News & Updates at Oh, the Books!
A Quick Bookish Highlight
You’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.
- Kelley got excited about books & things coming in August.
- Asti highlighted some more of her bookish friends.
- Kelley shared her mini reviews for the month of June.
- Asti reviewed Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff.
- Ashley stopped by to discuss constructive vs. destructive reviews.
- Day Five of the Bookish Games: Death Note Edition began.
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
MY CAT JUST REACHED INTO THE BOX AND GRABBED SOME CHEEZ-ITS
— Sasha Blaschka (@post_hummus) July 27, 2014
On Blogging and Book Reviewing
tips and resources
- Ashley explains whether GIFs infringe on copyrights.
- Emz shares where to find free pre-made Blogger templates.
- Shannelle talks about writing extra posts.
- Kelly has written a guide to Edelweiss for beginners.
- Rachel says WordPress thinks book tours are spam.
- Here’s a great site for blog resources and tips.
staying on top of things
- Dana wants to know how you manage your reading/blogging time.
- Stephanie shares her blogging goals.
- Jenny is trying to get organized.
- Iris talks about planning ahead.
regrets, guilt, envy, and slumps
- Abria shares her 5 blogging regrets.
- Celine discusses blogger guilt.
- Amy talks about the dreaded blogging slump.
- Emily shares her thoughts on book blogger envy.
a blogger’s life
- Rachel announces the Snark Week Book Blogger Challenge.
- Ashley wants to know why we have regular “features” on blogs.
- Sandra shares her thoughts on having a successful blog.
- Tara asks: what do you do if a blogger is wrong about something?
- Kaitlin lists things she would like to accomplish as a blogger.
- Steph, Kat, and Meg discuss who’s the boss.
- Alyssa shares her blogging pet glees.
- Alexa talks about commenting and social media.
- Chyna wants to know if you prefer reading short reviews.
- Kristin talks about qualitative vs quantitative rating systems.
- Jeann is looking for co-bloggers/reviewers!
On Writing & Publishing
Writing Tips & Advice
- Kat Zhang is back with part 2 of her intro to the art of revision.
- Abria talks about staying focused as a writer.
- Lenore Appelhans on finding your writer identity.
- Susan Dennard on writing 3-dimensional characters.
- Adam Silvera discusses the amnesia effect.
- Kristin muses about the art of rest.
- Kat Zhang explains how to get a scene from brain to paper.
- Chuck Wendig explains why self-publishing wants to save the big 5.
- Colleen shares 6 questions to ask before publicizing your book.
- Amazon explains why they think $9.99 is the right price for ebooks.
- Chuck Wendig has an opinion on Amazon and ebook prices.
- Here’s an interesting article on ghostwriting.
Things Bookworms Think About
a reader’s life
- Amy shares her thoughts on clearing out her book collection.
- Emily goes over her different stages as a reader.
- Ana talks about reading habits and early influences.
- Kel says that sometimes books are excuses.
- Bieke asks: why do people love horrible books?
- Emz wants to know what you use Goodreads for.
- Jessica shares her experience with author events.
- Cassie talks about TBR piles.
- Annie interrogates her bookshelf.
- Josephine says she’s never without a book.
- Rachel lists 7 reasons not to lend your books.
- Kim shares 8 tips for moving when you have a ton of books.
- Tanja has a solution for avoiding awkwardness when meeting new bookish people.
- Jenni wants to know if you have a book for every occasion.
- Johannah shares tips on fixing a book slump.
- Miranda and Sana talk about mood reading vs. systematic reading.
- Amy shares 8 ways to make the most out of your holiday reading.
- Stephanie discusses authors who venture into other age groups.
- Lesley Marie says fictional worlds enhance our world.
- Ashley shares her thoughts on read-a-thons.
- Julie and Rose chat about seasonal reading.
- Amanda talks about book affairs and one-night stands.
- Carrie discusses school reading experiences.
Book size & Format
- Jamie says it’s hard to read big books.
- Stephie asks: how do you read short stories?
- Terri says she love ebooks but…
- Rinn shares her thoughts on ebooks.
- Jenna discusses paperbacks vs. hardcovers.
genres & Series
- Jessica wants to know what was your favorite genre.
- Jennifer says “YES I’m reading a romance… so?!”
- Lily discusses re-reading a series.
- Pamela talks about final books in series.
- Jenn and April share their thoughts on companion novels.
- Tabitha rants about books being shelved as genres in which they don’t belong.
- Pam wants to know if you can love a series that doesn’t end happily ever after.
- Inge discusses book covers.
- Amber looks at the top trends in YA book covers.
- Hawwa talks about books she own due to the cover.
- Paula asks: should we judge a book by its cover?
lists and recommendations
- Jamie shares which books she would want to read if she had a book club that read adult fiction.
- Gaby recommends that you add these books to your Goodreads TBR.
- Chyna highlights 2014 books that have caught her serious attention.
- Cassie shares her YA (murder) mystery recommendations.
- Here are 12 YA books for the open road.
- Jamie highlights August 2014 new book releases.
- Kim shares books with hacking, virtual reality, and gaming.
- Suzanne shares some genre-benders.
- Ellen explains why Fifty Shades of Grey drives her insane.
- Lina asks: is there such a thing as an ‘author-reader contract’?
- Jessica shares alternatives to Amazon.
- Una wants to know why we’re not there yet with diversity in YA.
- Kim on liking, not loving, Bad Feminist.
- Rachel Wilson discusses her character’s OCD.
- Kelly has a reading list for censorship, challenges, and other forms of protest.
- Cayce wants to live in the fictional world of Night Vale.
- Kayla shares which colors she associates with Peeta Mellark.
- #30DaysofInstagrams is up for August.
- Cait compares book genres to pizza.
- Leah explains how to make a book jar.
- Jen’s has created a wallpaper for Golden.
- Elena pairs pastries with Anna and the French Kiss!
- Marissa Meyer has a guide to Lunar Chronicles character traits.
- Marianna has fashioned outfits for The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennett and Attachments.
- Jessica made a wallpaper for In the Age of Love and Chocolate.
- Cait admits she cuts up books when not reading.
Harry Potter’s Birthday
- Celebrate with some Harry Potter fan art!
- Or maybe you’d prefer some of the best Harry Potter memes.
- Who are your favorite Harry Potter characters?
- E. C. Myers talks about his experience as space camp!
- Rinn shares her top fantasy films.
- The Well-Appointed Desk asks: How many notebooks is too many?
- Check out these gorgeous pages from Paul Klee’s sketchbook.
- Come drool over the concept art for Guardians of the Galaxy.
- Looks like Holly Black will be writing the 12th Doctor’s next adventure.
Videos of the Week
- How do you feel about the new Mad Max: Fury Road trailer?
- Or maybe you’d prefer the trailer for the next Hobbit movie?
- Apparently Stephen Colbert made a Hobbit speech at ComicCon.
- You know you want to see this world map of cats.
- Find out whether or not animals have accents.
- Watch Lindsey speed paint a GORGEOUS picture of Karou!
So, how was your week?