News & Updates at Oh, the Books!
First, two very exciting announcements:
[stextbox id=”leanne2″ image=”null”]#1 – LEANNE IS BACK!!! Woohoo~![/stextbox]
[stextbox id=”asti2″ image=”null”]#2 – Today is Asti’s birthday! She’s in the US right now, so she may not respond to your comments right away, btu that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t wish her a happy birthday anyway![/stextbox]
Changes to Our Blog Schedule
It might not have looked like it from last week, but it’s true: Leanne is back! And just in time — Asti will be on vacation and moderately inaccessible for the next couple of weeks (but yay, her posts will continue in her absence!).
In order to keep Leanne around (because we love her), we’ve decided to alter our blog schedule a little bit, to lighten her weekly load. Leanne will now be posting only on Tuesdays; Fridays will be dedicated to guest posts and other special topics. Everything else will flow as normal. Everyone, welcome Leanne back and let her know how much we missed her!
Oh, the Guests!
Speaking of guest posts — we had some issues with our new guest post submission form earlier in the week, so if you submitted one and haven’t heard back from Asti yet, please let us know!
In Case You Missed It
Here’s all the stuff that we posted this week.
- Kelley explored tarot with The Raven Boys – Part II.
- We put out a request for guest posts from newbie bloggers.
- Asti reviewed In the Shadows by Jim Di Bartolo and Kiersten White.
- Kelley reviewed the audiobook for Ready Player One.
- Tabitha stopped by to talk about the different types of book conventions.
- Day Eight of the Bookish Games began.
Behind the Scenes
Kelley’s been working on a solution for her latest secret project. We’ve also made some updates and changes to our contact forms, including a brand new review request form. Honestly, why we didn’t do this before is a mystery. The emails now come through looking well-formatted, and even include attachments for book cover images!
Our Lives This Week
[stextbox id=”asti2″ caption=”Asti” collapsing=”true”]Who cares how my week has been? I’M HOME! I AM BACK IN THE STATES WITH MY FAMILY AND DOGS! YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY! :D
But if you really want to know. My last week in the UK (until I return in two weeks) pretty much consisted of hanging out with Dave (and celebrating his second place league trophy), watching bad reality competitions online (my weakness), working on my dissertation (slow but steady wins the race), taking my last uni exam (let’s not talk about that), and celebrating my upcoming birthday (there’s a post for it tonight)! All in all, a good last week, but I’m so happy to be home.[/stextbox]
[stextbox id=”leanne2″ caption=”Leanne” collapsing=”true”]I’m back! I’m baaaaack! *insert a hopefully non-goofy little jig here* That spring semester was INSANE toward the end and I think I may have forgotten what sleep was and became BFFs with coffee (even moreso than usual). You’re probably wondering just what the heck I was doing for those classes that kept me so busy, right? If you follow me on Twitter you may have seen these already, but here are some highlights of my favorite artsy things made for school or while destressing from school.
Also my best friend got married at the beginning of this month! I made the cake and was in the wedding (there were somewhat serious jokes about just putting me in a best man outfit rather than bridesmaid dress, since my BFF is the groom) and running around crazy the whole time setting things up and taking photos and and and… just lots of stuff. It was really a lovely time and a fantastic celebration, and I couldn’t wish happiness on a better couple. You’ll get to see more from that special day this coming Tuesday. :)[/stextbox]
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I’m starting to think that if I were a mythical creature, I might be a dragon, because I truly love collecting treasures. (And we all know that’s the main reason I play video games: to get treasures.) This week was full of lovely presents coming in the mail, and an incredibly entertaining event with Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl for Dangerous Creatures (there were cupcakes and lollipops and pink hair thingies!).
I had written up this whole story I was going to tell you guys this week, about how I almost stepped in a dog turd trying to avoid the sprinklers, but then I went to Comicpalooza and thus collected a lot more interesting and exciting things to share instead (thank goodness).
I went to some really great panels, where I get a ton of free books and did some networking and learning. I collected a BUNCH of awesome treasures (seriously, that Men in Kilts calendar is the best thing ever), including some GORGEOUS prints from my favorite local artist: Jamie Kinosian. But perhaps most importantly: INCREDIBLE COSPLAY.
YOU GUYS. I met SNAKE. And REM, holy shit, this girl’s Rem costume was FLAWLESS. And my friend was there dressed as Enchantress, with her friends Thor & Loki, and her sister as one of The Doctors. I also saw BMO, Sailor Moon, Sephiroth, Jadzia Dax, Princess Bubblegum, and Drizzt (as well as the usual TONS of Harley Quinns, Lokis, and Attack on Titan folks)![/stextbox]
Elsewhere in the blogosphere
Tweet of the Week
Do we complain about James Joyce's use of the vernacular? Is that a problem for people? Cuz that mothafucka vernacularized
— Daniel José Older (@djolder) May 12, 2014
On Blogging and Book Reviewing
Reviews and ratings
- Aimee talks about people skipping a book because of her review.
- Mel discusses book ratings and enjoyment level.
- Genevieve explains why she has yet to rate a book one star.
- Cait asks bloggers and publishers about negative reviews.
- Julie and Rose wonder if people really read book blogger reviews.
- Alise shares her thoughts on spoilers.
Blogging Tips and thoughts
- Mitchii explains her thoughts when starting her blog.
- Charleen talks about using Tweetdeck for Twitter chats.
- Shannelle shares her thoughts on treating blogging as a job.
- Laura discusses the dominant co-blogger in group blogs.
- Emz wonders if you should write formally or informally on your blog.
- Ashley talks about how your environment affects your blogging.
- Miranda shares her reasons why she does/doesn’t follow blogs.
- Amanda talks about what she likes/dislikes in blogs.
- Mitchii asks: is blogging hard?
- Nova jokingly shares 10 rules to be qualified as a book blogger.
- Ashley discusses email auto responders and when not to use them.
- Rachel shares tips on building confidence as a blogger.
- Ana is looking for bloggers to highlight in her new feature!
On Writing & Publishing
Writing Tips & Advice
- Kristin shares some top culprits for why agents stop reading.
- Erin Bowman shows us how to proofread like a pro.
- Editor Jordan London talks about when they make an offer.
- Maggie Stiefvater says her characters aren’t HER.
- Susan Dennard gives you permission to fail.
- Julie Eshbaugh shows us what it takes to go beyond the great idea.
- Toni asks authors to compare self-publishing vs. traditional.
- Savindi shares her experiences with pursuing a degree in publishing.
- Lindsay Leggett talks about staying true to yourself and your art.
Publishing Industry Issues
- Ceilidhann asks: should we really be giving killers book deals?
- Dennis asks: does literature need warning labels?
- Ceilidhann speaks out in defense of trigger warnings in books.
- Adam discusses when people vote with their money.
- Jay Kristoff has a few choice words about the flaming bullshit surrounding Amazon & Hachette.
- James Patterson, a Hachette author, shares his thoughts on Amazon.
- Ceilidhann doesn’t like indie authors appropriating language.
Things Bookworms Think About
- Andye talks about which books she tends to avoid.
- Charlene discusses equal opportunity reading.
- Liza explains which things make her want to read a book… or not.
- Pam discusses series being taken over by new authors.
- Ana discusses the plot coupon in YA: the new girl.
- April & Jen discuss their love/hate relationship with love triangles.
- Marianne shares her thoughts on cliffhangers.
- Molly wants us to please stop complaining about Harry Potter.
- Here’s a great reading list about problems in the literary canon.
- Charli and Tori discusses judging books by their covers.
- Brittany’s latest bookish addiction is international editions.
- Kelly compares some hardcover to paperback cover changes.
- Krisitlyn shares her love for purple book covers.
- Kelly takes a look at the new covers for Judy Blume books.
- Cait shares new honest covers for YA books.
A Reader’s Life
- Emily talks about what happens when you don’t have time to read.
- Jamie shares ten things she thinks her husband is sick of her saying.
- Jennifer discusses when Hollywood ruins a good adaptation.
- Candice shares a list of things book readers need.
- Trish lists signs that you’re a bookworm.
- Rinn talks about book amnesia.
- Nikki explains why she reads YA.
- Bieke shares her thoughts on books that get too personal.
- Cait has thoughts on people saying they’re better fans than her.
- There are 7 things Rosie wants to tell people who “don’t like to read”.
- Jackie wonders if it’s possible to reread a series too many times.
- Bridget made her husband spoil Game of Thrones for her.
Getting (Rid Of) Books
- Ashley shares her thoughts on book buying bans.
- Amanda asks when did you last cull your personal library?
- Kelly explains what to do with books you don’t want anymore.
- Don’t forget: SYNC’s summer of free audiobooks has already started!
- Emz shares her thoughts on YA being geared towards females.
- Stormy talks about gendered reading and growing up.
- This round table discusses languages of gender.
- Shannelle has some thoughts on the gender bias.
- Carrie says men act, women appear.
- Elisabeth has a list of 15 feminist YA books everyone should read.
- Check out this massive database of genre fiction by women.
different types of books
- Miranda wants to break out of her comfort zone with M/M romance.
- Charlene looks at the origins of fantasy literature.
- Tara thinks we have hit John Green saturation.
- Cayce shares a list of LGBT books with a prom theme.
- Nafiza discusses books that cross genres.
- Sarah shows us 21 books for those so over dystopian fiction.
- Annie lists 10 books every beauty-obsessed person should read.
- Mariko wants to know: where are all the fat girls in literature?
- Sarah asks: where are all the people of color in dystopian books?
- David Ramirez stops by Not Yet Read to explain why breeding programs keep showing up in stories.
- Carrie wants to discuss vampires.
- Elena mase a wallpaper for The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson.
- The new campaign for Endgame looks interesting — and a lot like Ready Player One in real life (thanks for this one, Jenn!).
- There’s a new fan video contest for The Lunar Chronicles.
- Jessie Marie shares her crafty plans for making Eretz come alive!
- Here are 15 cakes inspired my children’s books.
- Take this quiz to see how many classics you can identify by cover.
- Minh wants to discuss favorite sentences in literature.
- Apparently, over 300 artists are mashing up Akira and The Simpsons.
Questions, Explanations, and Tutorials
- Kristen explains her obsession with UPS My Choice.
- Jeff tells us what to expect from Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition.
- People are better at spotting bullshit when they see it on twitter.
- The NY Times shows us what pregnant women are googling.
- Did you know there is an Edward Gorey documentary in the works?
- Claire asks: why are we in such a rush to ban naturally arising functions of language?
- Here’s how to make your own fictional city using Google maps.
- An interesting article on sleep and dreams.
Videos of the Week
- The trailer for Woody Allen’s Magic in the Moonlight is intriguing.
- Ever wondered about the scientific power of music?
Question of the Week
We’ve worked hard to make sure our content is neatly categorized and that everything is easy to find in our sidebar menu… but we’re wondering:
Do you use the menu in our sidebar to view content? Do you ever look at the “Features” category and browse the topics inside?
So, how was your week?