News & Updates at Oh, the Books!
In Case You Missed It
Here’s all the stuff that we posted this week.
- Kelley shared her tips for managing multiple contact forms.
- Asti highlighted Kirsty Mitchell’s book photography.
- Leanne unveiled some of her fan art for Across the Universe.
- Kelley reviewed The Mapmaker’s War by Ronlyn Domingue.
- Asti shared her thoughts on her boyfriend’s reading journey.
- Ren stopped by to discuss misleading covers on classics.
- The Bookish Games: Death Note Edition has ended! Who won?!
And elsewhere: Asti and Kelley shared their thoughts on anti-heroes as part of Megan’s Blogger Panel!
Our Lives This Week
[stextbox id=”asti2″ caption=”Asti” collapsing=”true”]This week has overall been pretty amazing, except for some minor stress caused by my dissertation. (I love it, I do, and I’m making progress. But I am really my own worst enemy when it comes to these things and continually feel the need to redo things that I finished months ago and overthink other bits and it’s just TOO MUCH! Hence why I don’t think I could ever write a book.)
I met two authors this past week: Victoria Schwab and Leigh Bardugo. The meet-up with Victoria was organized by a fellow blogger, and it was a very informal gathering of about twelve of us at a pub. Victoria was so fun to listen to, and it was just nice to sort of be able to hear her talk as a… person? Instead of an author. (Both Amie Kaufman Trevayne also unexpectedly popped by, which was a lot of fun.) Leigh Bardugo I got to meet as part of a private blogger event, and that was also amazing. She is full of so many fun stories, and she’s made me quite excited for The Dregs to come out. (Oh, she also mentioned that Nikolai was originally supposed to die in the second book. That made me smile. Muhahaha!)
Apart from the two author events, and one wonderful outing with Stacey from Pretty Books (who is one of my favorite London people ever), I’ve pretty much spent my days enjoying Dave’s empty house. That’s right, Dave’s family left for a holiday to Turkey. Apart from the evil spider who ran around the living room, it’s been amazing having the place so calm and quiet. Dave comes home every night to cook us dinner, we have fun watching the badgers in the back garden, and it’s been nice being able to just do our own thing without anyone judging us. I’m going to be sad when it ends…[/stextbox]
[stextbox id=”kelley2″ caption=”Kelley” collapsing=”true”]If we’re friends on Goodreads, you my have noticed that I recently read If I Stay and rated it 1 star. After that, I basically confirmed that I was NOT interested in seeing the movie. BUT THEN my co-worker invited me to see the premiere with her on Tuesday evening, and well, I love movie popcorn and hey, free movie, so I joined her. It was pretty much as I expected. Right away I was irritated with the same things that irritated me in the book, but at least the (acoustic) music was good.
I don’t even know how the rest of my week has been. Interesting and different, but not really? WHY AM I SO BORING?![/stextbox]
Elsewhere in the blogosphere
Tweet of the Week
I guess one day Selfie might be a girl's name.
— Maggie Stiefvater (@mstiefvater) August 19, 2014
On Blogging and Book Reviewing
blogging tips and resources
- Chyna explains how to neatly hide your spoilers.
- Charlie talks about minimizing and the right type of content.
reviews, ratings, and arcs
- Miranda discusses whether you should buy final versions of ARCs.
- Ashley talks about Advanced Readers Copies (for beginners).
- Alice reflects on rating books and the subjective mind.
- Ashley shares her new plan for finishing ARCs.
- Annie hates thinking as a reviewer when reading.
- Shannon asks: how do you review?
social media and email
- Jessi wants to know: are Facebook pages actually useful?
- Ashley asks: do you have a subscribe via email option?
- Holly shares social media icons she has created.
- Rebecca says she sucks at Twitter.
- Debby wonders if Twitter is essential for your blog.
a blogger’s life
- Lucy writes a letter to her past blogging self.
- Rachel has some thoughts on being yourself.
- Lucy shares her blogging manifesto.
- Rachel says: Damn you ‘unknown search terms!’
- Hazel talks about blogging freely.
- Laura is looking for guest posts.
- Biekeshares her thoughts on having a blog schedule.
- Jessica asks: is there a person behind that blog?
- Christina wants to know what you want to see on her blog.
- Melanie struggles with balancing school and blogging.
- Amanda shares her new perspective on her blogging.
- Liza and Arianne share their thoughts when it comes to co-bloggers reading the same book.
- Kat Zhang has some general advice for aspiring writers.
- Karrie talks about what you can do with an English degree.
- Corinne Duyvis explains how to capitalize on what you know.
- Chuck Wendig on how a writer cultivates instinct.
- Alex Bracken encourages you to focus on YOUR career.
- Lisa Schroeder on why setting is important to her.
- Julie shows us how to reveal backstory while avoiding the info dump.
- Leah says Ray Bradbury is the best writing teacher you could have.
- Mary Weber shares 5 steps to ruling your own small universe.
Things Bookworms Think About
a reader’s life
- Octavia chats about reading goals.
- Dre talks about judging readers for what they read.
- Becca rants: don’t use reading as a punishment!
- Elena says every book is okay, unless it’s terrible.
- Holly shares some read-a-thon dos and don’ts.
- Emily talks about reading empathy.
- Josephine wants to know where’s her book mail?
- Amy shares her thoughts on building a bookish home.
- Topaz confesses that she enjoys rereading books.
- Kayla says it’s okay that she’ll never read all the books.
- Sharon explains how to boost your reading focus.
- Edward shares some speed-reading secrets.
- Trish doesn’t like it when authors use initials instead of first names.
- Alise asks: what makes you take a book off your TBR?
- Susie says reading helped her overcome a racist upbringing.
- Jessica wonders: do you actually get around to reading your “someday” pile?
- Lili shares her first ever internship at a literacy agency.
- Gaby talks about going to the movies, YA style.
- Emily explains why timing is everything.
- Rebecca highlights some common misconceptions about YA.
- Charlene asks: what is a classic book?
- Janet discusses non-medieval historical novels.
- Nafiza questions the lack of diversity in historical fiction.
- Kelly examines female sexuality in YA fiction.
- Leah explains how Diana Wynne Jones simultaneously subverted and celebrated fantasy.
reading in the summer
- Nikki discusses her experience with beach reads.
- Chiara shares her history with beach reads.
- Harman talks about assigned summer reading.
- Renae says no thanks to vacation reading.
books and places
- Emily highlights books that remind her of places she’s been.
- Kelly shares which fictional worlds she would want to live in.
- Sophie talks about books that make her want to travel.
- Michelle talks about settings she’d like to see more of in YA.
- Amy share her thoughts on books that take place where she lives.
Book Covers & Other Peripherals
- Ruby shares her all-time favorite book covers.
- Fahima talks about book cover changes before publication.
- Julie and Rose talk about trigger warnings.
- Kel discusses what goes in synopses.
- Ashtyn judges books by their covers.
- Hazel admires the many beautiful editions of Austen novels.
- Cee highlights summer books with typography.
- Kelly talks about when books change titles.
- Josephine share shed thoughts on the book covers for the Delirium Trilogy.
- The Broke and the Bookish reflect on the first series they read.
- Charnell asks if the final destination is what matters the most when it comes to series.
- Ana talks about books with loads and loads of characters.
- Gilly shares her thoughts on unlikeable heroines.
- Jack discusses the 5 most well-known character archetypes.
- Kimberly discusses protagonists of color in YA SFF.
- The 5 stages of grief when bad things happen to beloved characters.
- If white characters were described like people of color in literature.
audiobooks and ebooks
- Debby talks about the pros and cons of audiobooks.
- Chiara rants about the cost of certain ebooks.
- Kelly discusses nonfiction on audio.
recommendations and lists
- Amy has mixed feelings about recommendations.
- Tahleen highlights her favorite audiobooks.
- Miranda lists the the YA books that changed her world.
- Christy shares her favorite books of 2014… so far.
- Cait provides a very sensible list on why she loves The Book Thief.
- Sara shares 7 YA books perfect for back to school.
- Cait approves of She Is Not Invisible for it’s crazy writer, coincidences, and 354.
- Vickie shares her favorite (and least favorite) book to movie adaptations.
- Jamie recommends what books to read after If I Stay breaks your emotions.
- Brittany shares which books to read if you liked The Fault in Our Stars.
- Cait creates some more Honest YA covers.
- Ren shares her book soundtracks.
- Elena has created a wallpaper for Isla and the Happily Ever After.
- Take this quiz to find out what kind of zombie you are.
- Go vote for your favorite Lunar Chronicles sticker design!
- Maggie Stiefvater’s revealed the bookplates for Blue Lily, Lily Blue.
- Kayla shares her synesthetic colors for Where Silence Gathers.
- This shop — GoneReading.com — has list of gifts for book lovers.
- Book Riot has a list of 25 must-follow tumblrs for YA fans.
- Charlotte has designed a downloadable wallpaper for The Museum of Intangible Things.
- Rinn shares part two of her beginner’s guide to video games and novelizations.
- Lina admits being Katniss is harder than it looks when talking about her attempt at archery.
- Val shares her favorite gaming genres and so does Meg!
- Carrie explains why she (as a woman) enjoys Game of Thrones.
- Nafiza explains how to prepare for your thesis defense.
- Here’s a cool visual alphabet-dictionary of unusual words.
Videos of the Week
- Brandon Sanderson takes the ice bucket challenge and it is EPIC.
- The Tomorrow Children looks like an interesting new video game.
Question of the Week
Asti and Kelley are working hard on the next version of The Bookish Games: Ready Player One, but we’ve always got more ideas in the works. We want to know which theme you’d most like to see in an upcoming game. Please take our poll and let us know!
Which of these series would you most like to see featured as the theme of Future Bookish Games?
So, how was your week?