Hello everyone! Sorry this is up a bit later than normal. But… I’m happy to announce that the final two #BookMadness17 contestants are… Inej and Lila! It was a close round once again, but these two have always had an incredible amount of support throughout. Voting will close on Thursday, March 30 at 11:59 pm Central Time.
Who will be the Book Madness 2017 champion? It’s up to you all!
Congrats to our winners from last week, Gabriella who won the ARC of THE DUKE OF BANNERMAN PREP, Alora who won the signed copy of LESSONS IN FALLING, R.E. Johnson who won the LAST TO DIE swag, and Tina at @FantasticBook for winning the ARC of EVEN THE DARKEST STARS.
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!
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
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!
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!
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…
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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. 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
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
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.”
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.
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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.”