News & Updates at Oh, the Books!
It’s Just You and Me!
Kelley has abandoned me to go make friends in Belize, so it’s just you and me this week! As a result, this edition of the Weekly Recap may be a little smaller than usual (she usually contributes the Tweet of the Week, On Writing section, and the Miscellany), but hopefully it’s just as good. If it’s not… well, Kelley will be back next week. Get over it. ;)
In Case You Missed It
Here’s what you may have missed on Oh, the Books!
- Kelley posted her mini reviews for January.
- Kelley explained why cats and books are perfect companions.
- Asti reviewed The Darkest Minds by Robin LaFevers.
- Topaz wrote a beautiful guest post about reading.
Asti’s Life This Week
What the heck has happened this week? It’s all been a blur! (I swear, I say that every week now but WHERE HAS THE TIME GONE?!)
My mom and I started a diet on Monday so that’s something. Somehow I gained thirty pounds while living in London (Freshman 15 x 2??). Between the diet and the gym membership we’ve signed up for, I’m hoping I’ll be able to get that weight back off (and some). We’ll see how it goes!
The job hunt has been depressing. It’s really hard because I have all this knowledge, skills, and experience when it comes to the publishing industry, but there’s absolutely no publishing companies around my local area. (And, unfortunately, I do not have the mental or financial stability to move to a place where there are publishing companies.) All that’s here is a lot of retail, sales, and truck delivery jobs – none of which I want. Oh well, hopefully something will pop up soon.
And, well, I guess that’s about it! I did see the Theory of Everything on Friday, and I thought it was quite good. I find myself strangely attracted to Eddie Raymande, and I’m not sure why. My number one movie of 2015 is definitely Baymax though. I need him in my life.
Oh, oh, oh! One exciting thing that happened this week – I reached 1000 followers on my bookish Instagram account. I know that doesn’t really matter but it made me happy and I like knowing that people actually like my attempts at photography. So thank you to everyone is who following over there, you all deserve virtual cookies. (I can’t have any cookies right now because of my diet. Wah!)
Okay, enough rambling. I love you all and hope you have had an amazing week. ;)
Elsewhere in the blogosphere
On Blogging and Book Reviewing
- Chyna ponders renaming her blog.
- Shaina looks at imposter syndrome.
- Jade asks: do you need a blogging niche?
- Brittany says to stop building on rented land.
- Cassie shares her ten favorite WordPress plug-ins.
- Josephine complains about redundant RSS feeds.
- Sarah shares her thoughts on being an authentic voice.
- Brittany explains how to edit WordPress categories in bulk.
- Brittany explains why we need to cut ourselves some slack.
- Ella shares what she’s learned during her first year of blogging.
- Celine talks about how she manages her blog – being productive.
- Stephanie shares links to sites that offer free and affordable fonts.
- Nemo explains why she hates Twitter.
- Cassie recommends Buffer for saving time with social media.
- Rachel creates a day to day script pattern to be a social media guru (plus infographic)!
Rating, Reviews, and ARCs
- Danielle talks about rating your reads.
- Devon discusses multiple bloggers reviewing the same book.
- Allie explains why five stars mean different things for different books.
- Tabitha asks: what happens when people find out you review books?
Things Bookworms Think About
A Reader’s Life
- Regina explains why she reads.
- Kristen discusses pedestal books.
- Nicole admits she’s a follower of trends.
- Otakutwins is seeing characters in real life.
- Jessica shares tips for running a book club.
- Tara talks about why she reads (and loves) YA.
- Ruby shares her thoughts on reading for pleasure.
- Bridget asks: what does it mean to read diversely?
- Ana talks about the results of her book buying ban.
- Claire and Nikki do a survey of their bookish habits.
- Christina discusses her reading tastes and experiences.
- Nikki discusses the evolution of her “reading schedule”.
- Samantha talks about the other kind of reading diversely.
- Marisabel asks: are you a better person because of books?
- Bec explains how to get new books without spending a dime.
- Anya wants to know what books she should bring to the hospital.
- Amanda talks about why reading challenges can be good for you.
- Grace is struggling through a reading slump.
- Aimee shares her excuses for reading slowly.
- Lola wants to know: why do you DNF a book?
- Iris says don’t ever apologize for not liking a book.
- Nereyda says it’s OK to like books your friends hate.
- Genevieve discusses the trouble with required reading.
The Story and Writing
- Mitchii admits she likes cliches.
- Debby reads for the characters.
- Tara talks about present and past tense.
- Ellis wants more LGBTQ+ ladies in fiction.
- Mishma discusses dark and controversial topics in books.
- Sandra talks about the relationship between being likable and being relatable.
- Jamie wonders: is it the author’s job to address a problematic thing as wrong somewhere in the text?
The Book and Extras
- Kelly talks about maps in books.
- Carmel wants to know: does bonus material add value?
- Don’t judge a book by its cover ’til you see how long it takes to design.
- Nicole doesn’t like non-fiction.
- Nara discusses magical realism.
- Taherah talks about genre definitions.
- Bieke explains why she loves YA contemporary.
- Briana shares advice for reading middle english literature.
- Nicole shares her thoughts on books based on a true story.
- Dreams talks about stereotypical characters in romance stories .
- Katie talks about critical thinking and reading when it comes to different genres.
Ladies for International Women’s Day and Mother’s Day
- Sydney lists leading ladies who totally rule.
- Mishma highlights her favorite contemporary heroines.
- Chantelle talks about mothers and daughters in books.
Lists and Recommendation
- Kristen lists her five fictional BFFs.
- Jillian recommends stories set in WWII.
- Rosie recommends thirteen books from her shelf.
- Cait highlights authors she thinks need to collaborate.
- Kayla spotlights those books that have changed her life.
- Dee and Alex share their top five favorite “weird YA” books.
- Rachel highlights seven signs that a book is self-published.
- Christy and Erica share their favorite books so far this year.
- Renae recommends children’s perspectives in literary fiction.
- Erika creates a list of books to read while you’re convalescing.
- Crini shares a desktop wallpaper for Quintana of Charyn.
- Jessica creates a DIY card for Everything I Never Told You.
- Hafsah designs a desktop wallpaper for The Orphan Queen.
- Sad news: Terry Pratchett died.
- Surely you didn’t miss the epic cover reveals for Winter and Queen of Shadows.
So, how was your week?