News & Updates at Oh, the Books!
In Case You Missed It
Here’s all the stuff that we posted this week.
- Kelley got excited about bookish stuff coming in April.
- Asti showed her first Bookish Mail: fantasy book recs with Maraia!
- Kelley ranted about the Insurgent movie.
- Asti shared her feelings about reuniting with her books.
- Julie Eshbaugh stopped by to talk about unlocking long-locked doors.
- Day Two of the Bookish Games: The Grisha Edition began!
Our Lives This Week
In Asti’s Life…
Okay, so no lies about unicorns or anything like that this week. I promise to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. ;)
Things have been pretty routine for me over here. I eat, I go to the gym, and I do my best to battle the constant depression that threatens to overwhelm me every other minute. And, apart from that depression thing, everything’s been going fairly well. I’ve lost 10 lbs from my three weeks of dieting so far, I managed to run twenty out of the thirty minutes I was on the treadmill yesterday, and I have this project I’m going to be working on soon that I’m pretty excited about. (Unfortunately, the project is a secret so I can’t say what it is.)
It’s also officially been one month since Dave left, which sucks in so many ways, but things seem to be going well for him. Just this past week he found out he is getting hired as a trainee in the job he was really hoping to get, and he’s actually gone out and bought a car. I’m happy for him, of course, but I told him there seems to be something completely wrong with this picture: when we first met I was the one working with a car while he was a bum, and now somehow he’s the one working with the car while I’m jobless and transportless. What the hell? (Oh and in case you’re wondering. This job, which is probably the best job he could get with his limited experience, is still way below the salary needed for us to be together. I have no idea if we’ll ever be together, or when, which does nothing for my depression.)
So yeah, it’s been a week. I’m happy for Dave and things aren’t completely failing for me here in the States, but I’m still definitely struggling. I guess that’s just life for you though, huh?
In Kelley’s Life…
In general, my life has been full of three things lately: work, books, and CAT.
I don’t have much to report, really, except that I’ve been doing a LOT of reading, which has been awesome. I also went to the dentist this week and I got to see the inside of my tooth because they got this fancy new camera, and it was really cool! (Oh my god, I am the most boring person ever.)
Elsewhere in the blogosphere
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On Blogging and Book Reviewing
General Blogging Thoughts
- Kelly highlights free design programs.
- Amber is cleaning out the feed (reader).
- Ashley provides tips for having a great slug.
- Faye shares her thoughts on book blogging.
- Stephanie explains how to add CSS to your blog.
- Lisa asks: how do you stay organized and inspired?
- Claire writes an open letter to book blogging memes.
- Parajunkee has some tips for blogger spring cleaning.
- Laura shares five reasons you should start a book blog.
- Shannon wants to help improve the Disqus experience.
- Carmel wants to know: how do you fight blogging slumps?
- Ashley shares some tips for choosing the perfect blog name.
- Christina thinks about the blogging milestones she’s missed.
- Brittany explains how to keep tags and categories organized.
- Nick wonders if book bloggers make an impact on book sales.
- Jess wonders if she’s the only one feeling less productive lately.
- Crini is on a roll with part 3 of her spreadsheet functions tutorial.
- Brittany shares her latest bookish addiction: blogger spotlight features.
Related to Commenting
- Aimee explains why she comments and comments back.
- Cait shares secrets to getting more comments on your blog.
- Tiffany asks: how much time do you make for commenting on other blogs?
- Ashley talks about adding bookstrap styles to the comment moderation message in WordPress.
Reviews and ARCs
- Bec talks about reviewing slumps.
- Liliana says her review list is out of control.
- Shannon talks about the art of over-ARCing.
- Mel discusses personal vs. professional reviews.
- Lucy says goodbye to formal reviews on her blog.
- Sharon asks: do you review every book you read?
- Amanda shares some post alternatives to writing reviews.
- Jessica wants to talk about the details and spoilers of a book.
- Anya wonders: when should we send publicists review links?
On Writing & Publishing
- Lydia Kang shares her secrets to writing a series.
- Chuck Wendig answers: should you quit writing?
- Janice asks: is that subplot helping or hurting your novel?
- Janet explores the author’s journey in writing swordfights.
- Timon discusses atmosphere, saying don’t pull the trigger.
- A day in the life of Paper Lantern Lit co-founder, Lexa Hillyer.
- Amy Reed on being a feminist author and daring to write “unlikeable”.
- Chuck Wendig rants about Clean Reader, saying authorial consent matters.
- Deborah discusses losing your illusions about selling ebooks on your own site.
Things Bookworms Think About
A Reader’s Life
- Laura asks: why do we read?
- Faith shares her thoughts on Scribd.
- Amy says bookshops bring her peace.
- Lisa shares the glory of her DNF quest.
- Lili wants to stop the Goodreads creepers.
- Lauren gives us a peek inside her book bag.
- Sunny shares her thoughts on skim reading.
- Emz highlights five things that annoy bookworms.
- Christy and Erica ask: what do you consider spoilers?
- Stormy muses on the unpredictability of “me” books.
- Elizabeth is challenging herself to read diverse authors.
- Hazel admits that sometimes she holds on tight to books.
- Erica and Claire talk about reading multiple books at once.
- Amy muses about books from her childhood/teenage years.
- Nuzaifa, Jules, Mishma, and Sydney talk about guilty pleasures reads.
- Jamie reviews the monthly YA book subscription boxes Uppercase and OwlCrate.
Physical, Digital, And Audio Books
- Alyssa discusses her audiobook adventure.
- Cassie shares her thoughts on Audible, one year later.
- Josephine asks: what’s the point of abridged audiobooks?
- Shannon talks about physical books: old-fashioned but sacred.
- Megan flails over animated covers.
- Shayna discusses placeholder covers.
- Ashley asks: do you like movie-inspired book covers?
- Cayce has a capsule bookshelf.
- Jade simplifies her book collection.
- Trish offers a cheat sheet of justifications for buying all the books.
Choosing what to Read
- Willa doesn’t read long books.
- Tonyalee doesn’t like reading hyped books.
- Anne needs some advice on what she should read next.
- Anya shares her strategy for getting to those older books.
- Emz wants to know: does social media affect your reading?
Slumps and Distractions
- Dee and Alex discuss reading slumps.
- April is lost in the world of fanfictions.
- Nereyda shares her biggest reading distractions.
- Joy talks about being so tired you can’t be bothered to read.
- Celine asks: what do you do when everything you read is meh?
- Chyna explains how to get rid of and avoid reading and blogging slumps.
Movie and TV Adaptations
- Shannon shares her thoughts on dreading movie adaptations.
- Kristin wonders about TV adaptations and series you’d love to see.
YA, Magazines, and Genre Discussions
- Kel shares her thoughts on magazines.
- Christina discusses YA sci-fi/dystopias and Star Talk.
- Kayla explains the magic of the contemporary genre.
- Mary E. Pearson explores strong heroines in sci-fi and fantasy.
- Danny lists 5 reasons why reading YA rocks… even as an adult!
- Jess says she’s noticed something about herself after reading YA books.
Inside the Books
- Sarah talks about super-repetitive tropes.
- Lee has some things to say about insta-lust.
- Rachel shares her thoughts on weddings in YA.
- Tara discusses characters and characterization.
- Shannon highlights some of her favorite tropes.
- M. discusses unlikeable characters in good books.
- Jeann asks: do fantastic endings save a book for you?
- Genevieve says we need books for the in-betweeners.
- Stacy Lee explains why friendship books are essential.
- Val reveals the results of her survey on the key to appealing writing.
- Casey says too often, trans characters are written as tortured heroes.
- Jillian says that books that tackle dark topics mean something to her.
- Julie, Rose, and Lynn answer the question: should books have closure?
- Regina shares her thoughts on book banning.
- Lark talks about gender, books, and publishing.
- Tess Sharpe discusses abortion, girls, choice, and agency.
- Nafiza shares her thoughts on the culture of silence and silencing.
- Shaina talks about Cinderella, the survivor: a new look at an old story.
- Elana K. Arnold discusses the idea of “appropriate literature,” particularly for girls.
Lists & Recommendations
- Bekka highlights boy PoVs in genre fiction.
- Danielle looks at some 2015 bookish trends.
- Amber pulls together an epic guide to space.
- Here are 14 “pretty” YA books you should read.
- Karen recommends 5 stories about cannibalism.
- Laura lists 5 books with unforgettable animal sidekicks.
- Adam points out 5 books that twist history until it begs for mercy.
- Shannon shares fundamental female literature that she wish she’d read in high school.
- Marisa shares 7 unusual and wonderful books that help children grieve and make sense of death.
- Amanda attaches warning labels to books.
- Luna shares a nail art tutorial for All Fall Down.
- Hazel creates quote book posters for Paper Towns.
- Amy shows off another bookish wedding inspiration: Magnolia.
- Chris shows us 15 secrets hiding in the world of Game of Thrones.
- Elena made some desktop wallpapers for To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.
- Check out the first pages of the illustrated Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone!
- Yash has many thoughts on fandom.
- Daniel Handler on the righteous anger of girls.
- Emily explores the difference between criticism, rage, and vilification.
- Kelley loved this exploration piece on the divine witches of cyberspace.
So, how was your week?