News & Updates at Oh, the Books!
In Case You Missed It
Here’s all the stuff we posted on the blog this week:
- Kelley reflected on her map-themed month of reading in July.
- Asti shared 10 books she’d give to readers who have never read…
- Kelley reviewed Chasing Before by Lenore Appelhans.
- Michael stopped by to help Leanne explore a sci-fi sub-genre: steampunk.
- Giselle stopped by with a letter to Hazel Grace.
- Day 6 of the Bookish Games: Death Note Edition began.
Our Lives This Week
[stextbox id=”asti2″ caption=”Asti” collapsing=”true”]At the end of last week I was contacted by the Orion publicity department to see if I could cover a work placement opening since the scheduled candidate wasn’t responding to emails. It was quite the internal battle, but I ended up agreeing to it just because I feel like I really should do what I can to keep my name out there so when I start job-hunting in October I have a slightly better chance of getting something. So yeah, I spent a majority of my week traveling three hours a day to and from my work placement where I would make showcards, research blogs, and do mailings. Fun stuff!
I got married today… Sort of. :P pic.twitter.com/aQwj1LBsv5
— Asti (@ABookishHeart) August 7, 2014
Oh yea, that also happened. I was wandering around after work and messaged Dave that he should marry me, and he said he will/do. It was a sweet moment, but I couldn’t believe people thought it was real when I posted it online! I feel like engagement proposals over text are the same as breaking up over texts. If you can do it in person, you should do it in person. It loses it’s intimacy and its overall impact through a mediated system. So no, I hope Dave never proposes to me via text! I much rather have it done in person. (Oh, and for him to do it. Not for me to instigate it, haha.)[/stextbox]
[stextbox id=”kelley2″ caption=”Kelley” collapsing=”true”]Midway through the past week I got a call from my doctor’s office letting me know that I’d basically been kicked out of the clinical trial because the people who are orchestrating the whole thing can’t make up their minds… However annoying, this was actually a bit of a relief to me, because it means I was able to start back on my narcolepsy meds and I won’t have to go through three more sleep studies that I was secretly dreading!
Apparently I've turned into one of those people who buys a whole series before reading it — and gets them all signed. o_O
— Oh, the Kelley! (@anovelread) August 5, 2014
The rest of my week passed in a sort of blur. I feel like I’ve been busy almost every evening lately, with book events and other activities. I’m looking forward to going back to my normal self, which means I can be more awake and have more time to reading and fun things! (And hopefully next week I’ll be more interesting here!)[/stextbox]
Elsewhere in the blogosphere
Tweet of the Week
Cat Mom: "You're grounded." Cat Teen: "I HATE YOU I WISH I WERE DEAD" *slams door* *immediately scratches at door to be let back in*
— Fig (@figwiggin) August 4, 2014
On Blogging and Book Reviewing
- Ashley explains how to use Font Awesome in lists.
- Rinn shares her methods for scheduling posts.
- Ellen talks about her blogging resources.
- Alexa discusses blog events and collaborations.
- Ashley shares 3 useful tools for choosing your blog name.
- Rachel explores the pros and cons of different blogging platforms.
Reviewing & Rating
- Miranda wants to know the best way to post reviews on Goodreads.
- Ashley discusses free speech and bullying in reviews.
- Ashley shows us the best way to sort review archives.
- Cassie explains why she hates starred reviews.
- Laura admits she’s an easy reviewer.
A Blogger’s (or Vlogger’s) Life
- Trish explains why memes are not evil incarnate.
- Drew discusses sponsored blog content.
- Ashley asks: which do you love more – reading or blogging?
- Octavia confesses that she’s horrible with emails.
- Brittany discusses balancing dual lives: blogging and home.
- Cass talks about time management and life organization.
- Rika says she’s disappointed in the (lack of) community on YouTube.
- Genevieve discusses the pros and cons of scheduling posts.
- Bieke wants to know how often you post on your blog.
- Jules talks about the pressures of blogging.
- Finley Jayne asks: how many blogs do you follow?
- Rosie discusses how she feels when someone unfollows her.
- Mel wants to know if you comment on older posts.
- If you missed the LitRate twitter chat, here are the highlights!
- Jordan explains the importance of great opening lines.
- Amie Kaufman on how to add depth with secondary characters.
- Colleen advises us to set expectations before publishing a book.
- Amy says she’s always learning, and that’s a good thing.
- Leila talks about getting things wrong.
Things Bookworms Think About
- Christina has some thoughts on genre confusion.
- Jamie says this series made her fall in love with fantasy.
- Michael is thinking academically about genre.
- Jessica (sarcastically) shares what your favorite genre says about you.
- Ana discusses love interests in dreams.
- Pam wants to know what you consider insta-love.
- Arianne & Liza discuss the pros and cons of different POVs.
- Lauren discusses the Standard Romance Plot.
- Tori shares her thoughts on weird character names.
- Becca asks: is bullying in books unrealistic to you?
- Rachel and Joey talk about sex in fiction.
- Emz talks about cover quotes/blurbs.
- Faye wants to know if you would be selfish in a post-apocalyptic situation.
A Reader’s Life
- Carrie wants to know about your school reading experiences.
- Jamie is on a mission to make herself suck less at series.
- Kayla lists the 5 stages of a book hangover.
- Pamela discusses reading slumps.
- Mariko talks about re-reading books.
- Amanda says she’s patient when it comes to new releases.
- Check out PANELS – a new bookish community for comic geeks!
- Ruby shares her steps for putting together a holiday TBR pile.
- The Broke and the Bookish talk about reading distractions.
- Rose and Julie want to know if you give authors second chances.
- Terri shares her strategy for keeping a tidy TBR pile.
- Kristin talks about finding time to read.
- Ruby admits she’s a mood reader.
- Kristilyn says it’s go big or go home when reading physical books.
- Ashley talks about her favorite bookstore.
- Josephine shares why she’s thankful for her local library.
- Stephanie and Eugenia discuss book lending and swaps.
- Emily asks: what’s your library strategy?
Lists & Recommendations
- Kelley’s got a collection of climate fiction.
- Kim discusses books with matriarchal societies.
- Hazel is going around the world with books.
- Kelsey has 25 must-read books about space travel.
- Trish recommends historical fiction books set in WW1.
- Kristen shares her recommendations for 2014 (so far).
- Renae provides her mid-year bookish status report.
- Lina lists some YA books set in Maine.
- E. C. Myers discusses diverse YA sci-fi and fantasy stories.
- Rachel talks about books with staying power.
- Tom weighs in on Amazon, Consumers, and Melting Polar Ice.
- Larissa discusses the importance of YA.
- Can you guess what the setting of The Body Electric is? (win prizes!)
- Amy has a new bookish wedding inspiration: The Grisha Trilogy!
- Miranda shows off some bookish products she loves.
- Topaz shares some bookish pillows from ThinkGeek.
- Kayla shares her synesthetic colors for Everything Leads to You.
- Have you gotten your Book Riot READ HARDER t-shirt yet?
- Can you tell: poisonous plants or Hunger Games characters?
- YA authors sort their own characters into Hogwarts houses.
- A cute comic about bookstore cats.
- Rachel and Alexa go horseback riding, inspired by Racing Savannah.
- Emily has created her own blurbs based off book titles.
- Cayce created a quiz to help you determine which K-Drama you are.
Random, Awesome Things
- Last week there was book shaming — how about die shaming?
- Rika is giving away a humble bundle!
- Did you know Sir Geoffrey Rush has synesthesia?
- Here are some things you should know about introverts.
- Anne on “these should be the best days of your life” and depression.
- Zoe made a bingo card for comments on articles written by women.
- Alexis Madrigal explains why many bottled/canned drinks taste bad.
- People wonder why Gamora is missing from GotG merchandise.
Videos of the Week
- James Dashner on why there’s only one girl in The Maze Runner.
- Book Nerd Problems: when life gets in the way of reading.
- Thanks to Leanne, Kelley is now dying to see KUNG FURY.
- Want to hear what sounds NASA’s probes have recorded in space?
- Isn’t this baby goat-sheep hybrid the cutest thing ever?!
- Here’s a look at making the map of Ammasteinn for Outsider.
- Here’s how gamers eat their food.
- Here’s an interesting take on Tuxedo Mask.
- Did you know our friend Jenn has started vlogging?! Check out her latest video and subscribe to her channel: The Bookish Ginger!
So, how was your week?