News & Updates at Oh, the Books!
In Case You Missed It
Here’s all the stuff that we posted this week.
- Kelley shared her experienced with depression and denial.
- We recommended books with mental health themes for our latest Bookish Guide.
- Kelley highlighted what she is looking forward to in July.
- Asti got personal with another post about depression.
- Kelley shared her mini reviews for May.
- Marisa stopped by to say she’s a YA who reads YA.
- Asti created a quiz to help you determine if you’d survive the Bookish Games!
- Asti popped over to Books for a Delicate Eternity to whine: “I Want My Mummy!“
Our Lives This Week
[stextbox id=”asti2″ caption=”Asti” collapsing=”true”]Hi everyone! :D My week has actually been alright. I feel like my plan for the summer: working out, dissertation, and blogging has really been going well for me. I feel in a really positive place right now – both physically and mentally – and I feel like each week that I continue doing this I will get a little better. It’s really the best thing for me, since once my dissertation deadline arrives my life will switch into a high-stress situation.
Oh, and I have to say I’ve been really getting into Instagram lately. I actually think I might wrote a post about it soon, just because I’m cool like that (or not, haha). But hey, if you want to follow me on there to see my attempts at bookish photography (along with feet shots, selfies, and other odds and ends) feel free! (Wow, what shameless self-promotion, muhaha).
[stextbox id=”kelley2″ caption=”Kelley” collapsing=”true”]This week has been pretty stressful for me, so it’s a good thing it was also littered with presents and fun activities. I was out of the office Monday, Tuesday, and half of Wednesday, and when I finally came in to work, I found a mountain of packages on my desk (and the MORE arrived the next 2 days!)
I’m starting a clinical trial for an experimental narcolepsy-cataplexy medication, which means that for the next few months I may or may not be functioning optimally. Life and work are also very busy for me right now, so you may not see as much of me online as usual, but I’ll do my best.
No matter how busy and stressed I feel, though, I’ve found that making time to do activities I KNOW I’ll find fun and therapeutic is essential. That’s why I’m pushing myself to continue attending longsword classes, and my husband and I have been spending plenty of quality time with our bird friends at the local park and snuggling with adorable kitties. I also try to make sure I engage in creative activities because they are always rewarding — such as my Ferengi FEMALES t-shirt![/stextbox]
Elsewhere in the blogosphere
Tweet of the Week
This is how it feels to write a book… http://t.co/Ebi60n1l5N
— Tom Winter (@wintrybits) June 22, 2014
On Blogging and Book Reviewing
Blogging Tips and resources
- Ashley explains how to create your own social media icons.
- Ashley shares 10 free Photoshop brushes for design and painting.
- Rachel has a free half-year organizer just for book bloggers.
- Cait explains how to run giveaways with Rafflecopter.
- Jessica shares 5 mobile apps for productivity and blogging.
ratings, reviews, and arcs
- Ely shares her thoughts on ratings.
- Val asks: how do you pick your ARCs?
- Ashley talks about rating systems.
- Finley Jane has decided to no longer rate books.
- Ashley warns that Goodreads Reviews can outrank your blog reviews.
other blogging posts
- Rosie wants to know your thoughts on post excerpts.
- Emz shares her experience with moving to WordPress.
- Charleen talks about what she learned from taking a week off.
- Amy discusses how she came into book blogging.
- Hannah is refreshing her monthly recaps.
- Jamie shares how book blogging has changed her life.
- Rachel dishes junk on giveaways.
- Sandra talks about commenting back.
- Emz shares her thoughts on promo posts.
- Miranda unveils her new blog design.
- Jamie discusses the blurred lines between life and blogging.
Book Blogger Controversies
- Ceilidhann discusses book blog sponsorships.
- Kelly talks about blogging, responsibility, and content ownership.
- Kim compares blogging for books vs. blogging because of books.
- Alex Bracken on dreams and day jobs.
- Ian Doescher gives us a lesson in pentameter.
- Brian McClellan explains how he created his own expanded universe.
- Kim Curran shares 5 things she learned when her publisher went under.
- Erin Bowman teaches us how to craft the perfect critique sandwich.
- Maggie Stiefvater offers advice about writing careers and writer jealousy.
- Corinne Duyvis talks about what fandom taught her.
- Jessica Brody explains how to make unlikeable characters likeable.
- Caragh O’Brien on nurturing early ideas and first drafts.
Things Bookworms Think About
A reader’s life
- Kelly explains why she loves reading.
- Jules shares her top three reading positions.
- Terri wants to know: what’s your bookish “gap”?
- Becca talks about the 10 things every bookworm worries about.
- Shannelle complains about book signings being a major timesuck.
- Jamie shares three things about her as a reader that are different.
- Glass talks about the bookworm problem of having nothing to read.
- Mitchii has conquered listening to music while reading.
- Lily wants to know what you like to read by the pool.
- Leah wonders what makes a well-read reader.
- Sophie went a week without reading books.
- Amber shares her childhood favorites.
- Miranda asks: how do you picture characters?
- Kristilyn talks about finding the perfect scary book.
- Tara rants about books being compared to The Hunger Games.
- Rashika wonders if the influence books have are always positive.
- Ana shares what she likes and dislikes about supporting characters.
- Kaitlin goes over the various reactions after reading a cliffhanger ending.
- Celine complains that male/female friendships don’t exist in books.
- Josephine says books are objects of cultural consumption.
- Tori rants about book covers based on movie adaptations.
- Michelle asks: what is a spoiler to you?
- Pamela talks about her favorite genres.
- Katelynn shares some of her library woes.
- Sophie wants to know what pushes you to pre-order books.
- Jessica wonders why we keep buying bad books.
- Emily shares her thoughts on book buying bans.
- Try the 69 test to see if you’ll like a book before buying it!
- Rebecca talks about book buying bans, NetGalley and Edelweiss, and the Deadly Daily Kindle Deals.
- Nikki explains why she usually leaves novellas until last.
- Francine talks about series and standalones for contemporary novels.
- Abria says she prefers when authors reintroduce a character in sequels.
- Crini shares her strategy for keeping track of the series she reads.
- Jeann wants to know if endings change your feelings on a book/series.
- Meg tries to break her habit of not finishing series.
- Anne wonders if trilogies are worth it.
- Siiri explains how to make a TBR jar.
- Finley Jayne has decided to get rid of her TBR list.
- Emily walks you through the steps required to conquering a TBR pile.
- Kim interrogates her bookshelves (with color coding!).
hot topics (Book piracy, diversity, reading ya)
- Chyna talks about piracy and selling ARCs online.
- Lucy says book piracy is responsible for book deaths.
- Shae explains how you can support diversity in the book world.
- Jennifer shares her thoughts on Young Adult and Middle Grade.
- Stormy assures us the reading police do not exist.
- Ceilidhann is unhappy about society’s prevailing ableism.
- Kim wonders: why isn’t just reading enough anymore?
- Ellen Oh says not to categorize diverse books as “special interest”.
- Alex explains just how horrible Amazon really is.
Recommendations and lists
- Bec recommends some dystopian titles.
- Kim (Stacked) rounds up some graphic novels.
- Cayce made a YA book QUILTBAG rainbow for pride month.
- Cassie shares idea for what to read (YA & disabilities).
- Kim (Sophisticated Dorkiness) has some nonfiction recommendations.
- Claire recommends some digital anthropology books.
- Here’s an Epic Reads glossary for the book nerd experience.
- Find out which Peter Pan character you are (Kelley is Tiger Lily!).
- Kayla shows us what colors Days of Blood and Starlight is to her!
- The Entire History of A Song of Ice and Fire Explained in 9 Maps.
- Apparently, You Can Make a Life-Sized Owl from a Single Copy of The Way of Kings!
- Gail Martin talks about why we collect things.
- Janet discusses projection and fantasy characters.
- Rinn is still thinking about moving to the Netherlands.
- Steph explores the fantasy environments & heroines of Miyazaki.
- Siofra talks about PTSD and the demon inside her head (I, II, III).
Videos of the Week
- In this week’s Book Nerd Problems: Unhelpful Recommendations.
- Anne shares some of her favorite video game scores.
- Have you seen the first trailer for Mockingjay Part 1?
- How to make your own Midori-style traveler’s notebook.
- This Video Proves That Even SFF Characters Need to Stop and Take Selfies.
- Netflix is soon to have its first original anime series: Knights of Sidonia!
- A cute animated short about sneezing on the subway.
So, how was your week?