News & Updates at Oh, the Books!
What Happened to Leanne?
You’ve likely noticed a considerable lack of Leanne around here lately, and while it’s true that we put her in stasis a while back, things have changed a bit further. By now you’re probably glancing over at the sidebar widget and noticing a distinct lack of teal hair in it, and yes — it makes us all sad. Leanne has decided to retire from blogging, so we won’t be seeing much of her in the blogosphere after now (unless she decides to rejoin us). But hey, look at the bright side, Asti and Kelley are still here!
Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award
The wonderful Karolina at Bookshelf Reflections has nominated us for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award! Isn’t that so sweet of her?! Thank you so much, Karolina! We’re glad to get to know you. :) And since Asti won’t be at her computer in time to respond to this award before the post goes up, I’m going to choose one of Karolina’s questions and answer for the both of us.
Ahem! Here goes… Karolina asked: What book do you want to see burn? For me, I’ll say Catcher in the Rye or maybe East of Eden. For Asti, I’ll say the entire Wolves of Mercy Falls series. Haha!
In Case You Missed It
Here’s all the stuff that we posted this week.
- Kelley announced another big giveaway.
- Asti shared her true feelings about movie adaptations.
- Kelley reviewed Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers.
- Asti reviewed The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater.
- Chantelle stopped by with a review for All the Truth That’s in Me.
- Day One of the Bookish Games: Ready Player Two has begun!
Our Lives This Week
In Asti’s Life…
It’s actually been a decent week for me! Sure, I’ve gotten nothing done (apart from emailing Kelley 800 times) thanks to my job being extended, but I was able to do stuff this week without feeling overwhelmingly sad or having a mental breakdown – which is a definite improvement over last week. Just being able to have a normal week, without those extremes, can be a success for me (though I won’t lie, I did almost have a panic attack one night traveling home and my thoughts are still a bit on overdrive. Still, one step at a time).
Can you believe it’s almost Christmas? I’ve loved getting Christmas cards in the mail this past week (there’s something super exciting about seeing a letter waiting for you and wondering who it’s from and what’s inside) and the kind notes I’ve received inside have definitely made me appreciate my involvement in the blogosphere. I wouldn’t trade the friendships I’ve made for anything! Now I just need to drop off my Christmas cards at the post office (I know, I am a complete failure for not having done so already) – hopefully they arrive sometime around Christmas! >.<
In Kelley’s Life…
Look, I don’t even know, man. What is this life? Where am I? Work is a busy, busy blur. Life is much the same. I think I’m still just trying to… sort everything out. My life is about to change pretty dramatically, and it could happen in weeks or maybe months, but it’s happening. I’m still here, obviously, but I’m pretty sure I’m not ALL here, if you know what I mean…
Elsewhere in the blogosphere
Tweet of the Week
I'll be sad when I have to take down these Christmas decorations, but my tree will be DE-lighted.
— Vsauce (@tweetsauce) December 12, 2014
On Blogging and Book Reviewing
- Jackie is planning to improve her blog.
- Nicole admits she’s a disorganized blogger.
- Liza says you need patience in order to blog.
- Mel explains how blogging has changed her life.
- Abria highlights her favorite WordPress plug-ins.
- Jess says blog ideas sprout at the oddest of times.
- Rinn has some thoughts on blogging and studying.
- Valerie features her five most useful blogging tools.
- Ashley explains how to style the WordPress visual editor.
- Anya’s trying to find a better way to balance her blogging.
- Brittany is hosting a book blogger organization challenge.
- Nicole discusses her reasons for taking a break from blog tours.
- Stephanie talks about the seasonal blogger and misconceptions.
- Parajunkee shares the worst blogging advice people have given her.
ratings & reviews
design & social media
- Louise explains how she makes GIFs.
- Brittany says Facebook doesn’t hate you.
- Brittany wants bloggers to stop complaining about Facebook.
- Ashley says it’s easy to assume custom WordPress projects are cheap.
- Amy Nichols on the myth of someday.
- Rachel Seigel on knowing your audience.
- Chuck Wendig recommends some gifts for writers.
- Samantha Shannon on love, hate, and first drafts.
- Jodi Meadows on trimming just a few more words.
- Drew Chial explains why writers should conceal their research.
Things Bookworms Think About
A Reader’s Life
- Sophia says she just loves stories.
- Aimee admits she’s a forgetful reader.
- Amy wants to know if you reread books.
- Erin shares her thoughts on used books.
- Ely has some tips for combating reading slumps.
- Tanja asks: do we have to love every book we read?
- Chyna suggests relaxing and reading when stressed.
- Jessica shares the lessons she’s learned from books.
- Hazel has thoughts on expressing your love for a book.
- Johannah isn’t sure she can be friends with non-readers.
- Genevieve admits she sometimes takes books way too damn personally.
readers and authors
- Rebecca wonders if authors think she’s a creeper.
- Nikki and Frances give their two cents on controversial authors.
- Krystal chats about her to-be-read lists.
- Fionnuala talks about TBR piles and mood reading.
- Josephine uses Goodreads shelves to manage her TBR piles.
genres of stories
- Octavia and Shelly talk about YA love.
- Jeann shares her thoughts on novellas.
- Stephanie shares her trouble with YA trilogies.
- Stephanie explains why she loves high fantasy.
- Shannelle talks about her new love for podcasts.
- Kelly discusses and recommends some Christian YA fiction.
- Stubby recommends even more standalone fantasy fiction.
- Julie, Rose, and Lynn share their thoughts on historical romance.
- Ely put together a guide for those interested in WWII and the Holocaust in YA.
- These analysts claim teens still prefer print books.
- Jillian explains why she loves her new Kindle Paperwhite.
inside the books
- Lauren talks about book tropes.
- Meg wants more bromance in books.
- Amy asks: what makes a ‘quality’ read?
- Lola shares ten things she loves in books.
- Debby features her ship-defining quotes.
- Gillian admits she loves when her ships fight.
On Book Popularity
- Stephie explores the bum rap of the graphic novel.
- Kelly breaks down the Best of 2014 in YA Fiction lists.
- Kelly compares the numbers for “Best of” lists from 2011-2014.
- Dennis looks at Kobo’s data on how many users are actually finishing those ebook bestsellers.
Diversity in YA
- Kelly discusses fatness in YA.
- Kritika talks about diversity in fiction.
- Lucy shares her favorite diverse titles of 2014.
- Zoë Marriott invites us to step out of the privilege bubble.
- Cayce lists the YA LGBT books she’s looking forward to in 2015.
- Here are 9 YA novels with protagonists who are deaf of hard of hearing.
- Ashley wants people to stop saying that Zoella outsold J. K. Rowling.
- Amber explains why she doesn’t care that Zoella’s book was ghostwritten.
agatha christie love
- Ruby admits she has an Agatha Christie obsession.
- Trish talks about the disappearance of Agatha Christie.
- Amy lists seven books to gift this year.
- Brittany features her twelve recs of Christmas.
- Amber shares her bookish Christmas gift guide.
- Jen has an adorable shopping list for the bookish.
- Ellice shares her gift giving guide for picture books.
- Cass & Hannah put together some great bookish gift guides.
- Hannah recommends some classics you can gift this Christmas.
- Sara shows off her top 15 most beautiful bookshelves.
- Epic Reads has 10 clues you’d rather be living in a YA novel.
- Crini shares her downloadable bookish spreadsheet for 2015.
- Hazel created a downloadable wallpaper we can all relate to.
- Bekka pairs up YA characters with their favorite reality shows.
- Buzzfeed has 17 cozy reading nooks to get you through the winter.
- How many of these 2014 releases can you identify by their covers?
- Hafsah designed a free downloadable wallpaper inspired by Cinder.
- Parajunkee dishes junk about the worst d*ck synonyms found in romance novels (probably NSFW).
- Take this quiz to find out which YA novel you belong in (Kelley = Harry Potter and the Death Hallows).
- Anne shares her feminist killjoy gift guide.
- Claire put together a geeky holiday gift guide.
- Chris asks: how fast is the Millennium Falcon?
- This BOOKLAMP Kickstarter project is pretty cool!
- Jenna asks: what if you could store backups of human beings?
- Check out these sketches from Peter Sis’s Little Prince biography!
Videos of the Week
- Check out this gorgeous trailer for The Little Prince.
- Book Nerd Problems: reading outside is actually the worst.
- Kat shows us what it’s like to study at the real-life Hogwarts.
- Here’s a new trailer for Song of the Sea and it looks AMAZING.
- Here’s a teaser trailer for BBC’s Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell.
- Christina introduces her new booktube channel, The Lushables.
- And of course, we can’t forget about the new trailer for Insurgent!
So, how was your week?