News & Updates at Oh, the Books!
In Case You Missed It
Here’s all the stuff that we posted this week.
- Kelley shared mini reviews for things she read in December.
- Asti showed off another bookish find: Tomoko Takeda’s Story Fragments.
- Kelley got excited about books & things coming in February.
- Asti reviewed Vicious by Victoria Schwab.
- Lara stopped by with 10 tips for overcoming post-series depression (PSD).
Our Lives This Week
In Asti’s Life…
By the time you read this, I will be back in America and, honestly, I’m not sure how I will be feeling. I think there will be a lot of happiness at being reunited with my dogs and family, and thankfulness that Dave and I still have a little bit of time left together, but there will likely also be a good deal of sadness and a sudden realization that “Oh shit, it’s over.”
But hey, at least I had a good last month in the UK! Dave and I definitely took advantage of our time off to venture into Central London, and I’ve really enjoyed recounting it all on my personal blog. Speaking of which, the posts you might have missed this week:
- The Bright Side Volume 3: Doughnuts, Netflix, and Coloring Books
- A Day in London: HMS Belfast and SEA LIFE Aquarium
And for this next week? Well, don’t expect to see too much of me! It’s bound to be a pretty hectic week as I meet up with family and work my way through unpacking my room (not only do I have my bags to unpack, but all the boxes from when I moved out last year. Oh, and on top of that I plan on painting my room! So yeah, business)!But yes, I hope YOU have a great week and thanks for being a friend. <3
In Kelley’s Life…
Things have been extremely busy! I’m on some pretty short deadlines at work, and all of my spare time at home is spent with my husband, getting ready and just being together before he leaves (in less than 2 weeks).
A couple of awesome things that have happened in the past week:
- I saw Brandon Sanderson and showed him the Bridge Four symbol I had shaved onto the back of my head. He loved it and asked me to email a picture of it to him. He may post it on his blog, but we’ll see!
- My in-laws came to visit over the weekend and we spent a great day with them going to Moody Gardens and Bishop’s Palace, where my husband thoroughly tested out his new GoPro.
Cat Saga News: The two kittens are getting pretty brazen these days and some days I’ll have a swarm of kitties greeting me when I get home. But, those little a-holes have been bullying Squeakers and I’m thoroughly unhappy about that. I’ve been trying to make an effort to give Squeakers plenty of snuggles and only bring out food when Squeakers is there. She’s the special one!
Elsewhere in the blogosphere
Tweet of the Week
Can't wait for the all-girl reboot of the US government
— Erin Gloria Ryan (@morninggloria) January 29, 2015
On Blogging and Book Reviewing
Blogging tips and resources
- Abria shares five tips for guest posting.
- Laura shares some tips for new bloggers.
- Nitzan talks about the art of commenting.
- Abria talks about giving readers your best.
- Rachel discusses your blog’s target audience.
- Rachel provides a user friendly blog checklist.
- Rachel shares tips for brainstorming like a boss.
- Ashley asks: do you know your blog login details?
- Rachel talks about getting personal on your blog.
- Quinn provides a glimpse into her blogging planner.
- Rachel talks about putting contact info on your blog.
- Rachel says setting a blog schedule is very important.
- Rachel encourages bloggers to interview other bloggers.
- Tabitha shares tips and tricks for interacting with the blogging community.
A Blogger’s Life
- Liza doesn’t always follow blogs back.
- Jade talks about her blogging schedule.
- Charleen wonders: is she still a blogger?
- Nuz asks: what is your blogging identity?
- Nicole sometimes worries she’s blogging wrong.
- Jordin discusses her preparations for ALA Midwinter.
- Kristen wonders: is our audience also our competition?
- Inge talks about why being a book blogger is awesome.
- Shannelle shares ten thoughts she had about blogging before she became a blogger.
Reviews and Ratings
- Nova asks: to GIF or not to GIF?
- Ana says rating books is quite the struggle.
- Cait explains the point of negative reviews.
- Jess wonders if purchase links in reviews are fruitless.
- Rachel wants to know if you review everything you read.
- Regina asks: would you unfriend someone who rated a book different from you?
- Tara explains why she (generally) does not accept self-published books for review.
On Writing & Publishing
A Writer’s Life
- Inge laments the pains of novel writing.
- E. C. Myers on finding a new writing routine.
- Biljana discusses writing from multiple perspectives.
- Eric Smith says video games can make you a better author.
- Janice offers a warning: make sure your theme isn’t a cliche.
- Kate offers survival tips for when friends and family read your book.
- Drew advises how to keep your blog from demanding more attention than your novel.
- Kristin discusses making money as a writer (while you’re waiting for that book to sell).
- Victoria Schwab on “the first 100 pages were buildup” or The Fantasy Writer’s Dilemma.
- Jim asks: is your editor worth it?
- Chuck Wendig has some thoughts about awards.
- Roger wonders: Why Gone Girl? Why not Gone Woman?
- Agent Kristin Nelson shares some tales from the submission inbox.
- Danielle discusses what it takes to break into the publishing industry.
Things Bookworms Think About
A Reader’s Life
- Ana talks about bad hype.
- Lina likes undressing books.
- Chiara is a non-canon shipper.
- Emz asks: what’s the best e-reader?
- Abria shares her bookish bucket list.
- Renae discusses snobbery and elitism in reading.
- Laura wonders: can a non-reader become a reader?
- Naban shares the six stages of a bookworm in distress.
- Charlene lists about the pros and cons of a book boyfriend.
- Nicolette talks about post-apocalyptic vs. dystopian fiction.
- Amanda highlights some bookish habits she just doesn’t understand.
- Pixie shares her personal story of what made her the reader she is today.
What and How we Read
- Aimee shares her pre-reading rituals.
- Kristen has very limited taste in books.
- Cristina asks: are you a seasonal reader?
- Amanda helps reader DNF in five easy steps.
- Elena has trouble with books that so aren’t her.
- Jamie is overwhelmed by the decision of what to read next.
- Mishma explains how to survive and get over a reading slump.
Buying, Borrowing, and Organizing Books
- Ana discusses her book buying habits.
- Claire wonders: are books luxury goods?
- Carmel talks about bookshelf organization.
- Rachel asks: how much do you spend on books?
- Kristen wonders: is our audience our competition?
- Amanda explains how the library has changed her reading habits.
- Jessica wants to know: how often do you purchase finished ARCs?
- Tammy tells us about the online book organizing website of her dreams!
Inside the Books
- Amy likes big books.
- Alexa insta-loves characters.
- Jillian shares five of her story turn-offs.
- Grace looks at the different trends in YA.
- Madiha asks: yes or no to open ended climaxes?
- Sandra says romance in books makes her eyes roll.
- Jeann talks about stereotypes and labels in reading.
- Nicole thinks she knows why authors write insta-love.
- Nicolette says: first sentences are crucial, except when they’re not.
- Dre, Daniel, and Kelly discuss knowing the race of the main character when reading a book.
Series and Novellas
- Ellen asks: how do you read series?
- Deanna confesses: she doesn’t like novellas.
- Allie highlights five sequels she thinks surpassed the first.
- Julie, Rose, and Lynn share their thoughts on completing series.
Lists and Recommendations
- Ellen lists her top five memoirs.
- Nick shares the top 10 liars in fiction.
- Renae recommends books for snowy days.
- Epic Reads shares a (play)list of YA music books.
- Amber shares an epic guide to parallel universes.
- Myke shares 5 books about deeply flawed, despicable people.
- Krysta says if you like stories with boarding schools, then read…
- Hazel shares quote graphics for This Lullaby.
- Megan lists 15 signs to prove you’re a book addict.
- Amy imagines a wedding inspired by the Leviathan Trilogy.
- Did you know you can download the song from The One trailer?
- Hafsah shares a downloadable wallpaper for Something Strange and Deadly.
- Cee finds the fonts for Fairest, A Darker Shade of Magic, Soulprint, and Love, Lucy.
- Trish takes a look at how we wear masks.
- S. L. Huang weighs in on unlikeable women protagonists.
- Sharon Lynn Fisher on our fascination with parallel worlds and selves.
- The likely cause of addiction has been discovered and it’s not what you think.
So, how was your week?