News & Updates at Oh, the Books!
Book Blogging Survey
It is the last week to fill out Asti’s survey on blog tours! If you read YA book blogs (like this one!) or if you blog about YA books, then please help Asti finish her dissertation by filling out her survey. Then spread the word! Asti will love you forever if you do, and who doesn’t want that?
A Couple of Giveaways
#1 – A Hardcover of Dissonance by Erica O’Rourke!
If you missed Kelley’s Dissonance quiz on Friday, go check it out, and enter to win a hardcover of the book!
#2 – A Printed & Bound Book Blogger’s Journal
Have you heard about Parajunkee’s awesome new book blogging organizer journal? (It’s free to download on her site right now!)
Well, Kelley decided to try it out. She downloaded it, spent some time organizing the PDF to include a bunch of duplicate pages within each month (each month has pages for every week, along with a few copies of the Book Review Cheat Sheet), and more. She printed it out, and even spiral bound it and put divider tabs and everything!
But then she realized that she won’t even get to make use of it because she changes her mind way too often. After having printed and bound it and everything, she doesn’t want it to go to waste! Are you interested in trying this out? Leave a comment on this post telling Kelley that you’d like a chance at it. We’ll choose a random winner next Sunday!
In Case You Missed It
Here’s all the stuff that we posted this week.
- Kelley gave tips on how to go into books blind.
- Asti showed off a bookish parade for Ready Player One.
- Kelley reviewed Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson.
- We announced that we’re co-hosting Sci-Fi November this year!
- Asti shared her thoughts about bookstagramming.
- Jordin @ Bottomless Book Bag stopped by to discuss serial endings.
- Kelley made a quiz for Dissonance (with a giveaway!).
- Day Three of the Bookish Games Death Note Edition began.
Our Lives This Week
[stextbox id=”asti2″ caption=”Asti” collapsing=”true”]It is hot! I mean, not hot compared to what I’m used to back home. It’s no where near as sticky and humid like I’m used to. But this week London has found itself with bright sunny weather in the low 80s and THEY DON’T HAVE AIR CONDITIONING! I swear, I am melting. Someone save me.
In other news, Dave bought me Just Dance 2014 on his Xbox One. Can I just say, I love this game?! (I feel like such a nerd admitting that.) Back in the day, I used to play Dance Dance Revolution like nobody’s business, and now I have a new dance game to entertain myself with. So fun! Every day I wake up and do it for a half hour or hour before I do my normal workout and oh my, I sweat so much. And when they do the video play back where you see yourself dancing? SO TRAUMATIZING! But still, I’m having a lot of fun![/stextbox]
[stextbox id=”kelley2″ caption=”Kelley” collapsing=”true”]This week was similar to last week in that it was a mixture of sucky and inspiring. I spent a fair amount of time learning new things on SkillShare (Illustrator classes and a map design class), and planning out several new creative projects I want to tackle. I also went to an art show on Friday evening that was a showcase of art done on post-it notes! And Saturday I went to a watercolor class, because I wanted to make sure I was doing things right.
The sucky stuff? Well, this week was my first sleep study for the clinical trial. I spent over 24 hours at the lab, and experienced one issue after another (you don’t even want to see the botched blood draw in my right arm). I was a bit nervous because this is the 3rd or 4th MSLT I’ve done and I’d never “passed” before; this time I passed (which means I actually fell asleep — and likely hit REM — in most/all of the 5 naps throughout the day). It was a very long day, and even though I finished a book while I was there, I left with a migraine.
All in all, a very busy week. I’m really enjoying getting back into art so fully![/stextbox]
Elsewhere in the blogosphere
Tweet of the Week
How does @NASA organize a party? They planet
— SciencePorn (@SciencePorn) July 18, 2014
On Blogging and Book Reviewing
tips and resources
- Rachel shares some tips on keeping your emails organized.
- Alysia explains how to use Thinglink.
- Shannon discusses the hunt for pre made blog templates.
- Stormy shares 3 time management techniques.
- Ashley talks about automated review archives, resizing images, and sending followup emails to publishers.
- Stephanie explains how to add an “add to Goodreads” button to posts.
- Alexa shares how she keeps her blog and reviews organized.
ARCS and reviews
- Amy is going on an ARC requesting ban.
- Chyna talks about authors reading negative reviews and replying back.
- Tammy wants to know how you feel about getting free books from publishers.
- Kaitlin goes through the five steps of her reviewing process.
- Jenny shares her experience with signing up for Netgalley.
- Terri talks about deciding what to not review.
- Kaite shares the top three ways to receive ARCs.
a Blogger’s life
- Amber shares survey results on what people love about blogging.
- Karolina and Inge discuss time management and scheduling.
- Francine muses on blogoversary vs. blogiversary.
- Ashley talks about her blogging routine.
- Tilly rants about unprofessional authors.
- Krys has a few blogging confessions.
- Rachel talks about making a difference.
- Dre Wolf discusses commenting becoming a chore.
- Kelly has trouble with impatience sometimes.
- Amber warns us of email addresses being sold without consent.
- Mitchii talks about the rare occasion she looks at her blog’s stats.
- Lucy discusses maturity levels, age, and authenticity.
- Kristin shares the principles upon which her blog was founded.
- Tomorrow is The Page Girls’ blog birthday, and they have a whole week of fun — with tons of giveaways — coming up, so go congratulate them and join their celebration!
- Biljana discusses plot logistics.
- Chuck Wendig says you should be your own publisher at least once.
- Kelly Fiore says contemporary is coming back.
- Chuck Wendig has 25 ways to write a “real page-turner” of a book.
Things Bookworms Think About
A Reader’s Life
- Kristen asks: how do you feel when others hate a book you love?
- Miranda shares 13 things she wishes Goodreads did better.
- Genevieve thinks she’s the daughter of a YA snob.
- Kel compares books to “As Seen on TV” products.
- Cass talks about book fairs and bargain books.
- Louise rambles about reading for school.
- Allie discusses being lied to by the hype.
- Becca’s parents don’t understand why she cries over books.
- Shae thinks about which books she would save in an emergency.
- Ashley shares her thoughts on spoilers.
- Kayla admits she’s a forgiving reader.
- Ceilidhann has a problem with Buzzfeed Books.
- Kim discusses growing up and leaving some books behind.
- Rinn takes a look at mythology in the fantasy genre.
- Lina explains how not to seem like a cave dweller when reading.
- Kristen laments when you can’t remember details to a book you recently read.
- Amanda answers some reading FAQs.
- Meg, Kat, and Steph share their bookish habits.
reading slumps, REREADING, AND DNFS
- Laura admits she can’t DNFs books.
- Brittany is addicted to re-reading.
- Bieke shares five steps for avoiding reading slumps.
- Christina discusses changing expectations across book formats.
- Kristilyn is re-Kindling her love for ereaders with some ARCs.
- Kelly says libraries are NOT a “Netflix for books.”
- Rebecca discusses binge reading series and reviewing.
- Celine talks about book binging.
- Kim shares her thoughts on two trilogies she loved.
- Jeann admits she’s a bookish completionist.
inside books (characters and info dumps)
- Pamela on the number of characters she likes to meet in a book.
- Sarah shares a pet peeve: when a character turns off their cell phone.
- Rose and Julie talk about whether the likeability of characters impact their enjoyment of a book.
- Ana talks about information dumps in books.
outside books (covers and synopses)
- Jamie shares her bookworm troubles with cover redesigns.
- Emz investigates redesigned book covers.
- Megan talks about her synopsis turn ons and turn offs.
- Kelly explores some more hardcover to paperback redesigns.
- Nuz looks at the cover trend: less is more.
- Katelynn admits she’s a cover judger.
- Nafiza talks about false advertising.
Lists and Recommendations
- Cassie shares 10 interactive reading experiences.
- Nuzaifa talks about her unputdownable reads of 2014.
- Rachel highlights books set in Paris for Bastille Day.
- Cait decides what are the best books of 2014 (so far).
- Emily also talks about which books she thinks are the best in 2014.
- Julie shares recommended reading lists from great minds.
- Kelly lists 66 YA books coming out this fall to put on your radar.
- Jenni highlights books that are perfect for the summer.
- Patti shares which vacation reads she’s looking forward to reading this summer.
- Ruby has created a Bookish Summer Bingo card.
- Rinn talks about her trip to The Doctor Who Experience.
- Christy shares her Countdown Survey.
- Sara shares ideas for a literary bridal shower.
- Kayla shares her synesthetic colors for Faking Normal.
- Kelly shows off a bunch of literary cookie cutters.
- Cosmo has 12 reasons to stop what you’re doing and read a book.
- Georgie has created a storyboard for The Secrets of Lily Graves.
- Ren is making a game out of reading books.
- Abria hates it when people misuse the word “phobia.”
- Christopher Walken has been hired to play Captain Hook!
- If you like dragons, take a look at this post admiring them!
- Rinn shares her trip through The Doctor Who Experience.
- Abria shares her experience with trichotillomania.
- These geometrical psychology diagrams are so cool!
- Schematics: a love story in diagrams.
- Brittany, Alyssa, and Amy have created the Secret Sister Project.
- Can you tell if these works of art were created by humans or animals?
Videos of the Week
- Book Nerd Problems: never judge a book by its movie.
- Do you think Daniel Radcliffe looks evil in this Horns trailer?
- This 3D Futurama concept looks freaking awesome!
- Star Trek: The Sext Generation on Robot Chicken.
- So, uh… here’s this…
- Walt Disney’s & Salvador Dali – Destino 2003.
- Colbie Caillat Was Tired of Being Photoshopped, So Here’s What She Did About It.
Question of the Week
Asti has been in one of those moods lately where she goes onto Goodreads and looks at the books on her wishlist longingly. And then she goes onto Amazon or The Book Depository and adds a couple into her cart and then JUST WALKS AWAY! (That’s right, self control for the win!) Of course, she’s not sure how long that will last…
So, if you were to recommend ONE book for asti to buy off her wishlist, which would it be? code name verity? the diviners? the sea of tranquility? Pivot Point? (or should Asti JUST SAY NO?!)
How was your week?