News & Updates at Oh, the Books!
In Case You Missed It
Here’s all the stuff that we posted this week.
- Kelley reviewed Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman.
- Kelley talked about how books make her cringe (and fall down).
- Asti reviewed The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson.
- Day Six of The Bookish Games: The Grisha Edition began.
Also: Kelley stopped by Fantasy Cafe to discuss SFF covers for women authors.
Our Lives This Week
In Asti’s Life…
There’s not a whole lot to report this week, but I guess that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
I think the biggest news is that I do have a job now, even if it’s not necessarily what I was aiming for when I moved back to the States. I ended up reapplying for a part-time retail job I had before I studied abroad and the company seems pretty happy to have me back. (What can I say, I’m a hard worker.) I’ll be throwing myself back into the job on Monday and look forward to seeing how much I remember. Hopefully it’s like getting back on a bike because I think they’re ready for me to go, go, go.
But, really, if I’m honest, the actual big news for this week is that I taught my dog a new trick. Mad is… ten years old? Something like that. And while he’s an absolutely beautiful dog, he’s always seemed dumber than a box of rocks (especially when compared to our other beautiful dog, Tasha). Well, I got it in my head last week that I was going to teach him how to “shake” (lift up his paw and put it in my hand), since Tasha has been able to do it for years (see what unemployment has done to me?). After listening to my mom laugh at me for taking on such an impossible task, I spent the next week trying different strategies to get him to shake his paw (have Tasha demonstrate, give him a treat whenever he shifted as if to lift his paw, shake his paw and give him a treat at the same time, etc.). The whole thing seemed quite hopeless, day after day of him just staring at me like I was stupid for not giving him his treat, when suddenly, HE GAVE ME HIS PAW ON COMMAND! And it wasn’t like he just did it the once and then forgot. No. It was like the damn dog knew he could do it the whole time and finally decided to give in to my shake-demanding ways so he wouldn’t have to deal with me anymore. But who cares?! I taught him a new trick and it was the most excited I’ve been about anything in a long, long time.
It’s a good thing I’ll be getting out of the house this week…
In Kelley’s Life…
It’s been an interesting week for me. I had a change of pace at work, where I spent the entire week working on a project that involved learning a lot of new things. It was challenging, and sometimes frustrating, but also very rewarding! Aside from that, I engaged in a fair bit of shenanigans in regards to my sister’s birthday (which was Friday). I offered to a cake from her favorite bakery, but she didn’t seem to like the idea of me possibly putting “Magan Bagan” on it or anything, so I kept that part relatively… normal.
But I wanted to do SOMETHING special and different, since this is a significant birthday for her! Sooo… I got a wonderful idea from a friend, and I set out to send Megan more than one card for her birthday. In fact, I sent her the same number of cards as years that she’s now been alive. It was a fun project, although my hand was pretty sore by the end of it. But I had a lot of fun picking out all the different cards and writing fun, sweet, special, silly, etc. messages inside of them. ^_^
Aside from that, my time has been split between reading, video chatting with my husband, and trying to get my cat’s shedding under control (let me introduce you to my new best friend). Yay for actually having some free time!
Elsewhere in the blogosphere
Tweet of the Week
On Blogging and Book Reviewing
Blogging Tips and Tricks
- Emz talks about image copyrights.
- Jessica has advice for new bloggers.
- Grace discusses blogging and photos.
- Lucy highlights her blogging essentials.
- Sunny explains how to make a personalized GIF.
- Allie asks: how do you keep the spark in blogging?
- Rachel shares ten tips on copyright you need to know.
- Jessica wonders: do you need to stick with your blog subject?
- Jessica shares where to find free images and icons for blogging.
- Stephanie shares a DIY coding tutorial: social icons with font awesome.
Rating, Reviews, and ARCs
- Emily discusses the perils of ARC envy.
- Laken is feeling repetitive with her reviews.
- Diamond looks at the good and the bad of ARCs.
- Jeann talks about emotional vs critical reviewers.
- Shannon wants to know if you rate with your head or your heart.
A Blogger’s Life
- Emily recounts her blogging adventures.
- Holly discusses the woes of commenting.
- Julia reflects on twelve years as a blogger.
- Ashley is rethinking her stance on deleting old posts.
- Francine says book bloggers have kept her informed.
- Laura wants to know: what type of blogs do you read?
- Claire shares some of her discussions that almost were.
- Sabaa Tahir discusses worldbuilding.
- Val finally admits that she likes writing.
- Agent Kristin Nelson shares more query tips.
- Chuck Wendig discusses writing without fear.
- Hazel explains how she wrote a novel in 23 days.
- Janice has some advice for bringing your story world to life.
- Rachel reflects on the patience and attention span of readers.
- Jeff Goins created an illustrated guide to what we can learn from fairy tales.
Things Bookworms Think About
A Reader’s Life
- Rita is living a life of books.
- Emily explains why she reads books.
- Rachel shares what a great reader is.
- Shannon is rethinking reading statistics.
- Trish talks about reading while traveling.
- Melissa chats about bookish distractions.
- Lori talks about #tothegirls and her reading life.
- Lily explains how real life affects what she reads.
- Tabitha wants books for the mentally exhausted.
- Alice talks about being social with the help of books.
- Nirvana says books and songs do weird things to her.
- Lauren shares her thoughts on being a lifelong reader.
- Celine compares reading to falling in (and out of) love.
- Jamie wants to read books that nobody is talking about.
- Ardelia wonders: if your books could talk, what would they say?
- Sam says the act of reading makes her want to talk about reading.
Books and School
- Amanda talks about her experience in a YAL class.
- Jillian says obligatory reading is the bane of her existence.
- Briana discusses textbooks: offering priceless knowledge or swindling students.
Buying, Borrowing, Lending, Recycling
- Nicolette discusses lending paperback books.
- Emz highlights four ways to “recycle” old books.
- Kayla looks at her bookish options for her birthday.
- Jillian talks about used books and their previous owners.
- Cassie shares things she misses from her hometown library.
- Erin Bowman explains how you can support an author beyond buying their book.
Discussing Genre & YA
- Ardelia asks: are some genres cliche?
- Tracy isn’t sure she knows what YA is.
- Nicolette shares her thoughts on genre fatigue.
Inside the Books
- Missie discusses shipping.
- Faye talks about characters.
- Emz asks: do you fact check books?
- Lily highlights her bookish do’s and don’ts.
- Amy shares her thoughts on plot vs. character.
- Nafiza muses about fictional female friendships.
- Rosamund Hodge discusses those “strong female characters.”
- Nova shares her mandatory rules on creating the perfect bad boy.
- Lola explains how book settings influence her reading experience.
- Elizabeth discovers she has some not very feminist ideas about love.
- Carmel talks about ereader features.
- Keionda judges books by their covers.
- Nicolette doesn’t judge books by their titles.
- Amy compares some recently spotted cover redesigns.
- Explore and learn about the artwork inside Challenger Deep.
Lists & Recommendations
- Tony lists 5 books about magical realism.
- Kelley shares 5 epic fantasies with gender equal societies.
- Rosie features books with characters on the autism spectrum.
- Lucy highlights some breakout female voices of the British fantasy scene.
- Yash recommends books in which friendships grow from uneasy beginnings.
Series and Cliffhangers
- Jordin is addicted to series.
- Inge sucks at reading series.
- Bec admits she likes cliffhangers.
- Julie and Lynn share their thoughts on sequels.
- Jillian talks about the sadness you feel when you finish the last one.
- Cait highlights the ten types of fangirls (plus quiz).
- Here you can vote on the cover for Map to the Stars.
- Hafsah shares a downloadable wallpaper for The Silver Witch.
- Kayla shares what colors she associates with The Winner’s Crime.
- Tara tries her hand at Bookish Photography (inspired by Asti’s Bookish Snaps).
So, how was your week?