News & Updates at Oh, the Books!
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In Case You Missed It
Here’s all the stuff that we posted this week.
- Kelley reviewed The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon.
- Asti admitted she hates it when she doesn’t like a book.
- Kelley created a quiz: what kind of voyant would you be?
- Asti reviewed by Cress by Marissa Meyer.
- Nicolette stopped by to share her book punk creation story.
Our Lives This Week
In Asti’s Life…
From beginning to end, this week was an absolute blur. Dave and I went and saw Queen + Adam Lambert on Sunday (I had bought myself tickets for the concert a couple of months ago as my “Going Away” present to myself), stayed in the Greenwich area for a couple of days to celebrate our three-year anniversary , and then headed over to Kingston for my graduation . On top of that, Dave’s mom also had surgery on Wednesday, which went well but means that we have extra company in the house all week and are expected to take care of her when we can.
It’s just chaos, I tell you, chaos! How am I supposed to write posts and respond to comments and take book pictures and do all the things when I’m too busy running out and about around London and helping out Dave’s family? Well, I can’t. So apologies for those who have commented on some of my recent posts but have not yet received a response. This is an unnaturally busy time of year for me and my focus is more on enjoying my last week in the UK and my last month with Dave (and then recording it all on my personal blog) than doing book bloggy stuff. I hate admitting such things, but it’s true, and I know most of you are sweet enough to understand. <3
If you want to check out my past week in more detail, head over to Oh, Asti!:
In Kelley’s Life…
Things have been very busy for me the week, and my weekend has been even busier! A few highlights:
- Visa applications are a pain in the booty-butt.
- This happened, which was cool.
- I have at least three kitties greeting me when I get home now.
- BRANDON SANDERSON signing!
That’s all I’ve got — for now!
Elsewhere in the blogosphere
Tweet of the Week
Today was the day. I finally did it. I joined Pottermore and was sorted into……..Gryffindor. Heart broken x #slytherinforlife
— Tom Felton (@TomFelton) January 21, 2015
On Blogging and Book Reviewing
Blogging tips and Resources
- Liza asks: how do you monitor your email?
- Rachel talks about blogging goals and missions.
- Tara talks about using book cover images in posts.
- Rachel says you should check under the SEO hood.
- Hazel shares the secret to beautiful premium fonts.
- Katie looks at the pros and cons of scheduling posts.
- Bieke shares three reasons she stops following a blog.
- Rachel encourages bloggers to conduct a reader survey.
- Susan discusses getting organized and staying that way.
- Stephanie explains how to DIY: author bio box (on Blogger).
- Amy discusses blogging (or writing) while working full-time.
- Rachel talks about making a pros and cons lists for blogging.
- Rachel has tips for keeping your blog fresh, new, and exciting.
A Blogger’s Life
- Jeann says to spread love, not war.
- Louise shares her blogging manifesto.
- Charli explains why she started blogging.
- Nova discusses her speed of writing a post.
- Laura shares what blogging has taught her.
- Rachel encourages sending a blogger love note.
- Leigh says she’s a black sheep in the blogosphere.
- Ashley says let’s stop letting drama bring us down.
- Ashley looks at the “circles” in the blogging community.
- Ashley asks: how much of an obligation do book bloggers have?
- Elena shares 24 things no one ever tells you about book blogging.
- Kristen wonders: does having a deadline make you like a book less?
ARCs, Reviews, and Ratings
- Ana talks about archived ARCs.
- Becky asks: how do you review?
- Celine wonders: do reviews still get read?
- Nitzan discusses author bios on review posts.
- Amy explains how to write a great book review.
- Brittany shares her thoughts on changing ratings.
- Asheley talks about ARCs and social media drama.
- Inge explains why she deleted her NetGalley account.
- Ana compares reading as a reviewer vs. reading as a reader.
- Ashley asks: how much of an obligation do book bloggers have?
- Kristen wonders if having a deadline makes you like a book less.
Commenting, Social media, and Booktube
- Christina discusses blogging and Booktubing.
- Lucy put together a bookish guide to YouTube.
- Britt admits that social media overwhelms her.
- Amanda talks about the unspoken rule of comments.
- Rachel highlights the latest social networks that have potential.
- Tabitha shares tips for interacting with the blogging community.
On Writing & Publishing
A Writer’s Life
- Janice asks: who is your narrator talking to?
- Megan talks about the frustration with drafting.
- Adam Silvera explains why he stopped tweeting #AmWriting.
- Chuck Wendig offers up 25 ways to be badass at making badass stuff.
- Chuck Wendig responds to a comment about traditional publishing.
- Edward explains how publishers can work with entrepreneur authors.
- Here’s an infographic on the future of library and information science jobs.
Things Bookworms Think About
A Reader’s Life
- Octavia says she fails at buddy reading.
- Nobody is sometimes scared by the hype.
- Jillian shares her thoughts on cozy reading.
- Kel talks about the cataloguing system Libib.
- Valeria does not think all bookworms are shy.
- Jessi wonders: do I enjoy books less these days?
- Laura shares ten signs you might be a bookaholic.
- Iris says the label “YA” does not equal “books for teenagers”.
- Cassie isn’t tracking her TBR or number of books read in 2015.
- Aimee says she has fifty thousand books on my physical TBR pile.
Buying, Storing, and purging Books
- Ana shares her book buying habits.
- Jillian talks about bookstore dates.
- Liliana discusses where she gets her books.
- Ren confesses to a book hoarding problem.
- Laura shows why she needs new bookshelves.
- Kelly hoards every edition of her favorite books.
- Gaby and Lisa nerd out about book organization.
- Dreams highlights ten easy steps to the big book purge.
- Regina wants to know: how much are you willing to spend for a book?
- Natalie asks: does format really matter?
- Jessica explains how to read a comic book.
- Chiara compares physical books and ebooks.
Inside the Books
- Cait shares her bookish turn offs.
- Tracy talks about bad boys in YA literature.
- Genevieve discusses the illogic of fairy tales.
- Emz highlights six types of annoying characters.
- Renae speaks out in defense of unhappy endings.
- Meghann talks about the elements of a good book.
- Nereyda discusses love triangles and double standards.
- Melanie shares her thoughts on books with tough topics.
- Magan muses on when you relate to a character you don’t like.
- Karen shares her thoughts on spoilers.
- Shannon talks about the sneakiest of spoilers.
- Kel asks: should there be a Statute of Limitations on spoilers?
- Danielle wants to know what type of reader you are when it comes to spoilers.
- Carmel asks: how do you read a series?
- Josephine shares her new system for tracking series.
- Deanna talks about the perks of being the last to read a series.
Lists and Recommendations
- Kelly lists YA books with a lot of lying.
- Megz shares 10 books relating to healthcare.
- Kim lists her five (underly famous) favorite books.
- Elizabeth highlights her top 5 most influential books.
- Alise, Bec, and Rachel recommend books with fresh starts.
- Emz asks: where do you get your book recommendations?
- Maddie provides a guide to 2015 book-to-movie adaptations.
- Julie, Rose, and Lynn share the books they love to recommend.
- Stefani highlights book-to-movie adaptations (through April 2015).
- Tabitha shows us how to make mini books!
- Georgie designs a printable for The Law of Moses.
- Kristen creates lego cover art for A Court of Thorns and Roses.
- Georgie and Josephine start a new book photography challenge.
- Jessica does a DIY tutorial for a Where’d You Go Bernadette card.
- Hafsah shares a downloadable wallpaper for The Winner’s Curse.
- Kayla shows the palette of colors she connects with The Unbound.
- Nova sarcastically shares some mandatory rules on talking to authors.
- Epic Reads has a quiz to find out your dating style.
- Ana shares 13 things to do with all those blank notebooks.
- Chuck Wendig provides a writer’s perspective on Dragon Age: Inquisition.
- Rinn talks about the influences of crime noir on the video game L.A. Noire.
Videos of the Week
- Kat shares her book blogger hair and make up tutorial.
- This gigapixel video of the Andromeda galaxy is amazing.
So, how was your week?