News & Updates at Oh, the Books!
In Case You Missed It
Here’s all the stuff that we posted this week.
- Kelley posted mini reviews for things she read in May.
- Asti shared read and red books on her bookshelf.
- Kelley got excited about many things coming in July.
- Asti reviewed Kinslayer by Jay Kristoff.
- Day Two of The Bookish Games: The Lunar Chronicles Edition began.
Our Lives This Week
In Asti’s Life…
I feel like I should have things to put here this week, but nothing is coming to mind. It’s almost as if I know I did stuff but this week has been such a blur that I don’t remember any of it. Does anyone else have that problem?
I guess mainly I worked, because that’s what I do, and that’s been going well enough. I get along with pretty much everyone I work with, and while retail isn’t the most exciting job in the world, it’s one that’s working for me right now. I think I could happily spend the next four years working where I do until I can move back to London with Dave – that is, if our store isn’t one of the 100+ that are closing. (We haven’t found out yet… wish us luck!)
Oh, speaking of work, I did get a massive bruise on my leg last Sunday, which I’m sure some of you saw on my Twitter. (If not, here’s the picture again for your cringing pleasure.) Someone asked me to help carry out metal boxes to their car when we left work Sunday, and being the helpful person I am I did, but I couldn’t figure out a way to hold the boxes that was comfortable. I ended up gripping one in each hand while walking, and between them being heavy and not having a great grip they kept smashing into my legs as I walked. And, well, the result was this beautiful collection of bruises. That teaches me for trying to be friendly and help others!
I also finally took my books out for a little field trip to a nearby park to take pictures for my Instagram account. I’m glad I finally have a little stockpile of photos to post on my account again, but am disappointed in quite a few of my shots. This park just wasn’t as inspiring as the other locations I’ve taken photos at, so many of my shots were… meh. What makes it even more frustrating is that I didn’t think to wear bug spray before I went and the mosquitos were out in full force, so not only do I have 800 bruises on my leg, I also have 800 bug bites.
So yeah, I definitely had a
fun pain-filled week. No wonder my brain didn’t want to remember any of it when writing this recap! ;)
In Kelley’s Life…
I’ve been trying my best not to be an utter failure as a blogging partner this week, and I think the only way in which I’ve succeeded is by getting our comment subscription issue sorted out. You see…
My husband is coming home IN TWO WEEKS!!!!!!!!!!!!! That makes me very, very happy!!!!!!!! This news is also, however, why I have been so incredibly busy. It means that we will be moving to the Austin area very soon after he gets back, so I’ve been finding us a place to live, slowly packing up our stuff, and working on finding myself a new job in the Austin area. On top of that, I’ve been attempting to get some reading done, as well as baking cakes and trying to spend some time with friends and family before I move away.
I’ve been trying my hardest to keep up with blogging, but I’ve not been able to meet my typical standards when it comes to the recaps (although I *did* make an attempt this week… and failed). Expect to be seeing a bit less of me for the month of July. Things are happening fast, but I hope that once we move and get settled, life will calm down again and I can come back with new energy.
Elsewhere in the blogosphere
Tweet of the Week
I just had a million dollar idea: Jurassic Puurrk, a cat cafe where all the cats are dressed like dinosaurs.
— Concept of a Woman (@mk_patter) June 20, 2015
On Blogging and Book Reviewing
Blogging Tips and Tricks
- Amir says plagiarism is not a game.
- Claire discusses the benefits of guest blogging.
- Sarah warns against getting caught in comparisons.
- Rachel talks about a little different social media promotion.
- Rosie wonders: does the time of day matter when you post?
- Amanda encourages bloggers to revamp and refresh old posts.
- Jessica shares 5 questions to ask yourself before starting a blog.
- Jessica explains why you should celebrate your blogging milestones.
Rating and Reviewing
- Jennifer talks about harsh book ratings.
- Cait wants to know: when do you read reviews?
- Lola explains why she likes and dislikes Netgalley.
- Tonyalee talks about reading and writing reviews.
- Beth walks us through her book reviewing process.
- Stephanie provides a step-by-step how to format book review information.
- Ashley thinks it makes total sense that blog tour organizers only allow positive reviews.
A Blogger’s Life
- Jillian admires book bloggers.
- Ariel says time management is hard.
- Debby talks about the state of her blog.
- M. wants to change the name of her blog.
- Regina answers the question: why do you blog?
- Nova explains why book tags are difficult for her.
- Annie is feeling her age in the blogging community.
- Mishma says blogging has changed her a lot as a person.
- Cassie explains why she became a blogger and why she stayed a blogger.
- Iris looks at the problems and possible solutions when it comes to her blog.
Things Bookworms Think About
A Bookworm’s Life
- Trish talks about why she reads.
- Amy asks: when is a spoiler a spoiler?
- Grace has ideas for how to read more.
- Keionda says never interrupt a reader.
- Kayla is struggling with book amnesia.
- Mitchii discusses her reading year so far.
- Nitzan wants to know: which TBR matters?
- Tiffany discusses the importance of translation.
- Annie updates us on her reading trends in 2015.
- Emz talks about second degree embarrassment.
- Amy has some advice on choosing your holiday reading.
- Crini reminds readers: loving something is not a contest.
- Shar discusses reading goals and the importance of branching out.
- Cait wants to know: what is the most delicious part of a book for you?
- Taylor discusses book buying.
- Joey shares his thoughts on aisle readers.
- Ashley shares her thoughts on AutoRip for books.
Re-Reading And DNFs
- Paula explains why she DNFs.
- Julie wants to know: do you re-read books?
- Cait explains why she always finishes books.
- The girls at The Socratic Salon revisit childhood reading.
- Jennifer talks about old favorite titles disappointing you.
- Missie talks about keeping track of series.
- Kaja shares her thoughts on finishing series.
- Crini demonstrates how she keeps track of her book series: spreadsheets.
- Rachel discusses trilogy enders: winners, disappointments, and unknowns.
- Cayt talks about the spectrum of series-reading: getting to them before everyone else or being late to the party.
- Emily shares her thoughts on e-books.
- Jen says audiobooks are the cure for slow readers.
- Liza asks: what are you looking for in an audiobook?
- Josephine shares fives reasons for multi-format reading.
Inside the Books
- Lexxie shares her thoughts on epilogues.
- Shayna doesn’t like characters who write.
- Cristina talks about parents in YA literature.
- Ardelia takes a look at weather in literature.
- Claire thinks YA heroines are becoming a trope.
- Lauren wonders: can “love” save two broken people?
Different Types of Stories
- Kelly is a genre-jumper.
- Krystal shares her thoughts on LGBT books.
- Tabby wonders: what makes a book a classic?
- Sunny explains why she’s been reading short stories.
- Heidi talks about the books/genres she tends to avoid.
Lists and Recommendations
- Regina is afraid to recommend books to others.
- Briana has some suggestions for YA beach reads.
- Lillian puts together a list of books to survive high school.
- Stephanie recommends books similar to The Kiss of Deception.
- Amaris highlights sixteen titles to add to your summer reading list.
- Krysta says if you like fairy tales based on lesser-known works, then read…
- Nova wrote a song based on The Fault in Our Stars.
- Cait wants to guess what style of book covers you adore.
- Jessica showscases some classic book titles turned cheesy.
- Kayla shows what colors she associates with The Wrath and the Dawn.
So, how was your week?