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If you make note of anything in our recap this week, make sure it is these two very important things: 1) Sign-ups for the next Bookish Games (Divergent edition!) are up, and 2) please take our poll at the bottom of this post!
In Case You Missed It
Here’s all the stuff that we posted this week.
- Kelley shared a passionate rant and analysis of book promotional campaigns.
- Leanne shared a dirty little secret about author events.
- Asti reunited and reviewed The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness.
- Kelley reviewed Exile by Shannon Messenger.
- Kelley shared her thoughts on Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead.
- The sign-ups for Asti’s newest version of the Bookish Games went live!
Our Lives This Week
[stextbox id=”asti2″ caption=”Asti” collapsing=”true”]Well, what to say about my week? I guess I can start by saying: “NO MORE CLASSES!” Yippee! But it’s funny because I feel like this has caused me more stress than happiness. I’m glad I don’t have to get up and go to lectures or seminars anymore, and that all my presentations are accounted for. But I’m still not done. I still have five big assessments due between April and May, and on top of that I need to be working on my dissertation. AND I also plan on completing work placements. AND I’ll be going home to visit my family. So on the one hand I’m just stressed because there’s so much to do!
The other thing that has been freaking me out lately? Knowing that classes are over means that I’m one step closer to having my Visa expire. It’s one step closer to that pivotal time period where I have to do my best to find a job or else go back home to the States. It’s one step closer to this big unknown that makes me incredibly anxious and overwhelmed. Where will I be next year? What will this do to my relationship with Dave? What will this do to my relationship back at home? What if I can’t figure things out? My mind is just racing with so many thoughts right now, and it’s incredibly stressful.
So yeah, my week hasn’t been too amazing. Oh but wait! There is one thing that has been somewhat exciting: Bookish Games: Divergent Edition sign ups have gone live! I’ve had this game planned for quite a while so I’m super excited to see how it all pans out. That’s one good thing. :)[/stextbox]
[stextbox id=”leanne2″ caption=”Leanne” collapsing=”true”]So, I totally spent most of my free time (and even a little more time beyond that I shouldn’t have) finishing up the Fire and Thorns series by Rae Carson. I believe I mentioned last week that I was so in love with book 1 before I was even 100 pages in, that I put the other two books on hold from the library immediately and bought all the novellas. When my days off rolled around this week, I spent most of one of them on the couch, refusing to move until I’d finished the last book! As you can see, I only posted once this week, because I was just too sucked into that world to bring my head out of it. Gosh, you guys, if you haven’t read that series YOU NEED TO. But wait until you can put aside some serious time for it. ;)
But other than channeling most of my waking free time in that series, not too much went on! My dad did drop by for his usual bi-monthly out-of-state visit and we had a grand time acting like kids and taking pictures of things. There may be a Photo Field Trip from that soon. ^_^[/stextbox]
[stextbox id=”kelley2″ caption=”Kelley” collapsing=”true”]This week was a interesting mix of excitement and frustration. I started a new medication that is supposed to help with some of my narcolepsy symptoms, but instead it seems to be making them worse. This means I’ve been operating on a very low frequency, barely functional. I’m not even sure how I’ve made it home from work safely every day. It’s been… not fun.
But the excitement?! I’m pretty sure my co-workers are starting to resent me for getting presents in the mail every day, haha! Remember last week when I went to see Brandon Sanderson and then found out I won an audiobook of Words of Radiance? It already came in the mail — and with some cute little Tor.com buttons! I also won that super sweet swag giveaway for The Lady Thief, so I’ve got a bunch of bookmarks, stickers, and a freaking awesome sword necklace! No pictures yet, sorry. I’ve been too distracted by my…
…brand new computer! Which, yes, also arrived at my office this week. The sad thing is that I got it home, then passed out for two hours before I could even think about opening the box. So far, I love it, and now I can do things like play Wildstar Online! >_> OH! And then Saturday I went to see Divergent with my sister and her friend; our little tradition for YA book-to-movies. It was a blast, as usual.[/stextbox]
Elsewhere in the blogosphere
Obvs, this is all of our massive, amazing linkage.
Tweets of the Week
Had a dream last night that @oh_thebooks threw a big book blogger party & it was just down the road from my house. Okay…
— Rinn (Rinn Reads) (@RinnReads) March 16, 2014
Clementine, explaining how sore her throat is: "Just a teeny tiny bit, about the size of the world before it popped.'" "In the 'Big Boom'."
— laini taylor (@lainitaylor) March 13, 2014
whenever I move offices I always nail one drawer shut so whoever's next wonders exactly what the fuck is in there
— Robert J Bennett (@robertjbennett) March 17, 2014
On Blogging and Book Reviewing
- Whitley stops by Bibliodaze to explain why negative reviews are not constructive criticism.
- Alise wonders who benefits from reviews the most.
- Kelly shares her review process.
- Hayley wonders if authors are being bullied with one-star Amazon reviews.
- Alyssa is sad that bloggers don’t seem to appreciate reviews anymore.
- Charleen explains what makes a five star book.
- The folks at The Broke and the Bookish are talking about authors and reviewers online interactions.
- Chiara talks about her five star ratings.
BLOGGING Surveys and Statistics
- Carrie has some thoughts about blogging and statistics.
- Steph shares the first part of the Cuddlebuggery Survey Results.
- Ashley has a new reader survey: what do you think of Nose Graze?
- April and Jen ask yay or nay to blog tours?
- Charlotte wants to know how you feel about ads and sponsored posts.
- Eve has a new blogger spotlight feature at PaperGrey.
- Hannah revamped her Hey Y’all page — complete with a bingo card!
- Jeann explains why she is picky with blog tours and promo posts.
OTHER BLOGGING THOUGHTS
- Rachel has ten tips for keeping your blog fresh.
- Cayce says to let your post breathe!
- Sarah talks about social media and blogging.
- Stephanie explains how to stop Blogger auto pagination.
- Cait wonders if we have the right to criticize authors.
- Drew explains why writers shouldn’t succumb to viral envy.
- Peggy Eddleman talks about learning from the master, Joss Whedon.
- Kat Zhang explains when to show, when to tell, and when to do a bit of both.
- Corey An Haydu stops by Stacked to teach us how to relationship.
- Chuck Wendig says: in writing, there are rules, and then there are “rules”.
- Buzzfeed has a great list of indispensable writing tips (more like inspiration) from famous writers.
Things Bookworms Think About
ON READING: Habits, series, etc.
- Rinn shares some of her bookish habits.
- Miranda admits she’s scared of rereading books.
- Shae admits she sometimes has a hard time letting go of a good book.
- Jamie explains what it’s like to be a mood reader.
- Carrie wants to know about your reading influences.
- Chri shares some of her reading habits.
- Charlotte confesses that she’s not a book crier.
- Trish talks about keeping track of plot lines in a series.
- Pamela wants to know how you read a series.
- Alice is trying to tackle her TBR shelf.
- Renae laments that she feels like she’s seen it all.
- Tabitha asks: do you jump ship or continue the journey?
- Terri talks about when spin-offs disappoint you.
- Lili discusses finishing series.
Promoting the Book: Hype, Marketing, etc
- Betty tells hype to SHUT UP!
- Lindsey talks about the evil hype monster.
- Anya describes the seven stages of ARCs.
- Cait is hopelessly confused by book covers.
- Jackie wants to talk about blurbs and author endorsements.
- Katy says gender-specific books demean all children.
- Rachel also has some thoughts on eliminating gender division in books.
- Miranda has a list of movies based on books coming out this year.
- Stormy says she likes it when the cover art interacts with the book title.
- Kristilyn discusses the great appeal of signed books.
- Josephine shares her hate for dust jackets.
- Kelly wonders if there’s a mid-series cover changing conspiracy.
- Carrie wants to know your thoughts on book trailers.
INSIDE THE BOOK: CHARACTERS, Love, etc
- Sarah Stevenson stops by Stacked to talk about girls kicking ass with their brains.
- Graham implores writers not to explain away the magic.
- Mitchii has a conversation with her sister about villains.
- Nikki discusses ‘likeable’ characters.
- Allie explains the dangers of pointy love triangles.
- Ana prefers good book boyfriends over brooding and bad.
- Gilly shares her favorite “opposites attract” relationships.
- Ceilidhann tackles Peter Pan, white-washing, and dealing with the literary sins of our past.
- Elizabeth says some girls are not okay and that’s not fine.
- Bec goes on the hunt for books with rare mythological creatures.
- Sarah Ockler stops by Stacked to challenge the expectation of YA characters as role models for girls.
- Kat shares three books she’s sick of reading.
Genres/Categories: YA, Na, Fanfiction, Non-Fiction
- Sarah Harain stops by YA Highway to speak out in defense of New Adult.
- Foz Meadows responds to Michelle Dean on YA.
- Ceilidhann discusses things YA readers are sick of hearing and how to respond.
- Michelle shares her thoughts on New Adult.
- Cait wants to know how you feel about fanfiction.
- Tilly has a non-fiction aversion.
- Try out this game to see if you can name the authors of the YA novels.
- Here are 10 cakes for book lovers.
- Kristen’s shares the latest in her Lego cover art series: Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers!
- Kayla has a super fun alternate reality crossword puzzle!
- Rinn shares part 2 of her trip to Hogwarts!
- Debby and Christina have created a drinking game for YA movie adaptations.
- Kelly is back with another cover guessing game.
- Cee writes a letter to Kim of The Boyfriend List.
- German engineering firm Festo has created artificially intelligent bionic arms a la Doc Ock. This is super cool and more than a little terrifying.
- Watch stars being born in the Monkey Nebula, thanks to the Hubble telescope.
- Here’s some insight on the five-second rule… but if I drop it, I’m still not eating it. Gross.
- Karen finds proof that “feels” have been around since at least 1782.
- April wants to talk about sneaky twitter spam.
- The Belle Jar says no, she won’t stop cussing.
- Trish says she’s spending too much time social media-ing.
- For gamers: Daniel Solis offers some insight about interpreting playtest feedback.
Videos of the Week
- Watch Kevin Bacon explain the 80s to millenials.
- If you’ve been wanting to give your cat a massage, and perhaps take advantage of the “veritable treasure chest of fun” in the front area, then this video is for you.
- Have you seen the official movie trailer for The Maze Runner?
- Also, the new Maleficent trailer is pretty badass.
- Physicists have discovered evidence of the Big Bang Theory, and their reactions to the news are beautiful. There is also a more plainspeak translation with the same video.
- Maggie Stiefvater wrote a song to explain how to pronounce Stiefvater.
Question of the Week
We provide a LOT of links in these weekly recap posts, and we just want to make sure we’re giving you guys what you’re looking for. Please take our poll and let us know which categories you like the best!
So, how was your week?