News & Updates at Oh, the Books!
In Case You Missed It
Here’s all the stuff that we posted this week.
- Kelley reviewed Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld.
- Asti looked back at her Bookish Month: July.
- Kelley raved about the rainbow of books she read in July.
- Asti swapped bookish mail: dark & complex recs with Alexandra.
- Day 8 of the Bookish Games: The Lunar Chronicles Edition began.
Our Lives This Week
In Asti’s Life…
I think we all know my exciting news of the week:
I’M CURRENTLY IN LONDON REUNITING WITH MY AMAZING BOYFRIEND!!!! YAY!!!!
As a result, expect to not see me around over the next two weeks. (As much as I love you guys, Dave gets priority ;))
Oh, wait… That’s not right. Expect to not see me for another month. That’s right. I’ve decided to extend my two-week I’m-reuniting-with-Dave hiatus to a one-month I’m-reuniting-with-Dave-and-then-trying-to-catch-up-on-all-the-things hiatus with Kelley’s lovely permission. I have comments on over thirty posts I haven’t responded to and practically no posts scheduled as a buffer for when life gets crazy, and yeah, I would just like to give myself some time to take care of that instead of coming back and drowning under it all.
I really ought to write a post someday about my perspective on blogger guilt and the constant back and forth I have with it. How sometimes I just want to stop working so hard because it’s overwhelming and exhausting, but then I feel bad because I want to be able to respond to all the lovely comments I get and build relationships with others. Le sigh.
But hey, right now is a happy time so YAY LONDON and see you guys in a month! (Be nice to Kelley while I’m gone, will ya? ;))
In Kelley’s Life…
This week was pretty darn great. I finally had time to relax, read some books, and do some fun things. Our new apartment is starting to look really good, now that I’ve hung up some art, and have begun my new Wall of Ampersands (pictures coming soon). My best friend and her family were on vacation this week and came through Austin, so I got to have lunch with them at a local food truck, which was great!
I also met a roadrunner on my patio this week, which was super fun. And my dear, wonderful friend Tabitha sent me an incredibly awesome bookish care package, complete with a hardcover ARC of Illuminae!!!
In crappier news, thanks to issues with me losing my health insurance and trying to switch over to my husband’s, I’ve run out of my most important medication, so things are a bit… problematic at the moment. I really hope it gets sorted out SOON because I have a feeling I will be starting a new job soon, and I need to be functional!
Elsewhere in the blogosphere
Tweet of the Week
I can tell I'm tired because I thought "is that funny? should I tweet that?" and then realized I had not typed anything.
— Maggie Stiefvater (@mstiefvater) August 6, 2015
On Blogging and Book Reviewing
All Things BLogging
- Kristen talks about blogging oops.
- Mishma discusses discussion posts.
- Tonyalee talks about blogger drama.
- Jennifer is burned out on book blogging.
- Cait asks: what makes you follow a blog?
- Ashley is having a blogging identity crisis.
- Shelumiel says copying is not a bad thing.
- Rachel is consolidating her lists and notes.
- Emily discusses promoting archived posts.
- Aneeqah ponders the relevancy of blogging.
- Emily reflects on her book blogging journey.
- Amanda says you shouldn’t trust blogger stats.
- Trish provides five tips to DIY a blogging retreat.
- Sandra writes a post in defense of no scheduling.
- Heidi shares her thoughts on traffic jams and stats.
- Amy highlights her favorite features of the UBB plugin.
- Nuzaifa shares ten truths no one tells you about blogging.
- Lili compares blogging professionally vs. blogging as a hobby.
- Nova says the community is not about love, it’s about respect.
- Amanda explains how to code Windows 8 style social media icons.
- Beks shares three trips for keeping on top of blogging maintenance.
- Shannon talks about her favorite blog widgets to see on other blogs.
- Jamie discusses perception, reality, and our super reader community.
- Anya says she just can’t do everything she “should” (we feel you, Anya!).
- Stephanie explains why you shouldn’t use Bloglovin’s follow by email widget.
- Jenny shares what she’s learned about effectively sharing blog posts and links.
- Jen highlights ten things she wishes somebody had told her as a newbie blogger.
Rating and Reviewing
- Karolina discusses the struggle of writing a review.
- Beks wonders: how much are book ratings really worth?
- Michelle is fixing her Netgalley Feedback-Approval Ratio.
- Aimee talks about negative reviews and all that comes with it.
- Jen asks: should Tumblr book blogs receive free review copies too?
- Aimee talks about the difference between “good” books and “great” books.
- S. A. Hunt on the fine art of building people.
- Stephanie says a vine is more than its grapes.
- Heather C. Myers explains how to write quickly.
- Jodi Meadows explains putting together proposals.
- Chuck Wendig shares 100 random storytelling thoughts and tips.
- Christine discusses world building: 5 types of societies for your novel.
- Zoë Marriott has advice about dastardly tropes and what to do with them.
Things Bookworms Think About
A Bookworm’s Life
- Lola shares her bookmark collection.
- Cyra discusses her bookish pet peeves.
- Aly says it always comes back to Twilight.
- Christina talks about finding “quiet” books.
- Nara asks: how necessary are book trailers?
- Julchen discusses audiobooks and narrators.
- Sunny talks about the joy of summer reading.
- Rachel explains how she’s able to afford her books.
- Jenna talks about beloved authors letting you down.
- Julia Anne highlights the five best bookish moments.
- Nikki wants to know if you ever actively seek out spoilers.
- Willa asks: is there a future in publishing for my generation?
- Jillian shares signs that show you’re a hopeless book romantic.
- Cait provides reasons it’s appropriate to take a book wherever you go.
- T. talks about handling an overwhelming TBR list.
- Renae isn’t reading any white authors this month.
- Wren shares tips to help control your TBR monster.
Book Covers and Sizes
- Sophia hates on some book covers.
- Claudia gets worked up over mid-series cover changes.
- The Socratic Salon answers the question: does size matter?
Not Reading (DNFs, Slumps, and Bans)
- Jennifer asks: when makes you DNF a book?
- Shayna shares her thoughts on reading slumps.
- Claire discusses book banning and some girls are.
- Regina talks about abandoning a book due to comprehension problems.
Inside the Books
- Ana talks about brand name overload.
- Aentee discusses canon Mary Sues and Gary Stus.
- Keionda shares her thoughts on fictional boyfriends.
- Claudia talks about five ways characters frustrate her.
- Tracy highlights five female character types she hates.
- Meg says this is not how you put someone in the mood.
- Nirvana explains why fairy tales are actually horror movies.
- Emily provides a list of retellings people need to write for her.
- Christina wants to know: do you want your fiction to teach you something new?
- Alana asks: is there a translation conundrum?
- Christina talks about translated and foreign editions of books, languages, and YA.
Lists & Recommendations
- Lou recs 5 books with gods as characters.
- Fran shares 5 books about the monstrous.
- Richard lists 5 books about awful, awful people.
- Karin says these sci-fi books will change your life.
- Caitlyn recommends 5 books with magical houses.
- Soman finds 5 SFF novels with perfect opening lines.
- Avery rounds up 5 books featuring unreliable narrators.
- James shares 5 Japanese books of mystery and imagination.
- Felicia Day lists her favorite books about embracing your weirdness.
- Aneeqah pairs seven books with snacks.
- Quiz: What is your hybrid Hogwarts house?
- Epic Reads shares 23 color palettes inspired by YA book covers.
Videos of the Week
- Here’s an awesome 3D tribute to Hiyao Miyazaki.
- Watch Nathan Fillion & Alan Tudyk in the trailer for Con Man.
So, how was your week?