Weekly Recap| Jul 27 – Aug 2, 2014

Weekly Recap
Weekly Recap

News & Updates at Oh, the Books!

A Quick Bookish Highlight

LitRate - Ready to rate books BackerYou’ve probably heard of the new bookish buzz this week: LitRate, but in case you haven’t, I wanted to bring it to your attention. Ashley at Nose Graze, who is constantly serving up great blogging tips and tools, has a new vision for a book cataloging site: introducing LitRate.

Go on over to the website to read more about the plan and Ashley’s vision. Then go over the Kickstarter page and pledge to support the project if it’s something you would like to see happen! As for me, I’m all for it!


In Case You Missed It

Here’s all the stuff that happened on our blog this week.

Our Lives This Week

[stextbox id=”asti2″ caption=”Asti” collapsing=”true”]This week I ventured into London a couple of times to complete interviews with publishing publicity professionals (yay for alliteration) for my dissertation. I may have also made a pit stop into the new Foyles on Charing Cross Road and bought some books (total accident) and stumbled across the sundial that was used as part of the design for The Bone Season (which she just talked about on Tumblr this past week).


Other than that? I don’t know. I mean, there’s a lot of stuff going on, both really good and really bad. I just don’t really feel like talking about it. Needless to say I’m still not in the best of places. As a result, I do not have any posts planned for the week. We might fill in the gaps with other things, but if not it may be a bit quieter around here than usual. Sorry about that, but hopefully everything will be back to normal next week![/stextbox]

[stextbox id=”kelley2″ caption=”Kelley” collapsing=”true”]My week was a long blur. I basically spent half my week (or at least it felt that way) at the sleep lab being a guinea pig. I spent something like 36 hours with nodes/wires attached all over my head and torso. I had to get blood drawn several times, and all I could do was sleep (when they told me to) or sit around and read. I was going stir crazy! So, that’s finally over, but I’ll have to go back for three more sleep studies over the next 6 weeks, so that will be… interesting. Aside from that? I don’t even know. If I seem out of it (or absent) around here or on twitter, this is likely the reason. :([/stextbox]

Elsewhere in the blogosphere

Tweet of the Week

On Blogging and Book Reviewing

tips and resources
staying on top of things
regrets, guilt, envy, and slumps
a blogger’s life

On Writing & Publishing

Writing Tips & Advice
The Industry

Things Bookworms Think About

a reader’s life
On Reading
Book size & Format
genres & Series
lists and recommendations
hot topics
Bookish Fun
Harry Potter’s Birthday


Cool Things!
Videos of the Week

So, how was your week?

Asti Kelley

Read 34 comments

  1. You guys need a service that provides temporary co-bloggers for those times when life gets too heavy going so you can have a blogging holiday. I wish you both the best with your personal ups and downs x
    A lovely roundup of links as always!

    • We do have Guest Post Fridays, but maybe we could make an actual business out of this! Like, instead of using it for our blog we could just have a guest post dating site where bloggers can browse a list of guest posters when they’re in blogging slumps or need a break and we can match them up with someone! I bet people would use that. Muhahaha!

      • Well honestly the only Plan B is to use a free option. And while we could do that, I know how inferior the free options are and a book database that uses a free option wouldn’t be near as good as what Goodreads has. I just feel like the site doesn’t even stand a chance if it can’t at least be comparable to Goodreads, you know?

        But if we pay for data, we know that we’re getting good data. It may not be as complete as what Goodreads has, but it would have the potential to get close over time.

        I think I’m just afraid that there’s no way we can succeed if we go into it knowing the site will be inferior, but sadly that will be the case if we’re forced to use the free book data options :/

        • Yeah, I know exactly how you feel, which is why I’m even more enthusiastic about supporting this project. The quality of data is so important, and I think it will definitely make a big difference in the site’s initial (and general) success. I really do wish you two major success with this, because it sounds like the bookish site of my dreams! :D

  2. oh my goodness, Asti! I had no idea Bone Season’s design was based on a real thing! D: I’m a bit ashamed!

    Sending lots of love and positivity to both of you. ♥ I hope things turn around soon & that next week will be a better one.

    Absolutely THRILLED to be included in your link round-up! Thank you so much – and I’m in such fabulous company! :)

    Okay, so Mad Max.. Tom Hardy is in it and that alone is enough for me to buy a ticket. Mhm.

    • LOL I had been wondering about the design for The Bone Seasons’ cover, too, and I never could find any answers until now, thanks to Asti! Woot!

      Thanks for the well wishes, and you’re welcome! Is it super sad if I admit I don’t even know who Tom Hardy is? lol…

    • Don’t feel ashamed! I had no idea either! I had literally just stumbled across her Tumblr post earlier in the week, and then shortly after found it in London! It felt like such a weird coincidence. You know, one of those things that once you think of something you suddenly find it everywhere? So yes, it does exist! :)

      And thanks for the love and positivity! I do think ti’s helped. This week has been a little rough but I feel like I’m getting to a better place. :)

  3. I have been away from blogging so long I haven’t read Asti’s updates on London…need to check out your posts. I was over there last summer..and plan on when my daughter is old enough taking her touring there since I have family nearby!

  4. Aw, I’m sad you guys had a not so great week. :( I had a week I guess. We went on the bus to the library again. And went to the Clay Cafe to paint again..lol And out for icecream, then almost missed the bus home ;) I started my workouts again this week, so that’s something. We are going to have a somewhat busy week coming up.. Needles for James :(

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