News & Updates at Oh, the Books!
In Case You Missed It
Here’s all the stuff that we posted this week.
- Kelley explained how we keep organized as co-bloggers.
- Asti shared her experiences with depression for Mental Health Awareness Month.
- Asti admitted that she doesn’t read used books.
- Kelley reviewed The Truth About Alice.
- Becca stopped by to share her letter to Edward.
- The sign ups for Bookish Games: Death Note edition went live!
Our Lives This Week
[stextbox id=”asti2″ caption=”Asti” collapsing=”true”]I feel like this week has been quite uneventful, but I guess that’s not entirely true. For one thing, I moved into my boyfriend’s house with his family! My halls lease expired on the 21st and while I originally planned on looking for a flat to move into on my own, Dave and his family suggested I move in with them instead. I agree and Mr. Sexy Bear (right) and my books (left) are all settled in our new home.
Apart from that, it’s been pretty mellow. I’ve been hard at work researching information for my dissertation about blog tours (expect me to bug you all to take a survey soon!) and have started working out again (center). I’m sort of taking it easy this summer to get myself in a good state of mind before the I have to face the unknown that the end of the year will bring me and though it’s only been one way, I have to say so far, its ‘s good. Let’s hope it stays that way! :)[/stextbox]
[stextbox id=”leanne2″ caption=”Leanne” collapsing=”true”]Well, friends. By now you’re likely noticing a suspicious absence of LEANNE in our midst, and it’s probably got you about as tearful as we are. But, well, I basically refuse to have a lack of Leanne in my life, so I’m going to share a tiny snippet with you and hope she doesn’t get mad at me.
I mean, I adore Leanne and her ability to basically dye her hair whatever color(s) she desires. She and I have bonded over color for YEARS, and so her newest shade of mermaid hair just speaks straight to my heart! Isn’t it fabulous (and isn’t she just freaking adorable)?!
In any case, I’m sure you’re wondering where she is and when she’s coming back. Hopefully we will have some answers for you soon! In the meantime… you’re stuck with us!
[stextbox id=”kelley2″ caption=”Kelley” collapsing=”true”]My week, in a nutshell: no sleep. I mean, I don’t even know what is happening anymore at this point. But hey, it looks like I had some bloggish bookish mail activity this week!
Also, I’ll be MIA until Thursday or so, which is a bummer indeed.[/stextbox]
Elsewhere in the blogosphere
Tweet of the Week
FINALLY GOING TO HOGWARTS GOODBYEEEE MUGGLE WORLDDDD pic.twitter.com/l320YY2mxL
— Tahereh Mafi (@TaherehMafi) June 21, 2014
On Blogging and Book Reviewing
- Tara shares her experience with moving to WordPress.
- Jennifer provides a list of necessities for your blog.
- Hannah wants you to kick Feedburner to the curb.
- Yara explains how to learn code as a blogger.
- Drew explains the myth of the self-made blogger.
- Ashley explains why you may not be allowed to edit a blog theme design that you purchased.
- Ashley shares how not to get locked out of your blog (by iThemes Security).
ratings, reviews, and arcs
- Inge shares her thoughts on rating systems.
- Rebecca talks about cross-posting reviews.
- Emily discusses the different types of five-star ratings.
- Rachel explains why she deleted your review request.
- Rinn talks about reviewing ARCs.
- Octavia chats about ARC shaming.
- Meg charts the results from her “are reviews boring?” survey.
- Maggie Stiefvater talks about negative reviews.
- Tara talks about why commenting on Blogger blogs is confusing.
- Tabitha and Tina rant about comments and give beginner tips.
- Michelle has some questions about book tubing.
- Ashley wonders if you can be a booktuber if you only read ebooks.
- Amber shares her thoughts on YouTube stars and publishing deals.
A Blogger’s Life
- Nuz shares what going offline has taught her.
- Lili explains how her blog got her through college.
- Nikki wants to know what you look for in monthly recaps.
- Allie jokingly shares some blogger rules that must be obeyed.
- Ashley confesses that she hesitates to call her blog a book blog.
- Nikki wonders how long is TOO long after a giveaway to send prizes.
- Shannelle admits that she likes to label everything – even reviews.
- Christine talks about the joys of book blogging.
- Amy wants to talk about Tumblr.
- Becky says perseverance is key.
- Ashley wonders if blogs go in and out of fashion.
- Marianne admits she’s sometimes afraid when you take her suggestions.
- Janice Hardy has a quick tip to keep your scenes moving.
- Jordan suggests that you give yourself a break.
- Mike Underwood shares 25 secrets of publishing.
- Leila discusses writing and anxiousness.
- Chuck Wendig wants to critique you descriptions.
- Maggie Stiefvater has thoughts on character profiles.
- Gina Damico on the anatomy of an idea.
- E. C. Myers says writers write — and read.
- Abria shares 5 things she learned from Diana Galbadon.
Things Bookworms Think About
A reader’s life
- Topaz talks about the many woes and joys of traveling with books.
- Celine talks about reading TOO fast and reader’s resentment.
- Jamie shares five things you could do to piss her off as a reader.
- April wants to know if you have any book fetishes.
- Ashley asks if you ever accidentally lie about liking a book.
- Genevieve says she’s an introvert who likes reading about extroverts.
- Tina explains how books engender a love of reading in her students.
- Kristilyn wonders how many books you read at a time.
- Julia needs help getting out of a reading slump.
- Pema lists 5 trends he’d like to see emerge.
- Jamie feels like she’s not a well-rounded reader anymore.
- Shae talks about her book canaries – other bloggers whose reviews she reads when unsure about a book.
- Mitchii thinks the “easy to impress” days are over.
Alice-JaneJessica admits she can’t read while commuting.
- Eugenia and Stephanie talk about reading being cool (maybe?).
- Katelynn is suffering from procrasti-reading.
- Sophie wants to know what pushes you to preorder.
- Julie and Rose discuss rereading.
- Ashley shares her thoughts on rereads.
- Jessica wants to know if you’ve ever been compelled to do an immediate re-read.
the bits and pieces of books
- Arianna and Liza discuss what makes a good synopsis.
- Ana discusses her “NO” moments in books.
- Mitchii talks about those plot twist deal breakers – or not.
- Pam wants to know if you read the acknowledgements.
- Laura rants about fingerprint magnet book covers.
- Maddy looks at first person vs. third person PoVs.
- Kristilyn rants about love triangles, insta-love, and more.
- Aimee wants to know why her ships always sink.
- Pamela discusses character crushes and BFFs.
lists and recommendations
- Kelly shares her favorite female characters.
- Miranda highlights historical fiction set in the progressive era.
- Cait lists thirty YA books that changed her world.
- Amanda also shares which books changed her world.
- Rachel highlights some of the best dads in YA.
- Cayce recommends books for Mental Health Awareness Month.
- Natalie shares her top 5 contemporary (summer) reads.
- Bethany lists the 10 most crushworthy leading men in YA.
- Shelly made a flowchart of YA recs for every reader.
- Liza and Arianne (along with some friends) share their favorite YA steampunk novels.
- Miranda shares her controversial thoughts on Fifty Shades of Grey.
- Claude explains why climate fiction has gone viral.
- Ceilidhann says these weird Shakespeare re-imaginings make sense.
- Liz tells us why she really likes Malinda Lo’s Adaptation & Iheritance.
- Stephanie analyzes the relationship of Cress and Thorne from The Lunar Chronicles.
- Tonyalee looks at her relationship with New Adult books.
- Melissa says that YA and comics aren’t all that different.
- Rachel wants to know what you do while listening to an audiobook.
- Trish talks about her audiobook 360 degree turnaround.
- Terri wonders if audiobooks satisfy the reread craving.
hot topics (diversity, book shaming, amazon)
- Nara shares a weird confession about diversity.
- Kelly reflects on the relative merits of book shaming.
- Beth Revis returns to discuss why representation matters.
- Stormy says not everyone has a local indie bookstore to support.
- Dennis wonders if adults should be reading YA novels.
- Beth Revis urges us to stop listening to the hate.
- Nafiza tackles the myth of the strong female heroine in YA novels.
- Tammy wants to know if you’re an adult who reads YA.
- Anne explains why you should “read like a teen” again.
- Ceilidhann says people still use Amazon even though it’s evil.
- Leigh Bardugo wrote a flawless piece on adults reading YA.
- Octavia has some thoughts about ARC shaming.
- Ashley shares some examples of the bookbinding she’s done.
- Rachel pairs up books and bags for summer.
- Thuy creates a manicure for Ruin and Rising.
- Meg shares what she’s learned about guys from YA lit.
- Kristy takes you on a Daughter of Smoke and Bone Tour of Prague.
- Can you guess which books these food descriptions are from?
- Diagon Alley is opening up next month!
- Lindsay made some incredibly awesome Grisha cookies!
- Mallory Ortberg on “my prestigious literary novel”
- How about these Delirium recipes?
- Laini Taylor shows off her new project notebooks.
Quizzes & QUestions
- So, which Buffy character you should hook up with (Kelley + Giles?).
- Or which epic sci-fi woman you are most like (Kelley = Katniss).
- Or maybe which cute thing you are (Kelley = Hello Kitty).
- Or what your favorite high school book says about you.
- Or even what kind of cat you are!
- Maggie Stiefvater asks adults: are you better or worse than (or the same as) you were as a teen?
Fandoms & Freebies
- Ryan shares 8 great sci-fi movies where no one gets murdered.
- Kelly is drowning in swag. Are you?
- Anita wonders if fan service ruins television.
- Did you know that Carl Jung’s Red Book is now FREE ONLINE?!?!
- Marissa Meyer announces a 5th book in the Lunar Chronicles.
- Foz Meadows has thoughts on Supernatural (and then has some more thoughts on Supernatural).
- Read the fan letter 15-year-old George R. R. Martin wrote to Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1963.
Videos of the Week
- There’s a new trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy.
- Curious about Goat Simulator (who isn’t)? Here’s a documentary on it.
- The Midnight Garden gets YA authors to read snarky reviews.
- Watch the folks at Arcade Arms make the bow from Legend of Zelda!
- You can now watch the Delirium pilot on Hulu!
- Meg talks about books she wishes she could stop reading.
So, how was your week?