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UKYA Book Blogger Awards
Thanks to a friend who pointed this in our direction, it appears that Oh, the Books! has been nominated in the category of Best Overseas Blogger in the UKYA Book Blogger Awards! Click the link to go cast your own votes in all of the other categories (and if you’re so inclined, y’know… show us some love).
In Case You Missed It
You may have noticed a lack of tweetage and various other interactions from us this week. For that, we apologize, but in our defense: both of our lives are in major flux right now. February is going to be a tricky month for us.
Here’s all the stuff that we posted this week.
- Kelley reviewed Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein.
- Asti reflected on how much it sucks to leave books behind.
- Kelley explained why she totally failed her reading plan for January.
- Asti reviewed another round of novellas.
- Asti unveiled a new book recommendation feature: Bookish Mail.
Our Lives This Week
In Asti’s Life…
Well, hello there Interwebz. Long time, no see.
I’ve really been avoiding my laptop this past week. I didn’t schedule any social media messages for the blog. I didn’t respond to emails or tweets. I didn’t even update this post until the last minute. I just didn’t know how to be.
I don’t know how to explain what going on in my head. And each time some lovely supportive friend asks how it’s going or tries to check in with me, I don’t know how to respond. It’s just been easier for me to keep myself occupied with binge watching TV and doing my room than going online, which is such a strange thing for me to say. Hopefully I’ll get back to myself soon.
In the meantime, have you seen my wall map I drew? I’m pretty darn proud of it, just because I didn’t think I’d be able to pull it off. It’s the small accomplishments like that that really make a difference when you’re feeling so low.
I hope you’ve had an amazing week. And for anyone I may have bothered with my distant attitude this past week, I’m sorry. <3
In Kelley’s Life…
This week has been full of me trying to finish a project before the deadline (Friday) and trying to spend all of my free time with my husband. Which means, not much time for internetting or anything else. We did download and play Life is Strange, which was a REALLY great experience. I highly recommend it, and I’m eagerly awaiting the rest of the episodes.
More next week. Hope you’re all doing well~!
Elsewhere in the blogosphere
Tweet of the Week
The cat changed her mind. pic.twitter.com/240q8DqAF7
— Gautam Trivedi (@Gotham3) February 2, 2015
On Blogging and Book Reviewing
Blogging Tips and Resources
- Beth provides information on blog tours.
- Rachel explains how to brainstorm like a boss.
- Rachel shares ten ways to put your blog to the test.
- Rachel unveils a book blogger checklist infographic.
- Brittany explains how to create a blogging schedule.
- Abria highlights five tools she would be lost without.
- Sunny explains how to take good photos for your blog.
- Brittany challenges bloggers to create a blogging schedule.
- Brittany answers the question: what’s a blogging schedule?
Reviews and Ratings
- Faye shares her thoughts on review books.
- Caitlin talks about DNFing vs. 1 star reviews.
- Sharon asks: when do you write book reviews?
- Lola wants to know: do you reply to review requests?
- Claire explains why she writes her own book summaries.
- Nova sarcastically shares mandatory rules on writing reviews.
A Blogger’s Life
- Emz discusses sarcasm online.
- Octavia chats about giveaways.
- Faye wants to learn theme coding.
- Nova shares her commenting habits.
- Stacie explains why she turned to blogging.
- Shannon talks about the “State of the Union”.
- Ashley says it’s okay to want to grow your blog.
- Lyn discusses how the book community is the best.
- Amanda says she doesn’t spend money on blogging.
- Nicole asks: are we inherently attracted to negativity?
- Charlotte wonders if money is the last blogging taboo.
- Amanda talks about obligation in the book blogging community.
Writing Tips & Advice
- Kristin explains uneven writing.
- Jodi Meadows discusses revision.
- Francine Prose on how to read like a writer.
- Brian Staveley discusses the art of formal constraint.
- JJ explains how to find the right idea to turn into a book.
- E. L. Tettensor explores two different ways to write fantasy.
- Beth Revis is inviting writers to a writing retreat with other authors!
A Writer’s Life
- Jay Kristoff shares the making of Illuminae ARCs.
- Julian Barnes on confidence and calling yourself a writer.
- Heather Demetrios talks about getting personal in your work.
- Gina Ciocca explains why she writes teens who acts like teens.
- Chuck Wendig explains the emotional milestones of writing a novel.
- Brian McClellan shows how Star Wars helped him finish his first epic fantasy trilogy.
Things Bookworms Think About
A Reader’s Life
- Inge likes to juggle books.
- Lucy talks about books and influence.
- Chyna shares her three bookish wishes.
- Chiara says standalone is not a dirty word.
- Carmel asks: do you ever peek at the ending?
- Jeann asks: do you remember book specifics?
- Alexa discusses shifting feelings during rereads.
- Jade shares her tips for reading classic literature.
- Nicolette talks about reading multiple books at once.
- Ana Ideline says fangirls come in all shapes and sizes.
- Lory wonders why so many books have the same title.
- Becky wants to know how you feel about music and reading.
Mood reading and Reading Slumps
- Emz asks: are you a mood reader?
- Liliana discusses the dreaded reading slump.
- Allie explains why fiction is just her cup of tea.
- Miguel discusses the reading slump syndrome.
- Devon talks about the mystery of mood reading.
- Michelle has trouble choosing what to read next.
- Sydney shares some confessions of a mood reader.
- Bieke says she’s a mood reader with a semi-schedule.
Sad Times for Readers
- Nicole says she’s a series failure.
- Who to call when you’re a fandom of one?
- Renae is frustrated by snobbery and elitism in reading.
- Nicole sometimes wonders: is this book worth the struggle?
- Carrie wants to know the most disappointing book sequel (for you).
Buying & Collecting Books
- Nafiza muses about collecting books.
- Kristen is obsessed with UK cover art.
- Shannelle talks about her lack of book hauls.
- Tracy asks: what the heck is a book buying ban?
- Amy has bookworm problems: being frugal vs. new releases.
- Bec says she could be a millionaire if it weren’t for buying books.
- Alexander examines when two people decide to live together and combine their bookshelves.
Inside the Books
- Charli lists what YA needs more of.
- Annie likes romance and she’s proud of it.
- Liza shares her thoughts on bonus content.
- Estelle explores YA books and after high school.
- Ana shares tips for dealing with a non-canon OTP.
- Laura discusses the most annoying character traits.
- Nara asks: what’s with all the books about suicide?
- Inge looks into what makes a perfect book boyfriend.
- Julie, Rose, and Lynn chat about paranormal romance.
- Lauren shares one of her read-bait phrases: private school.
- Nicolette talks about writing sexist characters without being sexist.
- Jessica wants to know: do you sometimes judge YA books too harshly?
- Orli talks about gender in YA.
- Mahvesh asks: should fictions be safe places?
- MJ dissects the idiocy of Goodreads YA Bingo.
- Sarah shares a feminist’s view of 50 Shades of Grey.
- Leonce explains why men opt out of the fiction world.
- Chuck Wendig has some thoughts about trigger warnings.
- Christina explains how to respond when someone disdains YA.
- Mishma shares her personal reaction to the controversial bingo card.
- Ceilidhann explains what we know (and what we don’t know) about Harper Lee’s new book.
- Kayla shares the colors she associates with Firefight.
- Kristen creates lego cover art for The Wrath & the Dawn.
- Hafsah shares a free downloadable wallpaper for Graceling.
- Hazel designs quote graphics for Colleen Hoover’s Slammed series.
- Quiz: can you identify these books that make you feel better about winter?
- Quiz: which fictional badass are you? (Asti = Hermione; Kelley = also Hermione)
All the Random Things
- Phil investigates how secular family values stack up.
- Quiz: which Mass Effect race are you? (Kelley = Salarian)
- This fan-designed Ghibliland theme park is amaaaaazing!
- Leah wonders: why do reboots cause such mass hysteria?
- Ashley discusses the hours a freelancer DOESN’T get paid for.
- Jess makes a call to women: the season of the witch is upon us!
Videos (& Audio) of the Week
- When a book cover judges YOU.
- Ian McKellen — 93-year-old Sherlock Holmes — movie trailer. O_O
- Lindy West tracked down her meanest troll and interviewed him.
So, how was your week?