News & Updates at Oh, the Books!
Our site is all moved over to the new server and things are running quite smoothly, so we’re very happy with the transition. And with that, we’re back to our regular schedule — woohoo!
In Case You Missed It
Here’s all the stuff that we posted this week.
- Asti highlights her book pictures taken in the woods.
- Kelley reviews Goliath by Scott Westerfeld.
- Asti reviews The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski.
- Kelley announces she’s in a life slump.
- Asti and Kelley review The Young Elites by Marie Lu.
Our Lives This Week
In Asti’s Life…
This last week was a pretty good one for me! Dave and I actually ventured into London and had some adventures, which was a nice break from our usual lay-around-and-be-lazy-on-our-separate-laptops routine. I wrote about both London adventures on my personal blog, so feel free to check them out if you’re interested. ;)
- A Day in London: Kensington Palace, Kensington Gardens, and the Marble Arch
- The Bright Side Volume 2: Friends, Family, and Frequent Laughter
- A Day in London: M&M’s World, Trafalgar Square, The Book of Mormon, and Kingsman Premiere
- My Attempt at Baking Cookies
And this upcoming week? Should be another fun one! Tonight Dave and I are going to a Queen concert (I’m SO excited! It was my going-away present to myself) and then we’re staying at a hotel for a couple of days to celebrate our three-year anniversary (oh la la). Oh, and Thursday is my graduation! Busy times!
I’m glad so much good stuff is going on right now, though. It’s keeping me in positive spirits and distracting me from my big upcoming move. :)
In Kelley’s Life…
Asti definitely had a more exciting week than I did. She went on adventures, while I went to work and doctor’s appointments! But, let’s see, I did acquire some pretty awesome things this week.
My friend’s dad makes custom rolling pins and she asked him to make one for me! It’s GORGEOUS, and ridiculous smooth. He made it from bubinga wood and even did the French taper for me. Isn’t it fantastic?! Aside from that, I treated myself to three more Brandon Sanderson books, since he’ll be coming here VERY SOON! I’m quite excited. :D
Oh, and in Cat Saga news: I’ve definitely noticed my neighbor sneaking food to the kitties under their bbq pit. I love that our little corner is a total kitty haven! ^_^
Elsewhere in the blogosphere
Tweet of the Week
I'm quiet and hate confrontation with neighbors, so I renamed our wifi code Maybe Knock It Off With The Fucking Leaf Blowing, Gary.
— Elizabeth Hackett (@LizHackett) January 14, 2015
On Blogging and Book Reviewing
- Valeria explains how to Piktochart.
- Nuz talks about the art of list making.
- Ashley shares her website pet peeves.
- Shannon discusses time management.
- Rachel encourages bloggers to join forums.
- Rachel talks about keeping an idea journal.
- Rachel recommends keeping an idea journal.
- Rachel says email signatures are very important.
- Aimee has some tips for getting out of your shell.
- Chyna shares some blogging advice not to follow.
- Missie explains how to find and code social media icons.
- Celine shares thirteen guidelines to a positive community.
- Tanya put together a master list of book blogging memes.
- Rachel talks about the importance of a blogger buddy list.
- Crini wrote an awesome tutorial on spreadsheet functions.
- Brittany has tips on optimizing your blog for email sign ups.
- Beth explains how to use the “read more” button in Blogger.
- Rachel talks about what you can learn from your competitors.
- Rachel provides things to keep in mind when crafting your menu.
- Ashley explains how to add an opt-in box below your posts in WP.
- Ashley suggests a plug-in for adding collapsing date archives to your blog.
- Stephanie does on a tutorial on how to customize the search and email gadgets for Blogger.
A Blogger’s Life
- Mel struggles with originality.
- Ellen shares her daily blog list.
- Lola asks: do you schedule posts?
- Charlotte discusses blogging stats.
- Rachel has tips for finding new blogs.
- Hazel shares the truth about blogging.
- Emz lists five things book bloggers hate.
- Asheley says she writes like a book blogger.
- Missie discusses why she blogs about books.
- Amanda talks about blogs changing over time.
- Hannah encourages bloggers to be the change.
- Brittany lists five ways to beat book blogger burnout.
- Kritika talks about the journey from reader to blogger.
- Lauren shares some of her thoughts on book blogging.
- Lina wonders if blogging has improved her choice in books.
- Octavia says to plan your heart out if you want to go to BEA.
- Jillian discusses the struggle with telling people about your book blog.
ARCs & Reviewing
- Nicole’s review-writing funk is over.
- Rachel asks: do you review your reviews?
- Becky wants to know: how do you review?
- Nicole discusses the irresistible pull of ARCs.
- Jessi is picky about the advance copies she chooses.
- Melissa shares her thoughts on reading and reviewing.
- Stacie talks about the trouble around negative reviews.
- Liza says procrastination and reviews are not good friends.
- Sunny compares reading as a reviewer vs reading as a reader.
On Writing & Publishing
- Julie offers advice for avoiding cliches.
- Amy discusses her writing strengths and weaknesses.
- Dana shares questions to ask your publicist, inside and out.
- Delilah S. Dawson offers 25 writing hacks from a hack writer.
- Chuck Wendig has more thoughts on the Kickstarter kerfuffle.
- Kristin contemplates writing for excellence vs. writing for trends.
- Learn how this book about a gay superhero avoided the straightwash.
- Agent Janet Reid says never even think you’re wasting her time by querying.
- Maggie Stiefvater on “boy” books, “girl” books, and the state of book marketing.
Things Bookworms Think About
How We Read
- Ana is a noisy reader.
- Bieke asks: how do you read?
- Emz asks: how often do you read?
- Trish tallies her book stats the easy way.
- Ruby talks about going into books blind.
- Jenn slows down when reading series enders.
- Alice wonders how you feel about read-alongs.
- Kelly identifies herself as an indecisive mood reader.
- Julie, Rose, and Lyn share their favorite reading spots.
- Claire has 7 reading hacks to improve your literary skills.
- Faye explains why she’s not challenging herself this year.
- Tabitha has a hard time remembering what happens in series.
- Carly shares some weird struggles only bookworms understand.
- Michelle wonders if she’s missing the good stuff when reading fast.
- Topaz wants to know if you read reviews before you read the book.
- Katie explains why she won’t raise her Goodreads challenge this year.
- Jess is the reluctant cleaner of the Goodreads’ currently reading shelf.
Why We Read
- Terri discusses the issues of rereads.
- Cait explains why she loves retellings.
- Lilia wants to know: what got you reading?
- Rebecca says to never forget reading is for fun.
- Renae talks about reading with no obligations.
- Ana Ideline shares her thoughts on DNFing books.
- The Geeky Junkee admits she hasn’t feel like reading.
- Amy asks: are award-winning novels always worth reading?
- Natalie wants to know: are you the only bookish person you know?
What We Read
- Karolina announces her rereading frenzy.
- Kel shares her thoughts on boycotting books.
- Genevieve reflects on her first year of YA fiction.
- Nicolette shares her thoughts on reading poetry.
- Laura wants to know: what genres don’t you read?
- Kayla is planning on reading her many unread books.
- Nicolette explains why she doesn’t read World War II fiction.
On Having ALL the Books
- Claire talks about book buying habits.
- Chiara is attempting a book buying ban.
- Jamie is a reformed book buyer… apparently.
- Lauren is changing her book spending in 2015.
- Lia wants to know how you tackle your TBR pile.
- Kim shares her woes in regards to moving books.
- Valeria talks about her compulsive need to buy books.
Inside the Books
- Rachel discusses page lengths.
- Chiara loves swearing in books.
- Renae defends unhappy endings.
- Carmel asks: are you into safe sex?
- JJ contemplates speculative fiction.
- Devon discusses strong female characters.
- Cynthia talks about bisexuality in literature.
- Alise doesn’t like seeing her name in books.
- Charlotte discusses the “bad boy” in fiction.
- Beth Revis wants to know your favorite sci-fi trope.
- Allie shares her bad boy rules that must be obeyed.
- Cynthia discusses the mysterious existence of chapter titles.
- Nafiza says the differences between YA and MG are debatable.
- Check out these images from upcoming illustrated Harry Potter!
- Cristina looks at marginalized identities and intersectionality in Eleanor and Park.
Lists & Recommendations
- Alexa shares some tried and trusted book recs.
- Emily lists books that have taught her something.
- Becca & Allison have advice for getting started with comics.
- Stephie explains why she loves MG books and you could too!
- Diamond has suggestions for the would-be graphic novel reader.
- Rinn recommends books for those who enjoyed Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood.
- Gillian made some Fairest-inspired bookmarks.
- Lenore designed a crossword puzzle of book boyfriends.
- Alexa put together outfits for the Lunar Chronicles characters.
- Hafsah created a free downloadable All That Burns wallpaper.
- Cee reveals the results of the 2014 YA book cover choice awards.
- Faye created wallpapers and bookmarks for Harry Potter and Throne of Glass.
Videos of the Week
- Christina discusses the bias against YA.
- Here’s a funny Metal Gear Solid parody.
- Kat confesses that she can’t finish books.
- Watch this nail art tutorial inspired by The Jewel.
- Here are 6 totally legitimate reasons not to finish a book.
- This trailer for The Dreamsnatcher is pretty freaking cool.
- The Expanse is being described as “Game of Thrones in space.”
Question of the Week
Some of you may have noticed that Kelley obsessively organizes each chunk of links so that the short ones are the the top and the longest ones are at the bottom, making a smooth flow in length down each list. (What you don’t know is that sometimes Asti trolls her and — either by chance or on purpose — inserts all of her links so that the shortest are at the bottom and the longest are at the top!)(No, Asti is not a troll! She usually makes it so the links go from short to long to short again like “>”! Evil Kelley spreading lies!!) Anyway, so the question is…
Does this organization of the links work for you, make it harder for you to read them, or do you not care either way?
So, how was your week?