characters. Every few days there will be a new round of votes throughout the month of March to narrow all 64 of those characters down to one ultimate champion. Just like last year there will be prizes for viewers/voters and the bloggers participating! They will range from bookish trinkets, swag from 2017 debut authors (and possibly some ARCs!), Book Depository books for our international friends, and an Amazon card for our winning blogger!

VOTE HERE: bit.ly/bookmadness17

Here’s what the schedule will look like:

March 1: Opening Day! Vote to your heart’s content for your favorite characters

March 5: Voting closes for round one at 11:59 pm CST

March 6: Round 2 is Announced! (32)

March 10: Voting for Round 2 closes at 11:59 pm CST

March 11: Round 3 is announced! (16)

March 15: Voting for Round 3 closes at 11:59 pm CST

March 16: Round 4 is announced! (8)

March 20: Voting for Round 4 closes at 11:59 pm CST

March 21: Round 5 is announced! (4)

March 25: Voting for Round 5 closes at 11:59 pm CST

March 26: Round 6 is announced! (2)

March 30: Voting for Round 6 closes at 11:59 pm CST

March 31: WINNER IS ANNOUNCED! Prizes galore awarded!

There’s still time to enter to participate! Reach out to me on my contact form page and I would love to have you as a Blogger, BookTuber, or Bookstagramer who freaking loves fictional characters! 

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YA Books Released January 24, 2017!

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It’s time to wish another group of books a very happy book birthday! Out of the eight YA books being released today, SIX of them are debuts! I hope you are all celebrating accordingly.

As always, if you want to see me chat through each of the books, click on my face below. If you’d like to explore the books on your own, click on the covers down below.

Soulmated by Shaila Patel

After the Fall by Kate Hart

City of Saints and Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson

The Outs by E.S. Wesely

Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson

Stone of Power by Kimberly Riley

The You I've Never Known by Ellen Hopkins

Margot and Me by Juno Dawson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Soulmated by Shaila Patel
After the Fall by Kate Hart
City of Saints and Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson
The Outs by E.S. Wesley
Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson
Stone of Power by Kimberly Riley
The You I’ve Never Known by Ellen Hopkins
Margot and Me by Juno Dawson

YA Books Released January 17, 2017

YA Books Released January 17, 2017!

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It’s about that time– time for me to wish a very happy book birthday to the YA books released this Tuesday! This is an uncharacteristically small batch of releases (with no debuts?! Gasp!) The books out today still sound great.

If you want to explore the books on your own, I have photos and links down below. If you want to hear me talk about each of them, click on my derpy face blowing out a candle on a cupcake below.

History is All You Have Left of Me by Adam Silvera

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

Pushing the Boundaries by Stacey Trombley

The Radius of Us by Marie Marquardt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

History is All You Have Left of Me by Adam Silvera
Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
Pushing the Boundaries by Stacey Trombley
The Radius of Us by Marie Marquardt

YA Books Released January 10, 2017

YA Books Released January 10, 2017!

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It’s that time again– the time where I get to wish a wholehearted happy book birthday to the amazing YA novels released today! There’s a great mix of debuts and returning authors today, so take a peek around and see what catches your eye!

Book covers are down below with links to more information. If you want to hear me chat about each book, click on the video with my face below 🙂

 

You Don't Know My Name by Kristen Orlando

A List of Cages by Robin Roe

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

Poison's Kiss by Breeana Shields

Frost Blood by Elly Blake

The Most Dangerous Place on Earth by Lindsey Lee Johnson

Windwitch by Susan Dennard

Rose Blood by A.G. Howard

Teen Hyde by Chandler Baker

Beheld by Alex Flinn

Factory Girl by Josanne La Valley

The Last Harvest by Kim Liggett

The Alchemist of Loom by Elise Kova

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You Don’t Know My Name by Kristen Orlando
A List of Cages by Robin Roe
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
Poison’s Kiss by Breeana Shields
Frost Blood by Elly Blake
The Most Dangerous Place on Earth by Lindsey Lee Johnson
Windwitch by Susan Dennard
Roseblood by A.G. Howard
Teen Hyde by Chandler Baker
Beheld by Alex Flinn
Factory Girl by Josanne La Valley
The Last Harvest by Kim Liggett
Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova

Colleen Theisen

Medieval-ly Modern: A Look at the University of Iowa’s Special Collections Library

From 600-year-old medieval manuscripts to pieces of Yoko Ono’s hair from a 1960’s “happening,” the special collections library at the University of Iowa has something that piques a variety of interests. In the past three years, the UI Special Collections Library has married modern technology with old aged texts to broaden their audience and offer the UI Special Collections Library experience to people around the world.

Librarian and social media manager Colleen Theisen has been the driving force for transferring the library onto a thoughtful and digital platform. The UI Special Collections Library’s Tumblr has over 36,000 followers and was named “New and Notable” in 2013, prompting an invite to Tumblr Headquarters later that year.

“We were able to jump in and become a part of the creative communities on Tumblr by using GIFs, Vines, memes, and everyday language to set trends for how Special Collections can fit into online spaces,” said Theisen.

People from around the world are now able to engage in conversation and observation of the texts and art pieces held in the library—something that was not a possibility five years ago.

“For interpreting the objects themselves, I think making animated GIFS and taking very beautiful photographs is a way that I incorporate technologies into the special collections,” said Theisen. “For example, artists’ books often open in unique ways, and that’s not something you can see in a photograph or understand from a catalogue record. It is something you can immediately grasp if you see a quick, two to three second animation of how it works.”

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Screen grab from an episode of “Staxpeditions” with Colleen.

The library’s reach extends beyond their success on Tumblr as well. Theisen hosts a show on the UI Special Collections Library YouTube channel called “Staxpeditions” that asks readers to send in their favorite library of congress call number name, and the librarians take to the stacks to find a rare book within that number. The most recent video features Theisen and fellow librarian Patrick Olson exploring the “Z range” in the rare books collection.

“The word ‘librarian’ sort of conjures up an image or a concept of a job that has so transformed in the past 20 years that the concept of what we do doesn’t match the reality,” Theisen said. “So the more that we can be seen as individuals, it gradually expands the concept of what a librarian actually does.”

Last year UI Special Collections Library hosted 182 classroom sessions. These students were anywhere from a cycle of art history lectures, to niche classes exploring one specific text at length. Adam Hooks, an associate professor of English at the University of Iowa, has been bringing his book history classes for almost two years.

“I bring my classes to Special Collections for three interconnected reasons: to give students an immediate and material sense of the historical distance between now and the early modern period, to show that books were meant to be used, and to show that books (from any period) constitute a technology with many advantages. Thinking of ‘the book’ as a technology has a lot to teach us about our own digital moment,” Hooks said.

Since the popularity of the UI Special Collections Library Tumblr has increased, so has the number of classroom visits. Professors are coming in more often asking to see something that they saw via Tumblr or Instagram. The Instagram has been an outlet for the library to really have a conversation with its viewers. Almost once a day, the Instagram promotes a photo with the hashtag “reader request” that someone has asked to see either in a comment of another photo or in a private message.

*Below is actually an image that I took while I visited during one of my classes.

Had a fun time at the @uispeccoll today. This is actually a forgery of Shakespeare. But it's still pretty.

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“Engaging in the reader requests is vital to starting a conversation,” Theisen said. “I think that is most effectively seen on Instagram, but we are trying to cultivate that on Tumblr as well.”

Their engagement on social media has also expanded to a broader network between other institutional libraries. Now, libraries are able to see certain collections that are hosted at their institution that they may have never seen before.

“I love that we have more collaboration with other institutions,” Theisen said. “I can put up a post and say ‘We have volumes one and two, but I saw Harvard, that you have three and four. Could you please put up a picture of volume three?’ And they did. We’re able to connect more and more across collections this way.”

Even though the library has adopted modern technology in its presentation, Theisen said that the library still helps to combat the thought that one day, everything will move over to an all-digital reality.

“What I like about Special Collections is that even the people who so loudly proclaim that we’re moving towards an all-digital future realize that there are exceptions,” Theisen said. “When you’re confronted with these historic materials, you realize that there are things about what size they are, what paper was used, how they were bound—there are a lot of things that you can learn about the object in front of you that are obscured in the digital version.”

After she disclaimed the all-digital future, I asked her a question which made her smile.

“What is your favorite thing in the library?”

“That’s like picking your favorite child,” she laughed. “But probably medieval manuscripts. It’s hard to be cynical when you’re around books that are 600 years old.”