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We have a Pinterest Account!
You already know we have a Facebook and Twitter for the blog, right? Well, Asti has decided to finally join the big bad world of Pinterest… with a blog account. For some reason, Asti can’t quite convince herself to have a personal Pinterest account but feels having a blog Pinterest account is okay. (Huh?) So, if you’re on Pinterest, why not stop by and follow us? And let us know if you have a Pinterest account in the comments so we can follow you!
In Case You Missed It
Here’s all the stuff that we posted this week.
- Kelley got excited about books & things coming in September.
- Asti reviewed Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe.
- Kelley shared her mini reviews for books she read in July.
- Asti’s Bookish Parade is back with The Knife of Never Letting Go.
- Amanda stopped by to talk about her designing journey.
- Our latest Bookish Guide arrived: books about/including maps!
Our Lives This Week
[stextbox id=”asti2″ caption=”Asti” collapsing=”true”]Well, when this post goes live I will be on the way to London Heathrow Airport to pick up my parents! I’m super excited as a) this is their first time leaving the country, having a “real” holiday, and all that jazz and b) they’ll get to actually see some of the things I’ve been talking about over the last year on Skype.
They’ll be staying over for a week, so needless to say I will not be around. I do have posts scheduled (I’m such a good girl) but I won’t be responding to comments (which is bad, because I still have plenty to respond to from these past two weeks), I won’t be updating any social media accounts (mine, the blog’s, or the Sci-Fi month one), and I won’t be participating in next week’s Recap (which means it’ll likely be much smaller than usual).
I’m actually thinking this might be a good thing. If I’m honest, I’ve sort of deflated this past week. I mentioned this on Twitter, but I woke up this week just feeling like I should stop blogging. Crazy, right? Hopefully my parents’ visit will give me the break I need and after they leave I’ll be in a better place. (Though I do have a dissertation deadline approaching so we shall see!)
Anyways, I’ll see you guys next week! Try not to burn the place down while I’m gone.[/stextbox]
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Yes, I’m actually participating in the recap this week! Well, a little bit. ;)
A small child just screamed in delight at seeing my hair color.
— Leanne (@chaoscookie) August 26, 2014
College has started up again, and I’m also taking a couple of classes on Skillshare that have to do with hand-lettering. My supplies finally came in the mail for them so I’ve been practicing that, when I have a little time (aside from life and school and reading-for-fun and everything else).
I also have *tons* of ideas for book-inspired artsy things I want to do and I really have no idea where I’ll find time for them all. I suppose it’s better to be inspired and pressed for time than be at liesure and completely uninspired.
I need to stop making Across the Universe fan art and do my homework, but I keep justifying it as improving my art skills. Halp. o_o
— Leanne (@chaoscookie) August 22, 2014
[stextbox id=”kelley2″ caption=”Kelley” collapsing=”true”]So this was pretty cool for me, book-wise. I went to John Scalzi’s opening event for the Lock In tour on Tuesday evening, and it was a blast! He’s adorable and hilarious and quite entertaining. Saturday my sister and I went to see The Giver and I really liked it! I can’t believe it’s been out for two weeks and I’ve seen hardly ANY talk about it online. I was VERY pleasantly surprised by how it was done. It’s been a few years since I reread the book, but I thought they did a great job of interpreting it into film.
I finally sat down to make a list of *Things I Want To Do*, and suddenly all I can think of is "finish that goddamn FEMALES t-shirt." o_o
— Oh, the Kelley! (@anovelread) August 28, 2014
Aside from that, I’m trying to get my creative self together, and planning a bunch of projects — one of which includes some bookish t-shirts. Be on the lookout for those. :D[/stextbox]
Elsewhere in the blogosphere
Tweet of the Week
Anonymous asks: "Where do you get your ideas?" Jay: *undergoes climactic Tetsuo-style metamorphosis and consumes NeoTokyo* "KANEEEDAAAA"
— Jay Kristoff (@misterkristoff) August 29, 2014
On Blogging and Book Reviewing
blogger tips and resources
- Rachel shares 7 apps she can’t blog without.
- Stephanie discusses removing strange formatting in posts.
- Rachel talks about the legalities of the animated GIF.
- Katy discusses better blogging with brand identity.
- Amber offers advice for battling blogger envy.
- Emz explains how to add an email widget to a self hosted WordPress blog.
reviews and ratings
- Sam admits she doesn’t like reviews without ratings.
- Trish talks about her ratings.
- Betty rants about converting her blog ratings to Goodreads ratings.
- Kara confesses that she likes writing negative reviews.
- Emily wants to know your method for writing reviews.
- Cayce says goodbye to proper reviews.
- Vickie responds to the news that book bloggers should review more indie.
- Ashley asks: do three/four star ratings with no negative points confuse you?
a blogger’s life
- Ashley asks: is it possible to redesign a blog too often?
- P.E. & Mari discuss long distance blogging.
- Andye shares 8 reasons she visits your blog.
- Andye also provides 8 reasons she won’t visit your blog.
- Isa says she can’t manage work and blogging.
- Ruby discusses the value of creativity.
- Shannon thinks her commenting system is trying to kill her.
- Shannelle admits she has difficulty being informal on her blog.
- Genevieve talks about taking a YA literature class as a book blogger.
- Ashley says she doesn’t manage blogging, she’s a mood lifer.
- Faye explains her blog name by drawing comic strips!
- Bieke thinks about the pros and cons of having a co-blogger.
- Lillian is going through a blog detox.
- Mel wonders if she can post other content while being a book blogger.
- Chuck Wendig talks about the writer and depression.
- Janice asks: what’s the one thing your character can’t live without?
- Beth Revis on the most important partnership an author can make.
- E. C. Myers explores Sherlock’s approach to research.
- Susan Dennard on adding new ideas vs. knowing when to streamline.
- Chuck Wendig on when doubt hits you hard.
- Leila Austin shows us how to combine exposition and dialogue without boring the hell out of everyone.
Things Bookworms Think About
a reader’s life
- Aimee shares five bookish things she wish she had more time for.
- Miranda and Kayla discuss reading with dust jackets.
- Cait talks about the nasty side effects of reading a good book.
- Jamie discusses how her extended family thinks reading is uncool.
- Inge shares how she deals with reading slumps.
- Lucy reminiscences on her reading journey.
- Sana says being a reader is hard.
- Aimee discusses the art of being a fangirl.
- Josephine talks about her issue with ‘book porn’.
- Charlotte tells us to love on our own terms.
- Anne says: bring on the spoilers!
- Virginia Woolf on how to read a book.
- Iris discusses being able to talk about books without shame.
- Rose and Julie talk about their preference when it comes to adaptations: book first or doesn’t matter?
buying books and choosing what to read
- Louise shares her thoughts on pre-ordering.
- Rachel talks about her experience with book buying bans.
- Sab says she has a hard time deciding what to read when PMSing.
- Shae talks about how she chooses a book to read – then and now.
- Hazel goes over her bookish expenditures.
- Jackie shares her book buying woes.
- Kim has some thoughts on getting into comics.
series and re-reading
- Ashley wants to know if you’ve ever been afraid to re-read a book.
- Jessica asks: do you re-read your favorite long-running series before the last book comes out?
- Tori talks about finishing a series with a ‘meh’ first book.
- Renae admits she likes to binge read series.
- Mariko says she has second book anxiety.
happening inside books
- Faye admits she’s okay with major characters dying.
- Ashley wonders why insta-love still exists in books.
- Ana talks about the Next Best Girl trope.
- Ashtyn shares her thoughts on soul mates in YA.
- Amy wonders what makes a character a favorite.
- Debby features another book nerd problem: cliffhangers.
- Stephie explores histories of fictional worlds.
- Laura rants about the difference between insta-love and insta-attraction.
different types of books
- Kel shares her thoughts on indie/self-published reads.
- Charlene takes a look at the origins of poetry.
- Maddy and Audrey want to see more of space science fiction.
- Chiara tells the world to leave YA books alone.
- Sandra is stuck on fantasy books.
lists and recommendations
- Molly lists 15 Young Adult novels for fans of If I Stay.
- Renae recommends you read books by Amy Reed.
- Chiara highlights her favorite book-to-movie adaptations.
- Nuzaifa shares 12 tearjerkers that will bring out the ugly-crier in you.
- Miranda wants your help choosing a fairy-tale retelling to read.
- Holly recommends books if you like historical fiction.
- Rachel explains why she loves the Lux series.
- Brittany shares her recommendations for those who liked If I Stay.
- Ellen posted The Newbie’s Guide to Romance.
- Kelly discusses suicide & depression in YA (with a reading list).
- Melissa recommends Harley Quinn comics to lovers of Beauty Queens.
- Stephanie created a Siege and Storm wallpaper.
- Jen goes shopping for literary goodies.
- Alexa and Judith wrapped up their Epic Summer Read-along.
- Georgie shares her cover design for Speak Easy.
- Thuy paints her nails to match She Is Not Invisible.
- Georgie created a storyboard for Lola and the Boy Next Door.
- Emily came up with blurbs based on book titles.
- Lillian illustrates a favorite quote from The Night Circus, through photography.
Videos of the Week
- Two teasers have been released for American Horror Story: Freak Show. Leanne is beside herself with excitement!
- Christina tries a new feature: the first page test.
- Jenni and Stella discuss bad words in novels.
- David Eagleman in a new video about synesthesia!
So, how was your week?