News & Updates at Oh, the Books!
In Case You Missed It
Here’s all the stuff that we posted this week.
- Kelley reviewed Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini.
- Asti confessed that she’s starting to dread series.
- Kelley admitted she could do without the sex scenes.
- Asti reviewed World After by Susan Ee.
- We made another Bookish Guide: Birthdays in YA (which also includes a giveaway to celebrate Asti’s birthday!)
Asti also stopped by Josephine’s blog to propose The Raven Boys start a boy band.
Our Lives This Week
In Asti’s Life…
Hiya everyone! How are you? I’m actually happy to report things are continuing to go well here. I even have some exciting news…
I’M GOING TO PARIS IN AUGUST!! Wait, what? Didn’t I say last week I’m going to London to visit Dave in August? Well, yes. But as we’ve done most of the things people like to do in London already, and we want to make the short time we have together is special, we decided we’d take the Eurostar (train) down to Paris for five days while I’m over there.
I’m pretty excited because it means I finally can add another country to my passport (I’ve only ever been to England), and I’ll get to experience a location that doesn’t only speak English (though we’re staying by the big tourist attractions so I’m sure English speakers will be around… or so I hope). I’ve actually started trying to learn some basic French this past week, and while I don’t think it’s going very well (I’m sure my pronunciation is horrendous), I’m having fun. So yes, exciting news there.
Anything else? Well, my birthday is tomorrow! Yayyyy? It’s really not too exciting because I’m turning 26 and don’t have anything special planned to celebrate the day (apart from working for five hours), but that’s a thing. Thanks to anyone and everyone who has wished me a happy birthday or who has sent me anything, I truly appreciate all the kind words and it’s always nice to feel loved. <3
And, lastly, I’m down 23lbs since I’ve moved back to the US! I mentioned after Dave left at the end of February that I would be going on a diet and working towards returning to my pre-London weight (how does one gain 30 lbs when they leave the country of fast food??). I haven’t yet lost all the weight I gained during my year and a half abroad, but I’ve been consistently losing a pound or two each week and I’m incredibly happy about that. My clothes are fitting again and I just feel better, and I’m looking forward to seeing Dave’s reaction when we get together in August. Yay!
So yes, good things are good and have left me in a good mood. I hope your week has been just as positive.
In Kelley’s Life…
I wish I had a bunch of exciting news to report, but I don’t. Mostly, right now, my life is a mixture of work, reminding myself that I need to find a job/home in Austin (because I’ll be moving there soon), and being too exhausted to do much besides sit on my couch and read. I REALLY can’t wait for my husband to be back. I think living alone isn’t really the best thing for me, because (as lame as this sounds), I don’t have anyone around to motivate me out of the malaise. Which is pretty pathetic, isn’t it?
Elsewhere in the blogosphere
Tweet of the Week
Wesley on the bridge, wearing another ugly sweater. #StarTrekTNG
— Johanne (@Johanne_4) May 16, 2015
On Blogging and Book Reviewing
A Blogger’s Life
- Tammy’s got the blog tour blues.
- Sam talks about blogging vs. other interests.
- Jessica shares eleven post ideas for book bloggers.
- Dragana talks about what makes an interesting blog.
- Ashley helps you create your own pin it hover button.
- Jules talks about what bloggers do behind their laptops.
- Jess wonders: has she forgotten how to free her speech?
- Amanda says you should celebrate your blogging milestones.
- Amanda highlights four ways your blog can benefit your resume.
- Aimee shares her thoughts on good content and active readership.
- Mishma (and other bloggers) talk about book blogging and speech freedom.
- Ashley explains how to search through a blog that doesn’t have a search box.
Ratings, Reviews, & ARCs
- Angel says please stop hate reviews.
- Regina discusses obligations on receiving ARCs.
- Jess talks about request emails for review galleys.
- Kristy shares her thoughts on authors signing ARCs.
- Katie asks: do you share your reviews before you post?
- Lauren talks about head vs. heart when it comes to reading, rating, and reviewing.
Social Media, Commenting, & Emails
- Jordin says she sucks at Twitter.
- Jillian discusses comment etiquette.
- Lola explains what social media sites she uses.
- Rita thinks exclamation marks in emails are her downfall.
On Writing & Publishing
- JJ offers some advice on revision for pantsers.
- Annie Stone says marketing is easy: just be a nice person.
- Jodi Meadows talks about that weird story-planning stage.
- Why agent Amy Boggs has such a passion for supporting diversity.
- Janice says if you want to write better stories, write about change.
- Michelle asks authors: do you have a responsibility to write hopeful endings?
Things Bookworms Think About
A Reader’s Life
- Elena shares her rules while reading.
- Tonyalee says she is not a mood reader.
- Rita spotlights seven apps for book lovers.
- Shannon plays Never Have I (Bookishly) Ever.
- Charlie asks: what is that junk in the synopsis?
- Faye shares her book ritual for when she’s angry.
- Laura talks about the seven deadly sins of reading.
- Jenn wonders why does it even matter if adults read YA?
- Heidi shares her tips for keeping your book budget in check.
- Cait asks: are you ever blindly protective over certain books?
- Stubby discusses SFF book covers that made you pick up the book.
Inside the Book
- Devon talks about multiple PoVs.
- Nicole admits she loves a bad boy.
- Emily discusses her bookish pet peeves.
- Nova rants about unusual character names.
- Briana shares five things YA books get wrong.
- Ana wants to see healthy friendships in books.
- Ren highlights the top five novels featuring portals.
- Cristina wonders: are we too hard on our heroines?
- Stephanie talks about tough issues and realistic fiction in YA.
- Genevieve really doesn’t know what she thinks of unlikeable protagonists.
- Faith asks: does format affect what you read?
- Natalie shares her thoughts on paperbacks vs. hardbacks.
- Carmel talks about her favorite male audiobook narrators.
- Shannon lists nonfiction titles to get your book club talking.
- Carmel asks: who are your favorite male audiobook narrators?
Types of Books
- Cass likes to read both fact and fiction.
- Asheley discusses reading from the backlist.
- Julie, Lynn, and Rose chat about genre shaming.
- Jenn wants to know: why does it even matter if adults read YA?
- Emz doesn’t like book-to-movie adaptations.
- Aleya looks at the changes from book to movie.
- Amy highlights ten problems with reading the book first.
- Samantha discusses libraries.
- Claire finalizes her personal library.
- Jaz wants to know how you shelve your books.
Book Events & Conferences
- Grace has some BEA 2015 advice.
- Erika talks about meeting her favorite author.
- Chami has some tips on what to bring to book events.
- Brittany suffers from conference and book event guilt when it comes to personalizations.
Lists & Recommendations
- Jamie recommends books for certain moods.
- Lynette shares 10 books to read if you liked Firefly.
- Ren recommends the top 5 novels featuring portals.
- Janet recommends some YA books… a few years older.
- Here are 46 of the most beautiful sentences in YA literature.
- Sarah lists 5 books that broke sacred writing rules (and yet we love them).
- Sarah talks about mapping An Ember in the Ashes.
- Kristen shares her lego cover art for A Madness So Discreet.
- Hafsah created a free downloadable wallpaper for Tracked.
- Take the hardest game of ‘would you rather’ for book nerds.
- Check out the new look for Brandon Sanderson’s Alcatraz books.
- Gillian describes what her books would be like if they were people.
Random Cool Stuff
- Amy shares her top 5 favorite episodes of Star Trek TNG season 4.
- Ryan discusses 5 aspects of science fiction that are far from childish.
- Miranda says Sansa Stark (and all the women of GoT) deserve better.
- Emily has a theory on why the Dursleys were REALLY so mean to Harry.
- Here’s some life advice from 50 beloved characters in kids entertainment.
Videos of the Week
- Wanna see the official trailer for The Scorch Trials?
- Here’s the first trailer for Syfy’s adaptation of The Magicians.
- Book Nerd Problems: how do you explain YA books to your parents?
So, how was your week?