News & Updates at Oh, the Books!
Things are always happening behind-the-scenes here, and we’ve got plenty of new ideas, projects, and features in various stages of planning and production. And after weeks of Leanne’s school-overload hiatus, we are eagerly awaiting her return (which will hopefully be soon)! Don’t you all miss her as much as we do?!
In Case You Missed It
Here’s all the stuff that we posted this week.
- Kelley compared Lindsey Stirling songs to YA novels with the same name.
- Amy stopped by to discuss YA adaptations in the film market.
- Asti shared her thoughts and experience with trying out new features.
- Kelley reviewed Meridian by Josin L. McQuien.
- Asti argued there’s no “perfect” book or “right” rating.
- Day Seven of the Bookish Games began!
Our Lives This Week
[stextbox id=”asti2″ caption=”Asti” collapsing=”true”]This weekend has sort of been a blur for me. Not because it’s been so busy and packed and fast… but sort of the opposite. I really had no outstanding commitments for the first time in like forever, so I’ve been spending a lot of time just winding down: reading books (actually read three this week – which is shocking for me) and watching reality TV (I can’t resist it).
Of course, that’s not to say I haven’t been productive at all. I’ve started working out again (much needed, though sort of pointless since I’m going to pig out when I go home) and have been doing a lot of research and planning for my dissertation (so much work).
Oh, and since my birthday is coming up (one week from today people! Get your cheer on!), I received another lovely birthday gift from Kelley. This time it’s a blank notebook with my name on the cover! (I seem to be having trouble with my words: wasn’t sure what to call the notebook and then was trying to say my name was carved but that didn’t seem quite right… ><). It’s perfect because a) purple! b) I always complain nothing has my name on it and c) it’s super thoughtful. Now I just have to figure out what I want to do with it! Thanks Kelley!
[stextbox id=”kelley2″ caption=”Kelley” collapsing=”true”]After weeks and weeks of trying to manage my chaotic life, I feel like this past week was somewhat uneventful. That might partially be because I’ve just been doing a lot of sleeping. And, of course, cat photographing.
I also got a letter from Jenn — complete with a goat stamp and a kitty drawing — which was pretty awesome. And in other news, I’m busy planning the next version of The Bookish Games, and working on a new project with Emily![/stextbox]
Elsewhere in the blogosphere
Tweet of the Week
— David Weiner (@daweiner) May 13, 2014
- Connie talks about the ways blogging is beneficial to your career.
- Tara talks about everything you wanted to know about blog tours.
- Ashley explains when and why your social media avatars should match.
- Stephanie talks about adding custom star ratings to your blog.
- Charlene shares 5 ways to get back on track with blogging.
- Glen has 20 Rules for Writing So Crystal Clear Even Your Dumbest Relative Will Understand.
- Rachel shares her presentation for The Basics of Blog Design.
- Ashley says she hates relying on 3rd party plugins.
- Tabitha shares her struggles trying to capture that elusive yet perfect blog name.
- Angela wonders about those one posts that get all the views, and if you can keep readers around.
- Ashley shares her thoughts on bloggers deleting old posts.
- YA Highway is paying it forward with the YA Web Awards — go nominate your favorites!
- The Broke and the Bookish talk about their rating systems.
- Kimba talks about her blog makeover experience.
- Shannelle shares her thoughts on playlist posts.
- Mitchii discusses book blogging being hard.
- Alice says she’s done with Waiting on Wednesdays.
- Ashley talks about letting your friends and family read your blog.
- Mitchii shares blogging trends she hasn’t yet participated in.
- Jenna discusses spoilers in reviews.
On Writing & AUthorship
- Jodi Meadows and Kat Zhang have begun Querypalooza!
- Chuck Wendig says: in fiction, nothing is forbidden, everything is permitted.
- Jackie muses about writer’s block.
- Drew Chial has sympathy for a good villain, and explains what separates a character from a caricature.
- Rjurik Davidson stops by Not Yet Read to discuss mixing magic and technology.
- Roxy wonders if a series needs to have an overarching story.
- Drew Chial explains why symbolism should come second to plot.
- Cristin Bishara says you’re never too old to start writing.
- Maggie Stiefvater talks about whether a creator should be part of their own fandom.
- Lisa explains why all writers should defend their craft.
- Amy talks about how sometimes you just have to let a story idea go.
- Julie Flygare explains why she LOVES the 1-star review her book got on Amazon.
Things Bookworms Think About
- Kristilyn says she doesn’t need to know the height and weight of a character.
- Cait shares five characters she would want on her team during the Hunger Games.
- Lauren discusses the decoy boy.
- Whitley says she loves these characters that the book wanted her to hate.
- Judith celebrates Mother’s Day by highlighting various fictional moms.
- Pamela discusses protagonists and gender.
- Brea says if she were a fictional character, she’d be Hazel’s dad from TFioS.
- Liza and Arianne discuss what makes a memorable YA couple.
- Celine shares her thoughts on girl-on-girl hate in books.
Adaptations & Covers
- Beth Revis compares Blade Runner to the book it was based on: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
- Amelia talks about the possible consequences for reading books with certain covers.
- Emz investigates what makes a good adaptation.
- Becca shares her thoughts on cover changes.
On Book Recommendations
- Stephanie Keuhn shares a list of YA books that address mental health.
- Sara has a list of 15 YA books to read before prom.
- Kimberly has a fantastic list of YA historical fantasy recommendations.
- Miranda talks about required reading in high school.
- Jamie expresses the pressure one feels when borrowing books.
Genre & Author Discussions
- Daryl investigates science fiction, hard science, and mystical experience.
- Steph considers Neil Gaiman: crossover artist or storyteller?
- Nikki explains why Brandon Sanderson’s epic fantasy breaks the mold (and is the best in every way). (Also, there’s a giveaway!)
- Ceilidhann has some thoughts on the outsider narrative of YA.
- Nara discusses the contemporary love interest.
- Josephine talks about the use of first-person narratives in YA.
- Anne Ursu weighs in with some very important thoughts on “the John Green effect” and “GreenLit”.
- Kelly finds it hard to read books by the same author back to back.
- Chiara talks about why she loves fan fiction.
- Allie wonders how long is too long when it comes to series.
- Betty talks about series she wants to read, but just hasn’t yet.
- Pam wants to know if she should read the last book in a trilogy since she’s afraid of what will happen with the love triangle.
buying and borrowing books
- Phyllis explains how libraries choose which books to keep.
- Jamie discusses the pressures of book-borrowing.
- Jennifer asks if you’re addicted to book buying.
- Sophie talks about why she buys books.
- Kristilyn shares a little library love.
- Ruby talks about bookshop serendipity.
- Rebecca wonders if she’s too nice when it comes to quitting books.
- Cayce shares what will make her cheat on or abandon a book.
- Alexa discusses her experience with DNFs.
- Laura shares her top five reasons for NOT reading.
Different types of books
- Ashley shares her thoughts on e-readers vs. physical books.
- Marianne explains why she loves audiobooks.
- Nikki shares her thoughts on hardback vs. paperback.
- Rebecca shares her thoughts on novellas.
Rants and Raves
- Brittany is starting to wonder if there’s a total romance domination.
- Ana shares her “YES!” moments in books.
- Philip Siegel stops by Stay Bookish to say: these romantic cliches need a permanent vacation.
- Linds has 10 questions that still need answering about Harry Potter.
- Bieke talks about emotional and/or heavy reads.
- Josephine writes a response to #WeNeedDiverseBooks.
- Kristilyn wants to give a little library love.
- Kelly wants to know how you define “reading”.
- Shannelle wonders what it would be like if gender bias didn’t exist.
- Thuy creates a manicure to match her Don’t Turn Around cover.
- Oliver lists 10 words every book lover should know.
- GillyB is baking cookies To All the Boys I Loved Before.
- Maddie has collected 16 hilarious negative reviews for classic books.
- Marianne and Jennifer have created outfits to match book covers.
Surveys, Quizzes, & Lists
- Claire needs you to fill out her survey about instagram as part of an exam!
- Debby also needs you to fill out a survey about social media so she can graduate!
- If you’re a gamer, please take this survey about single/multi-player gaming preferences!
- Take this quiz to find out how many goats you’re worth.
- You know you want to find out what kind of unicorn you are.
- Aimee helps you determine if you’re a bookworm.
- Here’s an infographic with 24 books that predicted the future.
- These Meanwhile at Hufflepuff videos are pretty funny.
- This guy went to great lengths to try to sell his old Volvo.
- AsapSCIENCE explains what the heck gluten is an who benefits from avoiding it.
- How about some graphs that illustrate why correlation is != causation.
- Hafsah explains why it took her so long to post her “real face” online.
- Scott wrote a nice post remembering H. R. Giger (on of the best artists to ever LIVE).
- David Byrne’s Hand-Drawn Pencil Diagrams of the Human Condition are just beautiful!
- Find out how the cover was created for V. E. Schwab’s new book: A Darker Shade of Magic!
- Apparently, Ray Bradbury was once told his interpretation of his own book was wrong.
Question of the Week
Summer is swiftly approaching, and though some of us may enjoy these months more than others, there’s usually something for all of us to look forward to (like becoming bffs with the air conditioner)…
What’s for favorite thing to do in the summer?
So, how was your week?