Female Magic Wielder Month/ Diana Bishop Commonplace Book Giveaway Details

Addendum: This contest is open only to those living in the US, due to cost of international postage. If you are someone living outside of the US that has entered this contest, please know that I am not being discriminatory, in exempting you from winning. It is purely a pragmatic reason for doing this.

Here on this blog,there are things that we love more than just reviewing books or tea; we love books that are suffused with witchcraft and wizardry. More importantly, we love blog theme months that celebrate a certain facet of a certain genre of books. I haven’t featured a blog theme in a very, very long time, but with the forthcoming release of the last installment of Deborah Harkness’ All Soul’s Trilogy, it is an opportune time to unveil details about July’s blog theme, which will be “Female Magic Wielders.” 

It may seem like a bit of a mouthful, but in July, we will be featuring book reviews of various books starring female magic wielders, or books that offer a fascinating new vantage on the concept of female magic wielders. Whether we like it or not, there is a perplexing element of gender, when it comes to magic. Why are witches and wizards call as such? Why are wizards often seen as more venerable, and witches are often denounced as irredeemable evil incarnates? What is the difference between warlocks and witches, or wizards or witches? Linguistically, what is the etymological roots of these words, what different connotations do they have? Are they really always gender exclusive?

We’ll discuss Shakespeare’s The Tempest, and the origins and history of magic, the history witch burnings, etc. More importantly, we will allow contemporary fantasy books to guide us into the literary history of female magic wielders, how have the roles of female magic wielders evolved in contemporary fantasy.

This Wednesday, we are starting this month earlier with a review of Emily Croy Barker’s whimsical, wildly entertaining novel The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic.  A Bibliophile’s Reverie is indebted to Emily Croy Baker, in a sense, for sparking the idea of this blog theme. More importantly, it is more relevant than ever with the forthcoming release of Deborah Harkness’ Book of Life, which has a very deep exploration of feminine power and its connection with magic. On July 15, 2014, we will feature an extensive review of this very exciting book right at midnight.  I am very excited to offer my own opinion and analysis on this book, and how it offers so many interesting points of discussion to the evolution of female protagonists and the ways that we feature magic in our fantasy novels.

Diana Bishop’s Commonplace Book Giveaway:

Viking/Penguin was kind enough to allow this blog to feature this really awesome giveaway, that may make your heart skip a few beats, after you hear the details of the prize. Now, the contest will end on the last day of July, giving enough people time to really read and digest all of the posts throughout the month, related to Female Magic Wielder Month.

So, here is what you can win, and how to enter for your chance to win this very exciting prize package,

*Diana Bishop’s Commonplace Book
*A special Book of Life hologram pin
*Hardcover Edition of Book of Life

How do you enter? Click either of the images below to get to the Rafflecopter app, attached to my blog’s Facebook Fan Page. Please note that winners are chosen at random. I must be clear about this, so all of you know that the most number of entries accrued does not translate to “being the winner.” It just means that you have a stronger chance of win, but it doesn’t ultimately mean that you win

So, click either of the images of Diana Bishop’s commonplace book below to enter for your chance to win, by using the attached Rafflecopter App!!





31 Comments Add yours

  1. mudepoz says:

    I really like this blog. I’m glad I found it through AST!


  2. kryssityna says:

    Mine is probably diana bishop from a discovery of witches series


  3. MHogan says:

    Diana Bishop, but I also love Good Alsop.


  4. Cianna says:

    Diana Bishop or Hermione Granger


  5. angel says:

    Diana Bishop is my favorite magic wielder. She’s such a great character and I love this series. I also really like the witches in Maggie Shayne’s Portal series – beginning with Mark of the Witch. Looking forward to reading these blog posts, as I’m always looking for good stories about witches.


  6. Stephanie P. Gault says:

    Diana Bishop and Luna Lovegood.


  7. My favorite magic wielder would have to be Rachel Morgan from the Hollow series. I am also a fan of Mona Mayfair and Luna Lovegood 🙂


  8. I don’t know if I have a favorite, but I absolutely echo other choices like Hermoine and Luna from the Harry Potter series. I also like Katsa from Kristin Cashore’s “Graceling,” Fire from Cashore’s “Fire,” and Yelena from Maria Snyder’s Study series.


  9. Traci Barela says:

    Diana Bishop de Clermont is my favoirite magic wielder. She more than wields, she weaves and deftly spins her magic to create new things.


  10. toni gosling says:

    Diana Bishop is my favorite magic wielder! She came from being Spellbound to discovering she was a weaver and took it all in her stride!


  11. I like both Sarah and Diana. They have different abilities so it is hard to pick just one of them.


  12. Christine Porter says:

    Diana Bishop defiantly!!


  13. drldeboer says:

    Female magic wielders? LOL let’s name someone contemporary, The Witches of East End were crazy in the book & are back on TV on Sunday.


  14. Ava says:

    Love Diana and love Hermione – can’t decide between the two. 🙂


  15. Teresa says:

    Favorite female Magic wielder has to be Diana Bishop !! Deb has written her character so well and woven her magic into strands of life that all of us should take to heart. Her acceptance of the unknown , tolerance of others unlike her and zeal of life cannot be matched. She lives everyday with a new viewpoint on life and love it is simply amazing to see what Deb will do in her final book in the trilogy ” The Book of Life” !!!


  16. zofloya11 says:

    Diana Bishop definitely.


  17. Sheila says:

    Favorite magic wielder? Diana Bishop certainly, but I think Professor Harkness is the real magician!


  18. Stacy Sties says:

    I really love Diana but Goody is a great one too.


  19. Angela says:

    There are a lot of powerful witches in The All Souls Trilogy. Diana is becoming one herself, but I also enjoy the ones who played a mother figure to her – Rebecca, Sarah and Goody!


  20. Cheryl Bryan says:

    Love Diana Bishop – and her relationship to Sarah and Emily – and also to Goody.


  21. Dianna Bishop is one of my favorite all time characters. I am so engaged when I read this series and am so happy that we are almost to the final book, and at the same time I am heart broken that it is coming to an end. This series is the only time I have ever reread a book.


  22. Adrienne Ann says:

    Diana Bishop is my absolute favorite female magic wielder! I’m also partial to Em and the other Bishop witches.


  23. Thurber Christine says:

    Diana Bishop and Goody Alsop from the All Souls Trilogy


  24. Mel. P says:

    Diana Bishop would have to be my favorite magic wielder from this trilogy, but… I love Hermione just as much :3


  25. Brandy says:

    Diana of course!


  26. Goody Alsop is pretty cool! I want to hang out in her kitchen!


  27. Ariel says:

    Diana and Hermione without a doubt!


  28. Michele Cotterman says:

    My favorite female magic wielder is definitely Diana Bishop.


  29. Shawnda says:

    Hermione and Diana Bishop.


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