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 posted an excerpt of Dissonance.
- Asti found Jonathan Wolstenholme’s Book Paintings.
- Kelley shared her DNF review of Servants of the Storm.
- We announced that Leanne is in stasis.
- Asti talked about why book blogging is worth it.
- Kat stopped by to discuss what makes a gesture so grand.
- Day Two of the Bookish Games began.
Our Lives This Week
[stextbox id=”asti2″ caption=”Asti” collapsing=”true”]I’ve actually have had a somewhat eventful week. Yeah, there’s the usual dissertation work (thanks to everyone who has taken my survey so far!) and the working out (I have finished my first month of doing it regularly and lost seven pounds, woohoo), but now this week there was even more stuff!
- I received a lovely package in the mail from Emily @ Reverie Rhapsody for my birthday. (No, don’t flip out, my birthday was at the end of May. It’s not happening again already.)
- I ventured out twice this week into London to hang out with two good friends. I ended up seeing Transformers with one and it was soooo cheesy. Entertaining and more or less what I was expected, but really, between those product placements and corny lines I just found myself laughing and shaking my head AT the movie. (I guess that could be considered a good thing.)
- Oh, and I also created and then destroyed my own tag (#nameviatitles) for Instagram, like the crazy person I am.
- Dave was also sick all week, so I got less sleep than normal thanks to waking up to the lovely sounds of him vomiting in the bathroom.
- I added more sweets to my treasure chest on my bookshelf (thanks Chantelle for the chocolates!).
- And my business cards came in the mail, designed by my amazing co-blogger Kelley, just in time for YALC. Unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to pass them out though because YALC was an overwhelming chaotic mess and I left about a hour after I arrived. But still, pretty business cards!
So really, it’s been a busy week with the socializing, blogging, working out, dissertation studying, dealing with the sick boyfriend, taking pics for Instagram, and all that other jazz, but it made a nice change to my usual dullness. :)[/stextbox]
[stextbox id=”kelley2″ caption=”Kelley” collapsing=”true”]I have to admit that this week has been very long and somewhat surreal (I’m going to assume that is because of my sleep status right now). But aside from that, it has felt pretty productive and satisfying too. I’ve been enjoying participating in the #30daysofbookstagrams meme on instagram…
My boss let me get Illustrator and I’ve already been learning and making some cool things. I went to sword class on Monday, even though I had to stop after about an hour and fall asleep in the corner. My husband and I went to see Lindsey Stirling on Thursday night and it was amazing (there was one of those big, public wedding proposals onstage, too, right before she played All of Me!).
I ended up being really happy the some other art projects I did this week. I even finished reading a book (ignore the fact that it wasn’t one of the books on my monthly reading list >_>)! It’s a weird mixture of feeling like I’m in a dream-state half the day, and being really creatively inspired. At least it’s been satisfying! :)[/stextbox]
Elsewhere in the blogosphere
Tweet of the Week
Cool WoT costumes at the convention! pic.twitter.com/OEDm2UWxW5
— Brandon Sanderson (@BrandSanderson) July 3, 2014
On Blogging and Book Reviewing
BLOGGING TIPS AND RESOURCES
- Rachel reviews the CoSchedule organizational plugin.
- Ashley explains how best to configure the WordPress SEO by Yoast Plugin.
- Amy shares her methods for blog planning and organization.
- Rachel explains how to keep your blog tours organized.
- Ashley assures you that your RSS feed isn’t broken – it’s supposed to look like code.
- Chyna shares what makes her love another blog.
- Rachel talks about headers: graphics or text?
RATINGS, REVIEWS, AND ARCS
- Sophia wonders if anyone ever reads older book reviews.
- Nikki has some thoughts about “in exchange for an honest review…”
- Tabitha finds out how Goodreads calculates its Top Reviewer Rankings.
- Lili talks about reviewing in retrospect.
- Emz shares her thoughts on ARCs and review requests.
- Jules asks: “does your beliefs/experiences affect how you rate/review?“
- Steph, Kat, and Meg share their ‘process’ and tips for reviewing.
- Emily talks about the problem with rating books.
- Megan talks about reviews and blogging.
features, memes, and tours
- Rachel wants to know what you think about blog tours.
- Amanda asks how many memes is too many memes?
- Cee complains about the difficulty of coming up with names for features.
- Melanie talks about her favorite type of blog posts to read.
commenting and social media
- Betty admits that she deletes tweets.
- Shannelle admits to some commenting panic.
- Laura discusses commenting on comments.
- Mel admits she’s socially awkward.
A BLOGGER’S LIFE
- Lili talks about knowing when enough is enough.
- Hannah is discussing blogger burnout.
- Kelly lists the three C’s of the changing book blogging world.
- Genevieve talks about her fear of getting personal on her blog.
- Josephine explains how blogging has impacted her as a reader.
- Michelle shares one book blogger problem she encountered recently.
- Shae goes over her book recommendation process.
- Hazel says she’s stuck in a blogging rut.
- Amy talks about how blogging has impacted her reading.
- Chuck Wendig says publishing is not a religious war.
- JJ Heller reveals the secret to writing a commercial hit.
- Jodi Meadows talks about being a beginner.
- Chuck Wendig explains motivation, action, and consequence for characters.
- Ben H. Winters shares the best advice he got from other writers.
- Mary Pearson discusses using bygone worlds as springboards to fantasy.
- Amie Kaufman on when you don’t agree with your characters.
- Kristen Hubbard shares thing non-writers say to YA writers.
- Jason Cantrell says writing isn’t a hobby.
- Leslie Jamison says confessional writing is not self-indulgent.
Things Bookworms Think About
A READER’S LIFE
- Hannah has cultivated a curiosity for stories.
- Kimberly talks about the problem with travel books and wanderlust.
- Carmel asks: do you ever crave a little ‘where are they now?’
- Sarah talks about what, when, where, and why she reads.
- Jamie confesses that she thinks she’s a creep.
- Ashley admits she only reads 4 or 5 star books.
- Alise discusses the questions bookworms get.
- Ruby explains what makes a book reread worthy.
- Ashley talks about book tastes.
- Lisa wants to know if your TBR pile is a blessing or a curse.
- Ren believes dogs love books.
- Cait wants to know how you feel when a book uses your name.
- Lina talks about real world vs. fictional adventures.
- Miranda asks: can you multitask while reading?
- Liza talks about book titles.
- Val has some thoughts on meeting authors and book signings.
- Jamie shares conversations sparked from books.
- Harman discusses books and emotions.
- Stephanie talks about a side effect of book panic.
- Francine explains what you should do when you love a book.
- Amy talks about reader’s guilt.
- Kelly charts out the books she’s read so far this year.
- Katie shows us how to clean bookshelves and care for books.
- Sarah says a book’s pacing can affect her reading speed.
- Maddy discusses the time it takes to read a book.
- K shares her thoughts on slow burn romances.
- Kezia asks: does the protagonist have to end up with a love interest?
dnfs, pet peeves, and slumps
- Brittany explains why DNFs are not a bad thing.
- Emz shares some of her reading pet peeves.
- Charnell explains how to conquer a reading slump.
series and standalones
- Courtney admits she has a series problem.
- Pamela shares her favorite series type.
- Rebecca wonders: what makes a successful standalone?
formats and genres
- Sophie asks if fan faction is trash or treasure?
- Rinn differentiates between teen fiction and Young Adult fiction.
- Pam asks: should ebooks be treated like printed books?
- Stephanie explains why she loves ebooks.
- Kel wants to know if you do holiday-themed reading.
- Stormy admits she side-eyes long books.
- Ana shares some of her freebie finding habits.
- Tara talks about her book buying process.
- Annie discusses her love of book sales.
- Lillian talks about pre-ordering and the bargaining charade.
- GillyB shares her favorite YA books with soccer.
- Jessie Marie sought out books that make you feel cold.
- P.E. Mari spotlights her favorite male authors.
- Shelly’s recommended some summer reads.
- Sarah shares her top five beach reads.
- Aimee highlights some YA fantasy authors (with a wallpaper)!
- Kayla shares 30 YA books that changed her world.
- Kathy Page on writing about prison and transgender issues.
- Katie says “Yes #WeNeedDiverseBooks, but how diverse?“
- Tammy shares results from her Who Reads YA? surveys.
- Rachel wants you to stop putting authors in a box.
- Josephine says pro-family is a sorry excuse for banning books.
- Here’s a brief study of love triangles (with charts!).
- Check out the literature-themed benches around London!
- This wheel of books in the British Museum is super cool!
- Miranda pairs fashion & accessories with Strange and Ever After.
- Becca shares swaggy ideas for your shoebox swag.
- Kayla shows us what colors Ronan & Kavinsky invoke!
- Elena has created a Rainbow Rowell wallpaper.
- Amy shares her dream cast for Seraphina.
- Nara’s created a new quiz: guess the book from the timeline.
- Chami and Ely posted a mid-year book freakout survey.
- Ceilidhann recommends video games for book nerd newbie gamers.
- Abria shares her #YesAllWomen story.
- Elana Johnson waxes poetic about SPACE!
- April says grown women don’t need a “best friend”.
- J.K. Rowling excites the Potter fandom with a new article.
- Check out Wines of Westeros – Game of Thrones wine!
- Baking and Math looks at the faulty logic in The Fault in Our Stars.
- 20 things women avoid doing because we fear for our safety.
- George R. R. Martin naysays the naysayers, who think he can’t finish his Song of Ice and Fire series.
Videos of the Week
- Question: is buying to many books really a problem?
- There’s a new “extended look” trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy.
- 6 1/2 years of selfies show this girl’s life with mental illness.
- Here’s some stuff YA readers say.
- First trailer for the Unbroken film adaptation is here!
- Watch these seven adorable kittens move in unison!
- Star Drunk: a drunk film by drunk people.
- BookTrailr: a new site where you can watch ALL the book trailers.
So, how was your week?