News & Updates at Oh, the Books!
First, a bit of housekeeping
As some of you may have noticed, our site went down for a while on Monday morning. Thankfully, we got it back up, and mostly intact, but we did lose several comments from Saturday and Sunday. We’re as sad about it as you are, but there’s nothing that can be done. :(
Oh, the Books! bookmarks
Many people have expressed interest in getting their hands on some of our awesome bookmarks. In this case, Kelley might just be willing to send you one or two! Please see the following tweet for details:
AHEM: If you want one of our awesome bookmarks, please send an email to HELLO[at]ohthebooks[dot]com! (sorry for the confusion, folks! -K)
— Oh, the Books! (@oh_thebooks) June 10, 2014
In other, more exciting news…
Our blog won the YA Web Award for Favorite Fact Finder — thank you so much to everyone who voted! We can’t tell you how happy it makes us to know that you guys love all of the links and other random information that we find, collect, analyze, and share!
And congrats to a few of our friends and favorite bloggers who also won awards: Abria @ Shall Write won for Best Self Published YA Author, Pub(lishing) Crawl won for Best Group/Organization, Anya @ On Starships and Dragonwings won for Best Genre-Specific Reviewer — and many others as well. Congratulations all around!
In Case You Missed It
Here’s all the stuff that we posted this week.
- Asti reviewed Death Note: Black Edition, volume 1
- Kelley reviewed Dissonance by Erica O’Rourke
- Asti reviewed Teeth by Hannah Moskowitz
Discussions & More:
- Kelley gave us 5 reasons you need Death Note in your life
- Kelley shared some of her favorite Android apps for book lovers
- Grace from Novel Notations stopped by to share her bookish playlist.
- Asti (and her creative space) was also featured over at Crazy Red Pen.
Our Lives This Week
[stextbox id=”asti2″ caption=”Asti” collapsing=”true”]My week has been a bit of a roller coaster. I have eight million things to do, but all I seem to be doing is wasting my days watching Netflix. Curses! I really need to pull my shit together because all this slacking off not only stresses me out but also makes me feel bad about myself.
But really, who can resist drooling in front of the computer watching crappy tv shows and movies all day long? (If you can resist, I don’t want to hear it. Let’s all just pretend we all suffer this same predicament so I can feel better about myself.)
Oh, but before I go, I have to mention the awesome packages I got in the mail this week which made me feel slightly better about my pathetic laziness. A massive thank you goes to my co-blogger Kelley for sending me the next two volumes of Death Note (which arrived the day my review went up – perfect timing!) and to Josephine @ Dudette Reads who sent me a lovely card and bookmark for my birthday and to Jessica @ Literary etc for the postcard!
Whenever I’m feeling down on myself (which has been happening a bit lately), I look at the things I receive from all the bloggers around me (whether books or just kind words) and I realize I must not be that horrible of a person if you guys all love me! Right? Right. So thank you <3 [/stextbox]
[stextbox id=”leanne2″ caption=”Leanne” collapsing=”true”]Leanne’s life is super crazy hectic right now, so even though she misses blogging and we miss her, she just hasn’t had the time to devote to internetting lately. We hope that things will calm down for her soon, but until then, we’ll just keep sending her encouraging messages and telling her how much we miss her. <3
-Kelley & Asti[/stextbox]
[stextbox id=”kelley2″ caption=”Kelley” collapsing=”true”]This week my husband and I finally visited the local ARMA division for longsword classes and it was a blast (despite all my dumb injuries getting in the way)! Their training regime — a long 3.5 hours in the evening — is superb. I felt like I learned a lot and already made progress after my first class! I only wish they did dagger training more often, because I’d really prefer those to swords. Alas!
Aside from that, and Wildstar, and lamenting the taco shirt I did not buy… I regret that I haven’t done much reading lately. I really hope I can keep up with my reading goals despite 2 nights a week being dedicated to ARMA and a lot of my other time being taken over by Wildstar. Um, wish me luck? O_O[/stextbox]
Elsewhere in the blogosphere
Tweet of the Week
We all start as artistic snobs. Or maybe I just mean that I did. But I became a much better artist when I left my snobbery in a ditch.
— Maggie Stiefvater (@mstiefvater) June 12, 2014
On Blogging and Book Reviewing
Promoting and following blogs
- Ashley asks: how well do you market yourself and your blog?
- Julie and Rose discuss what makes them follow a blog.
- Kevan writes a scientific guide to hashtags.
- Mariko asks: how do you follow?
ARCs and Reviews
- Bieke talks about when to post ARC reviews.
- Brittany says don’t look back at your old reviews.
- Meg shares her survey results: are book reviews boring?
- Rachel contemplates: reviews or page views?
- Alise asks: what if ARCs didn’t exist?
- Amanda shares her thoughts on the negatives of Netgalley.
- Ashley examines what she wants in a book review/cataloging site.
- Ashley offers advice on mobile themes and responsive blog designs.
- Amber shares five ways to protect your blog on Blogger.
- Rebecca shares her thoughts on how often to post.
A Blogger’s Life
- Ashley talks about her web design & development journey.
- Miranda says her reading has changed because of blogging.
- Amanda wonders at what point we learn to take our own advice.
- Alice shares her top eleven book blog pet glees.
- Ashley admits she hesitates when calling Nose Graze a book blog.
- Becky stops by Queen of Contemporary tell talk about blogging from a non-blogger’s perspective.
On Writing & Publishing
Writing Advice & Tips
- Susan Dennard asks: do you actually need that romance?
- Lesley Marie shares some of the things she loves to do in writing.
- Abria talks about word quotas.
- Chuck Wendig answers the FAQ: “how do you write?“
- Julie Eshbaugh says your character is lying.
- Tessa Gratton talks about writing passionately.
- Gina Damico says writing is like a tree, feedback is like a fence.
The Publishing Industry
- Stephanie Kuehn offers advice for debut authors.
- Neil Gaiman is obviously pissed at Amazon.
- Laura stops by Pub(lishing) Crawl to give us a librarian’s insider view.
Things Bookworms Think About
A Reader’s Life
- Miranda confesses that her boyfriend doesn’t read books.
- Kayla shows us how synesthesia affects her reading experience!
- Kat has given us a guide to dealing with bad books.
- Kayla asks: to reread or not to reread?
- Eugenia talks about buying books.
- Kelly is rethinking ebooks.
- Tara confesses: she dog-ear pages.
- Tori talks about mistreating books.
- Jenna discusses bookish comfort zones.
- Tahleen remembers summer reading at the library.
- Mitchii talks about disliking books everyone else loves.
- Genevieve goes over the many emotions of the DNF.
- Maddy says she loves the ending of a book the best.
- Delaney shares her thoughts on getting back into reading.
- Kristilyn wants to know: how many books do you read?
- Pam discusses reader/author contracts.
- Melanie talks about when she reads.
chatting about characters
- Ana talks about the determined love interest.
- Aimee looks at the different types of male leads in YA.
- Terri wants to chat about Snape (spoiler alert!).
certain types of books
- Epic Reads asks: what are your favorite YA road trip books?
- Sara lists 5 more Cinderella retellings.
- Sandra shares her thoughts on New Adult books.
- Here are 16 new releases in speculative fiction for June.
- Nafiza recommends some graphic novels.
- Ruby shares some fantasy recommendations.
- Sara provides 21 perfect middle grade books for summer reading.
- Sue explains how reality became the hot new thing in YA.
- Charlene looks at the origins of the mystery genre.
- Leigh talks about the oh-so-pretty classics.
- Kelly looks at microtrends in YA fiction.
- Sara lists 12 more YA fairytale retellings.
- Stephanie shares five novels for the reluctant historical fiction reader.
- Claudia Gray did a cover Q&A about A Thousand Pieces of You, and here’s an interview with the cover designer herself.
- Here’s a collection of 20 minimalist book covers.
- Natalie wants to know why publishers changed book covers.
- Designing the cover for The Thackery T. Lambshead Pocket Guide.
- Cee wants to know your thoughts on movie tie-in covers: yay or nay?
Serious about series
- Nikki wants to know if you rush through or savor series.
- Pamela shares her favorite type of series.
- Jessica asks: are you stricter or more lenient when rating a well-loved series?
John Green, TFiOS, and Controversy
- Bizzy discusses the fault in the film.
- Jeanne asks John Green to stop perpetuating sexist myths.
- Beckie explains why she dislikes The Fault in Our Stars.
- Elisabeth talks about her John Green experience.
- Aja says: sorry, the TFiOS kiss isn’t as groundbreaking as you hoped.
- Jodi Meadows answers a reader’s question about why some people are angry with John Green.
On Reading Whatever You Like Without Shame
- Abria asks: is YA embarassing?
- Angela says to read what you want.
- Sarah writes in defense of pleasure reading.
- Michelle says: let’s all just read more great books, YA or not.
- Maggie Stiefvater says books don’t make you smart, stories do.
- The gals at The Book Wars wrote a rebuttal to that Slate article.
- Caitlin says adults reading YA isn’t that big of a deal.
- A YA Author’s Crusade to Defend Literature’s Most Maligned Genre
- Non says adults shouldn’t be embarrassed to read children’s books.
- Allie muses on reader shame: guilty pleasures & “acceptable” books.
- Laura Ashlee says to be proud of reading. Period.
- Ren relishes in the freedom to read without guilt.
- Alyssa wonders if she has book prejudice.
- Sara shares 13 bookish crafts perfect to make this summer.
- Ren gives us a tour of her bookshelf.
- Can you tell who said it: Michael Gove or Dolores Umbridge?
- Eye candy: 23 rainbow bookshelves!
- Rinn looks at bookish influences on Bioshock.
- Becca has created a list of dating deal-breakers for the book addict.
- Lesley Marie has created two more bookish parodies.
- Mallory has some recommended reading for TV characters.
- B&N editors share 33 more things they’d do if they were locked in a bookstore overnight.
Did You Know?
- Meet NASA’s new design for a warp drive ship.
- Apparently extroverts could be problematic on space missions.
- Did you know there is such a thing as competitive punning?
- These flesh and bone letter sculptures are so cool!
- There’s a huge DRM-free video game sale going on at GOG right now.
- Vermeer’s paintings might actually be 350-year-old color photos!
- Ren discusses Death Note: L and Panopticism.
- Rinn takes a look at bookish influences on Bioshock.
- Brandon Sanderson answers questions about The Way of Kings.
- Kateri talks about her experience watching a bisexual teen anime.
- Tom is disappointed in the Washington Post re: #YesAllWomen.
- Kelley couldn’t stop laughing at this story about interviews.
- Soraya tells us 10 simple words every girl should learn.
- Elizabeth Simins made some Father’s Day comics (1, 2) for those of us who might not have such great relationships with our fathers.
Videos of the Week
- Book Nerd Problems: when your favorite characters die.
- A hilarious parody of the epic writing scenes in Death Note.
- The official trailer for Legend of Korra: Book 3 has been revealed!
- SJ Kincaid shares tidbits about Catalyst & offers a giveaway!
- Watch this coffee expert review cheap coffee.
- Tor has a great roundup of trailers & news from E3.
- Mad twerking skills — worth watching, trust us!
- Here’s how to tell the difference between a big horn sheep and a mountain goat.
So, how was your week?