A Guide to Crafty Magic: Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibañez

Show Notes for Episode 2.10

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Quick points from the episode:

  • Want a copy of Woven in Moonlight for yourself? Support the podcast and local bookstores by purchasing a copy from our Bookshop store:
  • Paige finished up her Inktober challenge, and also made the bombshell announcement that she will be making an Instagram for her art! Don’t worry, Jennifer will plaster that link everywhere once Paige gets it up and running.
  • Jennifer is currently in the throes of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), hoping third time is a charm. Will she get to 50k words by the end of the month? Tune in to our episodes or follow us on social media to find out.
  • Folio Facts: Paige presents the amazing mysteries of Saint Catherine’s Monastery in Sinai, Egypt. If you’d like to learn more, there is an article in Smithsonian Magazine, but the tl;dr of this story is that advanced imaging techniques have revealed hidden texts in extremely rare languages hiding underneath more mundane writings in many of the monastery’s books. It also happens to be one of the world’s oldest continuously run libraries, so definitely worth reading more about. While you’re at it, subscribe to Smithsonian Magazine’s newsletter because it is free and it is awesome.
  • Isabel Ibañez is our author this week. Born to Bolivian immigrants, Ibañez is a Florida native and has lived in several areas across the state over her lifetime. Apparently we are on a [unplanned] Florida author kick! Also an extremely talented graphic designer, Ibañez was actually chosen to design her own cover which turned out absolutely amazing (pictured above). Ibañez has talked extensively about her influences/inspiration for this book, much of which was drawn from current events in her family’s home country. Interested in learning more? Visit her author website.
  • BBE Bookstore: Binti, by Nnedi Okorafor. Once again, Paige has pulled a spectacular science fiction novella for us. Binti is the first of a series of novellas following the title character, Binti, and her quest for knowledge. Don’t just listen to us, either. Binti won the Nebula Award and Hugo Award for science fiction novella. Interested in getting your own copy and supporting the podcast? Visit our Bookshop store:
  • Critiques of Woven in Moonlight mentioned in the episode:
  • Creatives’ Corner: So this is actually not exactly a creative account…but Jennifer wanted to take some time to talk about Story Graph. This was a book database recommended by the Artisan Geek that was started by a friend of hers. It is still in beta currently, but you can make an account. Basically this is a better Goodreads, the Goodreads you didn’t know you needed. On Story Graph you can filter books by mood, page length, pace, diverse characters, if character development is the focus of the plot, and numerous other parameters. You can import your reads from Goodreads, if you’re worried about starting from scratch, and upon creating an account, you can complete a survey that will produce recommendations for your TBR. As if you needed help with that. Overall, Jennifer is really pleased with her experience so far, and would highly recommend for book nerds to check it out.

Why is it so hard to believe that even enemies may want the same things?

Isabel Ibañez, Woven in Moonlight

Coming up next time, Paige’s last Books We Love pick of the season: The White Plague, by Frank Herbert. If you are enjoying the podcast, please consider leaving us a review or following us on social media (links above). If you’d like to support the podcast, head on over to our Patreon for bonus content. Until next time, cheers!

The Final Countdown: BBE’s Last Picks of Season Two

November Sneak Peek

Time is absolutely flying by this year, or is it just us? Spooky season has just about passed (we hope everyone has a fun & safe Halloween, if you celebrate!) and Thanksgiving in the US will be here before we know it. November is also the last month of Season Two. Somehow. Already. We will be wrapping up the season on November 27th and will be returning in January 2021 for Season Three. Keep scrolling to see what BBE has lined up for our last Books We Love and Movie Magic picks.

Isabel Ibanez’s debut novel, Woven in Moonlight, is a more recent discovery for Jennifer, but it is absolutely a must-read for anyone interested in YA Fantasy. With a charming magic system, characters overcoming prejudices and dealing with trauma, this book was a refreshing change of pace.

Bringing it home for Books We Love this season is Frank Herbert’s The White Plague. Paige has long been a huge fan of Frank Herbert because of Dune. So when she saw a book by Herbert that also involved plague, genetics, AND Ireland, she was sold.

And finally, our last bonus Movie Magic pick of Season Two is a real classic: William Goldman’s The Princess Bride. Both Paige and Jennifer have seen (and loved) the classic movie adaptation, but will the book hold up to such greatness? We’ve heard it is…different from the movie, but will that be good or bad? Tune in to find out!

And that is a wrap for our November Sneak Peek. To keep up with BBE this month, be sure to follow us on social media (linked above). If you are enjoying the podcast so far, we would dearly appreciate a review or you can send us an email (also linked above). And finally, if you’d like to support the podcast, you can check out our Bookshop store, or our Patreon to get access to our full bonus episodes. Stay nerdy, bookish peeps!