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I Spy Sci-Fi results!
Remember a couple of weeks ago when Asti shared her latest game and giveaway: I Spy Sci-Fi? It pretty much required readers to guess which book Asti was “spying” through the use of Instagram collages and clues. Of course, those clues weren’t very helpful as there were multiple books in each collage that fit the clue provided – hence the guessing part of the game.
Well, the results are finally in and you all pretty much failed. The highest score received in the game was 7/10, and that score belonged to Shannelle, Yun-a, and Dana. Asti let Rafflecopter randomly select winners until it landed on one of those three participants, and as a result the winner of this contest was Yun-a (who asked for a copy of Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. Great choice!).
For those who want to know what the correct answers were, you can now go back to the I Spy Sci-Fi post and see the answers that are now provided under each clue, along with any comments Asti wanted to make. Thanks, and sorry for Asti’s trickiness once again ;)
Site Down Time
You may have noticed some down time on our site in the past couple of days, and so did we! It looks like our host was doing some server maintenance that affected our site’s uptime, which really sucks, but it should all be resolved by now. Apologies for any inconveniences.
In Case You Missed It
Here’s all the stuff that we posted this week.
- Kelley got excited about books and events coming in January.
- Asti wrote reviews for a handful of novellas.
- Kelley mini-reviewed things she read in November.
- We recommended Middle Grade books for YA readers.
- Brittany stopped by to ask: do you support the art or the artist?
- Day Two of the Bookish Games Ready Player Two edition began.
Our Lives This Week
In Asti’s Life…
This week past week started off well with Dave’s work Christmas party. Dave is horrible at dancing, but I just can’t sit still when music is thudding around in a room so I pretty much stayed on the dance floor the whole night, by myself. (Dave did join me a couple of times but kept saying he wasn’t drunk enough to dance and was too worried about what others would think of his dancing, poor boy.) It was much better than the previous year, where I was too embarrassed to dance by myself and we ended up sort of arguing over his inability to get on the dance floor. >.<
But then this week sort of fell apart because of SICKNESS. I pretty much had no voice Wednesday and Thursday (and the voice I did have was so sexy, let me tell you), and now I have this lovely dry cough that keeps me up at night. Boo! What makes it even worse is that Dave is now sick (though he has different symptoms than I do) so not only do I have to deal with my sick dramatics and whininess, but I also have to deal with his. The horror! If anyone sees any health fairies flying around, please send them our way! ;)
In Kelley’s Life…
This was my last week of work before two weeks of vacation, and it was pretty darn hectic! Friday was a very busy day at work, because we were having not only our holiday party, but also getting professional head shots taken! This means I had to bring food (pot luck lunch), cookies (for the cookie exchange), a crock pot (so my friend could use it to make wassail, which was awesome), a wrapped gift (for the gift exchange), and an extra shirt, in case the one I bought to wear for the photos wasn’t any good. And the best part? When I woke up to get ready, it was POURING outside. So all of this transport had to be done in the rain. Woohooooo~!
But, it was a pretty fun day. Although, I have to say that when it comes to gift exchanges, I have pretty bum luck. I ended up with probably the ONE gift that just does not jive with me: a bunch of lottery tickets. Everyone was like “hey, what a cool idea!” but lotto just isn’t for me. But, I borrowed a quarter and scratched off all my scratch cards, and I won a grand total of $4 — woot! I had to ask someone how to cash them in, ha!
(Oh, and I believe I successfully got at least one awkward photo during the shoot, so hopefully soon I will have an avatar almost as awesome as Claire‘s!)
Elsewhere in the blogosphere
Tweet of the Week
Me: Aww, hello new character. You are kind and adorable. Me: You’re going to die. Me: Horribly. Me: Mwahahaha.
— Victoria Schwab (@veschwab) December 18, 2014
On Blogging and Book Reviewing
- Lark discusses blogging what you read vs. reading what you blog.
- Octavia & Shelly ask what you want to see on their blog next year.
- Joy shares some things to consider when starting a book blog.
- Ashley looks at the top pages that lead to more subscribers.
- Amanda talks about age differences in the blogging world.
- Dana admits she’s terrified of RL people finding her blog.
- Crini explains how to customize unordered html lists.
- Sam wants to know if you share your book blog in RL.
- Becky wonders if she wants her blog to be popular.
- Chyna helps you make it snow on your blog.
- Kayla wonders how you write book reviews.
- Amy asks: do you write negative book reviews?
- Beth talks about liking a book… but then not liking it.
- Kimberly rants about things she keeps reading in reviews.
- Genevieve admits she has a hard time rating fluffy books.
- Charlotte wonders how long is too long when it comes to ARCs.
- Jackie explains what happened when she looked at her old reviews.
- Josephine looks at the relativity of book reviews.
- Lola asks: how do you review?
social media and photographing
- Brittany shares the truth about social media reach.
- Josephine discusses photography: ISO, light, day & night.
- Rachel explains how to get on tsu and make it work for you.
- Caroline has broken up with Facebook.
On Writing & Publishing
- Alex Bracken shares 5 tumblrs for writers.
- Jaida gives a day in the life of a literary assistant.
- Drew explains how Sherlocking can enhance your writing.
- Beth Revis explains why female authors get angry at erasure.
- Janice Hardy explains the benefits of a small writers’ conference.
Things Bookworms Think About
a reader’s life
- Debby admits she sometimes watches the movie/TV show first.
- Joy shares where you can publish and read stories online for free.
- Alana and Joy share their tips for securing a publishing internship.
- Lauren shares her thoughts on book and author comparisons.
- Jillian discusses how it feels to be in a non-reader family.
- Lara highlights the must-have apps for readaholics.
- Octavia recommends the buddy system for BEA.
- Kat shares ten signs you’re in a reading slump.
- Meg admits she loves fanfiction.
- Melanie decodes bookish slang.
How We Read
- Cass uses Evernote for audiobooks.
- Trish discusses highlights in her ebooks.
- Alice admits to a lack of reading motivation.
- rys is taking a poll to find out how you e-read.
- Kel wants to know if you snack while reading.
- Jessica asks: do you feel compelled to read seasonally?
- Erin says forget your preconceptions about teens and reading.
- Jessica explains why she’s not doing reading challenges in 2015.
- Julie, Rose, and Lynn talk about reading multiple books at once.
tbr piles and bookshelves
- Alyssa shares some advice on managing the TBR pile.
- Jessi talks about cleaning up her TBR on goodreads.
- Nicole finds culling her TBR pile to be an impossible task.
- Jessica lists thirteen places to donate your books to.
- Jillian is being haunted… by her bookshelf!
inside books and series
- Tabitha talks about that moment when you’ve had enough of a book series.
- Hawwa shares which secondary characters deserve their own novel.
- Caitlin tends to feel stupid when words are italicized in books.
- Cait wants to know: how do you take your series finales?
- Laura discusses endings and how they change a story.
- Louise wonders if books can be so bad they’re good.
- Melanie asks: what makes a character a hero?
Questions & Curiosities
- Nafiza considers books: art or commodities?
- Erin asks: should the YA category be rebranded?
- Jacopo looks at points of interest in alternate history.
- Ruby talks about the timelessness of fairy tales.
- Chyna admits she judges books by their covers.
- Epic Reads lists the 17 best YA book covers of 2014.
- Cee is holding the 2014 YA book cover choice awards.
- Kelly points out some 2015 YA book cover trends: part 1 & part 2.
Diversity & Inclusion
- Charli identifies as a bookish feminist.
- Brenna lists 5 book culture heroes of 2014.
- Kelly highlights three YA characters with disabilities.
- Nafiza recommends high fantasy series with female protagonists.
- Kelly believes women in fiction deserve more than the bechdel test.
- Rebecca, Magan, and Estelle introduce the Dive into Diversity reading challenge.
Lists & Recommendations
- Krys is looking for some holiday reading recommendations.
- Bridget wants to know how you find new releases and debuts.
- Cassandra provides tips for getting started reading Shirley Jackson.
- Maria lists the best biographies, memoirs, and history books of 2014.
- Epic Reads recommends 20 YA books you should save your holiday gift cards for.
christmas gift guides
- Carrie shares part 1 of her holiday book buying guide.
- Charlotte put together a Christmas gift guide for picture books.
- Ellen highlights some last minute and DIY bookish gift ideas.
- Gaby and Lisa share books to gift to the itty bitty people.
- Angela lists some bookish gift ideas for the holidays.
- Carley provides some gift ideas for book lovers.
- Elena pairs holiday cookies with books.
- Here’s a Jane Austen flowchart (with a twist).
- Hafsah created a free dowloadable Scarlet wallpaper.
- The Oyster searches for the best Kurt Vonnegut book.
- Raych shows us how to deck your halls with literature.
- Kayla shares her synesthetic colors for The Raven Cycle.
- Charleen plays six degrees of separation with a favorite book.
- Ashley discusses hiring a copywriter.
- Kelly lists the 10 best anime shows of 2014.
- Amy shares her top 10 movie anticipations for 2015.
- Ashley says it’s hard to know when to charge sometimes.
- Raconteur has an infographic of the world’s greatest storytellers.
- Emil made a Hobbit dwarf cheat sheet for those watching the movie.
- Shannelle shares her new-found love for podcasts.
Videos of the Week
- Book Nerd Problems: the 4 stages of ‘no more bookshelf space’ grief.
- This LoTR/Office mashup is pretty ridiculous.
So, how was your week?