News & Updates at Oh, the Books!
Our lives are busy here at Oh, the Books! but we’re doing our best to keep our site full of content that is fun and interesting. Even if you’re not participating this time around, you should still check out what’s been happening in The Bookish Games!
In Case You Missed It
- Kelley shared the goals and tools behind our blog design that help us maintain our individual personalities on the group blog.
- Leanne took us on a photo field trip to the Cities of the Dead.
- Asti had a bookish reunion with The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness.
- Kelley reviewed Elusion, a stand-alone debut novel by Claudia Gabel and Cheryl Klam.
- Asti admitted she just doesn’t get as excited about new publications as others.
- Day 2 of The Bookish Games begun — see who was eliminated and who survived!
Our Lives This Week
[stextbox id=”asti2″ caption=”Asti” collapsing=”true”]Is it sad that every time I go to fill in this part of the Weekly Recap I have to look at Twitter and Instagram to see what I did over the week? It’s crazy how things always just seem like one big blur these days…
Let’s see, I completed my work placement at Random House Chlidren’s Publishers which was absolutely lovely! I truly enjoy working with the people in their marketing department and would love nothing more than to return someday in the future. (Plus, my supervisor challenged me and another work experience person to get followers in return for doughnuts. I ATE DOUGHNUTS! It was super exciting.
I also attended the London Book Fair for the future time, which was quite interesting. I have to admit, I was a little overwhelmed. Everyone seems to be there to do business, so aside from sneaking into some seminars and stealing some cloth bags, there wasn’t a whole lot to do. I just sort of walked around with my mouth hanging open and my eyes all wide going LOOK AT ALL THE BOOKISH PEOPLE!
Anything else? Oh, I got some new books (mainly for LGBT April, but Cress snuck its way in there somehow). And I can’t forget that the Bookish Games started! It’s been much more intense than the previous games, but still so much fun. I’m so curious how it will all turn out! [/stextbox]
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I’m going on a hiatus! I know, you’re probably like “but Leannnne you just got back from hiatus! Why are you leaving us again?!” Well loves, I’m just too busy at the moment to give y’all the attention you deserve. This school semester is wrapping up so I have lots of projects due and some work to catch up on outside of them. Seriously, just one of my studio classes has assigned three different projects as the final and they’re due at the end of the month – and I haven’t even heard about what I’m doing for the other two studio classes. There’s also that chunky online physical science class to contend with, which I can never seem to get ahead in. AND I have a wedding at the beginning of May, where I’m making the cake, transporting it to another state, helping photograph the wedding & afterparty, being *in* the wedding, and going to the bachelorette party etc etc. (There’s so much stuff, omg.) As you can probably see, I don’t even have time for LIFE right now. In a few weeks, though, things should be considerably calmer.
Asti & Kelley have some special guest posters stopping by over the next few weeks, to help keep our content fresh and rotating. I’m really looking forward to reading them myself (because I’ll be lurking even if I don’t have time to post and comment) since they’re some of my favorite bloggers. I hope you enjoy getting to know them if you don’t already, or reading their thoughts if you’ve already been introduced. I’ll be back mid-May if all goes well!
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My life is ridiculous. I’ve begun to feel utterly swamped in every area of my life, and even though I think I’m doing good by managing things with lists (you have no idea how much this has helped), and taking time out to do relaxing, creative things (this has been amazingly rewarding), I still just find I’m having trouble holding onto everything.
So far tonight, the cat has: dumped over the trash can, barfed on the couch, and bit my leg. #awesome
— Kelley (@anovelread) April 10, 2014
A short list of things that happened this week:
- I bungled like a million things (thank goodness I have understanding co-bloggers and co-workers)
- I realized that the Narcolepsy Network conference is on the same weekend as the Texas Teen Book Festival this year, and now I have no idea what to do because I really want to attend both.
- I got a mystery postcard and found out it was Asti’s doing.
- My husband and I got our flooring redone, which means we had to completely dismantle our entire downstairs (and therefore upstairs) and then try to put it back together.
- My iPod decided to start freezing in the MIDDLE of the goddamn Way of Kings audiobook.
My brain is just overfull. My LIFE is just overfull. I have way too many things I want/need/have to do and it’s proving quite difficult to manage. The sad part is that the easiest things to drop are also the things that are keeping me sane (like art, reading, and blogging). x_x
Elsewhere in the blogosphere
Tweet of the Week
Ever feel like you played a trope character role in someone else's life? Like, that person was the protagonist & you provided a lesson?
— MLE (@pantalonesfuego) April 7, 2014
If you genetically engineered a goat to have bioluminescence, would you call it a Gloat? I would.
— Chris Tisdale (@MrChrisTisdale) April 8, 2014
On Blogging and Book Reviewing
Blogging tips and thoughts
- Jennifer shares her top five favorite WP plugins.
- Ashley looks at WordPress vs. Squarespace and explains why WordPress wins.
- Rachel shares her biggest purchases as a blogger.
- Lili talks about balancing blogging and friends.
- Ashley explains how to install Twitter Cards on your WP blog.
- Miranda wants to know if you look at a blogger’s description box.
- Kelly says she’s not sorry for voicing her opinions on her blog.
- Ashley explains how to add graphical quotation marks inside block quotes.
- Stormy has 21 questions to ask when you’re in a book blogging slump.
- Hazel talks about blogging creatively.
- Ashley explains how to use font icons on your WP blogs.
- Emz wants to know how blogging has changed your reading experience.
- Kristen has some thoughts on blogging slumps.
- Ashley says she’s torn between helping people and preserving her originality.
Reviews and Ratings
- Annie has reversed her thoughts on reviews.
- Marianne wants to know: how do you review?
- Mel shares her thoughts on early reviews.
- Betty needs help organizing all the ARCs.
- Alyssa explains what she likes in a review.
- Ceilidhann explains why it’s okay to be critical in your reviews.
blogger interaction (Social Media and comments)
- Octavia explains why she ignored your friend/follow request.
- Kelly shares a Twitter pet peeve of hers.
- Nova discusses commenting and receiving comments.
- Nikki wants to know if you reply to all the comments you receive.
On Writing & Publishing
- Jodi Meadows further discusses the pressures of publishing.
- UK self-published authors are breaking into audiobooks too.
- Erin Bowman discusses self-promotion and marketing materials that work.
- Beth Revis says she’s not a feminist, but…
- Drew Chial explains why he writes, if not for money.
- Shannon Hale says she is not accessible.
Things Bookworms Think About
On Book Formats
- Jennifer wants to know which e-reader you prefer.
- Sophie wants to know: dust jackets or naked books?
- Chiara talks about paper styles.
- Pam admits she misses printed books.
- Mitchii has found love in audiobooks.
- Anne is shopping for a new Kindle cover.
- These researches say reading on paper is different from reading on a screen.
- Giselle shares her thoughts on adults who read YA/teen books.
- Carrie discusses re-reading childhood favorites.
- Ana discusses those books that hurt so good.
- Josephine discusses bi-literate reading.
- Anya talks about finding diamonds in the rough.
- Lisa muses on DNF books and guilty feelings.
- Charlene explains why she loves Shakespeare.
- Courtney Summers says: Online is one thing, but what do you say when someone says something stupid/disparaging about YA to your face?
On Having ALL the Books
- Melanie is having a dilemma: too many books.
- Lily talks about buying copies of books after you’ve read them.
- Pamela wants to know what you do with the books you’ve read.
- Sydney talks about quality over quantity on bookshelves.
- Carrie wants to discuss ARCs.
Book Lists and Recommendations
- Gilly shares some of her favorite bookish heroines.
- Chantelle talks about books that cause paradigm shifts.
- Ashley discusses sad reads.
- Kelly (Pretty Little Reader) has noticed a lot of red on YA covers.
- Kelly (Stacked) put together a guide to YA verse novels in 2014.
- Tabitha shares her love for dragons and dragon stories.
- Kelly (Stacked) has a list of books that tackle sexual assault/sexual violence/rape in some capacity.
- Chris lists 11 beloved books with shockingly bad reviews.
- J.H. Trumble stops by Cayce’s blog to talk about why she writes YA.
- P.T. Denys talks about being a gay parent on Cayce’s blog.
- Miranda shares a list of LGBT Historical Fiction.
- Kelley York comes out about… coming out on Cayce’s blog.
- Alise asks: do you watch book trailers?
- Christina talks about breaking up with authors.
- Emz investigates ghost writers and co-authors.
- Charlene looks at the dual meaning of romance.
- Charleen wonders if being unique is a good thing for books.
- Katy shares some of her bookish facts.
- Amanda shares some things she’s noticed regarding fiction vs. reality.
- Genevieve talks about the archetype of people who only like old music/books.
- Danielle L. Jensen stops by Not Yet Read to talk about trolls.
- On the importance of the Mary Sue.
- Emily wonders what morals we’re promoting to younger generations.
Arts & Crafts
- Kat looks at ink for the YA book lover in you.
- Kristilyn has been making [kind of bookish] music.
- Paula has rounded up some bookish crafts.
- Maggie Stiefvater‘s been busy making some Raven Boys comics.
- Nae says she asked her sister to make some Shadow and Bone fan art.
Quizzes & Lists
- Allie‘s created a fun list of YA rules that must be obeyed.
- Lindsey shares some common misconceptions of bookworms.
- Here’s a chart of all the Games of Thrones characters and who they’ve slept with.
- Some folks at Stanford have put together a geological history of Westeros.
- Kayla has seven uses for your Harry Potter books.
- Rinn made a quiz on fantasy series!
- Here’s a roundup of bookish stuff on Netflix.
- Here are the 8 stages of becoming obsessed with a new book.
- Meg talks about commonly used words that are also slurs.
- Ellen Oh discusses not being the “model minority.”
- Fans voted on the newest word added to the Scrabble dictionary.
- If you love goats as much as Kelley does, then you will appreciate this post (shared by Rinn — thank you!) on 46 wonderful things that happened at the Oxford and Cambridge Goat Race.
- Check out Edward Gorey’s vintage illustrated post cards.
- A blood moon eclipse is making an appearance this Monday night, along with Mars at its brightest point in the past six years.
Videos of the Week
- Here’s a video of goats (and one sheep) bleating the Game of Thrones theme song.
- Leah Green wants to turn the tables on sexual aggression and see how bad it is.
- Here is a video of Kelley’s cat frantically eating some pizza.
Question of the Week
When our blog first went live, several people had issues trying to comment, and we realized it was due to some strange issue with the CommentLuv plugin. Previously all (or at least one) of us had used CommentLuv on our individual blogs, so it seemed natural to use it here. It’s been over a month now and we haven’t fixed it and enabled it yet. Now we’re wondering…
Do you like it when blogs have CommentLuv active? Would you like us to use it on our blog?
So, how was your week?