Festive Bibliomancy – playful predictions for my reading life in 2019

Festive Bibliomancy

I couldn’t resist the bibliomancy task set as part of the 24 Festive Tasks reading challenge on BookLikes.  The challenge supplied six questions and the page an line number on which the answer should be sought from a book of my choice. I’ve always enjoyed weaving a plausible tale from reading palms or Tarot cards so I set about selecting a book to get my answers from.

Mervyn Peake’s “Gormenghast”, with its atmosphere of stifling tradition, rigid hierarchy and vicious people seemed like the right sort of inspiration.

Here’s what chance, Mervyn Peake’s dark imagination, and my wrangling of meaning produced.



I’ve included the instructions for the task in case you’re in the mood for a little festive bibliomancy of your own.

Bibliomancy (from BookLikes):

Grab one of your larger books and flip to the indicated page and line number to answer the following questions – then post those answers for us:

 A. Will I read all the books on my TBR?  (page 378, line 29)

B. Will any of my 2019 reads be 5 stars? (page 227, line 31)

C. Will I discover a new favorite book / author / series? (page 309, line 23)

D. Will I discover that a major twist (hopefully, for the [even] better) has occurred in one of my favorite series? (page 459, line 16)

E. Will I finish all of my reading challenges in 2019? (page 69, line 7)

F. Will I stay within my book budget in 2019? (page 98, line 5)


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