News & Updates at Oh, the Books!
Well, folks… Looks like it’s just you and me this week. Asti’s on vacation with her family, and Leanne is still IN STASIS, if you’ll recall. So, apologies if our massive link list isn’t quite as massive as usual, but hopefully you’ll still be satisfied with what I have to offer!
In Case You Missed It
Here’s all the stuff that we posted this week.
- Kelley reported on her synesthesia-themed August reading.
- Asti talked about her journey of helping to publish a book.
- Kelley reviewed Transgender Lives by Kirstin Cronn-Mills.
- Asti reviewed Tinder by Sally Gardner.
- Kaja stopped by to talk about reviewing average reads.
- Leanne showed off her fan art for A Millions Suns by Beth Revis!
Our Lives This Week
[stextbox id=”kelley2″ caption=”Kelley” collapsing=”true”]Jeez, I feel all this added pressure to be interesting this week since Asti and Leanne aren’t here! WELL, let’s see. I’ve been trying to get a lot more art into my life lately, so I’ve been working on some Skillshare classes, tasking myself with a few projects, and challenging myself to sketch more! It’s quite satisfying, even if it doesn’t always go as smoothly as I want it to.
Aside from that, I’ve been enjoying a surprising number of contemporary books lately, and playing The Banner Saga with my husband. Trying to keep up with everything still feels stressful, so I’m trying to make sure I do a lot of relaxing things throughout the day. The rest of this month is going to be pretty busy for me, with bookish events lined up every single weekend, and a few weeknights too![/stextbox]
Elsewhere in the blogosphere
On Blogging and Book Reviewing
- Rachel dishes on 10 ways to piss off a book blogger.
- Ashley explores the pros and cons of private domain registrations.
- Tammy asks: do publishers need permission to reprint your review?
- Rachel discusses blogger social etiquette.
- Ashley shares 12 cursive/script fonts.
- Voting is open for the UKYA Blogger Awards!
- Ashley announces some web development courses!
- Nikki wants to know how you write your reviews.
- Giselle discusses all of the different following options.
- Ashley explains why she doesn’t accept review requests.
- Cee wonders why your book ratings change.
On Writing & Authoring
- Beth Revis has an introvert’s guide to selling books at a con.
- Marissa Meyer talks about her writing process.
- Peggy says not being creative invites the brain monster.
- JJ discusses how tricky descriptions can be to write.
- Katherine shares 5 steps to increasing your book’s marketability.
- Chuck Wendig explains why you should write what you love.
- Marissa Meyer discusses brainstorming and research.
- Ursula K. LeGuin on “starting late” as a writer.
- Drew Chial says writing and reading are a collaboration.
- Janet Reid says to save your money and bypass First3Chapters.com.
Things Bookworms Think About
- The folks at Pub(lishing) Crawl have some back to school reading recommendations.
- Malorie Blackman on diversity in children’s books.
- Octavia talks about the serendipity of being book twins.
- Miranda wants to discuss the best places to buy cheap books.
- Jamie is seeking the perfect book.
- Kayla outlines the 5 stages of DNFing a book.
- Lindsey says the market for YA adaptations killed The Giver.
- Christina talks about grief and books.
- Kelly recommends YA mythology books.
- Ashley wonders if eARCs will be swapped out for “advanced samples”.
- Kim explores 4 factors of a fantastically terrible reading slump.
- Carrie wants to talk about local authors.
- Gayle Forman on why YA is for everyone.
- Maggie Stiefvater on what makes a good reader.
- Kayla shares her synesthetic colors for The Scorpio Races.
- Ainissa explains how writing by hand benefits the brain.
- Which food should you hook up with? (Kelley + Pizza; Leanne + Bacon)
- Jarrah did a bechdel test analysis of every single Star Trek episode!
- This guy rappels into an active volcano.