News & Updates at Oh, the Books!
Things seem pretty quiet for us this week — we’re all in the middle of busyness — but there ARE several things happening behind the scenes! More bookish games planning, more projects, and more blogging events. We’re looking forward to revealing some of them soon!
In Case You Missed It
Here’s all the stuff that we posted this week.
- Kelley checked in with her reading progress for the month.
- Kelley published a quiz: which YA fantasy heroine archetype are you?
- Asti went on a bookish parade with The Night Circus.
- Kelley reviewed The Murder Complex, complete with a diagram!
- Rosie discussed the struggle between “doing you” and getting your readers’ attention.
- Asti shared her latest Bookish Find: Joel Robison’s Bookish Photographs.
Our Lives This Week
[stextbox id=”asti2″ caption=”Asti” collapsing=”true”]Well hi! I feel like it’s weird contributing to this weekly recap while I’m back home because even though I can see all the posts that have been going up through my Feedly and update things accordingly, I feel incredibly out of the loop about everything that has been going on.
But in a way, I sort of feel like it’s a good thing. I can see through multiple blog posts that there has been drama yet again – whether it’s blogger jealousy or stupid articles that try to bring people down for reading YA – and I’m just sort of glad that I’m not around to read it all. Even though I rarely ever get involved in drama to begin with (that’s not my style), I feel like just knowing it’s there can negatively affect my mood and desire to blog, so I’ll gladly pass.
That being said, I do miss everyone and I’m glad that I’m back in the UK so I can settle back into my routine again. This summer is going to be all about blogging, doing my dissertation, and taking care of myself mentally and physically. I’m ready for it![/stextbox]
[stextbox id=”kelley2″ caption=”Kelley” collapsing=”true”]Well, virtually all of my free time since Tuesday has been sucked away by Wildstar Online and I’m not sorry.
Probably for the first time ever, I voluntarily made a male character in a video game, when there were female options. Well, sort of. Look, I’m female and I like playing as female characters in video games. Sure, I’ll play as a dude when there’s no choice, but if I have a choice? Girl!
However, my first character on Wildstar is male. Or, at least, it looks male? I chose the Chua race (because omg cute chinchilla-people!), which doesn’t have any gender options. Sadly, I think all of the customization options still make them look quite male, which is annoying. So I made a “male” Chua because I wanted to be a cute chinchilla-person (and yes, it’s pink but NOT because of girly-reasons :P).
ANYWAY… I also did this cool handwriting meme, so that was fun…[/stextbox]
Elsewhere in the blogosphere
Tweet of the Week
A portrait of the author, collapsed, with food. I lack the strength to open the knife packaging. pic.twitter.com/mEhDwsIJhS
— Maggie Stiefvater (@mstiefvater) May 29, 2014
On Blogging and Book Reviewing
Book Reviewing and rating
- Miranda wonders if you read reviews for books you haven’t read yet.
- Mallory Ortberg explains how NOT to review women’s writing.
- Cait dislikes how books might be rated high just for their diversity.
- Nikki discusses commenting on reviews you don’t agree with.
- Dre talks about what to do when you run out of books to review.
- Rachel talks about how social media can affect blogging.
- Rachel has some tips for increasing Facebook’s organic reach.
- Kelly says not everything comes easily when it comes to blogging.
- Hazel discusses blogoversaries and blog celebrations.
- Terri shares her methods for staying organized.
- Lucy shares her blogging playlist.
- Ashley shares her panel ideas for the next BEA Blogger’s Conference.
- Christine has put together the ultimate BEA 2014 round-up with links to all the BEA posts.
On Writing & Publishing
- Jodi Meadows says to start with a change, not just an action.
- Chuck Wendig explains what “character agency” is.
- Roberta Temes shares 5 tips to help you write your memoir.
- Biljana discusses the building of a setting.
- Allison Foster stops by YA Highway to explore 6 ways to study writing.
- Mark T. Conrad explores narratives an our ways of knowing.
A Writer’s Life, An Author’s Life
- Matt Haig on writing and parenthood.
- Brittani has a guide to not screwing up your overseas book launch.
- Jessica O’Gorek talks about balancing life and writing.
- Ashleyrose Sullivan talks about reading out loud in public.
- Jennifer Adams stops by Pub(lishing) Crawl to offer advice on publishing a children’s book.
- Chuck Wendig has some thoughts on Amazon, Hachette, and Giant Stompy Corporations.
- Here’s an interesting look at the cover art process.
- Penguin Random House unveils their new brand identity.
Things Bookworms Think About
a reader’s life
- Kristilyn compares quality vs. quantity re: reading habits.
- Julie and Rose talk about how they choose which books to read next.
- Karolina shares her thoughts on DNF-ing.
- Lucy shows how people treat her differently since she’s a book lover.
- Rinn wants to know our book buying habits – go take her survey!
- Pam discusses owning multiple editions of the same book.
- Laura explains how she organizes her physical TBR books.
- Abria shows us how to detox your bookshelves.
- Mitchii talks about the different ways to organize your bookshelves.
characters and Tropes
- Ana talks about match-making friends in books.
- Meg has invited the Blogger Panel to discuss if their favorite character are not the MCs.
- Nara complains about the trope where someone breaks up with the other person for their own good.
- Kim wonders how you feel about series.
- Marisa shares her thoughts on book series.
- Sheri talks about skipping books in a series.
- Carrie says some books should not be adapted to film.
- Josephine shares how movie adaptations of books affect her.
- Ceilidhann is frustrated with the whitewashing of Divergent.
- Kristilyn shares which audiobooks you need to listen to.
- Kim & Kelly have put together a magical realism reading list.
- Miranda shares ten awesome New Adult books that aren’t “just sex”.
- Jennifer Mathieu stops by Perpetual Page-Turner to recommend some YA books dealing with slut shaming and sexuality.
- Nafiza explores fantasy subgenres.
- Danny shares some audiobooks you should listen to.
Reading and defining YA
- Amanda discusses Slate, YA, and reading what you want.
- Jenny says she will not be shamed for reading YA.
- Becca shares the whys and hows behind her reading YA.
- Crini wants to know how you categorize a book as YA.
- Yash rants about YA lit, fantasy, and comics.
- Ceilidhann explains why people write anti-YA linkbait.
- Meg shares her feelings about #YAShame.
- Rachel states her thoughts on reading YA.
- Linda says teen readers will inherit the earth.
- Elisabeth says YA fiction is for everyone.
- Dr. B. says to stop apologizing for what you like to read.
- Mel sarcastically demands that we ban all books in response to Slate’s article.
tough subjects in and around books
- Rachel wonders about books on tough topics for boys.
- Anne wants to know what you prefer when it comes to sex in books.
- Nova rants about drugs, sex, and other mature topics in YA.
- Cayce shares her thoughts on mental health books.
- Sabrina compares to John Green to Judy Blume.
- April discusses Amazon and the ongoing war for her soul.
- Ren discusses the freedom to read without guilt.
- Ceilidhann lists some things #WeNeedDIverseBooks supporters are sick of hearing.
- Jessica Khoury talks about Harry Potter and the forbidden books.
- Mallory Ortberg shows us Harry Potter as written by Ayn Rand.
- Check out this couple’s Harry Potter-themed wedding.
- Melissa Anelli’s rant about Hermione + Ron is awesome.
- Here’s a periodic table of Epic Reads.
- Yara shows off a bunch of great-looking bookshelves.
- Allison has 12 signs you’re addicted to books.
- Iris provides tips on how to spot the book nerd.
- Alexa and Gaby have invited everyone to the YA Prom.
- Alice-Jane has created wallpapers for Since You’ve Been Gone.
- Maria explains what’s lost as handwriting fades.
Mental Health Awareness Month
Videos of the Week
- Maggie Stiefvater shows off the book trailer for Sinner.
- Have you seen the new trailer for film adaptation of The Giver?
- This baby goat is bleating its heart out (thanks Miranda!)
- Here’s an interesting look at how your brain responds to pain.
Important / Sad Note
Our website and host had some difficulties, and the site went down at midnight on June 8/9, which means the original version of this post was lost when our site was restored. This means that there are likely several links now missing from our list, along with any and all comments we had on the post (AND all of the comments on Asti’s post from yesterday), which is disappointing for all of us. :( Hopefully this will never happen again!
So, how was your week?