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In Case You Missed It
Here’s all the stuff that we posted this week.
- Kelley lauded author events in her rebuttal to Leanne’s confession to disliking them.
- Leanne challenged herself to some bookish spring cleaning.
- Kelley shared all the books, movies, and events she’s looking forward to in April.
- Asti posted her personal goals for LGBT month.
- Kelley’s mini reviews for books she read in February went up.
- Our first Oh, the Books! Bookish Guide went live — this month we’re recommending YA books with strong female friendships!
- Asti shared what it’s like as a publishing marketing intern.
- Asti also stopped by Artsy Musings of a Bibliophile to discuss a trend alert: YA adventures in parts.
Our Lives This Week
[stextbox id=”asti2″ caption=”Asti” collapsing=”true”]This week has been… a week? I don’t even know what to say about it aside from the fact that I’m exhausted. In good news, I’m back at Random House Children’s Publishers working as a marketing intern. Started on Tuesday and will make them suffer my existence for another two weeks. I’m loving it, but the two hour journey there and two hour journey back means I have absolutely no energy to do anything else during my days.
Oh, but I did get some exciting mail this week! The first is a super-epic tshirt sent to me by my lovely co-blogger Kelley. As my new Bookish Games sidekick, she has been amazing at coming up with ideas to make the games a little more fun – you’ll see most of it next week when the games finally start! One of her funnest ideas were these tshirts! The winners of the next Bookish Games will get tshirts that say they’re SURVIVORS! And to test it out, we ordered one for me that says EVIL MASTERMIND. It’s good to give everyone a warning.
Aside from the tshirt, I was also sent another postcard from the lovely Abria. Her postcards are always so fun to receive because she often writes them as if she were a character. I’ll open my mailbox, see my address on this postcard but then have no idea what the sender is talking about, and then slowly realize that it must be from her. It feels naughty in a way – reading a postcard that doesn’t seem to be for you (but is actually for a fictional person)! Anyways, you should check out her Tumblr where she shares her postcards (and you can request one yourself).
[stextbox id=”leanne2″ caption=”Leanne” collapsing=”true”]This week has been crazy busy! It seems like every week is really, and it’s just crazy busy in different areas so that I can’t quite get a rhythm to get ahead. I’m even down to only posting once a week certain weeks, but I’m finally catching up on comments! Phew.[/stextbox]
[stextbox id=”kelley2″ caption=”Kelley” collapsing=”true”]Seriously, this is ALL you need to know about my entire week, right here:
I just found this masterpiece on my portable HD from I don't even know when. It's called The Suggestor Prototype 1. pic.twitter.com/XslsGARtHG
— Kelley (@anovelread) March 26, 2014
My husband doesn't appreciate the comedic GENIUS he's married to, which, I have to say, I find a bit disappointing.
— Kelley (@anovelread) March 26, 2014
I also a found this screenshot of a to-do list I made like 4 years ago. I don't even know, man. pic.twitter.com/E18zOkgMEx
— Kelley (@anovelread) March 26, 2014
Him: "Hey, can you find some techno remixes…" Me: o_o Him: "…like, techno remixes…" Me: O_O Him: "…to songs like La Cucaracha?"
— Kelley (@anovelread) March 28, 2014
Elsewhere in the blogosphere
Based on the poll results from last week, it looks like most of you are interested in the blogging and bookish discussions, but some people still enjoy the other topics, so we’re going to keep ALL of them! (Did you really expect us NOT to?)
Tweet of the Week
My honey is home! pic.twitter.com/83PQLyEdJs
— Erin Bow (@erinbowbooks) March 28, 2014
On Blogging and Book Reviewing
- Angela shares what she likes about your blog.
- Part 2 of the Cuddlebuggery Survey Results is up!
- Whitley seeks to defy Cuddlebuggery’s survey with her own.
- Kimba offers some tips and tricks on plugins.
- Carrie talks about being open with blogging statistics.
- Cait shares advice on how to be the best book blogger ever.
- Nikki discusses the difficulty of getting your personality across while blogging.
- Bloggiesta has shared their list of amazing mini challenges.
- Stephanie wonders if there’s a third option apart from co-blogging or going on hiatus.
DESIGN & Hosting
- Emz looks at the options for where you should host your blog.
- Ashley has written a walkthrough for moving from WordPress.com to self-hosted.
- Maryam Taheri talks about how often you should redesign your site.
- Hazel has a brand new theme on Stay Bookish!
- Ashley talks about when someone steals your whole design and there’s nothing you can do about it.
Interacting through Social Media and Comments
- Nuz discusses the art of blog commenting.
- Kelly speculates about comments.
- Jamie talks about commenting on twitter.
- Mitchii wonders how crucial social media is to blogs.
Reviewing and Rating
- Ashley explains why she no longer adds purchase links to her reviews.
- Amanda says that not reviewing has kept her excited about book blogging.
- Annie talks about reviewing books as a blogger.
- Charleen explains what makes a one-star book.
- Pam wants to know your thoughts on star ratings.
- Celine shares how she reviews.
On Writing & Publishing
- Janice explains how to turn that shiny new idea into a novel.
- Chuck Wendig offers up some stupid answers to common writing questions.
- Abria discusses the pre-sleep burst of inspiration.
- Peggy wrote a fascinating post on how a single word can affect what we see.
- Susan Dennard talks about crafting an ending that sings.
- Adam Silvera has advice about not abusing your personal contacts for professional agendas.
- Leila has some thoughts on plot and action, and how they are not the same thing.
- Alexandra Duncan stops by Fiktshun to discuss writing the difficult scenes.
- David Edison stops by On Starships and Dragonwings to talk about the too-real and the make-believe.
- Ashley Rose talks about how you have to be bad before you can be good.
- Victoria Schwab wonders what part of the publishing process is the favorite of other authors.
- Cristin Bishara discusses baking up the perfect story.
- Biljana talks about motives.
- Alex Bracken shares a day in the life of a marketing associate.
Things Bookworms Think About
- Kim loves it when a book surprises her.
- Brittany is addicted to audiobooks.
- Lili explains how an English Major balances reading.
- David Edison stops by My Shelf Confessions to talk about what kids should be reading in English class.
- Hazel talks about being a midnight reader.
- Betty wonders: are you smarter than an author?
- Kat shares three books she’s sick of reading.
- Genevieve admits she’s a very emotional reader.
- Kelly shares her top 5 recommendations for reluctant teen girl readers.
- Nikki reveals the secret to her happy reading life.
- Julien explains why and how he’s read a book a week for over five years.
- Jamie urges us not to read in public (for fear of crying).
- Jeann wants to know if you change up your reading style.
- Josephine admits she’s a polygamous reader.
- Christy explains how she knows when it is time to DNF a book.
- Emz shares her thoughts on DNFing a book.
- Pam talks about her DNF journey.
Adults Reading YA
- Matthew recommends 21 YA novels for adult readers.
- Caitlin says: you know YA is about teenagers, right?
- Amanda explains why grown women love YA novels.
Covers & Marketing
- Cait wonders why different countries have different book covers.
- Rinn says she judges a book by its cover.
- Kelly wonders if there’s a mid-series cover change conspiracy.
- Carrie wants to know what you think of book trailers.
- Cee is annoyed by the unnatural shade of red hair on these book covers.
Novellas and Series
- Kimberly wants to know: Novellas. Good? Bad? Something in between?
- Jenni talks about why she doesn’t read ALL the novellas.
- Sarah wonders if duologies are the new trilogies.
- Allie wonders if bad boys are a thing of the past.
- Ana wants to talk about the playboy male lead.
- Kelly discusses crossing the line: adult-teen relationships in YA fiction (and beyond).
- Here’s a post about the problem of relationship (and girls) in YA lit.
- Lindsey shares 7 must-haves for your fictional male love interest.
- Kayla discusses fairytale retellings.
- Cass has a new love: historical fiction.
- Charlene wonders if time travel is a blessing or a curse.
- Neil Gaiman explains why scary stories appeal to us.
- Monika explains how Divergent breaks new ground in the YA genre.
- Rinn makes recommendations for Fantasy genre gateway books.
- Natalie talks about her love of the epistolary novel.
Buying, Organizing, and Managing Our Books
- Octavia confesses that she hates Amazon.
- Miranda’s thinking about organizing her shelves on Goodreads.
- Daisy talks about bookshelf organization.
- Stormy shares her plan to get serious about her TBR.
Gender, Race, and Controversy
- The Belle Jar weighs in on YA fiction and beauty as a priority, saying you don’t have to be pretty.
- Sarah discusses how The Hunger Games and Divergent avoid race and gender violence.
- Here’s a list of 10 diverse YA historical novels about girls.
- Pamela addresses the fault in the New York Times best sellers.
- Ellen Oh tackles the ongoing problem of sexism.
- Jenny discusses characters, gender, and likability.
- Julianne asks: must every YA action heroine be petite?
- Alice-Jane talks about female writers and feminism today.
- Kelly has some thoughts on the attempted rape scene in the Divergent movie.
- Ceilidhann has concerns about filtering YA through a narrow lens.
- Judith rants about the myth of “real” female friendship.
- Kelly is back with another cover guessing game!
- Take this quiz to see if you can tell these YA franchises apart.
- This quiz asks: what type of book are you? (Apparently, Kelley is a hardcover.)
- The folks at Great Imaginations have a new bookish bingo card.
- The Tin Star RPG is now a free download!
- Take Jim’s quiz and see if you can match the pairs of dual-narrators to their books.
- Here are some fun(ny) infographics for Game of Thrones fans.
- If you’re one of the afore-mentioned fans, you may want to check out this Tor-brand-of-humor refresher to what happened in previous Game of Thrones seasons.
- Lindsey shares what would happen if she were in Hermione Granger’s shoes – through tweets.
- Men in kilts give great advice, apparently.
- In case you weren’t aware, Kelley and Miranda are kindred spirits, and here’s the proof (goats).
- Jessi’s opened her own Etsy shop, full of the adorable dragons she’s been sculpting!
- Judith teaches us how to Dutch.
- Trish says she’s been spending too much time on social media.
- Amy shares her tale of two fails.
- What would you rather have: detention or a Game of Thrones spoiler?
- Here’s a scratch-and-sniff guide to becoming a wine snob.
- Rick Webb’s analysis on the economics of Star Trek pretty much made Kelley’s week.
- Leah has collected a bunch of SFF characters who have tattoos.
- Tory explores Izangi, a Japanese deity, in her new series about myths and legends.
Videos of the Week
- The orchestral video for Lindsey Stirling’s Transcendence is just awesome.
- And her new song Beyond the Veil is like a real live version of Darkshore in World of Warcraft.
- Kelley’s been replaying Final Fantasy X and listening to the HD Remaster of the soundtrack, so Smooth McGroove’s acapella version of the battle theme made her smile this week.
- Leanne has been listening to awesome gaming soundtracks while working at home – like Skyrim, Halo 3, Borderlands 2, and Dead Space 3.
- Here’s a fun and impressively choreographed drum routine.
- The Goat Simulator official launch trailer is basically the best thing ever.
Question of the Week
[Kelley] I’ve been writing a lot of longer discussion posts lately (as evidenced recently, and upcoming), but it’s got me wondering if people like that or not. Often when I view a discussion post and it’s super short (like 2 paragraphs), I’m surprised — I guess I’m expecting them to be long (but maybe that’s just because I write long ones…).
Does the length of discussion posts matter to you? Do you prefer long ones? Short ones? Medium-length ones? No preference?
So, how was your week?